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The Experience of Art

  • CSL & Aldersgate United Methodist Church 4243 Manuela Ave Palo Alto, CA, 94306 United States (map)

Concurrent with our Aldersgate UMC Spring Bazaar, the Center for Spiritual Life presents “The Experience of Art,” a series of four hands-on workshops in four different artistic forms: (1) A free writing/poetry workshop led by Brynn Saito, (2) movement-based practices led by Coke Tani, (3) group drumming led by Sekayi Edwards and (4) group painting led by Patti Iseke. Each 45-minute workshop experience is intended to give participants a “taste” of the particular artistic expression. The Experience of Art is an excellent opportunity for both novices and seasoned practitioners to tap into the creative side of their spiritual lives. Before and after each workshop, people are encouraged to visit the Art Gallery and enjoy the great food of the Aldersgate UMC Spring Bazaar. 

11am: Free-Writing/Poetry: Tap into your inner poet! Learn the art of free-writing to conjure stories and memories with poet, educator, and CSL director, Brynn Saito. Together, we’ll engage in writing exercises to heighten and expand your poetic consciousness.

12pm: Movement-Based Practices: Connect your mind, heart, body, and spirit through a series of easy experiential exercises with seasoned artist and performer, Coke Tani. Unlock the wisdom of your own body and ease stress in a playful and safe environment. 

1pm: Group Drumming: Drums, present in every culture's history, follow the path of rhythm in connecting to spirit, community, and the greater elements of nature. Join us in grounding our energy, releasing tension, and inviting joy to the community through drumming with composer and expressive arts therapist, Sekayi Edwards.

2pm: Painting: Have you always wanted to paint but did not know where to start.  This is your opportunity!  Patti Iseke will lead the group step by step though a painting exercise.  In the end you will have a finished painting, uniquely your own!

*Sign-ups are being taken to help with planning but we hope to take all interested on the day of the event. To sign up, please email: