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Systems of Life - Shifting our Perception

Key Info: 
  • Understand and experience the underlying intelligence behind all living systems, how they learn and how you can interact with them meaningfully
  • A deep and innovative enquiry into the human condition leading to a new perception of our part in the bigger picture
  • A pioneering approach to our relationship with life
£ 795.00
Course fees include private accommodation with shared bathroom, all vegetarian meals, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions. The programme will run from Monday to Friday afternoon.

Natural Intelligence
Why are humans so prone to struggle and why do they create so much disruption to the world system they inhabit? How could we do this differently? How do we arrive at a different place? 

There is an underlying design to life that has remained unexamined in our search for answers.  It is beyond cultural, geographical, historical, societal and educational considerations and yet it is the only system in operation that is truly universal. Everything works off this central design of natural intelligence, whether we realise it or not. It acts as the foundation template, as a unifying property for all life.

For human beings, it applies to every aspect of life – self-understanding, relationships, health, finances, business – right up to international relations and the ecology of the planet. Our misunderstanding of it, and our failure to factor that into how we live, creates subsequent misuse, and can have dire consequences.

How Systems Learn
'Symmathesy' is a new term created by Nora which derives from the Greek prefix Syn/ Sym (together) and Mathesi, (to learn).  This work is the study of looking at living systems as contexts of mutual learning.

Evolution, development of culture and society - all are testament to the characteristics of multi-layered shiftings through time. Clearly nothing stays the same so could it be that change is a kind of learning?

Symmathesy is not about finding five-step solutions; it is about deepening, expanding and exploring the sensitivity with which we interpret and interact with our complex world. Rather than trying to 'fix' a system it asks: “How is this system learning to be as it is?”.  It is about creating a profound shift in perception. The study of Symmathesy both alters and eases our interaction with complexity in life.

Warm Data
In order to better understand the interdependency in a complex system, it is necessary to recognise that we need another kind of information. To work with any complex system without disrupting the circuitry of the interdependencies that give it its integrity, we must look at the spread of relationships that make the system robust. This is where Warm Data comes in: Warm data is is a recognition of information that has its contextual relationships intact. 

If we only analyse statistical data our conclusion does not reflect the complexity of the situation. Information without inter-relationality is likely to lead us toward actions that are misinformed, and thus further destructive patterns.

What will participants gain from taking part in this course? 

  • An introduction to the concept and criteria of Symmathesy and the patterns of systemic, mutual learning
  • An introduction of the concept of “warm data” and the use of transcontextual description as a way to better understand and respond to the complexity of the world around us
  • A deep dive into Bateson Theory of Mind, Conscious Purpose and Patterns that Connect
  • An understanding of what has been missing from our approach to life – and how that has contributed to the current state of the world
  • Appreciation for the underlying intelligence and wisdom of living systems
  • Entering into an experiential relationship with that governing intelligence
  • A framework to move peacefully and practically in the world                                                                                                                                                                                                     


Nora Bateson

Nora Bateson

Nora Bateson is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and educator, as well as President of the International Bateson Institute, based in Sweden. Her work asks the question “How we can improve our perception of the complexity we live within, so we may improve our interaction with the world?”. An international lecturer, researcher and writer, Nora wrote, directed and produced the award-winning documentary, An Ecology of Mind, a portrait of her father, Gregory Bateson. Her work brings the fields of biology, cognition, art, anthropology, psychology, and information technology together into a study of the patterns in ecology of living systems. Her book “Small Arcs of Larger Circles” (Triarchy Press, UK, 2016) is a revolutionary personal approach to the study of systems and complexity.

Jeddah Mali

Jeddah Mali

Jeddah Mali is the Executive Director and founder of Intelligent Life Ltd, which delivers training programmes for leaders and organisations seeking a completely new approach to the age-old dilemma of how to make personal lives, business and society work effectively. The Intelligent Life model identifies and maps the cohesive design underlying every system. It reveals the hidden patterns within every aspect of life that are responsible for our outcomes. Jeddah provides an in-depth examination into the nature and function of this design and the mechanics that make it work. Our understanding and use of these mechanics determine the extent to which we can produce consistent and reliable results.

Jeddah is sought after for her precise understanding of human beings, the contribution each person makes individually and collectively and the impact this has on the world in which we live. She mentors and consults for CEOs, international organisations and politicians as well as advising and guiding global thought leaders and change makers from over 60 countries around the world.

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