Ontopo Catskill Zen SS16. July 3rd and 4th, 2016
An Ongoing Series of Site-Specific Retreats.
We are excited to have locked down the next edition of Ontopo (It’s a shorter / pod / 24 hours) taking place from the afternoon of Sunday July 3 to the afternoon of Monday July 4, 2016 (two days and one night) at Catskill Zendo Monastery, 180 acres of beautiful mountainside forestland located upstate about 2 hours from NYC.
Ontopo is a series of site specific retreats that feature artist led projects within a myriad of disciplines and creative practices. This informal curation of participation based projects seeks to inspire new and collaborative works, relationships and contexts and further define the way we interface the natural environment. In this endeavor, we hope to create and sustain meaningful connections between our selves: our mind, body and spirit.
The premise for this edition of Ontopo is to weave audible thematic forms into the natural landscape in unison or juxtaposition to buddhist philosophy and architecture. Free form, improvised, aural expressions through music, installation and film will permeate the temple grounds without doctrine, dogma or judgement. In this endeavor, we move beyond believing in something to actively doing something.
It is a coincidence that our dates overlap on July 4: Bring an open mind, sparklers, swimming gear, bug spray, flash lights, a backpack, sleeping bag and pillow. We will sleep in the temple on tatami mats. We will eat kimchee and rice. Alcohol is not permitted and please keep in mind we will be on temple grounds but that should not prevent us from harnessing the magic that we’ve created every time we’ve done this!
The focal point of this 24 hour period will be a group mediation led by Moo Ah, sometimes referred to as “Lady Monk” or officially Sunim by others on the property. She is the resident monk at Catskill Zendo Monastery where we will sleep, eat and enjoy the natural setting. Eden Batki will screen Weedeater, a short film about radical ecologist Nancy Kehlm. Hellyn Teng will present əˈmit, a performative media work. Todd Sines will demonstrate synesthesia, Biofeedback in music and discuss zen states via technology. Kamau Patton will present a new sound based work. Rich Awn will discuss fermentation and present Mombucha. Nancy H. Kim and Nathan Gilbert are building an auditory space composed of cumulative field recordings. MJ Caselden will lead a Soundings meditation. Gian Kamal will lead a living light meditation. Jon Santos will interpret the site with an ambient, ethereal, south Asian, folk-inspired musical backdrop. We will announce more live performance and or sound installations running up to the event.
The $80 ticket price covers two vegetarian meals and one-night stay in a shared space, bonfire, sound system, music, projector, meditation, swimming, hiking and more. We would appreciate donations for tipping the kitchen staff and any other unforseen costs. Ontopo is a labor of Love!