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Working with the Patterns of Nature: Deep Ecology, Sacred Geometry

£ 795.00
Course fees include private accommodation, all meals, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions
There are 4 spaces remaining

With Tom Bree, Stephan Harding Philip Franses and Jamie Perrelet

A partnership between The Prince’s’ School of Traditional Arts and Schumacher College.

This course is part of our Elmhirst Programme.

Perceive and work with the patterns of nature combining the methods of deep ecology, Goethean science and the practice of Sacred Geometry in this ground-breaking partnership between The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts and Schumacher College.

Join us for a rich and creative week combining philosophy, contemplation in nature and practice of traditional art. We will explore pattern theory, experience nature and perceive its underlying principles directly in the beautiful grounds of Schumacher College, and we will apply the insights gained to complete a series of geometric models, drawings and contemplative paintings.

The objective of our week will be to illustrate some of the fundamental symmetries that underlie the order of the natural world and help us bring together the head, the heart and the hand. This transformational course in which we learn to see and make with new eyes, is held within the Devon-based learning community of Schumacher College. 

On this course you will learn:

  • The basic principles of Goethean Science and how to use it to perceive the underlying principles beyond the surface of natural phenomena
  •  An understanding of ‘deep ecology’ – an inner heart-based connection to the natural world that goes beyond head and heads
  • How to draw simple and complex traditional geometric patterns
  • Why the ancients believed the platonic solids to be a model of the universe
  • The creative principles used by nature in its unfolding into manifestation, such as the golden ratio

This course is for participants with an interest in both the contemplative and practical aspect of geometry and a desire to explore the inter-relationship between nature, ecology, psychology and the arts. It is suitable for beginners as participants will be guided with step by step instructions by experienced teachers. 


Tom BreeTom Bree
Tom Bree is a geometer-artist, teacher and writer. He completed his M.A. at the Prince's School in 2003 and has been researching and teaching in the area of geometry and symbolism since 2008 (including ‘An Introduction to the Quadrivium: The Four Classical Arts of Number, Geometry, Music and Cosmology’ and ‘Geometry - The Art of Visual Philosophy’). He is currently undertaking doctoral studies at the School in which he is analysing the underlying geometric design of Wells Cathedral in Somerset. 



Stephan HardingStephan Harding
Stephan oversees the MSc in Holistic Science, teaching on the core models and as part of several of the short courses at the College. Stephan was born in Venezuela in 1953. He came to England at the age of six with his father and housekeeper, with whom he spoke Spanish (his mother tongue) at home. Since childhood Stephan has had a deep fascination with the natural world, and his scientific cast of mind lead him to do a degree in Zoology at the University of Durham and then a doctorate on the behavioural ecology of the muntjac deer at Oxford University.

Philip FransesPhilip Franses
In September 2009 Philip joined the MSc in Holistic Science Faculty as teacher of complexity. Born in 1958 in England, Philip studied mathematics at New College Oxford from 1976 to 1980. Academia’s dull explanation of the world inspired Philip on a counter-journey into the depths of experience, travelling and a re-sensitisation to quality. In 2005, after a fifteen-year career designing intelligent software, culminating in a programme now used in The Netherlands by all Dutch courts, Philip had a chance encounter with Satish Kumar and was moved to come to Schumacher as an MSc student. Philip began and edits the Holistic Science Journal. He is also the convener of a successful inquiry forum called Process and Pilgrimage.

Jamie Perrelet
Jamie is an holistic scientist and fractal artist who studied on the Msc Holistic Science 2013-2014.

As a mettaphysicist, he explores the lens of physics as a tool of transformation, studying the divine nature of reality through a synergy of science and spirit.

As a fractal artist he uses his insights into sacred patterns; allowing each thread to reveal a complete tapestry of wholeness. He can be found at


The Prince's School specialises in teaching, researching, and promoting the practice and theory of the arts and crafts of the world's great traditions. The School offers postgraduate courses, short courses, research, lectures, study visits, and international outreach projects. Learn more about The Prince's School.

Students on our pioneering M.A. Programme undertake practical learning in traditional painting, architectural crafts, ceramics, traditional geometry and contextual studies.

There are 4 spaces remaining

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Residential accommodation for "Changing the Frame"  is at Higher Close, a 20 minute walk from Schumacher College. All meals will be provided at the college.

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