Encountering Nature and the Nature of Things: Foundation Course in Goethean Science [July 13-25, Ghent, NY]

CHANGE: summer 2020 will not be residential; contact the sponsor. New foundation course in Goethean science from The Nature Institute, begins summer 2020, please apply early.

The course will begin in 2020 with distance learning: readings, Zoom conversations, and a few podcasts of conversations between course facilitators.

Residential intensives planned to begin in July 2021, with guided study and practice during the year

Core Faculty: Craig Holdrege, Henrike Holdrege, Jon McAlice, John Gouldthorpe

If we want to attain a living understanding of nature,
we must become as living and flexible as nature herself.

                                                                     — Goethe

This new program offers the challenge and the opportunity to move beyond the static, object-like abstractions of contemporary thought toward a fluid, transformative way of perceiving and thinking. When we begin to apprehend the dynamic and relational nature of the world, we embark on a scientific pathway to its living qualities. Nature begins to show herself in surprising new ways, and our connection to her deepens.

With the will to learn from the phenomena, we can develop what Goethe called “delicate empiricism.” This demands practice and the willingness to confront ingrained habits of thought that prevent us from experiencing nature as creative activity. Overcoming such habits and developing new flexible ways of seeing and thinking are not matters of surface change. They call for an in-depth transformation, something this program aims to facilitate.

The knowledge [we] seek is not meant for controlling the world, but, rather, for
unlocking it and letting a mute world become one that speaks to us in a thousand places.

— Erwin Straus

Full details here.