In 2007, Inserra founded Samavesha, a multidisciplinary arts organization that brings arts programming to communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

Samavesha seeks to make world-class arts accessible to all, explore the intersection of traditional art forms with contemporary artistic languages, awaken and express personal creativity, foster collaboration, encourage diverse and resilient communities, connect people with nature, and increase awareness of the vital importance of creativity in human lives as an inexhaustible source of meaning, inspiration, and healthy living.

 

Samavesha produces accessible, interactive, educational, and fully immersive artistic experiences for the public. Often taking place in nature sites and bridging traditional and contemporary art forms from around the world, our work fosters dialogue and builds community around art, environment, music, as well as cultural preservation.

 

Focused on building community through creative collective actions, Samavesha produces three big annual projects: the Cave Concert series in the Marin Headlands; the Art in Nature/the Nature of Art Festival in Redwood Regional Park, Oakland; and, in collaboration with Zach Pine, the Create-With-Nature Earth Day Celebration at Stinson Beach. In addition, Samavesha hosts international artists-in-residence, and produces a Community ProgramRose Labyrinth Series, workshops, and various house concerts and site specific performances.

"Laura is a magnanimous leader who humbly inspires heart and creativity from those who collaborate with her. I had that pleasure, working with her on the fourth year production of the annual 'Art in Nature; The Nature of Art Festival', a gathering bringing together over two hundred artists and thousands of participants in the Redwoods of Oakland, California. It was such a treat to witness her in action during the planning process, facilitating a ground swell of long-term, intrinsic enthusiasm and support from the volunteers, artists, and concentric circles of community that are involved in the making of the festival. She shows you her vision from a multitude of angles and invites you to bring your gifts in being a part of how the vision collectively arises. I couldn't recommend Laura more as a co-creator and leader of movements that require heart and soul."Amina Bayou (Producer)

Laura is the founder and Artistic DIrector of Art in Nature: The Nature of Art, an annual free multidisciplinary performing arts festival located at the Stream Trail of Redwood Regional Park in Oakland, California. With 200+ artists involved, the vision is that Art, like Nature, is one ‘body’ expressing itself in different forms through a creative process and for one day, Art in Nature Festival re-creates the wholeness of that ‘body’.

The Cave Concerts are a series of concerts performed at Hawk Hill Tunnel. The tunnel is located in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA), part of the Marin Headlands, on a bluff overlooking the Golden Gate, with breath-taking views of San Francisco and the pacific ocean. The Tunnel was designed during World War II as the future home of guns. The earthworks that crown the unfinished fortifications now serve as the site of wildlife observation and annual bird counts. The Tunnel itself offers incredible resonance and is sealed off on one end by the event crew and transformed into a Cave. This event is made possible with permits through GGNRA. “You will enter a resonant chamber of suspended time & space, becoming the sound itself.”

COMMUNITY PROGRAM

The events, workshops, and artist residencies of our Community Program advance the Samavesha mission by bringing art into the lives of a diverse public. The program is sited at schools, camps, health care facilities, community centers, parks, hospitals and festivals – engaging the public with an array of Samavesha artists and collaborators.

Past, ongoing, and future projects include the annual Create-With-Nature Earth Day Celebration at Stinson Beach; the Art in Nature Festival; a series of Rock Balancing Gathering, and San Francisco Bay Area Park events; concerts, workshops, and interactive activities in public and private schools, camps, hospices, and hospitals; plus multi-disciplinary performances for festival and fairs. We love to work with and for diverse communities.

ART IN NATURE WALKS
 

Coming up soon…

ROSE LABYRINTH SERIES

The Rose Labyrinth Series is held at a beautiful and sonic wooden room that is home to a sacred labyrinth. In this exceptional space, called Rose Labyrinth and located in Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto, Samavesha hosts concerts, dance productions, and various workshop by a vast array of talented local and international artists. Rose Labyrinth Series is also a perfect occasion to have a nice dinner in the Berkeley Gourmet Ghetto and thEn enjoy a show.

Rose Labyrinth – 2138 Cedar Street, Berkeley 94708

 (1 mile walk from Downtown Berkeley BART & in the middle of the Gourmet Ghetto!)

Below some past events but please visit the calendar for a more updated version.

PROGRAM 2016

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PROGRAM 2015

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Productions

Samavesha aims to bring people back into their essence through the medium of creativity.

Samavesha aims to produce events in which the boundaries between performer and audience melt away to reveal immersion and deeper connection for all those in attendance.

Focused on building community through creative collective actions, Samavesha produces three big annual projects: the Cave Concert series in the Marin Headlands; the Art in Nature Festival in Redwood Regional Park, Oakland; and, in collaboration with Zach Pine, the Create-With-Nature Earth Day Celebration at Stinson Beach.

In addition, Samavesha produces a Rose Labyrinth concerts series in Berkeley, a Community Program, a Fertile Art Conversation blog, workshops, and various house concerts and site specific performances.

Samavesha engages local and international artists in collaborative and experientially-based events showcasing all forms of artistic expression. Samavesha’s events strengthen our connection with the natural world and each other, and inspire environmental action. Samavesha is dedicated to creating financially accessible, interactive, educational, and fully immersive artistic experiences for the public.

Samavesha unites art, nature, and people.

Mission

Samavesha is a multidisciplinary arts non-profit organization that brings arts programming to communities.


We seek to:

  • make world-class arts accessible to all

  • explore the intersection of traditional art forms with contemporary artistic languages,

  • awaken and express personal creativity,

  • foster collaboration,

  • encourage diverse and resilient communities,

  • connect people with nature,

  • increase awareness of the vital importance of creativity in human lives as an inexhaustible source of meaning, inspiration, and healthy living.

 

History

Based out of the San Francisco Bay Area and founded in 2007 by visionary Sicilian Artistic Director Laura Inserra, Samavesha creates an occasion for both performers and participants to become fully immersed in the nature of art. Often taking place in nature and bridging traditional and contemporary world art forms, our work fosters intercultural dialogue, artistic innovation, connection with nature, and environmental action.

 

Samavesha is the Sanskrit word for ‘divine union’ or ‘immersion into divine consciousness’. This word holds a double meaning: to immerse yourself in and already to be immersed in it. Our productions create an occasion for both performers and audience to immerse themselves in what is being created.

Samavesha believes that experience is best elicited by reaching out through as many sensory gates as possible. In this experientially-based expression of art, we extend the definition of art beyond the usual performing arts, visual arts, and literary arts, to include expressions such as culinary arts, costumes, martial arts, circus arts, crafts, and more. We draw upon a vibrant international network of artists and artisans of all disciplines to bring you unforgettable experiences.

In 2010, Samavesha took over the 501(c)(3) status of the Octave Alliance (aka Green Music Network), merging the two organizations, which first collaborated in 2009 to produce the innovative, multidisciplinary piece HANG Rhapsody as part of the Cave Concert Series. Through this merger, Samavesha inherited a stellar team of board and crew members, who have professional experience in bookkeeping, financial consultation, high-budget project management, executive-level non-profit organizational direction, environmental planning, and stage production management. In 2011 Samavesha completed its first year as a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization. Having produced multiple Cave Concerts and Art In Nature Festivals as the entity Samavesha, the organization has consistently budgeted responsibly and accurately, both before and after full non-profit incorporation.

 

Samavesha also bridges diversity by developing and expressing new artistic languages, with the awareness that art embodies the historical period in which it belongs.

 

As creative beings, each of us possess a creative nature: the powers of exploration and manifestation. Art should not be considered the exclusive domain of artists, but the product of human creativity. Art is the celebration of the beauty of life, as well as the attempt to illuminate the ineffable and we strive to awaken that inspiration in the hearts of everyone involved in our events.

sam·a·vesh·a [sam-Ah-vesh-ah]

noun

1. immersion into divine consciousness, losing duality, divine union

2. a practice, a state of being, (to immerse,) a goal (to be immersed)

3. entering into ones’ true nature

4. a non-profit based out of Oakland, that melting away boundaries between artists and art goers, traditional divisions of class, ethnicity and religion, nature and urban jungle, personhood and community, self and other, antiquity and future, and all conceivable artistic mediums through highly improvisational (r)evolutionary collaborations in caves, redwood forests, homes, labyrinths, and performance venues near you.

5. liberation

Origin: [approximately 1500s – 500s B.C..] Sanskrit

Programs

  • Art in Nature Festival

  • Cave Concerts

  • Rose Labyrinth Series

  • Community Programs

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