[Small Lotus created at Summer Celebration, August 2016]
Brenda Lilly, a founding member of Khandroling Paper Cooperative and long time resident of Conway, MA will offer a monthly Mindfulness Origami Club at Tsegyalgar to celebrate our participation in the 250th anniversary of Conway during the summer of 2017. We will be introduced to a variety of forms over the year beginning the second thursday on November 10, 2016 from 5:00-6:30 PM.
The first meeting is Thursday, November 10, 5:00-6:30 PM at 18 Schoolhouse Road, Conway, MA 01341 in the LIbrary
[Brenda instructing Francine in the Lotus folds|
Mindfulness is good for our bodies, mind and energy. When you combine mindfulness with Origami, the art of paper folding, you begin to relax giving your mind a sense of purpose free from distractions. While folding a particular model your awareness and concentration heightens. During the folding process you are centered while creating something with your hands. Even the simplest fold offers a feeling of fulfillment while allowing your mind to be present in the moment.The end result gives you an awareness of accomplishing something that can raise your self-esteem whether a simple box or a complex challenge. --Brenda Lilly
[Brenda with Diana Sullivan Nancy Paris during Summer Celebration, photo by Kathleen Fekete]
The Lotus Lantern
Brenda's unique lotus with the Mani mantra
Brenda at our first Gallery Show, in Shelburne Falls, MA 2013
Brenda Lilly writes: "Origami has been a personal passion of mine for over 24 years. As an art educator I began learning folds that I could teach to my students. Over time and through influences from other artists I now fold with hand made papers, a variety of simple to complex designs, and incorporate the models into a work of art. The idea of sharing my accumulated knowledge inspires me to infect other people with the magic of creating something 3-dimensional with a flat piece of paper.
[Left to right: Rita Kaiser, Brenda Lilly and Nancy Paris, Summer Celebration, 2016]
[Diana and Jen from Milwaukee photo by Kathleen Fekete, Summer Celebration]
During our Summer Celebration Retreat in August 2016, Dzogchen Community participants had an opportunity to try their hand at making origami Lotus blossoms under KPC member, Brenda Lilly's instruction. The pictures speak for themselves.