Art as prayer

The Art Process Workshop: Making your own portable sanctuary

Recently I had the good fortune of designing an art mixed media workshop for the Jewish Wisdom and Wellness festival of learning. The idea was to create your own portable sanctuary (mishkan). By adorning the "sanctuary" with beautiful fabrics; papers; jewels we were honoring the mitzvah of "Hiddur Mitzvah". The idea behind this is that by bringing beauty to a sacred space, it transports us to a higher plane, and then we can enter into a more holy or spiritually elevated state. Inside the "sanctuary" we created a personal prayer filled collage. Watch the video and you will begin to understand the deep healing power of art and its power to transport us. 


This workshop for Jewish Wisdom and Wellness in which we made our own portable sanctuary/mishkan used collage, paint and mixed media to beautify the sanctuary.
Kathy Leader