Schedule for Exploring the Divided Brain – 2021

 

 

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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, 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.

Click here to see confirmed talks and workshops, more to follow.

Saturday

NB.  This schedule may be subject to change

10.00 – 11.00 Registration and welcome teas and coffees

11.00 – 11.20 Welcome and introduction to the course by, Samantha Field, Founder Owner and Creative Director of ‘Field & Field’, Coach, Artist and Dancer (Lecture Theatre)

11.20 – 12.35 Talk by Iain McGilchrist: ‘Introduction to the Hemispheres’/ ‘The Matter with Things’ (Lecture Theatre)

12.35 – 2.45 Samantha Field – Workshops, lunch arrangements and how to get your hands on pre-release copies of Iain McGilchrist’s new book.

12.45 – 2.00 Lunch with Iain McGilchrist (The restaurant)

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

2.10 – 3.30 Choice of:

  • Discussion Group 1 – ‘What do we know about the Hemispheres?’ (Lecture Theatre Lounge)
  • Discussion Group 2 –  ‘The Matter with Things’ (Lecture Theatre Lounge)
  • Talk by Jayaraja  – ‘Evolution or Extinction a Buddhist’s view of current world problems’ (Lecture Theatre)
  • Led discussion with Jenny Mackness – asking the question: ‘A Paradigm Shift In Education? What Can We Learn From Iain McGilchrist?’ (Piano Lounge)
  • Discussion Group 3 –  Guest led topics for discussion (Cocktail Lounge)
  • Discussion Group 4 –  ‘The Value of Working with our Hands?’ Facilitated by Paul Pule (Cocktail Lounge)
  • Improvised Dance Workshop with Anthony Gimpel (Workshop Space)
  • Freestyle Musical Jamming session – bring your own instruments (Music Room)
  • Drawing and Painting Studio Time (Art Room)
  • Use of spa, sports 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  Talk by Iain McGilchrist: ‘Brain disorders of the hemispheres’ (Lecture Theatre) 

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

5.00 – 6.00  Talk by Iain McGilchrist: ‘What is language for?’ (Lecture Theatre)

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 Talk by Iain McGilchrist: ‘The value and limits of science’ (Lecture Theatre)

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

10.30 – 11.30 Talk by Iain McGilchrist: ‘The value and limits of reason’ (Lecture Theatre)

11.30 – 1.00 Choice of:

  • Discussion Group 1 – ‘What is language for?’ (Lecture Theatre Lounge)
  • Discussion Group 2 – ‘The value and limits of science’ (Lecture Theatre Lounge)
  • Talk by Douglas Wren – ‘Making Connections with Christianity’ (Lecture Theatre)
  • Led discussion with Annalisa Burello – ‘Art and Spirituality’ (Piano Lounge)
  • Discussion Group 3 –  Guest led topics for discussion (Cocktail Lounge)
  • Discussion Group 4 –  ‘How the Arts can be part of our Salvation’ Facilitated by Paul Pule (Cocktail Lounge)
  • Workshop with Anne L Ryan – ‘Being In The Body-Sound Bridge’  (Workshop Space). Bring your own yoga mat
  • ‘Group creativity and Musical circulating’ workshop with, musician, Tywi Roberts – first half, second continues after lunch (Music Room)
  • Drawing and Painting Studio Time (Art Room)
  • Use of spa, sports and leisure facilities; walks or quiet reflection time

1.00 – 2.00 Lunch with Iain McGilchrist

2.00 – 3.30 Choice of:

  • Discussion Group 1 – ‘The Value and Limits of Science’ (Lecture Theatre Lounge)
  • Discussion Group 2 –  ‘The Value and limits of Reason’ (Lecture Theatre Lounge)
  • Talk by Gary Goldberg – Kabbalah and the Divided Brain streamed live (Lecture Theatre)
  • Discussion Group 3 –  Guest led topics for discussion (Cocktail Lounge)
  • Discussion Group 4 –  ‘The Balance of ‘being’ vs ‘doing’ Facilitated by Paul Pule (Cocktail Lounge)
  • Workshop with Anne L Ryan – ‘Being In The Body-Sound Bridge’  (Workshop Space). Bring your own yoga mat
  • ‘Group creativity and Musical circulating’ workshop with, musician, Tywi Roberts – second half – continued from morning session  (Music Room)
  • Drawing and Painting Studio Time (Art Room)
  • Use of spa, sports and leisure facilities; walks or quiet reflection time
3.30 – 3.45  Refreshment break

3.45 – 4.45  Talk by Iain McGilchrist: ‘The value and limits of intuition’ (Lecture Theatre)

4.45 – 5.00  Refreshment break

5.00 – 6.00 Talk by Iain McGilchrist: ‘What is imagination?’ (Lecture Theatre)

7.30 – Dinner with Iain McGilchrist

8.45 – 10.15 – Screening of the film ‘Finding Blake’ by James Murray-White in the company of 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 coincidence of opposites’ (Lecture Theatre)

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

10.30 – 11.30 Talk by Iain McGilchrist: ‘The One and the Many’ (Lecture Theatre)

11.30 – 1.00  Choice of:

  • Discussion Group 1 – ‘The value and limits of intuition’ (Lecture Theatre Lounge)
  • Discussion Group 2 –  ‘What is imagination?’ (Lecture Theatre Lounge)
  • Talk/workshop on ‘Emotional & Psychological Resilience’, with Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Specialist and Author, Simon Maryan (Lecture Theatre)
  • Workshop/Talk with Jayaraja ‘Mindful Communication – a Language of the Heart’ (Piano Lounge)
  • Discussion Group 3 –  Guest led topics for discussion (Cocktail Lounge)
  • Discussion group 4 – ‘What Next? How do I commit to Change on a personal level?’ Facilitated by Paul Pule (Cocktail Lounge)
  • Workshop/Talk with Paul Cavaciuti –‘The Music of the Hemispheres’  (Workshop Space)
  • Freestyle Musical Jamming session – bring your own instruments (Music Room)
  • Drawing and Painting Studio Time (Art Room)
  • Use of spa, sports and leisure facilities; walks or quiet reflection time

1.00 – 2.00  Talk by Lunch with Iain McGilchrist

2.00 – 3.30  Choice of:

  • Discussion Group 1 – ‘The coincidence of opposites’ (Lecture Theatre Lounge)
  • Discussion Group 2 – ‘The One and the Many’ (Lecture Theatre Lounge)
  • Talk by Stephen Lowy on ‘Changing Minds – IM and Ancient Chinese Philosophy’Streamed live (Lecture Theatre)
  • Discussion Group 3 – Guest led topics for discussion (Cocktail Lounge)
  • Discussion group 4 – ‘What does the necessary paradigm shift look like? What is needed to make that shift happen?’ Facilitated by Paul Pule (Cocktail Lounge)
  • Workshop – Rachel Done with yoga and breath work (Workshop Space)
  • Freestyle Musical Jamming session – bring your own instruments (Music Room)
  • Drawing and Painting Studio Time (Art Room)
  • Use of spa, sports and leisure facilities, walks or quiet reflection time
  • 3.30 – 3.45  Refreshment break

3.45 – 4.45 Talk by Iain McGilchrist: ‘The nature of time’ (Lecture Theatre)

4.45 – 5.00  Refreshment break

5.00 – 6.00 Talk by Iain McGilchrist: ‘Matter and consciousness’ (Lecture Theatre)

7.30 – Dinner with Iain McGilchrist

9.00 – Drinks with Iain McGilchrist

Tuesday

7.15  – 8.45  Breakfast and check out of room

8.50 – 9.00 Introduction to the day with Samantha Field

9.00 – 10.00  Talk by Iain McGilchrist: ‘What are values?’ (Lecture Theatre)

10.00 – 10.30  Morning tea/coffee and pastries and last chance to check out of room before 11 am

10.30 – 11.30  Talk by ‘The sense of the sacred’ (Lecture Theatre)

11.30 – 11.35  Intro to next session and refreshment break in break out spaces

11.35 – 12.20 Discussion group rooms (Please take your refreshments with you):

‘The nature of time’ (Lecture Theatre Lounge)

‘Matter and consciousness’ (Lecture Theatre Lounge)

‘What are values?’ (Lecture Theatre)

‘The sense of the sacred’ (Lecture Theatre)

‘How to move towards a more right hemisphere approach and what that might look like’

‘What Next? How do I commit to Change on a personal level’?

Topic from the group TBA

Topic from the group TBA

Topic from the group TBA

Topic from the group TBA

12.20 – 1.00  Feedback from discussion groups, 3 minutes each, facilitated by Samantha Field

1.00 – 2.00  Lunch with Iain McGilchrist

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

3.00 – 3.30 What Next’ by Samantha Field (Lecture Theatre)

3.30 – Refreshments, chats and goodbyes in the bar and lounges before heading home

3.00 – 3.30 ‘What Next’ by Samantha Field (Lecture Theatre)

3.30 – Refreshments, chats and goodbyes in the bar and lounges before heading home.

 

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