Andō is creating the poetry of Zen
54

patrons

$522
per month

“Silence, the only language I am fluent in.”
— Andō


Welcome to this quiet stream. Lay down your weary head and sunbleached bones and rest a while.

As a Zen poet, living the ancient way of Zen patronage, like Bashō and others, I gratefully invite patronage and welcome donations.

This community of patrons is a place where you can support me and my work through patronage. If you prefer to make a donation, than become a patron at present, then please visit the donate page of my website.

Words from a patron to me:

“Can you know that from my perspective
if you never uttered another word, you
would have already blanketed the world
a thousand times over with enough?
Just one of your poems is enough for all of
us who hear to be nourished for a lifetime.”

Swami Vasudevyananda, Stephanie Squibb (yoga and meditation teacher).


About me.

Zen woman. Poet.

A poet, wandering in the forests and mountains, drifting like clouds, flowing like water.

My Zen name, Andō, means Peaceful Way.

What others say.

“Andō, an amazingly talented and active writer. A woman who spent many years living as a lay forest monk, in deep retreat from the world.

Her works are a meditation, the expression of silence, stillness, the search for inner peace and human relationship with nature.

Andō's works show that a journey of self-discovery can be described with just a few words at a time: and the result can be beautiful and intimate poetry.”

— Marco Alessi, Founder, Naviar Records (publisher of music inspired by haiku and renku).


What I do.


I write and share poetry and writings on the poetics of Zen, including poetry, notes and contemplations.

Inhale the arts of silent reflection, meditation, contemplation, discover the poetics of silence. Hear the silence of forest, stillness of mountain, flow of river, the poetry of the wind.

Become a patron and support the work.



How I live.

A simple life, following the way of the ancients, subsisting on patronage and donations.


This fund.


This Patreon account was founded by donation in February 2017 by my first patron, to support me and to facilitate the publishing and wider sharing of my work.

This focus is the founding of a home and studio for me to live and work from.

Once a home, writing and recording space has been established, I'll launch a Kickstarter fund for the founding of a Zen hermitage with solitary retreat spaces for visiting contemplatives and writers in Europe.


Why patronage?

There's a long history of patronage in poetry. In Ancient Rome, professional poets were sponsored by patrons, wealthy supporters including nobility and military officials. Poets held an important position in pre-Islamic Arabic society, with the poet filling the role of the poet-prophet, supported by the community. Rumi was supported by patrons. In Japan, Baisao exchanged tea and poetry for donations, and Bashō and many other poet monks travelled and wrote under patronage.

Patreon is a contemporary platform for patronage. It's like an ongoing Kickstarter campaign, where you pledge a monthly amount of your choice, in support of what’s being created. You can change or cancel your monthly donation any time you like.

If you value the work I do, the words I share, please consider becoming a patron. It will help me, and you will receive content not available anywhere else.

Your support helps launch projects which include books, audio and video. Help is needed in order to get these projects published and out in the world.

Thank you for reading, welcome to this poetry and peace loving community.

Love,
Andō



“Seeding a thousand forests — a pine cone falls.”
— Andō


Discover more about me, my poetry, writing and other offerings by exploring my website at ando.life, see info on forthcoming books and other publications on the books and publications pages. You can also read interviews with me, the latest interviews are Clouds & Water Flowing at Pure Land Poetry and Points to Moon (radio interview) on The Truth to Power Show for Radio Free Brooklyn.

If you wish to donate directly, rather than here, please visit the donation page of my website.

Any questions, email me.



“Every breath, a prayer on the wind.”
— Andō


Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
$1 or more per month 10 patrons (sold out!)
The work is to create. Not through action, but by honouring the silence. 


To let the silence speak, this is the work.


I engage in silent creation, you are my publisher.


A founding supporter, whether intrigued or just wanting to throw a dollar in my begging bowl, you'll receive notes, as they’re shared here.

Pledge $3 or more per month
$3 or more per month 15 patrons
silent sitting —

birdsong

after the rain


A lover of poetry, you'll receive poems, shared here as they’re written, long before they're published in book form.


Plus all previous rewards.

Pledge $5 or more per month
$5 or more per month 17 patrons
The finest, most sensitive writing tool of all is the spirit, that found at the heart of all beings. The spirit doesn’t have insight, it is insight.


With a passion for silence and meditation, you'll receive inspirations for silence, meditation and contemplation, as they’re written and recorded. (Text, image, audio and occasional video posts.)


Plus all previous rewards.

Pledge $10 or more per month
$10 or more per month 4 patrons
every breath

— a prayer

on the wind


You're a lover of poetry, especially haiku, monoku, fragments and other brief poetic forms.


You'll receive a copy of the ebook first edition of Small Silences, my forthcoming first poetry collection (currently in the editing and publishing phase). Prior to the official release of the completed book. Your name will be listed in the credits of the book.


Plus all previous rewards.

Pledge $15 or more per month
$15 or more per month 7 patrons
A solitary white cloud, walking in the forest alone. Trees softly whisper sutras as I pass through.


For forest lovers and seekers. The Forest is a haiku memoir, in the tradition of Japanese haiku novels. A wandering poet-monk's forest life, stumbling along the path, meeting monks, mystics and masters, mountains, rivers and trees.


You'll receive the first Kindle edition of The Forest: a haiku memoir. Shared in chapters, as it is written, along with out-takes and behind the scenes insights. All prior to the official release date. 


Plus all previous rewards.

Pledge $25 or more per month
$25 or more per month 1 patron
seeding a thousand forests

— a pine cone falls


A lover of silence in all its expressions, your pledge makes it possible to publish the first ebooks and paperbacks of my poetry and writings.


You'll receive the first Kindle edition of Echoes of Silence: poetry and prose on the nature of silence. Shared in chapters, as it is written, along with out-takes and behind the scenes insights. All prior to the official release date. 


Plus all previous rewards.

Pledge $50 or more per month
$50 or more per month 1 patron
A connoisseur of poetry, your pledge makes the creation of the first limited edition handcrafted books possible.


At the end of each year of patronage, besides all the other good things, you will receive a signed limited edition handcrafted book of all my favourite works from the past year.


Plus all previous rewards.

Pledge $100 or more per month
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
A bibliophile, your pledge is the foundation on which our press is built. 


I’ll send you a signed book, plus any new books I publish, as soon as they leave the press. Straight to your door, with a handwritten note and a poem. 


Plus all previous rewards.

Pledge $150 or more per month
$150 or more per month 1 patron
You love tea, silence, and conversation. Maybe you have questions to ask. Maybe I have answers to give. Or silence.


You'll receive a bi-monthly 60 minute personal Skype call with me. We'll share tea, smiles, conversation and silence. We can meditate, or talk, you choose.


Plus all previous rewards.

Pledge $250 or more per month
$250 or more per month 0 patrons
A connoisseur of tea, your pledge buys the best teas, teaware, and utensils, to inspire the best Zen poetry, writings and talks. 


Part of the Zen, Tea & Poetry tour, you're invited to share tea with me, in a forest. Nature will provide the ikebana. With the finest sourced water, I'll brew one of my favourite teas, probably a fine aged Pu'erh, Oolong or Gyokuru. We'll share silence, or conversation. 


Plus all previous rewards.

Goals
$522 of $1,000 per month
A home. With $1000 per month coming in, I'll be able to rent a basic home, with a space to use as a studio.

I lived nomadically for 11 years, and for the past 5 years spent living in tents, huts and hermitages in the forest. It's now time to create a quiet base from which to focus on my writing, and to establish a small press for the distribution of my work in the world.

With essential food and shelter costs covered, I'll be able to focus full time on writing and publishing books and recording patron only podcasts. Yet still I'll wander, because the wandering feeds the source of writing.

I'll publish my first poetry collection, Small Silences.
3 of 6

“Silence, the only language I am fluent in.”
— Andō


Welcome to this quiet stream. Lay down your weary head and sunbleached bones and rest a while.

As a Zen poet, living the ancient way of Zen patronage, like Bashō and others, I gratefully invite patronage and welcome donations.

This community of patrons is a place where you can support me and my work through patronage. If you prefer to make a donation, than become a patron at present, then please visit the donate page of my website.

Words from a patron to me:

“Can you know that from my perspective
if you never uttered another word, you
would have already blanketed the world
a thousand times over with enough?
Just one of your poems is enough for all of
us who hear to be nourished for a lifetime.”

Swami Vasudevyananda, Stephanie Squibb (yoga and meditation teacher).


About me.

Zen woman. Poet.

A poet, wandering in the forests and mountains, drifting like clouds, flowing like water.

My Zen name, Andō, means Peaceful Way.

What others say.

“Andō, an amazingly talented and active writer. A woman who spent many years living as a lay forest monk, in deep retreat from the world.

Her works are a meditation, the expression of silence, stillness, the search for inner peace and human relationship with nature.

Andō's works show that a journey of self-discovery can be described with just a few words at a time: and the result can be beautiful and intimate poetry.”

— Marco Alessi, Founder, Naviar Records (publisher of music inspired by haiku and renku).


What I do.


I write and share poetry and writings on the poetics of Zen, including poetry, notes and contemplations.

Inhale the arts of silent reflection, meditation, contemplation, discover the poetics of silence. Hear the silence of forest, stillness of mountain, flow of river, the poetry of the wind.

Become a patron and support the work.



How I live.

A simple life, following the way of the ancients, subsisting on patronage and donations.


This fund.


This Patreon account was founded by donation in February 2017 by my first patron, to support me and to facilitate the publishing and wider sharing of my work.

This focus is the founding of a home and studio for me to live and work from.

Once a home, writing and recording space has been established, I'll launch a Kickstarter fund for the founding of a Zen hermitage with solitary retreat spaces for visiting contemplatives and writers in Europe.


Why patronage?

There's a long history of patronage in poetry. In Ancient Rome, professional poets were sponsored by patrons, wealthy supporters including nobility and military officials. Poets held an important position in pre-Islamic Arabic society, with the poet filling the role of the poet-prophet, supported by the community. Rumi was supported by patrons. In Japan, Baisao exchanged tea and poetry for donations, and Bashō and many other poet monks travelled and wrote under patronage.

Patreon is a contemporary platform for patronage. It's like an ongoing Kickstarter campaign, where you pledge a monthly amount of your choice, in support of what’s being created. You can change or cancel your monthly donation any time you like.

If you value the work I do, the words I share, please consider becoming a patron. It will help me, and you will receive content not available anywhere else.

Your support helps launch projects which include books, audio and video. Help is needed in order to get these projects published and out in the world.

Thank you for reading, welcome to this poetry and peace loving community.

Love,
Andō



“Seeding a thousand forests — a pine cone falls.”
— Andō


Discover more about me, my poetry, writing and other offerings by exploring my website at ando.life, see info on forthcoming books and other publications on the books and publications pages. You can also read interviews with me, the latest interviews are Clouds & Water Flowing at Pure Land Poetry and Points to Moon (radio interview) on The Truth to Power Show for Radio Free Brooklyn.

If you wish to donate directly, rather than here, please visit the donation page of my website.

Any questions, email me.



“Every breath, a prayer on the wind.”
— Andō


Recent posts by Andō

Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
$1 or more per month 10 patrons (sold out!)
The work is to create. Not through action, but by honouring the silence. 


To let the silence speak, this is the work.


I engage in silent creation, you are my publisher.


A founding supporter, whether intrigued or just wanting to throw a dollar in my begging bowl, you'll receive notes, as they’re shared here.

Pledge $3 or more per month
$3 or more per month 15 patrons
silent sitting —

birdsong

after the rain


A lover of poetry, you'll receive poems, shared here as they’re written, long before they're published in book form.


Plus all previous rewards.

Pledge $5 or more per month
$5 or more per month 17 patrons
The finest, most sensitive writing tool of all is the spirit, that found at the heart of all beings. The spirit doesn’t have insight, it is insight.


With a passion for silence and meditation, you'll receive inspirations for silence, meditation and contemplation, as they’re written and recorded. (Text, image, audio and occasional video posts.)


Plus all previous rewards.

Pledge $10 or more per month
$10 or more per month 4 patrons
every breath

— a prayer

on the wind


You're a lover of poetry, especially haiku, monoku, fragments and other brief poetic forms.


You'll receive a copy of the ebook first edition of Small Silences, my forthcoming first poetry collection (currently in the editing and publishing phase). Prior to the official release of the completed book. Your name will be listed in the credits of the book.


Plus all previous rewards.

Pledge $15 or more per month
$15 or more per month 7 patrons
A solitary white cloud, walking in the forest alone. Trees softly whisper sutras as I pass through.


For forest lovers and seekers. The Forest is a haiku memoir, in the tradition of Japanese haiku novels. A wandering poet-monk's forest life, stumbling along the path, meeting monks, mystics and masters, mountains, rivers and trees.


You'll receive the first Kindle edition of The Forest: a haiku memoir. Shared in chapters, as it is written, along with out-takes and behind the scenes insights. All prior to the official release date. 


Plus all previous rewards.

Pledge $25 or more per month
$25 or more per month 1 patron
seeding a thousand forests

— a pine cone falls


A lover of silence in all its expressions, your pledge makes it possible to publish the first ebooks and paperbacks of my poetry and writings.


You'll receive the first Kindle edition of Echoes of Silence: poetry and prose on the nature of silence. Shared in chapters, as it is written, along with out-takes and behind the scenes insights. All prior to the official release date. 


Plus all previous rewards.

Pledge $50 or more per month
$50 or more per month 1 patron
A connoisseur of poetry, your pledge makes the creation of the first limited edition handcrafted books possible.


At the end of each year of patronage, besides all the other good things, you will receive a signed limited edition handcrafted book of all my favourite works from the past year.


Plus all previous rewards.

Pledge $100 or more per month
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
A bibliophile, your pledge is the foundation on which our press is built. 


I’ll send you a signed book, plus any new books I publish, as soon as they leave the press. Straight to your door, with a handwritten note and a poem. 


Plus all previous rewards.

Pledge $150 or more per month
$150 or more per month 1 patron
You love tea, silence, and conversation. Maybe you have questions to ask. Maybe I have answers to give. Or silence.


You'll receive a bi-monthly 60 minute personal Skype call with me. We'll share tea, smiles, conversation and silence. We can meditate, or talk, you choose.


Plus all previous rewards.

Pledge $250 or more per month
$250 or more per month 0 patrons
A connoisseur of tea, your pledge buys the best teas, teaware, and utensils, to inspire the best Zen poetry, writings and talks. 


Part of the Zen, Tea & Poetry tour, you're invited to share tea with me, in a forest. Nature will provide the ikebana. With the finest sourced water, I'll brew one of my favourite teas, probably a fine aged Pu'erh, Oolong or Gyokuru. We'll share silence, or conversation. 


Plus all previous rewards.