This course contains new patterns and slide show presentations. So it is good for those who’ve previously taken part in the tutor’s geometry class at West Dean or online. But it would also be appropriate for complete beginners who haven’t taken part in this type of class before.
‘Geometry is a universal language. The laws of geometry are infinite and the same, regardless of difference of culture or location. As a result of this unchanging quality it has been considered sacred in different religious traditions due to it reflecting the unchanging world of spirit. The wider cosmos is full of spheres that are moving in circular motions. Together the patterns of movement create spirals of galaxy formations which astronomically reflect similar spirals found in sea shells. The five-foldness of the wild rose reflects the five-foldness of a cosmological phenomenon known as the Venus pentagram. But the same five-foldness is also found in microscopic sea organisms called diatoms.’
This course will help you understand both the practical and symbolic aspects of the art of sacred geometry, and how to bring together these two approaches to create one integrated study.
You will learn the principles of geometry and how it applies to the natural world and wider cosmos. You then learn techniques to translate this knowledge into your drawing.
Through a series of exercises, you begin drawing simple patterns and then slowly move onto slightly more complex ones. You then explore colour to complete your drawings. Throughout the drawing sessions conversation will be encouraged and supported as you focus on the contemplative dimension of the practise of sacred geometry, and discover how this has been used in different spiritual and religious traditions going back into history.
By the end of the course, you will have completed a series of coloured patterns and gained knowledge and understanding of the symbolic dimension of the art.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)