Andō is creating notes from the inner room
33

patrons

$381
per month
“Silence, the only language I am fluent in.” 
— Andō



About the work


“Expressing one's creativity in the service of meditation, you help create a special space where hearts can open and people can receive the many blessings. For a musician, a creator, this is ultimately fulfilling.”
— 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.



About me
 

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

Andō's poems are about silence, stillness, the research of 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.”

— Naviar Records. Publisher of music inspired by haiku and renku.



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.”
— Andō
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 dānaDāna 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.  

Love,
Andō

Updated 8 May 2018

“The forest is my temple, to sit beneath a tree is my offering.”
— Andō



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.

Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
$1 or more per month 3 patrons
You are a founding friend. You get access to all $1 patron text and image posts here (there will be more at higher tiers, and I get a little rice in my bowl.
Pledge $3 or more per month
$3 or more per month 15 patrons
Like family, you get access to behind the scenes photos and videos from Ando's life and work in studios, forests, mountains, rivers and coasts — before release elsewhere.


Plus short audio recordings (under 10 mins), usually on the day they are recorded, sometimes within minutes.


Plus all previous rewards.

Pledge $5 or more per month
$5 or more per month 7 patrons
A lover of truth, silence and words, your pledge helps me to share more video, and in time, to improve the quality of recordings.


You'll enjoy access to all longer audio recordings (over 10 minutes) and subscription only podcasts, along with all public video releases, including readings, poetry, meditations and talks — before they’re released anywhere else. 


Plus all previous rewards.

Pledge $10 or more per month
$10 or more per month 2 patrons
You enjoy the personal touch, letters signed “love, Ando.” Your pledge helps me to publish the Quiet Letters and Notes From the Inner Room, my journals from July 2018 onwards.


You will receive a first edition copy of the Quiet Letters ebook, and Notes From the Inner Room, when it is published. 


Format: Kindle/ePub


Plus all previous rewards.

Pledge $15 or more per month
$15 or more per month 5 of 100 patrons
“A solitary white cloud, walking in the forest alone. Trees softly whisper sutras as I pass through.”


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


You will receive downloadable versions of each chapter of The Forest as it is written, along with other out-takes and behind the scenes insights. All prior to the official release of the completed book.


Format: MP3/PDF/Kindle.


Plus all previous rewards.


Pledge $25 or more per month
$25 or more per month 1 of 100 patrons
A poetry lover, your pledge makes it possible to publish the first ebooks and paperbacks  of my poetry and writings.


You will receive the digital first edition of all ebook editions of my poetry chapbooks published during your subscription.


Format: Kindle/ePub/PDF


Plus all previous rewards.

Pledge $50 or more per month
$50 or more per month 0 of 100 patrons
A connoisseur of poetry, your pledge makes the creation of the first limited edition handcrafted books possible.


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


Plus all previous rewards.

Pledge $75 or more per month
$75 or more per month 0 of 50 patrons
A poetry collector, your pledge makes the creation of the first limited edition broadside prints possible.


Along with the handmade book, the letters, ebooks, the locked posts and everything else above, at the end of the year you'll receive a signed copy of a Ando limited edition broadside  letterpress print


Edition size: 100 prints.


Includes all previous rewards.

Pledge $100 or more per month
$100 or more per month 0 of 20 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 of 20 patrons
You love tea, silence, and conversation. Maybe you have questions to ask. Maybe I have answers to give. Or silence.


You'll receive a personal Skype call with me. A total of six, sixty minute calls in a year. We'll share tea, smiles, conversation and silence. We can meditate, or talk. Your choice. Probably.


Plus all previous rewards.

Pledge $250 or more per month
$250 or more per month 0 patrons
A wild thing, you love quiet journeys and adventures. Your pledge buys walking shoes, funding quiet journeys that will become poems, prose, books and prints.


You're invited to walk with me, in a forest. I'll bring a flask of tea. We'll share tea, silence, or conversation. Ask me a question or two. Mostly, we'll quietly walk. The forest can also be a mountain, a river, a coastline, or an urban jungle. Your choice.


You can spend an hour, or a day. I'll be there.


Plus all previous rewards.

Pledge $500 or more per month
$500 or more per month 0 patrons
You make it possible to build retreat cabins, and for me to begin to travel to meet patrons, starting with you.


You're invited to share a 3 day retreat with me. I will come to you (expenses required), or you can join me (I'll recommend local accommodation suitable for retreat). Mostly in silence, we'll sit, walk, drink tea, eat, smell the flowers, listen to the forest. 


Plus all previous rewards. Yes, all of them

Pledge $1000 or more per month
$1,000 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
You are golden. You keep the river of Zen poetry flowing.


You support the work, the retreats, my ongoing training, the travel, making so much more possible than I ever imagined.


You're invited to share a 7 day personal retreat with me. I will come to you (expenses required), or you can join me (I'll recommend local accommodation suitable for retreat). Mostly in silence, we'll sit, walk, drink tea, eat, smell the flowers, listen to the forest. 


Plus all previous rewards. Yes, all of them

Goals
$381 of $500 per month
A vehicle. When we reach $500 per month coming in, I can afford to rent or buy a basic vehicle, as well as basic food and essential medicines.

In order to find housing, and to get to and from hospital, doctors and shopping etc, I need to have a vehicle before renting basic housing, as without it, finding the housing and general day to day practicalities are difficult to manage.

At this level, I am working full time for this little Patreon community, it's a team job, and I'm in service to you. With basic food and shelter costs covered, I will be able to focus full time on writing and publishing books and prints, and recording patron only podcasts.
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“Silence, the only language I am fluent in.” 
— Andō



About the work


“Expressing one's creativity in the service of meditation, you help create a special space where hearts can open and people can receive the many blessings. For a musician, a creator, this is ultimately fulfilling.”
— 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.



About me
 

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

Andō's poems are about silence, stillness, the research of 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.”

— Naviar Records. Publisher of music inspired by haiku and renku.



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.”
— Andō
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 dānaDāna 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.  

Love,
Andō

Updated 8 May 2018

“The forest is my temple, to sit beneath a tree is my offering.”
— Andō



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.

Recent posts by Andō

Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
$1 or more per month 3 patrons
You are a founding friend. You get access to all $1 patron text and image posts here (there will be more at higher tiers, and I get a little rice in my bowl.
Pledge $3 or more per month
$3 or more per month 15 patrons
Like family, you get access to behind the scenes photos and videos from Ando's life and work in studios, forests, mountains, rivers and coasts — before release elsewhere.


Plus short audio recordings (under 10 mins), usually on the day they are recorded, sometimes within minutes.


Plus all previous rewards.

Pledge $5 or more per month
$5 or more per month 7 patrons
A lover of truth, silence and words, your pledge helps me to share more video, and in time, to improve the quality of recordings.


You'll enjoy access to all longer audio recordings (over 10 minutes) and subscription only podcasts, along with all public video releases, including readings, poetry, meditations and talks — before they’re released anywhere else. 


Plus all previous rewards.

Pledge $10 or more per month
$10 or more per month 2 patrons
You enjoy the personal touch, letters signed “love, Ando.” Your pledge helps me to publish the Quiet Letters and Notes From the Inner Room, my journals from July 2018 onwards.


You will receive a first edition copy of the Quiet Letters ebook, and Notes From the Inner Room, when it is published. 


Format: Kindle/ePub


Plus all previous rewards.

Pledge $15 or more per month
$15 or more per month 5 of 100 patrons
“A solitary white cloud, walking in the forest alone. Trees softly whisper sutras as I pass through.”


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


You will receive downloadable versions of each chapter of The Forest as it is written, along with other out-takes and behind the scenes insights. All prior to the official release of the completed book.


Format: MP3/PDF/Kindle.


Plus all previous rewards.


Pledge $25 or more per month
$25 or more per month 1 of 100 patrons
A poetry lover, your pledge makes it possible to publish the first ebooks and paperbacks  of my poetry and writings.


You will receive the digital first edition of all ebook editions of my poetry chapbooks published during your subscription.


Format: Kindle/ePub/PDF


Plus all previous rewards.

Pledge $50 or more per month
$50 or more per month 0 of 100 patrons
A connoisseur of poetry, your pledge makes the creation of the first limited edition handcrafted books possible.


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


Plus all previous rewards.

Pledge $75 or more per month
$75 or more per month 0 of 50 patrons
A poetry collector, your pledge makes the creation of the first limited edition broadside prints possible.


Along with the handmade book, the letters, ebooks, the locked posts and everything else above, at the end of the year you'll receive a signed copy of a Ando limited edition broadside  letterpress print


Edition size: 100 prints.


Includes all previous rewards.

Pledge $100 or more per month
$100 or more per month 0 of 20 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 of 20 patrons
You love tea, silence, and conversation. Maybe you have questions to ask. Maybe I have answers to give. Or silence.


You'll receive a personal Skype call with me. A total of six, sixty minute calls in a year. We'll share tea, smiles, conversation and silence. We can meditate, or talk. Your choice. Probably.


Plus all previous rewards.

Pledge $250 or more per month
$250 or more per month 0 patrons
A wild thing, you love quiet journeys and adventures. Your pledge buys walking shoes, funding quiet journeys that will become poems, prose, books and prints.


You're invited to walk with me, in a forest. I'll bring a flask of tea. We'll share tea, silence, or conversation. Ask me a question or two. Mostly, we'll quietly walk. The forest can also be a mountain, a river, a coastline, or an urban jungle. Your choice.


You can spend an hour, or a day. I'll be there.


Plus all previous rewards.

Pledge $500 or more per month
$500 or more per month 0 patrons
You make it possible to build retreat cabins, and for me to begin to travel to meet patrons, starting with you.


You're invited to share a 3 day retreat with me. I will come to you (expenses required), or you can join me (I'll recommend local accommodation suitable for retreat). Mostly in silence, we'll sit, walk, drink tea, eat, smell the flowers, listen to the forest. 


Plus all previous rewards. Yes, all of them

Pledge $1000 or more per month
$1,000 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
You are golden. You keep the river of Zen poetry flowing.


You support the work, the retreats, my ongoing training, the travel, making so much more possible than I ever imagined.


You're invited to share a 7 day personal retreat with me. I will come to you (expenses required), or you can join me (I'll recommend local accommodation suitable for retreat). Mostly in silence, we'll sit, walk, drink tea, eat, smell the flowers, listen to the forest. 


Plus all previous rewards. Yes, all of them