True Nature

A Still Life & Death Drawing Meditation


A series of 5 gatherings

May 10 - 17, 2019

at Prosjektrom Normanns in Stavanger, Norway

Flower installation and image by STILKEN OG STROM

Flower installation and image by STILKEN OG STROM

So you should view this fleeting world --

As a star at dawn, a bubble in a stream,

A flash of lightning in a summer cloud,

A flickering lamp, a phantom, a dream.

The Diamond Sutra

TRUE NATURE is a month-long installation with a series of 5 guided drawing meditations exploring the true nature of all phenomena: that which is always changing, impermanent and ‘empty’ of a separate self.

Featuring an elaborate arrangement of flowers created by local floral designer Stilken Og Strom, guests will be encouraged to visit the installation on multiple occasions to deeply observe and draw the plants as they actively change and decay. These guided drawing meditations will be less about the drawings themselves and more about the contemplative process of observing our experience of change as it’s happening. No previous drawing, art or meditation experience is necessary.

For more information and to register:


Photo by Serena Mitnik-Miller

Photo by Serena Mitnik-Miller



First Wednesday of the month, 6.30pm - 8pm

Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

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. 

Next Sangha gathering: RSVP HERE. 


Recent Events




Sunday October 7, 2018 at Figure 8 recording studio in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn



With musician JOLIE HOLLAND

Thursday August 2, 2018 at a secret outdoor location in Topanga Canyon, Los Angeles




with Dharma teacher KATE JOHNSON and Qi Gong with TAGAN SWAO

Friday June 1 - Sunday June 3, 2018 at Red Hill Guesthouse, Benton, Pennsylvania


Inner Fields occurs in various unique sites across the United States, including meditation spaces, brownstones, beach bungalows, rooftops and other secret outdoor locations. If you have a venue you would like to offer, please email Thank you for supporting our community!

From the Studio Archives...

THE US BETWEEN OUR THINGS. With artist JAMES LEONARD. A ritualized participatory experience exploring the isolation caused by consumerist culture, the vulnerabilities which can unite or divide us, and the wisdom of our ecological interdependence. Thursday October 12, 2017. 

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. Exploring our ecological connection to the land with a listening meditation of field recordings from Rachel's time in 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. With artist ELAINE SU-HUI. 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.

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 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.

SOUND AND EMPTINESS: Experiences of silence in music and consciousness. With sound artists and musicians: HIROSHI EBINA, LISH LINDSEY and CHATORI SHIMIZU. An inquiry, discussion and Gagaku music performance. Sunday May 22, 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

IN THE SEED WE HAVE THE UNIVERSE. With dancer LEAH MULARTRICK and artist ELAINE SU-HUI. A philosophical figure drawing experience with performance and immersive plant installation. Saturday February 6, 2016

DAI'AN TEA ROOM. With visual artist LIU BEINING. A Chinese tea ceremony with meditation and shakuhachi flute performance. Saturday January 30, 2016

AMAZÔNIA SUBTERRÂNEA. With Brazilian composer THIAGO THIAGO DE MELLO. Music and stories about the Amazon Rainforest. Friday January 15, 2016

ON LISTENING: Perspectives on Sound, Music and Noise. With sound artist and composer CHATORI SHIMIZU and sound anthropologist DIDIER SYLVAIN. Inquiry and discussion. Saturday November 21, 2015

FENG SHUI FOR ARTISTS. With feng shui master, DR LI LEE. An introduction to the practice and philosophy of Chinese metaphysics with a focus on artists' working and living environments. Sunday November 1, 2015

SHIKI TO UNKAI.  With sound artist and composer CHATORI SHIMIZU. A music performance with the traditional Japanese instrument the shō, alongside sound installation and lecture on Gagaku.  Two performances: Saturday September 19 and Sunday September 20, 2015

OPENING CEREMONY. With integrative sound therapist NATE MARTINEZ. Sound meditation followed by home-cooked community dinner. Saturday September 5, 2015