Year: 2015

Workshop / Nature Mandala

Workshop / Nature Mandala

A team building exercise where groups work together to build a giant mandala from locally-foraged natural materials, celebrating local nature, and building stronger relationships with the environment and each other.

Workshop / Plant and Place

Workshop / Plant and Place

Participants learn simple ways to preserve and use plants to make postcards, exploring the shapes, textures, and colors of local plants, and using them to tell the story of places in more delicate and intimate ways than a traditional postcard.

Workshop / Color Of Soil and Season

Workshop / Color Of Soil and Season

An art-making workshop where participants discover the importance of the billions of individual living beings in the soil as we slowly delicately, and mindfully explore the myriad colors and life to be found in soil, stone, and other local natural elements.

Artwork / Osakako Mandala

Artwork / Osakako Mandala

Comprising over 7,000 individual leaves collected from beneath a tree, this temporary ‘meditative” installation was created in public view over the course of four weeks at Contemporary Art Space Osaka as part of the Robert Callender International Residency.

After War… Where Compassion Lives

After War… Where Compassion Lives

On the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, a small group of volunteers from Japan visit South Korea. This short film follows their activities, showing us both the far reaching effects of war, and the power of human compassion.

Artwork / Urban Empathy Garden

Artwork / Urban Empathy Garden

Built along natural farming principals, we transform an empty urban lot into a natural garden based on empathy with all living things, including the weeds, bugs, and all of the life that enters the space. This empathy is woven into a series of arts and environment workshops, and eventually carried into the community by those who visit the garden.

EDU Workshop / Soil, Food, and Farm

EDU Workshop / Soil, Food, and Farm

A standards-integrated hands-on educational workshop that has students examine how their eating habits affect the soil and the ecosystem. Students will be able to demonstrate the importance of soil to the ecosystem, and devise their own real world answers and actions to combat ecological issues.

돈 없는 농사, 가능합니다

돈 없는 농사, 가능합니다

다큐 ‘자연농’에는 한국, 미국, 일본의 자연농 농부들이 두루 등장한다. 그중 딱 두 번, 짤막한 분량이지만 깊은 인상을 남기는 인물이 있다. 도쿠시마의 자연농 농부 오키츠 카즈아키다. 호탕한 웃음과 함께 그는 23년간 한결같이 이어온 자연농 이야기를 담담하게 들려준다.

81세 농부의 즐거운 인생

81세 농부의 즐거운 인생

기타 오사무는 일본 도쿠시마에 사는 81세의 자연농 농부이다. 65세 되던 해, 평생 이어온 서점을 아들에게 넘겨주고 농사를 시작했다. “그때부터 진짜 인생이 시작됐지.”라며 만족스러운 웃음을 지어보였다.

많이 거둘 순 없지만 진실을 거둡니다

많이 거둘 순 없지만 진실을 거둡니다

‘오직 해와 땅과 물만으로, 더한 것은 농부의 정성뿐입니다. 많이 거둘 순 없지만 진실을 거둡니다.’ 라는 소개글처럼, 오직 자연의 힘과 정성만으로 진실을 거두는 자연농 농부 홍려석님을 만났다.

No Money Farming? It’s Enough.

No Money Farming? It’s Enough.

In an economy which pushes and fights its way towards new, profitable solutions, one Japanese man wields a refreshingly simple way of problem solving, finding balance for himself and his family in a way that most would find counter-intuitive.