Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – performance

Donna Henes

Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – performance
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2016

Donna Henes is an internationally acclaimed urban shaman, ceremonialist, eco-artist, author, popular speaker, and workshop leader whose joyful public and private rituals have reached millions of people since 1972. A noted ritual expert, she serves as a ritual consultant to the television and film industry. She is the author of The Queen of Myself, Stepping into Sovereignty in Midlife, Celestially Auspicious Occasions, Moon Watcher’s Companion, and Dressing Our Wounds in Warm Clothes, and has contributed chapters to more than 20 anthologies. Her writing appears on the Huffington Post, Beliefnet, and UPI’s Religion & Spirituality Forum. Mama Donna, as she is affectionately called, maintains a ritual practice and consultancy in exotic Brooklyn, NY, where she works with individuals and institutions to create meaningful ceremonies for every imaginable occasion.



Donna Henes worked in the Wood studio.

Wood Studio, given to the residency program by Mrs. Frederick Trevor Hill, was completed in 1913 in memory of Mrs. Hill’s mother, Helen Ogden Wood. Like Schelling Studio, the building is sided with large, overlapping pieces of hemlock bark. When the studio was renovated in 1995, MacDowell staff researched the origins of this unusual building material and…

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