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At The Still Point, a Multi Media Wellness Project

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Still Point Event Tour | atthestillpoint.org

At the Still Point is a multimedia wellness project based at Stanford University School of Medicine that promotes mindfulness and shared empathetic experience through art. The Still Point Tour is a live event that connects audience members to the vulnerability, intimacy and wonder found in health care settings. These events offer a shared empathetic experience and aim to inspire daily practices that improve wellness through a combination of performance, storytelling and active audience participation. The audience will be left with practical tools to support art-enabled reflection as a way of preserving empathy and compassion essential to healing, health and wellness.

The Still Point: Music from the inside

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The Still Point event opens with a live 45 minute concert featuring Robison improvising on acoustic and electronic instruments to projected visual art by Wetschler, local and international artists. Following the performance, Wetschler will share a deeply personal story of burnout and recovery with relevance to issues of wellness, self-care and mindfulness in health care. He will close his talk with a call for advocacy to improve the quality of the physician experience as it relates to quality healthcare. We will then open up the floor for questions and reflections before a Robison offers brief remarks on the wonder in shared empathic experiences and segues into an interactive soundpainting that will last roughly 30 minutes. This is an compelling and exuberant group experience where audience becomes performer. No experience is necessary. Participants will be taught a simple gestural language and given parts that they will briefly practice in small groups. They will then be conducted by and improvise with Robison in a simple, yet profound, shared emotional narrative. The entire event will last slightly less than 2 hours.

About Robison and Weschler

Dr. Matthew Wetschler is a physician-artist that lives and works in San Francisco. With paintings made of wood, plaster, and acrylic paint, his abstract works reflect his experiences during medical training. He is a recent graduate of Stanford University Emergency Medicine. He holds a bachelor degrees in Philosophy and Fine Art with a focus on painting. He completed his medical degree and Masters of Public Health at University of North Carolina, Chapel HIll.

“One of the best lectures I've heard. Insightful, honest, and truly inspirational.”

“An absolutely phenomenal presentation on an all too important subject. Exceptionally delivered, deeply engaging, and thought provoking. I hope that this was recorded in some way, because it should be delivered at least once a year to students and residents across the country.”

“Needs to be shared on a national level.”

- Audience quotes from Dr. Wetschler’s most recent talk at Stanford University

Dr. Benjamin Robison is a musician and graduating medical student. He plays violin and piano and composes digital-acoustic scores. Prior to medical school, he directed the multimedia-music ensemble Ardesco and was the co-founder of the Musicians' Alliance for Peace, a global organization that produced concerts in 26 countries and 7 continents. Robison holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from Stony Brook University and is completing his degree in medicine at Stanford University.

"A fantastic violinist!" - Joseph Silverstein
"A stunning performance! [Stravinsky Violin

Concerto]" - Associated Press

"One of the most intelligent, talented and innovative young artists with whom I have ever had the pleasure of working. He is a first-rate violinist and excellent musician, with great instincts and the intelligence to support them. Robison has all the potential to be a successful and powerfully positive force on the performance stage and within the community. He has the enormous ability to function both as a topnotch performer, engaging educator and spokesperson for the arts." - Philip Setzer, Emerson String Quartet

"I was very much impressed both by the quality of Ben's playing and the scope of the program he chose. Violinistically, Ben is absolutely first-rate. His control of the instrument and ability to produce the spectrum of sounds and colors is outstanding. He conveys real passion for the music he is playing, and is connected to each composition in a uniquely personal way. His commitment to new music and to creating original musical experiences is equally admirable." - Geoff Nuthall, St Lawrence String Quartet

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