Bountiful! Bill Evans, Somatic Dance & Omega 2024

Bountiful! Bill Evans, Somatic Dance & Omega 2024

Dear Friends,

The spring 2024 newsletter, we are honored to share that the stellar dancer/choreographer and somatic education pioneer, Bill Evans, has joined our community. Like the stunning aurora borealis that recently graced our skies, the outpouring of Bill’s creativity contributes luster to the Watermark Arts galleries. 

July 13–16, Watermark Arts editor Rori Smith and I will present at the 10th Annual Bill Evans Somatic Dance & Movement Conference in Port Townsend, Washington. The conference theme, “Making the world a better place through somatic movement education,” is a passion we so deeply share with Bill. 

Immediately prior, June 30–July 5, the annual Omega “octopod” faculty will be welcoming a fantastic, and fast-growing, group of Continuum explorers to The Art of Breathing: A Continuum Retreat in Rhinebeck, NY. Don’t miss the chance to participate, register now!

Join me – on either coast – for a “summer of love,”

Elaine

The Watermark Arts Team Creative Team

Elaine Colandrea, Artistic Director

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

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Video Riches for You

Video Riches for You

Dear Friends,

As a newcomer to the Watermark Arts website recently said, “Forget Netflix! With Watermark Arts videos, I can learn so much that will support my health and wellbeing.”

In this newsletter, we bring you video interviews with seven of my Continuum Teachers Association colleagues. Together, we will offer The Art of Breathing: A Continuum Retreat at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY: June 30 – July 5, 2024.

Along with the inspiration I know you will receive from the videos, we officially welcome you to join us this summer at Omega.

With enthusiasm,

Elaine

Watermark Arts Creative Team

Elaine Colandrea, Artistic Director

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

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Honoring Emilie

Honoring Emilie

On the tenth anniversary of Emilie Conrad’s passing from this life, we share with you The Spirit Soars, a 10-minute video featuring the visionary founder of Continuum, on the intimate and essential process of making art. The video premiered on June 14, 2014, what would have been Emilie’s 80th birthday.

Although Emilie did not live to see this film, she was fully aware of its creation and chose the works she wanted represented in the film. Through her voice and dances, Emilie is present here.

Every time I view The Spirit Soars, I absorb more wisdom from Emilie. At times, I am deeply affected by a phrase, at other times one of her gestures opens a new world of experience for me. I learned so much from Emilie in the decades I had with her. What continues to impress me is how much I am still learning from her in the time since her passing. I am forever grateful. 

With endless love,

Elaine

Watermark Arts Creative Team

Elaine Colandrea, Artistic Director

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

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The Art of Breathing

The Art of Breathing

A zephyr is a gentle breeze, often a westerly wind. Zephyr, the personification of the west wind, appears in Botticelli’s iconic painting The Birth of Venus – his breath blows Venus from sea to land.  

Hasten Spring’s arrival by learning the Zephyr Breath in our newest video. Then practice the Zephyr Breath while viewing David Gilbert’s artwork. David is a longtime somatic explorer and worked extensively with Emilie Conrad, founder of Continuum, as well as other teachers. Megan Bathory-Peeler and I are featured in this photo and collage series.

Megan and I are also actively preparing for this year’s retreat at Omega, Continuum: The Art of BreathingJune 30 – July 5, 2024. Registration is now open! Participating is a much-anticipated annual ritual for so many in our community. Please join us, our fabulous faculty, and friends in a breathtaking, and breath-giving, environment.

On the cusp of Spring,

Elaine

The Watermark Arts Team Creative Team

Elaine Colandrea, Artistic Director

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

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Prepare to be mesmerized

Prepare to be mesmerized

The first newsletter of 2024 begins with new photography by Tuan Pham, which our own Sandra Capellaro calls “mesmerizing.”

While viewing Tuan’s work, I encourage you to accompany your exhalations with a low tuneless hum, allowing your breath to elongate. With each pairing of photo and breath, I find myself dropping into a state of restful aliveness. 

We may also cultivate our vitality by gathering together to investigate positive models for being in relationship with ourselves and others. Like waves on the shore, our individual efforts are magnified by the collective endeavor.

The magic and wonder of being human, even if we exist in an imperfect world, can sustain us in hopeful ways. Please join in this inquiry at one of our 2024 retreats. Discoveries await…

In exploration,
Elaine

The Watermark Arts Team Creative Team

Elaine Colandrea, Artistic Director

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

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Barbara Mindell in words and paintings

Barbara Mindell in words and paintings

Dear Friends,

Drum roll, please.

The Watermark Arts Creative Team is exceedingly pleased to bring you Transformation, the 2023 Watermark Arts Journal! Painter and longtime Continuum teacher Barbara Mindell’s article “The Process of Transformation and the Myth of Paralysis” is featured, along with each of the paintings she completed in her lifetime.

We express our sincere gratitude to Barbara’s partner, Dennis Matthies, for transferring Barbara’s archive to Elaine, giving us the ability to share Barbara’s deeply embodied understanding of Continuum with you. Her wisdom, vibrantly expressed in words and images, is a true gift for all to receive. Hanna Wise Heiting’s poem “Death is,” written as a memorial tribute, gives considerable insight into Barbara’s passionate nature and transports us into a life well lived.

Creative Director Prue Jeffries is commended for her conception of the Watermark Arts Journal – a vehicle through which it is possible to share longform somatic writing and extensive collections of art. In this fifth issue, Prue has once again excelled at creating an aesthetically compelling publication through her artful design.

Along with Elaine, editors Sandra Capellaro and Rori Smith complete the team bringing the journal to you. We encourage you to settle in and absorb this treasure trove of somatic understanding.

As a young adult Barbara was in a life-threatening accident, which made for many challenges throughout her life. She was a true dweller on the threshold. She met every experience with total participation and always with great style. In these challenging days, may Barbara’s spirit continue to guide us.

Wishing you well this holiday season,
Elaine, Prue, Sandra & Rori

PS: Welcome 2024 with Elaine and Rori on Sunday January 7th for Intimacy with the Infinite: A Continuum Workshop. The event is free; register below to receive the link.

The Watermark Arts Team Creative Team

Elaine Colandrea, Artistic Director

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

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The Dance Between Earth and Humankind

The Dance Between Earth and Humankind

Dear Friends,

I adore the rich exchange that flows forth when artistic mediums inform each other. 

Watermark Arts welcomes dancer, choreographer and somatic educator E.E. Balcos. E.E.’s revelatory creation, The On-going-ness of Earth and Humankind, fuses the creative processes of a filmmaker, dancer and musician. 

This month’s newsletter also features longtime contributors Noelle Adamo and Satya Kirsch in a pairing of poetry and visual art. 

This holiday season, should you wish to somatically inspire your loved ones, consider adding The Elemental Body, Moving Arts Cards and the Watermark Arts Journals to your shopping list. Order by Dec. 10 for delivery by December 24. Shipping in the US only.

Our first offering of 2024 is Intimacy with the Infinite, a virtual Continuum class on January 7, presented in partnership with 7 Days of Rest and Reweaving Wholeness. Register below to welcome the New Year with us! 

With gratitude for your engagement,
Elaine & the Watermark Arts Team

Elaine Colandrea, Artistic Director

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

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Sharing A Simple Breath

Sharing A Simple Breath

Dear friends,

In this newsletter, we invite you to engage with your breathing as a life defining and enhancing act.

As you read Beth Pettengill Riley’s poem, A Simple Breath, which is interspersed with photographs from dancer Rori Smith’s choreography, become aware of your relationship to your breathing.

Then dive into Moving Like Water, a three-minute participatory video from The Elemental Body that offers approaches to soften bodily holding patterns and liberate your capacity for breathing.

This month we are also announcing the 2024 dates for in-person Continuum retreats so you might begin to allot resources towards attending. These events are opportunities to explore and transform ourselves within community, where breathing, sounding and moving are the terrain that, to quote Beth, “join us – one to another.”

Wishing you a bountiful Autumn, 
Elaine

Watermark Arts Creative Team

Elaine Colandrea, Artistic Director

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

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Soothing the Soul with Somatic Art and Retreats

Soothing the Soul with Somatic Art and Retreats

To convey the embodied artistry of our evening performance during the truly wonderful Continuum Retreat at Omega Center for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, NY, we are sharing the work of gifted photographer Phyllis McCabe.

In this photo essay, we have the opportunity to highlight conversations with dancer/choreographers Megan Bathory-Peeler and Melanie Gambino, whose enduring commitment to Watermark Arts has helped bring many performances to fruition over our near-decade of operation.

A Continuum Immersion is the Fall retreat at the Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing in Cragsmoor, NY. Located in the tranquil Shawangunk Mountains, this pristine location offers a spacious indoor Meditation Hall and a covered outdoor pavilion as sites for exploration. Please join me for a somatic movement balm for the soul from September 14 (Thursday evening) to September 17 (Sunday lunch). 

With appreciation for all the ways you participate in art, somatic practice and community,

Elaine

Watermark Arts Creative Team

Elaine Colandrea, Artistic Director

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

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From Seoul Korea to Rhinebeck NY

From Seoul Korea to Rhinebeck NY

During this season of fertility and growth, art and Continuum are commingling, thriving in so many ways!

Watermark Arts welcomes dance artist Eunmi Kuk from Seoul, whose work is deeply informed by Continuum and Feldenkrais. Learn more about her in this newsletter and see Eunmi perform live at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY on July 5 at 7:30PM during an Evening of Dance, Spoken Word and Poetry: Interdependence in Motion.

Eunmi and fellow performers Megan Bathory-Peeler, Raine Brown, Sandra Capellaro, Kelly Garone, Melanie Gambino and Rori Smith will be traveling to Omega for our annual Continuum retreat July 2 – 7 and you can join them. For many, this retreat is a homecoming – to oneself and to the Continuum community. 

At Omega we will explore interdependence through embodied study of universal patterns of growth common to our living world. This is a unique opportunity to practice Continuum with a faculty of eight long-time Continuum teachers leading the workshop as one interconnected network. 

With an embrace, 
Elaine

Watermark Arts Creative Team

Elaine Colandrea, Artistic Director

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

Read the newsletter: Soom means breath in Korean