“He spoke of the very simple things – that it is right for a gull to fly, that freedom is the very nature of his being, that whatever stands against that freedom must be set aside, be it ritual or superstition or limitation in any form.
“Set aside,” came a voice from the multitude, “even if it is the Law of the Flock?”
“The only true law is that which leads to freedom,” Jonathan said. “There is no other.””
– Richard Bach – Jonathan Livingston Seagull
In this mini-course we want to explore the phenomenon of personal practice. We use Richard Bach’s book about the seagull who becomes enlightened and transcends default reality as poetic inspiration for a 9 week exploration of how we can take more leadership in our lives through practice – how practice can lead us on a path of freedom.
06 November: 11.00 – 18.00
The course starts with a full day of diving into and exploring the phenomenon of practice. We will use “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” as a poetic framework and reference point for understanding core aspects of practice.
The book describes four important stages of practice:
1. Individuation through practice
2. Transcendence through practice
3. Becoming a teacher
4. The practice as dogma
Based on this map we will work with what it means to have a personal practice, showcase some of the different practices we have been in touch with and talk about the meaningfulness of choosing a practice. We will also work with the difference between following dogma and personal practice.
Some of the themes we will cover are:
– Practice as exploration of the unknown.
– Freedom through discipline and dedication.
– Finding good teachers.
– Beginner’s mind and what it means to be a student.
– Self leadership and authorship.
– Bringing your practice into life.
We will end the first day of the course with commitments. Here you will commit to a practice of your own choice and write down how you wish to bring it into life. You will also be introduced to a way of documenting your process.
22 November: 18.00 – 21.00 ; 13 December: 18.00 – 21.00
The second part of the course will be two check-ins, three weeks apart where we meet as a group to reflect and share about our experiences with practicing in the previous period.
10 January: 18.00 – 21.00
The third part of the course is a celebration. You will be invited to share something about your discoveries at an open event in Relational Spaces.
Dates: 06.11. | 22.11. | 13.12. | 10.01. |
Participants: max 12
We sell earlybird tickets for 750,- if you sign up before October 6th.
ABOUT THE FACILITATORS
Peter Munthe-Kaas (40) started practicing Tai Chi when he was 25. This practice led him to discover that his body was more than a vessel to carry his mind around and he started enjoying dance and movement more. From the embodiment also came a keen interest in the truth and how to become more honest, vulnerable and present in relationships which is the path Peter still finds himself on. Peter teaches circling in Copenhagen and at Circling Europe’s SAS trainings.
Viola Ellehammer Dasseville (25) started to experiment with having a practice when she was 16. She moves within the field of Fine Art and Relational Practices, where integrity, dignity and the art of being with is core to her interest. She is an active art practitioner currently under Glasgow School of Art, and besides that, she facilitates Systemic Constellation, Conflict Mediation, and are training as a Circling Facilitator with Circling Europe.
**Peter and Viola have circling as a common practice, they are different places on their journeys as practitioners and the encounters they have had around practice has inspired them to make this mini-course.