Nikos talks about his new course here:
The course will offer the possibility for long-term changes in your creative practice that enhance your work and your well-being while opening up new possibilities for healing yourself and the world at this unprecedented historical moment.
The instructor for this course is nikos patedakis, ph.d.
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This course comes with the option to get 3 hours of one-on-one instruction/coaching, in addition to weekly group meetings and online course materials. Group meetings will be kept small enough that we can enjoy fruitful dialogue and a genuine sense of community.
Week 1. Orientation to the course. The real meaning of philosophy, for you as an artist and as a human being, and why philosophy as LoveWisdom has been even more marginalized than art. How we can cultivate the mind of beauty, the mind of love, and the mind of wisdom altogether, as part of healing and rejuvenating ourselves and the world.
Week 2.This week will provide you with an introduction to the four core skills of art and life, and the structure of all experience. You will learn how to begin working with these skills and this structure in ways that can immediately enhance your experience of making art.
Week 3. Learn about love as a path of creativity, including the Six Facets of Love, and how to apply these to your life and art. We will also cover the Seven Factors of Creativity (all of them spiritual/philosophical in nature), and how you can cultivate them. You will also learn the Creative Audience process so that you can give and receive better feedback on your artistic work.
Week 4. The central spiritual problem for artists, along with the basic psychological problem. We will look at a core archetypal image, and learn how to work with the shadow of our personal and collective psyche in order to s of maturation. An artist can become not only a visionary, but also a true elder, and even a sage.
Week 5. Creating and living by means of nondoing. Learn how to cultivate the skill of nondoing and how to relate to perception as a skill by means of the Four Foundations of Art and Liberation.
Week 6. How to face the unknown, how to work with unknowing, how to enter not-knowing, and how not-knowing leads to greater intimacy in art and life.
Week 7. Spontaneity and improvisation in art and life. We will also use this week to resolve some of the questions that will have come up in your journey through the course. Along the way, you will have one-on-one time with me so that I can make sure the course comes to a successful conclusion for each student.
7 Week Course: Thursday 16 July - Wednesday 2 September 2020
The Orientation Week starts Thursday 16 July, with the first Zoom meeting on Wednesday, 22 July at 7pm Irish time
At 1 pm Irish Time (12 am UTC) on Thursday, 16 July, you will be alerted by email that you can log in and access the Welcome Module (this module will have all the details on how to progress through the course and also how to join the Wed. Zoom Live Group Meetings).
The orientation 'Getting to know you' first online Live Group Meeting is Wed. 22 July at 7 pm Irish/UK time. All Zoom meetings will be 60-90 minutes. We ask that you try and make as many of these as possible.
Please note, this is optional but it is where the heart of the course is –where we learn from one another by sharing reflections on the course material.
All Live Group Meetings will be recorded and uploaded to the course platform the next day in case you miss a meeting or would rather learn without attending the group meeting.
Live Group Meetings will continue every following Wednesday to discuss the previously released Module
You, therefore, have from Thursday afternoon (when each weekly module is released) to Wednesday afternoon - 6 days - to go through each Module.
In the final Live Group Meeting on Wed. 2 September, we will have a creative audience session for finished works or work-in-progress. This is a surprisingly fun meeting and a time to say farewell.
The Modules will be available to you until September 2020.
COURSE CALENDAR: Weekly Course Modules will be released at 1 pm Irish Time (12 am UTC) every THURSDAY.
Module 1 will be released on Thursday 16 July.
Each subsequent weekly Module will be released each Thursday:
23, 30 July;
6. 13, 20, 27 August