Awen is an ancient Welsh word, the earliest record of which comes from c.796 (though it is thought to be much older). It translates roughly as “flowing spirit” or “flowing inspiration”, but is also the personification of artistic inspiration (the muse), and can describe the inspired individual as well (the artist).

For us to be inspired we must be open, and for Awen to exist there must be a relationship. Whether that be a relationship with nature, art or a god. Letting go, releasing into that flow of AWEN allows it to flow ever more freely with enlightenment or inspiration, carrying that essence of connection and wonder with us at all times.

There is an Indian proverb that says that everyone is a house with four rooms, a physical, a mental, an emotional, and a spiritual . Most of us tend to live in one room most of the time but unless we go into every room every day, even if only to keep it aired, we are not a complete person.
— Rumer Godden

Awen’s multiple definitions resonate strongly with our philosophy and goals. Awen is to awaken us to our own energy, and reach out towards the energy of nature around us. It is the pursuit of complete enlightenment: physical, spiritual and intellectual.

Awen is an awareness, not just on a physical and mental level but on a deep soul level. It is seeing the threads between that connect us all.  It is the deep well of inspiration that we drink from, and in doing so we nurture our souls and our world around us and to give back in joy.

If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself. If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation.
— Lao Tzu