“Being at one with the creative stream of life brings me joy and awareness, again and again.”
A force for artistic and peaceful community building, Nanri is an international artist and designer who has lived and studied in Maynard and Concord, MA, Providence, RI, San Francisco, CA, as well as Paris, East Africa, Morocco, and the Caribbean. She studied Kriya Yoga in Quebec, Canada and at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, in Stockbridge, MA.
Nanri is a Buddhist practitioner along with her practice of yoga. She is certified in Sacred Art & Yoga through Kripalu. She has completed the first phase of Mindfulness as Medicine at the Omega Institute in Reinbeck, NY, and finished the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program at University of Massachusetts Medical. She has studied Energy Medicine Yoga.
Nanri trained and started teaching Hatha Yoga in 1999. She held classes in her home studio in Concord, and for the Concord Community Education programs. In 1999 she also taught a Movement and Meditation class at the First Parish Church in Concord and a Kriya Yoga series at the Umbrella for the Arts. She also taught Buddhist meditation at her art gallery in Maynard in 2005. Since 2009 Nanri has guided free Walking Meditation and Movement classes in a beautiful grove next to Thoreau’s Cove at Walden Pond. From 2013 to 2019 she enjoyed teaching and facilitating a monthly Friday evening Art, Meditation & Movement Series at Nanri Studio called TGIF (To Gain Insight and Freedom) with two other meditation and movement colleagues.
Nanri, aka Nancy Richardot Tenney, holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) She founded and directed Concord Graphic Design in Concord, MA for 25 years. She began practicing Yoga during that time and taught Yoga in Community Education programs.
After owning a small international art gallery in Maynard, for three years, she founded Nanri Studio in 2008, in her peaceful light filled studio. Since moving to Maynard she’s been practicing and teaching her favorite vocations of Mindful Meditation and Walking in Nature, Yoga, Expressive Art, Drawing in Awareness, Watercolor and Acrylic Painting, and Designing Logos.
Volunteer and Advocacy Work: Nanri had a world-wide childhood in a committed United Nations family. Since then, she has aided political refugees from Cambodia and Tibet, and in 1988 she sponsored a Tibetan family and was a founding member of the US Tibet Resettlement Project, which successfully resettled 1000 Tibetans in America in the 1990s.
As an activist in the arts, Nanri curated a "Farm to Table" themed art exhibit of original works by 17 talented painters in 2017 to enhance the community hall at Open Table in Maynard, whose mission is to address hunger in the communities of Metro-West Boston. Nanri volunteered at the Umbrella for the Arts Earth Day Parade in Concord, MA from 1990 to 2004. She co-chaired Maynard’s Earth Day in 2018 and 2019. Currently, she is a member of Green Maynard, a strong advocacy group for the preservation of the local environment.