Seeing Nature’s Mind | Regenerating Place
April 27 – May 2, 2018
Celebrate May Day and the arrival of spring by embracing the land around us at Seeing Nature’s Mind | Regenerating Place.
Join us for an extraordinary several days exploring the power of patterns of nature in the Catskills, learning to see nature and place as both inspiration and guide.
Two workshops offered together with our partners at 7group, a renowned regenerative design and consulting firm. Featuring internationally recognized living systems specialist Joel Glanzberg and regenerative leader, John Boecker.
Come to both sessions (for a special price!) or join us for one, and discover how the land around us can provide us the answers we seek, in design, in community, and in life.
These workshops are a part of Catskills Trout Tales, an innovative regional campaign celebrating the streams, forests, and wildlife of the Catskill mountains.
• Join us for both workshops for a special price, or register for one
• Evocative, challenging ideas, experiences, and conversations.
• Lodging or primitive campaign on a superb 19thC mountain estate with 33 forested acres to explore.
• A newly imagined Catskills cuisine: innovative, fresh and local
• CEU credits available through AIA and the US Green Building Council
Seeing with Nature’s Mind: Problem Evolving for a Living World
With Joel Glanzberg
7 PM Friday, April 27 at 7 PM to 11 AM Monday, April 30
“Most of our problems are caused by thinking differently than Nature works.”
Patterns are the language of life, our original mother tongue. By triangulating the perspectives of traditional tracking (pattern reading), living systems thinking (pattern thinking) and regenerative design (pattern design), we can relearn to see with Nature’s mind and act as essential members of this living world with essential roles She is literally dying for us to play.
Because all living systems follow the same patterns, learning to read them reveals where and how we can contribute to growing their health. We need to learn how to be open observers, clearing the mirror of our minds to see behind the surface to the workings of the life of systems and how to find our place as active participants within them.
This workshop will be useful for designers, artists, and practitioners of all sorts, as well as anyone interested in awareness and seeing the world in a different way. It is open to all levels of abilities. Though we will be using our bodies, it will not be overly rigorous and appropriate for all physical abilities. Exercises exploring the patterns in our bodies, our breath, the landscape, and our minds will take us from verbal and non-verbal dialog to movement, as well as silent observation, learning visceral ways to experience how living systems work, and how to take our effective places within them.
Regenerating Place: Whole-Systems Design and Planning
1 PM Monday April 30 to 5 PM Wednesday May 2
With John Boecker and Joel Glanzberg
Join us in learning together how to engage regenerative design and development in the places we shape, using Spillian as a living lab.
For over two years, John Boecker has been working with Spillian and its community to understand it as a place of regeneration for both people and the land itself. In this workshop, we will dive deep into the master plan for the 33 acre estate, learning how we can understand its unique identity as we imagine the future of its vision, its historic buildings, its landscape, and its stakeholders.
Working in this way awakens a deep and caring sense of place that transforms how we see humans as partners in the ongoing evolution of living systems. Together we can improve the quality of life for all species as we co-create a vision for our built and natural landscapes and our communities by embracing the health of the whole, not just the pieces.
The second in a series of Spillian/7Group regenerative planning workshops. For all those who are seeking a holistic way of understanding and implementing design for landscapes, the built environment, and communities.
Both Workshops Registration: $675 until February 1. $825 after that date.
Seeing with Nature’s Mind: $385 until February 1. $485 after that date.
Regenerating Place: $285 until February 1. $385 after that date.
If you’d like to bring a larger group of friends or colleagues, please contact us for special group pricing.
Fee includes chef-made meals, materials, and programming.
Evening cash bar, lodging, and gratuities not included.
Note: This fee is for the workshop. If you’d like to stay in the mansion, please choose one of the rooms on the registration form. We are also offering primitive camping on site with your own gear. Commuters welcome.
Lodging in Spillian Mansion Both Workshops: $465-$525
Lodging in Spillian Mansion Seeing Nature’s Mind: $285-$325
Lodging in Spillian Mansion Regenerating Place: $225-$275
Primitive Camping Onsite: $25 per person
Continuing Education Credits: $25 per person
Joel has been a builder, farmer, teacher, writer, storyteller, naturalist, and permaculturalist for over 30 years. His early work establishing the site and research behind Flowering Tree Permaculture and is featured in both Gaia’s Garden and Our Home“Our Home Book” as well as Brad Lancaster’s Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond Vol. 1, and A People’s Ecology, Greg Cajete ed.. Joel is a founding partner of Regenesis Collaborative, which came together as an integration between permaculture and Living Systems Thinking technologies. Its founding was a response to the realization that so many of the blocks to implementing Living Systems Design work were not physical, but in people’s understanding and thinking. Joel’s work with the Tracking Project provides another approach to understanding and working with patterns and the natural world, as well as techniques for accessing the minds required.
John is a founding partner in 7group, an internationally recognized multi-disciplinary consulting firm focused on green and regenerative development. As an architect, his practice has focused exclusively on green buildings and integrative design since 1996. He served on the LEED Steering Committee from 2002-2009, and he Chaired the USGBC’s national LEED Curriculum Committee from 2002-2007. Along with his 7group partners and Bill Reed, he co-authored The Integrative Design Guide to Green Building, a seminal book published by Wiley in April, 2009. He also co-hosted with Bill Reed the national Voice America radio program, “Building Deeper Green: Reframing Sustainability.” As a highly sought keynote speaker, John has lectured on the benefits of integrative design and regenerative development in 35 states and 14 countries. He has served as LEED Faculty since 2002, and he was appointed a LEED Fellow in the inaugural class of 2011.
7group has been a leading sustainability consulting group for over 20 years. These workshops mark 7group’s launch into its newest iteration of developing the capacity of projects and organizationsto affect how humans regenerate life through building.
Spillian: A Place to Revel
Spillian is a portal for imagining…a retreat for imagining, grounded deeply both in a sense of place and of play, in history and possibility on an extraordinary historic mountain estate.