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Master of Ease

Creating our reality 'Master of Ease' by Rhea Quien, is a short, imaginative story for older children and adults about how our choices make a difference to the reality we create; how our thoughts can create our reality. This might seem like a challenging time to believe this. We have been ordered to radically and rapidly change our behaviour in small and large ways to contain the spread of coronavirus. Social distancing and self-isolation have left many feeling vulnerable, lonely and depressed. Working lives have been disrupted and, with that, anxiety about financial insecurity is growing. So many are going through this. However, as an alternative perspective, and in the absence of the obsession of productivity - of work and definition through our work - ...

An interview with Dr Richard Povall

Richard Povall
| art.earth | Dr Richard Povall focusses on the world around him and has a keen and unique interest in nature. He is one of the directors of art.earth: an international "family of ecological artists." Richard has a diverse and impressive past as a sound artist, researcher, educator and ecologist. He has had a colourful career in both Britain and the USA. As Programme Leader for Arts & Ecology at Schumacher College, he has facilitated the coming together of many remarkable people, creating a centre for multi-disciplinary, innovative and inspired education. When I visited Dartington Hall in March 2019 to meet with Richard I met a man, who above all, loves nature, the sea, and is highly sensitive to light and sound. For this reason,...

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice
Kris, Lynsey, Nicky and Rhea - the Dance of Light team - wish you all a Happy Solstice. In the northern part of the world, we find ourselves in the darkest time of the year. A time when we mark the shortest day and longest night by celebrating, and looking forward to, the eventual return of the lighter days toward spring. This time of winter solstice was of great importance in pagan times: the start of the solar year, a celebration of light and the rebirth of the sun. The light in the detail of this painting called 'River of Light by Day' by Rhea Quien, from the 'Birth Dream' series, indicates that light also streams forth to the earth carried by water. Buddhists talk...

Poems from a Mountain Retreat

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 life, as well as exploring new places. During the autumn of 1994 I spent an extended period alone in the South Alps amongst the 3000 metre high mountains. Once I had begun to attune to this wild landscape, words started to come to me spontaneously, which initially were simple, rather like the first scribblings of a small child. Later, some of the texts became more complex, both in relationship to...

One Earth

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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 growth on a planet with finite resources is non-viable. The challenge now is to ensure there will be a future for our children. In order to achieve this, humans will need to radically alter the way we relate to one another, and to nature. In fact, it is this distinction between ourselves and nature that is at the heart of the problem. We are not separate. All life on earth...

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 Theres v. Fellenberg, reflects on his experiences of growing up in nature. The family spent ten years in Bodio Monti in the mountains, relatively isolated from civilisation as we know it. Bodio Monti is at an altitude of 1000 meters above sea and lies in the Leventina valley close to the highest Alps. Theo and his wife Theres bought a good house and barn in Bodio Monti for their ten...

Back to Nature

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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 and has travelled around the world. As a volunteer, he worked for years both in Sri Lanka, Korea, Palestine and India.  He met his wife Theres in Switzerland and between 1960 and 1966 they assisted Tibetan Refugees in Switzerland. For many years Theo was the international Secretary of SCI 'Service Civil' International and assisted the 'Schweitzer Bergheimat' organisation, supporting mountain farmers. Between the ages of 70 and 77 Theo hiked in...

Dr. Jacky Lawrence

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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 global, acting local', was the slogan of Warwickshire Council's climate change strategy, focusing on the idea that we can all make a difference. To get a feel for "what a future could look like if we have to ration our energy consumption", Dr. Jacky Lawrence (Corporate Energy Manager at Warwickshire CC) asked people to imagine the best and worst thing about having no energy, fuel or power at all  for...

M4MI | Anglia Ruskin University Collaboration

M4MI ARU Music Class
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 to compose music to light-images created by Rhea as a result of her experience of synaesthesia and observation of nature. Mollie Betts My approach to composing this piece largely involved improvisation in response to observation. In Quien’s brief, she said: ‘Allow your mind to relax, open and let images and sounds come to you.’ From this I understood that this piece required an aspect of spontaneity, free from any rigid...

Prof. Toru Yamamori: The Task of Economy

Professor Toru
“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 had benefited from joining activist groups and why later he decided to go back to academia. He speaks about his work in Cambridge which was strongly influenced heterodox views by Flavio Comin and Tony Lawson. In the video he also mentions his research in British working  class women, who have been active in women's liberation and well-fare rights as well as how their ideas have challenged dominant economic concepts. Prof. Yamamori wrote his PhD. on the concept of need. His current...
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