Workshops & Courses

Over the years Michael has been developing various workshops and courses related to nature and Spiritual Science in general. See below for upcoming events:

 


Embracing the Shadow 

Navigating our way through the encounter with evil today 

 April – June 2022

 A series of 10 weekly meetings (in-person or online) on the theme of the shadow, both within us and in the world, from the perspective of Spiritual Science. The course comprises guided study and discussion of 5 lectures by Rudolf Steiner about evil in our time and in the future Slavic epoch. We will also be working with artistic representations of Christ, Lucifer and Ahriman from the first Goetheanum and eurythmy-inspired movement. 

Although some previous knowledge of Spiritual Science is helpful, the course is open to anyone who is looking for ways of navigating the often confusing and overwhelming encounters with the shadow today. Please feel very welcome to join me on this exciting and inspiring journey. Course numbers are limited to around 8-10. 

Cost: £95.00 for 10 meetings (Concessions available) 

In-person (Forest Row): Mondays 10.15am – 12.00pm (beginning 25th April 2022) 

Online: Tuesdays 7.00pm – 8.45pm (beginning 26th April 2022) 

For further details and to book a place contact Michael Fuller on 07952 751029 or contact@michaelfullergardens.co.uk 

          Course overview:
  • Over the 10 meetings we will be working with around 4  lectures by Steiner on the theme outlined above. We begin each meeting with reading together a part of the relevant lecture; this will be around half an hour with the rest of the time comprising discussion. The lectures move from an observational lecture (to the workmen of the First Goetheanum) about balance within the human in relation to the adversary forces, through to lectures specifically on the Group (the wooden sculpture created by Steiner ‘The Representative of Humanity), Christ, Lucifer and Ahriman (and the Asuras) and their possible redemption. Following this we will read one lecture on the geopolitical aspect of this subject and one lecture on the technological aspect.  There will also be some eurythmy, observation of art from the Goetheanum and some simple meditation and writing exercises. 
  •  A reading list will be sent after booking.
  •  One of the aims of the course is to create a safe space of  ‘open enquiry’ for everyone, whatever their level of experience or knowledge of Spiritual Science.  Allowing space for all participants to be able to ask questions and keeping a peaceful openness for answers to come from each of us, in particular from those newer to Spiritual Science is an important part of the group dynamic. Therefore, although those more experienced  are welcome, help with creating this quality would be very much appreciated.  
  • Although ‘Christ’ is mentioned often in the lecture titles on the reading list, please be reassured that this is not a ‘Christian’ study group and no belief or otherwise in Christ is required to participate. We work with the Anthroposophical conception of Christ which I would interpret as ‘pure selfless love’ and/or ‘the highest expression of being human’ and is not attached to any dogma or religious belief.
  • Artwork from Rudolf Steiner. All images of artwork will be made available during the course, but for those of you who wish to prepare in advance, please find below the list of the main works we will be observing:

          a) ‘The Representative of Humanity’- wooden sculptural group

          b) ‘Slavic Man’- pastel sketch for the ceiling of the Goetheanum

          c) ‘The Redemption of Lucifer and Ahriman’ – sketch for north pink window of the Goetheanum.

          d)  Central motif: ‘the Representative of Humanity’ – pastel sketch for the ceiling of the Goetheanum

 

  • To book a place a £25 deposit is payable to the bank details below, with the remainder payable before the course begins.

          Michael Fuller T/A The Biodynamic Garden, sort code: 08-92-99, account number: 69318377


‘We are not Seperate’

Online/Offline Autumn Course – perceiving and working with Subtle Energies in Nature and Ourselves

6 Zoom meetings beginning Saturday 25th September 2021
9.00am – 11.00am 

This introductory course offers ways to collectively and individually perceive the hidden energies active in the living world around us. Using a unique blend of online meetings, individual exercises in nature, movement and shared internet-free meditative space we will create a warm and supportive group experience, which can nurture the unfolding of our perceptive faculties.

Working with each other and the many elements of the non-human world can give us confidence that we are not separate from nature and that we have an important co-creative role in her future development; in these challenging times this feels like a hopeful and inspiring ideal.

The course comprises:

  • 6 Zoom meetings (on consecutive Saturdays) including: meditation exercises, individual connection exercises to  nature, movement (eurythmy), space for sharing and questions
  • 6 individual walking exercises in nature (between meetings)
  • 6 background reading texts from different streams of nature connection
  • 12 optional short group meditation spaces offline, in our own homes (twice weekly)

Numbers are limited to 12; apart from a £20 application fee, the course is donation-based.

This course is now finished, please contact me regarding when a new course might take place.

Comments from previous participants:

“I am amazed at how through zoom you managed to reach that deep into my/our soul life, what attention to detail and circumstances you paid to each and one of us and how much time and energy you invested in this […] Somehow we connected without knowing the factual realities of each other so much and that on its own helps me to see how we are not separate from anything around us closer and further. Thank you from the very bottom or top of my heart!” – Emilija L.

“Thank you, Michael for this really inspiring workshop and thank you everyone for being so open to the group as an entity!” – Katerina V.

“With gratitude….Thank you so much Michael, and each and everyone in the group for sharing this experience. The openness and generosity has been very inspiring” – Trude L.

 


Introduction to Spiritual Science

In person (Forest Row): Monday mornings, 8.45am -10.30am beginning  October 2022 -dates tbc  (Autumn term)

Online ( Zoom): Tuesday evenings 7.00pm – 8.45pm beginning  October 2022 (Autumn term)

Apart from a £20 application fee, payment is by donation

During 16 sessions spread over two terms, available both online and offline, we will learn about the core ideas of Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Spiritual Science (Anthroposophy) and Biodynamics. In this wide-ranging reading and guided discussion group we will study the spiritual background to all we experience on earth – ourselves, our environment, our relationships and will learn about life after death, karma and reincarnation, world evolution, Waldorf education and more.

This course is intended for those newly-acquainted with Spiritual Science; no previous knowledge or experience necessary!

A new course  (both online and in-person)will begin in October 2022. exact dates and times to be confirmed. Please contact me to pre-book.

Comments from previous participants:

“If anyone is interested in going deeper and gaining some introductory knowledge on anthroposophy, we would like to recommend this course. we attended last year and found it to be mind-expanding, thought-provoking, challenging and fun. Michael is a delight.” – Charlotte B and Adam S. (online course) 

“Thanks Michael, am loving our enquiries and how you hold a sacred space with humility and fun. […] I have found the group such a great meeting of knowledge, humour and interesting people”- Michelle M.

“A wonderful discovery of Anthroposophy through exchange of thoughts and the great perspective and understanding of Michael, in his beautiful home” – Gloria J.
“This is a great opportunity not only for people new to anthroposophy but also for people who have had experience in the field before. The variety of topics and activities can be very fruitful and it is also a good time to meet new people and debate in a healthy way. Tea and snacks is a big plus and Michael’s hospitality as well as his wide knowledge can make this course real fun and meaningful. By the end I was able to understand a lot more about anthroposophy, but most importantly, it left me with more and more questions and therefore an impulse to keep studying and learning” – Juan L. 
“Thank you so much again for everything you gave to us as a group and also to me personally over the last 7 months. It has been so transformative for me in giving me both intellectual stimulation and insights, but also some tools that I needed to get through some of the hardest weeks of my life” – SW

Resonance, Connection, Communication – an introductory workshop in observing subtle energies in nature

Sunday 25th October 2020 10.30am – 5.30pm.
Peredur Centre for the Arts, East Grinstead, RH19 4NF

Cost £55 /£45 (student) including a light lunch and refreshments. 

Limited places – booking essential.

In this introductory workshop we will learn, through simple meditative processes of walking, sitting and observing, to prepare ourselves to be receptive to subtle energies that resonate within and around us. As we become increasingly confident of this hidden, subtle world we can begin to form connections, leading eventually to possibilities of communication with nature on a variety of levels.

The morning will consist of exercises to help us experience these energies in ourselves, alongside ways of developing joy, equanimity and openness as keys for deeper perception. In the afternoon we will apply these experiences and keys to help us awaken to the energies living in nature.

The space that we create together, particularly through our sharing of experiences, can be nourishing and enlivening for each participant, the group as a whole, as well as for nature herself. In this time of environmental and social turbulence the necessity for human beings  to find conscious, free and kind ways of working with nature is a  timely and positive step towards a healthy future.

This course has now finished. Please contact me for further information about the next course: there is a likelihood of a short course taking place during the Anthroposophical Society Summer Conference, at Emerson College, Forest Row on the 4th -6th August  2022. 

Comments from previous participants:

“It was really an amazing workshop and I’m still processing all of the stuff that I experienced and felt. Something has shifted in me, and I am working out what to do with this new energy. Big thanks” – Rebecca H.

You have a real gift for holding workshops! The way you spoke was very clear and captivating and you managed to create and hold this very safe and harmonious space for all of us. Please continue doing what you do!” – Emma S.

“I want to thank you for the wonderful course you gave. It was an unusual experience and one I that I think has helped me see things in a slightly different way. I love so much being in nature […] so to be able to see things more clearly, or to become better at communicating with nature itself seems so worthwhile”  – Torquil L.

 


Please contact Michael on contact@michaelfullergardens.co.uk or 07952 751029 to book a place or find out more.