Welcome to Pat Allen's Studio Pardes Online Community. This blog is a continuation and an expansion of Pat's work. She and her associates developed the Studio Process of art making guided by intention and witness in 1995.
In 2000, she brought this process to her home community of Oak Park, IL and founded the initial version of Studio Pardes in a storefront in the Harrison St. Arts District. For four years she taught the Studio Process and experimented with community art projects with much joy and many wonderful fellow artists. Examples of this work are described in her book Art is a spiritual path (Shambhala, 2005) and on her website, www.patballen.com.
After much soul searching, Pat closed the space in 2004 to spend more time creating her own art, learning video, writing and thinking about the Studio Process, and traveling to teach it in retreats and intensive workshops in diverse locations.
This blog is an attempt to recreate the excitment of Pat's bricks and mortar Studio Pardes by creating a virtual community of artists, thinkers and explorers.
Please join her!