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Schedule for Exploring the Divided Brain.

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Over the 4 days, in addition to Iain McGilchrist’s 14 talks, there are 6 optional sessions in the schedule where there are a variety of things to choose from. These sessions are designed to give guests the chance to assimilate the content of Iain’s talks and/or explore possible implications. Everyone has different ways in which they like to do this. Some like to talk, others like to have some introverted time and others just like to do something a bit different for a while. The choice is yours and you can just see how you feel on the day. These sessions include optional practical workshops, illustrated talks, lively discussion groups and quiet reflection time. In all cases, you choose whatever you prefer to do in the way that suits you best.

Activities and options between Iain McGilchrist’s fourteen lectures, over the 4 days, include:

  • For those of you who seek stimulating conversation, and want to talk with like-minded people, you can join in with the organised discussion groups.  As with the chats over meals, it is amazing to hear all the different ways in which individuals have come to (and are looking to apply) the learning from Iain’s work.
  • Or if you prefer to simply have some time to yourself there is the option of relaxing in the comfortable coffee lounges, on the terraces, in the hotel grounds or of course, for those who are full-board, the peace and quiet of your own room. The hotel also has a lovely spa and you will have free use of the gym, outdoor jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, and a heated swimming pool, squash and tennis courts. You may also pop into nearby Historic Tewkesbury, visit the magnificent Abbey and enjoy the beautiful riverside walks.
  • A wide range of optional Illustrated Talks tba. See below for more information and keep a check on the website for updates.
  • Last but not least are the optional practical workshops exploring Visual, Auditory and Kinaesthetic sensory experiences and practising forms of mindfulness and meditation through seeing, hearing and moving. There will also be space for artists to work, and musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments.

Saturday

NB. This is a sample Schedule and is subject to change

10.00 – 11.00 Registration and welcome teas and coffees

11.00 – 11.15 Welcome and introduction to the course by, Samantha Field, Founder Owner and Creative Director of ‘Field’, Coach, Artist and Dancer (Cotswold Suite)

11.15 – 1.00 Iain McGilchrist:  ‘Introduction to the Hemispheres’ (Cotswold Suite)

1.00 – 2.00 Lunch with Iain McGilchrist (Berkeley Suite)

2.00 – 2.10 Samantha Field introduces the talks, discussion groups and other things on offer, for the mid-day sessions (Cotswold Suite),

2.10 – 3.30 Choice of:

  • Led discussion with Jenny Mackness – asking the question: ‘What changes in education might we need to prevent left brain dominance?’ (Lancastrian room)
  • Led discussion – ‘How the Arts might be our Salvation’ (Piano Lounge)
  • Illustrated talk with Annalisa Burello – ‘Art and Spirituality’ (Yorkist room)
  • Freestyle Musical Jamming session – bring your own instruments (Berkeley room)
  • Drawing and Painting Studio Time (Cotswold Suite)
  • Use of spa and leisure facilities; walks or quiet reflection time

3.30 – 3.45  Refreshment break  (opportunity to pick up room key for those who are resident at the hotel)

3.45 – 4.45  Iain McGilchrist:  ‘The Value and Limits of Science’ (Cotswold Suite)

4.45 – 5.00 Refreshment break  (opportunity to pick up room key for those who are resident at the hotel)

5.00 -6.00  Iain McGilchrist:  ‘Brain Disorders of the Hemispheres’ (Cotswold Suite)

7.30 – Dinner with Iain McGilchrist

9.00 – Drinks with Iain McGilchrist

Sunday

7.15  – 8.45  Breakfast

8.50 – 9.00 Introduction to the day with Samantha Field

9.00 – 10.00 Iain McGilchrist: ‘What is Language for?’ (Cotswold Suite)

10.00 – 10.30 Morning tea/coffee and pastries with Iain McGilchrist

10.30 -11.30 Iain McGilchrist: Interview (Cotswold Suite)

11.30 – 1.00 Choice of:

  • Music workshop with Paul Cavaciuti
  • Music workshop with musician, Tywi Roberts – first half, second continues after lunch (Lancastrian room)
  • Discussion group: ‘The Value and Limits of Science’ (Lounge)
  • Discussion group: ‘What is Language for?’ (Piano Lounge)
  • Freestyle Musical Jamming session – bring your own instruments (Berkeley room)
  • Drawing and Painting Studio Time (Cotswold Suite)
  • Use of spa and leisure facilities; walks or quiet reflection time.

1.00 – 2.00 Lunch with Iain McGilchrist

2.00 – 3.30 Choice of:

  • Talk on Economic History with Duncan Austin
  • Talk/workshop with Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Specialist, Speaker and Author, Simon Maryan (Yorkist room)
  • Musical Circulating workshop with, musician, Tywi Roberts –  second half – continued from morning session (Lancastrian room)
  • Discussion group: ‘Brain disorders of the hemispheres’ (Lounge)
  • Discussion group: tba
  • Freestyle Musical Jamming session – bring your own instruments (Berkeley room)
  • Drawing and Painting Studio Time (Cotswold Suite)
  • Use of spa and leisure facilities; walks or quiet reflection time.

3.30 – 3.45  Refreshment break

3.45 – 4.45   Iain McGilchrist: ‘The Value and Limits of Reason’ (Cotswold Suite)

4.45 – 5.00  Refreshment break

5.00 -6.00  Iain McGilchrist: ‘Are we becoming machines?’ (Cotswold Suite)

7.30 for 8.00  Dinner with Iain McGilchrist

9.00  Drinks with Iain McGilchrist

Monday

7.15  – 8.45  Breakfast

8.50 – 9.00 Introduction to the day with Samantha Field

9.00 – 10.00  Talk by Iain McGilchrist: ‘The Value and Limits of Intuition’ (Cotswold Suite)

10.00 – 10.30  Morning tea/coffee and pastries with Iain McGilchrist

10.30 -12.00   Choice of:

  • Workshop: with Samantha Field – ‘Feeling Music through the Rhythm of Movement and Dance’ (Yorkist room)
  • Talk/Workshop: with Georgina Cahill – ‘Mindfulness: Noticing our Everyday behaviours’  (Lancastrian room)
  • Discussion group:  Are we Becoming Machines? (Lounge)
  • Discussion group: ‘The Value and Limits of Reason and Intuition’ (Piano Lounge)
  • Freestyle Musical Jamming session – bring your own instruments (Berkeley room)
  • Drawing and Painting Studio Time (Cotswold Suite)
  • Use of spa and leisure facilities; walks or quiet reflection time

12.00 – 1.00 Iain McGilchrist: Interview (Cotswold Suite)

1.00 – 2.00  Lunch with Iain McGilchrist

2.00 – 3.30 Talk by Iain McGilchrist: The value and limits of imagination (Cotswold Suite)

3.30 – 3.45  Refreshment break

3.45 – 4.45  Choice of:

  • Illustrated talk with, Artist and Photographer, Samantha Field – ‘Communicating without words’ (Yorkist room)
  • Talk/Workshop: with Georgina Cahill – ‘Mindfulness: Ideas and practises to take home with us’  (Lancastrian room)
  • Discussion group: ‘The value and limits of imagination’ (Lounge)
  • Discussion group: tba (Piano Lounge)
  • Freestyle Musical Jamming session – bring your own instruments (Berkeley room)
  • Drawing and Painting Studio Time (Cotswold Suite)
  • Use of spa and leisure facilities; walks or quiet reflection time.

4.45 – 5.00  Refreshment break

5.00 -6.00 Talk by Iain McGilchrist: ‘What does it mean to Think?’ (Cotswold Suite)

7.30  Dinner with Iain McGilchrist

9.00  Drinks with Iain McGilchrist

Tuesday

7.15  – 8.45  Breakfast

8.50 – 9.00 Introduction to the day with Samantha Field

9.00 – 10.00  Talk by Iain McGilchrist: ‘The power of No’ (Cotswold Suite)

10.00 – 10.30  Morning tea/coffee and pastries with Iain McGilchrist

10.30 -11.30  Talk by Iain McGilchrist: ‘Everything Flows’ (Cotswold Suite)

11.30 -11.45 Refreshment break

11.45 – 1.15  Choice of:

  • tba (Yorkist room)
  • Discussion group A: ‘The Power of No’ (Lounge)
  • Discussion group B: ‘How to Stop what we are Doing and how we can Take the Learning Home’ (Piano Lounge)
  • Discussion group C: ‘Everything Flows’ (Lancastrian room)
  • Freestyle Musical Jamming session – bring your own instruments (Berkeley room)
  • Drawing and Painting Studio Time (Cotswold Suite)
  • Use of spa and leisure facilities; walks or quiet reflection time.

1.15 – 2.00  Lunch with Iain McGilchrist

2.00 – 3.00  Final Talk by Iain McGilchrist, round up and closing thoughts. (Cotswold Suite)

3.00  Refreshments in the coffee lounge before heading home.

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Here is a sample of some of the workshops on offer:

 

Communicating without words’ with Samantha Field

‘Communicating without words’ is an illustrated talk and experiential workshop with successful Artist and Photographer, Samantha Field.
Using examples, Samantha will demonstrate the different ways in which  we interpret and understand visual language. Based on her lifelong studies, Samantha demonstrates how the formal elements of line, tone, colour, shape and form come together as a whole, to create a powerful message. Samantha will then demonstrate how increasing our visual awareness and our noticing skills can be used to aid mental health and our general well-being.

This is not a practical painting workshop but there are materials and equipment available at the back of the hall, should you in a quiet moment feel the urge to put line or paint to paper.

 

Feeling the Music and Connecting with your Body’ with Samantha Field

Samantha’s second workshop looks at Gabriel Roth and Andrea Juhan’s work around Conscious Dance, 5-Rhythms and mind/body connection. It is a gentle, non-threatening introduction to free-form dancing and is very much about dancing to learn rather than learning to dance. Absolutely no previous dance experience required. No assessment, no judgement, and no-one is watching. No worries about what you look like because this is just about you and your physical and emotional response to music. Much of the time we will have our eyes shut.

Samantha has continued develop her successful career as an artist and photographer since she graduated in Fine Art in her early 20’s.
As with art, dancing and moment have also always been a big part of Samantha’s life. She has been practising 5-Rhythms dancing for over 10 years. Whilst her teaching of art it is about helping people to really ‘see’, and the connection between the subject and themselves, her dancing is about really ‘hearing’, ‘feeling’ and connecting with our bodies.

Both practices help Samantha to balance the mental demands of running her Personal and Professional Development business, managing property and putting together events like this.

It’s all about balance…

 

‘What changes in education might we need to prevent left brain dominance?’ with Jenny Mackness

Iain McGilchrist’s book, tells us that there are two ways of attending; being and knowing; the left hemisphere’s way and the right hemisphere’s way. He argues that the left hemisphere’s view of the world is becoming increasingly dominant. This immediately suggests questions for education (primary, secondary and tertiary), pedagogy and the curriculum, such as: What are the advantages and disadvantages, with respect to education, of the left hemisphere’s view of the world? What could the right hemisphere’s view of the world contribute to education? What changes in education might we need to make to prevent left hemisphere dominance and reflect a more balanced view of the world?

As the educationalist, Jenny Mackness, reaches her eighth decade she remains interested in and open to new learning opportunities; these currently lie in philosophical subjects such as epistemology, ethics and philosophical literature. She closely follows the work of Iain McGilchrist and Stephen Downes, both of whom have influenced her thinking. She has come to realise that art, music, the natural world and interpersonal relationships are all becoming increasingly important to her. This is what Iain McGilchrist refers to as the need for an embodied life

 

‘Musical Circulating’ with Tywi Roberts

“When we pass a note, we are passing everything that we are.”

In this workshop, composer and guitarist Tywi Roberts will introduce a beautifully simple yet incredibly deep musical device which was discovered, and later highly developed, in the context of Robert Fripp’s Guitar Craft courses.

No prior experience with the guitar is required. This open and accessible approach places more emphasis on presence, and awareness of one’s surroundings, than on technique or knowledge of theory.

If we can be available in the circle, music is often not far away.

Tywi is currently researching for his Composition PhD at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, and has frequently worked in the Guitar Craft context since 2005, performing with the League of Crafty Guitarists and related ensembles on a number of occasions.

Please bring your own musical instrument for this workshop;

  • A steel-strung acoustic guitar in New Standard Tuning (C-G-D-A-E-g) is the idealbut standard tuning (E-A-D-G-B-e) is also fine.
  • A nylon strung guitar or ukulele would also function well.