DAY OF THE DEAD retreat
Friday October 28 – Thursday November 3, 2022
“On the Day of the Dead, it’s believed that the border between the spirit world and the real world dissolve. During this brief period, the souls of the dead awaken and return to the living world to feast, drink, dance and play music with their loved ones. In turn, the living family members treat the deceased as honored guests in their celebrations, and leave the deceased’s favorite foods and other offerings at gravesites or on the Ofrendas built in their homes.” – history.com
FIELD TRIP: Angangueo (1 hr away), famous for Day of the Dead, linked to the arrival of the Monarch Butterflies.
WORKSHOPS: Creative Research, Public Art & local fiber crafts (details below).
Creative Research with Alicia Marván: 2 MORNINGS (Sat/Sun, 10:00 -11:30 am)
We will explore and bring forth our ability to be creative, spontaneous, poetic, and playful. Exercises from somatic practices such as Authentic Movement, writing, and sensorial walks will enrich and expand the participant’s self-discovery and creative range. Findings can be of therapeutic nature related to grief and mourning, and/or channeled towards artistic expression.
Crafts with local Artisans: 1 MORNING (Monday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm)
We will learn and experiment with techniques for weaving local plant fibers, used for basketry, chairs and rugs. In Mexican culture, braiding and weaving are often associated with grief, loss, and dealing with sadness. The traditional rug Petate was used as a natural coffin to wrap the deceased, and it is said that women often braid their hair to harness sadness. Such poetics will inform and transcend our woven creations, which will become part of our Ofrenda installation to honor the departed.
Public Art with Lauren Elder: 3 AFTERNOONS (Sat, Sun & Mon, 2:00 – 5:00 pm)
In collaboration with local villagers, we will design and build a playground that serves the current social, physical and intellectual needs of children, who have had a very fragmented childhood during the pandemic. An ambiance of playfulness, discovery and community action will balance out the other, more introspective workshops.
Field Trip to Angangueo: Tuesday November 1st, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Community Celebration: Wednesday, November 2nd, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Enroll by October 20th, 2022.