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  • 109 references 92 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning German
  • 61, Male
  • Member since 2008
  • social-practice artist
  • UNC-Chapel, Divinity School, Duke University
  • From San Francisco, CA, USA
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About Me

If a man [person] be gracious and courteous to strangers, its shows he is a citizen of the world, and that his heart is no island cut off from other land, but a continent that joins them. –Francis Bacon (1561–1626)


(Fully vaccinated, including booster and flu shot)

Find me Online: www.ramekon.com, www.crochetjam.com http://www.instagram.com/ramekon https://www.facebook.com/crochetjam http://www.patriciasweetowgallery.com/artists/ramekon-oarwisters/ I am a social-practice artist and meditation teacher who is known for creating collaborative, community-based projects infused with folk-art traditions that foster a culture of community building. My current project, Crochet Jam, is an on-going, rag-rug making event that allows participants to work together on a piece of art with a focus on liberation, relaxation, and human connection. Crochet Jam is rooted in a cherished childhood memory that is steeped in the African American traditions of weaving and quilting. I am a very active guy with lots of energy. I have a positive attitude and really enjoy meeting new people. The best part about life is giving and sharing with others, what you have learned, what you care about. But the most loving thing to share with others is your time, to be present with them, actively listening.

Things and objects are easier to share but one's time is precious and must be shared. Life for me is not about hording, taking; it is about abundance. Life is abundance, contrary to all that we hear otherwise. Life is abundance. Life is sharing. Life is giving. I can be a little shy at first but by far, I am very open and social. My sense of humor is my best attribute; humor is playful, never demeaning or unkind.

Art and the process of art-making communicate the divine. It is divine play, carefree, beautiful, and uplifting.

I have lived in San Francisco since 1991 and before that time I was living in Tokyo from 1986 until 1991. My home is an idea place to stay, for it is centrally located. I'm near trendy Valencia Street and in 15 to 20 mins. walking distance to downtown San Francisco, Civic Center, Hayes Valley, Castro, and the Mission in the city. I'm near the BART and MUNI transportation systems.

PHILOSOPHY: Bend the universe to your will with your positive ideas, thoughts, and dreams. Believe.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


We learn a great deal about the world and ourselves by meeting other people through traveling. The world does not seem so strange and fearful when one understands through traveling that "we are more alike than otherwise." I want to foster this kind of experience for myself and others in the hopes of creating a more kind and more gentle world, starting at home, knowing that we all live in a global community.

Here are a few suggestions from off-the-beaten SF experience path:

Cable Car Museum, Museum of Vision, Luggage Store Gallery, Swim Gallery, Museum of the Africa Diaspora (MoAD), Wave Organ, (1 yacht Road in between Crissy Field and the Marina Harbor just off of Mason Street), Explore the Mission neighborhood, Sultro Baths, Kabuki Springs and Spa, Hike trails by Rodeo Beach in the Marin, Musse Mecanique, Seward Street Slide in the Castro neighborhood, wear pants and bring cardboard, Lands End Labyrinth, Cartoon Art Museum

the center sf
“We are an anchor of transformation in The Bay of swirling change. We honor the old and welcome the new. We are turning our best practices into ritual. We are thriving.” They offer tea, movement, and events.

The Tenderlion Museum (http://www.tenderloinmuseum.org)

Mission Street sidewalk flee markets

Luggage Store Gallery (http://www.luggagestoregallery.org/

The Tonga Room, a Kiki-themed bar and restaurant with a live band that floats in an indoor lagoon, dancing, and periodic sound effects of lightening, thunder, and yes—rain shower. It's a young, hip crowd.

Pier 24 Photography (www.pier24.org)
Located on San Francisco’s Embarcadero, Pier 24 Photography provides a quiet, contemplative environment for viewing photographic works. Pier 24 Photography houses the permanent collection of the Pilara Foundation, which is dedicated to collecting, preserving and exhibiting photography. We seek to engage the community through exhibitions, publications, and public programs, and we welcome members of the public, academic institutions, and museum groups for self-guided tours that last up to two hours. Pier 24 Photography is free and open to the public Monday through Friday by appointment.

Kabuki Springs and Spa:

Communal Baths
In the great tradition of Japanese public baths, Kabuki’s communal bath is designed to encourage harmony and relaxation. Facilities include a hot pool, cold plunge, dry sauna, and steam room. Individual bathing areas include traditional Japanese-seated bathing areas and standing western-style showers. You are welcome to enjoy the complimentary bath products, sea salts, chilled face cloths, and teas.


All of my CouchSurfing experiences have been great. I have met some wonderful individuals from around the world. I appreciate the opportunity to meet new people. Iam glad I have a big enough home to host surfers.


meditation, German language, German typewriters, gay things

  • arts
  • meditation
  • crochet
  • adventure travel
  • nudist
  • massages
  • healing
  • queer
  • gayfriendly
  • typewriters

Music, Movies, and Books

Berlin: Symphony of A Great City (1927), M, Bladerunner, High Noon, Wild Bunch, Broke Back Mountain, The Four Agreements, Getting Out: Your Guide to Leaving the Us, Only Skin Deep, Alan Turing: The Enigma, Hirohito: Emperor of Japan, The Need for a Black Bible, The Room Before Us, Kara Walker: Pictures From Another Time, Soul Grown Deep, Kara Walker, Black San Francisco, Mindfulness in Plain English

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Duke in Israel program in 1985 with Drs. Carol and Eric Meyers, Professors in the Religion Department at Duke. There was a tour and lecture by Hebrew University Professor Ehud Netzer of Herodium. I have lived in Tokyo, Japan from 1986 through 1991 and taught at Keio University and exhibited my art at Kato Gallery in Hiro-o. Visited Costa Rica Dec 2006 see: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ramekoncostarica/ www.crochetjam.com

Teach, Learn, Share

I am an awarded-winning artist living in the San Francisco Bay Area.

What I Can Share with Hosts

Art adventure, knowledge of interesting things to see in SF, share exciting SF bar and restaurant scene, clean and safe place to stay in SF

Countries I’ve Visited

Canada, Costa Rica, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Netherlands, Scotland, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

Japan, United States

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