Elizabeth Russell, owner & director of Be Space

Cultivating the capacity to be with our experience while being authentic and generous in our expression is my greatest joy. 

The process of recovering our authentic expression and conscious embodiment can be liberating and terrifying. I think it can also be actual fun. This journey belongs to all of us regardless of our experience with, or even interest in, the arts.  And it is a journey that life invites us to make again and again. 

I feel strongly that the expressive arts are a democratic, pedestrian and crucial domain. The conviction that these tools or ‘magical technologies’ can deliver us to our humanity, our inherent connectedness, and a multi-dimensional presence is my primary motivation for creating Be Space.

I founded and directed the Center for Sustainable Living in Columbia Missouri in the 1990s, and received a degree in Performance & Movement Studies from Naropa University in 2000. During my time at Naropa I learned a quiet trust in the moment, and discovered generosity in performance.  For those years I was privileged to practice with many great teachers, including Barbara Dilley, Lee Worley, Mark Miller, Paul Oertel, and Annie Brook. I began a discovery of my own somatic intelligence through concentrated study in Mudra Space Awareness, Body-Mind Centering, Contemplative Dance Practice, and Authentic Movement.

In the years since, I’ve deepened my body-mind practice with Mary Lou Seereiter, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, and other movement mavens; my deep earth love with Joanna Macy; the Shambhala Arts with Lisa Stanley; and Motion Theater with Nina Wise.

Elizabeth is hosting the following events during the Life.Art.Being Integrative Arts Festival

Quiet Hours
Alone Together

Monday July 30th, 3-6pm
Be Space @ Vibrant Studios, 1532 SW Jefferson St

Learning, imagination, and creative thinking are enhanced when we give ourselves intervals of rest. So we’ve created a sweet oasis for you to quiet your mind and rest your body.

We’ll enjoy the quiet space ‘alone together’ with an interactive installation, reading corner, yoga mats and meditation cushions. You can nap, read a book, create, stretch or meditate.  You choose. It’s your time.

It is natural and healthy to allow the body to rest at moments throughout the day. People all around the world take naps in the afternoon, or simply set their work aside and relax. Taking genuine breaks can nourish the creative imagination and refresh the body.

Sign up in advance. There are 12 spots available. Once registered, you’re welcome to come for all or part of the session.

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Fierce Beauty, Practical Magic
Panel Discussion & Reception

Thursday August 3, 2017, 7-9:30pm
at Shambhala Center,
1110 SE Alder, Suite 203

Each year, we gather for a thoughtful exploration of the themes of our LAB journey together. The panel discussion brings a remarkable layer of insight and conceptual framing to our week of practices.

Please join us for a rich discussion of fierce beauty and practical magic, compassionate engagement with our world, and the creative power within each of us. A special night of erudition and the Shambhala Center’s gracious hospitality.

We are joined by Shambhala’s Young Meditators, who will lead us in a Social Meditation process.

Moderated by festival director, Elizabeth Russell. Panelists to include Damaris Webb, Rebecca Jamieson, and Donnella Wood.

$20 suggested

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Feast of Perception
Potluck & Performance Salon

Saturday August 5th, 2017, 6:30-9:00pm
Be Space @ Vibrant Studios, 1532 SW Jefferson St

As we close the festival, we have each arrived at something of our own. We offer it through our willingness to be seen and to graciously witness.  We’ll set the table for ourselves and all beings, enjoying a feast for the senses!

Bring a dish, a dance, a song, a poem, a performance, or just your presence to share in the final gathering of the Life.Art.Being Festival 2017!

Sign up ahead of time, $15

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