Transformational Thinking: A New Look at “Looking” – Spring Retreat & Course Offerings
February 1, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - February 3, 2019 @ 11:30 am
“Humans remain in an incomplete state if they do not take in hand the transformative substance within themselves, and transform themselves through their own power.”
-R.S., Intuitive Thinking as a Spiritual Path
What does it mean for thinking to be free? Can we change our thinking so that we can participate more directly with the inner patterns that underlie the very foundations of experience? How can we understand and utilize principles of transformative thinking in a way that supports our personal and professional development, as well as the evolution of the planet?
This GLWI offering explores Rudolf Steiner’s approach to understanding understanding, how it relates to human freedom and morality, and how it provides a context that helps us change our thinking so that we can become an active participant in the unfolding of reality in new ways.
The course will open with a weekend retreat on the theme of Transformation. In addition to presentations and conversations on the theme, the evening and weekend event will incorporate artistic experiences of metamorphosis through eurythmy and transformation through artistic work. Participants will experience the four stages of alchemical transformation and will get to live with that messy in-between part where nothing makes sense, until it does.
The asynchronous 10-week online portion of the course will follow, running from Monday, February 4th – Monday, April 8th. The course will include the study of Rudolf Steiner’s seminal work Intuitive Thinking as a Spiritual Path (aka The Philosophy of Freedom) as well as supplemental readings on the theme of transformation. The course places emphasis on embodied knowing, observation as a contemplative practice, and on relating abstract knowledge to immediate experience. Participants will have the opportunity to implement transformative practices in their own lives and become aware of how such practices support and bring about change in their private life, social interactions, and professional work.