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What working at a Homeless Shelter taught me about Culture

I had an amazing time with Tiny Cabins Safe Harbor Homeless Shelter (Formerly known as Tent City)

Yesterday, we provided catered lunch and an all day Art as Meditation class at the camp. I hope to return here to visit often – this is an amazing group of kind hearted folks, that encompass what it is to be community and family.

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It was great getting to know every unique and wonderful soul at the camp. Each person has their own light of greatness to offer this world – kindness, compassion, intelligence, knowledge, humor, leadership and quite a few natural artists too!

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Amazing Acrylic Pouring Techniques

Tiny Cabins, Formerly known here in Seattle Washington as “Tent city”, is a homeless shelter. By the way, they are drug and alcohol free.  The people there are indeed homeless and live in tiny temporary sheds (kinda like those you find at home depot). Amenities are scarce – there are a few porta potty- but no showers yet. This will be in the works soon (we hope). By the way, there are children that live there too.

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After lunch, we got to know each other, about meditation, and how art can be used as a tool for wellness. We covered some basic art concepts such as horizon lines, texture, color mixing, abstract, fauvism, and acrylic pouring; then our campers went to work creating works of art either in the shared kitchen tent or outdoors.

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A natural plein air impressionist at work

They were allowed to paint as much as they wanted to and use as many of the supplies as they desired. Some painted several paintings. Some painted with brushes, others decided to paint freely with their hands, while a couple decided to use acrylic pouring techniques. A couple of students decided to paint privately while some preferred company.

But each one created something beautiful.

And each individual taught me a profoundly beautiful message.

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All the while that we worked, we talked freely, transparently. There was a sense of trust amongst the entire group. No animosity, no fear, no judgement. There was joking, laughing, but no passive aggressiveness of any kind.

There was mutual respect. Please, thank you, and many smiles were exchanged freely, naturally, effortlessly, authentically.

Encouragement – normal.

Complaints – none.

Politeness.

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When it came time to leave, every individual pitched in to help clean up, pack supplies, and load them back into the truck. This was something they offered and wanted to do.

Someone inside ran out to bring a forgotten apron that was accidentally left on a table. And before I drove off, they each gave me a profound hug – those type of hugs that really mean you care.

I left with two gifts. Panda, the village elder, gave me the painting he made of a dream catcher. The other is a message and a lesson that will remain with me always.

Remember not all help has to come in the form of canned food and donation dollars.

A soul goes beyond the needs of the inputs and outputs a machine requires. For a healthy, happy, human society to thrive, all people must feel a part of it.

If you are wondering where to donate, Tiny cabins is supported under a broader nonprofit called Low Income Housing Institute.

And they will receive funds if you donate.

Here is their contact info:

www.LIHI.org

Or please do visit. And if you happen to pass someone that is homeless on the street, Don’t look away. Say hello.

 

-Rivkah

paintmymeditation.com

 

 

Art on a mission

Friends, we are so excited to paint with our new friends at Tiny Cabins Safe Harbor (Formerly known as Tent City) Nov 9th. From 11 – 4 PM.

We will be providing free lunch and a free art as meditation class Nov 9th. This is a kind, wonderful group of folks and we can’t wait to paint, and share our experiences together.

If you would like to join us, we are in need of a couple of volunteers to help out.

It is also a great opportunity to help provide other essentials.

We Still need a couple of volunteers to help out.

As a reminder, it is getting cold out. Tiny cabins is in need of supplies.

We are collecting the following supplies on behalf of Tiny Cabins:

  1. Sleeping bags
  2. Clothing
  3. Blankets
  4. Food Stock

Please be aware that there are children that live at the camp. Including:

9 yr old boy,

10 yr old boy,

15 yr old girl,

13 yr girl

If you would like to donate supplies, we will be happy to arrange a free pick up at your location or we can arrange other methods of convenience.

Please call 425-223-2365. You may also ping us directly or contact us here: https://paintmymeditation.com/homeless-outreach/

To contribute to our efforts directly

Help Support our Homeless Outreach

Paint my Meditation is on a mission.

  • We are committed to providing free art as meditation plein air or indoor lessons to the homeless/ homeless shelters free of charge, provide meals, and art supplies to work with if none are available. Our methods are rich in positive reinforcement,  patience, and reflection. We envibe and encourage each individual to find the peace and beauty within themselves, nature, and their environment as they explore the meditative art via painting in their desired medium.
  • Our homeless students will also be eligible to participate in our featured artist page and art exhibitions. If their work is chosen, they will not be charged to exhibit or sell their work.
  • Our intent is to not just provide a free service and a meal, but to provide hope, a friend to talk with, an activity that supports wellness, peace, and a positive, renewed outlook for the future.
  • Homeless shelter partnerships.

Please read the full details here Homeless Outreach

Find ways you can help by visiting our link.

 

What if it is a choice?

What if I told you it was a choice?

It’s not with him.

It’s not with her.

It’s not a thing.

It’s not waiting outside on your doorstep.

It’s not at work.

It’s not waiting for you tomorrow.

It really wasn’t there yesterday.

It’s not dependent on the weather.

It’s definitely not going to call.

It’s inside of you ~You just have to choose it.

Choose joy.

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to our October Featured Artist: Jessica Ritter!

Here are some inspiring words from Jessica, 

All of my art is about the way that I see the world in vibrant color. It is about believing in what can be instead of dwelling in what the world is. It is about being the change you wish to see in the world. My art is meant to inspire people to think positively and to bring that positivity to make positive changes in our world. It is about beauty in art inspiring beauty in life.

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Please read her full story here! Featured Artist: Jessica Ritter

What is it anyway?

It’s a place…

It’s coming soon…

Curious?

Click Here: paintmymeditation.com
 

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Call for artists!

Currently Seeking a Featured Artist for the month of November.

As a Featured Artist, you will have a page devoted to you and your work. A maximum of 8 of your works will be displayed on the Featured Artist’s Page, along with a short bio, and links to your website.

There is no fee to become a featured artist!

To apply for consideration, please fill out the Artist’s submission form located here: Submission Form

 

 

Plein Air Painting at Evan’s Creek

Thank you to everyone that braved the rain shower weather report and decided to make it out to paint with us!

We had a wonderful time exploring and painting nature together with some naturally talented artists! And even managed to hand out a couple of daisies to some passerby’s. 🙂

Optimism for the day:

When in doubt – Go out!

Indeed, toward the end of our painting excursion, drops began to fall. That being said, the dark clouds in contrast with the end of summer grasses creates a heavenly beauty all its own that is worth the experience and the paint. Moreover, the cool breath and the natural, fresh, herbal mist of the skies is a healing experience. Life is short my friends. Make the trip. Experience nature. Experience connections. Experience family.

Experience.

~Rivkah

 

In the field
Field artists at work
Little artists
Busy artists!
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When the earth is your studio!
what do you feel
We worked on color mixing, what we saw in nature and what we felt too! Learning to let go and be free! What we learned surprised all of us! It can be a little scary at first not to follow  outlines, but we believe all children are artists. Given a chance to create freely and a little encouragement, slowly they can push their limits and boundaries to reach new creative insights on their own.
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Family time!
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Artist at work!
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Exploring nature

 

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Evan’s Creek with rain clouds. 
the world is my inspiration
When the world is your inspiration.

 

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