The Lovers, Artist Residency, 2017

The Lovers: The Entasy and the Ecstasy

Wurtsboro, NY

September 17th – September 24th, 2017

The faculty members for The Lovers program are: Lily Benson, Brendan Landis, Mandana, Linda Montano, Mollie McKinley, Ariana Reines, and Eliza Swann.


“The important thing is not to think much but to love much; and so do that which best stirs you to love.” ― Teresa of Ávila

For our seventh artist-in-residence session we will be working with the archetype of the Lovers where we are introduced to concepts of interrelatedness and indeed the great Mystery of creation itself. As Starhawk says, “All began in love, all seeks to return in love. Love is the law, the teacher of wisdom, and the great revealer of mysteries.”

Through combined practices of performance, writing, tarot, alchemy, and art making we will learn to offer ourselves and our community acceptance and love as an act of renewal and revolution. Together we will work toward destabilizing the authority of conventional structures of knowledge and power through an engagement with love, care, magic and the formation of new communities of learning.

We will be living communally in a house in the Catskills for a one week session that consists of a series of performance centered art exercises, tarot instruction, plant communication, intuitive development exercises, and lectures offered by visiting artists. We will do a group performance at the end of week. All Golden Dome gatherings seek to provide our community with expansive methodologies for reconciling our selves and our work to each other and our world. Please see the syllabus for detailed information on course offerings.