Current Workshop: Resurrecting Destiny - SAT, 4/21/12 @ 10am
Proverb: Every time the universe fractures, a new destiny is born.
14 Black Poppies workshops are held the third Saturday of the month and are open to
all. Fees are Pay-What-You-Can with a suggested donation of $20.
Every third Saturday of the month from 10am to 12:30pm 14 Black Poppies holds a personal renewal workshop. All workshops are Pay-What-You-Can and donations will be collected at the workshop. They are held at The Happiness Institute (1720 Market Street @Valencia in SF). Below are the workshops with descriptions. Click the title to visit the registration page.
04.21.2012 - Resurrecting Destiny - Examine how destiny is reborn. Explore the concept of renewal as we construct and deconstruct worlds. A fun, tactile workshop using recycled materials to create works of art.
05.19.2012 - Perceiving Beauty - Capture the allure of the mundane in a fun scavenger hunt. We’ll view beauty from the eye of the beholder through the lens of instant photography. Using cell phone cameras we’ll create our a gallery of “beauty of forgetting.”
06.16.2012 - Finding Time - Can the simple act of eating be transformed into a meditative practice of insight? Join Jason as he slows down the process of cooking and eating to reveal the hidden secrets of time.
07.21.2012 - Shades of Gray - Discover the power of the pencil! Make and break rules in deference to impermanence using pencil and erasers. Free writing exercises and drawing make this workshop a fun exploration of the many shades of gray.
08.18.2012 - Combustible Art - 14 Black Poppies goes on a field trip to Ocean Beach for a bonfire! Participants are encouraged to bring burnable objects and scour the beach for driftwood to create a mini-burning man.
09.15.2012 - The Intention of Divination - Everybody is a soothsayer! Discover the answers in your own hands as we explore the art of divination. We’ll create our own card, read for others and have our card read.
10.20.2012 - Simply Repetitive - Simple repetition can create a beautifully complex pattern. Discover how our individual movements combine with that of others to create the dance of life. This workshop explores contemporary forms of movement in a study of pattern making.
11.17.2012 - Wisdom Is - Where 14 Black Poppies began! Playing with words through free write and group expression, we’ll create 14 new proverbs to launch the next phase of art, wellness and community. It’s a party as much as a creative arts workshop!
10.15.2011 - The 14 Black Poppy Way - Jason and Margaret share the inspiration for 14 Black Poppies and the “process” of their work. “When ever we get stuck, we don’t ask why, we ask how.” The workshop will include walking meditation, writing, and an examination of “how.” It’s all about seeking process!
11.12.2011 (2nd Sat!!) - Finding Community; Finding I - In which we explore community and our relation to each other. This workshop includes an introduction to Tapping Touch, as well as non-dominate hand drawing. We also pay homage to the Quaker tradition of sitting in silence with others.
12.17.2011 -Boundaries? - Go on a pilgrimage! Explore personal space, setting and crossing boundaries, real and imaginary. We’ll push our limits and those of others in this thought-provoking movement workshop.
01.21.2012 - Moving Directions - Start the New Year moving forward... and to the side and back. Make a resolution to attend this workshop intersecting dance and life maps to get 2012 moving in the right direction!
02.18.2012 - Releasing I - Release the hurt within. Healing and cleansing rituals allow us to let go of emotional and mental anguish that often manifests as physical pain. A safe, non-threatening workshop on the art of letting go.
03.17.2012 - Healing Bridges - Take a new look at illness and health through ritual, guided imagery, and discussion. Guest artist and activist, Mari Villaluna will present Indigenous practices, including an Ute prayer.
More About the Workshops
Jason and Margaret have over 20 years facilitating arts, wellness, and community-based educational experiences. To launch 14 Black Poppies, they reflected on their life's work and wrote 14 Proverbs that summarize and synthesize their philosophy of education, a philosophy that fosters renewal. This philosophy now comes to life in the form of 14 workshops over the course of 14 months.
Each workshop explores a different proverb and uses diverse practices including (but not limited to) writing, meditation, movement, theater games, visual art, inquiry, connections and more.
14 Black Poppies is committed to keeping our workshops affordable to all. Therefore, all workshops are Pay-What-You-Can with a suggested donation of $20.
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