A Center for the Integrative Practices of Art, Embodiment & Sustainable Living
WATER IN THE DESERT (WITD) is a Portland-based non-profit organization dedicated to offering innovative, multidisciplinary artistic experiences & residencies along with integrative educational programming. As a producer of original artistic and educational events, WITD brings together contemporary pioneers– in fields as diverse as dance and farming, mindfulness and psychology– in an effort to invigorate experiences of depth, awareness and intimacy within the framework of our personal lives, our communities, and the larger sensate world around us. Each of our projects derive from the same value-based philosophy—to cultivate a more assimilated approach to social, ecological, and cultural concerns through creative practice and embodied engagement. We believe that the sustainable dialogue is not complete without more holistic relationships between our bodies, minds, imaginations, communities and environments.
“In a culture which views the body as a mechanism to be trained and the landscape as a resource to be exploited, we need to learn to see again their fundamental wholeness and interconnection.”
-Andrea Olsen, author of Body and Earth