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See the article in Common Ground Magazine

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Traditional rules of science are being challenged and new perspectives are opening up – new ways of understanding how we relate to and are related to the Living world. When we leave the city behind, when we allow peace to reign, when we open to Nature, then transformation happens. 

first evening meet-up

6.30 pm          supper (pot luck)
8 – 9 pm         introductions and orientation

 Day one / two / three / four

9.30 am – 12.30 pm 
Biofilia - our connection to Nature

(Holistic Biology with Dr. Thierry Vrain)

Molecular biology is allowing us a peek at molecules at work in living cells, revealing that all cells function in the same way with the same protein molecules and the same genetic code, and the same energy molecules activate all processes in all cells of all organisms.   

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The course presents such recent discoveries for many life processes at the molecular and cellular level.   The relative place of microbes, plants, animals and humans, in the natural systems and cycles of the earth is examined.   How close are we to other living species in Nature ?

Day one   The molecules of Life

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All living cells are made of the same molecules: protein, DNA, RNA, lipid, and carbohydrate recent biochemistry are reviewed.  Other components are introduced: non-coding RNAs, epigenetics, metallo-proteins, cell membrane, energy metabolism, communication molecules.

Day two   Life at the microscopic level

Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic cells, common descent and evolution, horizontal gene transfer, symbiosis, viruses, chloroplasts, mitochondria, nitrogen fixation, protists, the Tree of Life.

Day three   Plants and Fungi

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Lichens, fungi, mycorhiza, plants, feeding behaviour, roots and radicle brain networks, microbiome, awareness, intelligence.

Day four   Viruses and Animals

Phage therapy, evolution by viruses, soil animals, food web, symbiosis, parasitism, predation, consciousness.


12.30 – 2 pm  lunch is provided each day

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2 – 5 pm  Biophilia
facilitated by Chanchal Cabrera

Day one           Goethean Plant Study 
A scientific and experiential application of subjective and objective criteria in the study of nature; deepening practices, expanding visual awareness

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Day two           Shinrin Yoku Forest Walk discussion and slide show of sacred trees around the world and the science of Vitamin G; followed by walking in the woods in contemplative silence.

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Day three        Humors, Temperaments and the Seasons
understanding how foods and flavors can be medicines if they are given in accordance with constitution 

Nature Mandala – outside for 2 hours picking and placing natural found materials into a collective mandala 

Day four          Sacred Geometry in Nature
understand the patterns of nature as seen in DNA and sunflowers and galaxies and our connection within it.

Walk the Labyrinth – discussion of the meaning and myths and uses of the labyrinth. Opportunity to draw a card and set an intention

Closing circle