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. Thank you for being a part of Inner Fields!
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Jovian Tapestry: Intuitive Drawing + Sacred Geometry
7- 9pm, Thursday August 24
With Didier Sylvain and Elaine Su-Hui
The term ‘Sacred Geometry’ refers to the symbolic patterns created by geometric ratios and shapes found throughout the natural world and larger cosmos. 'Jovian' refers to the Roman god Jupiter (or 'Jove') whose planetary symbolism speaks of wisdom and insight.
This workshop will involve a series of four guided drawing meditations based upon the crystal and mineral-like structure of the Platonic Solids, the interplay of circles, triangles and hexagons known as Metratron’s Cube, the mandala formation called the Flower of Life, and a collaborative drawing and concentration exercise based upon all three. These guided drawing meditations will reflect principles of synchronicity, unity, harmony and interdependence, and will be offered alongside a musical soundscape created and curated by sound anthropologist Didier Sylvain. Absolutely no previous drawing (or meditation) experience necessary! This workshop is about intuitive pattern-making, with an emphasis on philosophy and process over the outcome. Materials and wine will be provided. REGISTER HERE.
9/5. 2 YEAR ANNIVERSARY. Inner Fields + Ghost Day.
9/12. UNEARTHING COMMON KNOWLEDGE. Inner Fields + Common Knowledge.
TBA. FIELD GUIDE. Inner Fields + Kimo Nelson. www.kimonelson.com
10/1 - 10/21. Inner Fields will be a supporting partner to the REIMAGINING TRADITION program by Open Source Gallery. www.open-source-gallery.org
10/12. Inner Fields + James Leonard. www.jamesleonard.org
Monthly Drawing Meditations
Everyone can draw. This is the place from which we will always begin. From the unselfconscious marks drawn by children to the deeply spiritual rock paintings of ancient Aboriginal people, drawing is a profoundly natural form of human expression. One which creates neural pathways between the left and right sides of our brain, develops focus and patience, generates creativity and cultivates our senses.
In these monthly workshops at Inner Fields, drawing and meditation will be presented as two interwoven practices which reflect and inform one another. Each month a different project or theme will be offered - from contemplative still life and figure drawing, to large scale collaborative works, to surrealist drawing games, to the simple, quiet pleasures of colouring in. These workshops are designed for anyone interested in un-learning the boundaries imposed around what creative self-expression 'should be', and the way these limiting perceptions are reflected in other areas of our lives. If you can hold a pencil, this is for you!
Sundays at 6pm
"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 weekly 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 email@example.com
ALONE, TOGETHER. A participatory music performance exploring relationships and communication, time and memory, the nuances of silence, and our common humanity. With new experimental art group, The Other Instrument. Sunday April 30, 2017.
REWILDING. A RETURN. 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. With artist Rachel Frank. Sunday April 23, 2017 (Earth Day Weekend).
SOUND AND THE GROUND OF BEING. 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. With ethnomusicologist and sound researcher, Alexandre Tannous. 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. An immersive video installation with performance and participatory full moon ritual exploring the interior world, our shared humanity, and the interdependence of the universe. With visual artist, Corinne Spencer. Wednesday December 14, 2016.
SABI: OBJECTS OF DECAY AND IMPERFECTION. 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. With aesthete, Ché F.M. Sunday November 13, 2016.
DREAMS, ALCHEMY AND JUNG. An intimate talk and discussion around Jungian dream analysis, active imagination and archetypal symbolism, with Dr Grace Hogstad from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Sunday October 30, 2016.
THE ETERNAL WAY. Taoist Meditation, Qi Gong and Breakfast, with martial artist Taganyahu Swao. Saturday October 22, 2016.
SPIRITS ON BOTH SIDES. A collective memorial space in honor of Hungry Ghost Month, with experimental musician Arrington de Dionyso playing the lalove - a rare ceremonial instrument from Central Sulawesi. Wednesday August 17, 2016.
ASA-CHA. 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. A one hour guided meditation incorporating improvised music and sounds played on clarinet, flute and saxophone by chamber and orchestral musician, Mara Plotkin. 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