Creative Practice in the Belly of Impermanence
~ Realizing, Manifesting and Releasing our Living Artistry ~
"The creative adult is the child who survived."
~ Ursula K. Leguin
In this potent chapter of global unpredictability, we are called to gather with brave and tender humans willing to dive into the belly of our ever-changing circumstances. Welcome to CULTIVATE Creative Practice: an embodied, interdisciplinary exploration and training in which we harness, catalyze, and source the creative aliveness of our churning world.
We begin with the truth that every human being is innately and uniquely creative.
CULTIVATE is a practice of attuning to, cohering with, and yoking the generative principle that inherently pulses through each of us in every moment. We practice not only to refine skillful awareness of this creative vitality, but to grow a multidimensional capacity to realize and mobilize the imaginative power and potential at the center of our deepest humanity. As old structures within and around us collide, collapse and transform…
CULTIVATE ignites our skillful capacities to sense, sniff, woo, court,
magnetize, and catalyze living ideas and inspiration,
to prime, tenderize, forge, steady and awaken ourselves as vessels
for these living ideas to come into form!
“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”
~ Albert Einstein
In CULTIVATE Creative Practice (for people of all backgrounds, identities, and levels of experience) we aim to create a brave space in which we can:
- Descend, to include deeper layers of body, psyche, soul, and imagination
- Tenderize, through conscious contact with emergence and impermanence
- Become fertile ecosystems to magnetize inspiration and ideas
- Recognize that wounds and challenges are entwined with deepest gifts
- Transform internal leadership from conditioned tyranny to wakeful sovereignty
- Track creative aliveness and engage it as a compass for purposeful choice making
- Forge a reliable practice in a community of care and dignity
Our practice together in community is deeply rigorous and wildly fun.
If you’re interested and able to show up live, we request that you attend all workshops as fully as possible in real time. If you’re not able to attend live, you may register and receive recordings. We use the Zoom platform with a lot of interaction, engaging directly onscreen, in breakout groups, exploring the space around us through creative prompts, and engaging guided rest or meditation nearby the screen. We request that you be able to have your screen on and ready to actively participate as much as possible.
Zap McConnell (MFA, she/her) is a director/ producer/ performer of multimedia site specific performance experiences. Through the years, her focus on sustainability has manifested in dream-scapes of image, movement, and music, informing not only the content of the performances but the processes by which that work was created. Since 1995 Zap has been a directing member of Zen Monkey Project; founded @hand productions; co-created Chicken Bank Collective (an international interdisciplinary arts collective); and much more. https://www.zapmcconnell.com
Bayo Akomolafe (Ph.D., he/him) is a teacher, speaker, lecturer, public intellectual and author of 'These Wilds Beyond our Fences: Letters to my Daughter on Humanity's Search for Home'. He is currently a proud diaper-changer, life-partner to Ije, father of Alethea Aanya and Kyah Abayomi. Bayo leads The Emergence Network as its Chief Curator and considers himself the chief steward of the concept of postactivism. Learn more at: http://bayoakomolafe.net
This practice may sound exhilarating, or it may sound like a tall order. In our experience, as artists and facilitators, there is an indispensable key to accessing an open space of mind in which creation, preservation, and destruction can all occur. The degree to which we can access an open, unbiased awareness in any given moment is directly related to how fully and courageously we can encounter the waves of feeling and joys and challenges of the material we are working with creatively.
Therefore, throughout CULTIVATE trainings, we braid in awareness practices such as meditation and yoga nidra, to train ourselves to access a bigger perspective in which our creative process can flow more fully and freely. As we come to know and trust something boundless, resilient, and unconditioned in our being, we can more gracefully shed outdated or toxic ways of being in the world or engaging our creative practice. We can release habits and patterns that have bound us to narrow expressions of ourselves and our relationships. We can transcend limited perspectives or world views of who we are as artists and how living artistry can serve the world around us. We can grow beyond a self-serving, isolated sense of self - and yet include our uniqueness and wisdom born of our wounds. We can adventure into the broader dimensions of what’s possible in creative practice together in harmony with life and death.
In CULTIVATE, we measure the growth of our creative practice by how much we are able to track and channel our own creative aliveness in any given moment of artmaking or living.
We hope you’ll join us and a kind, powerful, international community forming around this practice: artists of all mediums, curious thinkers and feelers, and so many yearning to join together more fully with each of our creative capacities!
“...which causes me to wonder, my own purpose on so many days as humble as the spider's, what is beautiful that I make? What is elegant? What feeds the world?”