Meditations on Yin-Yang: An Automatic Writing Workshop with Patrick Mansfield

3:00pm – 5:00pm

To engage with the Chinese philosophy of Yin-Yang is to embark on an illuminating journey into the relativity of all things. Objects, actions, and sounds can be infinitely divided into their Yin and Yang qualities until the divider has lost touch with the origin of the initial division. This meditative act of engagement with Yin-Yang will be the starting point from which we explore its nature and how we can apply it to the creative process. 

Together we will journey through three progressive meditations that will offer participants the opportunity to feel an embodied awareness of Yin and Yang. Within these realms of self-exploration, we will also invoke our creative energies as we engage in automatic writing/drawing exercises. Automatic writing is a receptive state of creative production. Moving deeper into the inner landscapes of self, we will open ourselves to the omnipresence of potentiality while putting pen to paper. 

The goal of this workshop is to offer new perspectives into your meditation and/or creative practice, as well as to empower you to engage with the vast mystery of the unknown within your process. This workshop is open to meditators, writers, and artists of all levels and disciplines.

Patrick Mansfield is an interdisciplinary artist and student of Chinese Medicine at Emperor’s College in Santa Monica, CA, as well as a student of Qigong at Ling Gui International Healing Qigong School in Seattle, WA. Engaged with the art and play of meditation, Mansfield has facilitated meditation workshops that engage with plants, minerals, sound, and movement as entry points into exploring our internal worlds.