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Weekend Seminars

Introduction

The following themes are for workshops that we arrange ourselves.

Place: Almoçageme or at a venue to be concorded.
Schedule: to be arranged
Participants: minimum 4; maximum 8
Cost: to be arranged

These themes for the weekend workshops are a combination of Art and Self-Development. They are central to our Lazzarus impulse. We can, by studying art and themes such as metamorphosis, the planet and zodiac energies find new forces for growth, within ourselves.

Seminars

  • Artistic activity

    Artistic work experienced together in a group has strong community forming qualities. It means that I learn from what I do, but also I learn from what others do, and how they experience what I have done. In a community, one must have strong individuals: but these strong individuals have to learn techniques of working together.

    • Study of Michelangelo's figures for the Medici chapel, Florence (Night, Day, Morning and Evening): How can they be related to the four human temperaments? What are the significance of the temperaments? How can the temperaments learn to work together? Using clay modelling, lectures, individual tasks, and group work.
    • Archetypal forms and colours: an introduction to painting and clay modelling

      Weekend Seminars
  • Individual impulses for house and garden

    The living space, house and its surrounds, whatever they may be, offer an opportunity for individual expression. As we become more and more individual there is a great hunger for new ideas, directions and possibilities of how to form this space. Using artistic work, practical demonstrations/observations, and a study of various relevant texts to this theme (such as from Robert Sardello, Terance Conran, Andy Goldsworthy, and Paul Cooper). Participants would be able to acquire new impulses for their own situations.

  • Workshop designing in social therapy

    Crafts are rapidly declining, many are maintained by only a small handful of crafts people. What originated as instinctual wisdom, from the distant past, as part of each folk, today can become the basis of a new craft impulse, an individual one, Craft Design. In G.B., William Morris was one of the first to work with the renewal of crafts through artist inspiration. Method: By practical experience/observation, clay modelling and the study of relevant texts the participants can aquire new insights in this field.

  • History of Art as the evolution of human consciousness

    Art reflects the consciousness of the artist, but also his time, and the world vision of his culture. European artists today are very individualistic; but an artist in the time of the egyptians experienced himsef as part of the body of the Pharaoh=God. A study of European art from the pre-Greek until the modern day reveals an enormous change of Man's awareness of himself and his world.

  • Seven archetypal soul qualities

    In the seven days of the week (not in the portuguese language) but in many other european languages are hidden the names of the seven planets. Can we by studying the 7 planets, the 7 grains, the 7 trees, and the 7 folk tales begin to reveal a cosmic imagination of the archetypal planetary forces. Becoming conscious of these, can help them mature in us: a conscious path of soul transformation. Method: lectures, artistic exercises, careful observation of natural phenomenon and the study of folk tales.

  • Secrets of the Zodiac

    Materialistic science cannot make a bridge between the cosmos and the human soul. Ancient astrology studied how the planets, the fixed star heavens of the zodiac were related to the human being: what is above, is also below. If the planetary aspects of my birth chart "govern" my life where is human freedom? Becoming conscious of the working of the stars brings a better understanding of ourselves: a conscious path of soul transformation. Method: study of the zodiac signs and the planets, individual tasks, and group artistic exercises.

  • Metamorphosis: the transformation possibilities of the human being

    Goethe's study of the archetypal plant, his concept of polarisation, intensification, union, and metamorphosis of form. Observation of the plant, exercises in painting and clay modelling. The concept of metamorphosis applied to the human life: biography or in adult education, a conscious 7 step learning process.

Lazzarus, by Van Gogh
Painting by Van Gogh