INNER CREATIVE LEARNING
With an emphasis on creative learning, OpenMind offers studio space of inner orientation and mind-body awareness through body, breath, and mind.
Promoting joy, wonder, and discovery,
studio sessions support exploration and discovery through art and meditation. Providing a lively creative learning environment, we explore deep listening and open receptivity through body, breath, and mind.
Welcome to OpenMind and a new focus on the uniqueness of each individual. Discover new creative freedom to explore wholeness and goodness and the rich resources that lie inherent within.
OpenMind was established in 2014 by Cheryl Preston. Highly motivated to facilitate lively creative learning, she set up a studio space dedicated to exploration and discovery through art and meditation. With a bachelor's degree in Human Energy-Consciousness from Barbara Brennan School of Healing, graduate of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche's The 3 Doors Academy, and 40+ years of meditative experience, she brings together enthusiasm and mindful support to our inner creative learning process. Operating studios in Hong Kong and Shanghai from 2003 to 2010, she is happy to bring her cross-cultural experiences to her studio space of OpenMind.
Benefiting from the transformative influence of meditation since a child, I've discovered growth and creativity from this open space of renewal and well-being. Compelling and insightful, I've worked to integrate this unfolding wisdom into my various roles and responsibilities as a woman.
OpenMind draws from my own creative learning process. Having cared for my family across three continents as an American Ex-pat, I encountered diverse cultural perspectives around growth, learning, education, and renewal. Upon my return to the USA, I wanted a space to explore my relationship with the process of inner unfoldment. Based on open awareness and active reflection, my explorations have led to unexpected and delightful discoveries.
OpenMind is my studio space to explore elements of the creative learning process, sourcing ways to support the dynamic responsiveness of inner learning that is vital and creative. Discovered learning is an inspired form of living.
I am intrigued by the unseen and overlooked, hidden below the threshold of awareness. As a meditator, I investigate patterns and blocks that eclipse knowing recognition of wholeness and inherent goodness. As an artist, I discover new points of connection within a constellation of elements; new ways of seeing that invigorate and inspire me to begin fresh again and again.
In a brushless technique, I work upon a flat canvas with acrylics and the movement of water. Through pours and spray, time and gravity, each piece is an open process of flow and fluidity. With no attempt at representation and leaving behind any deliberate mark making, organic patterns reveal themselves through the interplay of elements. Working with a minimal color palette, I pay meticulous attention to each subtle nuance, following the organic momentum with surprise and delight. Here, the horizon of perception becomes my threshold for discovery.