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September 7, 2022

Virtual Fellowship Forum: Music and Art as a Portal to Connection with Orlando Villarraga

Join Garrison Institute Fellow Orlando Villarraga and the Director of the Garrison Institute Fellows Program, Dr. Angel Acosta, for this virtual forum via Zoom on Wednesday, September 7 at 6:00 p.m. ET. 

Creating art from the heart is an intimate experience. To listen to what is inspiring you is to listen with your whole being, to allow all that arises to exist simultaneously, whether we perceive it to be beautiful or ugly. One of the gifts of art is the opportunity to deeply feel as well as to transmute emotions. The beauty of music (or poetry or dance or visual arts) is that it sings differently for everyone. One song can become many anthems as the listener brings their heart to the conversation.

In this workshop, artist/musician Orlando Villarraga shares pieces of his music as a catalyst for creative reflection, intimate conversation, and a collective exploration of themes such as identity and love. This experience will be an invitation to allow yourself to show up in vulnerability and honesty, an act of service for ourselves and each other as we learn to create a culture where whole-hearted being is accepted and welcomed.

The 90-minute experience will take you on a journey through sound, visual art, and meditation leading into reflection and group interactions. Orlando will create a space where we may invite the fullness of our being into a caring community.

Headphones recommended if available.

Orlando Villarraga is a poet, musician, and visual artist. As an ally to the Teyuna indigenous tribes of Colombia, Orlando contributes as an interpreter and organizer to help bridge communication of ancient earth-based philosophy to the western world, as well as supporting the tribal communities in the process of living in a post-colonial society. A cofounder of The Resonance Experience, a group of innovators revealing the power of experiential sound in “refreshing” how we listen to the world, Orlando’s work includes guiding deep personal inquiries in the form of sound meditation. He has shared his experiences at NYU’s Love Class, The Interpersonal Neurobiology Conference, and the SAND conference. Orlando is happy and continues to learn from the universe as his university.

For the last decade, Dr. Angel Acosta has worked to bridge the fields of leadership, social justice, and mindfulness. He holds a doctorate degree in curriculum and teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University. Acosta has supported more than educational leaders and their students by facilitating leadership trainings, creating pathways to higher education, and designing dynamic learning experiences. His dissertation explored healing-centered education as a promising framework for educational leadership development. After participating in the Mind and Life Institute’s Academy for Contemplative Leadership, Acosta began consulting and developing learning experiences that weave leadership development with conversations about inequality and healing, to support educational leaders through contemplative and restorative practices. As a former trustee for the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, he participated as a speaker and discussant at the Asia Pacific Forum on Holistic Education in Kyoto, Japan. He continues to consult for organizations like the NYC Department of Education, UNICEF, Columbia University and others. Over the last couple of years, he has designed the Contemplating 400 Years of Inequality Experience–a contemplative journey to understand structural inequality. He’s a proud member of the 400 Years of Inequality Project, based at the New School.

This virtual workshop will be conducted via Zoom on Wednesday, September 7 at 6:00 p.m. ET. The virtual workshop link will be emailed to participants within twenty-four hours of your registration. Please email us at events@garrisoninstitute.org with questions.

Your support matters. Our vision for a more just, compassionate world has never felt more urgent. While we cannot share physical space together, we remain committed to a shared practice of social and spiritual care. We are thankful for the support to create a virtual sanctuary during this time. Your donations help to expand the Fellowship’s program offerings. If you feel called to support our work, we welcome your tax-deductible contribution towards our efforts. Please consider registering at the donor rate below.

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