Welcome to Watermark Arts

Watermark Arts brings together somatic awareness and artistic expression in the belief that both are essential aspects in creating a more humane and peaceful world.

The word soma, from the Greek somatikos, implies a fullness of presence in the living, sensate, wholeness of bodily being. With awareness of the integrity of the body, comes a felt experience of the interconnection of all living things as part of a larger whole.

In our modern, technologically-advanced era, somatic explorers exist near the cultural edge, holding this way of wholeness in the face of a widespread and pervasive sense of fragmentation.

Artists, too, live at the edge of culture, working with revolutionary ideas and symbolic messages encoded in dance, poetry, stories, music and visual art. As culture creators throughout history, artists have brought about substantive, peaceful change in society.

These times call on us to become generators of the culture we wish to live in. Creative acts show up in all aspects of life — in art, in teaching, in community-building. Watermarks asks, What happens when these creative acts are informed by somatic awareness? Can we bring into being a world permeated by a sense of wholeness and interconnection?

Elaine Colandrea
Artistic Director

Enlight and Desert Waves #3, Photographs by Prue Jeffries

The new issue of the Watermark Arts Journal

Visit here to view the new issue of the Watermark Arts Journal, Continuum & Creativity: Poetry, Art and Interviews.

Coming next summer at Omega

Somatic Movement Summit, June 30 - July 5, 2019

The Creativity of Health: Mirroring Nature

Health is not a stable state. Living at the center of a complex and changing set of circumstances, how do we nourish our well-being?

The somatic movement practice of Continuum teaches us to engage more willingly, effectively, and artfully with our circumstances. In sequences of breath, sound, and movement, Continuum brings us back to the fluid nature that runs through the natural world, encouraging us to remain curious and engaged.

This retreat, with focused movement sessions throughout the week as well as a period of silence, fosters the integration of Continuum practice into intentional art making, verbal expression and core experience of the world. Retracing in movement the evolutionary journey that has brought humankind to this place and time, we gain a powerful perspective and recover key elements of our cosmic, fluid, and terrestrial origins, which become resources for our current personal and cultural situations.

The somatic skills shared in this workshop are of benefit to anyone interested in embodied engagement with issues of health and well-being. Continuing education (CE) credits forbodyworkers. Childcare available.

Host Elaine Colandrea with Priscilla Auchincloss, Robin Becker, John Bianculli, Ellen Cohen, Suzanne Wright Crain, Bobbie Ellis, Ashima Kahrs, Melanie Gambino, Bonnie Gintis, Amber Elizabeth Gray, Linda Rabin Beth Riley, Val Leoffler, and Sharon Weil

Registration information: eomega.orginfo@watermark-arts.org — watermarkarts.org



The Watermark Arts Newsletter

Gain a powerful perspective on health: A message from Elaine

Gain a powerful perspective on health: A message from Elaine

During an evening of “silence” last July at Omega, something ignited in me. A vision of the next workshop suddenly welled up, complete with theme and title, along with a deeper understanding of the importance of Continuum retreats.

Somatic Movement Summit June 30 – July 5, 2019
The Creativity of Health, Mirroring Nature
A 5-day retreat for personal renewal. 

A space to engage with others to bring forth collective wisdom.

I am fascinated by how new forms emerge out of the creative flux generated when people come together. For the past three years, I have collaborated with colleagues to prepare the summer’s workshop, and I have witnessed the ideas and experiences that occur in the flow of somatic community at Omega. These fruits of somatic intelligence then spread out to our individual communities.

The Creativity of Health, Mirroring Nature will build on the past and be its own unique event. What new approaches to health, to communication, to education, to art, politics and social life will emerge from this gathering of diverse individuals in all their somatic intelligence?

I am also delighted to launch a new video series, “The Creativity of Health”, from Watermark Arts. First up, an interview with Kori Tolbert, describing the enlightened ways Continuum supports her in living with cystic fibrosis, a condition that challenges her breathing on a daily basis.

For me and all of us at Watermark Arts, creating the Somatic Movement Summitat Omega is a way of transmuting our love of movement into something that heals the world.

In that spirit, I would love for you to join us.
Elaine Colandrea, Artistic Director

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In the Heart of the Cave

Filmed on location in Matera, Southern Italy, a Unesco World Heritage site and European Cultural Capital for 2019. The cave town of Matera is one of the earth's oldest civilizations, inhabited continuously since Neolithic times. The landscape of Matera is filled with rupestri, or cave churches, which have drawn spiritual seekers for millennia.

NY based choreographer and dancer Elaine Colandrea, whose grandparents are from the Basilicata region of Southern Italy, performs In the Heart of the Cave.  She has taught Continuum in these beautifully renovated earth wombs for well over a decade.

Music: AVE - Composed by Morena Boschetto with vocals from Simona Arbizzani & Morena Boschetto.

Filmed & edited by Prue Jeffries

A Watermark Arts project - first in a series filmed in Matera in 2018.

Visit our galleries

Watermark Arts galleries currently feature fifty artists representing all artistic media. We will continue to grow in 2018 with more somatically inspired art. Please use the menu at the top to visit galleries and learn more about individual artists, or click on any image in the slideshow.  You can see all the artists on this page.


What’s happening?

We are grateful for the love of movement you share with us.

Paintings: Cosmic Breast Spiral and Ocean Birthings by Satya Kirsch

Somatic Movement Summit: The Creativity of Health, Mirroring Nature, June 30 – July 5, 2019

Watermark Arts will return to Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY in summer 2019.
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Watermark Arts Performances

Featured Artist

Welcoming New Artist

Continuum & Creativity Interview Series

Watermark Arts in Italy

The Dream that led to Watermark Arts, by Elaine Colandrea

The name and vision for Watermark Arts came to me in a dreamThe dream became a dance, which was photographed by Phyllis McCabe in July 2017.

Opening image: Kathy Cassens photograph, Morphic Memory, choreography Elaine Colandrea. Contact page: The Nature of the Body video by Elaine Colandrea