1418, 1982 Alps Rd, Cambridge
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Location: meet in the Grand Valley Trail (Windy Mountain) Parking Lot.*
A group nap/rest in a forest that includes bedtime rituals and a giant, collaboratively made, hanging mobile. We want to talk about our bodies as containers, as vessels that cycle energy. We want to explore how the spending and replenishing of that power is crucial to how we live and work and care in the world, to our relationships, our choices, and quality of life. How these cycles are essential to our health. This experience will be provide an environment in which to open conversation about rest as the way we both release our energy to lighten our load and restore our energy for activity.
There is much of stigma surrounding rest in our culture. It is often dismissed as weakness or waste. In our digitally overstimulated and time-crushed ways of living we become numbed to the natural rhythms of the earth and our bodies; we forget how to care for the containers that hold us together. So we want to try and reduce the negative connotations of rest by taking a communal nap in a nearby forest, using ‘bedtime’ rituals to prepare our bodies for downtime and carve out space for the ebb and flow of energy, within and without. To immerse ourselves in a forest is to recognize our part in a larger rhythmic ecosystem.
Blankets, and light refreshments will be provided. If you wish to bring your own yoga mat, special throw blanket feel free to do so. For those not comfortable sitting on the ground, please bring a folding chair, or anything else that makes you comfortable.
*The location is a wooded trail, and we will strive to make sure the gathering is as accessible as possible. This is a rain or shine activation. Signage on the road by the parking lot will be provided for easy find of the location.
This public activation is part of the Of Containers and Firestarts exhibition.
Shannon Leigh Phair, at the age of 36 years, surrounded with the love of her family passed away on Thursday, July 5, 2018. Shannon was a visual artist living in Beeton, Ontario. She studied Art History and Visual Art at the University of Toronto and at the University of Windsor. Her work has been exhibited throughout Ontario including Toronto, Windsor, Thunder Bay, London, and Sudbury. Her printmaking work was also part of a national tour that included Iqaluit, Nunavut, Sydney, Nova Scotia, Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Whitehorse, Yukon.
“It is with grief that I continue this project without Shannon by my side though I know in spirit she is close knit. It is in our efforts at honouring our bodies as containers of the present, nurturing each other in practices of rest, that I am able to feel still very rooted in our time together, learning each other and ourselves. That same presence and permission breathes in me. I am still there with her in the shared moment, tea mug steaming, birds speaking, the sun and shade of her giant backyard in flux, our eyes slowly closing. This is the power rest brings, the attention and freedom that makes time circular, that remembers our deep interconnection and is fed by it. Shannon’s sweet way of gathering the world toward her and staying curious about what might unfold, made this practice feel like sacred play. May we all give ourselves the space to hear, taste, smell, see, and touch what is living between all of us.” - Mollie Coles Tonn
Mollie Coles Tonn is a poet and social activist living in Newmarket, Ontario. She has had her poetry published in numerous Canadian literary journals including: Prairie Fire, Event, The Antigonish Review, Room Magazine, and CV2 (April 2018). She’s been a finalist is several literary contests including: Room Magazine ’s 2013 Poetry Contest; 2014 and 2016 Malahat Review ’s Far Horizons Poetry Contests; 2016 Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award Contest; and 2017 Malahat Open Season Poetry Contest. Mollie completed a grant for the development of her first poetry manuscript under the mentorship of Canadian Poet Barry Dempster. She also creates immersive experiences that allow people to connect with their senses, create dialogue and build community.