Garnering degrees from Yale University and San Francisco Art Institute, Betsy McCall brings her experience as a visual artist, social sculptor, internationally ranked synchronized swimmer, and co-founder of the Art Monastery Project in Italy to inform her retreat-hosting. Investigating the relationships among contemplative practice, studio practice, and other kinds of practice (such as swim practice), her work explores breath, repetition, and pattern. Betsy’s visual artwork—which takes the form of meditative “breath portraits,” large-scale pattern-based drawings, and animated mandala abstract videos—has been exhibited from San Francisco and New York to Amsterdam and Rome.
In 2008, Betsy founded the Art Monastery Project, an international arts organization dedicated to applying the collaborative and intentional “social sculpture” of monastic life to art-making and creativity. In 2012, she co-founded the International Partnership for Transformative Learning. Betsy published a book, Hosting Transformation: Stories from the Edge of Changemaking in 2013, and a workbook, Live Your Dream: Start Here. Start Now! in 2017.
Betsy currently splits her time between Green Gulch Farm and the Art Monastery’s US location in Springfield, Vermont.