I have had the joy of collaborating with a dear friend, Chelsea Wills, on a recent project centered around the phases of the moon as teacher to us— how the moon ebbs and flows, yet always returns to fullness, as a presence whose life-force radiates out, illuminates the deep night, and draws the tides and elements in a rhythmic chorus. May we all grow to embody the waning and waxing within ourselves as we do this work of being human, of being alive at this time.
To put this project in further context: Full Moon is an experiment in culture making, holding, and remembering. Conceived of and run by artists it exists as a shapeshifting entity that is on any day: a tea business, a school, a place to tell stories, a store, a hope, a wish, and a dream.
The image of the moon guides this experiment because it is something that is known and unknown. It is universal. It follows the same orbit time and time again finding it’s way back to fullness.
It acknowledges the hands, the places, and the ideas that make our world. It exists as a collective but more as a spider web: soft, tensile, strong, resilient, adaptable.
The vision behind this work and my inspiration in this creative project is Chelsea Wills. Chelsea lives in California. She is as an artist, mother, and creative thinker. Her work tells stories with participatory processes that hold space for new possibility, presence, resilience, and dynamic change. She collaborates with social movements, community groups, and organizations to build projects that are participatory, critical, and hopeful. Recently she has been exploring food and migration, writing love letters, and mixing teas.
Chelsea has started a beautiful podcast under the same name. Full Moon Podcast is an ongoing experimental research about imagining, inhabiting, and telling stories of creative lives. This podcast is inspired by the work of many incredible thinkers who have shown us how remembering the past and imagining a future land us squarely in the magic of the present possibility. On this podcast you might hear an experimental audio tour of a season, a new moon meditation, or an interview with your new favorite poet.
This podcast has beautiful music interwoven throughout by luminous Kathy Su Yun Kwon. She creates music for meditation through her portal, Air of Colors. Through the portal, her call in music, visual art and healing come together to be of service for more peace and happiness in the world. She believes in music having alchemical capabilities; it can permeate our membranes deeply and immediately. It helps to create an ethereal space to be in and surrender, to unveil the sacredness of life in any moment. I feel this exact way as I listen in.
Chelsea began her podcast series by courageously interviewing herself. Here is a link to Episode 1 with Chelsea on stepping into the unknown.
Chelsea and I recorded a conversation with each other for Episode 2 on the magic of the ordinary. Together we talk about how we remember through acts of engagement with the everyday. This conversation weaves through memory, the sensual act of slowing down, and how we each see hope in the midst of reciprocity.
If you are curious how you can support the unfolding of this project, we invite you to join our mailing list, engage with us, join a community class, purchase tea or any number of the beautiful publications that we offer through Full Moon.