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!

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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


Like Venus come ashore, WATERSENSE, the new 2020 Journal is here!

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Dear Friend,

As the wild, crashing currents of 2020 ebb and a new year flows in, I reflect upon the quality of water that has been most instructive in meeting unprecedented times: Adaptability.

If ever there was a time for opening oneself to new possibilities through life-affirming somatic art, it is this present moment. I am awash with gratitude for everyone who has viewed our exhibits and films and attended our online offerings. Your participation makes Watermark Arts whole and complete.

At the heart of Watermark Arts are the nearly 60 artists whose sensuous and alive artwork graces our online galleries, newsletters, exhibits, performances, films and publications.

As our annual capstone, Watermark Arts invites you to delve now into our fourth journal, WaterSense, featuring My Body, The Wetland, a reflection on interdependence, collaboration, and vitality. In the 2020 Journal, we bow to those whose contributions made possible numerous Water Blessings, the Elemental Art ExhibitsSusan Harper: Heart of Continuum, and Materadancescapes – all included in WaterSense.

The 2020 Journal will remain available on the Watermark Arts website, along with our three earlier issues: The Artistry of Water, Continuum & Creativity, and The Creativity of Health. All of which offer potent reflections on the gift of adaptability – meeting what is.

Together, with love, we head into the unknown,

Elaine and the Watermark Arts Creative Team

Elaine Colandrea   Prue Jeffries         Sandra Capellaro          Rori Smith
Artistic Director      Creative Director  Galleries Administrator  Editor/Writer

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A Moving Inquiry: The Art of Personal Practice


A Moving Inquiry: The Art of Personal Practice is an invitation to discover the inherent gifts of living an embodied life. 

Beginning February 16th 2021, this 7-week course is also an introduction to Continuum, the somatic movement modality that has informed, infused and inspired my own movement practice, as well as my teaching, writing, relationships and professional life for the past four decades. 

Continuum is an inquiry into the nature of all movement.  It invites you to directly experience your body’s interconnectedness with the wholeness of life.  The simple yet profound practices we will explore in this course make an art form of dissolving constraint, welcoming the liberation of the entire person at every level.

Using breath, sound, and somatic movement, you are invited to enlarge your capacity to live from the inside out – your capacity to move, speak, think, love, play and work as a fluid organism in a bio-intelligent world. Stepping outside of the cultural models of “body” and “shape” you discover the deep inner world of flourishing life that reveals itself with grace and ease.

Continuum has revolutionized the role of somatic movement in health, education, relationship, physical fitness, creativity and spirituality. I am honored and delighted to share this work and guide you in creating life-enhancing personal movement practice.

This course is for anyone who longs to more fully inhabit this life, and anyone who senses the need for more authentic, embodied engagement in the world we share. All are welcome.

Guided by Beth Pettengill Riley for more info: https://sutra.co/circle/rqh3ra

With Grace & Gratitude ~ Water Blessings 2020

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On November 1 dozens of participants came together in the virtual stream for a global Water Blessing. From the Pacific Ocean to the Nile River, each participant moved in resonance with a cherished body of water.

While we were geographically dispersed, our collective practice unified us as we slipped magically into the guiding currents of water’s elemental nature.

The poetry of Judi Bachrach and Beth Riley, included in this newsletter for you to absorb, invited us to explore water’s multitude of qualities. Musician Cory Blake bathed us in glorious live music so that we might “move like water.”

We welcome you to immerse in the photographs, quotes, and videos from this culminating Water Blessing event, along with all the Water Blessings of 2020 – our year dedicated to learning from water. A special thank you to all who attended on November 1 and to the myriad contributions documenting Water Blessings worldwide.

I wish you well as you surge, drift, bubble, melt, and more…


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An Invitation to Wade Into the Miraculous

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

Water is buoyant ~ it carries and guides.
Water is purifying ~ it cleanses and renews.
Water as a teacher can dissolve what no longer serves us and can support the best in us to grow a more beautiful world.

Read the newsletter here.

You are invited to dip into the virtual livestream
Sunday, November 1 for a Continuum Water Blessing
with live music by Cory Blake.

Join in a worldwide participatory sound and breath exploration of moving like water, augmented by poetry from Judi Bachrach and Beth Pettengill Riley.

Gather indoors with a bowl of water or out in nature with a symbolic offering to place in water. Honor the waters of your own being and the living waters of your environment.

Together we will invoke water to guide us in creativity and communication – hallmark processes of life force.

Waiting at the water’s edge for you,

— Elaine

Join together in the Zoom landscape for this 1-hour Continuum community gathering on Sunday, November 1:

West Coast North America 10-11 AM
East Coast North America 1-2 PM
British Isles 6-7 PM
Most of Europe 7-8 PM

Find your meeting time here.

Register now. Enrollment limited for this free event.

You will receive a Zoom link confirmation.

Below find the Water Blessing instructional video.
Also view recent Somatic Cinema Premieres.

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Photos above: Water Blessing with Megan Bathory – Peeler and Elaine Colandrea by Michael Schreiber, Shantigar Foundation. Sunflower Offering by Prue Jeffries.

This August – Somatic Cinema!

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This August, Watermark Arts is thrilled to adventure into a new medium of creative exchange – the Zoom film premiere! We invite you to reserve your place in the virtual audience as we share two new films with subjects quite dear to me.

Sunday, August 16, 1 – 2 PM EDT 

A trio of short dance films responding to the canyons and caverns of Matera in southern Italy, a site steeped in mythology and human history as one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Q&A with choreographer Elaine Colandrea, filmmaker Prue Jeffries, composer Morena Boschetto, and performers Claudia Catani and Naomi Walker will follow the films. Special guests Teresa Barbaro and Paolo Montagna will join live from Matera to speak about the distinctive features of the film location.

Susan Harper
Heart of Continuum

Sunday, August 23, 1 – 2:30 PM EDT 

A cinematic celebration of Susan’s extraordinary life journey.
Born in Africa to missionary parents, Susan began her devoted exploration of Continuum with Emilie Conrad in 1975, partnering with her in various ways until Emilie’s death in 2014. Continuum Montage, Susan’s lifework, began as a record company and grew into the full expression of the innovative somatic practices born of Susan’s deep inquiries and collaborative nature. Susan Harper, Heart of Continuum was created to honor Susan’s 70th birth year. A birthday toast with Susan will follow the film.

Reservations are limited for these one-time-only events. Reserve by clicking on the designated premiere buttons below. I hope to see you at Materadancescapes, Susan Harper, or best of all – both!

With enormous excitement,
Elaine and the Watermark Arts Creative Team

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What ignites you? Fire, the great transformer

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A note from Elaine

Fire, the great transformer, is the fourth and final installation in Watermark Arts’ Elemental Art exhibit. Whatever fire touches is altered forever by the intensity of its blaze. Yet, fire is a vital part of life’s rhythm. Just as we inspire and expire, we ignite and extinguish.

I often associate fire with creative passion, which led me to reflect on the meaning of these words:

  • heat: energy transferred from one body to another
  • art: the transfer of human imagination to an expressive form
  • heat + art = heart: the vital part or essence of a body or form

Is fire at the heart of the creative spirit? What sparks your curiosity and interest? What ignites you?

In the spirit of renewal,


PS – Stay tuned for dates announcing two exciting Zoom film premieres. Watermark Arts will bring you Celebrating Susan Harper, Celebrating Continuum Montage and Materadancescapes.

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Elemental Moving Body, an online Continuum Workshop

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5 week online Continuum Workshop 

with Elaine Colandrea and Megan Bathory Peeler

Presented by Shantigar Foundation and Watermark Arts

5 Wednesday morning gatherings: July 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 10:00am – 12:30pm EDT

Suggested Tuition: $249, or pay what you will.  No one turned away for lack of funds.

Please register here.


Elaine Colandrea and Megan Bathory-Peeler unite again to bring you the magical delights of Continuum steeped in the beauty of nature at Shantigar in Rowe, MA. This July, our focus is on the 4 elements: Earth, Air, Fire and Water.

We will connect to explore together in a Zoomscape gathering once a week on Wednesday mornings 10:00 am-12:30 pm. In between gatherings, we will endeavor to inspire you with artful movement films we made this spring in order to bring Shantigar to you. We will help deepen your practice with guided moving meditation videos you can work with on your own also filmed at Shantigar.

Elemental Moving Body is a five-week workshop that allows for personalization and flexibility in this unusual time of the pandemic.

This workshop invites us to extend the scope of our ability to connect inside ourselves, outside in nature, and through time and space with one another.


About the Teachers

Elaine Colandrea explores how the somatic arts shape consciousness, inform and inspire the creative process, and foster connections with nature, organically creating a more humane world.

Elaine is the artistic director of Watermark Arts. She is also a movement artist, Continuum teacher, somatic educator, and massage therapist. Her work has been deeply influenced by her association with Emilie Conrad, founder of Continuum. Her abiding passion is bringing people together to directly experience the body’s transformative capacity.

Megan Bathory-Peeler is a somanaut – a professional explorer of the body.A compassionate listener and a life-long lover of movement, consciousness, connection, communication, and self-knowledge, she is deeply committed to supporting health holistically through embodied awareness for people of all ages.

Interdisciplinary and curious by nature, Megan’s own Somanautiko approach to embodied self-care grew out of her inquiries as a movement artist, choreographer, bodyworker, somatic therapist/educator, and teacher of Continuum. She offers private sessions in her Western Massachusetts office, classes and workshops throughout New England, and intensive programs in Europe.

Learn more.