|Design Your Self Retreat: Creating Balance; February 8-10, 2013||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Nance Longley (longleyumn.edu)|
|Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2012 17:53:13 -0800 (PST)|
*Design Your Self: Creating Balance* "It is the harmony of the diverse parts, their symmetry, their happy balance; in a word it is all that introduces order, all that gives unity, that permits us to see clearly and to comprehend at once both the ensemble and the details." - Jules H. Poincare, French mathematician and theoretical physicist, and a philosopher of science *What:* A retreat to explore the design principle of balance, both in the contexts of design and of philosophy—how is balance useful in building our understandings of self? How does it or can it shape our visual, physical, and emotional experiences? What would our lives look like if we had "perfect balance"? *When:* Evening of February 8 to noon on Sunday, February 10, 2013 *Where:* Shalom Hill Farm, Windom, Minnesota (about 2.5 hours southwest of the Twin Cities) This will be the third in a series of retreats to explore principles and elements of design through stories, activities, and conversation. In August we looked at white space, and we met again in November to "up the contrast". In February we'll make a retreat around balance, looking at what it takes to create balance in a composition and in our own lives. Balance doesn't just mean perfect symmetry - to create a dynamic and harmonious balance is a much more complex process. Join us the weekend of November 16-18 for some good conversation, good food, great stories, and art-making about where we find balance in our lives. *Some background: *Peter Shea and I, two instructors for the University philosophy course Lives Worth Living: Questions of Self, Vocation, and Community (Philosophy Camp), had a brainstorm/conversation during last spring’s course about playing with the intersection of design and philosophy by looking at one through the lens of the other. To further explore this idea we decided to initiate a series of occasional weekend retreats, playing with design elements and concepts like contrast, hierarchy, proximity, etc. We do hands-on design activities and use design concepts as metaphors for telling and listening to stories from our own and each others’ lives. The format for the weekend follows one used in a series of “folk school retreats” that helped develop the ideas that eventually became Philosophy Camp. In the spirit of “design it yourself”, participants work together to design parts of the retreat. Everyone is invited to help with meal preparation and clean-up and there are open times when participants are able to create group or individual activities. Participants can attend one retreat or may be inspired to attend several, depending on their interest and availability — each retreat will be a theme that is independent of the others, so it won’t be necessary to attend them all or in sequence to get something out of the experience. Rough schedule for the retreat weekend: *Friday, February 8* Arrive in time for 6 p.m. dinner (arrive around 4 p.m. if you would like to help with cooking). After clean-up we’ll do an introductory story circle and evening design activity *Saturday, February 9* Breakfast will be a self-serve assortment of baked goods, granola, fruit, and yogurt. Eggs are also available. We’ll meet at around 9 a.m. for a story circle, then break to prepare and eat lunch. After lunch there will be hands-on design activities. Later in the afternoon there will be free time available to go for a walk, take a nap, do some sketching, or whatever. We’ll start preparing dinner around 5 p.m. After dinner and dishes are done there will be more open time for conversations, walks, and/or group-generated activities. *Sunday, February 10* After breakfast we’ll have a closing story circle, then be ready to leave by noon. *Cost* for the weekend is on a sliding scale: $72, $92, or $112. The actual fee of $92 includes a single room for two nights and all food. Pay the lower fee of $72 if that’s what you can afford, or the higher fee of $112 if you can afford to provide a scholarship. If you share a room your fee will be $10 less for the weekend ($62, $82, $102). We can accommodate up to 20 participants. Shalom Hill Farm is a modern retreat facility on a historic farm near Windom, Minn. The surrounding landscape of restored prairie, wetlands, and wide-open skies provide a peaceful and rejuvenating experience. Although it’s not a working farm, there are chickens (and fresh eggs), sheep, cats, and Otie, the Jack Russell Terrier (who loves to go on prairie walks). *RSVP* to Nance at longley [at] umn.edu, by Friday, February 1 and then we’ll get information out to you about driving directions. Let me know if you have any dietary restrictions so we can plan the food accordingly. Meals will be simple and vegetarian, with a vegan option if needed. Contact me at longley [at] umn.edu with any questions. Feel free to forward to anyone you think may be interested. Hope you can make it! Organizers: Mary Boyd Brent, NancyJo Hambleton, Anna Lohse, Nance Longley, Deb Parker, Mary Ellen Shaw, Peter Shea
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