Led by Gerow Reece
Feb 10 - 11
COME JOIN US IN STUDYING THE ANCIENT MINDFUL PRACTICE OF CALLIGRAPHY. IN THIS WORKSHOP, GEROW REECE WILL INTRODUCE US TO THE "CHINESE BRUSH" AS WE DEVELOP LINE SENSITIVITY AND AWARENESS IN BOTH EYE AND HAND.
We will learn to write 3 or 4 Chinese ideographs beginning with the number 1 -- a "simple" horizontal line.
We will apply the same sense of stroke and flow used for Chinese ideographs while forming English words.
After dinner (provided), we will will explore and draw inspiration from books on Eastern and Western calligraphy, gaining insight, practicing the skills learned earlier in that day, and formulating ideas and questions for our Sunday session.
After an 8:30 Sunday breakfast (provided), you are welcome to join the regular Jikoji Sunday Program (zazen, optional meditation instruction, and service), or take a guided nature hike down our many trails, or continue practicing your calligraphic skills.
Following a calligraphy-themed Dharma Talk by Gerow, and lunch, workshop participants will do large-form experimental calligraphic work based on their experience over the weekend. Tea will be served. We'll end by 4:30.
In our workshop, each word will gain its own expressive unity rather than being a mere line-up of separate letters. This suggests a shift of focus from outer form to inner feeling, i.e. expression beyond words via words. Participants should bring 3 or 4 words or a phrase that feels important - worth looking at much more than once.
You are welcome to attend for just the first day ($50) or for both days, ($50 + Room Reservation.) Room reservations may be made on our Reservations page.
Meals are included. Refrigerator and pantry space are available if you'd like to bring additional food of your own.
If you have any brush calligraphy tools (brushes, ink, ink stone, paper, etc.) please bring them. Materials will also be available to use here.