Betsy McCall, garnering degrees from Yale University and San Francisco Art Institute, brings her experience as a visual artist, social sculptor, competitive synchronized swimmer, and founder of the Art Monastery to inform her retreat-hosting. Betsy’s meditative “breath portraits,” large-scale pattern-based paintings, have been exhibited from San Francisco and New York to Amsterdam and Rome. In 2008 she co-founded the Art Monastery, an international arts organization dedicated to applying the collaborative and intentional “social sculpture” of monastic life to art-making and creativity. For the last decade, Betsy has been facilitating silent meditation retreats aimed at fanning the creative flame, which draw on eastern & western monastic philosophies, shamanic practices, and the exuberance of her own heartfire. In 2013 she co-founded the International Partnership for Transformative Learning and published a book “Hosting Transformation: Stories from the Edge of Changemaking”.
From 2014 to 2018, Betsy split her time between Green Gulch Farm / Green Dragon Zen Temple and Art Monastery Vermont. She currently lives at Art Monastery Vermont full time.