ART / EARTH / TECH

- Gathering 2017 -

JULY 22 - 29

LA CHERAILLE, FRANCE


WHAT IS THE GATHERING?

For our second Gathering we explore how can we can live wisely and well. From our food to to our politics, and technology to education how can we make a wiser world?

Together we will reflect on how we can foster more wisdom in our societies and in our everyday life.

photography by Sarah Hickson and Evelyn Yang

WHEN

Start: Saturday 22nd July – 2pm

End: Saturday 29th July – 2pm

WHERE

La Cheraille, a small farming hamlet near Paris. This natural, beautiful and secluded environment is perfectly suited to the ethos of the week and provides the ideal space for participants to share, experiment and reflect. Read more

PARTICIPATE

The event is invite only and is limited in scale to ensure an intimate atmosphere — no more than roughly thirty participants. If would like to participate or know someone who would please get in touch .

WHY WISDOM

THE GATHERING

Looking around us we can see that neither our society nor our planet are as well as they should be. Greater wisdom is needed both in diagnosis and in finding cures.

We emphasize wisdom because we believe this is about more than finding a quick-fix in technology or politics – it is about finding something deeper within ourselves and our societies.

WHAT WE WILL COVER

The week will include meditation and discussions, workshops and storytelling — plus food from the gardens and a late night bonfire.

Mornings will be dedicated to discussion around wisdom in specific areas such as Wise Metrics or Wisdom tomorrow. The afternoons will be dedicated to workshops and expeditions such as communication through play, Ecstatic Dance and exploration of the local countryside.

We will preserve space in the program to allow for suggestions during the week and we welcome ideas for new topics and activities both in advance.

FOR WHOM

We want to bring together all kinds of people who have at their heart a deep concern to help improve the world and a desire to do so wisely.

Farmers and technologists, researchers lawyers and artists, young and old — all are welcome.

We believe this conversation needs to be open and broad so that we may enhance each other understanding by sharing our knowledge and skills.

FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION

The only cost for participation is for food and accommodation at La Cheraille during the week. This will be approximately €80 a day for a shared apartment and €50 for a shared dormitory (depending on availability). All food will be organic and much of it will come direct from La Cheraille’s gardens and is included in the accommodation cost. We will get to pick our own vegetables from the soil and cook it together! Whilst the Gathering will run for the full week partial participation is possible, in particular attendance...

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WORKSHOP

Here are some examples of the practical workshops that will take place in the afternoons:

Introduction to Permaculture: The technology of nature.

Ecstatic Dance:Experience sober trans though body and movement.

Storytelling: Story telling around a bonfire.

Perception Play: Re-discover our senses and the world through play.

Sound and body: Connecting human sound with slow movement.

Interactive Painting: Eye gazing, spontaneous play with painting.

A BIT MORE INTO DETAILS

Here are some examples of the kinds of areas we discuss: Digital distraction, digital addiction: Are we addicted to our technology and are we losing ourselves in the “matrix”? If so, what can we do? New Paradigm What is the biggest thing that we don't know we don't know? In 1500, nobody knew that they didn't know the earth went round the sun and the earth was not the center of the universe. Copernicus showed the way. Unless we are guilty of enormous hubris, there must be something BIG we...

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BENEFITS

Exposure to pioneers in fields of Information Economy, Mindful Technology and Cognitive Science.

Insight into how ecological systems can help us reinterpret our role in the world.

Developing communication through play.

Exposure to the uncovering of new paradigms.

Opportunities to build qualitative friendships and networks through the sharing of ideas.

Broader understanding of the architecture of coliving and how architecture can foster feelings of belonging and wholeness.

Exploration of meditative practices, ecstatic dance and the life of plants.

THE LOCATION – LA CHERAILLE

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