Intuitive Drawing Course
July 1 – 8, 2017
Draw from the heart and learn to see and listen in a new way. In practising to draw the mind always wants to interfere. It is important to distinguish what the heart is trying to say from what the mind is trying to determine. Once this is learned, this skill can be applied in everyday life.
This course is an invitation to draw from the heart, and to learn to see and listen in a new way. It is an opportunity to learn to see and understand through images rather than through words.
In practising to draw, you will experience that the mind always wants to interfere. It is important to distinguish what the heart is trying to say from what the mind is trying to determine. Once this is learned, you will be able to apply this skill in everyday life.
What is important is listening, listening with an inner ear. You can ask and await answers to questions such as: What material do I want to use? What colour? What form? What is it in me that wants or even loves to be expressed?
This does not need to have anything to do with making a beautiful drawing or painting. It is an image language, and therefore a different language. The love of what it is that wants to be expressed in you might need time and practice to become apparent. This image-language is a language we are not familiar with and coming to an understanding of it needs practice and requires trust and patience. The understanding of what is drawn requires interpretation and this also needs to be learned.
Each session will begin by coming together as a group with a short invocation for help and guidance. Then we will start drawing (or painting) in silence.
After about 90 minutes everyone will be asked to show their drawing to the group, one after the other, and to talk about the experience. It is important that every member of the group says what he or she sees or feels in looking at the drawing of someone else, because in this course togetherness is all important. Anyone can draw, and it is fascinating and endlessly surprising to try to interpret this image language together; equally, we enjoy each other’s company.
There will be time for meditation, short periods of work in house or garden and opportunities for some study and conversation.
This is a residential course at the Chisholme Institute a beautiful estate in the moors of the Scottish Borders, an hour and a half from Edinburgh, Newcastle and Carlisle.
The Chisholme Institute is a school dedicated to exploring the essential unity of all existence, the true nature of the self, and how our understanding of this informs how we are in the world.
Since my earliest childhood I loved to draw; it is my life-long passion. I was introduced to Beshara and the idea of the oneness of being in 1979. This struck a cord, and my husband and I participated in two six-month retreats at Chisholme. The courses were profound and deeply transformative. Many things changed for me then. One such change was that I no longer wanted to draw what I saw with my physical eyes, nor wanted to draw from my imagination. It became crystal clear that what I really want is to concentrate and listen to the interior, and bring out what wants to be expressed from there. Learning how to do this needed years of practice. It became possible to share this learning, and develop it further, when I was invited to run courses in intuitive drawing at a centre in Maastricht, my home town in Holland. I love working as part of a group; the collective intention brings about a concentration which is so much deeper than what is possible to achieve on my own.
Booking & Fees
Shared double or triple bedroom: £295
Single room (when available): £375
*Accommodation and all meals are included.
**A non-refundable deposit of £60 is required in advance; the balance is payable on arrival.
The Chisholme Institute tries to ensure that people are not excluded for financial reasons and may be able to offer a reduced fee to those who need it.
Course / Event location
The Chisholme Institute, Chisholme House, Hawick TD9 7PH, UK
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