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Personal resilience in the time of climate change

Art + Wellness Workshop


This event has been canceled. Registrants will be contacted about refunds.

close up of hedieh's work

June 8: Grounding and Gratitude

After introducing ourselves to one another, we will familiarize participants with our approach to the workshops’ three pillars: nature, spirit, and art. We will locate ourselves in the context of The Phillips Collection and in its urban environment while introducing a mindfulness meditation focused on delight and gratitude.

June 10: Grief and New Perspectives

Grief (morning session): Even as we are sustained by our gratitude for the Earth, personal resilience demands that we honestly confront our grief and fear for the future of the planet. Participants will then have the opportunity to respond creatively to their experiences (for example: with a photo, a drawing, a journal entry) and share their responses in small groups.

New Perspectives (afternoon session): Climate resilience requires habits of thought that free us from the human-nature binary and help us re-imagine our relationship to the Earth. In this session we will explore the wooded environment of THEARC in Southeast DC through a collective service project.

June 15: Moving Forward with Agency

In this final session, we will approach key works in The Phillips Collection meditatively and critically, building to a final commitment to action on behalf of the planet. This session is dedicated to strengthening our sense of agency in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges.

Joshua Shannon is Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory at the University of Maryland. He is the author of several books on modern art and is currently writing a new book called How and Why to Look at Art in the Time of Climate Change.

Robert Hardies is an experienced leader of workshops, retreats and pilgrimages. From 2001 to 2020, Rob was senior minister of All Souls Church, Unitarian in Washington, DC, where he led award-winning campaigns on behalf of voting rights and marriage equality. He was the Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Martha’s Vineyard, and is currently the Lead Minister of the First Parish in Cambridge, MA.

Aparna Sadananda comes to mindfulness practice from a science background. She holds a PhD in cellular neuroscience from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai, India. In addition to leading art-based meditations at The Phillips Collection and the National Museum of Asian Art, she is a senior yoga teacher and trainer at Yoga District in Washington, DC. She is also an artist, specializing in Indian folk art and a musician, trained in traditional Indian singing.

IMAGE: Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi, Something discernible in the hollow space of its absence, 2022, Acrylic on individual Masonite panels, 36 x 54 in., The Phillips Collection, Contemporaries Acquisition Fund, 2022