Panpsychic Poetry: A Movement and Magic Intensive

Panpsychic Poetry: A Magician’s Guide to Movement with Laura Stinger + Eliza Swann 
Joshua Tree, CA
September 28th and 29th, 2019


Please join The Golden Dome School for a weekend dedicated to movement, magic, and inter-dimensional travel! The Magician can traverse and converse with all life forms and dimensions at will. During this two day intensive, Eliza Swann and Laura Stinger will introduce magic, movement exercises and thought experiments that assist us in becoming “Panpsychic Poets.” We will learn to communicate and collaborate with plants, animals, stars, and sand.

“Panpsychism” is a term that means that all beings have a mind and the ability to communicate. The worldview that everything is alive, everything interrelates, and everything communicates is essential to magic making. For the magician, the song of the rocks, the sand, the rotation of the planets, the animals, the plants – the myriad songs of the world are legible. The magician is able to discover true words that speak directly to the nature of things, rather than approximate words that represent ideas with symbols. To become a “Panpsychic Poet” is to become a participant in the great cosmic song.

Laura Stinger will be offering lessons in movement and embodied trance techniques that induce inter-being and inter-species communication.

Eliza Swann will be offering lessons in philosophy, inter-species communication, magic 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 or a bed inside. Please see the FAQ and Syllabus below for more information. Questions? Just ask!



Saturday September 28th:

11:00am – Arrive!
12:00 pm – The Panpsychic Poet: Philosophy and Experiment with Eliza
1:00 pm – Lunch!
2:00 pm – Plant Body Human Body: Movement with Laura
6:00 pm – Dinner!
7:00 pm – The Language of Birds: Shape-shifting and Magical Flight
10:00 pm – The Language of Stars with Eliza

Sunday September 29th:

9:00 am – Breakfast and Dream Discussion
11:00 am – The Language of Sand with Eliza
12:00 pm – Lunch!
1:00 pm – From the Sea Outward: Animal Body Movement with Laura
4:00 pm – The Language of Rocks with Eliza                                                            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, two beautiful bathrooms, a magic school bus, dining area, hot tub 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.

Laura 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)

Eliza 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 guest 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. Her first book “The Anatomy of the Aura” comes out in 2020 on St. Martins Press. Eliza is also the founder of The Golden Dome School, a curatorial and educational platform that studies intersections of art, metaphysics and ecology.