Carli CastellaniAnja van Kralingen
Carli Castellani creates ritual, theatrical and interactive art experiences. She is the former artistic director of Status Hat Productions, a collaborative that, for 10 years, brought together artists, writers and musicians from diverse backgrounds to co-create new works together. She was co-hosted by The Tatarstan State Puppet Theater and Tatarstan Composer's Union, in Kazan, Tatarstan (Russia), for a residency that gave her the honor of working in studios with artists that ranged from 18 to 80+ years old, as well as with with student groups of all ages. She was invited back to that region to participate in the "Volga is Our Home" project, which took a team of international artists on a 10 day journey between Kazan and Astrakhan along that waterway. Her landscape installations include "Games of Sticks and Stones..." a playable game room, and "Wheelhouse", an interactive labyrinth, and her theatre pieces include, "Rock On, Genghis Khan". Her mail-art 'zine, Synthetica, appeared in the pre-internet era before the fall of the Berlin Wall, exchanging works with artists still behind the iron curtain at that time.
A life-long fascination with the creative process, and the transformative potential of the arts, led her to Jung and Depth Psychology, and the keys it may hold. She began studying with the Centre in 2015, stealthily roped in by the allure of exploring the "Alchemy of Symbols", and the journey has continued forward, with undergoing the then 18 month long "Conscious Living Program", involvement in the Master Class and Clinical Concepts. She began facilitating classes and assisting with curriculum development in 2017, another honor with the opportunity to engage with amazing students and a luminary, world-class faculty. She is based in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she tends a dedicated art and wildspace sanctuary, in a farmhouse built more than 120 years ago.