Awakin.org

Waking up to Wisdom
In Stillness and Community

Search Awakin Calls

Keyword:

John Chambers: Art and Activism
Every week, we have a "Forest Call" to share insights and inspiration from various corners of the ServiceSpace ecosystem.  Typically, the call opens with a circle of sharing, then features a guest speaker and is followed by dynamic Q&A around the emergent themes....
David and Hi-Jin Hodge: Art as Practice
Our Forest Call guest this week will be: David and Hi-Jin Hodge. They've designed with the likes of Steve Jobs, authored an anthology called Impermanence, and created art installations that have been celebrated internationally at places like the Nobel Museum. But those are side things....
Leah Pearlman: From FaceBook to Dharma Comics
We are so happy to have Leah Pearlman as our guest for this Sunday's Forest Call.  If you ever have the opportunity to meet Leah, one of the first things that you might notice is her glow, illuminating from within. As the creator of the adorably inspiring Dharma Comics and the co-founder...
Mony and Alberto: Walking 5000 Kilometers For Peace
In 2001, Mony  Dojeiji and Alberto Agraso made decisions that would profoundly alter the course of their lives. Mony, a Lebanese-Canadian woman with a successful career, was so moved by the events of September 11 that she decided to embark on a humbling journey for peace. She began on the...
Rob Haddad: Homeless to Entrepreneur
This Saturday we are truly blessed to be joined by Rob Haddad.  Rob's story and how the Service Space community encountered this compassionate and gentle soul is simply incredible. At one point in his life, Rob had literally hit rock bottom. Through the kindness of strangers and the...
Slobodan Dan Paich: Art For Social Change
Slobodan Dan Paich has spent the last 50 years in arts.  He started at the age of 7 -- and even had to flee Yugoslavia when he started his own social-change public theatre company at the age of 16!  Since then, he has taught at major schools and studios in United States, England,...
Peace artist: The art of peace!
Our guest this week is the peaceartist, who goal is to run 10,000 miles for love, art and peace!! He has been running all over the US for peace and giving away paintings that he creates for the people he meets. He relies solely on Providence and the kindness of people along the...
Jerry Wennstrom: In the Hands of Alchemy...
"In 1979 Jerry Wennstrom was a rising star in the New York art world when he let go of his identity as an artist by intentionally destroying his large body of art and giving away his possessions. With this leap of faith Jerry embarked on a journey which...
Anjali Desai: Lessons from Slum Children
Anjali Desai is a polymath. Originally from Houston, Texas, she came to India in 2003 as an Indicorps Fellow. Her two-year fellowship on community development and women's empowerment turned into nine years and counting in India. She has worked on earthquake relief projects, been a...
Elizabeth Murray: Cultivating Sacred Spaces
Elizabeth Murray quit her dream job to volunteer in Monet's garden in Giverny, France. Her family thought she was mad to leave her comfortable horticulture job in California on a verbal promise for free room and board. But Elizabeth says her urge to work there was unbreakable. And she has...
Amy Krouse Rosenthal: Always Trust Magic...
Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a person who likes to make things: children's books, grown-up books, short films, salads, connections with the universe, something out of nothing, and wishes. According to The New York Times, Amy's award-winning children's books "radiate fun the way tulips...
Bryant Austin: Art with Heart
Bryant Austin is an experimental multi-media artist whose life-long passion has been exploring the depths of possibility in connecting with the greatest minds in the waters. In 2004, he became eye-to-eye with a 45 ton female humpback whale. She had reached out with her two ton, 15 foot long...
Laura Lavigne: Can a Simple Sign Make Your Day?
It started in May 2012 when a friend posted a photo on Laura Lavigne’s Facebook wall. The photo was of a few people wearing bright orange jumpsuits and holding signs with cool messages over their heads. It seemed a great match to the Center for Happiness. A conversation started, fueled by...
Keidi Keating: Re-awakening Your Inner Spark
Keidi Keating is the creator of the book, The Light, designed to help people reawaken their Divine inner spark and live a more enlightened life. Twenty-two luminaries contributed chapters to the book, including bestselling authors such as Neale Donald Walsch, Don Miguel Ruiz, Marci Shimoff, and...
Nancy Mellon: Stories that Heal: Awakin Call with Nancy Mellon
Nancy Mellon, MA, is an elder in the global storytelling renaissance. An author, psychotherapist and mentor, for thirty years, she has awakened the goodness, truth and beauty of the spoken and written word. Nancy works with adults of varied backgrounds who seek new perspectives and...
Betty Peck and Anna Rainville: Bringing the Gift of Yourself
Betty Peck at 92 is full of a radiant loveliness that brings to mind fairy godmothers and enchanted gardens. A beloved kindergartner teacher since the 1950’s, Betty’s vitality and generous spirit is as bright as ever. Her daughter Anna Rainville, an educator, mentor and author brings...
Shital Mehta: Experiments in Generosity with Children
Shital Mehta (or Shital-Mom as she's known in the Moved By Love community) has always had a passionate love for the Arts which manifested through her work with children of diverse backgrounds over the last 35 years. What began as working with kids to develop expression and creativity, has...
Pamela Sukhum: Transformative Art: Practicing Devotion to Beauty
Pamela Sukhum is an artist whose mission is to bring beauty and light to the world through her paintings. Her work brims with rich colors and textures, and warm, radiant energy. Her use of both broad, sweeping lines and delicate, intricate details give her work a depth and dimension truly unique...
Salma Arastu: Inner Rhythm and Outer Art
Salma Arastu describes herself: "Painting has been my need ever since I can remember and it has become a vehicle for me to find the purpose of life.  Over the past thirty years, I have created images with continuous, lyrical line and a variety of...
David France: Music for Social Change
While playing in the Chicago subway one day, David France heard someone singing along in a distance.  Slowly, the voice drew closer and closer until a blind man stood in front of him.  They finished the song in unison, as the crowd erupted with glee by this serendipitous performance....
Lily Yeh: Art for Social Transformation
In 1986, Lily Yeh was asked by the dancer and educator Arthur Hall to create a park in an abandoned lot next to his building in North Philadelphia. With a small grant, a few shovels, and little else, Lily invited children and adults in this ravaged inner city neighborhood to join her in clearing...
Bob Sadler: Art That Can Heal
Bob Sadler is a photographer that has been involved with a project called, "Inherent Worth and Dignity."  One day in 1983, while he was shooting landscape photographs, a homeless man approached him and asked, "I suppose the question for you is—are you an artist or are...
Ruth Richards & Seana Moran: Ethics and Psychology of Creativity
Dr. Ruth Richards is one of the leading researchers on creativity in daily life. Many years ago, before she went on to earn an M.D. from Harvard and a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, she was studying to become a high school teacher.  While taking a required psychology class, a discussion...
Shirin Subhani: Transforming Our Story
Shirin works on building collective synergy and community around stories of courage, creativity and change, as well as creative approaches to parenting and growing children and youth with special needs, specifically, those on the autism spectrum. Shirin’s work in community service for...
Aurora Sidney-Ando: Nurturing Art
Aurora received her BFA in painting and drawing from the University of Colorado and puts it to use by illustrating children’s books, designing murals, and painting large canvases. Her inspiration comes from the bold colors from her hometown in Mexico and the simple style of her Japanese...
Claudia Bernardi: Art for Political Change
Claudia Bernardi is an internationally known artist who works in the fields of art, human rights and social justice. In her work over the past two decades, she has used creative works in collaboration with communities that have suffered from violence and human rights violations.​ In...
Jerry Falek: The Power of Storytelling and Performance
This Saturday, we will hear from master story teller and movement artist Jerry Falek.  Jerry teaches performing and visual arts -- storytelling, dance, creative movement, and weaving -- as a guest artist in schools.  He also performs as a storyteller before audiences of dozens to...
Ben Rivers: Storytelling and Participatory Theatre as Therapeutic Experience
Ben Rivers specializes in the use of therapeutic and participatory theatre for community mobilization, cultural activism and collective trauma response. Born in the UK and raised in Australia, he has taught and practiced in Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and North America, working...
Ron Nakasone: A Calligrapher's Pilgrimage
"Spend five minutes talking with Ron Nakasone and you will sense two things: a wisdom that makes you curious and a casualness that makes you comfortable," Peter Doebler writes. An accomplished scholar in Buddhist Art and Culture at the Graduate Theological Union (an...
Hawah Kasat: Can Art Unite Us?
HawaH is an artist, author, educator, yoga instructor, community organizer and non-profit leader. He has dedicated his life to teaching about solutions to violence and ways to peace, and has traveled to over 35 countries to facilitate interactive workshops, host dialogues, perform poetry, teach...
Anne Veh: The Art of Making the Mundane Magical
The first thing you'll notice are her shining eyes. Anne Veh is an incredible force of love. An artist, curator, mother, wife, seeker, convener of school kindness circles, interviewer extraordinaire, eternal kindergartner (a la eternal kindergarten teacher, Betty Peck),...
Germán Herrera: Self-Knowledge and Transformation Through Art
Germán Herrera is ​​a visual artist with an interest in psychology, perception and our potential as human beings.  He is interested in art as an agent or catalyst, which, through beauty or otherwise, "seduces us to sense, feel and possibly think about a given...
David Sands: Bamboo Living: Bettering Our Inner and Outer Worlds
David Sands has made sustainable living his life’s work as an architect. When he was attending Washington and Lee University in Virginia as an undergraduate, a professor of Chinese art introduced him to the idea of bamboo as a metaphor for the perfected human being:  strong yet...
Maria Jain: Buddhas on Death Row
Maria Jain is a seeker, traveler, writer, entrepreneur, advocate, and story teller. For the past 8 years, she has been working in international development, focusing on women's empowerment, gender equality and ending gender-based violence.  Between 2008 and 2012, she lived and...
Sonia Deotto: Art and Activism for a Nonviolent World
Sonia Deotto is co-founder and executive director of OraWorldMandala, a global peace movement whose objective is to use art and activism to spread the practice of ahimsa (nonviolence).  Since 2004, the headquarters of Ora World Mandala Research/Action Lab have been located at the Peace...
Keith McHenry: Abundance and Cooperation Toward Peace and Justice
In 1980, Keith McHenry was a college student trying to raise money for a friend who had been arrested at an anti-nuclear protest. To help pay for the lawyers, Keith was planning a bake sale; in a fateful moment, he saw a poster that read: It will be a great day when the schools get all the...
Elle Luna: Designing a Life Beyond the Crossroads of Should and Must
Elle Luna is an iconic designer, artist, painter, and writer.   If you’ve used ever the Uber app … If you’ve ever swiped an email on your iPhone… If you’ve ever deferred an email for some date in the future… If you’ve ever self-published on...
Miti Desai: Dancing, Design & the Journey from Form to the Formless
“From the formless comes the form, and the form takes you back to the formless.” - Ancient Indian Scripture At the end of her first day at her first job at a prestigious design firm in Mumbai, 20-year-old Miti Desai came home and wept for five hours straight – without having...
Liz Mitten Ryan: The Wisdom of the Herd
In 1999 Liz Mitten Ryan, award-winning artist, mother of six and founder of a successful fine art publishing company in Vancouver, traded in the secure terrain of her known life to move with her architect husband, and a herd of eleven horses, to Gateway 2 Ranch -- a 320-acre slice of paradise...
Luc Reynaud: Music as a Force of Love
When you consider its synchronicities and various plot twists, Luc Reynaud’s life seems stage directed by the universe.  Perhaps it all started when at 6 years old he announced to his teacher Rayma Hayes that he was going to paint the moon.  “And what about the Earth,...
Robert Bengston: Art and Inspiration: What Would Love Do?
"I'm here to help make the world more beautiful, inside and out." San Francisco Bay Area artist, Robert Bengtson, expresses his love for beauty through the mediums of photography, interactive art, wood, metal, plaster... and puts his creativity into inspiring the human spirit....
Debra Roberts: Sacred Path of Bees
“Many of the challenges in this world stem from our disconnect with nature — both within us and outside of us. When we steward bees in a bee-centric rather than business-centric way, there is an opportunity to learn about the interconnectedness we share with all life.” When...
Mark Barone & Marina Dervan: An Act of Dog: 5,500 Portraits for Animal Justice
"Getting sober, 18 years ago, was the most important catalyst and spiritual change in my life. I remember looking down at my dogs and seeing their utter dependency and need for me to be present, and without hesitation, I got up and poured my drink down the sink and never looked back."...
Two Trees (Kaylynn Sullivan): The Practice of Living
“By birth, education and experience, my identity is shaped by a life spent at the crossroads - the place where cultures, ideas and beliefs collide and find both dissonance and resonance. I am most comfortable with those explorers and cartographers whose passion and life is the...