Copyright © Allison Strickland 2018-2019. All Rights Reserved.

I am an artist, performer, and healer based in Brooklyn, NY. My work focuses on the intersection of creativity, meditation, and spirituality.

My inspiration is drawn from storytellers, nature, dance, contemplative psychology, indigenous wisdoms, emotion, and the beginner's mind.  

Creativity and spirituality have been the bedrock of my life. My very earliest memories are full of theatre, film, painting, dance, creating, being out in nature, and prayer. Due to an extremely supportive mother my artistic abilities were lifted and supported. My spiritual inclinations (although also supported) were largely compartmentalized or kept altogether private. That was what life was for me. I thought I knew how I wanted and needed it all to look. Up until a couple years post moving to New York, I felt surefooted in my artistic pursuits and assumed I would always feel that way. Then creative burn out hit. I realized that not only was I doing a hundred things I hated, to do one thing I loved, but that one thing I loved didn't feel the same. The marriage was stale. My tunnel vision on my goals took me straight into the light of realization that not only did I not know what else I enjoyed outside of the performing, but that I felt tied to it, because if I wasn't that, then who was I? I was certain it wasn't a whole and balanced person. So with deep heartbreak I did what I never thought I'd do, I quit. Not because I couldn't go on, but for the first time I admitted I didn't want to...

I had always leaned on Spirit quietly but the call became louder and louder. I found myself joining women's circles, ceremonies, going to different practitioners trying to figure out what exactly all this was. By sheer happenstance, if there is such thing, I started working for a shaman. I also started painting again at the urging of an elder. The more time I spent exploring each arena, the more I realized it's all connected through the same action. They are each, in their most naked form, communion with Spirit. Couple that with my love for people, what makes us tick, and the innumerable ways in which the Divine shines through us all.

And, incidentally, as they say - when you let go, what's truly yours finds it's way back to you.

EVENTS

2019

New York Times/ Sony ATV - Lead Grounding Meditation

Play On Festival, in collaboration with Classic Stage Company and 

Oregon Shakespeare Festival: https://playonfestival.org/ - New York

2018

Solo Presentation/Charity Dinner - Strength in Spirit - Swanfeather - New York

“And what is it to work with love? It is to weave the cloth with threads drawn from your heart, even as if your beloved were to wear that cloth.

It is to build a house with affection, even as if your beloved were to dwell in that house. It is to sow seeds with tenderness and reap the harvest with joy, even as if your beloved were to eat the fruit.

It is to charge all things you fashion with a breath of your own spirit, And to know that all the blessed dead are standing about you and watching."

-Kahlil Gibran