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Morning Altars

A Seven-Step Practice to Nourish Your Spirit through Nature, Art, and Ritual
Hardcover Book
Publisher: 
WW Norton
 | 
October, 2018
ISBN:
9781682682517
In stock now: 
2
$33.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Morning altars are colourful mandalas that combine nature, art, and meditation. Incorporating the natural world into the everyday encourages positive well-being, even with the simplest of the earth’s gifts, such as leaves, flowers, berries, feathers, and stones. These stunning pieces of art are a peaceful and creative avenue to express gratitude for nature, to practice mindfulness, and to add meaning to daily life.

In this book, Day Schildkret guides readers through the creation of morning altars, a seven- step process that includes wondering and wandering, place meditation, clearing space, creating, gifting, walking away, and sharing his art with others. It’s an astoundingly beautiful, simple way of being, also subtitled The Joy of Earth Art. Really a homecoming practice, and a practical way to make beauty in this earth, each morning… or any morning. Try it.

Process :

morning time. take basket and go on walk.
stay alert. watchful. forage. 
hike to hill or creek bed. 
clear space.
be quiet and listen. 
build altar: feathers, leaves, berries, bones. 
pray. offer it. 
watch it alter.

Since his first morning altar, Schildkret has built hundreds more. His work has been warmly received on social media and he teaches workshops on altar building, all with the intention of sharing the positivity and beauty they have brought to his life.

As an artist what interests me most is to consider that the artwork may actually be shaped by the memory of the place, as if what I build may actually be an ancient remembering that the land itself is actualizing through me. 

In today’s overly virtual landscape, I want my viewers to be enchanted by each altar's capacity to awaken their imagination, their awe, their nuanced eye and deep love and connection with the magic and mystery of our earth. I long to have my audiences linger on that ephemeral edge where death and rebirth bring forth an ancient remembering and a new impermanent beauty.

For more: morningaltars.com.

Publisher’s Description: 

Morning altars are colorful mandalas that combine nature, art, and meditation. Incorporating the natural world into the everyday encourages positive well- being, even with the simplest of the earths gifts, such as leaves, flowers, berries, feathers, and stones. These stunning pieces of art are a peaceful and creative avenue to express gratitude for nature, to practice mindfulness, and to add meaning to daily life. In this book, Day Schildkret guides readers through the creation of morning altars, a seven- step process that includes wondering and wandering, place meditation, clearing space, creating, gifting, walking away, and sharing his art with others.

Since his first morning altar, Schildkret has built hundreds more. His work has been warmly received on social media and he teaches workshops on altar building, all with the intention of sharing the positivity and beauty they have brought to his life.

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