UPLIFT WOMEN'S SKILLSHARE
April 28-30, 2017 and May 5-7, 2017
ORCAS ISLAND, WA
Teaching applications open March 1-14; Register between March 20-April 20, 2017. Learn more
UPLIFT Women's Skillshare is a celebration, a returning, an invitation for women to fully step into the age of collaboration and inter-connectedness. Tapping into the expansive energies of Spring in an intimate circle of sisterhood, we will gather for 3 days and 2 nights to share traditional & modern folks skills on a 30+ acre organic farm and historic homestead in the fertile valleys of Orcas Island, WA. Our time together will be shaped by ceremony and an ever-unfolding call to weave traditional knowledge with place-based intuition, to awaken our presence within the creative sanctuary of forest & field.
Our intention is to provide a retreat from the forces that pull us away from our deep knowing, and an opportunity to align with the slow way of moving in harmony that we have known in our bones for generations.
To increase accessibility, we are gathering for two separate sessions (back-to-back weekends). Each session offers 2 Service Roles, 5 Guiding Roles and 15 Open Registration Roles. Tickets are available at sliding scale rates. This will be an intimate event that allows each sister the timespace to share & reflect her experience. We are calling in women of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientations, and body sizes to join us in this celebration of traditional & sacred arts.
An Exploration in MEDITATIVE BOOKBINDING / Explore the ancient art of bookbinding as a pathway to a meditative state. Erica Ekrem will provide guidance for you to step into your role as a maker. Each student will sew a woven leather journal from a prepared kit. Together we will reflect on the teachings of water to guide us in the Long-Stitch binding method. You will learn to guide the needle and thread as if it were a river running through the journal connecting one leaflet to the next.
We will: Consider ethical material sourcing. –Customize thread and paper colors. –Engage the breath to alleviate stress, quiet the mind, generate focus, and access creative flow. –Reflect on your personal experiences with water or a body of water. –Sit in tea meditation. –Fold and punch signatures. –Learn the Long Stitch binding method with leather as casing. –Learn decorative stitching patterns and an ornamental weaving technique to strengthen and protect the exposed stitching. –Explore journaling exercises. –Reflect on the final pieces and overall process with one another
Come to sit in your truth and share your story with new friends. Depart with a journal in your hands, and in your heart, the empowered ability to make another. $210 + Offsite Lodging; Up to 12 students.
MEDITATIVE BOOK BINDING
SPIRIT WEAVERS GATHERING; SUN SESSION, June 1-5, 2017 LAKE CONCOW, CA, 6 hour class.
Tickets on sale January 14, 10am PST. Visit SPIRIT WEAVERS GATHERING for more info.
MEDITATIVE BOOKBINDING: Flow Like Water / Explore the ancient art of bookbinding as a pathway to a meditative state. With ceremony and intention, Erica Ekrem will hold space for you to step into your role as a maker. Each woman will sew a woven leather journal from a prepared kit. Together we will reflect on the teachings of water to guide us in the Long-Stitch binding method. You will learn to guide the needle and thread as if it were a river running through the journal connecting one leaflet to the next.
We will engage the breath to alleviate stress, quiet the mind, generate focus, and access creative flow. We will imbue our work with intention and personal magic by exploring the powerful connection between heart and hands. We will weave spines of colored thread and bring into being containers to hold all that we are and all that we are becoming.
Come to sit in your truth and share your story among sisters. Depart with a journal in your hands, and in your heart, the empowered ability to make another. $35 material fee. Up to 10 students.
THE SPIRIT OF TEA
April 6-10, 2017 A 5 day/4 night meditation retreat for women
Private Residence; Pacific Grove, CA
Registration info TBA.
THE SPIRIT OF TEA / Retreat information to be announced. Hosted by Marsha Malis, Phd. Co-facilitaed by Marsha and Erica. Up to 6 participants.
November 4-7, 2016 A 3 Day Women's Retreat
DOE BAY RESORT on ORCAS ISLAND, WA
THE ART OF STILLNESS is an invitation for women to align to a slower tempo and to unwind from the stresses of everyday life. We will gather for 3 days and 3 nights in intimate sisterhood at Doe Bay Resort along the tidelines of Orcas Island, WA. Our time together will be shaped by ceremony and an ever-unfolding invitation to love your self, to reflect inwardly, and to discover stillness.
We will explore the meditational arts of tea ceremony, inner voice work, traditional bookbinding, movement and more. We will practice awakening to the present moment. We will learn to listen so we may sing in-time to our innate rhythms. We will courageously embody the beauty of our authentic self so we may each step into our power as creator. LEARN MORE + REGISTER
September 20-22, 2016 A 3 day workshop
SITKA CENTER FOR ART & ECOLOGY, Otis, OR
OCEANIC LIBRARY / Join Erica on the Equinox for an inspiring oceanside art retreat. We will sit in tea ceremony, connect with the tides and contemplate our connection to the mother waters. Students will explore the use of natural objects (clam shells and driftwood planks) as book covers to create a biodegradable oceanic library. Students will learn to choose materials, consider ethics of material sourcing and will learn bookbinding basics such as creating text blocks, binding exposed spines, preparing and attaching covers. Students will create thematic content and apply scrimshaw treatment to the books with mixed media such as pen and ink, watercolor, typewriter, embroidery and calligraphy. Each student will create a personal oceanic library made of two to four small hand bound books. LEARN MORE + REGISTER
SPIRIT WEAVERS GATHERING
SUN SESSION– June 2-6, 2016 Loombound Journal; Tea + Creativity: Nurturing a Daily Practice
MOON SESSION– June 9-13, 2016 Children's Bookbinding; Children's Tea Ceremony
Tickets are sold out. Visit SPIRIT WEAVERS GATHERING for more info.
LOOMBOUND JOURNAL / Each of us has an inner voice– one that may be written in words or recorded through artwork. Together, we will each bind a leather journal to honor and safe keep our personal narratives. We will work from a prepared kit and learn the basics of bookbinding the old world way with hand tools and natural materials. We will begin class with a grounding Tea ceremony to open our hearts and create a nurturing space to voice our intention. We will explore how a journaling practice can be used for grounding and navigation during transformative experiences. Erica will guide you step-by-step through the process of hand stitching her original loom binding pattern, combining the beauty of a woven textile with the utility of a journal. You will depart the class with a journal in your hands and, in your heart, the empowered ability to make another. MORE INFO
TEA + CREATIVITY– Nurturing a Daily Practice / Together we will explore ways to weave tea into your creative practice. Just as tea ceremony begins with a kettle of still water, we will begin by stilling our body, mind and spirit. We will sit quietly in the forest and share Tea with one another, receiving & honoring the many silent gifts of the practice. As the energy of Tea awakens our bodies, we will gently flow into mindful movement– you will be guided through a unique meditative process of binding a simple leather journal to use in your daily practice. During the second portion of class, we will explore different varieties of tea, teaware and styles of preparation, as well as pathways for a daily practice. We will again prepare tea and engage in a creative exercise using mixed media to fill your new journal. There will be time to share your inspiration with the group. We will close the sacred space by honoring the spirit of Tea and the time we shared with one another. You will be given a take-home guide full of inspiration and resources to help water the seeds of your personal practice. This class will be co-lead with Melissa McConnell. MORE INFO
LEATHER BOOKBINDING for Keiki / Erica will teach children to bind a simple, vegetable-tanned leather journal using traditional bookbinding methods: folding paper, punching with awl, threading needle, and simple stitching pattern. Each child will take home a beautiful journal for their artwork and writing.
TEA CEREMONY for Keiki / Children with be guided in a simple tea ceremony by infusing gentle, child-friendly herbs. Children will connect with their bodies, let their wiggles out, and move into a place of stillness. We will explore using our senses to connect with Nature and one another. We will arrange flowers, identify and smell herbs, observe boiling water, and safely pour tea. Children will serve each other bowls of tea and honor one another in this way. We will finish by taking the finished tea and flowers into the forest as an offering of gratitude for Nature. MORE INFO
October 10, 2015 10:00AM-6:00PM
BISON BOOKBINDING & LETTERPRESS, Bellingham WA
BOOKBINDING WORKSHOP / Explore the use of locally foraged, biodegradable materials as book covers. In this workshop, driftwood slabs and clam shells will be utilized to make a pair of journals. Exposed spines will be sewn using a combination of kettle, Coptic, and running stitches. Instructor Erica Ekrem bound her first book in 2003 while studying with book artist Dr. Elsi Vassdal Ellis. Erica's most notable work, Book of the Sea, a 100% biodegradable clam shell book is featured in the Paper Project at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Hosted by Bison Bookbinding & Letterpress and Whatcom Museum, Bellingham WA.
July & August, 2015 Fridays: 7:30-8:30AM
ORCAS MANDALA YOGA STUDIO, Eastsound WA
COMMUNITY TEA MEDITATION: Sit, Breath, Sip / Begin your day with a steaming bowl of Tea. It is said that when Tea is served and received with mindfulness it becomes medicine for body, mind and spirit. This ceremonial meditation is an opportunity to pause, connect to your heart and open yourself to the wisdom of Tea. It is an invitation to rise with the sun and begin your day with intention. After receiving Tea, we will sit for 5-10 minutes in self-guided meditation.
July 10, 2015 2015 1:30-3:30PM
ORCAS WORKSHOP, Eastsound WA
BOOKBINDING WORKSHOP / Local bookbinder and author (Bound: Over 20 Artful Handmade Books), Erica Ekrem offers a unique opportunity to share her craft with your young ones. Your child will learn how to sew a running stitch and engage with the basic tools and materials needed to make a leather bound journal. Each child will bind a book to bring home to fill with artwork and writing. An outdoor event hosted by Orcas Workshop.
WOVEN ONE LEATHER JOURNAL
May 14-18, 2015
SPIRIT WEAVERS GATHERING, Navarro CA
BOOKBINDING SKILLSHARE / Erica will guide you step-by-step through the process of hand-stitching a woven spine journal to record your visual and written stories. We will explore how a journal may become a tool to ground the visions, initiations and ceremonies we experience. We will give thanks for the materials provided to us by Nature and through guided visualization, imbue them with intention. You will depart the class with a journal in your hands and, in your heart, the empowered ability to create another. MORE INFO
January 31, 2015
DARVILL'S BOOKSTORE, Eastsound WA
AUTHOR BOOK SIGNING / Celebrate the release of Bound: Over 20 Artful Handmade Books, a collection of Vintage, Nature, and Leather bookbinding projects by local bookbinder and graphic designer Erica Ekrem.