inSite Contemplative Design grew out of my interest in working with the phenomenal world in ways to enhance the wellbeing and mindfulness of others. In particular, I was aware of how the speed of daily life in the United States today, and possibly the world, impinges on people's ability to settle and rest the mind. Creating space in this environment for mental contemplation or even relaxation becomes challenging and often requires a conscious effort to shut down or shut out outside stimuli.
How as an artist, with experience in working with phenomena, the physical world, could I assist in bringing harmonious balance to environments so that people might find their natural place of rest? so that people could feel supported by their environment rather than screening out the discord? Working with my own sensory input and highly attuned aesthetic, as well as my training in listening and working with others, I found that I could be responsive to all the factors of an environment, the people, the space, the various elements and provide a valuable service through mindful design.
Instead of starting with a conceptual vision based on schools of thought,
styles or trends, each design begins with synchronizing mind and body; then
opening to the specifics of site, client and function. My role is as sensor,
facilitator and conduit for the design to be born from skillful engagement with
the interdependent elements of the space.
The initial meeting with a client is spent actively listening to the individual’s perceived use of the space and what needs are currently unmet. I then take my own reading of the specific site and greater environs, noting details of placement, color, light, smell, sound, furnishings and functionality through direct sensory input, taking note of areas to discuss further with the client.
Having taken a thorough reading of the environment, an initial design proposal is prepared, with priorities set based on the client’s budget and time frame.
The process continues as a collaborative effort between the client, myself and the phenomenal world working together to achieve a harmonious design, using mindfulness and awareness to refine the vision and bring all elements into balance.
I work with clients nationally by performing a thorough on-site documentation, then when back in my studio with regular internet communication with client, suppliers and contractors. Periodic site visits may be included as needed to monitor progress and make adjustments in design.
To contact me for an initial consultation call toll free 866-495-6487 or
email me at
firstname.lastname@example.org The initial interview can be done for a
$200. fee, then all future work is billed at $100./hr., plus any travel expenses
if I am not already scheduled to be in your area. I look forward to
working with you. - Rebekah Younger