11/12/22, 2:00pm – 3:30pm – “I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it means to be happy.” – Sylvia Plath
The word ecstatic is derived from the Greek ekstasis, meaning “to stand outside of oneself.” In the workshop, Transmissions in the Field of the Ecstatic we will use prompts, music, pictures, and our sense of smell in an attempt to dislodge the logical mind of self, and enter into what might be called a mystical gateway into presence. Children seem to have a direct path to this experience in their play, laughter, and the ability to let go to life in each moment. In this workshop we will write, collage, and paint our way towards the joy of the creative act in attempt to return to that sense of wonder that we all knew as children. What makes you belly laugh? How do feel when you dance with abandon? How do you experience sitting in the middle of a grove of trees?
Participants in the workshop should bring a notebook and something to write with (we will also have these items available, along with collage and painting materials), as well as a photo of yourself at a moment in your life when you experienced a state of ecstastic joy. Might be a childhood photo of you laughing, might be your wedding day, the day you climbed a mountain, the day your child was born, the moment you finished a work of art, and so on. If you do not have a photo of yourself, please bring some kind of picture (photo or painting) that represents ecstatic joy to you.