A Book is Born!

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Two years ago, in preparation for our annual Continuum workshop at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, we shared with you a series of online exhibits of art, poetry and somatic explorations inspired by the elements: Air, Earth, Fire and Water. When the pandemic cancelled our plans to gather at Omega, our creative energy was redirected to create a movement guide expanding on the elemental exhibits. 

We are now pleased to announce the publication of our book, The Elemental Body: A Movement Guide to Kinship with Ourselves and the Natural WorldThe pages of which are filled with Continuum explorations from authors Elaine Colandrea and Rori Smith and elemental art and poetry from Watermark artists. This project is a multimedia endeavor. The book is accompanied by a library of short films to inspire your relationship with the elements and enrich your practice. 

Our first book signing will be held during our much anticipated return to Omega for the weeklong retreat “Elemental Movement for Creative Wellbeing,” June 26 – July 1, 2022.

View the newsletter here to learn more about the book and the upcoming workshop.

With great excitement,

Elaine and the Watermark Arts Creative Team

Elaine Colandrea, Artistic Director

Prue Jeffries, Creative DirectorSandra Capellaro, Galleries AdministratorRori Smith, Editor & Writer

A Body of Peace

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The Spring 2022 newsletter begins with a message from Elaine:

“Peace, not only the absence of war.”

This line from ‘Making Peace’ by poet Denise Levertov gave me pause to consider, How does peace live in me? How does war live in me?”

As a person who has lived in relative safety much of her life, I have little reason to direct aggression outwardly. Nonetheless, I have experienced conflict within me, as self-hatred and shame. These war-like feelings have diminished over my years of Continuum practice – not from a direct approach at resolution – more as an outcome of growing other qualities in what I name as my “self.”

I name some of these qualities as a felt experience of peace: A golden thread of tranquility bringing ease within. I sense peace as a movement that allows me to dissolve boundaries between myself and others. I sense peace through the act of communion with the world around me. Even when I am frustrated and angry, this vein of peace flows in me, at times only a subtle glimmer, at other times like a radiant sun. Becoming a body of peace – even when disturbed, even when unwell – I still sense the possibility of peace within. 

Where else can peace begin if not in my own being? 

I don’t feel virtuous or noble in this investigation, nor do I feel like I know what I am doing. My efforts are a drop of water in a peace-parched landscape, like tears of grief while bearing witness for others’ pain. Yet, the pursuit of peace – embodied within and with others – feels like a sacred inquiry. 

To this end, with Watermark Arts, we create opportunities for somatic explorers to join together in peaceful communion with self, others, and the world. Please join in these embodied explorations of discovery. We create them to be shared with you. 

Read the newsletter here.

Elaine and the Watermark Arts Creative Team

Elaine Colandrea, Artistic Director

Prue Jeffries, Creative DirectorSandra Capellaro, Galleries AdministratorRori Smith, Editor & Writer

Creative wellbeing in community: Omega gathering, Summer 2022

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A message from Elaine:

Megan Bathory-Peeler, my cherished colleague and collaborator, has eagerly joined me in planning Elemental Movement for Creative Wellbeing, a 5-day retreat at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY:
June 26 – July 1, 2022. 

Elaine: After a two year hiatus due to the pandemic, I am thrilled to have you collaborate with me to facilitate our return to Omega

Megan: It feels more necessary than ever to gather in community with our colleagues and fellow lovers of Continuum.

Elaine: For our fifth retreat at Omega since 2016, the faculty will fluidly guide participants in the sensate experience of the elements. Air, Earth, Fire and Water are well represented throughout the restorative Omega campus, providing us with the ideal environment to connect symbiotically with nature.

Megan: Yes, it’s that grounding into a deep connection with nature that brings participants back to Omega. People are called to return because of the alchemy that occurs during our communal workshop explorations, along with the nurturing interactions at meals, on the trails, at the lake, at the bookstore and cafe, which inspire and sustain us through the rest of the year.

Scroll down to meet the illustrious faculty. We all look forward to welcoming you to Omega 2022. Registration is limited to allow for a spacious and safe workshop environment – indoors and outdoors on the covered porch. Omega has made many adjustments to keep us healthy and comfortable, as our relationship to the pandemic continues to evolve. Please register early to secure your place.

Looking forward to the warmth of summer and your smiling faces,

Elaine

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Waves of Gratitude

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This month we share a wonderful short film, The Artistry of Water, 
in which Continuum is shown to nourish our relationship with nature.

As we take our first breaths in 2022, please join me on January 1st for 
Waters Within: Continuum Breath, Sound & Movement Meditation. Rebirth is the theme of this free 90-minute online workshop.

I wish to send three waves of gratitude to mark the spirit of the season.

Thank you to all Watermark Arts artists:

Your somatic artistry is a source of inspiration.

Thank you to the Watermark Arts Creative Team: 

Your talents make Watermark Arts flow with beauty and grace.

Thank you to all viewers and participants:

 You make us whole.

May we continue to move together – and be moved by each other,

Elaine

Elaine Colandrea, Artistic Director

Prue Jeffries, Creative DirectorSandra Capellaro, Galleries AdministratorRori Smith, Editor & Writer

Read the newsletter and watch the video here.

Feast on a Banquet of Artists

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In this season’s newsletter, three artists join Watermark Arts this season. Hailing from across the globe, each artist represents a different medium of
creative expression.

  • Ruth Wieder Magan of Israel gifts us her truly unique wild female voice.
  • Binda Colebrook of Massachusetts joins us with her Earth-centered visual offerings.
  • Penny Allport of British  Columbia invites us to connect with the essence of life through her somatic poetry.

Below, sensory-rich morsels of each artist’s work tempt you to visit their full online offerings carefully prepared by Galleries Administrator Sandra Capellaro.

I am happy to welcome each artist and more than pleased to invite you to see, hear and be touched by their creations.

Wishing you well in this season of shorter days and longer nights,

Elaine

PS: With gratitude to all who joined our October 31, 2021 Community Journal Event! Journal ordering information is included below.

The Watermark Arts Creative Team

Elaine Colandrea, Artistic Director

Prue Jeffries, Creative DirectorSandra Capellaro, Galleries AdministratorRori Smith, Editor & Writer
 
Read the newsletter here.

Creativity Flows: Projects on Fire!

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In these last fiery days of the summer, sparks are flying from the Creative Team as we move forward with:

  • Print publication of all four Watermark Arts Journals, available this Fall
  • Welcoming Megan Bathory-Peeler as Special Events Coordinator
  • Growing our online artist galleries
  • 2022 publication of “The Elemental Nature of the Body: A Somatic Movement Guide to Creative Wellbeing”
  • Preparing for Continuum Explorations at Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing, September 17 – 19.

Our projects reflect our core mission: to envision and shape a cultural shift to a more humane world informed by somatic awareness and artistic expression.

Read the newsletter here.

The Watermark Arts Creative Team

Elaine Colandrea, Artistic Director

Prue Jeffries, Creative DirectorSandra Capellaro, Galleries AdministratorRori Smith, Editor & Writer

A Garden of Artists and Exciting News

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Like the summer season, the Watermark Arts galleries are in full flower. With pleasure, we welcome the poetry of Patricia Brown (Maine), the photography of Bethany Murray (UK), and the vocal artistry of Sarah Skinner Kilborne (Hudson Valley, NY). Scroll down and stroll through our garden of new artists and their sensory-rich offerings!

We also bring exciting news: all four of our digital Watermark Arts Journal issues will soon be available in print! We hope the Journals will enhance your library, and those of loved ones, for years to come.

The first in person workshop at Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing (July 30 – Aug 1) is fully enrolled. I am looking forward to sharing My Body, The Wetland with an illustrious group of experienced Continuum movers.

Registration is open for Continuum Explorations (September 17 – 19), the next opportunity to gather in person at this new, serene retreat center nestled in Pine Bush, NY, in the Shawangunk Mountains outside of New Paltz, NY. It will be the perfect time of year to commune with the glory of Fall, when the forested mountainside of Dharmakaya will be steeped in yellow, gold, orange, and red leaves. Join us!

Here is to the flowering within you and around you,

Elaine Colandrea & Watermark Arts Creative Team

The Watermark Arts Creative Team

Elaine Colandrea, Artistic Director

Prue Jeffries, Creative DirectorSandra Capellaro, Galleries AdministratorRori Smith, Editor & Writer

Read the newsletter here.

Celebrating the convergence of Continuum and dance

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Dear Friends,

In this month when I celebrate 66 years of life, I am intrigued by the spiral form of the number 6. Spirals allow a pathway on which an organism may develop while staying close to a central source of nourishment.

For me, movement expression is that sustaining source – my root, my life-long umbilical cord, my place of origin. A few decades ago, Continuum and dance merged in my world. This confluence is the sacred realm in which I am most alive, whole, and at one with the creative flow of life itself.

I trace this line of my ancestry to founder of Continuum, Emilie Conrad (1934 – 2014), who was also born in the month of June. Emilie was a dancer whose quest to know life through movement birthed the process called Continuum. In the last months of her life, Emilie shared with me her thoughts on the power of creativity to enhance each of our life experiences, which became “The Spirit Soars,” included below.

My passionate interest in the convergence of Continuum and dance is shared with a community of movers, some of whom have generously shared their insights in interviews and dances included in this mailing.

Lastly, included is a new essay on the many ways Continuum can be a foundational practice for dancers, and all moving bodies.

In this season when nature is so visibly expressive, I am pleased to share this bounty with you.

Let’s all spiral onward together,
Elaine
Watermark Arts Artistic Director

Read the newsletter here.

Honoring Water, Honoring Life ~ World Water Year 2021

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At Watermark Arts we think deeply about water. The Watermark Arts name came from a dream about the transformative qualities of water, and many Watermark artists are inspired by the fluid movement practice of Continuum.

During the month of March we offer you myriad ways to engage with your own fluid body and the waters of the world. 

First, we are thrilled to introduce you to artist and planetary activist Shelley Ostroff, who along with co-creators, has initiated World Water Year 2021and the World Water Law. The World Water Law is a global call for citizen action to protect water sources.

On Sunday March 7, Elaine Colandrea, Melanie Gambino and Elisabeth Osgood-Campbell will guide participants in a Continuum Water Blessing during the ISMETA conference, “Engaging Embodiment: Somatic Practices for Health, Education & Social Justice.”

All are welcome to celebrate the life affirming properties of water on Sunday March 21, the day before World Water Day, for Watermarkings – a dance, poetry and music performance. Register for this free online event below.

Throughout the month, experience your own internal fluidity each Wednesday with Megan Bathory-Peeler and Elaine Colandrea in Moving Body Meditations, part of Shantigar Foundation Online Programs.  

Could concern for the world’s waterways, and the well-being of all life forms, be a unifying cause? We look forward to your engagement.

Please join us!

Read the newsletter here.

The Watermark Arts Creative Team

Elaine Colandrea, Artistic Director

Prue Jeffries, Creative DirectorSandra Capellaro, Galleries AdministratorRori Smith, Editor & Writer

 

New Year, New Artists, New Retreat Location

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2021 has arrived; flux is inherent in all beginnings.

At Watermark Arts, we are aswirl with fresh artwork, a new retreat location, and a blossoming of spring projects.

Our new artists, both deeply informed by Continuum, deliver you to the waters of creation. With joy, we introduce you to dancer/poet Lumini Merced and to an expanded selection of Judi Bachrach’s poetry. 

Peer into the world of Dharmakaya Center for Well Being,steeped in the nature of Ulster County, NY. Elaine Colandrea will present two Continuum weekend workshops in the coming year at this scenic, tranquil, private retreat.

March will bring a Water Blessing sponsored by ISMETA (3/7), a World Water Day performance (3/21), and a 5-week Moving BodyMeditations online series with Shantigar Foundation. Look for more details about March events in our next mailing.

Further on the horizon, Omega Institute for Holistic Studies has invited Elaine and Watermark Arts to organize a Summer 2022 workshop. 

From this potent space of new beginning, please contemplate the somatic art in our winter 2021 newsletter here

The Watermark Arts Creative Team

Elaine Colandrea, Artistic Director

Prue Jeffries, Creative DirectorSandra Capellaro, Galleries AdministratorRori Smith, Editor & Writer