Shape Changing, World Changing: A Magician’s Guide to Movement


Shape Changing, World Changing: A Magician’s Guide to Movement with Laura Stinger + Eliza Swann + Patrick Mansfield
Joshua Tree, CA
January 5th – 6th

This program is currently full – you can sign up to join the waiting list HERE

Please join The Golden Dome School for a weekend dedicated to movement, magic, and inter-dimensional travel! The Magician can traverse many worlds at will, moving through and mapping a multiverse of realities and dimensions. During this two day intensive, Eliza Swann and Laura Stinger will introduce movement exercises and thought experiments that assist us in moving through the “Four Dimensions of the Magician.” These worlds are known as the Objective World, the Subjective World, the Symbolic World, and the Unified or Holistic World. For two days, we will embark on inter-dimensional experiences through guided imagery and movement.

Patrick Mansfield will be organizing our food so that the energetics of our shared meals will be in alignment with our studies.

Laura Stinger will be offering lessons in movement and embodied trance techniques.

Eliza Swann will be offering lessons in philosophy and inter-dimensional travel.

All meals are included and sleeping sites are “slumber party” style – you are welcome to camp or sleep on the pull-out couch inside. Please see the FAQ and Syllabus below for more information. Questions? Just ask!


The Objective Level tells us that all matter is in a state of constant change. That what seems to be solid matter is actually mostly space, and that what little matter there is in that space is mostly composed of electrical charges and waves. The Subjective Level tells us that everything is energy, that everything is connected, and that mental energy changes emotional energy that changed physical energy. The Symbolic Level says that everything is a dream symbol, and that when one symbol changes, that changes all related symbols. The Holistic Level says that everything is one, and that when one thing changes, all things change.” Serge Kahili King, “Changing Reality”


Saturday January 5th:

11:00am – Arrive!
12:00 pm – The Four Worlds: Philosophy and Experiment with Eliza
1:00 pm – Lunch!
2:00 pm – From the Objective World to the Subjective World: Movement with Laura
6:00 pm – Dinner!
7:00 pm – From the Subjective World to the Symbolic World: Shape-shifting and Magical Flight with Eliza
10:00 pm – Star/Body Divination

Sunday January 6th:

9:00 am – Breakfast and Dream Discussion
11:00 am – The Symbolic World with Eliza
12:00 pm – Lunch!
1:00 pm – The Unified World: Movement with Laura
4:00 pm – Tea and Philosophy                                                                                                             6:00 pm – Disperse


Vegan meals are included – however, all folks are expected to participate in food prep.

We will be staying a beautiful home in the Joshua Tree desert with a full kitchen, beautiful bathroom, dining area, and classroom area.

All sleeping arrangements are “camping spaces” – there is a pull out couch and indoor space for folks who don’t have camping gear – just let us know!

All bodies are welcome – movement exercises can be adapted for everyone’s comfort. If you have particular questions or concerns, there is a place on the sign up form for you to let us know how we can assist you. If you have allergies, dietary restrictions, or other sensitivities, we will do our best to accommodate you.

Phones and computers must be turned off for the duration of the intensive. If it is not safe for you to do this for any reason, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.

performance14Laura Stinger is an interdisciplinary artist working in performance, sculpture, and video. Her work examines performance of identity, consumption of desire, and failures in communication between people. Performance is used as a place to push individuality, queerness, and chaotic complexity, while also finding an authentic modern spirituality. In her work, she creates situations that in their live-ness, in their rebelliousness, and in their messiness, attack the homogeneity and crippling blandness of capitalism, choosing to see art as a responsibility and a political act of radical collaboration.

Past work includes Unnatural History, Pieter Space (2016); Foreign Language Film, Golden Dome School/Coaxial Gallery (2015); After Collapsing (I Love You Anna Nicole), Dixon Place (2010), and Keeping it Down PS122 (2007)

tumblr_pe2y3qHKZB1vxx3tvo1_1280Eliza Swann is an interdisciplinary artist, intuitive, writer, educator, and community organizer based in Los Angeles and New York. Eliza received a BA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute, trained in hypnotherapy at the Isis Centre in England, Hindu cosmology and yoga with Dr. Vagish Shastri in Benares, India, Tarot and Western Magical Practice with the Builders of the Adytum Western Mystery School, and received a Master’s degree in Fine Art from Central St. Martins in London. Eliza has exhibited her work internationally, most recently at the University of California Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz), the Women’s Center for Creative Work (Los Angeles), Elephant Gallery (Los Angeles), and the Art/Life Institute (Kingston, NY). Eliza has lectured at UCLA, the Hammer Museum, the San Francisco Art Institute, Central St Martins, CalArts, and is currently a Visiting Professor at Pratt Institute. She has contributed critical writing to BOMB, Arthur, Contemporary Art Review LA, and Perfect Wave Magazines. Eliza is also the founder of The Golden Dome School, a curatorial and educational platform that studies intersections of art, metaphysics and ecology.

img_4550.jpgPatrick Mansfield is an artist, healer, and student of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Mansfield’s creative and healing practices are a lucid exploration of the energetics of the individual and the collective. Past work includes, Many Raves, Other Places Art Fair (2018); Resurrection of Care, The Golden Dome School (2017, 2018).