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An introduction to Creativity as an Act of Love

A 7-week self-paced online course for artists and anyone at all seeking to get in touch with the inherent creativity and healing capacity of mind and world.

Learn to cultivate the mind of beauty, the mind of wisdom, and the mind of love in ways that will transform your life and your art. Unlike so many online courses, this course comes with up to 2 hours of one-on-one mentoring/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. Group zoom will be 60-90 minutes, starting at 7pm Irish/UK time.
Nikos Patedakis, with horse
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Cultivating the mind of beauty, love and wisdom

Learn to cultivate the mind of beauty, the mind of wisdom, and the mind of love in ways that will transform your life and your art.

A seven-week course for artists and anyone at all seeking to get in touch with the inherent creativity and healing capacity of mind and world.

  • This course comes with the option to get 2 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. We will mainly use this week to resolve some of the questions that will have come up in your journey through the course, and we will engage in the creative audience process, if we haven't done so already.

Key outcome for you

A key outcome of the course will be a perceived evolution of your creative practice and your spiritual/philosophical life, including a fuller integration of creativity and your spiritual path/philosophy of life and deeper insight into the nature of philosophy/spirituality.

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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testimonials

“"The 'Creativity as an Act of Love' course with Nikos shares similar challenges, joy, intimacy and honesty to the Haumea Ecoliteracy course. It also helped me reframe my own philosophy, not only in facing the Ecologic and biodiversity challenges ahead but with deeper explorations into compassion, dangerous philosophies and a range of practical tools. Nikos' depth of knowledge, patience and humour has created another valuable path for exploration. Its a path that offers a lifetime of discovery yet with immediate and measurable benefits.' Tom Duffy, sculptor, musician and educator - Ireland”

Tom Duffy: socially-engaged artist, art facilitator, visual and percussive artist, Ireland

Begin the journey into the mind of beauty.