Vijali Hamilton, a visionary sculptor, poet, musician, performance artist, and author is the originator of the World Wheel, Global Peace Through the Arts. This global peace project combines sculptures in living rock to establish sacred sites, community ritual-based theater and Wisdom Centers to address local problems, aspirations and to preserve the indigenous cultures.
Her work includes education, art, spirituality, peace activism, and focuses attention on the awareness of environmental, spiritual, and social problems. The World Wheel is an artistic forum for global awareness. It activates awareness of our interconnection with all life.
Previously Vijali spent ten years as a monastic member of the Vedanta convent. She received a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from Goddard University and is a fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Science. More than 1,000 pieces of her art works are in private and public collections. Vijali lectures extensively and has given retreats for many years in the creative process of moving from the introspection of meditation and journal writing into art forms.
Vijali’s work and life have been represented in numerous books, some of which include: Once and Future Goddess by Elinor Gadon, Reweaving the World and The Reflowering of the Goddess by Gloria Orenstein, The Feminine Face of God by Sherry Anderson and Patricia Hopkins, Sculpting with the Environment by Baile Oakes, Skydancing Earthwalker: Women’s Pilgrimages to Sacred Places ed. by Laila Castle, On Turning 60 by Cathleen Roundtree, Goddess by Jalaja Bonheim, The Cultural Creatives by Paul H. Ray and Sherry Ruth Anderson and Mandala: Journey to the Center by Bailey Cunningham.
Photo Notes and Credits
- Photo by Eric Lawton — Earth Wheel in Malibu, California
- Photo by Vijali Hamiton — Four Faces of Unity in Seneca Reservation, New York
Photo by Edie Hartshorne — Vijali Hamilton