adventures in the elements!

earth

earth

baby showers.  this week i had the good fortune to attend two baby showers, both for the same amazing friend.  what is more grounding and earthy than being in the presence of someone growing a human being?

water

little-mermaid-disney

 

this evening i watched “the little mermaid” for the first time in years. it is just as magical as i remembered and i’m proud to say i remembered every word to every song.  i feel that i have a strong connection to mermaids, perhaps i was a mermaid in a past life… at any rate, watching disney’s “the little mermaid” fulfilled my water experience for the week.

“…we got no troubles
life is the bubbles
under the sea
under the sea
since life is sweet here
we got the beat here
naturally…”

fire

fire

 

this fire is a lie, although it does keep me warm every morning as i dress.

air

presently, i am taking deep full breaths in, and out.

space (ether)

spacewhere is there space to go deeper?  and where is there space to relax?

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november syllabus

YOGA

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week #1:  nov 4th-nov 10th

“bhakti”

“bhakti is the unbroken contemplation of the divine presence in the heart of one’s being.”  -Sri Jeeyar Swami
“bhakti is the practice of devotion.” -sanskrit definition

  • due:  create your own myth. compose a short story full of fantasy and imagination. introduce a character worthy of devotion or a creature that inspires the impossible.  write a story that teaches gratitude and thankfulness.
    submit completed assignment via email: adventureclubinteractive@gmail.com

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week #2:  nov 11th-nov17th

“balance”

“sthiram sukham asanam” – balance of stability and movement, the equality of effort and ease.

  • due:  build your own balancing meditation.  you can balance rocks, books, blocks, tea cups … anythings that will invite the deliberate act of concentration in building, stacking and balancing.  take your time to tune out. photograph your completed, balanced tower. observe your state of mind. share your photography and/or your written observations.
    submit completed assignment via email: adventureclubinteractive@gmail.com
  • try: nadi shodhana– alternate nostril breathing. this purifying breath exercise will stimulate activity in both sides of the brain, harmonizing left and right, balancing your entire body. sit comfortably and tune into your breath. press pinkie and ring fingertips over one nostril and thumb over the other nostril with equal pressure. begin by closing the left nostril (pressing down with fingertips to close off the passage of air) and breath in through the right nostril. at the top of that inhale close the right nostril and breath out through the left nostril. at the bottom of that exhale close the left nostril and breath out through the right nostril. continue alternating for five minutes. practice daily.
  • free write: “what is the space between?” 00:10
  • read: The Death of Vishnu- chapters 5-7 (page 150)

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week #3:  nov 18th-nov 24th

“breath”

“i took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart.  i am.  i am.  i am.”  -Sylvia Plath

  • due:  breathe. take a picture of it. notice somebody breathing. snap a photo of it. every single day this week, submit photographic evidence of the life force that is prana– breath. explore new techniques, call upon your imagination…how do you take a picture of something you cannot see but you know is  keeping you alive?
    submit completed assignment via email: adventureclubinteractive@gmail.com
  • try:  sama vritti pranayama- an equal breathing exercise.  match the duration of your inhales to the duration of your exhales.  example, inhale for a count of four, then exhale for a count of four.  continue.  you can also inhale for a count of four, hold the breath in for a count of four, exhale for a count of four and hold the breath out for a count of four.
  • read: The Death of Vishnu chapters 8-11 (page 225)

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week #4:  nov 25th-dec 1st

“body”

“i am not my body.  my body is nothing without me.”  -Tom Stoppard

there are three bodies in our anatomy: the physical, the subtle, the casual.
there are five sheaths that shroud these bodies: nourishment, energy, mind, intellect, bliss.

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syllabus guidelines:

please submit your masterpieces that are due with respect to the syllabus schedule! submissions received after the week they are due are considered tardy. they might not be published on our blog for public view.

challenges to try are suggestive. there are no expectations or requirements to submit.

free write prompts are followed by a suggested, sustained amount of time 00:00 to spend writing in a journal anything and everything that comes to mind based on the topic.

read to research are additional, enrichment readings or topics relative to the (weekly) syllabus theme.

change is adventure:  please note the syllabus is not static and is likely to shift shape, alter and improve as it is updated throughout the month. stay tuned and in touch with adventureclubinteractive. further details about the assignments, additional challenges, random prompts, and auxiliary resources will be posted throughout the month.

where are the waldos assignment

where are the waldos assignment

waldo dog-CC

the where are the waldos photo hunt.

hey adventure seekers-  keep your cameras close this week! adventureclubinteractive wants you to mix in with the crowds, walk amongst the people and capture all the waldos  of the world. adventureclubinteractive encourages you to take pictures on the sly and in the moment (staging a friend as a waldo is not very adventurous…)

  1. waldos should be strangers. they may be caught in the act doing something or appearing to have a specific emotion or demeanor. adventureclubinteractive has composed a list of waldo photo opportunities. the assignment demands you follow along daily- looking everywhere for the waldo of the day. at the end of your hunt- upload your photo and ponder it.
  2. upon pondering, allow your waldo photo tell a story. aim to write an interpretive, creative non-fiction paragraph regarding the photo (see below for helpful guidelines). submit waldo photo and creative writing daily to adventureclubinteractive via email.

the where are the waldos photo hunt list.

monday- waldo is smoking a cigarette

tuesday- waldo is very athletic

wednesday- waldo is instructive

thursday- waldo’s arms are full

friday- waldo is tying a knot

saturday- waldo is dating

bonus – find the real waldo.

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creative non-fiction can be an extremely productive writing exercise and a great prompt for a grander scale story idea. here are some guidelines regarding creative non-fiction for this assignment…

  • creativity trumps. make up a name for the waldo in your picture. make up absolutely anything about the waldo. maybe an occupation, a dwelling, what sort of exotic pets they have…whatever.
  • non-fictitious is the picture. the only rules regarding non-fiction in this creative piece is that the writing must be true to the picture. if the waldo is lying on a beach then you cannot really write about the waldo as an eskimo. the point is to start with all of the elements in the picture- waldo, background, action- and then provide context. maybe you photograph the waldo at an ice cream stand. maybe you write about waldo saving up all week with his newspaper route to afford his favorite flavor ice cream and when he gets to the stand the vendor informs him that he is out of that flavor. and so on. you get the point.

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need more inspiration?

check out the latest adventureclubinteractive challenge. may your camera inspire you!

remember to submit your daily masterpieces via email: adventureclubinteractive@gmail.com.