FINAL STUDIO GATHERING!
OCTOBER 12, 2017 will mark the final gathering at the Inner Fields studio in Prospect Heights. For the past two years I have been opening my apartment to the community to host gatherings and workshops which explore Buddhist practices and philosophy through art, music, ritual and ecology. It has given my home a beautiful energy which has been nourishing and inspiring in countless ways. However this is not the end, rather it's a new beginning. Celebrating the truth of change and impermanence, Inner Fields will now become a roaming events project showing up in various, unique sites around the world - including meditation spaces, brownstones, beach bungalows, rooftops and other secret outdoor locations throughout New York, California, Australia and beyond. In this way Inner Fields will be able to reach a broader spectrum of the international community, and will simply exist wherever there are people gathered together to create it.
Thank you to everyone who has graced my apartment with their presence, generosity and warmth over these past two years. I look forward to sharing Inner Fields with more of you, in all the new places we end up.
Much love always, Elaine Su-Hui
Attending a gathering
Inner Fields is located in a private studio in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Gatherings are intimate and small and space is very limited. To attend any session you will need to RSVP. Once your space is confirmed, you will receive an email with the address and any further information you'll need. Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours before any gathering as there may be a waiting list.
Inner Fields is structured on principles of generosity and reciprocity and gatherings are usually offered by sliding scale or dāna (donation). Dāna is the Pali word for 'cultivating generosity' and all guests are invited to participate in this intentional, self-reflective practice when attending any gathering. All contributions are shared between the space and its collaborators.
To receive email invitations to upcoming sessions, please add your information HERE.
Thank you for being a part of Inner Fields!
This October, Inner Fields is honored to be an exhibition partner for Open Source Gallery's program REIMAGINING TRADITION, a 3 week exhibition highlighting the intersections between socially engaged art and ritual practices. REIMAGINING TRADITION takes place September 30 – October 22 as a series of site-specific projects by New York City-based artists who blur the distinction between art and the sacred. http://open-source-gallery.org/reimagining-tradition/
This final gathering in the Inner Fields studio will be a satellite event for this program, in collaboration with artist James Leonard.
THE US BETWEEN OUR THINGS.
A ritualized participatory experience with artist James Leonard.
7-9pm, Thursday October 12
James Leonard pioneers artworks and social practices which explore and challenge the ways in which our contemporary culture isolates us. Most recently known for his ‘Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies' where he offers intimate tarot readings on climate change, his work is driven by recognizing our common humanity and agency in the face of the escalating ecological crisis. For a very special final gathering in the Inner Fields studio, James will create a ritualized participatory experience which pushes against the isolation created by capitalism and instead cultivates intimate human connection and unity. Drawing upon neuroscience, social bonding, art and culture, this gathering will incorporate specialized guided meditations alongside ritual practices to experientially investigate our materialistic and consumerist impulses, the vulnerabilities which can unite or divide us, and the wisdom of our ecological interdependence. For more info and to RSVP, CLICK HERE.
Sangha - Community Meditation Practice
Monthly on Wednesdays at 6.30pm
"A sangha is a community of friends practicing the dharma together in order to bring about and to maintain awareness. The essence of a sangha is awareness, understanding, acceptance, harmony and love." - Thich Nhat Hanh
The Inner Fields sangha is a small but diverse, multi-lineage group who meet monthly to practice meditation together. We aim to offer each other encouragement, inspiration, support and refuge in our personal commitments to an ethical, spiritual life. Silent meditation practice is followed by reflection, readings, discussion and questions prompted by a weekly theme or topic.
We always welcome guests and new members, regardless of previous meditation experience. If you would like to attend, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org
ALONE, TOGETHER. With experimental art group, THE OTHER INSTRUMENT. A participatory music performance exploring relationships and communication, time and memory, the nuances of silence, and our common humanity. Sunday April 30, 2017.
REWILDING. A RETURN. With artist RACHEL FRANK. A philosophical, artistic and personal exploration of our ecological connection to the land, with a listening meditation based upon field recordings from the Innoko National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Sunday April 23, 2017 (Earth Day Weekend).
SOUND AND THE GROUND OF BEING. With ethnomusicologist and sound researcher, ALEXANDRE TANNOUS. A lecture followed by a sound meditation. A discussion on the ability of sound to connect each of us to our own natural, innate wisdom, and the current prevalence of spiritual materialism which distorts this potential. Thursday March 9, 2017.
WHERE THE HEART BEATS. A Lunar New Year gathering celebrating the birthday of the next Buddha-to-be, Maitreya, the Buddha of Love, and exploring the idea of universal love with a Longevity Meal and ceremonial Gift Exchange. Saturday January 28, 2017.
THIS ETERNAL THREAD. With artist, CORINNE SPENCER. An immersive video installation with performance and participatory full moon ritual exploring the interior world, our shared humanity, and the interdependence of the universe. Wednesday December 14, 2016.
SABI: OBJECTS OF DECAY AND IMPERFECTION. With aesthete, Ché F.M. An exploration of the philosophy and aesthetics of wabi sabi with an installation of curated objects, guided drawing meditations, journaling and readings from 'In Praise of Shadows' by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki. Sunday November 13, 2016.
DREAMS, ALCHEMY AND JUNG. With DR GRACE HOSTAD from Pacifica Graduate Institute. An intimate talk and discussion around Jungian dream analysis, active imagination and archetypal symbolism. Sunday October 30, 2016.
THE ETERNAL WAY. With martial artist TAGANYAHU SWAO. Taoist Meditation, Qi Gong and Breakfast. Saturday October 22, 2016.
SPIRITS ON BOTH SIDES. With experimental musician ARRINGTON DE DIONYSO. A collective memorial space in honor of Hungry Ghost Month with Arringtonplaying the lalove - a rare ceremonial instrument from Central Sulawesi. Wednesday August 17, 2016.
ASA-CHA. With musician and composer, KENJI HERBERT. Summer morning tea ceremony with guided meditation, contemplative reading, and original compositions for tea ceremony written and performed on guitar by Kenji Herbert. Saturday 23 July, 2016.
LISTENING MEDITATION. With chamber and orchestral musician MARA PLOTKIN. A one hour guided meditation incorporating improvised music and sounds played on clarinet, flute and saxophone. Thursday July 14, 2016.
MEDITATION ON A LOVE SUPREME. A benefit for the Saint John Coltrane African Orthodox Church in SF. Jazz vespers with chanting and meditation on the music, words, wisdom and prayers of John Coltrane. With Church members, Megan Haungs and Toes Tiranoff. Sunday May 29, 2016
SOUND AND EMPTINESS: Experiences of silence in music and consciousness. An inquiry, discussion and music performance with sound artists/composers/Gagaku musicians, Hiroshi Ebina, Lish Lindsey and Chatori Shimizu. Sunday May 22, 2016
NATURAL FREQUENCIES. A sound meditation with flutes and saxophone played by multiple Grammy and Platinum-recording musician, Erik Lawrence. Thursday May 12, 2016
LIVING AYURVEDA. The science of mind, body and nature with Ayurvedic consultant, Regina of Wolf Medicine Magic. Tuesday March 29, 2016
HOW TO ENTER A DREAM. An overnight electro-acoustic sleeping concert with sound artists and musicians, Hiroshi Ebina, Cameron Perry Fraser, Zak Hap, Chung Eun Kim, Anqi Liu, Yusuke Narita and Chatori Shimizu. Sleeping/ Dreaming installation by Elaine Su-Hui. Saturday March 12 to Sunday March 13, 2016
TAOIST MEDITATION. Meditation incorporating qi gong, breath work, visualization and contemplation of non-duality, with acupuncturist and martial artist, Taganyahu Swao. Thursday March 3, 2016
IN THE SEED WE HAVE THE UNIVERSE. A philosophical figure drawing experience, with performances and poses by dancer Leah Mulartrick and immersive plant installation by Elaine Su-Hui. Saturday February 6, 2016
DAI'AN TEA ROOM. A Chinese tea ceremony with meditation and shakuhachi flute performance. With visual artist, Liu Beining. Saturday January 30, 2016
AMAZÔNIA SUBTERRÂNEA. Music and stories about the Amazon Rainforest with Brazilian composer, Thiago Thiago de Mello. Friday January 15, 2016
QI GONG AND BREAKFAST. Morning Yang-style qi gong session followed by breakfast. With martial artist and acupuncturist, Taganyahu Swao. Saturday January 9, 2016
THE HEROINE'S JOURNEY: Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell and Destiny. A presentation on female archetypes and the Heroine's Journey with Dr. Grace Hogstad from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Wednesday December 30, 2015
INFINITY KNOTS. Communal hand-crafting and gift-making session with community dinner. With artists, Alyssa Dennis and Andrew Benincasa. Thursday December 17, 2015
SOUND MEDITATION. A one hour seated meditation involving live instrumentation, breath work, vocal toning and overtone singing. With integrative sound therapist, Nathan Thomas Martinez. Wednesday December 9, 2015 and Tuesday November 1, 2015.
ON LISTENING: Perspectives on Sound, Music and Noise. Inquiry and discussion with sound artist/composer, Chatori Shimizu, and sound anthropologist, Didier Sylvain. Saturday November 21, 2015
BEGINNERS TAI CHI. With martial artist, trainer and founder of the martial arts studio, The Laughing River, Dino Blanche. Sunday November 8, 2015
FENG SHUI FOR ARTISTS. An introduction to the practice and philosophy of Chinese metaphysics with a focus on artists' working and living environments. With feng shui master, Dr Li Lee. Sunday November 1, 2015
LOOSE LEAF. Tea ceremony with musician, Kenji Herbert. Sunday October 25, 2015
KUNDALINI MEDITATION. With movement specialist, Sufi healer and poet, Luz Emma Cañas. Friday October 23, 2015
SOUND BATH. A sonic experience with live instruments, 'bathing' you in sound frequencies known to induce alpha and theta states of deep relaxation and meditation. With integrative sound therapist, Nathan Thomas Martinez. Saturday October 17, 2015
SAHAJA MEDITATION. A Kundalini-based meditation incorporating candles, ice, salt and water. With performance and installation artist, Rea Chen. Friday September 25, 2015
SHIKI TO UNKAI. A music performance of the traditional Japanese instrument, the shō, alongside sound installation and lecture on Gagaku. With sound artist/composer, Chatori Shimizu. Two performances: Saturday September 19 and Sunday September 20, 2015
TAI CHI AS MEDITATION. With Asian American Arts Alliance executive director, Robert Lee. Sunday September 13, 2015
OPENING CEREMONY. Sound meditation with integrative sound therapist and musician, Nathan Thomas Martinez. Followed by home-cooked community dinner. Saturday September 5, 2015