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Poems from a Mountain Retreat

A Creative Unfolding The Himalayas and the Alps are two massive mountain ranges. The Himalayas separate the land from Tibet to the north, and the plains of India to the south. The Alps separate much of northern Europe from the south. I grew up in both and, like many, enjoy returning to where I started...

One Earth

Waking Up - One of the effects of the current ecological crisis is an inescapable awareness of the Earth’s fragility. People all around the world are now waking up to the breakdown of the Earth’s ability to sustain human life when subject to the massive destructions of nature demanded by unchecked financial greed. Infinite economic...

Growing up in Nature

This post follows on from our last post, Back to Nature with Theo v. Fellenberg. It is dedicated to the memory and wonderful, inspiring life of Theres v. Fellenberg, who sadly passed away on 20th July. Our thoughts, love and condolences are with the v. Fellenverg family. In the interview below, Michael, son of Theo and...

Back to Nature

During the 70s and 80s some people decided to 'go back to nature'. Theo v. Fellenberg and his wife Theres, as two pioneers of this living philosophy, chose to bring up their children in the upper Gotthard Valley, in Switzerland. In this presentation we hear from Theo about their adventures. Theo grew up in Bern...

Dr. Jacky Lawrence

Power Out - After one of the hottest years on record, Extinction Rebellion are protesting to raise awareness of the climate crisis affecting our planet. And in his BBC documentary, 'Climate Change - The Facts', Sir David Attenborough offers an urgent and unflinching analysis of the effects of, and possible solutions to, global warming. 'Thinking...

Gurukula Botanical Sanctuary

Synaesthesia in Nature: Gurukula Nature Botanical Sanctuary - This post looks at Suprabha Seshan’s experiences of synaesthesia in nature. Suprabha is the Director of Gurukula Botanical Sanctuary. This forest garden is situated in the Western Ghat of Kerala, India. When Rhea Quien, the narrator of this post, read Suprabha’s essays, she was reminded of thoughts...

Presentation on Synaesthesia

Event: Neuroscientist Prof. James Ward and Artist Rhea Quien On Synaesthesia | Wolfson College, Cambridge University, 16 October 2018 | Synaesthesia is a compounding of the senses. Some people have their senses linked, so a number may evoke a colour, a sound may evoke a visual image. There are many kinds of synaesthesia. It enables...

M4MI | Anglia Ruskin University Collaboration

This post features seven collaborative works between Rhea and composers from the Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. In the Music for the Moving Image (M4MI), module run by Krisztián Hofstädter, the cohort creates original music and sound design for poetry, short films and games using acoustic and computer-based methods of composition. One assignment last semester was...

Prof. Toru Yamamori: The Task of Economy

“You can't be really happy while other people are poor and left in destitution.” was said by Prof. Yamamori, who studied economics at Cambridge University. Once again, as we listen to him, we find the concept of the interconnectedness of beings. In this video, he talks about his disillusion in his early education, how he...

Prof. Kazuhiro Taniguchi and the book Sakura

Prof. Kazuhiro Taniguchi from Keio University  kindly wrote a letter in response to the Dance of Light Films. He also sent the book Sakura about cherry blossom in the Kyoto temple gardens. Enjoy the delight of spring in this book, as we enter winter.  

Dance of Light Premier | Fundraising Event for the Woodland Trust

  The Dance of Light Premier was kindly hosted by Prof. Bayliss-Smith. Thanks to the generosity of the visitors together we raised £660.00 for the ancient woodlands still existing on these islands. They contain the greatest biodiversity in Britain. Peter Vince opened the evening. He represented the Woodland Trust. The Director Beccy Speight wrote: “I just...

Earth Optimism Conference

The Cambridge Conservation Initiative held a conference called 'Earth Optimism' on the 22 April 2017. Elizabeth Allen, Collaborations and Communications Manager of Cambridge Conservation Initiative generously gave the Dance of Light team permission to show the contributions of the Conference on their website. Please don't miss this first contribution by Dr Jane Goodall. As a scientist,...

4 March 2017 Fundraising

Event: Dance of Light -  Pioneering, interdisciplinary fine art film.  Light art for Nature - Fundraising event for the Woodland Trust | Saturday 4 March 2017 6pm at St.John's College, Cambridge Palmerston Room in the Fischer Building | Nature sounds from the British Library Nature Sound Archive accompany light art in 'Dance of Light' while the second...

Cooperation for Nature

For many years I have taken retreats in nature, and I have been inspired by some of the people living in, and work for, nature. The great possibility of individuals and organisations working together to save nature became very apparent to me. This page presents some of their stories. ``Ai Monti” – an example of...

Fossil Necklace and Tree of Life

Katie Paterson held an exhibition at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge in June 2013 called ‘Fossil Necklace’; the necklace was hung in Little St. Peter’s Church next to Kettle’s Yard. Each bead was carved out of a fossil, some dating back to the beginning of life on earth during the Precambrian, more than 545 million years ago....

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