This is the official TRAILER for the Documentary "AWAKENING TO SPIRIT - Inner Peace to World Peace" presenting Artist, Poet and Labyrinth Worker Sandra Wasko-Flood. The Short Film Documentary is available in 3 different length (35min, 45min or 55min), viewing and discussing her poetry, artwork, installations and Art-Technology-Labyrinths, and presenting "The Luminous Labyrinth Center For Peace" to be build in Sedona, AZ.
Contact Sandra Wasko-Flood: Website: https://livinglabyrinthsforpeace.org/
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Sandra Wasko-Flood profile on Film Freeway: https://filmfreeway.com/SandraWasko-Flood
Director, Editor and Musician Vibhas Kendzia ( https://vibhas-music.com/ )
on locations in Sedona AZ, Angel Fire NM and Washington DC, July 2020. Copy and Property right Sandra Wasko-Flood.
Official Selections and Awards:
Songs used in order of appearance:
Table of Content
The Power of Art and Poetry to Heal
I. An Introduction into the work of Sandra Wasko-Flood
(Art and poem: The Owl Knows) inspires us with one eye open and one eye shut to
find the light outside and the enlightenment within. (Art and Poem: “At Peace with Owl and
Snake) Divinity (owl or bird) and Humanity (snake) are one. Cycles of Life, Death and Rebirth
II. The Labyrinth Path to Light and Peace
III. Interview with Elizabeth Martina Bishop:
Elizabeth interviews me about the major influences in my life which include my parents of
the opposite personalities, my 50 wedding anniversary with the right man, our moving to Brazil,
and many moves throughout the U.S., the spiritual meaning of labyrinths in my life, and my
“Labyrinths for Creativity and Peace” programs in the schools through the Washington
Performing Arts Center.
IV. Visionary Plan: Luminous Labyrinth Peace Center, Sedona, AZ.
This is a plan for a Peace Center based on my Vision in the Great Kiva of Chaco National
Historical Park, New Mexico. This art/technology museum which will bring together people of
all cultures, races and beliefs. Mark Goldman of the American Institute of Architects and the
Chairman of the Construction Tech Dept. at the University of New Mexico, Taos has done
superb building plans for the Luminous Labyrinth Center for Peace in Sedona. One can
choose a labyrinth design to walk projected from under the floor with templates of earth, air,
fire, or water on which to walk, as well as surround panoramic images, and overhead images
in a dome for birthdays, marriages, funerals, conflict resolution workshops or any other
occasion of one’s choice. Connect your luminous lights on the inside with the luminous lights
on the outside. Let your light shine.
V.Your Gifts for the World:
Here I read two poems with the Sedona Red Rocks in the background about your giving your
gifts to the world that unlock the doors of paradise. (55 minutes version)
LIVING LABYRINTHS FOR PEACE, INC
AWAKENING TO SPIRIT
Inner Peace To World Peace
A Documentary of Artist, Poet and Labyrinth Worker Sandra Wasko-Flood
Director, Camera, Animation and Film Editor:
Vibhas P. A. Kendzia
Interviewer and Script:
Elizabeth Martina Bishop interviewing
All artwork, Installations and Art-Technology Labyrinths by Sandra Wasko-Flood
Thank You to the following people to make my work possible:
My Husband: Michael T. Flood: (Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry) and excellent photographer and art lover, good jobs throughout U.S. and in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, supported me financially, emotionally, and spiritually for over 50 years ( 51thanniversary, June 28, 2020).
Elizabeth Martina Bishop, Ph.D:Performance Poet, Writer, Visionary Artist, Children’s Book Author, current Secretary of Living Labyrinths for Peace, educational consultant for my Memoirs, books of art and poetry, research grants, finding our film maker, Vibhas Kendzia. I have much in common with this “soul sister,” who lives in Sedona, Arizona, that right location, to build the Luminous Labyrinth Center for Peace.
Carolyn M. Carnell: Videographer who provided excerpts for this film from her Video: “Labyrinths for Peace: 2000,” the Labyrinth Society’s first project: a demonstration for inner peace on the east lawn of the U.S. Capitol, which I and Marilyn Larson, co-directed. She is doing a virtual LL4P video for our educational programs in the schools and the communities (2020). Permission granted.
Mark Goldman: Architect and Chairman: University of New Mexico, Taos CNST Tech Dept., created great designs for the Luminous Labyrinth Center for Peace, agreeing to do an architectural plan (2019).
Marilyn Larson: Dear friend, artist, poet and labyrinth worker, who co-directed “Labyrinths for Peace: 2000” on the U.S. Capitol Hill; gave me the idea to call the Sedona Museum Project: “The Luminous Labyrinth Center for Peace,” and to do a virtual labyrinth walk during Coronavirus times for “World Labyrinth Day,” where everyone throughout the world walks labyrinths at 1pm in their time zone.
Barbara Wolanin: Curator of the U.S. Capitol Art Collection, who helped get us the right connections for the U.S. Capitol Labyrinth Program: “Labyrinths for Peace: 2000.” As a board member of the Women’s Caucus for Art, introduced me to local art programs in the Washington DC area.
Saidu Kargbo: African-American from Sierra Lone, whose great electrical expertise, helped me construct, my art/tech light-up “Dance of the Labyrinth,” first exhibited in 1994 at Gallery 10 in Washington DC. He said: “It was the most interesting job I had ever had.”
Martha Johnson: Artist and teacher, member of our “Art Spirit Group,” which I founded in 1985 in the Washington DC area. She got the right contact, her husband, Charles Johnson, Parliamentarian of the U.S. House of Representatives, so we could do that “Labyrinths for Peace,” demonstration on Capitol Hill in the year 2000.
Sherry Chastine: LL4P Board member from its beginning in 2005 helping us with programs in the schools as a counselor for children and adults, teaching psychology to adults at the Community College of the District of Columbia.
Judith Simmons: Sandy Springs home, Maryland; artist, writer, and political activist. Member of the Art Spirit group since its founding in 1985.
Susan Pearcy: Artist friend, painter and printmaker, since the founding of the Washington Women’s Arts Center in 1981. Presently conducts our Art Spirit Meetings, founded in 1985 by Sandra Wasko-Flood, where we share our art and spirituality experiences.
Lorraine Arden: Artist friend who does sculptures of women artists, and a member of our Art Spirit Group where you shared about your religious practice of Subud.
Terry Svat: Member of our Art Spirit Group, who creates and shares great etchings.
Pauline Jacobsberg: Member of our Art Spirit group, whose drawings and prints are inspired by her husband’s family survivors of the holocaust.
Susan Fisher Sterling: Director-National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC: Befriended me as a founding of your Museum (1981) and put some of my art work in the Museum’s collection.
Washington Performing Arts Society (WPAS): Koto Maesaka: As a musician and artistic director of WPAS, asked me to give my workshop “Labyrinths for Creativity and Peace” in the local schools (2002-2016). You called us “teaching artists” rather than “art teachers” and gave us free professional development classes. The one in which I was to relate our Labyrinth Workshop to Harvard Educational Psychologist, Howard Gardner’s Eight Intelligences transformed my teaching. I wrote an article relating the labyrinth to every subject and posited a ninth one “Spirituality” because one of the girls said: “The Labyrinth told me what to do, what to be.” At the same time Howard Gardner posited that same intelligence: “Existential Intelligence:” the meaning of life and death.
Programs of WPAS: Thank you for your programs that changed the school system at Taos Academy: Karin Moulton, Principal of the Taos Public Charter School, for 5th-8thgrades, invited us to do a labyrinth program there and build an outdoor labyrinth their STEM Program: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. (2016-17).
El Rancho’s Elementary School, Taos, NM:Former principal, Marcia Abeyta, invited us to do a labyrinth workshop. Christina Mares, and Brendon Rotman’s classes helped create an outdoor, “Heart of Peace Labyrinth” (2016).
Garrison Elementary School, Washington, DC. Built a “Feet of Peace,” outdoor labyrinth with students’ foot prints in various colored paints on the black top.
Potomac Lighthouse Public Charter School: Washington DC. Teacher led Exercises and dance in the labyrinth, so calmed and inspired the students.
Bunker Hill Elementary: Washington DC. Students did “Rainbow Path to the White Light” labyrinth with colored enamel paint on a hardwood floor.
Joe Kennedy, Jr.:African-American musician, and founder of the Universal Peace Journeys, worked with me in the Washington Performing Arts (WPAS) school programs (2002-2016). He led students who followed him like a pied piper when he played the flute, leading them as they played percussion instruments through the labyrinth.
Marie Augusta Kaufman: An art teacher from the Rhode Island School of Design gave me private undergraduate art lessons in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and I discovered that I liked printmaking the best (1970-73).
N. Scott Momaday: Native American, great artist and poet, gave me undergraduate poetry lessons at University of California, Santa Barbara, that so encouraged me to become a professional poet (1963).
Gordon Nunes: Art teacher at University of California, Los Angeles, who advised me to quick teaching English and become a full time artist (1965).
Keith Howard: Introduced me and others, in our art class at the Lee Arts Center in Arlington, VA., to new safe non-toxic etching techniques, so I could give these classes in my home studio in Mount Vernon, VA., and many other places (1997).
Gary Cook: My printmaking Instructor at the UNM Taos, one of the best teachers I have ever had, gave me updated safe printmaking classes. He is both conceptual and spiritual, giving such classes as “Creativity and Consciousness” (2008-20).
Paul Re: This artist friend, in whom we have so much in common as seen in his book: “Art, Peace, and Transcendence: Reograms that Elevate and Unite,” that brings together art, poetry and science, informed me of his Paul Re Peace Prize.
Andrew Cassatt: Graphic artist who did a superb design, for the postcard rendition of my Vision in the Great Kiva of Chaco National Historical Park, New Mexico. Thank you for your friendship our Washington DC studio, where I exhibited my art/technology labyrinth from 1994-2006.
Sig Lonegren: His book, “Labyrinths: Ancient Myths and Modern Uses (1991),” led me to do labyrinth work, and create my art/technology “Dance of the Labyrinth,” which emphasized those paths in his book that related to Earth (physical), Water (emotional), Fire (mental), and Air (spiritual). He published my article about my light-up “Dance of the Labyrinth” in his journal, “Caredroia” (1993).
Glen Aparicio Parry, PhD: Invited me to lead a peace walk on the labyrinth at the Mabel Dodge Luan House in Taos for his Sacred Politics Retreat. He is a founder of the SEED Institute, and the author of Original Thinking: A Radical Revisioning of Time, Humanity and Nature, and just published Original Politics.He invited me to help design his backyard Taos labyrinth with a center fire pit (2017).
Julia Pyatt: Did excellent Public Relations work as an LL4P board member (2012-2018). She interviewed me about LL4P on KRCA-87.7 FM radio show (2014-15): Exploring Sacred Spaces: Building a Bridge between Humanity and Nature.
Asaria Speicher: Bishop of the Madonna Ministry, served on our LL4P Board as Vice-President, bringing her art and labyrinth experience to it.
Jill Cline: Helped organize LL4P’s labyrinth program in Kit Carson Park: Regeneration Festival for Suicide Victims (2018), and invited me to present at the Serenity Retreat for Recovering Alcoholics at the Bosque Center in Albuquerque (2016).
John Acker: Former board member, helped with the Labyrinth Society’s Gathering by creating that new design, the Butterfly Labyrinth for our Ac-Tah Gathering at the Agricultural Center in Taos (2013), and donated that canvas portable Butterfly Labyrinth to Living Labyrinths for Peace.
Norm Cadorette: Electrician on our LL4P board, who helped update our art/technology “Dance of the Labyrinth.”
Bob Torres: Secretary on LL4P board, architect, city planner for the town of Taos, lawyer, and Managing Attorney who helped us with fundraising and grant writing.
Susan Moore: LL4P Bookkeeper who does our financial reports, is working on our upcoming book: Labyrinth Instructors Handbook, gave Ceramics Workshop at El Rancho’s Elementary School.
Jim Glenn: Leads Lions Club events at the Taos Country Club and served on the LL4P Advisory Fundraising Committee.
Janet Sailor: Helped direct the Labyrinth Society’s Paranormal Conference in Angel Fire, NM and in Taos.
Anwar Kaelin: Center Director of Taos Entrepreneurial Network (TEN) Taos County Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Gives expert free help to LL4P: donors, grant writers, creating LivePlan.com.
Father Michael Olsen: Former Pastor at St. James Church, Taos, who invited me to instruct teenagers to build an outdoor labyrinth there.
Harwood Museum of Art Taos, NM: Invited me to exhibit the “Children’s Labyrinth Drawings” which had been done in local schools, and sponsored Labyrinth Workshops for the Taos Sacred Spaces events (2010).
Carmela Duran: Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos, NM: Invited me to exhibit the Labyrinth Posters shown in the Cannon Rotunda of the House of Representatives as part of the Labyrinth Sacred Spaces Events, which I organized for the Town of Taos (2010).
Rev. Pam Tyler: invited me to do a labyrinth program for school children of Compass Point Camp at San Geronimo’s Lodge in Taos, where they could walk their outdoor labyrinth (2009).
James Jereb: Inspired me through your “Star Dreaming, Temple of the Cosmos,” a 22 acres of scared stone labyrinth complex in Santa Fe, NM.
Louise Deretchin: Artist, writer and educator invited me to write my article, Labyrinths for Creativity and Peace in Schools, edited by you and Cheryl J. Craig, for the Teachers Education Yearbook XIX published by the University of Houston.
Rick Romancito: Editor of the Tempo: Arts and Entertainment Magazine of the Taos News, published articles on my labyrinth work.
Susan Germann: Former president of Taos Integrated School for the Arts (TISA), invited me to do a labyrinth program there. Her testimony: “Creating our own labyrinth was an invaluable lesson in team work and peaceful conflict resolution.”
Jason Pfeifer: Member of Taos Entrepreneurial Network (TEN), helped me to promote my labyrinth work.
Lindsay Rawlinson Elliott: Membership Coordinator of the Taos Chamber of Commerce, invited me to participate in networking events.
Joy Cowan: Artist friend in my UNM Taos printmaking class promoted my art and poetry book in her home studio art classes.
G.B. Cornucopia: Tour guide at Chaco National Historical Park, NM. Affirmed that my vision of the ceremonial dancers and spirals in the Great Kiva was true.
James Needham: Brought the Mayan Ac-Tah from the Yucatan Peninsula to be the main presenter at the Labyrinth Society’s Gathering at the Kachina Lodge in Taos, NM co-sponsored by our organization, Living Labyrinths for Peace (2013).
Ac-Tah: Mayan presented at the Labyrinth Society’s Gathering in Taos, creating those new labyrinth designs to walk, based on the sacred geometry of the pyramids, and did his new World Peace Labyrinth for World Labyrinth Day at the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington DC (2013).
Virginia LoneSky: With her organization, Peaceful Endeavours, co-sponsored the Memorial Day Celebration at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC (2013), and our World Labyrinth Day Program at New Door Creative Art Gallery in Baltimore, MD (2015), where I did my new labyrinth design on the blacktop: “Goddess of the Universe.”
Origin Retreat Center Lodge, Ojo Caliente, NM:Director Jill Marie Inanna invited LL4P to give a spiritual introduction to labyrinths. Jason Robnett built the Innsbruck Labyrinth design with rocks.
Chris Madrid: Founding member of Taos Ten organization whose purpose is to improve our community and business networking. Gave excellent advice to Living Labyrinths for Peace.
The Labyrinth Society: As a founding member of the International Labyrinth Society, I and Marilyn Larson directed its first Special Project: Labyrinth walking demonstration for inner peace on the East Lawn of the U.S. Capitol with a photo exhibit of labyrinths from around the world in the Cannon Rotunda of the House of Representatives, and a reception in the House Rayburn Building. Helen Post Curry, TLS’s first president, gave a very supportive speech at our reception at the House Rayburn Building.
The Labyrinth Society invited me to present at its Gathering in Bainbridge, Washington:“Co-creating Peace with Technology and Nature,( 2017)” to co-host its gathering in Taos, New Mexico, when we invited the Maya Ac-Tah to build his new World Peace Labyrinths (2013). Labyrinth Society Gathering, Sacramento, California: Invited me to give workshop on Labyrinths on Capitol Hill and Labyrinths in the Schools (2002).
World Labyrinth Day Programs: Labyrinth Society World Labyrinth Day Program where everyone in the world walks Labyrinths for Peace at 1 pm in their time zone, our LL4P program at Johns Hopkins, Bayview Medical Center (2014).
Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos, NM: Town of Taos Labyrinth Sacred Spaces Events, exhibited the posters art show we had in the Cannon Rotunda of the House of Representatives, for our “Labyrinths for Peace: 2000” event on Capitol Hill.
Institute of Noetic Sciences: Invited me to give a labyrinth lecture in Santa Fe (2003).
Marie Augusta Kauffman from Rhode Island School of Design: Gave me private undergraduate art lessons in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, when I decided I liked printmaking the best. (1970-73).
Warrington Colescott, University of Wisconsin, Madison: Gave me an excellent introduction to printmaking (1977-78).
Keith Howard, Lee Arts Center, Arlington, VA:Introduced me to new Safe Etching Methods, so that I could develop a Non-toxic Monotype class for oil based and water based inks in my studio (1997).
Manifest Ra, Washington DC: Gave me the “Healing Humanity: Award: “Honoring the Divine Feminine (2013).
Baltimore Office on Promotion in the Arts: Grants for school art programs, for me to give an after school art program (2006-2007).
DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities: Grants for our “Labyrinths in the Schools” programs (2000-04).
Washington Women’s Arts Center: Founding member in (1981), had many exhibits and gave your members printmaking classes in my Alexandria studio.
Artists Equity, Inc. Washington DC: “Best of Show” Award.
Virginia Commission on the Arts: $5000 grant for my light-up, art/technology “Dance of the Labyrinth.”
College of Notre Dame, Baltimore, MD: Purchase Award.
Friends of the Torpedo Factory Art Gallery, Alexandria, VA: $1000 grant on my Cycles wall hangings with etchings printed on fabric.
Rev. Gail Riina: Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois: Invited me to the ELCA-Episcopal/Lutheran Campus Ministries Conference to give a presentation with of “Rainbow Labyrinth of Peace,” composed of computer programmed lights with wall light boxes.
Sub-basement Studios, Baltimore, MD: Jeffery Kent, invited me to exhibit my light-up “Rainbow Labyrinth of Peace.” And to present that Peace Panel with Coleman McCarthy, (author, director of Peace Studies at Georgetown University, Washington DC; Marty Cain (worldwide labyrinth builder), and a Poetry Reading with me and other local poets, as well as a Mandala Workshop (2008-09).
Bishop Eugene Sutton: Invited me to be on the Labyrinth Advisory Committee (2002-04) of the Washington Cathedral when he was a Cannon there. Now, as Bishop of Baltimore, he supports our organization, Living Labyrinths for Peace.
Charles Sumner Museum, Washington DC: Three part exhibit: “Labyrinths for Peace: 2000; Photo Exhibit,” “Labyrinths to Walk with Hands and Feet,” and “New Turns: Contemporary Labyrinth Designs (2000).”
Terra Williams Matthews: Connected to James and Mai Needham to hear Ac Tah speak at the Labyrinth Society Gathering in Taos, planning a sequence of ceremonies in Taos, especially sending Ac Tah to build his Orion Labyrinth at the New Buffalo Retreat Center in Arroyo Hondo, as well as Reuben Medina to do his guitar playing.
Freedom El: Present LL4P board member, who created the foundation for Library Café in Ghana, to unify Diaspora and Continental Africans worldwide, and is helping our organization with fundraising.
Elaine Williams: Capitol Heights, Washington DC:Council Member and Chair of the Community, Health, and Environment Committee (CHEC), who promoted our labyrinth building and education programs in the DC schools.
Sue Anne Foster: Loomis, CA: Artist and educator, who helped organize “Labyrinths for Peace: 2000:” first project of the International Labyrinth Society on the east lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
Cheryl Bragg: LL4P’s registered agent in Virginia where we were founded in 2005. Invited me to give a labyrinth workshop for the Phillips Program for children and adults in Virginia.
Claire D’Gaia: Gave “Light of the Earth,” Rife Master Qigong classes at our Living Labyrinths for Peace Center in Taos, NM (2012-13).
Kelly Johnson: Did curatorial work for her MFA program at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) for the Feminist Art Project in Baltimore. Invited me to contribute my art piece to that exhibit at New Door Creative art gallery in Baltimore (2015).
Dr. Nancy Bandeira: Actor, teacher of communication and performance studies at La Guardia Community College on New York City, helped me get labyrinth connections in New York City.
Carol Pulin: As Curator of Fine Prints at the Library of Congress in Washington DC, helped me exhibit my works in museum collections, and get me a copy write of my “Dance of the Labyrinth” installation in the Library of Congress.
Claudia Vess: Longtime artist friend who does multi-media art: relief sculpture, printmaking, painting. We had an amazing trip to Mexico together where we so inspired by ancient pyramids.
Lauren Artress: Priest at Grace Cathedral Church in San Francisco who founded the organization, Veriditas, which provides labyrinth education and building of the Chartres Cathedral Labyrinth throughout the world. She is the author of ‘Walking the Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Sacred Tool.” In 1995, she walked my art/technology “Dance of the Labyrinth” in my DC studio, and so encouraged me to continue my work.
Jerry and Rene Buettner. Jerry, a former priest, leads a Merton Discussion group that addresses many spiritualties at his Baltimore home that has inspired deep friendships with so many neighbors. His wife, Rene, a former nun, invited me to give a labyrinth presentation at St. Francis of Assisi School nearby.
Robert Moss: The Shift Network: His Shamanic Dreaming Webinars have changed my life.
Year of Miracles with Dr. Sue Mortar, Marci Shimoff and Lisa Carr: This webinar has changed my life, making me more loving and peaceful in realizing my life’s passion and purpose.
Daksha Madhu Rajagoplan: She gives Meditation classes inspired by worldwide meditation experts and private consultations. We will create a virtual Peace Center together including labyrinths, and then an outdoor one.
Barbara Zeman: One of my best Hinsdale Township High School (Chicago Suburb) friends all these years. We were in the same Advanced English Class, and had much in common.
Marianne Valdrighi: A great high school friend, who lived down the street from me. We walked to school together and shared our lives and teaching experiences all these years.
Publications by Sandra Wasko-Flood
Publications which Feature Sandra Wasko-Flood
Labyrinths for Peace: 2000: A documentary of the inspiring event held at the Nation’s Capitol from March 13-25, 2000. Sponsored by the International Labyrinth Society. Produced by Living Labyrinths for Peace, Inc., Producers: Sandra Wasko-Flood (Executive Producer) and Carolyn Carnell.
Interview with Sandra Wasko-Flood, Labyrinths for Peace by Elizabeth Martina Bishop, Ph.D: Videographer is Ron James at Sandra’s Angel Fire House with her backyard Labyrinth.
Power Point: Labyrinth Peace Museum by Jill Cline: Presentation of the education and building goals of Living Labyrinths for Peace of the Luminous Labyrinth Center for Peace in Sedona, Arizona.
CD: WASKO-FLOOD: Interactive Art, Prints and Sculpture from 1970-2003. Produced by Charlotte’s Web Studios, Vienna, Virginia.