Sinéad Cullen

December update

Here I am: still in Colombia and continuing to be astounded, wowed and amazed by this country and people. We're coming to the end of another year so it is a natural time for reflection on the last 12 months. A year ago I was in Scotland in the gorgeous Eco-community of Newbold with frost and snow, and not sure of where I as going next, but holding the dream and commitment to explore more communities. Now as I write I am up in the mountains outside of Medellin staying with some friends that I have met along the way and really bathing in appreciation of the kindness and openheartedness of the many people that I have met in so many communities this year.  I constantly have to pinch myself that this journey is really happening: it feels like some sort of magic to be taking these steps further and further into community.   This year has been such a rich one and I have so much to be grateful for. I am brimming with beautiful memories of meetings and gatherings, laughter in wonderful communities and stunning glorious time alone in nature. I feel so blessed to be on this journey of exploring and learning what is mine to offer in the world and now more than ever I renew my commitment to offer my creativity and my work in service of our mama earth, to life on our planet and for all our generations to come. I commit to offering everything I have got to ensure that I live up to the task that I believe us humans have been given: to be guardians and caretakers of this planet.   And 2018: what will it bring? I am feeling excited (and a bit terrified) as some new projects are coming into focus. I will share more about them as they evolve: for now they are little seedlings that need a little more incubation time.   My main focus at the moment remains here in my journey in Colombia. I have just over a month left here and there is so much that I wish to still see: this country is absolutely abundant with inspiring projects! I would need several years to explore them!   I love being here; I fall deeper in love with the place each day, even through the challenges. I feel that I am healing old wounds and shedding light on my souls callings more and more as I feel the sparks of Colombian passion for the earth and for their appreciation of their indigenous heritage. It feeds my souls and absolutely inspires me. I believe that we are all yearning to remember who we are just as we are all seeking happiness. I am certain that our sense of belonging and our happiness lies in our relationship with our earth and the many beings that we share her with. These are relationships that need our attention just like any other and I find a rich appreciation for these relationships in communities.   Since my last newsletter and post about Viracocha I have written quite a few posts and have shared links below:
  • Nashira a women’s community near Cali.
  • Mocoa Otavalo Las Lajas: Images from Mocoa in Putumayo Colombia, from my time in Otavalo, Ecuador and returning to Colombia to visit the beautiful church of Las Lajas in the very south of Colombia.
  • KindicochaA record of my time in a gorgeous seedling community in Valle De Sibundoy:
  • Atlántida: an account of my time in a spiritual centre –and what was the site of a community that collapsed a few years ago:
This feels like A LOT! There is a lot to see and it is easy to fall into our societal habit of making 'to-do' lists and race to complete it! I am aware of my need to slow down and have been reminded about this by time spent recently in Colombia’s first Slow Town which I will post soon, but in the meantime take your time, make a cup of tea, put your feet up and read a your leisure 🙂   I am sending you warm greetings for the Solstice, for Christmas and for the New Year.  I am not sure where I will be for Christmas or with whom but I am pretty much assured of being in a gorgeous place as Colombia has so much to offer. I admit that I am yearning for my family and friends at this time of year and feeling pangs of sadness at the distance – but I am at the same time certain that I am in what right place and am marvelling at this capacity to hold sadness and happiness in my heart at the same time.   With love and gratitude to all of you for your support in so many ways for this journey. I am wishing you a joyful Solstice, a peaceful Christmas and I wish that 2019 brings us all into co-creative, open hearted connection.   Sinéad

My project of exploring community is fully supported through my creativity: through the sale of my art and by a virtual online community through crowd funding. If you would like to support me on this journey you can check out my art on www.sineadcullen.com or make a donation on my Crowd funding campaign https://www.gofundme.com/LetsCreate or through PayPal by using my email address: sinead.a.cullen@gmail.com

May eco-journey update!

Its been a while since I posted here as I've been using my Eco-community-journey blog. You can find out about this project and journey of mine by following this link: http://letscreate.sineadcullen.com/ I started out in October 2016 and at the moment I'm in the south of Spain in a beautiful community called Los Portales, which is my seventh eco-community so far. My plan is to continue exploring these amazing communities and sharing my experience of them in the hope of inspiring small (or large) changes in peoples lives that create better ways of living. My next steps include travelling to Angsbacka in Sweden: a community which runs many inspiring workshops and courses and for the summer runs back to back inspiring festivals. I will be volunteering there at a number of festivals including GEN Europe's (the Global Eco-village Network of Europe's) annual gathering which is what drew me to this community in the first place,  and I will be working on the design of some new buildings (which I'm very excited about!). After my time in Sweden I have the opportunity to travel to Colombia for 4-6 months to visit communities there and to work with a wonderful architect there learning to build with bamboo and working on the re-construction of some communities in Ecuador that were badly damaged in recent earthquakes. This whole project is such a heart calling for me and the work in Colombia is so aligned with the work I know I am here in this life to offer. For this project of exploring eco-communities I had the idea to fund it in a few creative ways: by selling pieces of my art and by gathering support from the internet community via crowd funding. I am still raising funds for these next steps and am making a call out for contributions for my crowd-funding which is almost two thirds of the way to completion or to those who would like to purchase some of my work. You can donate to my crowd-funding campaign here: https://www.gofundme.com/LetsCreate and you can look at the work I have for sale here: http://www.sineadcullen.com/index.php/for-sale/ I hope you can join me through making a donation, by purchasing some lovely prints or paintings and  by following me on my blog. Thank you for reading.
The image below is of a painting made during my journey while I was in Eco-Dharma: a gorgeous Buddhist community in the Catalan Pyrenees recently sold piece that will soon be winging its way to Germany!
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'Eco-Dharma No.1 2017' 28cm x 36cm 300gsm Watercolour paper (unframed)

'Eco-Dharma No.1 2017'   28cm x 36cm 300gsm Watercolour paper (unframed)

Moving in Newbold

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Movement Medicine Classes

Friday Dec 9th and 16th drop-in Movement Medicine classes exploring the theme of connection, to self, other, community and environment.

7:30pm-9:30pm Newbold house, 111 St Leonards Road Forres,  IV36 2RE, Scotland.

Human communities have always come together with their own beats and rhythms to dance, sing and tell stories, celebrating life and calling in dreams for their future generations. Movement Medicine is another way to do this; it is a form of conscious dance that allows us to re-connect with ourselves, and our unique creativity, and to explore life around us as a co-creator. These classes are open to anyone with a curiosity to dance and explore in a safe and fun environment. Sinéad is a Movement Medicine Teacher, an artist and an environmental architect. Her work focuses on what it is that connects us with our creative potential, with one another and with our planet. Her classes and workshops she explores aspects of the creative process; allowing movement to be a catalyst for greater awareness of, and greater access to, your unique creative expression. “Dance connects us – with our bodies, with our souls, with each other, with the space within and around us and with the spirit of life. It gives us breathing space away from the noise of our busyness. In that space we come into deeper alignment with ourselves and our own intuitive knowledge….Once we enter the flow of our movement we learn to trust the natural creativity of the life force inside us.” Susannah and Ya’Acov Darling Khan The School of Movement Medicine This work counts as prerequisites for the Apprenticeship Programme and Professional Training with The School of Movement Medicine. For information you can contact Sinéad by email on sinead.a.cullen@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/connectcreateinspirestransform/    

Lets create better ways of living

132_3297 From the beginning of October 2016 I have started a year long journey of visiting and learning form eco-communities. This journey was inspired by recent time spent over the summer in Irelands first Eco-village in Cloughjordan and in the UK's oldest Eco-village in the Findhorn Foundation, Scotland. In both communities I recognised them as places where I could offer my skills as an artist, architect and teacher in ways that I felt were more like co-creation; ways that felt deeply rewarding and were closer to the sense of truly giving and receiving of gifts and learning that were mutually beneficial. I am curious about the positive impacts we can have in our lives and in the world around us when we create and work together. So I am dedicating this year to offering and learning form eco-communities and sharing my experiences along the way in the hope that they will inspire positive eco-living opportunities in your life too. You can find out more about my journey and support me from my GoFundMe site: https://www.gofundme.com/LetsCreate and you can read about my experiences as I travel from my new blog: http://letscreate.sineadcullen.com/

Art for eco-living

I have set up my virtual 'Shop'!!! This is my first foray into selling my art online and I have done it as part of my fundraising for an upcoming move to Scotland where I plan to live for a year in the Findhorn Eco-village. My intention is to fund this year through the sale of old and new pieces of art.

Recently I spent five weeks in the Findhorn eco-village living and serving in the community and recognise it as a place that I can live and offer my gifts as an environmental architect, artist and teacher in a way that can truly be of benefit to the world while taking a step closer to fulfilling a dream of starting a creative eco-community.

If you would like to support me and are interested in having a look at some of my work please have a look in my SHOP. In the drop down tabs are a series of priced original paintings and prints. You contact me at sinead.a.cullen@gmail.com or through my contact page if you are interested in buying any of the pieces or if you have an enquiry about my work.

I would be immensely grateful for your support through purchasing some of my work or by passing on my site link to someone you think would be interested.
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Design Island

It was great to see my work up on the walls in The Niland Gallery in Galway amongst the work of Ben Gabriel, Colin Grehan, Dunleavy Bespoke, Joe Hogan, Patricia Murphy, Raymond Kingham, Shane Holland, Shona Slemon, Stephen O'Briain, and Stephen Quinn.  

Ire Land

Some images of explorations inspired by time in the Burren: how the Irish relate to our land. Some of this work will feature in an upcoming publication by Benetton on contemporary Irish art.

Roots of the world

In early 2014, on a journey with the Pachamama Alliance, I spent a few weeks with the Achuar and Sapára tribes in the rainforests of Ecuador. My time there was a humbling opportunity to get an insight into a way of life that is deeply respectful of the individual within community, and within a world view that honours the interconnection of all life. Through stories, meals and ceremony we shared very different perspectives of the same world. I learned that their sense identity is intrinsically linked to the forest that they live with: there is no place where the forest ends and they begin; they are the very roots, branches and leaves of its over all alive-ness. Raíces Del Mundo means roots of the world and came from a sketch I made there, feeling a sense of the lightness, simplicity and freedom in connection, acknowledging that our actions have a ripple effect on one another and the living system within which we exist. The sense of connection felt dynamic and alive in a way that felt mutual, and liberated me temporarily from the isolation that I clothe myself in, in order to ‘survive’ in our modern world. The painting is part of my project with Jo Cummins​ and Mathias Baumann​. This is a link to the first part of our mini documentary series: Documentary Part 1 DSC02989crop

In 2013 I met two artists…

Sinead Cullen - Raices Del Mundo In 2013 I met two artists (Jo Cummins: a visual artist and Mathias Baumann​: a musician). At the time we were wondering what visual images sound like and what people see when they hear music.So we got together and decided to try a creative experiment. I created a painting; Raíces del Mundo (the attached image), which was passed on to Mathias, who composed a piece of music based on his interpretation of the painting. The composition, entitled Nucleus was then forwarded to Jo, who has an unusual and beautiful gift known as synesthesia; which means she can see music as she hears it. Not having seen my original painting, Jo painted the colours and patterns that she saw when she listened to Nucleus. The title for her painting 4.09 comes from the moment in the composition when Jo saw the image she painted. We have already completed our creative experiment and recorded it in a short three-part documentary. The first part will be published on Friday, 30th October 2015 here. So watch this space 🙂 #MathiasBaumannMusic #JoCumminsArt
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