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Welcome to the Schedule Planner for the seventh Interfusion Festival occurring on January 13-17, 2022 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA. At this time schedule sign-ups are not required for participation and serve as a tool to help you plan your experience. For more festival guidance please see the 2022 Welcome Package at: www.interfusionfestival.com/welcome-package

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Saturday, January 15 • 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Conscious Conversations: On Chemistry & Connection

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The thrill of the spark. The world fades and there is just you and that other person. But then the moment ends, and back in reality, we are left wondering: Was that a meaningful connection, or just a fleeting chemical romance? After extended periods of isolation (such as a pandemic), understanding our own social and romantic needs and how to consciously meet them is more important than ever. In artistic practices where accelerated intimacy and heavy oxytocin and dopamine doses are the norm, deciphering true intention and potential for authentic or lasting connection becomes particularly challenging. In this participatory group discussion, we delve into our experiences with romance and relationships, and how we can healthfully approach and navigate feelings and conversations with others both in and beyond our communities of practice.

About Conscious Conversations

Conscious Conversations is a series of participatory group discussions to explore important topics to the community including relationships, resilience, identity, spirituality, grief and healing. With facilitation from a moderator and selected artists, participants will create a supportive space for intimate discussions grounded in appreciation of and curiosity about our shared human experiences. We will practice self-expression and holding space for others, to both listen and be heard. This social practice builds from individual reflection to community connection, inspiring experiences of acceptance, awareness, and transformation.

Artists
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Rue Payne

Sacred relationship has always been at the center of Rue's ministry. Co-parented by two spiritual leaders, Rue is a native to the interconnection of music, touch, and energy, and their powerful influence on the human experience. While earning her bachelors in journalism and public... Read More →


Saturday January 15, 2022 5:00pm - 6:30pm EST
Studio 8