On January 15th, over 50 people were able to experience Shades of Mindfulness. Most attendees did not have any prior experience with VR!
Attendees were emailed a virtual reality viewing guide, link to the film, and zoom meeting info prior to the screening.
They viewed the film on smartphones, tablets, and computer browsers. Many were walked through the use of a Cardboard Headset, or a VR headset, and headphones.
Proceeds from the screening will go toward creating mindfulness experiences.
Shades of Mindfulness is a 180 degree, stereoscopic, virtual reality documentary experience of an ongoing mindfulness group started for Women of Color. The group has been meeting since 2016.
This 10 minute VR film welcomes you as a member of the mindfulness group by meeting some of the women and participating in three mindfulness practices including breathing, walking and eating meditations. Mindfulness Based Meditation has social and health benefits for many conditions including pain management and high blood pressure. These proven benefits were the catalyst for Dr. Kim Holland and Dr. Elizabeth Lin sharing mindfulness techniques with the community.
Shades of Mindfulness documents how medical professionals and institutions can support the whole person by providing mindfulness techniques in a communal environment. Both coming together and mindfulness techniques have been essential for participants healing stress, trauma, and other medical conditions. These themes make this film especially important and timely with the recent impact of the Corona Virus pandemic (social distancing, unemployment, disproportionate impact on the African American community) and the rally cry to address systematic racism and disparities as vocalized through the Black Lives Matter movement.
Whether you practice mindfulness meditation regularly or you are hearing about it for the first time you will walk away with a first-hand mindfulness experience.
We are seeking funds to create individual mindfulness based meditations for eating, walking and breathing and enable access for all audiences to the VR experience.
Malika Lee is a filmmaker with a daily meditation practice. She also collaborated with Patrica as co-director and editor on another docu-series called Keepers of The Dream: Seattle Women Black Panthers. In theatre she wrote, directed, and produced “The Purification Process”, about a Black woman in denial about breast cancer. Her work ha
Malika Lee is a filmmaker with a daily meditation practice. She also collaborated with Patrica as co-director and editor on another docu-series called Keepers of The Dream: Seattle Women Black Panthers. In theatre she wrote, directed, and produced “The Purification Process”, about a Black woman in denial about breast cancer. Her work has received the support of The Peg & Rick Young Foundation, Seattle Arts & Culture, 4Culture, Komen Puget Sound, and The Puffin Foundation. In her spare time she is the producer and host of a podcast called FEEL GOOD The Podcast highlighting life lessons from every day people who exhibit buoyancy of Spirit.
Patricia is an award winning documentary filmmaker, founding member and past president of the Seattle Documentary Association. Her work is featured in film festivals, TV broadcasts and distributed on Netflix and Amazon Prime. Most recently, she worked with Tajuan LaBee and Malika Lee to produce and distribute the documentary series, “
Patricia is an award winning documentary filmmaker, founding member and past president of the Seattle Documentary Association. Her work is featured in film festivals, TV broadcasts and distributed on Netflix and Amazon Prime. Most recently, she worked with Tajuan LaBee and Malika Lee to produce and distribute the documentary series, “Keepers of the Dream: Seattle Women Black Panthers.” It completed a successful theatrical run, broadcast, appearance in an art installation. Patricia helped direct and film members of the International Tribunal for the Genocide in Rwanda for the acclaimed, Voices from the Rwanda Tribunal.
Jonah Kozlowsk is a filmmaker and educator whose work has focused on documentary, and most recently on 360 filmmaking. He has been designing and teaching youth media programs since 2005, and has taught in Seattle and Spokane. He has worked for PBS, Seattle Shorts Film Festival, Translations Film Festival, and serves on the board of Chang
Jonah Kozlowsk is a filmmaker and educator whose work has focused on documentary, and most recently on 360 filmmaking. He has been designing and teaching youth media programs since 2005, and has taught in Seattle and Spokane. He has worked for PBS, Seattle Shorts Film Festival, Translations Film Festival, and serves on the board of ChangeStream Media and the steering committee of Seattle Documentary Association. Jonah is currently Education and Artist Services Manager at Northwest Film Forum in Seattle, where he also teaches youth and adult workshops, including 360 filmmaking. He began working in 360 in 2015, helping edit and set up pieces for dome projection for SIFFX. He learned how to stitch and shoot while helping with pre-production for the 360 short Auto, and has shot footage across the state which was used to aid in educating WA state congress members about the importance of the XR industry. In 2017 he helped organize a 360 installation at local sightings called Clear and Sweet 360, which showcased the work of Zoe Juniper and brought together local experts for a series of panels on the industry. Jonah is actively working to building an equitable film/XR industry, and does this through his teaching and work with organizations and groups such as Blanket Fort Films, Coyote Central, and Seattle Queer Filmmakers. In his personal 360 work, he explores the power of VR to increase mindfulness and appreciation for nature.
Laura James is an Emmy award winning cinematographer, field producer & television presenter specializing in documenting the natural world and environmental issues we are facing both above and below the water. She possesses a gift for communicating these issues combined with a message of hope via solutions in a genuine and caring manner. She was born and raised in King County.
Resources for BIPOC for meditation - appropriate to the times and culture.
Liberate App for Iphone and Android this is a meditation app with brief 5 -20 minute meditations by black meditation teachers organized by topic
This site provides a wide array of experiences in meditation retreats talks and events https://angelkyodowilliams.com
· Seattle Insight Meditation Society http://seattleinsight.org
· Center for Child and Family Well-Being http://depts.washington.edu/ccfwb/
· Community of Mindful Parenting http://communityofmindfulparenting.com
· Seattle Mindfulness Centerhttp://seattlemindfulnesscenter.com
· Mindfulness Northwest http://www.mindfulnessnorthwest.com
· Frye Museum Mindfulness Meditation is a free program presented weekly, Wednesdays from 12:30 to 1:00 pm
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)
· Center for Mindful Self- Compassion, affiliated with UCSD
Online offerings for continuing study and ongoing support
· Circle of Practice Group (guided meditation and discussion)
· Community of Deepening Practice (MSC, each session expanded over a month)
· Online Mindful Self-Compassion
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR, and other)
· Brown University Center for Mindfulness
· Center for Mindfulness at UC San Diego
· Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society, U Mass,
Magazine- Mindful – Mindful.org
· Greater Good Science- Science of a Meaningful Life
· Investigating Healthy Minds
· UCLA MARC – Mindfulness Awareness Research Center
· FREE: InsightTimer https://insighttimer.com/
· Headspace- http://www.getsomeheadspace.com/ - shorter practices
· Calm: https://www.calm.com/
· Unwinding Anxiety https://www.unwindinganxiety.com
· Eat Right Now https://goeatrightnow.com
· To Quit https://www.cravingtoquit.com
· Cloud Mountain (in WA): https://www.cloudmountain.org/retreats
· Northwest Vipassana Center (WA): http://www.dhamma.org/en-US/schedules/schkunja
· Esalen Institute (in California): https://www.esalen.org/
· Spirit Rock (in California): https://www.spiritrock.org/
· 1440 Multiversity (in California): https://1440.org/.
Mindfulness and Business
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