TO ATTEND A GATHERING
Inner Fields is located in a private studio in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. To receive emails about upcoming sessions, please add your information HERE.
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. Please note: 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 all gatherings are offered by dāna or donation. Dāna is the Pali word for 'cultivating generosity' and all guests are encouraged to participate in this intentional, self-reflective practice when attending any gathering. All contributions are shared between the space and its collaborators and your support is crucial to holding this space within a continuous stream of generosity. Thank you for being a part of Inner Fields.
Current and Upcoming Gatherings
Rewilding: A Return. With artist Rachel Frank.
11am - 1pm, Sunday April 23 (Earth Day Weekend)
Suggested donation $20
In 2016, artist Rachel Frank spent 2 weeks in Alaska at the Innoko National Wildlife Refuge, researching and documenting the reintroduction, or 'rewilding', of the native wood bison to the Innoko region, which marked the first time in over a century this species has lived in the United States. The reintegration of this almost-extinct animal has had a profound, nuanced and far-reaching effect on the Innoko landscape, wildlife and local community alike.
In commemoration of Earth Day weekend, Rachel will transform the Inner Fields studio into a microcosm of the Innoko region, with an installation of her incredibly life-like bison-head sculptures, alongside visual projections and field recordings from her time camping and traveling through Alaska. We will discuss her philosophical, artistic and personal approach to addressing ecological sustainability, and explore the ways a deeply felt connection to nature generates the fundamental motivation to protect it. Guests will then be invited to lie down in meditation to 'listen to the land', with a soundscape provided from Rachel's field recordings and selected historic and personal readings evoking the story of the bison. For more info and to RSVP...
Alone, Together. A participatory music performance with The Other Instrument.
4 - 6pm, Sunday April 30
Suggested donation $20
The Other Instrument is a new interdisciplinary art group who explore non-traditional expressions of music, language and performance. Partly inspired by the sparse ghost tones and exploratory, contemplative silences of the Wandelweiser collective (a network of experimental musicians who take their cues, in turn, from the work of John Cage), The Other Instrument draws upon Buddhist and Taoist principles as a means of inquiry into relationships, communication, and the wisdom of listening.
Through an afternoon of live experimental music, participatory performance and open discussion, Alone, Together will explore the realm of relationships and communication, time and memory, the nuances of silence, and the recognition of our fundamental 'non-separateness', our common humanity. Conceptual pieces will be presented side by side with an ancient Chinese guqin (古琴) composition paraphrasing a Tang Dynasty poem by the Buddhist poet Wang Wei (王维), and a traditional Japanese Gagaku shō (笙) composition. The program will also feature compositions by George Brecht, Antoine Beuger (founder of the Wandelweiser) and Bin Li (composer and conceptual artist). Participatory performances will involve chanting, listening and creating sound through objects. For more info and to RSVP...
Sundays at 6pm
Suggested donation $10
A sangha is a community of meditation practitioners who are following a path to liberation and awakening. By meeting regularly we aim to offer each other encouragement, inspiration, support and refuge in our personal commitment to an ethical and spiritual practice.
The Inner Fields Sangha meets every SUNDAY at 6pm for informal, peer-led silent meditation practice, followed by reflection, readings, discussion and questions. This community of practitioners come from a spectrum of backgrounds and meditation experience, and beginners and guests are always welcome.
If you would like to join this sangha, please email email@example.com.
Art & Consciousness Workshops
Inner Fields is now offering a variety of art workshops for both kids and adults which explore consciousness and ecology through process, collaboration, experimentation and play. All workshops are taught by Elaine Su-Hui and take place in the Inner Fields studio in Prospect Heights (Vanderbilt & Dean St).
For more information visit: www.innerfieldsnyc.org/workshops
SOUND AND THE GROUND OF BEING. A lecture and 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. Immersive figure drawing experience with dancer Leah Mulartrick and 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 with martial artist and acupuncturist, Taganyahu Swao. Followed by home-cooked vegetarian breakfast. 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 artists, Alyssa Dennis and Andrew Benincasa. Followed by home-cooked community dinner. 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
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
SOUND MEDITATION. A one hour seated meditation involving live instrumentation, breath work, vocal toning and overtone singing. With integrative sound therapist, Nathan Thomas Martinez. Tuesday November 17, 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 and meditation 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
SUNDAY SITTING. Informal meditation practice and tea meditation, followed by home-cooked community dinner. Sunday September 27, 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