The Weight of the Universe – July 21, 2018
As an artist, I was drawn to the shape and form of these beautiful turtle bones as discovered by a friend on a ranch. They are exquisite. In art, the turtle represents strength, steadfastness, and the ability to endure through time—qualities we wish to see in ourselves and the people around us.
The turtle is long-lived and respected. With her powerful spine and shell construction, she is well-shielded from her harsh surroundings. In mythology, it is the powerful turtle who holds and supports the weight of the entire universe.
As a Feldenkrais practitioner, I was struck by what appears familiar— the structured ribcage, spine, and pelvis. These boney structures resemble human bones in a way but are curiously different. Adaptation immobilized the turtle’s ribcage millions of years ago, providing a base for its strong defensive shell. Our flexible ribcage helps us to breathe, conversely, a turtle uses its shoulder blades and hips in much the same way, from inside the ribcage! They move downward and outward like bellows, bringing air in and out of the lungs.
It is fascinating how two vastly different beings have developed such individually complex, yet beautiful, ways to accomplish the most basic tasks of life. The turtle is an example of how a function creates the form. The turtle’s spine is a real-life example of “use it or lose it”.
There is beauty all around us, we just have to look!
Uprooted and Rooted – May 8, 2018
Persimmons and Pomegranates – November 20, 2017
This period of the year is also fertile for planning and the incubation of ideas. I’m beginning to dream and imagine the sculpture project I wish to begin in January. To help facilitate that, I will be selling all the old stuff in the studio in order to create space for something new to enter.
Please join us for a Studio Sale on Saturday, December 2 at 9:30a-3pish. There will be a FREE Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement class at 8:30a. There will be an open studio sale all day, including fine art cards, pottery, jewelry, and of course, bronze sculpture, all hand-made by yours truly. Please come to class and consider going home with a unique gift for someone! – DW
My Love of Drawing – November 6, 2017
My love for drawing began very early. As a child, I would spend hours drawing with my Dad. He was a painter. We would draw together for many hours without even speaking. These are minutes and hours I cherish to this day. I’ve carried this love of drawing my entire life. My drawing practice is my mindfulness practice. It allows me to see the world differently. It forces me to see details that often go unobserved.
My drawing practice also feeds my sculpture practice. Usually, I draw or sculpt, taking inspiration from the life that is inside me, and the world around me.
It is a very rare and special treat to draw or sculpt from a live model. Beginning this month, November, we will bring a model to the studio, for a monthly drawing workshop. Everyone is invited to participate! We will divide the price of the model among all the artists in attendance- so the cost will be minimal. More details to follow. This will be a fun event, please join us! – DW
Feldenkrais and Aikido – October 16, 2017
Moving with Kids – August 7, 2017
Coming Home – March 3, 2017
Growing Community – Nov. 14, 2016
After a whirlwind of teaching, it’s nice to be back home at the studio. I recently instructed at Feldenkrais workshops in Brooklyn, San Jose, and two in La Mesa. Wonderful to meet and learn with each one of you. Thank you for participating and being part of this community we are growing!
Special gratitude to Geri, Lisa, and Janet for creating these beautiful gatherings. Many thanks to Mark and Wes, also, for masterminding the project and making it concrete. I couldn’t do this without any of you.
I’m particularly enamored with the la Mesa workshops. What a beautiful experience with lovely people in a spectacular setting. The community which we are building in San Diego is one I am very excited to contribute to. Positivity and togetherness are virtues valuable beyond words.
Wow! Let’s continue with what we started. In January, taking inspiration from the La Mesa workshops, Feldenkrais San Diego will offer a monthly Saturday Feldenkrais intensive 10:30-2:30. Please join us. Details will be announced soon.
In Mexico, the Sharda Community Movement Arts Center will open its doors in Tijuana. So excited to be teaching the first classes at Sharda this Friday at 6p.
Also in Mexico, we raised $337 for the children at Hogar Juvenile San Juan Bosco Orphanage! Thank you, Marilyn. Wonderful!! – DW
Summer of Transition – Oct. 18, 2016
This has been my Summer of Transition. A time of loss, growth, introspection, engagement and new projects. I spent the summer teaching Feldenkrais at a school in Tijuana. This has been a tremendously rewarding learning process for me; teaching in Spanish, working with children and their families. Incredible.
As a natural extension of this experience, a group of friends and I are creating the Sharda Community Movement Arts Center. Sharda is located in Playas de Tijuana. Of course, all my Feldenkrais classes at Sharda will be taught in Spanish.
Along with the theme of transition, I recently opened a new studio in San Diego. I held a showcase week of free classes and a fun little social after the last evening class where I enjoyed chatting with students and friends new and old. I thank everyone that attended and look forward to seeing you in class again.
During the showcase week, and in lieu of the free classes, I collected donations for the Hogar Juvenile San Juan Bosco Orphanage in Mexico, where I have many friends and worked with the children. We collected a total of $227.00! Thanks to all of those who donated for their generosity.
Coming up, I am looking forward to our destination workshop in La Mesa, where I will be teaching intensive ATM. Contact me to RSVP, space is limited! – DW