“Painting came to my rescue in a most trying time,” Sir Winston Churchill
When he wasn’t making history, Sir Winston Churchill made paintings. He took up painting at the age of 40. The hobby became, for the great British statesman, a source of delight and a respite from the stress of his career. He would eventually create over 550 paintings, crediting the practice with helping him to hone his visual acuity, powers of observation, and memory. Read more…
Art has the power to uplift one’s spirit, and when combined with culture and meditative presence, its effects are magically transformative.
We have designed Immersion as a presencing retreat in order to make that magic happen. (Presencing; „To sense, tune in, and act from one’s highest future potential—the future that depends on us to bring it into being. Presencing blends the words presence and sensing and works through seeing from our deepest source.“ – Dr. Otto Scharmer)
The retreat is built on three pillars:
- immersion into the culture of a specific geographical area, especially history and lifestyle of the people, their art, architecture, gastronomy, philosophy, religion and natural wonders,
- immersion into meditative arts and
- immersion into visual arts through painting.
Immersion is a deep dive into the unknown. Instead of trying to direct change in our lives, we host what is wanting to be born. Instead of trying to control, we let go and let come. Instead of expecting the future to look like the past with just a few tweaks, we invite a new future to emerge based on the learning of the past.
During the retreat, you immerse yourself into a carefully designed series of experiences connected with a geographical area abundant with beauty. In this setting, we are invited to use all of our senses to witness what is present. In such an encounter, it is easy for our mind to suspend our judgements, opinions, assumptions and habitual mental models, and to use our eyes and ears and the feeling of our bodies to sense into whatever the context is.
We listen into the space and learn from the present moment, letting go of our expertise and experience. This is the time to reflect by asking ”What wants to emerge in my life?” and ”How does that relate to the journey forward?” The key question is: how can I become part of the story of the future rather than holding on to the story of the past?
Then we “let come” what wants to emerge. We bring insights, sparks of inspiration, and crystals of ideas into prototypes – our own personal works of art. We learn to use painting as a medium of expression. Through painting, we explore our insights.