Monday, June 26, 2017

Next Summer Workshop MAKING SACRED PAPER July 18/19th, 2017



For the first time Khandroling Paper Cooperative will offer a sacred papermaking workshop during the Summer Celebration, July 18 and 19, 2017 for practitioners to make handmade paper with recycled precious texts and numerous sacred substances we have collected over the years. To read more about the Summer Celebration on Khandroling, visit here


These papers can be used for gifts to Teachers, calligraphy of seed syllables, wrapping, storing sacred objects, making origami items, covering amulets as well as for paper arts projects (bookmaking, printmaking etc). KPC has made paper for Chogyal Namkhai Norbu, Lama Tsultrim Allione and private commissions.

Sacred substances we provide include many sacred pills and texts from the Dzogchen lineages; substances such as earth and sand from power spots around the world; plant materials such as nettles from Milarepa's birthplace and juniper from Machig's birthplace; clay from Ayukhandro's cave. clothing worn by CHNNR; meditation belt remnants. Individuals can also provide their own substances.

Traditionally, discarded texts in the Tibetan culture are burned and treated with the utmost respect. We also include used prayer flags and copies of teachings from the Mirror. However, the bulk of the pulp from which we make paper is derived from Asian fibers such as Kozo (Mulberry), Gampi, and Mitsumata combined with our own rag we beat in the "critter" our Hollander Beater.  






Our process is quite simple and anyone can learn in minutes how to make handmade paper. We already have on hand many different kinds of pulp that we have processed from our natural fibers and cotton rag. Below Sheryl is mixing up a pulp in the Vat while making paper for Lama Tsultrim. You can read more about that sessions, here. 







Here Sheryl is mixing some pulp into the vat





Adding sacred substances ground into fine powder






Pulling a sheet of paper

Beginning in the Fall of  2017, KPC will offer private commissions for practitioners and artists to make custom sacred paper according to their designation. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Video of Khaita Tibetan Dances Followed by KPC Lotus Bearers Handing Out Lotus Origami to the Parade Crowd

Here's a charming video of our Khaita Dancers and Khandroling Paper Cooperative Lotus bearers handing out Lotuses during the 250th Anniversary of the town of Conway. Many thanks to all who organized and planned this event. Special thanks to Brenda Lilly, Aimee Anderson, Amanda Pollock and all the past and present Lotus makers. We couldn't have done it without you!



video

Lotus Bearers: Lotus Mobile Cart: Nancy Paris and Amanda Pollock
Kids: Tseyang Smith, Jono, Isaiah
Rachel Moyer, Madeline Liebling, Brenda Lilly, Sheryl Jaffe











Tuesday, May 16, 2017

RECAP of Khandroling Paper Cooperative's CONWAY RAGS TO PAPER PROJECT in Honor of the 250th Anniversary of CONWAY, MA

Khandroling Paper Cooperative's Conway Rags to Paper Project was partially funded by a HATCH Grant from the Greater Shelburne Falls Business Association and Massachusetts Cultural Council. 






The Conway Rags to Paper Project began in the early Spring of 2017 with the collecting of Conway rags in the yellow schoolhouse foyer and ended in an exhibit of works on paper on June 17 & 18 , 2017 at the Conway Town Art Fair.


PHASE 1 of the Conway Rags to Paper project began many months ago as we collected Conway resident rags to transform into pulp to make paper for our PHASE 2. On April 29, Madeline Liebling led an Introduction to Papermaking which was attended by six individuals from  ages 13-70+ years old. 





Our first basket of Conway rags cut into postage size pieces for the Hollander Beater




Perfect Conway pulp, April 29, 2017


Amanda and Madeline making paper, April 29, 2017


Amanda and Marie at the Vats, April 29


Couching a sheet of paper dyed with onion skins, April 29


Preparing to wet press the couched sheets, April 29


Low tech pressing, April 29


Pressed paper drying, April 29


PICTURES OF THE FINAL PAPER WE MADE





Some of our papers made on April 29, 2017



PHASE 2 of The Conway Rags to Paper Project hosted by Khandroling Paper Cooperative took place on Saturdays from 2 PM-5:00 PM from May 13 thru June 3 in the former Conway Grammar School now called Tsegyalgar following our origami making in the Marshall Fields Library (11:00 AM-2:00 PM) or privately by the previous papermaking participants in their own homes. We had already collected, processed, and beaten in our Hollander beater cotton rags collected from Conway residents to create pulp, which was used to make handmade paper specifically for the 250th anniversary of Conway.



An 1817 note from Ora White Hitchcocks's Ladies Circle
 who lived on Pumpkin Hollow Road in Conway

This paper became the base to contain writing and art by participants and artist members related to the history, stories and personal connection to the town of Conway, which was then mounted in a variety of formats using various methods (stamping, stencil, calligraphy, drawing ) for exhibition during the three-day anniversary. 

The final works developed from the Rags to Paper Project  on view in the Conway Elementary School Conway Town Art Show, June 17 & 18, 2017


Final Work Exhibited June 17 & 18, 2017 in the Town of Conway Art Show
during the 250th Anniversary

Top Row: Madeline Liebling, Marie S. and Valdemar
Middle Row: Madeline Liebling, Valdemar, Jacqueline Gens
Bottom Row: Amanda Pollock

Sunday, April 23, 2017

We Are Now Making Pulp from Conway Rags




If you would like to participate in this phase of transforming 100% cotton rag into pulp for handmade papermaking, come join us. Contact: Jacqueline at 413-522-1125. The Introduction to Papermaking with Madeline Liebling will take place on Saturday, April 29, 2017 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. Call to find out dates for making pulp prior to the Saturday workshop!!!!!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS -SPRING/SUMMER 2017

Conway Rags to Paper Project to Honor the Town's 250th Anniversary - April 29 and May 13, 2017

The Conway Raps to Paper Project will take place on two Saturdays. We will collect, process, and beat in our Hollander beater cotton rags collected from Conway residents to create pulp which will then be used in making handmade paper specifically for the 250th anniversary of Conway. This paper will become the base to contain writing by participants and artist members related to the history, stories and personal connection to the town of Conway, which will then be mounted in a variety of formats (ex: scrolls, mural, and folding books,) using various printing methods (stamping, stencil, calligraphy, printing) for exhibition during the three-day anniversary. We are grateful to receive a HATCH grant the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Greater Shelburne Falls  Business Association

WHERE: The Old Grammar Schoolhouse at 18 Schoolhouse Road, Conway in the Khandroling Paper Studio in the basement of the building

WHEN/TIMES:  April 29 and May 13, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

KIDS WITH PARENTS WELCOME..........BRING A BAG UNCH 

IF YOU WANT TO MAKE PAER UDING YOUR RAGS--DROP OFF IN THE FOYER OF THE SCHOOLHOUSE. WE WILL BE MAKING THE PULP DURING THE WEEKEND OF APRIL 21-22 AND OTHER TIMES TBA 



This event is free to all participants. To pre-register contact Jacqueline at jacqueline.gens@gmail.com

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - Introduction to Papermaking with Madeline Liebling
Saturday, May 13, 2017 - Paper to Text with Jacqueline Gens                                                                                            
Papermaking is an ancient tradition that is an important base for the evolution of cultures world-wide. Before the advent of modern papermaking from trees, paper was made from natural fibers or rags. As part of the upcoming Summer 2017 Town of Conway Anniversary, Tsegyalgar East will participate in the 250th Anniversary for the town of Conway in a number of events through Khnadroling Paper Cooperative, Khaita Dance and Shang Shung Institute. For a full list of these events visit, here

Khandroling Paper Cooperative's Conway Rags to Paper Project received  a HATCH Grant from the Greater Shelburne Falls Business Association and Massachusetts Cultural Council. 




Artist member Kathleen at our "Critter" making pulp from cotton rags
    


  

    



A Meditative Approach to Creativity with Tibetan Calligraphy Artist Tashi Mannox- May 5,6,7, 2017

THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED




Tashi Mannox and traditional Zen Enzo, 2016

Renowned calligrapher and artist Tashi Mannox will present an interactive workshop where participants bring their hand and heart of awareness while creating an ensō* and selected seed syllables**. Tashi will explain the historical and contemporary sacred integrity of Tibetan calligraphy and mark-making, and how to unite heaven and earth though the creative process of spiritual practice in art - as a means of liberating the mind.

The unique nature of this weekend workshop which is co-sponsored by Shang Shung Institute and Khandroling Paper Cooperative, is to realize the perfection in the imperfection, with an attitude of non expectation and fearlessness through creativity. Anybody can attend and does not need previous artistic experience as a calligrapher. 

Some paper, ink and brushes provided.

*an ensō is a disciplined-creative practice of traditional Japanese Zen ink painting, a circle that is hand-drawn in one uninhibited brushstroke to express a moment when the mind is free to let the body create.

**Seed Syllables Link






Wrathful HUM by Tashi Mannox




WORKSHOP FEE: $225***
Dormitory option at $30 a night in the Yellow Schoolhouse
***Some work exchanges may be possible for teacher care, set-up and clean-up, registration, Airport pick and departure for Tashi, and cooking (all filled) but sliding scale still available for low income participants. 

LOCATION:
Tsegyalgar East all events in the Yellow Schoolhouse
18 Schoolhouse Road
Conway, MA 01341





SCHEDULE
Friday Night, May 5th, 2017-- Book Signing and Reception-- 5:30-7:30 PM
On the evening of Friday, May 5th, a free public reception and book signing of Tashi’s new publication 'Sacred Scripts' - A Meditative Journey through Tibetan Calligraphy - illuminating the beauty of the various and endangered Tibetan scripts, through inspiring, if not thought provoking Buddhist quotes and Buddha images. Endorsed by H.H Dalai Lama. 

Saturday, May 6, 2017 --
Class 9:30 -12:30 PM (tea break)
Lunch Break 12:30 PM--1:30 PM (usually pot luck)
Class 1:30-5 PM (Tea Break)Dinner -Catered Tibetan style (donation requested) at the schoolhouse 

Optional: for those interested Khandroling Paper Cooperative will give a hands on introduction to papermaking after dinner.


Sunday, May 7, 2017
Same as Saturday through 5:00 PM
Dinner TBA local restaurant

SPECIAL EVENT: Monday, May 8, 2017
In the Khandroling Paper Studio with Tashi to make calligraphy PAPER using sacred texts and substances added to traditional Asian fibers. Limited to 6 people. This is a very special event. Please apply early. By donation. 


CONTACTS:
For further information about work exchanges and papermaking option contact, Jacqueline at jacqueline.gens@gmail.com or 413-522-1125...Siding scale available for low income participants

REGISTRATION:
REGISTRATION: http://www.shangshung.org/home/tashimannox/ For more information or contact secretary @ shangshung.org or (413) 369-4928 for more information.

To reserve space in the Tsegyalgar East dormitory, contact Jeremy at geko@tsegyalgar.org

To view a slide show of Tsshi's 2015 workshop at co-sponsored by Shang Shung Institute and Khandroling Paper Cooperative, visit here.

For an interview with Tashi, visit the Mirror. 





Other Related Events






The next Origami Mindfulness Club meets on 
Thursday, MAY 11, 2017 FROM 5:30 PM-6:30 PM

in the Schoolhouse Library at 18 Schoolhouse Road, Conway MA
All are welcome--Free

***

Check out the glass case in the foyer of the Marshall Field Memorial Library in Conway, MA where you can see an exhibit of our handmade origami Lotus blossoms





Sunday, February 5, 2017

Rags to Paper "How To" Presentation on February 11, 2017

Please join us for a celebration and presentations for HATCH grant Recipients





WHERE: Buckland Community Center on Main Street in Shelburne Falls, MA
DATE AND TIME: February 11, 2017, 5:30-7:00 PM
Refreshments provided, $5.00 donation requested (soups, snacks, and cash bar)
                                                                                                 
Papermaking is an ancient tradition that is an important base for the evolution of cultures world-wide. Before the advent of modern papermaking from trees, paper was made from natural fibers or rags.

As part of the upcoming Summer 2017 Town of Conway Anniversary, Tsegyalgar East will participate in the 250th Anniversary for the town of Conway in a number of events through Khnadroling Paper Cooperative, Khaita Dance and Shang Shung Institute. For a full list of these events visit, here

Khandroling Paper Cooperative will give a public presentation on February 11, 2017 of its Conway Rags to Paper Project for which it received  a HATCH Grant from the Greater Shelburne Falls Business Association and Massachusetts Cultural Council. 



    
The Conway Rags to Paper Project will collect, process, and beat in our Hollander beater cotton rags from Conway residents to create pulp which will then be used in making handmade paper specifically for the 250th anniversary of Conway. This paper will become the base to contain writing by participants and artist members related to the history, stories and personal connection to the town of Conway, which will then be mounted in a variety of formats (ex: scrolls, mural, and folding books,) using various printing methods (stamping, stencil, calligraphy, printing) for exhibition during the three-day anniversary.

The Conway Raps to Paper Project will take place on 2 Consecutive Saturdays:

April 29, 2017 - Papermaking with Madeline Liebling
May 13, 2017 -  Paper to Text with Jacqueline Gens


In our presentation we will bring examples of our handmade paper and text. Please join us for a fun and informative event!


  

    











Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Conway Rags to Paper Project Receives a H.A.T.C.H Grant from the Greater Shelburne Falls Business Association and the Massachusetts Cultural Council


Our winning proposal was accepted with an award of $400 towards the lead artists Jacqueline Gens and Madeleine Liebling who will oversee the Rags to Paper Project at Khandroling Paper Cooperative, part of Tsegyalgar East's participation in the 250th Anniversary of the Town of Conway, MA. 


This unique project invites residents of the town to make paper from their 100% recycled cotton rags collected from drop off sites in town FROM JANUARY-MAY, 2017 and processed in our hollander beater, affectionately called the "Critter" among international handmade papermakers.



{Jennifer, from the Shang Shung School of Tibetan Medicine making speciality pulp}

The hand-made paper will be the base for writing stories and poems significant to the personal transformative experiences of participants of all ages in relation to the town of Conway, whether of place, historical, personal, or mythic. This event will take place in two workshop segments led by the lead artists consisting of:

1) April 29, 2016 An Introduction to the Art of Handmade Paper with lead artist Madeline Liebling who will direct individuals into creating dynamic sheets of paper for their literary works from the Conway Rags.

2) May 1, 2017 Literary Workshop with Jacqueline Gens who will introduce writing exercises to stimulate original writing in a variety of forms onto the previously made paper either via, calligraphy, stamping or digital transfer.

Artist members of the cooperative will then assemble in Open Studios, the completed works on scrolls, in accordion books and mounted paper mural to exhibit during the three-day celebration in the yellow schoolhouse and/or another venue in town currently being researched (TBA) during the June 16, 17, 18, 2017 Conway event. Writers may elect to read their works as part of this exhibit during the three-day event.

This project seeks to bring together the transformative power of place, materials and personal evolution over time through the medium of hand papermaking and storytelling within the context of an important cultural event. Our presence in the historic yellow schoolhouse at the top of the hill will bridge together past, present and future educational and artistic aspirations for those involved in the making and in the viewing of our final works.

We invite local residents to participate in this collectively transformative event.
For further information contact Jacqueline at jacqueline.gens@gmail.com

To experience a preview, the Greater Shelburne Falls H.A.T.C.H. Program will host a public celebration on February 11, 2017 at the Shelburne Falls Community Center to present the creativity of the winning proposals. (Time TBA) 



To read about ALL of Tsegyalgar East's events to take place in the Conway 250th Anniversary from June 16-18, 2017, visit here


Monday, January 2, 2017

2017 Schedule of Events and Works in Progress

In 2016 Khandroling Paper Cooperative presented a  number of workshops and open studios related to papermaking and contemplative arts. To review these past programs in 2016, visit the Khandroling Paper Cooperative Blog. 2017 inaugurates the Year of the Lotus and Khandroling Paper Cooperative's participation in the 250th Anniversary of the town of Conway, MA on June 16, 17, 18, 2017

A link to an article on Khandroling paper Cooperative in the Greenfield Recorder. 

For over 30 years the Dzogchen Community in Conway, MA, which was founded by Tibetan scholar and master Teacher Chögyal Namkhai Norbu has continued to provide a container for his numerous activities in North America including the Shang Shung School of Tibetan Medicine, Asia and the International Dzogchen Community. Additional retreat facilities known as Khandroling are located in the nearby hill town of Buckland. 




Khandroling Paper Cooperative studios are found in the yellow schoolhouse formerly the Old Conway Grammar School, which has scheduled several events for the 250th Anniversary of Conway, meeting with the Town Committee organizing the three-day event in October of 2016.  These events include:


1)  Making a thousand (1008) origami lotuses for a paper float by local residents at our monthly and weekly origami club to be handed out during the parade featuring our Tibetan inspired Khaita dancers {Sen here performing at the 2015 Conway Festial of the Hills}. 

2) An exhibit on the theme of the Lotus as a symbol of perfection through our Buddhist affiliation in the historic former Conway Grammar School featuring our artist members and Master Tibetan calligraphers.

3) An  OPEN HOUSE in the old Conway Grammar school for past graduates of the grammar school including the graduates of the Shang Shung Institute School of Tibetan Medicine—Thus honoring the anniversary’s theme of past, present and future. 


4) The final project dedicated to the Town’s anniversary is the Conway Rags to Paper initiative for which we are seeking funding from HATCH, a local funding agency for the arts.



The Khandroling Lotus Blossom project is an international endeavor to help restore the historic schoolhouse in Conway, MA site of so many Dzogchen retreats, the Shang Shung Tibetan Medicine School, and numerous community functions as the first North American Gar founded by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu. Purchased in 1995, the building continues to provide a base for the Dzogchen Community's practice life, numerous SSI educational programs in Tibetan culture, and courses in Vajra Dance, Yantra Yoga and Khaita Dance. 

The Lotus is an important symbol through out all the Buddhist lineages. We will be exploring the many facets of this precious symbol of enlightened perfection and goodness which we all possess. We look forward to sharing this journey with you.


-DETAILS ABOUT THE ANNIVERSARY EVENTS-

MINDFULNESS OF ORIGAMI CLUB BEGINNING NOVEMBER 10, 2016 thru June 2017,
5-6:30 PM in the Library at 18 Schoolhouse Rd. Conway, MA 01341. Please join us for our Mindfulness of Origami Club with Brenda Lilly, to meet the second Thursday of every month in the Yellow Schoolhouse Library at Tsegyalgar East. This club is free.

Our newest Lotus Origami incarnation created by Brenda Lilly with the famous six-syllables of the Om Mani Pema Hum Hrih (Th jewel in the Lotus) mantra written on the six petals with the HRIH in the center.






Making Lotuses in the library, December, 2016

The building itself has special meaning to the town of Conway, MA as the first multi-class grammar school which was home to generations of children educated there. As a fitting gesture of goodwill , Khandroling Paper Cooperative on behalf of the Dzogchen Community will participate in the 250th Conway Town Anniversary Celebration to be held in 2017  with a Paper Lotus float and the distribution of thousands of handmade paper lotus blossoms. 



Brenda instructing Francine in the making of a small Lotus, Summer 2016


In dreams
they come with out-stretched hands
the color of malachite


giving, magnetizing
palms formed by leaf and wind,
torrential waters--

As they pass to me the lotus bud
grown up from mud
its stainless bloom


opening*



Rita Kaiser, Brenda Lilly and Nancy Paris, Summer Celebration on Khandroling, 2016

ART EXHIBIT - JUNE 2017 (FRONT FOYER AND HALLS of the Yellow Schoolhouse) : Works related to the Theme of the Lotus and transformation (Title TBA) by KPC Artist members and workshop participants from the Rags to Paper Project (see below) including noted Tibetan calligraphers.



Calligraphy created by Tashi Mannox on Khnadroling Paper


CONWAY GRAMMAR SCHOOL AND SHANG SHUNG INSTITUTE SCHOOL OF TIBETAN MEDICINE - Alumni Breakfast hosted by KPC on June 16, 2017 -
sponsored by Khandroling Paper Members - More TBA bridging together the main theme of the 250th Anniversary consisting of Past, Present, and Future. 


CONWAY RAGS TO PAPER PROJECT - We are seeking funding from a HATCH grant for this unique project to make paper derived from Conway residents’ 100% recycled cotton rags collected from drop off sites in town FROM JANUARY-MAY, 2017.


Cutting the rag into postage size pieces for processing in the "Critter"

The hand-made paper will be the base for writing stories and poems significant to the personal transformative experiences of participants of all ages in relation to the town of Conway, whether of place, historical, personal, or mythic. This event will take place in two workshop segments led by the lead artists consisting of:


Making pulp from cut-up rags in the "Critter" our Hollander Beater

RAGS TO PAPER WORKSHOPS:

  1) April 29, 2016 An Introduction to the Art of Handmade Paper with lead artist Madeline Liebling who will direct individuals into creating dynamic sheets of paper for their literary works from the Conway Rags.


Making that first piece of paper-- a magical experience

2) May 1, 2017  Literary Workshop with Jacqueline Gens who will introduce writing exercises to stimulate original writing in a variety of forms onto the previously made paper either via, calligraphy, stamping or digital transfer.



A Poetrymind writing group taught by Jacqueline Gens

Artist members of the cooperative will then assemble in Open Studios, the completed works on scrolls, in accordion books and mounted paper mural to exhibit during the three-day celebration in the yellow schoolhouse and/or another venue in town currently being researched (TBA) during June 16, 17, 18, 2017.  Writers may elect to read their works as part of this exhibit during the three-day event.

This project seeks to bring together the transformative power of place, materials and personal evolution over time through the medium of papermaking and storytelling within the context of an important cultural event. Our presence in the historic yellow schoolhouse at the top of the hill will bridge together past, present and future educational and artistic aspirations for those involved in the making and in the viewing of our final works.

We invite local residents to participate in this collectively transformative event. 
For further information contact Jacqueline at jacqueline.gens@gmail.com



The famous six syllable mantra Om Mani Pema Hum Hrih executed in Tashi's 2014 workshop at Tsegyalgar


Other featured programs for 2017 in development include: 
  • Return of world famous Tibetan calligrapher Tashi Mannox in collaboration with Shang Shung Institute for the weekend of May 6-7, 2017.
  • Children's programs in origami and mask-making with an emphasis on Homeschoolers- TBA
  • Open Studios in beginning and advanced papermaking, printmaking, and origami meet weekly ( Sundays and Tuesdays). Please call to confirm: 413-522-1125
  • Annual TWO-day paper fest on Khandroling, Dates TBA (usually July or August) 
  • Participation in local fairs and art shows - TBA
Best Wishes and Happy New Year!!!

*Poem by Glen Eddy and Jacqueline Gens, 2008