Deadline: Open call

The Song of The Cave

A nomadic and creative residency exploring collective production and holistic practice.

“The role of artworks is no longer to form imaginary and utopian realities, but to actually be ways of living and models of action within the existing real”.

Nicolas Bourriaud, Relational Aesthetics

These gatherings bring art practice into an act of everyday life with teachings that are deeply rooted in our practice over the last 10 years. Weaving together holdings and processes that are influenced by many journeys and explorations into the sacred, the mystical and crafted in village cultures throughout the world.

The Song of the Cave
Within this place of the underworld sleeps the songs of our soul - our greatest creative powers. This gathering is an exploration of light and shadow working through a range of magical process-based practices of performance, sculpting, movement, ceremony, yogic practice, sound work and improvisation.

In this 5-day gathering we will be working with our methods of ‘Handheld Knowledge’ to tune in to our inner wisdoms and elemental connections. By letting these wisdoms guide us individually and collectively, we will draw marginalised knowledge into the foreground and explore forgotten modes of social and environmental consciousness. We will work in deep and playful ways, with curiosity and improvisation, and with the concept of “householding” as a daily spiritual action that creates a circle of trust to support all of us in this magical journey.

Through this process we will re-position the relationship between the artist and the healer, delving into authentic expression, creativity and inner landscape. Entering the Cave of hearts, Cave of rest, Cave of shadows, Cave of light.

The structure will take inspiration from the flow of the seasonal cycle working with the archetypes of autumn, winter and renewal across Celtic and Eastern mythology. Allowing a deep connection to this fundamental cycle within us, in our lives as individuals and in our creative powers and listening within community.

Through the guidance of our unique seasonal cycle, we will explore ideas of material and etheric mapping, imbuing the landscape and ourselves with a series of new gestures and healing. Finding the inner truth and quality of our elemental nature to support the collective and individual explorations.

The Song of the Cave will form a deep reflection on the role of ‘home’ and ‘kinship’, discovering the potent essence of connecting authentically with ourselves and each other. And how to transform this ‘care’ and ‘trust’ into a generous and holistic relationship with communities we live and work within.

Timeframes 19-24 September 2018
19th September Arrivals and 6pm dinner and Opening evening ceremony
                                (Guests are also invited to arrive the evening before)
23rd September Equinox and shared offering
24th September Shared breakfast and departures

We will be hosted by ‘Mount of Oaks’, a wonderful permaculture community nestled within the Gardunha Mountains. Mount of Oaks is a beautiful place of convergence, micro climate and refuge, within the District of Fundao, meaning ‘Deep Place’. The land, spaces and holding of Mount of Oaks is deeply special enabling the work we will do together.

Course Fees
Includes accommodation, all workshop materials, 3 meals of organic food per day.

£575 Full price
£525 Early bird price (before the 31st July)
£475 Limited concession price

We want to make our gatherings accessible and can offer a limited amount of concession places and are happy to offer payment plans. 

Each day we will build vital energy through nourishing morning and evening processes of pranayama, yoga, movement, sound, and deep healing relaxation.

Morning workshops will seed the intention for each day. Creating a space together to connect with our inner-selves. Afternoon process work will lead into a compost time of reflection, inner tuning and restoration. Allowing ourselves to vision new ideas and makings.

We will creatively move and explore materials, gestures, images, archetypes and improvisation, individually and in groups. Each day will frame stories, sounds and circle sharing.  

Together these processes will cultivate a wonderful unique process of shared landing, to create and expand from.

Main body of learning
We are elemental beings.

This retreat we will be held over the equinox. We will be focusing on dreaming, creating and nourishing the inner wisdom of our creative well. How tuning to the home within can expand your creative potentials and energy for creative projects personally and within the community.

The tools that are offered will facilitate you to find your own creative voice, how to enjoy it internally and how to grow this guidance into your own unique flow.

Calling on embodied theories and processes from our practice and influenced by process-based psychology, dream work, nature healing and yogic philosophy.

What you bring:
The retreat is hosted within a beautiful space with a small group of others. It is this that makes it special. Our gatherings are gently immersive, much like a sacred circle. There will be space for you to spend time alone, with others and bring your skills to the group.

The Song of The Cave

The Song of The Cave


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