A huge garden
- with questions as a driving force.
On the first weekend of each month, you can come (alone or together with others) and participate in a collective research of reality, which takes its starting point in the three ideals:
The Good, the True and the Beautiful.
What does it mean to take these ideals seriously in our contemporary, global society?
How do we cultivate these ideals in ourselves and in each other?
How can we create cultures and communities grounded in these ideals?
Starting from the position that reality cannot merely be reduced to cognitive thinking and material processes, but is in fact founded in and of something essential, transrational, infinite – something we might call consciousness or spirit or life force or love … something else entirely – we investigate together our most important questions in silence and in conversation.
The focus is not self-development, but a collective process, in which we make our ourselves available for a bigger investigation of reality.
The Culture Cloister is an open laboratory for metaphysical investigation and wonder.
Through culture we share and develop our common values.
Through culture we create the common structures and frames through which we understand reality.
It is in and through culture that we live, share, exchange and grow with others that are different from ourselves.
What is the most inspiring and beneficial way to develop cultures that are anchored in a bigger and deeper reality?
We give our time, intention and attention to a bigger and deeper reality.
We are here for the whole, not just ourselves. The aim is not self-development.
Together we are focused on silence and aim to cultivate the art of listening to a bigger reality.
We leave our ‘everday’ behind us for two days (including personal history, agendas – and mobile phones).
As hosts we will facilitate each Culture Cloister Weekend, but the weekend is a collective investigation, which we create together. We have a cross-disciplinary approach and there will also be time in the daily schedule to one’s own practice.
Our work is:
Phenomenological: To examine different aspects of reality from the point of view of an embodied human experience.
Aesthetic: Our work is grounded in participatory, sensorial and immersive art practices.
Philosophical: We are more curious about questions than answers and aim to sharpen our common language and conversation around aesthetic and metaphysical matters.
Bigger Reality: To place our unique, individual experience within the bigger time and space reality of an unfolding universe.
Collective Intelligence: To understand and develop new, more complex ways of working together that are dynamic, creative and conscious.
Human Meetings: To understand the subtle ways in which culture is created through human encounters.
We are most fascinated by what we don’t already know. We want to make space for new insights and understanding about culture and consciousness, that we can each bring with us and continue to develop and redevelop in various contexts.
The only condition to participate in a Culture Cloister Weekend is your longing and desire to do so.
Our approach aims to cultivate:
Curiousity, Generosity and Responsibility
Culture Cloister is not a ’course’, but a cloister weekend.
The standard is very basic, there is no ‘service’ as such, just the good will and generosity that we give to each other.
Culture Cloister lies in a little town called Gerning, right across the road from the Gerning church. It is an old farmhouse with a beautiful 2 hectare garden. The garden is our cloister, and the majority of each cloister weekend will take place there.