Sophie Dipti Sarkar (Compassionate Nectar of the Source) is a Bengali, Japanese, & English American artist and community organizer rooted in the Engaged Buddhist tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Her multifaceted work includes paintings, children’s books, community climate plans, workshops on contemplative creativity, racial solidarity spaces, spiritual songs, and more. A descendent of ancestors who survived Japanese American concentration camps and the colonial partition of Bengal, Sophie feels a karmic calling to address the multigenerational impacts of state-sanctioned violence and division. Her guiding aspiration is to offer creative and spiritual support to social movements attempting to end empires, build solidarity, and sustain life on Earth.

Sophie facilitated the first neighborhood heat resilency plan in Philadelphia (Beat the Heat HP), co-founded one of the largest racial affinity spaces in the US environmental movement (PGM ONE), and developed a Black and Asian solidarity series and zine (Interwoven). Her art has graced venues like SOMArts San Francisco and Philadelphia’s Asian Arts Initiative. In 2022 she received the Leeway Foundation’s Transformation Award for artists who work for social change. She is currently writing/illustrating Mixed Rice, her first children’s book, which will be released by Parallax Press in October, 2024.

Some of my favorite artists/teachers:

adrienne maree brownAisha Fukushima, Akram Khan, Alvaro Barrington, Amanda Machado, Andrienne Palchick, CJ Goulding, Eleanor Anderson, Endria Richardson, Grace Hannah AndersonHayao Miyazaki, Justin TurkusKaira Jewel Lingo, Kim Huynh, Llama Rod Owens, Maria Magadalena Campos-Pons, Miki Palchick, narinda heng, Ocean Vuong, Rhetta Morgan, Rupy C. Tut, Serizawa Keisuke, Sterling Duns, Thich Nhat Hanh

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🤲🪄🌀Coaching + Facilitation: I work part-time as a coach and facilitator, including as a member of the Avarna Group.  I have cultivated my facilitation style through years of practicing mindfulness meditation, peer counseling, and experiential education. Using a heart-centered approach, I offer support to individuals and organizations who want to better embody their visions for justice and liberation, including:
  • Dreaming up and clarifying their vision, purpose, and values
  • Using an anti-oppression lens to address group power dynamics
  • Organizing affinity spaces to build community for people with a shared identity
  • Deepening their listening + synthesizing skills 
  • Naming, addressing, and processing conflict
  • Creating practices for a healthier workplace culture
  • Developing their facilitation and leadership style 
  • Nurturing their inner wisdom, creativity, and playfulness

👯🎵✨ Creative Collaborations: Do you have an idea for an art project that you would like to work on together? I would love to hear from you! I am especially interested in projects that center young people and that address one or more of the following:
  • Ending war and empire
  • Cultivating climate resiliency
  • Deepening connections to our land, water, and sky kin
  • Being multiracial and/or building cross-racial solidarity
  • Supporting intergenerational healing in Asian and Pacific Islander communities