Science, Art, Sound, & the Sacred
With Merlin Sheldrake, Cosmo Sheldrake and Rupert Sheldrake
July 31 - August 4, 2024
Explore the entanglements between science, art, sound, and the sacred in a beautiful, wild setting.
What we call art and science both arise from our faculties of imagination, wonder, and curiosity. We will spend part of our time outdoors – in gardens, on seashores and in forests – connecting with the more-than-human world and bringing together ideas with direct experience. We will explore scientific, artistic, and spiritual traditions through discussion, play, singing, listening, looking, pilgrimage, thinking, and celebration.
“My expectations were HIGH, and surpassed. The fluidity of program and the caliber of participants were outrageously good.” – past participant
Merlin will explore the world of fungi and the ways that a deeper understanding of symbiotic relationships – between ourselves, fungi, plants, bacteria, and others – can change our understanding of the planet on which we live, and the ways that we think, feel, and behave. Cosmo will consider the fundamental roles of sound in the living world and will lead us in sound experiments, singing, and musical celebration. Rupert will discuss his hypothesis of morphic resonance, which he suggests underlies memory in nature as well as our cultural and personal memories. He will also show how scientific studies can illuminate a wide range of spiritual practices.
“Beyond expectations. Deeply engaging while being accessible for a person that has little background in science.” – past participant
By leaning into ambiguity, by focusing on relationships between entities, by remembering to find excitement in what we don’t know, we hope to deepen our sense of the sacred and recover a sense of wholeness.
A detailed schedule will be available at least 2 weeks in advance of the program. View sample schedule here.
Merlin Sheldrake, PhD, is a biologist and author of Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds, and Shape Our Futures, a New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller, and winner of the Royal Society Book Prize and the Wainwright Prize. Merlin is a research associate of the…
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Cosmo Sheldrake is a multi-instrumentalist musician producer, composer, and sound artist. Cosmo released his first single ‘The Moss’ in 2014, which was followed by the ‘Pelicans We’ EP in 2015 and his debut album The Much Much How How and I in April, 2018. Much of Cosmo’s work is concerned…
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Rupert Sheldrake, PhD, is a biologist and author of more than a hundred technical papers and nine books, including Ways To Go Beyond, And Why They Work. He was a fellow of Clare College, Cambridge University, where he was Director of Studies in Cell Biology, and was also a Research…
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