process and pilgrimage

12th Century Andalusia; Cordoba; June 2014

The Mezquita Mosque of Cordoba

As faculty of Schumacher College teaching Holistic Science, I am always looking to new ways of holding a transformative space. Process and Pilgrimage began its journey in 2009 and this space has been transforming ever since, with my having organised events in UK, Italy and now Spain. These notes on Process and Pilgrimage in Cordoba June 5th to 8th tell the experience of 15 people meeting in the freedom of a commitment to inquiry. Follow this stage of the journey of events of Process and Pilgrimage here

Renaissance Italy: Abbazia di Spineto, May and November 2012

Abbazia di Spineto near Sarteano Tuscany

Abbazia di Spineto near Sarteano Tuscany

Growing Health and Education in the Monk’s Garden at Abbiazia di Spineto in Italy. The worth of the journey is that it is not predictable but gives a new perspective on something that is blocked and unable to find a way forward. Follow this stage of the journey of events of Process and Pilgrimage here.

renaissance Italy: bettona, near ASsissi July 2010

Bettona, our conference room was opposite the church

Bettona, our conference room was opposite the church

Seeing through Paradox, Believing through Difference, Bettona Italy 2010, the thirty strong attendance entered the experience of paradox with Henri Bortoft and Ilan Pappe. The one and the many, and, the whole and the separated are paradoxical polarities that we encounter when we slow down our attention to focus on our seeing. As Henri Bortoft summed up after the Bettona conference ‘I really think something happened here’. There is a living quality to man’s place in the world which Process and Pilgrimage actively explores! Read Henri’s article here.

Modern Science: LONDON UK November 2009

Henri Bortoft, Chris Clarke and Philip Franses

Henri Bortoft, Chris Clarke and Philip Franses

Wholeness in three panels, The Window London

The reason for joining Process and Pilgrimage is that in both one sets out on a journey with no idea of the destination and that it is the meeting of wholeness en route that gives the journey its identity. A pilgrimage starts at a point of transition, beginning in darkness seeking reconnection, to end in the light of a new self-knowledge and association to Oneness. So the past and the future lightly touch upon the wholeness that redirects the pilgrim how to live forward from his foundations of origin.

River dart, pilgrimage july 2009

From source to se River Dart

From source to se River Dart

The endeavour of Process and Pilgrimage was illustrated in a pilgrimage along the River Dart in Devon UK in 2009, From Source to Sea,  with Poet Alice Oswald, Playwright Peter Oswald, Earth Pilgrim Satish Kumar and other teachers, architects and activists.

The key understanding of Process and Pilgrimage is that wholeness is something one continually meets along the way, after one has set out in a state of trust as to the possible outcome. As with the River Dart, the start may be an apparently insignificant emergence of water from the ground, but the momentum of the river builds up from actions whose goal is integral to the overall movement. Process and Pilgrimage has not tried to define its outcomes, but allowed the people who are attracted to events, to have a safe place to explore conclusions that are outside the normal patterns of expectation about them.

 Process and Pilgrimage is born May 2009

Birkbeck initial Process and Pilgrimage event

Birkbeck initial Process and Pilgrimage event

Process and Pilgrimage began at Birkbeck, London 31st May 2009 when Basil Hiley’s inquiry into process coincided with Satish Kumar’s investigation into pilgrimage. Read more here

The aims of Process and Pilgrimage are to bring people from different backgrounds together:

1)      in a dynamic setting of inquiry, linked for instance to a pilgrimage along a river;

2)      assembling a group of people who never normally share a conference or performance stage for shared discussion;

3)      reaching behind the obvious conceptual characteristics of a conflict or debate in order to move a question forward.