In this troubled time of social and environmental break down, it is more important than ever to slow down, open our eyes, and be present. Join us for a day of finding beauty and human connection with our neighbours at Our Place. Renowned artist and Morning Altars creator Day Schildkret will be teaching us a practice for blending art and nature to find a sense of belonging.
We will gather at Our Place in the chapel for an introduction to the practice with Day. He will guide us in the steps to create personal earth altars. We will have a free lunch along with the rest of the community at Our Place. Afterwards we will go foraging for natural materials in Beacon Hill Park, and return to Our Place to make our earth altars on the grassy boulevard—Harris Green Park—in front of Our Place.
This event is for you if:
You are longing for a simple way to connect with nature and honour Earth.
You have wondered how to bridge the gap between yourself and your homeless neighbours in Victoria.
You have been wanting to do something more personal, in addition to making donations to Our Place.
You don’t think of yourself as an artist.
You do think of yourself as an artist!
Let’s break out of our segregated social roles for a day by creating beauty and joy together in the warmth of a June day in our beloved city of Victoria.
This event is a collaboration between The Base Healing Community and Our Place.
Day Schildkret is internationally known for Morning Altars and has inspired tens of thousands of people of all ages across the globe to renew our relationship to nature, creativity, and impermanence with the ritual and practice of earth art.
Day is the author of, “Morning Altars: A 7 Step Practice to Nourish Your Spirit Through Nature, Art and Ritual” published by The Countryman Press, an imprint of W.W. Norton.
Day has been captivated by nature and art ever since first viewed the work of artist, Andy Goldsworthy as a child. Day’s very first altars were on the side of his driveway after every rainstorm, where his five year old self was devoted to saving the displaced worms by digging little holes and then decorating them in a mandala-like fashion. But it wasn’t until a major relationship breakup that he began to cultivate Morning Altars as a daily spiritual and beauty-making practice as a way to process his grief and heartache.
As an educator and public speaker, Schildkret began his career teaching teenagers and mentoring them to connect their spiritually with a deeper nature connection. He was the winner of the prestigious Helen Diller Award for Excellence in Education with his widely popular ‘Fire Circle’ class. For over 10 years, Schildkret gathered hundreds of students around a fire to learn about ancestry, spirituality, responsibility and impermanence. Schildkret is also the Founder of Legacy As Livelihood, a creative purpose coaching practice, and The Break Free Lab, a nationally touring workshop designed for creative and spiritually minded people who long to find their creative purpose and live a life devoted to serving their creative calling.
While Schildkret has been building earth altars his entire life, he has been building an altar every morning as a practice for the past six years inside Wildcat Canyon in Richmond, CA. Inspired to share the benefits of this daily practice, he has gathered communities all over the United States and Canada to attend his altar and mandala making workshops. His work proves there is real healing and connection happening when people create intentional earth art.