Reflection, harvest and holding the vision from afar

Calling all beauties of the monastery migrating across the world for winter nests! Hello

hello?! I know you are there, I can hear you calling to one another. Let us continue this

celebratory song but unite, archive and grow it through the warmth and intimacy of our

own virtual community, http://www.creative-art-community.org. If we all post our

reflections and continued visioning in the “reflection” section of the website we can

create a hearty cacophony to warm our cockles! We will see who we are and what we

achieved in daring to dream. As the leaves are transforming to deep red and gold the

monastery of dreams enters a stage of harvest and reflection.

If you have previously distributed images, stories, poems, films, rhythms, essays, articles

(etc etc!) think about re-posting them on our website! Lets gather everything we have

worked on in these last months and throw them into the mix! And let us embrace this

quietening down and allow even deeper spirals, sillohetes, sounds and secrets of the

summer to bubble up. They are our history and foundations for the future.

 

See you all in our virtual communion! All my love, from exhalia in the mountains,

 

Lizzie.

Monastery in Exhale

On a sunny morning in mid-October, we left the monastery in a colourful caravan packed with the remnants of an estimated 130 people who moved through the gates during three months.

 

On this morning, the monastery of our dreams was more beautiful than ever. The remaining residents had dedicated their last days to intensive and improvised gardening and cleaning -a deep tissue monastery massage transforming disappointments into manifestations of love for the place.

 

After serious and inspired negotiations on our side the landlady declared the building unfit for use, with particular reference to the chapel roof. She plans to renovate over the winter, inspiring hope that the monastery can re-open its gates in spring, and continue to provide, in spirit and structure, for the unfolding of our dreams.

 

Despite the sentimental and nostalgic feeling of leaving the place we learned to love so dearly, we are full of gratitude and wonder of the richness, the process and everything else that emerged and converged over the summer. We began with a month long visioning of community; agreed to two months, extended to three, until finally we did not want to leave any more.

 

The process showed us how being in alignment with the right intention can create magic. An inspired group of individuals scouted for ground, ploughed the soil and planted the seed. The idea to combine an international center for movement and arts with a permanent community received enormous interest from far and wide, as well as the local region.The big potential for the utilisation of movement in group visioning and decision making processes, and the value of creative self-expression in personal and group processes were only some of the findings of our process.

 

The project has only just started, and there are many things still to explore. Let us nourish and water it so that it can grow and blossom again and allow us and everybody who has not yet tasted to enjoy its fruits!

 

Thank you, thank all of you who populated the monastery and its grounds during this time, who filled the courtyard with your laughter, the chapel with your dances, and our hearts with joy. Your singing voices and smiles still resonate in our hearts.

If you would like to share your impressions of this dream, in form of reflections, pictures, drawings… we warmly invite you to do so, under the section « Reflections »

 

For the next steps, we can look for guidance in the very first principle of CI; allow it to happen! With one hand of STRUCTURE “we make it happen” and with the other hand of FLOW, “we let it happen”.

 

With the hand of structure, we are looking for alternative sites to host the project for the winter months, and also in the case that the owner chooses a different future for the monastery. Any advice or directions to new monasteries, castles, dreamhouses that could become our new playground are very welcome! Lets all keep our eyes and ears and other senses open…

 

With the hand on flow, let us hold the vision. « Live into the fairytale » !

 

And, as the morningbird whispered: “lets keep ripe ripe ripening, until we meet again under the khaki tree!“

 

 

Reflections on Vision and a Community Research Visit

The need for a core group with a coherent vision is often regarded as vital to starting a community that lasts. I reflect on feedback on our Monastery of Dreams intensive in relation to visits to several formed and developing communities in Catalonia in 2013. We visited Kanawen, Arcadia, Arlequi, Cal Cases, Can Masdeu, Esblada, Irehom, Cala Fou and Molinàs. I also offer a brief history of the group that formed to set up the Monastery of Dreams and the extent of our mutual involvement to provisionally suggest that a lack of strong group vision in our case reflects the trust born in our common practice of CI and an explicit wish to expand our network to encorporate other visions through the residency and intensive process. I conclude with a call for a different idea of visioning that is sensitive to dance, art practice and improvisation.

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