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October 2021

Holistic Science in dialogue: the legacy of Bortoft, Colquhoun and Goodwin

October 1 - October 3
Schumacher College
£100

This conference revisits and builds on the lasting contributions to holistic science made by Henri Bortoft, Margaret Colquhoun and Brian Goodwin In the seventies, physicist Henri Bortoft, biologist Margaret Colquhoun and mathematician turned biologist Brian Goodwin began a dialogue about wholeness in their respective areas of research. Taking the scientific studies of the German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe as their model, they developed a language for expressing the living relationship between the whole and the part, and thereby established…

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Engaging with the Plant Realm

October 1 @ 7:00 pm - October 26 @ 8:30 pm
The Great Hall, Dartington, The Great Hall, Dartington
Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EL United Kingdom
£10

A keynote lecture by Dr Isis Brook as part of our Holistic Science Conference. £10 / concessions £9 The evidence is now well established that natural environments, nearby nature, and just being with plants can improve mental wellbeing.  This is now driving social developments such as school gardening, therapeutic horticulture, increasing green spaces in urban environments, and doctors prescribing time in nature. How does it work? What is happening in human beings when we have plants around? And could that…

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The Spinoza of Totnes? Brian Goodwin and the Deductive Science of ‘Life’

October 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Great Hall, Dartington, The Great Hall, Dartington
Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EL United Kingdom
£10

Abstract: Brian Goodwin’s work was consistently anti-reductionist, proudly anti-mechanistic, fiercely anti-Darwinian and relentlessly determined to re-focus the optic of scientific attention away from a gene-centred view of adaptive selectionism. What Goodwin was positing in his many books and papers was nothing less than a new 21st century naturphilosophie, a new kind of deductive naturalism that put the mathematics of form, of ‘structure’ rather than ‘measurement’, at the centre of its concern in an attempt to re-focus our understanding of what exactly…

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Public Lecture: Engaging with Plant Agency

October 7 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Online
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Dr Isis Brook explores how we might better engage with plant agency in this Holistic Science Public Lecture. A collaboration between Schumacher College and The Field Centre. The evidence is now well established that natural environments, nearby nature, and just being with plants can improve mental wellbeing.  This is now driving social developments such as school gardening, therapeutic horticulture, increasing green spaces in urban environments, and doctors prescribing time in nature. How does it work? What is happening in human beings when we have plants around? And could that be…

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April 2022

From Contemplation to Meditation

01/04/2022 - 03/04/2022
The Field Centre GL6 0QE United Kingdom + Google Map
£40

This experiential weekend seminar offers a path from contemplative practice grounded in a Goethean approach to phenomenon, to deepening into the practice of meditation as taught by Rudolf Steiner.  The weekend will begin by working contemplatively with the substance of gold in its different forms, exploring it using Goethean science. From there, the seminar will explore the rose, its form, qualities, and attributes. The weekend will then turn to the activity of meditation itself. In this way the seminar offers…

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