The Watermill Center Announces

Spring Series of Wellness Workshops


WATER MILL, NY (February 16, 2023) – The Watermill Center, an interdisciplinary laboratory for the arts and humanities located in Water Mill, NY, announced its upcoming schedule of wellness workshops and guided meditations as part of their Healing Arts program that launched last year. The series, previewed in January with a Slow Art workshop led by artist Stephanie Joyce, features a roster of East End artists and wellness practitioners guiding participants through a variety of exercises and experiences amongst The Watermill Center’s collection of ancient and contemporary art.

The next in the Healing Arts series is an open-level flow class with East End yoga instructor and artist Sylvia Channing on Saturday, February 25, 2023. Channing will guide participants through the five yogic self-care principles to enliven the breath and relax the body. The series continues on April 1, 2023, with shamanic healer Mikki Baloy leading a guided meditation to tap into one’s inner creative muse, and concludes on May 06, 2023, with a moving meditation and sensory journey led by artist and healer Angela Stephan.

“Healing Arts is one of our newer programs, and we are excited to share this approach to art and wellness with the community,” states The Watermill Center Director, Elka Rifkin. “Our Artists-in-Residence come from across the globe to experience the peace and tranquility of creating art amidst the natural setting the East End offers, and it is a pleasure to be able to invite our neighbors to experience the transformative power of art first-hand.”

Healing Arts @ The Watermill Center is a series of workshops and guided meditations offering the public the chance to explore the intersection of art and wellness. Through hands-on activities with a rotating roster of artists, the local community is invited to explore the healing power of art in a communal and experimental setting. In the tradition of “Slow Art,” Healing Arts encourages participants to take a meditative approach to engaging with art, cultivating an intentional state of mind, and gaining new insights and perspectives through a shared experience.

Sylvia Channing is a yoga instructor and artist from South Fork, currently based in the Hudson Valley. Her training is primarily in Iyengar, Jivamukti, and Ashtanga vinyasa methods, and she has trained with teachers Colleen Saidman Yee and Rodney Yee for 20 years in Sag Harbor. Sylvia has taught at numerous studios on the East End, in NYC, and in Jose Ignacio, Uruguay, and she is soon to open her multidisciplinary studio in Beacon, New York. While her approach is rooted in traditional asana practices, Sylvia’s classes are dynamic, easy to follow, and fun, and her cues are equal parts physical alignment and metaphor. Sylvia draws from nature, personal experience, and inspiration from mentors and friends to design her classes, and she’ll rarely teach the same sequence twice. Her goal is to make her class a container for each student’s unique exploration of their body and breath.

Mikki Baloy has been practicing shamanic healing for over a decade and has studied with shamans, ritual keepers, and mystics worldwide. Mikki offers private healing sessions, rites of passage, weddings, retreats, and workshop experiences. Her approach fuses ancestral traditions with yoga, Buddhism, and almost four decades of creative training as a performer, writer, and musician. She is the author of two books, an ordained minister of animism, and a certified practitioner of Ancestral Lineage Healing.

Angela Stephan is a healing artist who creates space for inspiring, transformational experiences to honor life as sacred artistry: a journey of being and becoming the sole architects of our unique personal and collective inter-being evolution. Drawing from a palette of many yogic lineages, healing traditions, movement, and sound therapies, she composes creative, poetically meditative offerings to amplify communion with mind, body, spirit, soul, and environment. Her work is infused with over two decades of explorations in a spectrum of holistic modalities, medicinal wisdom, 1000+ hours of yogic studies with master teachers, and participation in indigenous ceremonies around the world, inspiring her mission for bridging ancient and modern healing in contributing to the rising consciousness and wellbeing of the planet. Her passion for natural living, work in holistic and shamanic energy medicine, yoga therapeutics, meditation, and as a rite of passage doula are all in service to help guide, align, and tune the interwoven relationship with ourselves, natural and celestial rhythms for a brighter more sustainable future from the inside out. Angela Stephan is the Founder of Sunbow, a conscious lifestyle collective offering in-person and virtual classes, workshops, retreats, and customized ceremonies to guide us back to our ancient, inherent full spectrum alignment with the universe for these powerful times on earth. She is currently based between NYC and The Hamptons.

Stephanie Joyce is an artist and certified yoga and meditation teacher. She studied at Omega Institute, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and Parmath Niketan, India. Through mindfulness practices, she discovered a new way of being in the world and inner peace. This gave her the desire to share with her community. Joyce has led meditation, yoga, and intuitive painting groups for the Community Mindfulness Project in CT, IB Global Conferences, Columbia University Hospital Integrative Healing Program, The Retreat Center for Domestic Violence, and has designed and led a corporate wellness program for Aksia Research which included meditation, yoga, art, and nutrition. Stephanie Joyce has been a lifelong artist and studied at the Parsons School of Design. Her work has been exhibited throughout the country and in Europe. Her art focuses on creating meditative environments that honor the natural world and enrich the soul.

Healing Arts @ The Watermill Center takes place on select Saturday mornings throughout the year. To register for Healing Arts and more information about The Watermill Center and its upcoming events, visit www.watermillcenter.org.


Founded in 1992 by avant-garde visionary Robert Wilson, The Watermill Center is an interdisciplinary laboratory for the arts and humanities situated on ten acres of Shinnecock ancestral territory on Long Island’s East End. With an emphasis on creativity and collaboration, The Center offers year-round artist residencies and education programs, providing a global community with the time, space, and freedom to create and inspire.

The Watermill Center’s rural campus combines multifunctional studios with ten acres of manicured grounds and gardens, housing a carefully curated art collection, expansive research library, and archives illustrating the life and work of Artistic Director, Robert Wilson. The Center’s facilities enable Artists-in-Residence to integrate resources from the humanities and research from the sciences into contemporary artistic practice. Through year-round public programs, The Watermill Center demystifies the artistic process by facilitating unique insight into the creative process of a rotating roster of national and international artists.

The Watermill Center’s programs are made possible by awards from Arison Arts Foundation, Brown Foundation, Cowles Charitable Trust, Cox Foundation, Earle I. Mack Foundation, David Hockney Inc., Donald A. Pels Charitable Trust, Dr. Lee MacCormick Edwards Charitable Foundation, Fondation Musée Barbier-Mueller, Fondazione Carla Fendi, GRoW @ Annenberg, JAF Foundation, Jerome Robbins Foundation, Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation, The LLWW Foundation, Maria Bacardi Artist Scholarship, mediaThe foundation inc., National Endowment for the Arts, The New York State Council on the Arts, NYSCA/TDF TAP Plus, Paula Cooper, Inc., The Robert W. Wilson Charitable Trust, May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Joseph and Sylvia Slifka Foundation, The Suffolk County Office of Economic Development, The Suffolk County Office of Film and Cultural Affairs, Town of Southampton, Trust for Mutual Understanding, Vos Family Foundation, and National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, Inc (YoungArts).


The Watermill Center is the principal operation of the Byrd Hoffman Water Mill Foundation,

a US 501(c)3 organization incorporated in the state of New York.


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