Developing a Qualitative Understanding of Nature: Animals, Humanity and Evolution
A course for farmers, apprentices, and educators.
February 12 – 17, 2017
“The day is coming when a single carrot freshly observed will set off a revolution.”
– Paul Cezanne
In light of deep concerns about human, animal, plant, and ecological health—which are all intertwined—the question arises: how can we learn to perceive and discern quality? Science has given us marvelous ways to study the quantitative aspects of nature; we can know all the ingredients of food and what is clearly harmful or a basic prerequisite for survival. But we have lost an intimate qualitative relation to things.
Goethean phenomenology is a means to perceive and understand the qualitative and dynamic aspects of nature. It is an approach that is always grounded in concrete human experience. It strives, through practice, to intensify experience so that we can gain clearer and deeper insights. Such insights can help us to interact with nature in more responsible ways.
Offered in collaboration with Hawthorne Valley Farm (HVF) and the Biodynamic Association.