Hopewell Theater is proud to continue our “Art of Living Well” series which features inspiring films, speakers, and interactive discussions that explore ways of cultivating serenity, meaning and a deeper connection to one’s self and the world. We’re particularly excited about our upcoming slate of spring events! Some of the highlights include post film discussions with guests like expert yoga instructor Rama Ramanathan after a March 19th screening of Awake: The Life of Yogananda, presented in partnership with the Princeton Center for Yoga and Health. Musician and spiritual healer Suzin Green will lead a post-film discussion after Mantra: Sounds into Silence on May 14. A special interactive concert by Sri Shyamji Bhatnagar – a master of naada (sacred sound) and the founder of Microchakra Psychology – on April 27 is not to be missed. There’s something for everyone at HT and The Art of Living Well series is here to help you dive deeper and explore our relationship to the world at large.
Art of Living Well: Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf
Tuesday, March 5th 2019
FIVE SEASONS: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf, immerses viewers in Oudolf’s work and takes us inside his creative process, from his beautifully abstract sketches, to theories on beauty, to the ecological implications of his ideas.
Tuesday, March 19th – 7:00 PM
Rama Ramanathan will introduce the film and lead a post-film discussion after the film.
Filmed over three years with the participation of 30 countries around the world, this documentary examines the life of Paramahansa Yogananda, the world of yoga, and explores why millions today have turned their attention inwards, bucking the limitations of the material world in pursuit of self-realization. Co-present with the Princeton Center for Yoga and Health.
Art of Living Well: The Gardener
Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019
The Gardener is a documentary reflecting on the meaning of gardening and its impact on our lives.Shortly before his passing at the age of 86, influential gardener and horticulturist Frank Cabot recounts his personal quest for perfection at Les Quatre Vents, his 20 acres English style garden and summer estate.
Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees
Tuesday, April 16th, 2019
‘Call Of The Forest – The Forgotten Wisdom Of Trees’ is a documentary featuring scientist and acclaimed author Diana Beresford-Kroeger. The film follows Diana as she investigates our profound biological and spiritual connection to forests. Her global journey explores the science, folklore, and restoration challenges of this essential ecosystem.
Saturday, April 27th – 8:00 PM
This concert offers us a rare opportunity to experience authentic, traditional mantra chanting by a world-renowned master of naada yoga, the yoga of sound, as a vehicle of spiritual attainment and as a healing art. Sri Shyamji will play the tambura and chant mantras especially designed to create soorya akaasha, a spacious state of deep peace and contentment. Soorya akasha opens the mind and heart to profound meditative states.
Tuesday, April 30th – 7:00 PM
In the politically fraught climate of Chicago in 1968, two young nuns crisscross the city in order to ask strangers the question, “Are you happy?” The answers vary: “Happiness is the absence of fear,” “Avoiding people,” “Raspberries,” “Joy in knowing Christ.” \The humor and sadness of these honest encounters lift the film beyond its conceit into a serious and moving inquiry into contemporary society and the circumstances under which people examine their lives.
Tuesday, May 14th – 7:00 PM
Suzin Green will introduce the film and lead a post-film discussion after the film.
This feature-length documentary charts the history, expansion and effect of the new music and social phenomenon of chanting. It focuses on the everyday people who are finding healing and a sense of inner peace by singing mantras together with others just like them. It’s a film about people reconnecting with their true selves and finding meaning in their lives.
Tuesday, May 28th – 7:00 PM
Featuring no conventional narrative, Baraka presents footage of people, places and things from around the world. From chaotic cities to barren wilderness, the movie takes viewers around the globe to witness a variety of spectacles in both natural and technological realms.