“I live in the “holes” between narrative arches.” On September 19, 2015, I met John Ollom in person at an Internal Landscapes© day-long workshop. The stranger radiated uncommon energy without signaling danger—keep out. Instead, his bodiliness magnetized the participants—certainly me. I would later read his book where his whole being found expression in the first line of his Artist’s Statement (above). This “body” moved boldly in the context of a Jungian archetypal framework, of wabi-sabi philosophy esteeming imperfection, of the embrace of Celtic naturalism, of the gritty anti-conventionalism of Nietzsche. Back and forth between the cerebral arches and the bodily expressions, achieving a wholeness, holes for breathing (spirit), speaking (mouth), for hearing; hidden holes, holy--set apart--for functions to be cherished instead of being incarcerated in taboos.
The workshop ended. Even the best end; and I’ve been to so very many over a life time. I went home without his book, only memories of his personal talk with me after lunch. His movement in the group (strength to build a new life) and his way of framing it (breaking out of crushing conventions) grew on me. I ordered the book and read it. He corresponded with me; a most welcomed surprise because I realize how busy he is compared to my relaxed retirement. Never have I had such a giving relationship with a professional before. His eye was not on the clock or the wallet but the power of what’s moving within me.
- Robert (Florida)
"Working with John Ollom opened up new pathways to express long suppressed feelings. I found myself exploring life in new ways, new forms, new expressions that unlocked years of doubt and guilt. Instead of dependence and shame, I began to know freedom and expression of my own personal truth."
- Gary Collins, PHD Licensed Psychologist
Experience Internal Landscapes© with the new Spirit of Color methodology! Each person is unique and this workshop is developed with each person's individual needs with a focus on processes that takes achetypes, ideas, images, vibrations, colors and chakra energy into movement. Journals or sketch books are encouraged.
Sessions can be booked in one of three locations in Manhattan: 520 8th Avenue at Ripley Grier Studios or 51 W 14th Street or our home studio in Inwood. Workshops can also be developed in areas across the United States.
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