Call

When

Occurs on Wednesday October 26 2022

Approximate running time: 2 hours

Venue

Online
Online
Toronto ON M6K 2B2

Information

× Instructor: Heather Clear Wind

6PM- 8PM


Class Description:

Heather will provide us with an Indigenous approach to creating.

This is an organic unfolding we’ll share together with mindfulness, experiencing and appreciating nature as a part of the creation process that can help to inform/inspire our creations versus the western model that’s more focused on producing an end-product.

You’ll experience a guided nature meditation where Heather will share Indigenous teachings based on her amazing experiences with nature and the elements raising awareness to the beautiful connections we all have to them, and what a great support and foundation this can be for our artistic practice, and also for self-care.

Be inspired by connecting with other creatives in community sharing your creations and experiences with nature.

This can help with feeling more connected, a sense of community, a greater understanding of how supported we are by nature every day, and to an overall sense of well-being.

Heather doesn't share her identity online (due to her childhood abuse past) so she offers classes off-webcam for safety but you’re welcome to be on/off camera as preferred.

All adults are welcome and especially those that love nature and / or want to experience a more Indigenous approach to creating art and nature. LGBTQ2S+ and the Global Majority (aka BIPOC) folx, and Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island are also welcome.

Materials: No set medium. Participants can create in whatever medium they choose to.


About the instructor: Heather Clear Wind is a Two Spirit, Nehiyaw Cree, Métis, Celtic, Published Poet, Writer, Transdisciplinary Artist, Musician and more.

She is an intergenerational Indian Residential School survivor who is gender fluid, amazingly-abled and neurodiverse. Her soul purpose on the planet is helping people considering seven generations forward.

Her self-expression in art, poetry, music, sound and ceremony seeks to reconnect people to nature and the elements and to what an amazing support they are. They are her wahkohtowin ᐊᐧᐦᑯᐦᑐᐃᐧᐣ (community) and are what helped her survive through the negative impacts of colonization, when humans failed her. In some of her creations she strives to raise awareness about Indigenous issues and the true history of Canada, as she feels we can’t heal from what we don’t know.

She feels an urgency to move her visual art to digital to capture the essence of nature and the elements, before it’s too late. She wants to indigenize digital and in so doing, positively influence AI (microcosm – macrocosm) so it evolves to safe-guard life and the planet vs. the current capitalistic based AI that’s heading towards doing the opposite.

She chooses to host gatherings online with the camera off for safety reasons, as an act of decolonization, and as it helps reduce our carbon footprint.

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