Gravity Mission collaborated with two of Portland’s celebrated independent educators and creators while developing our concept for Renaissance. We approached Ashley Dahl, contemplative guide, coach, and educator, and Colin Lawler, illustrator, comic artist, and animator. Working together amidst the many challenges of the pandemic era, we combined our gifts and artistry to accelerate the healing of the planet.

Ashley Dahl

Ashley Dahl


Contemplative Guide, Coach, and Educator

Ashley is the founder of OpenSpace Mindfulness, a Portland woman-owned business helping individuals and organizations to live their full creative potential and to experience well-being.

Ashley is a highly credentialed professional instructor. She is a Certified Mindfulness Teacher-Professional Level (CMT-P) through the International Mindfulness Teachers Association and accredited Mindfulness Teacher through the Mindfulness Training Institute. Ashley holds an MSW from the University of Washington and a BA from Boston University in Philosophy and Political Science.

A prominent champion of compassionate self-awareness, Ashley possesses a keen ability to infuse mindfulness into daily life, work and relationships. She offers ongoing classes, events and retreats online to resource, replenish, and experience deeper connection with yourself, your community, and the world around you.

Colin Lawler

Colin Lawler


Illustrator, Comic Artist, and Animator

Colin obtained his B.F.A. in Animation from the Savannah College of Art & Design. He is a freelance graphic, web, and motion designer for a wide range of clients nationwide. His work may be found at many of the immensely popular annual Comic-Con events in the US.

Colin is the co-creator of the all-ages fantasy comic Spirits: The Soul Collector, working alongside fellow writer Joseph Grabowski. Their work has been featured on Webtoon, a publishing platform connecting creator-owned content with a global audience. Their successful Kickstarter campaign in 2019 raised over $10k to print physical copies for Part 1 of their series, purchasable from Colin’s Storenvy shop.

Colin possesses a continuously expanding imagination devoid of earthly limits. He is an active DM for Fantastic Adventures & Friends, a Portland-based gaming community, predominantly focusing on OSR tabletop RPG adventures and board games.