Transformation.

Transformation.

Path to Gibraltar Beach.

Path to Gibraltar Beach.

Monica with Lindsay at the residency group dinner at the Rectory Cafe, August 2016.

Monica with Lindsay at the residency group dinner at the Rectory Cafe, August 2016.

UK participant Mark Barnett's sculptural response to the earth element in the 2016 "Awakening' residency.

UK participant Mark Barnett's sculptural response to the earth element in the 2016 "Awakening' residency.

Participant Lisa in studio.

Participant Lisa in studio.

Cassandra taking a break.

Cassandra taking a break.

Jenna Danchuk's vision.

Jenna Danchuk's vision.

AWAKENING: Earth Based Spirituality & Creativity

International Open Call Residency Sept 22 - Oct 1, 2017

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NEW DEADLINE - JULY 17th, 2017

Eligibility: thematic connection to residency

Facilitator: Monica Bodirsky

2017 LOCATION: Hanlan's Point, Toronto Island next to the Toronto Island Airport in downtown Toronto.

Price Includes: private or shared accommodation, large shared studio, workshop facilitation and daily programming

Awakening is either a seven or ten-day thematic residency open to all professionally active visual artists, actors, dancers, writers and musicians. 

The experience was designed to provide an hold safe, sacred and inspirational space for creative and spiritual seekers to explore their practice within the framework of earth-based spirituality. The objective is to engage holistic practices that connect mind, body and spirit with the self and environment and to incorporate metaphysical practices within the arts. Finding agency through voice and decolonization are key components. We explore the five elements of earth, air, fire, water and spirit, and share global traditional wise women teachings in both a historical and contemporary context. How can these perspectives be shared, interpreted, integrated, disrupted or altered in contemporary arts practices?

To assist with reflection; circles, discussions, music, outdoor gatherings, workshops and exercises will take place throughout your time at Artscape. Topics and terminology such as, herbalism, mindfulness, shamanism, divination, and ritual, what these terms mean, how and when they are used and by whom, will be explored through a variety of approaches including; feminism, intersectionality, pop culture, psychology, alchemy, theology, politics, social theory, emergent views of history, and, post-colonial discourse to question, and disrupt current mainstream thought and to encourage critical dialogue. Along with programmed time, residents also have free time to work individually or collaboratively in a studio. All methods of art making are encouraged including; visual, time-based, photography, craft, writing, music, dance or performance art. Supportive discussions of residents’ work in progress occur on a regular basis.

Spaces are limited. Click here to for more details and to apply.

Artscape Gibraltar Point on Toronto Island is the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of New Credit First Nations.

Please join me in experiencing a transformative and life-altering residency that will connect you to the elements, yourself and your arts practice.

I look forward to meeting you!

Blessed Be,

Monica

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Monica Bodirsky, BDes is an interdisciplinary artist whose work explores the intersection of metaphysics, feminism and identity. Her work is exhibited regularly in North America, is the illustrator and creator of the Lucky Lenormand Oracle deck, and is also faculty at OCAD University in Toronto. Her portfolio can be seen at www.bodirsky.com 

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Monica has a unique, hands on teaching style that encourages me to take risks and explore my creativity.  She guides classes in a clear, organized manner while still allowing her students freedom.  Monica has taught me to trust my instincts and to honour what drives me.  I look forward to my next workshop with her

Sharmila Dey, Professional Actor

"I have attended Monica's workshops where she guided us with her very grounded yet magical knowledge in the making of art with examples of her own unique style that reminds me a lot of Bruce Lee's approach to martial arts, which is to create your own style and forget that there even is such a thing as style. What I took from her welcome to attend her workshops is her focus on you and the inkling to get you to ask yourself "What is your journey about and how would you like to express it in an art form?", even if you feel afraid or skeptical. When you walk into her class, it's her magical quality as a person that all of a sudden gives you this sense that you have all of this freedom to not just think about, but bring out the truth of whatever it is you feel in the moment, and the vision of where you feel it is taking you. Her sensory ability complements her warmth and very easy-going nature, and it is always a great pleasure to spend time with her in these workshops. She will challenge you, encourage you, and always make you feel right at home, and that alone makes for some amazing creations of art that you didn't think was possible, and, you walk out proud and happy that you got to meet her and create something that makes you feel more confident in what makes you, all through the magic of art and her presence."

Aleem Janmohamed, Advisory Build and Release Specialist, CIBC

 

“I have attended Monica Bodirsky’s workshops since 2011 and have found her teaching methods excellent for drawing out the best possible outcome, whether for novices or, in my case established and exhibiting, artists.  Bodirsky facilitates visual self- expression at each level of experience and gives each attendee thoughtful feedback and advice, enabling them to move forward from whatever stumbling block they are dealing with. I have benefitted greatly from each and every workshop attended and, given a chance, will attend again.”

Martina Edmondson, AOCAD, Professional Artist

 

Monica’s workshops are structured and informative. Her teaching style is informed by an artistic and intuitive open-endedness through which the content can become intensely personal. I have often left one of these evenings or weekends, spent in the homey artist’s studio on Niagara St., with fresh insight into a problem or issue that had felt intractable when I walked in.

Anna Rehak, Writer and Developer - Ragged Rascal Productions

 

“I have been lucky enough to take a wide-rage of courses from Monica and I can say from experience that they all are taught with the same level of care and attention to detail. They connect the individual to the work and that has an incredibly transformative affect as I learn something new about myself or the way I see the world each time I take a workshop.  I highly recommend Monica’s workshops to anyone seeking a deeper connection to themselves and to the creative process in an immediately beneficial way—new artists, curiosity seekers, and seasoned professionals alike.”

Lisa East, BA, Gender and Equity Studies Program

 

"Attending any of Monica's workshops is an exercise in creative freedom. Inevitably, by the end of the work sessions, the results rendered are always unexpected and very compelling."


Ana Galindo, designer, artist, educator