About the work
— Milarepa (1052-1135)
About this Patreon fund
This Patreon page was initially created in February 2017, on my behalf, to help support me to facilitate the publishing and wider sharing of my work, both words and silence. Now it is also in support of the creation of a home and studio with a small retreat centre for quiet creatives, in Portugal.
A place to connect with silence, stillness, nature, inner silence and the power of creation.
I'm working on making this possibility a reality, every day.
If you're interested to support this project, you're welcome to join other patrons here.
Funds go to support me personally, as I work to deliver these creations to you, and in time, towards to founding a creative hermitage with a few solitary retreat spaces for visiting contemplatives and creatives, here in Portugal.
Zen woman of few words.
A contemporary Zen poet, wandering in the forests and mountains, drifting like clouds, flowing like water.
A lay poet-monk, in the same spirit of the ancients, Bashō, Saigyo, Sora, Santōka, Shiki, Soen, Kyoshi and Chyo-ni, I share the art of stillness, inspiration to stop, be still, breathe and be. My works are a meditation in both the writing and reading of.
My words and images are the expression of silence, stillness, the search for inner peace, and human relationship with nature.
I have a passion for walking, sitting quietly, listening, talking, writing, sharing readings, silence and quiet gatherings.
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.”
A personal letter
Welcome dear patron-friend,
I need your help to continue this work, to sustain myself with shelter, food and essential medical care, and to support my ongoing study.
Donations and patronage are currently the sole support for this work, although I am beginning to work on additional channels of income, including the development of a poetry journal, podcast, books, prints and courses. But all this takes time, and the plus for patrons is that many of these things are free or discounted for patrons, depending on your level of engagement here.
If you don't have time to read this letter right now, let me save you some time. Look at the offerings on the right. Read them all. Choose one. Support my work. If you're too busy for that, or don't wish to make an on offer of ongoing support, you might consider making a direct donation instead.
The patronage of poetry. In Ancient Rome, professional poets were generally 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.
In Japan, Baisao exchanged tea and poetry for donations, and Basho and many other poet monks travelled and wrote under patronage.
If you value the words I share, this is your opportunity to become a patron. 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.
That's where you come in.
If you're new to my work, you can find out more about me at my website.
A quiet nomad, I lived in the forest as a poet monk for the past five years, but now am wandering in the world once again. Mountains return to mountains, and rivers to rivers. Based in Southern Portugal for the time being, future trips include walking the Camino de Santiago from Lisbon, North to Santiago, my own Narrow Road to the Deep North, as Basho and so many took before me. Each place brings fresh ink to my pen.
“Every breath, a prayer on the wind.”The poetry flows through me, empty of ambition to create. I can barely keep up with the poems and other spontaneous writings that arise in me.
There are conversations to have, books to finish, poems to share, books to publish and place on coffee tables, audio to record, videos to shoot, gatherings to host, walks to take, trees to sit under, love to give, life to live.…
Your support makes a difference, it creates the opportunity for me to write, record audio, video and publish more, including ebooks, books, limited edition books and prints.
Please share this page, or tell friends about it over a slow cup of tea and a chat. Or silence.
In return, you get early access to new materials, media, ebooks, books, one to ones sessions, gatherings and behind the scenes info, depending on your pledge.
If you're not clear what Patreon is yet, it's a new way of funding the arts. In this case, the Zen arts. 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.
From a Buddhist perspective, Patreon offers an opportunity for a form of digital dāna. Dāna is a donation to support a monk in his or her work. Since the time of the Buddha it has been so, continuing around the world to this day.
A former Zen teacher, I lived on dāna for the past 6 years. In the tradition of Zen poetry, it seems appropriate for dāna to continue to support me in developing and growing the work to enable me to support myself and others as I work.
Thank you for reading, I hope to meet you again soon, here in this poetry and peace loving community.
Updated 8 May 2018
“The forest is my temple, to sit beneath a tree is my offering.”
Discover more about Andō, her poetry, writing and other offerings by exploring her website: theunsui.org, see info on forthcoming books and other publications on the books and publications pages. Read interviews with her.
If you just wish to donate directly, please visit the home or donation page of the website.