The way of Sho calligraphy encourages mindful practice while nurturing wider creativity and expression. With traditional sumi ink, fude brushes and washi paper we will work from selected ancient characters from China and Japan. Inspired by the Five Elements (Godai) and natural environment and setting outside Lenzie, we will work on characters such as 水 sui – water, 火 ka – fire, and 風 fu – wind. In Japanese philosophy and Buddhism the five elements are the constituents of all matter and represent the world.
We will have time to make marks and explore the aesthetics and process of Sho, feeling and noticing the materials used and welcoming our brushstrokes and imperfections moment by moment.
Meditation will help us, using a meditation practice you are comfortable with or being guided in how to meditate, along with walking in the open grounds and being mostly silent during the day. Outdoors we will engage with our five senses to get in touch with Water, Fire, Wind and the other elements, deepening our sensory awareness, sense of breath and embodiment.
With demonstrations and friendly help from artist Blair Thomson, a member of Glasgow Zen Group who studied Sho and markmaking in Osawano, Japan with calligraphy Master Wakabayashi.
Margaret Kerr is a mindfulness teacher, psychotherapist, and mountain leader working outdoors with groups regularly, with her own art practice working with trees, water and the land, and will lead us outside.
No previous experience is needed and all materials provided. There is a one hour lunch break – please bring your own food or some to share. Waterproofs are recommended.
Please contact us to book your place.