The Color of Mud: Exploring Shame Through Contemplative Creativity
"...and once you say you are ashamed reading the page they hold out to you then such light as you have made in your history will leave you... it is only candor that is aloof from them, only an inward clarity, unashamed, that they cannot reach. Be ready." Wendell Barry, poet
What is the color of mud? The only thing I can tell you is that mud is really, really messy...but it can be washed off.
For a long time I have attempted to give shape what shame feels and looks like so I could try to make friends with this beast. Maybe if I could make out its multitudinous contours I could work together with it and shape it into something new. I have taken this pilgrimage through various ways of art-making, teasing out Shame's faces, textures, colors and personalities . I invite and you to join me in this creative exploration and discovery as we rummage through my medicine bag of contemplative, healing and expressive arts as companions along the way. You do not need to be "artistic" or "creative" in any way to find this series meaningful.
4 Thursdays: February 15, 22, March 1, 8 Amherst, MA *location is being confirmed Sliding scale: $120 - $240 for the series Space is limited. Please, if possible, plan to attend all 4 sessions.