CALENDAR CALL: Anything Goes!


This is our CALENDAR CALL!

Instar Lodge is looking for original art to be featured in our annual calendar.

It’s an Instar tradition.

Our 2019 Calendar will be released at the Germantown Winter Stroll. Come join us for festivities and celebration!

The details?

Anything goes. All ages accepted.

Selected artists will receive an Instar Lodge Goodie Bag with accredited 2019 Calendar.

  • All submissions must be in by Nov. 30th, 2018.

  • Selected submissions announced December 10th.

  • Send submissions as high quality jpeg to with subject line as Calendar Contest. Please include artwork title, name, and age.


Instar Lodge reserves the right to publish all artwork submitted for marketing purposes.

Winning submissions subject to alteration by Instar Lodge.

Call it November with Pecan Pie and Creative Conundrums


Our Lexicon Artist, Caroline Wilder founder of IDunn, seen here with her beautiful friend. (Hug a tree if you haven't already)


Things are getting cozy around here as we settle into colder mornings and earlier sunsets.

We’re still riding high from the beauty of last month’s events:

Fahari Wambura’s Herstory was intimate and empowering -- her journey from sewing a single skirt to owning two brick and mortar stores reminded us to trust ourselves, take leaps of faith, and accept opportunities that arise even in their imperfection.

Now in its seventh iteration, Tailspinning started up again with vigor -- the largest group of writers yet! If you’d like to be a part of the next session, which begins in February 2019, keep a look out for sign ups going live in December.

Our first installment of The Werk-It Workshop featured gooey pecan pie, a few bottles of wine, and nurturing feedback on a diverse range of creative conundrums. We’re quickly finding these Womens Workplace get-togethers necessary for both our art and spirits as we get to know each other more deeply. Any women looking for a supportive place to bounce ideas around are welcome to sign up for the November 14th meeting. For a less structured social gathering, come to our next Wine + Unwind on Wednesday November 28th. As always, admission is included for Full Star WWP Members.

Speaking of Womens Workplace (WWP), we are absolutely thrilled to host WWP member Frances Vigna’s six-week (three separate workshops, each composed of two sessions), donation-based Creative Professionalization Series. The first workshop, “Forming a Personal Statement,” takes place on Tuesday November 6th (voting day!), and will help artists and creative entrepreneurs learn to articulate their creative practice confidently and clearly -- sign up for one or all three while there’s still space.

At our Community Conversation with O+ Festival in Kingston in October, we talked about social innovation while viewing murals in progress. The following week got to learn about the history and best practices of Oil Paint with artist/educator and O+ founder Joe Concra and take home samples of much adored Williamsburg oils paints.

Don’t miss out on our last FREE Community Conversation of the season on Sunday November 18th at Bard College -- we’ll walk and talk about the possibilities of education. Related book titles from our Reading List include: Deschooling Society by Ivan Illich, Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope by bell hooks, and Art as Experience by John Dewey.

If you haven’t yet, head over to our online journal Lex*i*con to peep an interview with Caroline Wilder, creator of Idunn, whose current inquiries are driven by this mantra: “We need a world of consumption in resonance with our hearts.”

October Blast and a Kid's Menu


We have some good news for you. We've changed how we are offering our children's workshops to better accommodate your needs. We are now putting the scheduling into your hands. If you're interested in a children's workshop from our menu, let us know. When we've reached a full class, we will reach out to find best times for everyone. The other option is to put together your own group of children, min 4, and let us know what time is best for you. For more information, contact us at: and visit the website to read more about the available workshops.

In other news:

Women's Workplace is growing beautifully, new members have been added monthly. We are shaping up to be a mixed-aged creative collective, equally divided between professional writers and artists. We held our first social and discovered further overlaps of interests in: wonder, natural dye, crafting, indie film and wine (of course). It's not too late to join this month and come participate in the first “Werk-it Workshop” on October 8th at 7pm--imagine roundtable discussion meets thinktank with a throwback to art school group critiques.

Flourishing at Grow Germantown


Grow Germantown was a huge success!

Instar was happy as always to set up an art table and direct people on how to make black walnut ink with all those acorns dropping on our car hoods, roofs, and lawns. We had fun experimenting with ink, and who doesn’t love apples as paperweights?

A special thanks to Santiago Suarez for these light-filled, cheer-ful images*


Community JAMZ: Party all weeklong all month long

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All right folks--there is just too much about to happen here and we want to make sure you know about it all so you can attend these amazing FREE community events in addition to our upcoming creative workshops. Imagine everything from FREE Farm Food to FREE Festivals to FREE Oil Painting to FREE Cocktails to FREE Conversations--Scroll down and reserve your place!
We just couldn't wait until October to send out this calendar update!


NOTE: Monday Morning Magic Hr. Yoga continues at 9am w/ Val Schaff

SUNDAY SEPT. 23th, 3:00pm

Autumn Place Community Conversations series, kicking off at Magpie Booksin Catskill, NY. This month we examine representation of the personal narrative, inspired by What We're Reading. Co-hosted with Good Work Institute

*image Mike Tyson and D'Amato in still from film A Day in Catskill  (1986) First 10 rsvp's recieve $5 off books coupon! RSVP here.

MONDAY SEPT. 24th 7pm 
WINE + UNWIND is a monthly Womens Workplace members meet up with drinks + snacks to get to know our community better
Women's Workplace is an ever-growing community of creative, interesting women who appreciate good laughs, sticky conversations and coming together to share opinions and experiences. What better way to elevate that than a modern-day social for the opportunity to engage in all of the above? Learn more and RSVP Here

SUNDAY SEPT. 30th 5pm-8pm

Grow Germantown in partnership with EAT.IMBY organized along with OTTO's MARKET is a celebration of our local Germantown agriculture community where we recognize the history of our land and the importance of preserving and protecting this valley for future generations. We will gather around food grown + made by our neighbors to learn from our farmers, share stories, and collect seeds for the future growth. Learn More Here.

Monday's are for mending, together. Please join us the first Monday evening of the month from 7:00-9pm.  Bring your bundles of worn out love, and mending heART projects to weave together with new threads and company.  Open to all people, please RSVP if you can, $5 suggested donation.

Oct.4th-Nov. 29th 7-9pm 
A creative writing group facilitated by artist-writer Dawn Breeze. Meets every Thursday for eight sessions Learn more and reserve your spot here.

SUNDAY Oct.7th 3:00pm 

Join us for our Community Conversation in Kingston, NY. Along with our co-host Good Work Institute and partnering org. O+ Positive, we will explore questions and criticism on social art, urban design, and public planning together walking through Kingston city touring the murals created as part of the O+festival.
First 5 RSVP's receive free O+ festival wristbands!
 RSVP here.

Sat. Oct. 13th 10am-1pm
A free lecture with artist Joe Concra on the history of oil paint, paired with how-to-demonstrations and hands on time to experiment with Williamsburg Oil Paint. Participants will receive samples of Williamsburg Oil Paints and leave the workshop with beginnings of new work!
Limited to 12 participants.  RSVP HERE

TUESDAY OCTOBER 16th 7pm-9pm
Instar Lodge hosts  HER STORY, a Woman-Artist-Entrepreneur Story hour, inviting exceptional women to share their story of enterprise with community over warm drinks and snacks.  Fahari Wambura will share her story and how it all threaded together to create Fahari Bazaar.

Sup September--We See Y😍u!

  From the August Community Conversation in Hudson, NY

From the August Community Conversation in Hudson, NY

Here we are beginning our third year at Instar Lodge. I have been reflecting on what that now means and looks like. I suppose what it looks like is it’s name: Instar (the period between moltings). We are in another stage of development and transformation, and one that I am over the moon about. During this last year we took a turn inward, we slowed down, and began to cultivate creative community around the actual lodge space, as being a nest if you will. We welcomed more women into the space to make, to think, and talk, while simultaneously going out and activating various public spaces with new ideas and new people. This motion was not an added expense or burden--it felt cozy and bright actually. You know when you don’t know what to do, doing what feels good is probably right.

I think what feels good is what is most exciting about our Instar #3, which is that our team tripled! This is HUGE as an entirely volunteer run organization currently supported by Instar community donations (like the $5-$25 a month kind). It was always my goal with Instar to create something living that could become self-supporting and it appears to be taking form, even if that form is not definite and only one new creative Instar. Please visit our new team page and celebrate our wonderful talented editions: Nina Pelaez, Rachel Ephraim, and Frances Vigna (three glorious writers!) we also have a new artist-in-residence: Kate Minford! Welcome Kate!

Here we are: Autumn. It is bursting with community, creativity, and critical engagement at Instar Lodge, with the opening of Womens Workplace our self-serve club for creative women who want space to make, write, or gather. The club offers Space Memberships for workspace only, and Social Memberships for WWP programs only. The first WWP Wine + Unwind” will be held at Instar Lodge on on September 24th at 7pm. (NOTE: Any WWP members who join before then are welcome to bring two complimentary guests to drink, snack, and chat with creative ladies.) The first “Work (Workshop)” will gather on October 8th at 7pm--imagine roundtable discussion meets thinktank with a throwback to art school group critiques.

Instar Lodge is pleased to announce our FREE Autumn Place Community Conversations series, with our amazing co-host Good Work Institute (We love GWI!) kicking off on September 23rd, 3-5pm at Magpie Bookshop in Catskill, NY. Though no prior reading or expertise is required, Autumn Place Community Conversations are inspired by our What We’re Reading book list. This season’s titles continue to explore questions of place--our relationship to place and the myths and narratives about place that might need reexamining. Community Conversations invites the public to make new friends and engage in experiential learning through dialogue where all voices are valued. **We also want to say if your local, Magpie Bookshop has incredible used books. The owner is a wealth of intelligence and kindness--so visiting her place is a visit to any place your mind and heart might want to wander through the path of literature.

We have already begun adding programming to the October calendar and will continue to be adding in the next few weeks so please check the site out--especially excited about upcoming children’s creative opportunities and there is talk of hip-hop yoga, great adult painting and writing workshops too (hint: Tailspinning is already listed and filling up) October will be busting at the seems! We are joining the O+ festival for our Oct. 7th Community Convo, w/ Mural Tours in the city of Kingston!!! RSVP appreciated at


Beginning October 1st, Instar Lodge will resume FREE Mending Mondays every first Monday of the month at 7pm. Whether you’re an expert or beginner, come weave love back into something tattered.


And we’re off and running into the hay fields and autumn light!

August: Last Summer Daze

  This month's LEX*I*CON artist: Lizzy Marshall

This month's LEX*I*CON artist: Lizzy Marshall

How are you feeling? How are you handling the humidity and sticky sweltering wetness? It’s summer and a wild season of unbelievable beauty whether or not we love the weather. But we do love the weather. We love the peach sky and crespular haze rising from the green meadows and touching the felted clouds. These soft nights where dreams move to the melody of peepers. What’s not to love about a Hudson Valley Summer?
We are excited to close August with a magnificent Community Conversation this weekend in Hudson, NY.  Joining up with Kites Nest on Sunday at 3pm, and walking along Front street, witnessing the historic city’s diverse waterfront.  We will observe it’s living histories while discussing big questions about what citizenship means and what belonging to a place means. Join us, it's FREE always and all are welcome!RSVP here.

Our Summer Place Community Conversation series has been a treasure trove of field trips and new friendships. We are so grateful to our Co-host Good Work Institute (btw their upcoming fellowship applications are open now!) and all of our generous sponsors and partners for making this season incredible! Stay tuned for our Autumn Community Conversation Series, kicking off in September! We will be announcing our partners and location details in just a few weeks.
In other news, we had the delight of visiting artist Lizzy Marshall in her Kingston T-Shirt Factory Studio. Her studio, words, and work are featured in this month’slex*i*con. There is nothing like peeking into an artist’s private world. Please tag us on Instagram if you would like to be considered for a lex*i*con feature.  We know many amazing artists in the area, but we want to know all of you! (We have epic aspirations-we’re artists!)
Lastly, we open our doors to the first women of the Womens Workplace in only two weeks. We spent the last few months reading applications and learning more about what our creative women want—and so we modified our club structure and created membership tiers, making the process once accepted, easy-easy for everyone! Not only are the women walking in AMAAZZZZZING but we also have a new WWP leader: Rachel Ephraim, who will lead up the monthly WORKshop and Wine+Unwind which are the club socials.  Learn more now, and join the funhouse, I mean workplace, I mean home of the Wonder Women!
Wishing you all the sweetness of field flowers,
xxxDawn Breeze

PS. Don't forget to join us for our new hot practice with Yoga instructor (fabulous photographer + gem of a woman!) Valerie Schaff.  Val leads a drop-in yoga class, all levels on Monday mornings at 9am. We call it the Magic Hour!  We hope you will start your week off hot with us! Learn more online.

WONDERMENT, a Community Conversation

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“The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are.”― John Burroughs

Please join us this Sunday for a FREE delightful Community Conversationexploring the theme of WONDERMENT in place.  We turn our attention to the outdoors, walking and talking together at Wood Chuck Lodge, the home of naturalist John Burroughs, as part of our Community Conversations co-hosted with Good Work Institute. Always FREE, always for anyone. 3-5pm 7/29

Prompts for discussion: Attention is the beginning of love, or as the poet Mary Oliver says, it's the beginning of devotion or worship.  How do we attend to our place?  How does the intention of our attention change our experience of our place?  What is most calling our attention in our place?  How can we create opportunity for wonderment in a culture more attached to screens than leaves of grass?  Why return to nature as guru?  What is our understanding and connection to agriculture?  What do we need to change about our relationship to agriculture in our place? What is the culture of our place?

* Prompts have been crafted and inspired by our monthly reading list, no prior reading necessary to participate

RSVP appreciated:
MEET 7/29 3:00pm at Woodchuck Lodge, Roxbury NY, Home of John Burroughs, famous American naturalist and nature essayist, active in the U.S. conservation movement

July, aka We're HOT and so are you

  This month's LEX*I*CON artist: Dawn Breeze at her the Studio

This month's LEX*I*CON artist: Dawn Breeze at her the Studio

It’s HOT. We’re HOT. What are you all doing to stay cool? 
We have been going to as many waterfalls and pools as we can. You’re more likely to find us hiding under the shade of the forests than behind our screens these days. The heat admittedly has us slower, languishing and lollygagging about, and we feel just fine about that. Next time we see you and you ask us what we’re up to, the answer is “being hot and slow." Busyness is so last season.
This month we’ve picked up a new hot practice with Yoga instructor (fabulous photographer + gem of a woman!) Valerie Schaff.  Val will be leading a drop-in yoga class Monday mornings at 9am called the Magic Hour!  We hope you will start your week off hot with us! Learn more online.
In addition to our Summer Place Community Conversation at Woodchuck Lodge on the 29th where we will walk and talk about wonderment in the footsteps of naturalist John Burroughs, we have added another conversation called ‘Drinks + Thinks’Thursday evening the 19th. At Drinks + Thinks we will discuss the pop-cultural phenomenon of the utopian and dystopian TV shows that have kidnapped our collective imaginations: Wild Wild Country and The Handmaiden's Tale. This FREE event is by RSVP only. Read more about it on our website. We hope you will join us for both conversations.
In this month’s LEX*I*CON journal, we feature my studio. Yup, that’s right—and it has brought up my discomfort of visibility.  How many of you artists and creatives are truly comfortable being your own agents?  Or being in front of the camera?  How many of you feel able to sing your elevator speech and let the world see your light?  How many of you feel comfortable showing the world a whole picture, the self that isn’t always smooth?  The art that is in process? For those of you that can answer yes, I applaud you!  For those of you that answer “not me”—I’m with you.  Because of this, I am imagining ways for us to collectively gain courage through practice. I will be folding this into programming and the Women’s Workplace this coming year.
We do not need to be found or given permission by an outside authority—we need to see and permit ourselves to show the world our creative light. We are in a new time. We are new women!

FREE fun creating and community conversations in Hudson, NY

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We just couldn't resist adding more FREE family fun events to our calendar. Join us this weekend and next! We are hosting a creative journey during the much loved Hudson River Exchange Summer Market and the Take care Fair in Hudson, NY. Children (no judgement if you consider yourself a kid and you might be 40+yrs old)explore their creativity; from plant stamping to stitching to sun dyeing and much more under the tent and sky, making and playing with the wonder of wildness. Join us in making everything more fun, more wild, more free, and more playful!

Saturday 6/23:
10-12pm Make Your Mark: Plant stamping on fabric and paper (all ages)

12-2pm Creative embroidery (Stitch your own design, your name, your pet, your poem) (5yr+)
Saturday 6/30:
10-11am Wild flower arranging and Haiku poetry writing inspired by Ikebana (all ages)

11:-12pm Wild flower essence painting (all ages)

12-2:00 Sun printing with wild flowers (all ages)

Sunday 6/24:

3-5:00 pm Community Conversation at Olana

This Sunday we turn our attention to the outdoors, walking and talking together at Olana State Historic Site, with our Community Conversations co-hosted with Good Work Institute. Always FREE, always for anyone. Prompts for discussion: Today what is the role of the artist to place and place to artist? How do the colors of a place affect the creations and culture in a place? Why is art important to our place now?

RSVP appreciated:
***Meet at 3:00 at the lower parking lot at Olana in Hudson, NY

Making Peace with the Earth at Omega

Making Peace with the Earth at Omega Institute, 7/6-7/8
In this weekend event, renowned scientist and activist Dr. Vandana Shiva and other presenters outline how a paradigm shift to earth-centered politics and economics is the best chance of survival for humanity and all life on Earth. Together we explore themes of inner and outer decolonization, food justice, sustainable agriculture, and a mindful approach to social change.  Learn more about the event here. Omega has generously offered our network access to a limited number of $25 weekend commuter passes for the event. To access this community discount, register here and use the code INSTAR LODGE.


Words from Omega:

Join Vandana Shiva, Michael Yellow Bird, food justice activists, and Standing Rock water protectors to explore a shift toward Earth-centered politics

Renowned scientist and activist Vandana Shiva has made teaching by example the basis of her work. As an international inspiration for women’s empowerment, the ecological movement, and a collective response to corporate domination, she has implemented worldwide initiatives in numerous fields. Her actions against multinational corporations in defense of water, natural seeds, women’s education, and indigenous peoples have earned her countless awards, including the Right Livelihood Award—also known as the “alternative Nobel prize.”

In this weekend event, Dr. Shiva and other presenters outline how a paradigm shift to earth-centered politics and economics is the best chance of survival for humanity and all life on Earth. Together we explore themes of inner and outer decolonization, food justice, sustainable agriculture, and a mindful approach to social change. 

A regenerative, post-fossil fuel economy—including biodiverse, localized food systems that also support traditional lifestyles—can rejuvenate the health of the planet, and increase well-being within our communities.   

This informative program includes lectures, question-and-answer sessions, panels with guest speakers, small group discussions, mindfulness practice, and an in-depth tour of the Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OSCL), a sustainable water reclamation center built in one of the greenest buildings on the planet.

Summer Place: Joyous June News

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Summer Party, Switzerland. Cyanotype by Rebecca Cosenza, this month's LEX*I*CON artist
SUMMER is HERE! Or so we believe with our ready, sweaty imaginations, and bodies wanting to wade in water and munch on watermelon—Mmmmm!
This Summer we take a break from indoor activities and turn our attention to the outdoors with our Community Conversations. We are delighted to announce the Summer Place series, co-hosted with Good Work Institute, an amazing local organization building a network of Hudson Valley creative entrepreneurs and changemakers, working together to do more good work.
We will be visiting a few of our favorite places with partnering orgs: Olana,Woodchuck Lodge and Kites Nest; walking and talking about how we understand place and our relationships with it and with one another through time. All of our conversations are based on topics found in What We’re Reading. We are fortunate to offer these FREE conversations in thanks to the routine support we receive from our Instar Lodge Members, our local sponsors, and friends: Made + CollectedOtto’s MarketUpstate Diary and Farm Table.

This month in our LEX*I*CON journal we feature our very own Instar star, artist Rebecca Cosenza and her studio and reflections on what it means to be an artist. We have opened our applications to:WOMENS WORKPLACE , a co-working space for creatives and club inspired by the Rebekah’s Membership Club. Every day a new application is received we become shooting stars with glee! Apply now to begin working, hanging, making, playing, drinking, eating, talking, and creating together. Read what the club offers on our website and join us.
Thank you to all of you who visited, joined and partnered with us in May for the many events we hosted.  Each time we greet a new face and meet an old one, we fall more in love with our creative community. See you soon!

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PS. What are you doing this Saturday? On a personal side note, you're invited to my art opening, Wear the Earth at the Re-Institute in Millerton, NY 4-7pm, featuring new sculpture. Stay for a potluck dinner at the farm after. I would love to see you there:)

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May this be Joyful: ANNOUNCEMENT!

 Announcing WOMENS WORKPLACE, a creative women’s co-working space!

Announcing WOMENS WORKPLACE, a creative women’s co-working space!

May is here and sunlight is showing up more frequently.  Perhaps the slow spring will mean a slow summer, and we will languish in long hot days into fall.  Either way, we are heating up at Instar with a month of excitement and a full summer season planned ahead!
This month in our LEX*I*CON journal we feature artist Brece Honeycutt’s  beautiful studio and reflections on what it means to be an artist.

We have an artful walk to discuss feminism, gender and nature, planned at Art Omi Memorial Day weekend, as part of our ongoing FREE Community Conversation series.  

Next week we host our inaugural Rebecca Dinner.  A dinner honoring the Rebekah’s of the lodge from yesteryear and celebrating the Rebecca’s in our community now. We will discuss identity and what is inherited with a name.

This Saturday (5th) we head over to artist Melora Kuhn’s studio for a super special workshop. We will make hand built cement vases and share a picnic lunch! OH MY GOD WE ARE SO EXCITED and we still have a few spots open (register here).
We have been busy bees and have some big news! Starting in June we launch our new membership program, WOMENS WORKPLACE

Inspired by the Rebekah’s Membership Club and our Women’s Writing Room, a room made available by the day to women who want to write. We have expanded the concept into creative women’s co-working space ++++.  We will be announcing much more in the next few weeks, but we want you to join in our excitement now! 

Mark your calendars for our May 19th open house, as part of theGermantown Stroll, where you can learn more and visit the open studios of amazing artist-in-residence Louise Smith and Peggy Ahwesh.

PS. Your favorite hats are back!  Order yours now!

April Fun Days

 Interdisciplinary local artist Rebecca Bray, our April Lex*i*con Artist

Interdisciplinary local artist Rebecca Bray, our April Lex*i*con Artist

We started the month with fool’s day following a full moon.  A day littered with decorated eggs, chocolates, plastic fake grass, and colored bunnies.  Many of us do not know or feel connected to what we are celebrating or why we have a day made specific for jokes and jest.  Is it important to know why we decorate eggs?  At what point in our lives do we ask ourselves what are our beliefs versus our habits, or cultural customs? 
We like to ask questions here at Instar.  Lately we have been asking questions about the role of the artist and social change, which leads to the question of what is art and who is the artist?  These are questions included in our new Instar Lodge Artist Questionnaire, a questionnaire that we ask our LEX*I*CON artists to respond to. 
LEX*I*CON ARTIST: Rebecca Bray

This month we feature interdisciplinary local artist Rebecca Bray in LEX*I*CON.  Rebecca Bray is co-facilitator of Parenting Praxis at the lodge.  She is also the managing director of The Center for Artistic Activism and formerly the Chief Experiential Designer at the Smithsonian Institute. We visited her studio this month to learn more about her creations which include making house plants call you on the phone, devising a way to turn your pee into fertilizer while separating out pharmaceuticals, and most recently collaborating on a project that turns drawings into music.  Learn more about her in our feature: The Story of The Story of Rebecca Bray.
NEW PROGRAMS: Community Conversations + What We're Reading

We have also started a new program of community conversations based on themes from our monthly What We’re Reading list.  We are so excited about this program that we are designing ahead for a complete summer schedule which will be announced in May.  This month we focus on regeneration, enchantment of place, and the values of slow living.  Our reading lists includes local authors, Dina Falconi and Akiko Busch.  We are hosting the community conversation as a walking talk at Hawthorne Valley (4/29 3pm). 
These conversations are free, and open to anyone.  We see them as opportunities for emergent ideas between people, rather than learning the truth by experts, or being in a heated debate where someone is inevitably wrong. We are inspired by David Bohm (physicist, theorist) who discusses the idea that truth is dialectic. In his essay, ‘For Truth Try Dialogue’ he says, “In a dialogue there is no attempt to gain points, or to make your particular view prevail. It is more a common participation, in which people are not playing a game against each other but with each other. In a dialogue, everybody wins.”
ARTISTS AT INSTAR: Peggy Awesh + Louise Smith

This month we are delighted to welcome artist Peggy Awesh into the Instar Lodge Studio, well known for her experimental film and video work. This month artist-in-residence Louise Smith is offering an incredible young person’s drawing workshop!  Make sure to check it out and sign your children up!

Marching Ahead: LEX*I*CON II, Community Conversations, and More!

  Our Instagram feed is looking pretty good these days, thanks in BIG part to our lovely new honeybee Rebecca Cosenza. **The beehive, was a symbol for the Rebeka's (the female auxiliary of the IOOF) as a representation of cooperative industry, teaching the advantages of united efforts in all the ministries of the order. We welcome Rebecca C. to the Instar Lodge order!

Our Instagram feed is looking pretty good these days, thanks in BIG part to our lovely new honeybee Rebecca Cosenza. **The beehive, was a symbol for the Rebeka's (the female auxiliary of the IOOF) as a representation of cooperative industry, teaching the advantages of united efforts in all the ministries of the order. We welcome Rebecca C. to the Instar Lodge order!

This month at Instar we are grateful to host a plethora of community workshops and events that make transition seasons beautiful and more comfortable. 

Lauren Giambrone and Mandana Boushee are guiding us through The Art of Herbal Care for the Hometeam, a workshop for medicine making in all ways, with heart, hand and plant. 

We also have another plant inspired art workshop,The Art of The Avocado & Friends for both adults and young people.  Read more about these below and on our website.
LEX*I*CON II is happening (3/31@7pm)!  Our annual beloved reading of new work created at Instar Lodge.  This year we have poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction being read by marvelous female writers including our Virginia Scholar, Hallie Goodman and women from our Tailspinning group: Karen Keats, Rachel Ephraim and myself. 

Speaking of literature, we have a new program: What We’re Reading.  This is a curated monthly reading list from our in-house library.  Each month we feature select titles on our website and host an open community conversation inspired by the theme.  Last night we hosted a conversation on the pluralities and complexities of Love (our February theme). This month we examine leadership and the footsteps we walk in and forward from.  We are especially excited to be hosting this conversation on foot, at the historic home site of W.E.B Du Bois. Click here to read this months prompt and see our titles.
Are you following us on Instagram?  If not you should be!  We post daily content and local inspiration related to our arts community and events.  We also want to follow you—tag us in your posts so we know where we should look for great art, literature and general creative content locally as well as internationally.

February Lovin'

  Our current local artist  WolfyII  studio is being put to beautiful use, and he is offering two community workshops this month at Instar! Wooo-hooo!  We are delighted to welcome artist  Louise Smith  into the space this month too! Thank you everyone for your support and for keeping art cool!

Our current local artist WolfyII studio is being put to beautiful use, and he is offering two community workshops this month at Instar! Wooo-hooo!  We are delighted to welcome artist Louise Smith into the space this month too! Thank you everyone for your support and for keeping art cool!

So, what is love in action?  When is love not a word?  For us it looks like slowing down enough to reflect on that question, and slowing down enough to see our own good even when we know we can do better, and slowing down more so that we can respond to daily circumstances in a way that is heart full, and slowed down even more to see the words in those words: ART-FULL
How is love in action art-full?  This is what we are thinking about over here and we hope you join us this month for art-full happenings.

We have a month filled with community gatherings and workshops highlighted below.  One of our favorites returns: Tailspinning, the wild and wooly creative writing group beginning this Thursday Feb 1st!  Sign up now, we still have a few spots!!

TAILSPINNING: Come spin your tail spinning tales in this wild unruly sometimes wooly group of writers.Begins Feb. 1st 7pm-9pm and meets for eight consecutive weeks.  Open to all levels, learn more andregister here. $110 member/$120 non-member

MENDING MONDAY: Bring your tattered torn loved and worn to be mended back together again--together!  Every first Monday of the month (Feb. 5th) we gather at 7:00pm, learn more here, all welcome.  Suggested donation $5.

DROP-IN-DRAW: Join artist-in-residence WolfyII for open drawing sessions Wednesday evening's in February.  Begins Feb. 7th 7pm-9pm Open to all levels, learn more and register here. $55 member/$60 non-member series $20 drop-in

DIY Silk Screen Workshop: Join artist-in-residence WolfyII for one of his much requested community silkscreening workshops.  This is an amazing hands-on making workshops, with students learning to draw, cut and print their own screen, walking away with quite a few fantastic t-shirts. Space is very limited to reserve your spot NOW. Feb. 10th 10am--3pm Open to all levels, learn more and register here.$125 member/$150 non-member

Parenting Praxis: Join this peer led parents group, (facilitated by Dawn Breeze and Rebecca Bray) focusing on what parenting as art can mean in community. Space is limited to support intimacy and connection, reserve your space now.  Meets 1x a month beginning Feb. 16th-June 15th 6:30-8:30. Read more here and register here. Suggested donation $10-$20 per session


A Fleet of Goodships: Sailing into 2018

Sail into 2018 inspired with thoughts of leadership, relationship, authorship, worship,and more. Did you know that 'Goodship' means: kindness, a favor, and grace? Let's embark on that ship together

  We made a calendar of Goodships for you,  get yours now  

We made a calendar of Goodships for you, get yours now 

What a year, we have been busy doing what we do--advocating for creative growth and positive change with our mission to inspire creativity, courage and community with the arts.  We have done this through providing platforms and opportunities for artists to try new things, make new things, and learn new things together with community. Like what we did together this last year:

WORKSHOPS--Over 10 artist led workshops!

7 GROUP EXHIBITIONS-featuring over 400 artists with over 98% identifying as female  




Instar Lodge was founded under the pretense that it would operate for one year as a pop-up social arts project.  When we reached our anniversary (August), we decided to carry on, as there was an incredible swell of community engagement and we were curious where it would lead.  It has led us farther than we could have imagined, it has led us to NOW

"So much gratitude for Instar Lodge! Gratitude for my artist residency, for a local community arts space that's invited me to teach, create, exhibit, and engage in this work of being an artist. Gratitude for the community Instar creates. For its stake in the Germantown community. For the vision to build, grow, and offer this space to our local community. And more. So much more.”

- Katrina Rodabaugh, Artist in residence, 2017


Germantown Holiday Stroll


Join us tomorrow in Germantown for the first annual holiday stroll!

Saturday, 12/9 from 2-6

Alder East and Luddite will be gathering around the bonfire and enjoying Wolfy’s clarée, ricotta doughnuts from Sweet Deliverance, & popcorn. Stop by at 2:30 to meet a Germantown goat from Cat’s View Farm. Hot chocolate and gifts at Ottos, mulled cider + hot soup at Gaskins, ornament making at The Central House, shopping at Michael Robbins, eggnog at Mary MacGill, tastings at Lawlors & festive greenery at Floral Innovations.  Stop by Gtel for a special tree lighting and a visit from Santa!

Here at Instar Lodge we will be making gift wrapping paper, winter green swag's, selling brand new Gtown sweatshirts and our 2018 artist callendar, and celebrating WolfyII artwork with an open studio, where he will be creating drawings on request.  Hurray for the Holiday spirit in this sweet hamlet!

Thank you for shopping local and supporting small business.
Can’t wait to celebrate together!

Thanksgving Gratitude


"The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude"-Friedrich Nietzsche

Dear Starlight,

We are grateful to you for so many things, far too many to list.  But what we are most grateful for is your belief in the value of creativity, and your courage to continue to open yourself to your own creative expression and that of your neighbors.  We believe this activity fosters feelings of belonging and joy in community, feelings which can ripple into benevolent action, creating ever more positive opportunities for loving interdependent relationships.

As we hear the word Thanksgiving, we wonder what something are we doing or have done at Instar Lodge that you are thankful for? It could be an idea, an event, a feeling, particular artists, workshops, an experience, an object, a newsletter—anything that we have done or are doing that sparks your gratitude.   Please share a few minutes of your time with us, sharing your gratitude here. We are preparing our upcoming Giving Statement and will love to craft it from our community reflections. Please submit your response by Monday, November the 27th.  All individual responses will be responded to in kind with a small token of our gratitude.
With oceans of love and a heart overflowing with thanks to you,

Dawn Breeze