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Painting by Jan Sandman 2024


And now...we are moving forward in a way that feels to me as though we have gathered into the core of our beings, something essential, light filled, sustaining, nourishing and real. The heavens showed us something , opened the curtain by closing it and reopening again. No one can really describe what has happened and yet, we all know something did. It is refreshing to be in the presence of a state of being that we cannot place words upon, cannot describe. It calls forward humility in the face of natural wonders.

We live in and with natural wonders. We are natural wonders living amongst each other. What if we could behold each other as such? Behold with wordlessness and reverence the wonder that we all are. And be beheld in such a way. I am holding this possibility like a gentle flame in my heart.


In March, a beautiful gathering of people came together for a Family Constellation workshop. I can describe the nuts and bolts of what happens in these gatherings but I cannot describe the magic, the numinous quality, the ancestral and spiritual threads that are reworked and rewoven and what it feels like for an ancient entanglement to be freed, what it feels like for dry aching heart to be suddenly washed in love. Although I cannot at this moment remember the source, I read a beautiful article about the generosity of being a representative, about how unique it is to truly step into the shoes, the field, the living situation of another human being who is unlike yourself. It creates a physical, emotional and spiritual understanding of a slice of life that one would otherwise not have. It creates understanding, compassion, resonance. It expands us.


I am offering another Family Constellation Workshop on Saturday May 25, 2024 from 1:00-5:00 in Montpelier. RSVP to the Event on my website or contact me directly to either participate as a representative or to present your constellation.



Love in the deep complexity of this time,

Jan



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As February unfolds, morning light, evening light begins working itself into the edges of our days. Still cold, still winter-- but now bright, with the promise of more to come. I have been quite busy with creative undertakings this fall and winter that are coming to completion this spring. To be engaged with Creating on any level, from the most obvious to the most subtle is an affirmation of life itself, a movement of hope and faith, an act of bringing forward that which is new, as yet untested, unfettered by habit or pattern.


Evan Premo, of Scrag Mountain, composed a beautiful piece of music inspired by one of my paintings, Inside the Breath, which will be performed on Friday March 8 in Montpelier and Saturday March 9 in Waitsfield. CLICK HERE for more information.


Filmmaker Andreas John, Composer/Musician Evan Premo, and I have been immersed in creating a film entitled "The Space Between". The film invites the viewer to enter into the mysterious interweaving of three artists working with the unnamable essence of the Creative process. The creation of this film has been indescribably mysterious and surprisingly joyful. It is a treasure to watch the process unfold. The film experience will premiere on March 14 at the Green Mountain Film Festival Gala opening. CLICK HERE to stay up to date with the Green Mountain Film Festival. Once the Gala is announced I will share more information.


At the beginning of February, I hosted a Family Constellation workshop, which was attended by a group of people coming together with open hearts and open attention. We moved deeply complex family challenges with attentive caring and love. In the process, virtual strangers come together and leave connected with tender real bonds and a deep understanding of each other. The Family Constellation work never ceases to amaze me. Each participant receives on profound levels. It doesn't matter if you have participated many times or if it is your first time, you will leave changed by the work.


I am offering another Family Constellation workshop on Saturday March 30 from 1-5 in Montpelier. Please email me or text me to register or if you have questions. Here is the link to the event.




Wishing you all joy as the Light continues to return.

Breathing in the Light,

Jan




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As this year draws to a close, I am filled with gratitude, waves and waves of love and a deep tenderness of heart. I, as many of you, have witnessed and experienced oceanic experiences this year . Over and over, I am surprised by actions of Humanity, actions of Nature, actions of Grace. What I find is that the steadiness required to navigate the unfolding of life before me, on all levels, personal, collective, universal,

continues to send me deeper into the realm of faith, trust and love. There is nowhere else to go that is adequate to comprehensively address the complexity of Life around us.

When my daughter was born, over 30 years ago, and I was leaning in to what it meant to be a Mother, I remember the intensity of it showed me how to become deeply grounded, to grow unshakable roots as I simultaneously remained in the Web of the Heavens. It was a spiritual training like no other.

Now I find myself in a comparable but greatly expanded place. To remain steadfast and clear, grounded and in the Web of the Heavens as Woman and Mother to the currents of change as Humanity's Heart and Consciousness, Nature, the Earth herself and the Cosmos unfold the dance that is before us.

Love, Faith and Trust in the deepest sense continues to be the answer for me. I have been working so deeply with Harmony. Harmony in relationships, Harmony in all levels of my work, literal Harmony, conceptual Harmony, mystical Harmony. Last week, the phrase, Harmony Beyond Boundaries, drifted into me. The idea, prayer and reality that harmonics, which are without boundaries, are a path forward addressing everything is guiding me. I am following this path.

I am offering a Family Constellation workshop on Saturday February 3. in Montpelier. The details will be sent out in a few days. In the meantime, I wish you all Beauty in the depth of this magnificent season.

I wish you Harmony Beyond Boundaries.


With Love,

Jan

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