On July 31, 2017, some of the Artmonks were interviewed on Shhh: The Poopcast (aka Shit and Shame with Shawn) by Shawn Shafner (The Puru). Yes, Shawn is also the director of Bootstraps, the original devised theater piece being incubated by the Summer Lab.
What happens when you take a bunch of artists and put them together in a beautiful house in rural Vermont with a shared schedule dedicated to creativity? The Art Monastery Project. While in-residence at the monastery, Shawn Shafner (The Puru) hosts a roundtable of “Artmonks” at their finest. St. Francis, King Solomon, Buddha and a bunch of Rabbis all appear, alongside bat guano, bugs, and indigenous wisdom. Plus Abbess and co-founder Betsy McCall passes on a blessing to say when peeing on the planet. Core member Raphael Sacks explains why he’s been sprinkling coyote urine on the garden. Voice doula Kaitlin June sings the blessings of our odor-free dry toilet, and chef Emma Wyman pitches in to thank the Muse. Holy shit? You bet your art.
When you’re done listening to the Poopcast,
you can check out this little video Shawn made about the Art Monastery’s compost toilet.
and then check out what Shawn is doing when he’s not in Vermont: The POOP Project.