ONLINE – AWAKE MIND: Write • Draw • Contemplate
October 8–9, 2022
We spend so much time checking off the tasks on our to-do list, caught up in all that has to be taken care of in our daily lives, forgetting to allow time to play, to create, to just be. On this weekend virtual adventure with artist/calligrapher Barbara Bash and writer/filmmaker Victress Hitchcock we will come together to play with pen and ink, color and words, and explore the rich world of natural creativity we all share.
Each day of the retreat we will interweave sessions of free and prompted writing, blind contour drawing, embodied handwriting, and three line expressions. Throughout the weekend we will include contemplations to deepen our awareness and find ways to connect with the natural world around us. In daily small groups we will share our experiences and engage in a lively dialogue.
On the final afternoon, Barbara and Victress will bring together haiku poetry and images guided by heaven, earth and human principles in a spontaneous experience of natural creativity.
No experience in writing or drawing (or haiku) is needed to join AWAKE MIND. The weekend is a time to play with expressions of our innate creativity and see what emerges. In this space of open awareness a brave exploration is possible where we can deepen our trust in our experience and express it with words and images. This connection with our own and each other’s authentic creativity can build a wise community that radiates out into the world.
About the Presenters
Artist/calligrapher Barbara Bash and filmmaker/writer Victress Hitchcock met as students of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche during the early years of the Vajradhatu sangha in Boulder. Victress was a founding member of Centre Productions, the film company Rinpoche started in 1975. Barbara was a teacher of calligraphy and contemplative art practices at Naropa University. After years of friendship, in 2021 Barbara and Victress collaborated on their first virtual AWAKE MIND: Writing / Drawing / Contemplating retreat.
Both Barbara and Victress have a long connection with the Drala Mountain Center land where Barbara has taught Brush Spirit and Contemplative Drawing workshops over the years and Victress has been a meditation instructor and discussion leader at programs including the 1998 Pema Chödron retreat, When Things Fall Apart.
For more information on Barbara’s work as a teacher, a calligrapher, an artist and writer/illustrator of books including her most recent True Nature: An Illustrated Journal of Four Seasons in Solitude, go to: barbarabash.com.
For more information on Victress’ films including – When the Iron Bird Flies and Blessings, as well her recent poetry collections and Writing and Contemplation retreats, go to: victresshitchcock.com.