New Art and an Invitation, please RSVP

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As the season changes, as we all process myriad challenges, I continue to ask, “what kind of world is created by people informed by somatic practice?” The answer lies in the work of our dynamic community of artists and supporters. 

This month, we welcome international dance artist Hanna Sybille Müller, whose words float in the banner above amidst David Gilbert’s artwork. Learn more about Sybille below and view a three minute video collage crafted by Prue Jeffries of our Watermarkings performance.

On Sunday October 23 from 1 – 2 pm ET, we invite you to an online celebration and sharing of The Elemental BodyA Movement Guide to Kinship with Ourselves and the Natural World, our newest publication. Join co-author Rori Smith and me for a guided experience of the book including film, poetry and Continuum exploration.

All are welcome to this free hour-long event; no Continuum experience required. Feel free to share the invitation with family and friends. Read more below and RSVP to receive the Zoom link. 

In kinship,
Elaine

Elaine Colandrea, Artistic Director

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

Read the Fall 2022 newsletter here

Basking in Beauty

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Dear Friends,

I am basking in beauty after spending a week in retreat with other Continuum movers at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, followed by presenting Continuum at the Somatic Dance Conference and Performance Festival in Geneva, NY. 

This excerpt from Omega participant Susan Kushner’s poem “Refuge” captures the essence of these experiences for me…

Find a space where your muscles can relax and unfurl; 
Where the ground is solid and strong beneath you and the sky cradles you from above. 
Find an inner sanctum where your breathing can soften and your heart can become warm and 
full and open; where all creatures around you will care for you. 
Where you are safe. 
Where you can dance and feel joy. 
And sway in the wind. 
Where you are not alone. 
And you can feel the rhythm of life run through you.

In a future mailing, you will be introduced to more of Susan’s poetry, along with other artists joining our virtual galleries.

In this newsletter, we share with you a Continuum Water Blessing filmed at Long Pond Lake on the final morning at Omega, along with photos capturing the Watermark Arts performance and the inaugural book reading of The Elemental Body: A Movement Guide to Kinship with Ourselves and the Natural World. 

I am already looking forward to our next opportunity to gather and immerse in Continuum and the natural world. I invite you to join me for Fluid Anatomy, Fluid Movement, Fluid Life: A Continuum Retreat  at the immaculate Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing high in the Shawangunk Mountains of Cragsmoor, NY from September 15 -18. We will enjoy the fresh Fall season as we move together in the outdoor practice pavilion on the mountainside. Wishing that your heart be warmed by your joyfully moving body,

Elaine and the Watermark Arts Creative Team

Elaine Colandrea, Artistic Director

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

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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

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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
 
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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

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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

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