Testimonials La Wayaka Current from 2016 -
"The residency experience at La Wayaka Current, Panama, under the superb, relaxed, and caring guidance of Victor and Sofie was magical. We all felt connected and gently integrated into the daily life of the Kunas. Sofie and Victor were immensely thoughtful and helpful as they facilitated experiences, discussions, and side trips to learn more about the fascinating Kuna People. Nacho and his wife Gladys were so generous with their time, the sharing of their culture, and the loving way they welcomed the artists into their home. I am in in the process of creating a body of work to celebrate this special experience and hope to go back." - Tara Holl, USA (60 years old)
Artist in Residence Nov - Dec 2016
"I'm not sure there are even words to describe my fantastic experience in Panama with La Wayaka Current. The ability to spend a month in a gorgeous and inspiring environment and to dedicate time and energy to my art in a new way was life-changing. I learned a tremendous amount about myself, my art and the way I approach my work. I have been able to keep the momentum going since returning home, creating far better and more authentic work than ever before. The inspiration, the lessons I learned and the friendships I made will all stick with me for a long, long time and I can't thank Victor and Sofie enough for all their support. I would recommend their Artist Residencies to any Artist who is looking to get out of their comfort zone, to challenge themselves or to change their current trajectory." - Megan Bennett, Canada
Artist in Residence Nov - Dec 2016
"It genuinely was the most amazing trip/place/experience I think I or Ryan (partner) have ever experienced. The happiest and most enriching month." - Anousha Payne, UK (26 years old) and Ryan Thomas (35 years old)
Artists in Residence Oct - Nov 2016
Artists / Sculptors, London
"Last month I participated in an artists residency in the Guna Yala on the Carribbean Coast of Panama. There, myself and 5 other artists were invited to live among the indigenous community of Armila, near the border of Colombia. For me, there is nothing more educational in life than the art and people of a culture - especially one as specific and rare as the Guna...
As I was welcomed into the daily life of the Kuna people, I in turn, learned anew things about myself and who I was in that environment. Instead of my small, lightless, Manhattan apartment (complete with lavish kitchen and bathroom;), I was given a cabaña made of branches from the jungle, with plenty of light shining through the cracks and a (westernized) toilet which I shared with my cabin mates 4. The roof was thatched leaf taken from the nearby jungle (la finca), and one electric bulb for each room that was recently installed for us (ie. the foreigners who need electricity at all times.)....
The longer I went without the minimally traumatizing physical effect of going from extreme air-conditioning to extreme heat, the slower time seemed to move, the slower I moved. Which didn’t really matter, there were no opposing factors to suggest that it needed to be any other way in Armila. There were no clocks, just the sun. Eventually I learned when it was 8 am. I just knew. When it was 8pm, I just sensed it. That’s all I needed anyway. I felt as if I had begun to integrate myself with the earth and its mysterious cycles. Which is exactly what the Kuna do. Everyday, I woke up at 6 or 7, aware of the light, ready to be awake, not having to go anywhere. If I wanted, I could hike into the jungle, walk over to the beach or out onto the porch to work. When I sat on the porch, I was often joined by the fishermen. They watched the sea from the cabaña porch, they watched and they listened. I often had the visual of those meerkats in Africa, waiting and listening for that mysterious something to tell them what to do, how to act. More practically than my fantasy, however, was that the Kuna watching for clues as to how the weather would pan out. They looked for them in the pattern of the waves a few miles out. This would tell them how the day would go, what the catch might be like, and how much time they had or didn’t have."
- Anna Victoria Stewart, US (25 years old)
Artist in Residence May - June 2016
Artist / Art Therapist, NYC
"Thank you so much for the amazing experience and beautiful time, I have always been happy in Armila." - Stella Cristofolini, Germany (45 years old)
Artist in Residence Oct - Dec 2016
Artist / Cultural Anthropologist, Berlin
"I'm back from Panama, it was totally one of those Summer camp kind of experiences, where it was such a different world it almost feels impossible to explain it. It was an epic adventure, and left me feeling like this world and the people in it are so extraordinarily beautiful.... We were 6 hours by boat from the nearest road, car or cell signal but we had everything we needed. We learned form the community everyday." - Greta Rybus, US (30 years old)
Artist in Residence April - May 2016 - http://www.gretarybus.com/new-climate-change-in-panama/
Photographer, Portland / Maine
"A super cool project! It has been a very, very special time and experience for me and I'm super thankful for the time I was able to spend with you in Armila! I'm very often thinking back and still doing Molas (traditional textiles of the region)" - Linda Nottonwy, Germany (18 years old)
Interned with us at La Wayaka Current Tropic Oct - Dec 2016
"I feel changed from my time at La Wayaka Current, my perspective on many things and my roll and purpose in the art community and with my work has certainly shifted." Trystan Bates, US (34 years old)
Artist in Residence April - May 2016
Artist / Gallerist, Buenos Aires
"La Wayaka Current was one of the best experiences I have been through and it actually made an impact on me in a lot of senses, not only in my writing but in the way I actually live.
It was very hard for me to explain about the island to all my friends and family. I usually tell them it was the best and the hardest thing I have ever done.
Being away, in a remote place, completely disconnected not only from the phone and the internet thing, but also it was place where you were free from all the things that surround you every day and somehow you think you need them or that they define you or contains you, with a false sense of security, material things, little pleasures like food, clothes, I don’t know.. everything. It was like a restart button kind of. Suddenly, you are there, in paradise, completely in touch with you, your art, nature.. Not only I was able to connect with myself and my ideas, but it also made me realise how little you need to be happy, if you are where you want doing what you love. Amazing people that I met there, was a plus, of course.
It was there in those afternoons in my aqua gym sessions that I found myself thinking OH MY GOD I want to be as happy as I am now, every single day of my life." Marina Camano, Argentina, (35 years old)
Artist in Residence April - May 2016
Writer, Buenos Aires
(Since the LWC experience Marina founded her own concept artist residency Casa Naihla in Brazil.)