Mindful Creativity in Community: A One-Day Retreat with Mushim (Patricia Ikeda) and Ramekon
East Bay Meditation Center, 2147 Broadway, Oakland
A hands-on day of mindfulness meditation, art and poetry making, and the invocation of liberation and celebration through gathering in supportive, nonjudgmental spiritual community. The goal is to engage participants in a relaxed and creative state of being quickly and easily, by transforming everyday objects into works of art, using puzzle pieces, beads, cloth strips, and found objects that become sculpture, masks, and tapestries. Materials were provided and no attempt is made to direct the creativity outcome of the project. Instruction was provided for beginners in meditation. The goal is to quickly and easily engage participants in a relaxed and creative state by transforming cloth strips into large tapestries using the folk-art tradition of rag-rug making.