embodying the Five Elements of East Asian medicine

through movement, meditation, and drawing

Elemental Creativity

yes! movement, meditation, and drawing

Connect with the Five Elements of East Asian Medicine within and around you through embodied movement, meditation, and drawing.

Play with your body wisdom, guided by the elements of Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal.

Deepen your understanding of the principles of mindfulness and apply them, through the lens of the Elements, to channel your creativity.

Align with your innate gifts to fulfill your highest potential, and have fun doing it!

You’ll walk away with

  • a deeper, more personal understanding of the Five Elements
  • a solid experience of mindfulness meditation
  • a wealth of inspiration for your creative practice
  • recordings of the classes & guided meditations

Elemental Creativity

5-class series over the course of 2023

with Suiko McCall, painter, Art Monastery Founder & Abbess

and Jiling Lin, acupuncturist, herbalist, yoga teacher

Retreat leader bios...

Jiling Lin

is a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac), herbalist, and yoga teacher who cultivates thriving health through nature, art, movement, and ritual. Jiling’s integrative medical practice in Ventura, CA nourishes wellness for all people, specializing in sports acupuncture, women’s health, and chronic illness. Her gentle yet powerful acupuncture and herbal treatments center accessible lifestyle medicine solutions for creating profound transformation over time.

Jiling is faculty for the Esalen Institute, Balanced Rock Foundation’s Yoga Teacher Training, and Artemisia Academy’s Herbal Apprenticeship Program. She writes for Mountain Rose Herbs and various publications, runs “Tea Talks with Jiling” on the Herbal Radio podcast, and teaches classes ranging from seasonal wellness to multi-day backpacking adventures.

Jiling broke both wrists in a major mountaineering accident in 2006. Acupuncture, yoga, and herbs helped restore her mobility, stability, flexibility and strength. She’s back in the mountains hiking and backpacking, along with surfing, biking, and climbing. Jiling now supports other injured athletes through recovery, with direct personal experience from her own healing journey.

Jiling holds a B.A. in Art, M.S. in Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine, and is certified as a 500-hour Yoga Teacher, InterPlay Leader, and Morning Altars Practitioner. A first generation Taiwanese-American woman, Jiling bridges eastern and western botanical medicine traditions, wilderness awareness education, expressive arts, and contemplative spiritual practices.

A passionate teacher, clinician, artist, and adventurer, Jiling is devoted to reconnecting humans with the wild beauty of their inner and outer landscapes. By providing the best integrative medicine and experiential education, Jiling helps empower thriving health and environmental stewardship in our bodies, communities, and world.

Suiko Betsy McCall

brings her experience as a competitive synchronized swimmer, professional knitter, and founder of the Art Monastery Project to inform her visual art and her retreat hosting. Garnering degrees from Yale University and San Francisco Art Institute, Suiko’s paintings have been exhibited from San Francisco and New York to Rome and Budapest.

In 2013, she co-authored and illustrated the book, “Hosting Transformation: Stories from the Edge of Changemaking”. In 2017, she authored and illustrated the workbook, “Live Your Dream. Start Here. Start Now.” Her self-empowerment workbook, “Innertopia: Become Who You Are” will be coming out in13 languages in the summer 2023. Her paintings have been published in International Interiors Magazine, Leaping Clear Literary Magazine, Holy Folio, on the cover of Cream City Review and the covers of multiple other books.

She is the Founder and Abbess of the Art Monastery, an arts organization dedicated to cultivating personal awakening and cultural transformation through artmaking, spiritual practice, and reciprocal relationship with the earth. An international arts non-profit, the Art Monastery is one of the founding organizations in the International Partnership for Transformative Learning / Transformation Hosts International (hostingtransformation.eu).

Suiko lived at the Art Monastery in its various locations throughout Italy for seven years and Art Monastery Vermont for five years. She lived at Green Gulch Farm / Green Dragon Zen Temple in California on & off for four years. Suiko now lives on the ancestral land of the Kanaka Maoli, on the Big Island of Hawai’i.

Elemental Creativity

Saturdays 10am-noon PST

February 11, April 29, July 8, September 30, December 9

Elemental Creativity

Over the course of 2023, we will meet 5 times to explore the 5 Elements:

Journey 1: February 11 | EARTH | mindfulness of breath, tracing the breath

Journey 2: April 29 | WOOD | mindfulness of body, tracing sensations

Journey 3: July 8 | FIRE | mindfulness of emotions, channelling emotion into gesture

Journey 4: September 30 | METAL | mindfulness of thinking, pattern-based mark-making

Journey 5: December 9 | WATER | mindfulness of relationships, concentric circles


EARTH | February 11

Lunar New Year Journey

Celebrate Earth! Connect with the Earth Element of Chinese Medicine within and around you through embodied movement, meditation, and drawing. Root down deep, to rise up strong. Bring a journal, sketchbook and pencil. Wear comfy clothes and be prepared to move! 


WOOD | April 29

Spring Equinox Journey

Welcome spring! Move your dreams into reality with the Wood element of Chinese Medicine. Align your visions and actions through embodied movement, meditation, and drawing. Bring a journal, sketchbook and colored pencils. Wear comfy clothes and be prepared to move! 


FIRE | July 8

Summer Solstice Journey

Welcome fiery summer! Connect with the Fire Element of Chinese Medicine within and around you through embodied movement, meditation, and drawing. Play with your body wisdom, embracing your innate gifts to radiate powerfully out into the world. Bring a journal, sketchbook, crayons, markers, and/or watercolors. Wear comfy clothes and be prepared to move! 


METAL | September 30

Autumn Equinox Journey

What are you releasing and welcoming this autumn? Connect with the Metal Element of Chinese Medicine within and around you through embodied movement, meditation, and drawing. Clarify your intentions and boundaries as we nestle into the nourishing yin (陰) seasons. Bring a journal, sketchbook and pens. Wear comfy clothes and be prepared to move! 


WATER | December 9

Winter Solstice Journey

Welcome the dark solace of winter. Connect with the Water Element of Chinese Medicine within and around you  through embodied movement, meditation, and drawing. Swim through your hopes, dreams, and fears to nourish your Jing-Essence (精). Tend to your roots in stillness, within the safe container of our supportive creative community. Bring a journal, sketchbook and watercolors or ink & brush. Wear comfy clothes and be prepared to move!Elemental Creativity

Elemental Creativity

Class Schedule

  • 10-10:20am PST – centering, meet the Element (Jiling)
  • 10:20-10:50am PST- embodiment practice (Jiling)
  • 10:50-11:10am PST – meditation (guided by Suiko)
  • 11:10-11:40am PST – creative practice (Suiko)
  • 11:40-noon PST – Q&A


Sliding Scale

Your donation to the Art Monastery serves as your registration for the class.

Suggested Donations

  • Full Course  $250 / $150 / $75
  • Individual Classes $50 / $35 / $20
Sliding Scale & Donations...
  • $250 full course | $50 individual class PROFESSIONAL RATE  for those living comfortably. The Professional Rate also helps us offer lower prices to those who could not otherwise afford to attend.
  • $150 full course | $35 individual class FULL RATE for those with a regular income, making ends meet. The Full Rate covers the range of operational costs associated with offering this course.
  • $75 full course | $20 individual class SUBSIDIZED RATE for those with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge.

If you identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color, please make a donation of any amount that feels really good to you. If that amount is $0, please just email us so we can add you to the participant list: info@artmonastery.org.


 It is important to us that no one be turned away for lack of funds. 

If this sliding scale doesn’t work for you, please contact us: info@artmonastery.org.

Any questions? Send us an email at info@artmonastery.org!