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Awakening to the Human Encounter (in the Age of Technology)

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  • Organizer: MIchael Gallant
  • Date: Oct 19-21
  • Start Time: 5pm
  • Event Length: Friday evening, Saturday, Sunday till 5pm
  • Location: Stone Hearst (North End)
  • Expires: 21 days, 10 hours

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    As we look out into the world we are confronted with a profound (and troubling) realization- technology is reshaping nearly every aspect of human society as we have known it. Even those committed to a more spiritual way of life may find themselves “pulled into the vortex” as it becomes increasing necessary or convenient for work, travel and even social connection. Yet, despite the ubiquitous nature of social media platforms and online chat, many people are becoming less able to relate In truly human ways. Loneliness, depression, suicide and anti-social behaviors are an epidemic.

    Equally concerning is the proliferation of Artificial Intelligence and the efforts by those promoting the Technological Singularity to replicate human beings or merge man and machine. What kind of future will emerge from the technological revolution? How can we prepare for it?

    100 years ago Rudolf Steiner provided methods to awaken our (threefold) human capacities in our daily social interactions, as well as our group activities. Sometimes called the “anthroposophical social impulse”, or Goethean conversation by others, we will explore these methods over the weekend to dive deeply into this most essential of human capacities, as the spiritual anecdote to the technological deception. Key reading on this work can be found in More Precious than Light by Margreet Van Den Brink, the Mysteries of Social Encounters by Dieter Brull and Athys Floride’s Human Encounters and Karma.

    Some questions to ponder as we enter into this work…How can we reconnect and reimagine what it means to be human in the age of technology? How can we awaken new capacities for meeting the other, for discovering the mysteries that are waiting to reveal themselves just beyond the threshold of our everyday awareness? How can we awaken to our karmic companions, and work with them to bring our destiny impulses into a technological world?

    Conversation work (no lectures!) will be facilitated by Michael Gallant, and balanced with twice daily outdoor Eurythmy with Wendalyn von Meyenfeldt , a 2 hour workshop with Hannah Hidson to explore Norse Mythology through social theatre, Nature connection hike, delicious and wholesome meals together, and collective knowledge sharing about our cultural and economic work.

    The venue, Stone Hearst, located on Salt Spring Island offers a quaint Renaissance style villa, surrounded by beautiful stone work, gardens, ponds and fountains. Conversations will be held around a wood burning hearth in a Wi-Fi free space. Some on site accommodations are available on a first come first serve basis for those traveling from off island.

    Because of the intimate nature of conversation work, and the venue size the workshop will be limited to 12 participants. It is hoped that participants will go away from the weekend, inspired to form circles and continue the conversation with new circles in their communities.

    $200 to $300 sliding scale price per person. Costs include program, Saturday and Sunday breakfast and lunch plus some healthy snacks and beverages. We can cook a shared dinner together in the kitchen, or go out for dinner, as participants wish. Participants can start on the Saturday morning if they wish, however participation is required for both Saturday and Sunday.

    Call : 250-221-8686 or Email: michael@vcircle.ca

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