The ways of water at Omega with Continuum and Watermark Arts

The Eco Machine™ at the Omega Center for Sustainable Living

 

Dear Friends,

As we began to plan in earnest for the Somatic Immersion, Inhabiting the Body, Moving the World, we felt a remarkable confluence occurring around commitment to the role of water: the Omega Institute’s commitment to water reclamation, Continuum’s commitment to fluidity of movement, and Watermark Arts’ commitment to the ways of water informing art, education and community building.

In this summer’s July 23-28 retreat, these three pieces are coming together in a truly unique way.

Omega is reclaiming all waste water from it’s campus and purifying it through an “eco-machine” (pictured above). It’s a beautiful facility that resembles an indoor tropical paradise, using plants growing in slow moving water to draw microbes out of the water. It basically functions the way wetlands work in nature.

On the wall of the Omega Center for Sustainable Living  is written this “gem” by Khalil Gibran:

“In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans.”

Further down you’ll find general information about the retreat and a link to register.

Join us for this remarkable opportunity to tend your internal waterways with Continuum, at Omega, where there is respect and care for water and a beautiful, spring-fed lake.

Enter this peaceful breathing space of learning and self-renewal, in service to the future you want, for your family, community and the natural world. 

With appreciation,

Elaine and Priscilla

p.s. This workshop/retreat offers 24 CEUs for bodyworkers. Omega offers a variety of housing options and many special services including excellent child care


Join us this summer!
  Celebrate your life as a living source
of energy, knowledge, and creativity.

Somatic Movement Immersion:
Inhabiting the Body,
Moving the World

July 23-28, 2017

Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY

Register at eOmega.org

 

By deepening into somatic-based presence, we awaken the power of our own well-being in service to creating a more humane world. Generations of somatic pioneers—including Emilie Conrad, Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen, Laban-Bartenieff, Moshe Feldenkrais, F.M. Alexander and others—have laid the groundwork for cultivating a deep human experience of wholeness that opens new pathways of perception and action.

Practitioners of somatic movement and those inspired by somatic study and practice are invited to explore this evolving field. Together we use leading-edge approaches from Continuum to more fully inhabit our breath, bones, fascia, and vision, as well as the lymph, affect and autonomic nervous systems.

Throughout the week, we focus on applications of somatic inquiry to personal self-care, artistic expression, interpersonal relationships, professional work with clients/students, and community engagement.

Daily sessions, incorporating Continuum breathing, movement and sound practices, create a regenerative context allowing us to experience the transformative and artful nature of our own physiology. We come away able to navigate life with greater freedom, resilience, and effectiveness.

The week also includes evening talks and video presentations, as well as performances of somatic-inspired dance, music, art and poetry.

We are pleased to offer 24 CEUs for bodyworkers. Omega offers exquisite natural surroundings, delicious meals, a variety of housing options, and special services including child care.

The Somatic Movement Immersion is hosted by Elaine Colandrea of Watermark Arts and cotaught with Mary Abrams, Priscilla Auchincloss, Megan Bathory-Peeler, Ellen Cohen, Bobbie Ellis, Melanie Noblit Gambino, Bonnie Gintis, Amber Elizabeth Gray, Caryn Heilman, Ashima Kahrs, Rebecca Lawson, Val Leoffler, Linda Rabin, Beth Pettengill Riley, and Bonnie Simoa. Guest presenters include John Bianculli, Elisa Cotroneo, Martha Eddy, Marc Grossman and Susanna Knittel.


Join us! The world needs your embodiment – your ability to know through the physical ground of being.

This summer at Omega

Read more about the Somatic Movement Immersion, including a Q&A with Elaine, here.

Visit the Omega website for registration information.

Reid Hannan design from photos by Erik Kiviat

July 23-28 Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY
Somatic Movement Immersion:
Inhabiting the Body, Moving the World

Come celebrate your life as a living source of energy, knowledge, and creativity in the Somatic Movement Immersion.

By deepening into somatic-based presence, we awaken the power of our own well-being in service to creating a more humane world. Generations of somatic pioneers—including Emilie Conrad, Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen, Laban-Bartenieff, Moshe Feldenkrais, F.M. Alexander and others—have laid the groundwork for cultivating a deep human experience of wholeness that opens new pathways of perception and action.

Practitioners of somatic movement and those inspired by somatic study and practice are invited to explore this evolving field. Together we use leading-edge approaches from Continuum to more fully inhabit our breath, bones, fascia, and vision, as well as the lymph, affect and autonomic nervous systems.

Throughout the week, we focus on applications of somatic inquiry to personal self-care, artistic expression, interpersonal relationships, professional work with clients/students, and community engagement.

Daily sessions, incorporating Continuum breathing, movement and sound practices, create a regenerative context allowing us to experience the transformative and artful nature of our own physiology. We come away able to navigate life with greater freedom, resilience, and effectiveness.

The week also includes evening talks and video presentations, as well as performances of somatic-inspired dance, music, art and poetry. CEU’s are available for bodyworkers

The Somatic Movement Immersion is hosted by Elaine Colandrea of Watermark Arts and cotaught with Mary Abrams, Priscilla Auchincloss, Megan Bathory-Peeler, Ellen Cohen, Suzanne Wright Crain, Bobbie Ellis, Melanie Noblit Gambino, Bonnie Gintis, Amber Elizabeth Gray, Caryn Heilman, Rebecca Lawson, Val Leoffler, Linda Rabin, Beth Pettengill Riley, and Bonnie Simoa. Guest presenters include John Bianculli, Elisa Cotroneo, Martha Eddy Ph.D, and Marc Grossman, O.D., LAc.

Read more about the Somatic Movement Immersion, including a Q&A with Elaine, here.

Visit the Omega website for registration information.

Watermarkings

Experience “they were all there…” by artist Barbara Schaefer

Artist Barbara Schaefer created “they were all there, homage to my father, Max Schaefer”, a video with a sound score recorded from a Continuum workshop with Emilie Conrad.

The sound score features the group working with the sound of “EEE.” Every sound has a shape, its own way of creating vibration and a different effect on our fluid filled tissue.

To enhance your somatic experience while viewing the video, place your hands lightly on the sides of your face. As you exhale, make an “EEEE” sound. The “EEE” sound can be soft or strong, whatever feels right to you. Repeat the “EEE’s” for 3 – 6 exhalations, noticing the vibrations, as well as the shifting scene in your face, body and awareness.

Alternate intervals of the “EEE” sound with periods of sensing yourself, inviting and allowing movement responses while viewing this richly textured visual and aural video experience.

All art-making requires presence, patience and showing up for the work, even when it seems nothing is happening. Then, listening, observation, decisiveness, and release.

“Continuum…… showed me that there are broader possibilities to movement than culture recognizes, that honor the body’s intelligence and create a climate for its capacities to emerge.”  —Artist Barbara Schaefer

To view more of Barbara’s work please visit her gallery on our website.

 

Welcome to Watermark Arts

Watermark Arts brings together somatic awareness and artistic expression in the belief that both are essential aspects in creating a more humane and peaceful world.

The word soma, from the Greek somatikos, implies a fullness of presence in the living, sensate, wholeness of bodily being. With awareness of the integrity of the body, comes a felt experience of the interconnection of all living things as part of a larger whole.

In our modern, technologically-advanced era, somatic explorers exist near the cultural edge, holding this way of wholeness in the face of a widespread and pervasive sense of fragmentation.

Artists, too, live at the edge of culture, working with revolutionary ideas and symbolic messages encoded in dance, poetry, stories, music and visual art. As culture creators throughout history, artists have brought about substantive, peaceful change in society.

These times call on us to become generators of the culture we wish to live in. Creative acts show up in all aspects of life — in art, in teaching, in community-building. Watermarks asks, What happens when these creative acts are informed by somatic awareness? Can we bring into being a world permeated by a sense of wholeness and interconnection?

We invite you to join us. May this endeavor contribute to a better world for all beings.

Elaine Colandrea
Artistic Director


Desert Waves #3, Photograph: Prue Jeffries

Visit our galleries

Watermark Arts galleries currently feature forty artists representing all artistic media. We will continue to grow in 2017 with more somatically inspired art. Please use the menu at the top to visit galleries and learn more about individual artists, or click on any image in the slideshow.

What’s ahead in 2017?

Heading into uncharted territory has us curious and excited.

We are grateful for the love of movement you share with us.


Painting: Ocean Birthings by Satya Kirsch

Watermarkings . . . Infusions of Art, Breath & Movement

Throughout 2017, an ever-changing online exhibit introducing new artists. Infuse your daily life with somatic art experiences bringing breath and beauty to you.


Somatic Movement Immersion: Inhabiting the Body, Moving the World

A 5-day workshop at The Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, New York (July 23 – 28, 2017).  A genuine, “whole-making” retreat with a stellar faculty. Learn more.


Watermark Arts Performances of Dance, Music, Art & Poetry
  • May 13, 2017 at Soma Center, Highland Park, NJ
  • July 26, 2017 at Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY

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