About Anarchic Sanctuary
The poetry of creation

Our goal is the formation of a loose confederacy of human beings desiring to share creative space, create art, share ideas with a sense of soul—and by doing so, resist a diminution of value—experienced in the morass of failed mythologies, promotion of self-interest, celebrity, greed, and outrage for its own sake.

What is an anarchic sanctuary? Simply put, a sense of shared space among confederates sensed as expansive, trustworthy, poetic, artistic. Anarchy is taken in a positive sense as non-coercive and anti-authoritarian.

Constructions of anarchic sanctuaries arise in forms unique to their membership and are ephemeral—an anarchic sanctuary evolves and disintegrates, its members re-integrating with the larger world. In this way, it is our goal to lay pathways that become the future; an intentional hack of the future.

When an anarchic sanctuary is born as a shared artwork between lovers, collaborators, friends, social boundaries melt, and creation becomes both actual and virtual—worlds blend and dance. What results is enriching presence. We feel this is a sane and humane basis for community.

We would like to make a distinction between worldly facts, objectivity, and the poetry of creation. We need to be aware and continue asking: what are we allowing to be? And to wonder what a more open society would be like—a more poetic world. We want to show how the world can be deconstructed and also put together. Not as “my” truth but as explorative, poetic truth—which is a nuanced space—intangible yet longed for—the space of creative mind and heart.

Virtual interactivity offers new creative possibilities for physically dispersed and diverse communities. Anarchic Sanctuary wishes to become a shining star, radiant, healing and enriching—yet just one among a multitude.

We believe that open conceptual frames can be made vibrant and relevant. How else can we learn to be free, again and again?

The secret is often what’s in our hearts—those spaces and horizons, landscapes that escape elucidation; familiar yet ever-mysterious—in this way to participate in the alien, the exotic becoming familiar, as a practice: the establishment of a ritual architecture or mandalic precinct as sacred ground in which to work.

Landscapes of sanctuary can present themselves in a multitude of forms, and we may find our authentic selves within these spaces. To enter and explore requires attendance upon psyche, “making the darkness conscious”: an attendance to mystery, a deepening of psychological distance between meaning and unknowing.

This is the call that has arisen.



Richard Gilbert