Exhibitions and paintings/Photos
Trina Brammah- painter.
My heart resides in the Amazonian jungle of Peru, where i began my education of understanding and communing within the natural environment. My paintings are the integration of my experience, education and healing through art.
While living in Peru I have discovered the power and healing energy in all living things.... in the Earth, rivers, plants and mountains; the realization that there is healing properties in the actual materials used in creating art. The colors i paint with are all natural pigments found in the jungles and mountains of Peru. Earth/clay and minerals collected from the Sacred Valley, Cuzco and plants, trees and stones found here in the jungle.
Daniel Lerner-Events Coordinator
work in progress
Artist Ucayalino of Pucallpa, LuisTamani
Luis Tamani is visiting Sachaqa to share his art with us. His childhood in the Peruvian Amazon allowed him to develop a sensitivity and a keen perception of nature. He attended school in Pucallpa Eduardo Meza Saravia for 5 years where he has had a purely academic training. He began his artistic career with surrealism and the end of his studies was very familiar with the abstract. His relationship with nature and its treasures are the source of inspiration that allows you to follow the visionary art that characterizes it now.
The presence of a painter competent at using color, shapes, depth and textures is, for us, a chance to learn skills often ignored in art schools in the UK, through various workshops students will learn how to form and realize portraits and landscapes, LuisTamani wants to convey his knowledge and help us develop a complete technique.
If you are Interested in working with Luis please contact,
Georgia Matthey from Austalia - Painter
Time to think and be inspired. Applying my knowlegde with new and traditional ideas and methods. Creating artworks that has lead me into a new realm of thought process and inspiration. Sachaqa Arts Center offered me the opportunities to expand, open and create but also ground my thoughts and artistic manner.
Unforgettable beauty and peace.
Exhibition, San Roque 'Pulse'
Dagmar Binder from Berlin- Textiles
I've enjoyed my stay at SACHAQA very much and wish I could have spent more time there!
The peaceful, relaxing atmosphere in the village gives you the precious opportunity of calming down your mind from city life and daily buisness, take a time off from constant presence of phone and internet (although you can have it if you need).
Living closed to nature, makes you more concious about how little we really need in life, the beauty, richness and wisdom of Mother Earth, appreciate simple life and the real taste of fresh fruit and veggies right from the villager's gardens.
Sachaqa supplies a great chance to get inspired by the diversity of nature and local life, arts and crafts and share your experience with friendly, helpful people and fellow artists.
As a feltmaker, I'm mostly working with wool and created some objects and "amazonian shields", incorporating different aspects of nature.
The river (and local pottery tradition) gave me the idea of combining different materials in my installation "de hoy en adelante..." (from now on), which refers to the vital importance of water (or just might be a subject of meditation in general).
A series of felted bowls show a cracked structure on their insides, like dry earth, with a continuous meandering line and river stones floating above each of them. The situation is still open, if these stones would be on our plates in the future or not. It depends which way we would chose to go, from today on.
Dagmar's exhibition, link below, Regan.
Regan O'Callaghan-Mixed media from New Zealand
I am an artist originally from New Zealand who now lives in London. I applied to Sachaqa for 2 main reasons. The first was I wanted to spend time and be inspired by the Amazon and from this experience to see how my art practice developed. The second was to explore and work with natural materials from the area. Both of my aims were realised! My time at Sachaqa as well as being an incredibly creative time was also a period of reflection and inner development. You can't not be inspired the trees, rivers, sky, animals, birds and plants. I also met great people and made lovely friends! With regards natural materials I worked with and learnt a lot about pigments collected from the river and plant dyes and clay and weaving with palm which culminated in an art installation (another aim of mine). Overall I had an amazing experience at Sachaqa and would recommend it to people who wish to grow creatively and be challenged and inspired.
Exhibition, San Roque'Paseo De Arte' Exhibition, Tarapoto 'Senales Amazonicas'
Regan's website and a short written piece about his journey to Sachaqa,
Aguaje - Fire in the Belly" Installation, Sachaqa
Hannina Ramsay- Jewelry designer from England
Living in the san Martin district of Peru was a truly unique and beautiful experience. I learnt so much about the culture and the indigenous peoples’ way of life. The strong connections with nature, natural medicines and the crafts that lamistas and chasutians make were all very inspiring to me. Learning not just about the culture but the way in which they make ceramics and materials will no doubt remain an influence on my own work. A place where I had time to think, reflect, and take natural showers in the nearby waterfall, bought an inner peace to me. I would say that San roque is a truly special place. I hope to go back there one day and visit Trina’s new amazing project.
Thida Leiper-Painter and photographer from Cambodia
In a way, I felt that San Roque brought me back to my roots, to a place where I could be free to create and be able to hear my own voice again. I had spent years living in a city trying to get back into painting and photography, and was thrilled to find out about an affordable eco art residency in the jungle while I was traveling through South America. But to be honest, I arrived to Sachaqa with very little understanding of how art and the environment connected. I also had no clue of what people meant by things having energy, I thought perhaps this was a language that I would never understand. But with each day that passed painting in that quiet studio, and through every jump in the river, every friendship that developed and through deeper understanding of what life in a jungle village is, I came to my own understanding of what 'energy' means and how it moves you. I will always be very grateful to everything that Sachaqa is and will be, as it continues to grow through Trina, her family, the residents of San Roque, and visiting artists. Thank you all for believing in me and my art, your power and positive messages have changed me greatly. I would highly recommend Sachaqa to anyone looking for a unique experience, especially to those who are seeking to recharge their creative energy, however you interpret it to be.
Much love to Sachaqa and San Roque! Another home to return to someday!
Some amazing photography of Thida's stay and her Exhibition, Photos
SAMANTHA TAYLOR AND SUZANNE HUTTON From England
Spending time at Sachaqa Centro De Arte and our experiences in San Roque de Cumbaza, Tarapoto, Chazuta and Lamas has allowed us to take a fresh approach to our art making, giving us time and space to learn to just relax and not force creativity! Being away from anything familiar really made you think about yourself as a person, who you are and who you want to be- something we didn’t expect! The peaceful and undisturbed surroundings are AMAZING and the way Trina and Daniel have set up the centre in a very relaxed and informal manner means you are free to work as and when you please. We were so inspired by the beauty of the place as well as the sounds and movement from the river, weather, trees and wildlife. There was thunder and lightning like we’d never experienced before, frogs as loud as horns, the biggest cockroaches ever, an orchestra of nature every night and the most beautiful coffee, pineapple and chocolate we’ve ever tasted!
We came to Sachaqa as part of our project Transporter specifically to work with Trina and Daniel and their centre. Daniel gave us amazing support, was our personal translator (!) and helped us to sample the real culture of Peru by working with local artisans and meeting other creative people. Trina was very inspirational to spend time with and allowed us to see and understand different ideas on life - being able to bring up a baby in the jungle really made us think about what is possible in life if you put your mind to it! Trina gave us lots of advice and we are pleased she had the vision of Sachaqa and we were able to be a part of it!!
We also had an amazing time getting to know other artists in residence, Lena and Jaime who opened our eyes to new ideas, belief systems and how free you can be if you want to be! We also got the chance to deliver an event in Lamas called ´LAMAS SIN FRONTERAS' where we brought traditional and modern art and crafts together for the first time in Lamas Plaza and had a beautiful time.
Our next stop on the Transporter journey is to Berlin in September 2012 where we will be artists in residence in Kunst-Stoffe an organisation that looks at the creative re-examination and re-use of recycled materials. While we are there we will make work inspired by our travels so far and immerse ourselves in their culture.
Here are some web links to the Transporter blog and flickr account where we are collating our research and images as a Knowledge Bank to share with others.
Supported by the British Arts Council
Lindsay Seligman from California-Painter,Dancer,Designer.
Reconnect with the earth, collect her gifts, create your own art from her rivers and plants, see the faces of people with souls as old as the Amazon, learn their ancient knowledge of arts, clay, paper, dance and the mysteries of medicine from the jungles wealth, swim in the river, build an earthen house, teach the children, let the children teach you, learn from the plants, connect back to the mother earth you may have lost…she has been waiting for you.
Trina’s art center is a transformative place that offers anyone, artist or not, a place to reach creative potential in any form. I stayed here four months and was changed in ways I will never know. Trina is a truly generous teacher who will do all she can to share her knowledge of creating mineral paints from the earth and give you a space to truly dive into your creativity. In the nearby artisan and historical town of Lamas you have opportunities to exhibit and sell your work. I had an art exhibition here with a well-known local artist and it was the privilege of a lifetime. She now is completing a fully sustainable building in the middle of nature, with monkey’s swinging by in trees, birds, flowers, rain, sun, rivers and peace. There are endless opportunities here to learn to live in harmony with nature, farming, composting, and natural building. There are endless opportunities to be creative. The village is a loving and open place where your dreams are theirs.
Blog about my trip http://sweetgreendreams.blogspot.com/
Lena Huber from Switzerland-Photographer,Painter,writer.
If you realize..
..how many ideas and understandings are born through the silence
..that a honest smile is worth more than all the spoken words
..that its time to crush the stones, take the brush in your hand and choose color
..that life is a present and you try to live in the, this, present
..that you realize that pain and suffering is part of life, like a birth.
That ..there is no light without dark.
If you wanna..
..listen to the river, feel the warm stone under your ass, look at the stars, look in the past and ..feel so small, feel so human
..get empty, if you wanna get full
..heal your addiction of humans who give you a good feeling and confront you with the worth you give or don’t give yourself.. and be alone, alone with nothing and alone with everything
..lie under the mosquito net, fly a little in your own big small world, listen to the horse on the other side of the wall eating the grass, feel home and say goodnight
..If you get lost in the clouds because there is no translation
..feel like in a warm, deep breathing womb
..see little chickens growing because they walk everyday around and say hello
..hear the sound of the Amazonas
..smell this indescribable smell when it rains on the warm earth and feel the nature, feel part of it
..drink amazing coffee and be here, here where it grows
..play all day long with beautiful children and never lose fascination in their creative way of life and their crazy and so funny world
..wake up with the sunrise
..fall in love with all this baby’s and children and mamas and papas and dogs and cats..
..feel so home and so restless in the same time..
Or if you just wanna hang out with cool people and drink a beer from the store on a sunny Sunday afternoon
.. then come here. And be here.
And let me finish my little comment with a picture, a metaphor, how describe.. what ever it means for you..or what it is about for me:
“Somewhere in the hindukush
lives the greatest poet
Scribbling signs in the dust
And we will never know it..”
Thanks for the peaceful time and some magical moments *
Angie Tieger from Wales-Painter
It was my 70th year and I have some difficulty in walking but I felt very welcomed by Trina, when she said I could go and stay at her residency. The village is beautiful, two public squares,a few little shops and a nearby river where everyone could swim, especially the kids.
I was allowed to make my “nest” up in the air in the most romantic bedroom I have ever stayed in, where I slept and painted for two months,looking out into the Jungle. I would paint in the mornings and after lunch, walk through the village down to the river, where I would read and watch the butterflies for hours and listen to the amazing tropical sounds.
I would recommend going to stay with Trina whether you are 17 or 70.
Mike Sprout from England-Painter
Peru changed my life, and the good stuff really started to happen when I got to San Roque. Beautiful forest, peace, noises, brushes, and a river to swim in every morning. Jungle on mountains is stunning. I had everything I needed and started painting the day I arrived, or maybe the day after? Trina and PJ were so good to me, a big sister and big brother to me, whether they like the idea or not. The month or so I was there was important in every part of my life. I owe all the San Roqueians a lot. There’s a waterfall we walked to, it blew my mind. I learnt a lot, lots of beginnings of things. I’m almost crying at the thought that I could easily have never bumped into an Irishman in a café in Tarapoto who told me about an art centre, which changed the shape of my South America trip, and changed the shapes in my life and my art.
Trina is inspired, and Peru is where you should be.
Courtney Walters from the States-Writer,Painter.
I left the States to continue on a journey of self exploration. A friend told me about the community in San Roque and a painting Britsh Bird with a quiant and inspiring art studio. I rented a room near the studio and fell in love with the resident hen and her vision.
Traditionally, I have expressed myself with words and stories. I brought with me a sketch book and pencils I had been drawing with over the preceeding year. I never shared my sketches and kept the book a tight secret. Time with Trina, surrounded by her art, knowledge, and vision opened me up. She set me up with a canvas and brushes, and I was on my way. She offered technical advice and inspiration where needed. I was quickly hooked on this new painting thing, manipulating color and shape to express myself without words. I felt the passion and power of the brush and colors it revealed. I felt invigorated creating my first two paintings. I healed on the river, and thanks to the Art Center in front of the easel, revealing myseteries that continue to unfold.
Thanks Trina and everyone at the Art Center, for playing a role in the opening of parts of myself which have provided unimagined strengths.
Caroline Flynn, New York- Painter and Cook.
I came to Peru with my boyfriend, with no real path, just an open mind and an eagerness to break free from the rigid city life. We originally came to San Roque to WWOOF, but soon realized that our mission there was much deeper. We had planned on staying for two weeks, then moving quietly on our way. However, a deeper voice held us there - unsure of what it was, we trusted and embraced it. A month later we were still there, shacked up in a quaint bungalow on the river, with new family and two easels in the Sachaqa Art Center.
Trina and Daniel encouraged us both to stay and explore ourselves deeper, and in turn we produced two beautiful paintings that now hang proudly in our quaint Brooklyn home.
I did a lot of healing, growing and learning here with the guidance of Trina. Her knowledge is endless and her inspiration runs deep, and with that she has created a true sanctuary. Thank you Trina for helping me unlock a deeper passion within that I had been stifling for too long. All of my love! See you
Visitors of the Pisac Art Center/before Sachaqa
Shyloh from Canada-Writer, musician.
I dont know really what to say..because, where you are going to live is different from Pisac of course...you know what I mean? I cant really feel how the new and improved art center will be or how the environment is. But the initmateness and the sharing and the ability to grow within ourselves and further our creative mind was a nice atmosphere...the place of course of was amazing and deepend our own knowledge of ourselves, externally and internally. I dont know I could write about the apus and such..but you wont be there!!
IF I can help though with anything let me know!
Amy Rorke from Australia- Photographer.
The Pisac Art Centre will always hold a special place in my heart. The times I spent there were an incredible mixture of happiness, relaxation, healing and learning. For me it was the retreat from the busy Cusco centre - somewhere I could feel the breeze sweeping across the mountains, the sunshine on my skin and at night... the entire universe mirroring the gurgling Urubamba river. Trina is an amazing host - open and vibrant and accepting of what is. She is a delight to spend time with and quite often has a refreshing take on things that I find inspiring and interesting. I highly recommend a stay at the centre and can't wait to get back there again.
Anthony May from Oregon- Painter, Sculptor.
there is so much i could say about Peru. when i came back to the u.s. i felt everchanged. my experience there was like some mystical transport into a old way by which life is supposed to be about. i felt at home which was strange because it was somewhere i have never been before. the other artists there at the center were some of the most inspiring and real people i have met on any of my travels. between skirting cliffsides, walking on ancient incan trails and participating in indigenous rituals, i was still able to find time to sketch, paint and take photographs. i feel fortunate to have experienced what peruvian culture is like and through the perspective of what the center offered, i was able to be live and breathe the culture. i will never forget my journey and i will be visiting soon again.
Jarah Tree from the world- Painter, Musician.
meeting the people at el molle was like stepping into an open family for me ,,, a beautiful and diverse mixture of creative beings ,,, sharing their passion for art in a really simple and hands on way ,,, I am a dedicated artist so i needed the real thing .. or it wasnt gonna "work " for me ,,, no sooner had I arrived and there was an easel in front of me , some space , music , smiles around me !,,,, and the canvas I had been working on from the previous month ,,,was evolving in right in front of me !! ye ! ,,, thankyou Trina ! for " holding space " ill see you in the amazonas !! ,,,,,,,,,, Jarahtree ,,,,,,, xxx ,,,,,,, by the way the piece I was working on is called " el milagro " ( the miracle ! ) check it out on my web site ... www.jarahtree.com,,,,,,
Jay Kravitz from San Francisco- sculptor.
Tides have swept me back into the artist life here in the San Francisco bay area to build community, but my heart remains in Peru with the gifted and loving people of the Pisac Arts Center. I literally walked up to the gates and was instantly welcomed into the arms of the sweetest people I have had the privilege of knowing. I instantly felt at home. In fact, I was so impressed that I decided to stay through Winter Solstice and Christmas - sharing gatherings and feasts. The Center is a beautiful place that etched visions of family and creativity into my life forever. Thank you Trina, Daniel, Eroca, PJ, Jen, Teddy, Inai and Bosci for enriching my life in ways I only dreamed of.
Maartje De Volder from Holland- Writer.
The art center gave me an opening last year and a new artist was born! Living in an inspirational environment among artist and Peruvians made me turn inwards working with anything potentially creative. This worldspread artistic family inspires me still!'
Jen Rodwell from hawaii- Dancer.
I think Trina created a really special art center and community of artists and non-artists alike in the Sacred valley of Peru. For me it was a community that was well grounded and respectful of the individual, while connected and communal as a group. I loved the community breakfasts to start the day and then wandering off as each chose. I think her dedication to Panchamama, her visionary perspective, her special Bradford personality, her openhearted and open mindedness allowed for a unique community to manifest. With her heart and her integrity there is only more and better to come.....