Becoming familiar with the myriad ways the Geometry of Nature is revealed through fractal patterns, harmonic ratios, and sacred cycles allows one to experience a profound sense of interconnection from the subatomic to the galactic level and to design and align in accordance with this elemental flow. This multi-faceted workshop invites participants to experience the elemental structures of Sacred Geometry through exquisite multimedia, individual instruction in hands-on drawing with the classic geometer's tools of architectural compass and straight edge, and collaborative construction of 3-D geometric models.
Mysteries From Antiquity
Geometry, one of the world's oldest sciences literally means "earth measurement", and in the wider sense, concerns itself with the measurement of all Space. Deep within this study lies a beautiful and mysterious system of Living Wisdom with its vibrant, archetypal forms that have fascinated philosophers and sages from all spiritual traditions since antiquity. Beginning with a comprehensive multi-media presentation, we trace this lineage and explore clues from Ancient Egypt, Persia, Greece and the British Isles. Master Geometers such as Pythagoras, Plato, Euclid, Leonardo and others show us how this wisdom is applied to all aspects of human culture through Sacred measure, Sacred Space, Sacred Number, Astronomy, navigation, architecture, dance, music and art.
Revealing the Jewels of the Ancient Elements
Like a master jeweler cuts a stone with precision to create a sparkling gem, the geometry of the sphere can be divided into the perfect solids in which every angle and facet are exactly equal. Mysteriously, there are only 5 forms in the Universe that fulfill these requirements and they have been known for thousands of years. These forms are so fundamental to the architecture of Nature, ancient philosophers regarded them as the five elements themselves. Modern scientists are discovering that these forms hold the key to many riddles in fields such as Chemistry, Physics, and Biology. In this session we will explore these 5 Platonic solids using Leonardo's own illustrations and a 3-dimensional hands-on modeling system called Zometools. Kinesthetically exploring the angles, faces and "feel" of each form is a revelation in itself. We will also examine the symbolic significance of each form through a multimedia presentation that weaves together ancient art, architecture, and history, as well as contemporary science.
Nature's Architecture within the symphony that we call Universe integrates distinct relationships that are beautifully harmonic and resound on every scale of creation. We will discover how Artists and Architects throughout history, but especially during the Renaissance, have consciously integrated these proportions into their compositions so that they become vibrant and resonate with the greater whole. Nearly 500 years ago, Leonardo illustrated the first book on the "Divine Proportion." We will investigate this mysterious "golden" proportion and practice constructing it in a number of different ways so that all participants become very comfortable implementing these methods in future artwork and designs. Our examination of the Golden Ratio will conclude with a multimedia finale that expresses how this profound relationship is not an abstract mathematical concept, but rather a dynamic pattern of growth and movement that manifests in myriad forms throughout the cosmos.