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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Workshop on Awakening Beauty & Creativity

For whom --- Anyone.  Where  --- At Nilambur, When ---- February 5th to 9th 2014.

Awakening is not the same as developing. Both beauty and creativity are inherent to all human beings and  gets awakened naturally if external conditions allow. Modern spaces (schools)/conditions (consumerism) control and stifles this by conditioning ones sense of beauty and making a belief structure with 'knowledge'. To get out of this box one has to break open the lid of reason, knowledge etc. 

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 Tell them dear, that if eyes were made for seeing,
Then beauty is its own excuse for being
-  Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Rhodora
The retreat is an attempt to awaken our sense of beauty inherent in all of us by connecting with nature. Ability to see nature awakens beauty, deep sensitivity and silence in us and makes us rooted to the world in a real way. Ability see also makes one to be 'here and now'. Once we acquire the ability to actually SEE then there no limit. Everything around one comes alive, showing its colour, texture, shape, shadow, movement, stillness.
Clay  will be used as the  medium to awaken ones creative potential. Rigid habits of the mind that hinder creativity will be explored in the process of engaging with clay? Can one explore clay with out planing, controlling, reasoing. Can one allow spontaniety to happen? Can one sit exploring the nature of clay with out making anything?
Some of these questions will be explored.
At a deep level the workshop also will attempt to re integrate our intuition and reasoning, our feminine and masculine, our innate and outer knowledge.  So the gathering is meant for addressing our mechanical, fragmented, uncreative and habit formed selves, de intellectualizing beauty which means to be with beauty without creating theories, sensitizing our senses to become aware of the world as it is, addressing our reasoning mind, understanding the organic way in which we remember and comprehend. In a way to become child like again, to be open, curious, attentive, innocent, humble. Or like children to live in meditation all the time.

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