“An education for man is that which accords the heart its central position and allows it to be the real ‘organ’ of intelligence, and to govern all other faculties.”
“We cannot teach the heart, but it can teach us. It can teach us how to become truly ourselves.”
This course is an invitation to draw from the heart, that is to say to draw from listening intuitively, and thereby is not about trying to make a beautiful work of art. It is an invitation to learn to see and listen in a new way and an opportunity to learn to see and understand through images rather than through words.
In practising to draw, you will experience that the mind always wants to interfere. It is important to distinguish what the heart is trying to say from what the mind is trying to determine. Once this is learned, you will be able to apply this skill in everyday life.
The course will start with a practise to concentrate on our deepest interior, followed by the reading of a poem or spiritual text that will be discussed together. After this we start working in silence. What is important is listening, listening with an inner ear. You can ask and await answers to questions such as: What material do I want to use ? What colour? What is it in me that wants or even loves to be expressed?
After about 90 minutes everyone will be asked to show their drawing to the group, one after the other, and to talk about the experience. It is important that every member of the group says what he or she sees or feels in looking at the drawing of someone else, because in this course togetherness is all-important.
What is expressed is an image-language, and therefore a different language. The love of what it is that wants to be expressed in you might need time and practice to become apparent. This image-language is a language we are not familiar with and coming to an understanding of it needs practise and requires patience.
This course offers the opportunity to have an experience of what it means to be guided by the heart.
Everyone can draw, and it is fascinating and endlessly surprising to try to interpret this image language together; equally we enjoy each other’s company. Anyone is welcome to join and share this experience.
There will be time for meditation, short periods of work in house or garden and opportunities for some study and conversation.
Cost £400 The cost includes accommodation, meals and all materials. If numbers of participants is small, each guest will get a single room. If numbers are large, accommodation will be in double or triple rooms and a £60 supplement will be required to guarantee a single room.
Day rate: £35 provided space is available.
This includes morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and materials.
Please contact Chisholme if you would like to take up this option.
Note on course fees: There are no standard concessions offered. However, we try to ensure the course is accessible to those on low incomes. So if you would find the cost prohibitive please email email@example.com for advice.
The Chisholme kitchen provides food in keeping with the spiritual and material aims of its education. Chisholme is not vegetarian but meat is prepared with the deepest respect for its benefit and origin. Meanwhile vegetarian dishes comprise the majority of the food served and are always available as an option. We are unable to meet vegan requirements. However, special diets can be catered for where there is a medical reason. Please let us know your needs when you book your stay.
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I am looking forward to meeting you!
Since my earliest childhood I loved to draw; it is my life-long passion.
I was introduced to Beshara and the idea of the oneness of being in 1979. This struck a cord, and my husband and I participated in two six-month retreats at Chisholme. The courses were profound and deeply transformative. Many things changed for me then. One such change was that I no longer wanted to draw what I saw with my physical eyes, nor wanted to draw from my imagination. It became crystal clear that what I really want is to concentrate and listen to the interior, and bring out what wants to be expressed from there. Learning how to do this needed years of practice.
It became possible to share this learning, and develop it further, when I was invited to run courses in intuitive drawing at a Center in Maastricht, my home town in Holland.
I love working as part of a group; the collective intention brings about a concentration which is so much deeper than what is possible to achieve on my own.
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