Crossfields Institute International runs short courses periodically which invite contributions from a wide range of academics, artists, educators and experts in their field. Our short courses take a tansdisciplinary and integrative approach to topical themes and current issues.
February 23rd 2019
9 AM – 7 PM
The Museum in the Park
Understanding the Nature of Animals
Join us for this day at the Museum in the Park, Stroud in which we will seek a deeper understanding of ‘animal nature’. Drawing on insights from a range of disciplines (science, art, agriculture and ecopsychology) we will delve into the many ways in which our lives interface with those of the animals around us.
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These plant-retreats take us on a journey into the seasonal life of the plants growing in Trill Farm’s fields, forests and meadows. We will be engaging our hands, heads and hearts in a deepening of our understanding of the plant world while also learning practical ways for bringing plants into our lives for enhanced health and wellbeing. This journey into the plant world is informed by artistic, contemplative and creative activities as well as by Jonathan’s many years of study, work and research in holistic science and natural philosophy. Come join us on this journey meeting the remarkable plants that make Trill Farm their home.
This course will inspire both the soap-making beginner as well as those who want to dive deeper into this fascinating craft. We start from ‘first principles’ and explore the origins of soap making – the processes and first materials used to make soap. Our journey will then lead us into the plant-world, as we explore the properties of plants and essential oils for enhancing soap. Practicing the art and science of soap making will also lead us to consider important themes relating to the environment, the history of both soap and science, the possibilities (and potential pitfalls) of design and product development, and the many creative avenues opened up by this craft.
Soap making – you will find – is about learning to make a good bar of soap – and so much more!