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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Dare luce all'oscurita

 

    un quadro grande fatto del gruppo

Ogni workshop mi riserva una sorpresa ma quest'ultimo a Cittadella più di ogni altro.

Quindi cosa c'era di così diverso?

Abbiamo provato cose nuove.

Abbiamo avuto un Open Day tra i workshop e abbiamo invitato il pubblico a girovagare e vedere cosa stavamo facendo. Abbiamo allestito una mostra di opere d'arte passate e presenti, alcune della nostra mostra di Civitanova Alta a luglio, e, la cosa più sorprendente di tutte è stata un concerto 'one-man' di GONG di Giovanni Del Savio, dove ha dato bagni di gong gratuiti alle persone.




Abbiamo dato dimostrazioni in stampa monocromatica.

Silvio, il titolare di Cittadella, ha orchestrato il catering e anche il tempo ha fatto del suo meglio.

E il gruppo?

Un meraviglioso miscuglio di gente di lingua inglese e italiana che conversava in quel modo meraviglioso che ha l'arte di dissolvere le barriere della comunicazione.

Abbiamo suonato e dipinto; ha provato entrambi contemporaneamente e ha scoperto il potere e la bellezza della vibrazione, come svuota la mente occupata dal suo chiacchiericcio senza senso e consente il colore, la forma e la bellezza.

Abbiamo fatto delle gite alle calde sorgenti minerali di Lu Vurghe per vivere meraviglie sensoriali dove tutti i sensi si fondono in armonia.

Abbiamo percorso le colline tra Montemonaco e Montefortino fino all'alta valle del fiume Ambro, salendo oltre l'Abbazia di Madonna dal Ambro fino agli antichi boschetti pagani e alle cascate dove abbiamo scritto poesie Haiku come se fosse la via più naturale del mondo per rendere omaggio alla natura in questo luogo sacro.




Abbiamo iniziato le nostre giornate con Ci Kung intorno alla piscina e li abbiamo finiti parlando fino a notte fonda, ben dopo che gli altri ospiti di Cittadella avevano lasciato i loro tavoli da pranzo

I giorni in studio ci hanno visto suonare e dipingere e scrivere poesie in armonia l'uno con l'altro e spesso anche insieme, (vedi pittura sopra) e abbiamo riso, cantato e spesso pianto per la pura gioia di essere vivi e nutriti dal maestoso Monte Vettore sospeso in il cielo sopra di noi.

Nella nostra ultima serata abbiamo fatto musica. Giovanni ha distribuito tra noi i suoi numerosi strumenti musicali e (per qualche motivo) Giovanni ha scelto me come direttore d'orchestra. Ma ha funzionato.

E l'ultima mattina il gruppo ha realizzato insieme un ultimo dipinto, che abbiamo lasciato come regalo per Silvio

Tale è la natura dei nostri laboratori Cittadella; celebrare l'arte e la vita stessa, rischiare e sostenersi a vicenda nel creare oltre noi stessi, dare luce all'oscurità.

Monday, September 20, 2021

Lighting the Dark

A creativity workshop in Italy



a group painting by workshop participants


Every workshop brings a surprise to me but this last one at Cittadella more so than any other.

So what was so different?

We tried new things.

We had an Open Day between workshops and invited the public to wander around and see what we were up to. We put up an exhibition of past and present artwork, some from our Civitanova Alta show in July, and then a GONG one-man concert by Giovanni dal Salvio, where he also gave free gong baths to visitors




We gave demonstrations in mono printing too,

and Silvio, the owner of Cittadella, orchestrated the catering (and the weather did its best as well)

And the group?

A wonderful mixture of English and Italian speaking folk who conversed in that wonderful way that art has of dissolving barriers of comunication.

We gonged and painted; tried both simultaneousy, and discovered the power and beauty of vibration, how it empties the busy mind of its nonsensical chattering and allows in colour and form and beauty.

We took trips out to the hot mineral springs of Lu Vurghe to experience sensorial wonders where all the senses blend in harmony.

We travelled across the hills between Montemonaco and Montefortino to the upper valley of the river Ambro, climbing up past the Abbey of Madonna dal Ambro to the old pagan copses and waterfalls where we wrote Haiku poetry as if it were the most natural way in the world as a way of paying homage to nature in this sacred spot.




We began our days with Ci Kung around the pool and ended them talking into the night, well after other Cittadella guests had left their dinner tables

Studio days found us gonging and painting and writng poetry in harmony with each other and often actually together too, (see painting above) and we laughed and sang and often cried at the sheer joy of being alive and nurtured by the majestic Monte Vettore hovering in the sky above us.

On our final evening we made music. Giovanni distributed his many musical instruments amongst us and (for whatever reason) he chose me to be the conductor. But it worked.

And on our final morning the group made one final painting together, which we left as a gift for Silvio

Such is the nature of our Cittadella workshops; to celebrate art and life itself, to take risks and to support each other in creating beyond ourselves and to give light to the dark.

Michael

michael@startsone .org

 

Monday, August 9, 2021

Wednesdays Part 2

 



This is a photo of me sitting on a hillside beneath the majestic Monte Vettore

But it isn't just that




This is a photo of Judy Offord seemingly lost on the edge of a wood on the same hillside

But it isn't just that



This is a photo of Delfi Renzi sitting in the garden of our Energy Centre at Cittadella with Monte Vettore in the background

But it isn't just that either


Duncan Campbell was with us too on our Wednesday special but alas no photo of him. Probably up a tree somewhere, where he is oft wont to be

And listening.

We are all listening

Because this was our sensory day.

A day of opening and exploring our five senses

Spending time on each; a half an hour or so.

Because, you see, it is what we do when we enter our garden of now, our realm of creativity. We open our senses to nature

It is where our minds are free to accept the gifts that Creativity bestows on us; gifts or art; imagery, music, dance, poetry, and all the other wonders that allow us to create beyond ourselves and to give light to the darkness that ever threatens to engulf us,


Next Wednesday, The Sea


LINKS

September workshops  in English and Italian

Cittadella where we work


CONTACTS

Italy: Claudia 351.5042828 claudiarenzistudio@gmail.com


UK: Michael 328.3535358 micermice@gmail.com

Monday, July 26, 2021

What we do on Wednesdays

 Wednesday is our studio day.

We meet, we plan, we make art together .

Usually at my studio in Morrovalle.

Often in the countryside too, when members of our group host us for the day.

We are an international mix of artists which includes poets, authors, photographers and painters, most of whom live in Italy and others in the UK

Our weekends in the Sibillini mountains of Italy are held at Cittadella, our mountain retreat in the Sibillini National Park in September.




Our exhibitions

Earlier this month we had a group exhibition together in Civitanova Alta as part of the 'Rinascita' art celebrations there, first of a series we plan for 2022 where all our hopes are for the rebirth (rinascita) of creative life on our precious planet










Our webinars

Bi-weekly webinars are where we keep in touch with each other in real time, sharing our dreams and ideas about recovery and freedom. Where we share our artwork in poetry, photography and painting

My plan for 2022 is to make Le Marche our creativity hub within Italy, and as a first step, to form a new group (a pod) to exist and run parallel with our current one. And then another and so on and so on. To make Cittadella the energy centre of our activities, where we draw inspiration from its natural beauty and the glory of its setting, high up in the Sibillini mountain range in the lea of the majestic Monte Vettore



                  


Learn more on links below, about...

Cittadella

Our workshops

Michael Eldridge

Listen to an interview with Michael Eldridge here


Contact details;

email Michael: micermice@gmail.com

whatsapp +39 3283535358

In Italian; Claudia Renzi whatsapp  +39 3515042828