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 somatic, 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?

Elaine Colandrea
Artistic Director


Enlight and Desert Waves #3, Photographs by Prue Jeffries

Elemental Movement for Creative Wellbeing: A Continuum Retreat

Watermark Arts returns to Omega

Workshop Organizers: Megan Bathory Peeler & Elaine Colandrea 
Co-faculty: Robin Becker, Ellen Cohen, Melanie Gambino, Bonnie Gintis, Elisabeth Osgood-Campbell, Linda Rabin

June 26 - July 1, 2022

Registration is now open!

Embody the qualities of earth, air, water, and fire through the practice of Continuum. Allow the primordial aspects of nature to unfold via movement, breath and sound practices, taking us on an expansive journey inward to discover the elemental self. Cultural patterns dissolve, liberating our innate biological capacity for innovation as we move through global crisis and personal adversity.

During this restorative retreat, the practice of Continuum awakens the body’s fluid capacity for healing, insight, and creative engagement. Guided movement sessions, periods of silence, and opportunities for community exchange awaken our inherent interconnection with nature. Reclaiming this sense of belonging empowers the manifestation of meaningful contributions in the world.

This weeklong retreat is suitable for educators, health-care practitioners, artists, activists, and all who wish to sustain themselves from a state of wholeness and well-being.

Watermark Arts Journals

News

Welcoming New Artists

Visit our galleries

Watermark Arts galleries currently feature fifty artists representing all artistic media. We will continue to grow in 2021 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.  You can see all the artists on this page.

Moving Art Cards

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Created by Elaine Colandrea and Prue Jeffries, each card offers an image and a somatic practice to deepen awareness to your felt, sensed experience. Enhance your personal practice and increase your embodied presence, artfully! Learn more about Moving Art Cards here.

Continuum & the Creativity of Health Series

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

Paintings: Cosmic Breast Spiral and Ocean Birthings by Satya Kirsch

Dharmakaya Retreat

Fluid Anatomy, Fluid Movement, Fluid Life: A Continuum In-Depth Retreat, September 15 – 18, 2022
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Watermark Arts returns to Omega!

Coming in Summer 2022: Elemental Movement for Creative Wellbeing: A Continuum Retreat
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An Invitation to Wade Into the Miraculous

The miracle of nature can be a resource during times of stress. We, and the planet, are filled with the elemental mystery of water.
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Events

Watermark Arts Performances

Opening image: Kathy Cassens photograph, Morphic Memory, choreography Elaine Colandrea. Contact page: The Nature of the Body video by Elaine Colandrea

Learn more about our programs, series, and projects.

  • Continuum & Creativity Interview Series

    Interviews with artist-practitioners exploring how continuum enlivens their artistic practice (and vice versa). Learn more.

  • Continuum & the Creativity of Health Series

    Interviews with continuum practitioners focusing on the relationship between continuum and health. Learn more.

  • Watermark Arts Journal

    The Journal, published twice a year, presenting writing, art, and photography. Learn more.

  • Water Blessing Project

    An invocation to water and to self-inquiry in service to the whole of existence Learn more.

  • The Artists

    Over 70 artists have their works represented on our website. Learn more.

  • Workshops

    Watermark Arts presents programs at Omega Institute, Shantigar, and Italy. Learn more.

  • Watermark Arts Performances

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  • Watermarkings

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  • Continuum Demonstrations

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