Events 2017

April 27 – 30, 2017   Weekend Among Friends: Small changes making big differences.
Meeting Three Davids: F. David Peat, David Bohm and Michelangelo’s David. These three Davids, each in their own way became convinced that one person, one thought, idea or action can make a difference. Join us for this weekend to meet with old and new friends, to have good conversations, to enjoy the company of our Pari friends, to share fine Italian food and wine, the Tuscan sun and culture.
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May 4 – 8, 2017   Renewing Organization Cultures and Art
A Metanioa workshop that looks at art as a way to understand how organization becomes organizing, being becomes becoming, construction becomes constructing. We are living in an era of unprecedented change; one that is characterized by instability, volatility, and dramatic transformations. Such a world calls for a new kind of thinking: thinking that issues from the chaotic, fluxing immediacy of lived experiences. Organization cultures need artistic language and practices to make us more alive and creative in this fast changing world.
Closed to the public.

May 11 – 15, 2017   The Tuscan Experience
Spending a weekend in Pari, an unspoiled medieval hilltop village, will provide you with an opportunity to experience what life in Italy is really like away from the large tourist centers. You will be able to immerse yourself in the local culture, learn to prepare delicious Tuscan dishes during the cooking class, visit the medieval city of Siena, relax in a spa center enjoying the natural hot springs, have a private tour of an Etruscan tomb, visit spectacular ruins of the Abbey of San Galgano, the home of one of the most important monasteries in Tuscany, as well as making new friends and enjoying good food and wine. Not to be missed!
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June 7 – 12, 2017   Mind, Matter and Cosmos with F. David Peat and Shantena Sabbadini

Ancient and primitive cultures conceived the whole cosmos as alive and sentient. In the West, the mainstream approach of our contemporary culture has shifted from this way of being towards an ever-greater separation of matter and mind. Today’s dominant scientific world-view is based on an essentially materialistic representation of reality. But paradoxically, as we have gone deeper into the exploration, the concept of abstract matter itself has in some sense vanished, leaving us with a universe of possibilities rather than one of solid independent objects.

This course will examine how we are now moving in this fluid context, rethinking the ways in which we represent reality and recovering a sense of oneness with other human beings and all life forms. We will use physics as an instrument of wonder, a way to contact the mystery of our existence as conscious beings in this vast universe. We will explore our place in the universe both in terms of modern cosmology and ancient sacred geometry, visiting some living traces of this in the monasteries of the region of Siena and the Maremma. We will also refer to Bach’s music as a key to participating in the cycles of the cosmos, and the harmony of the spheres.

Finally we will explore how this way of sensing our place in the world is reflected in the wisdom classics of the East, particularly in Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching. We will find that the language of those ancient texts sometimes comes closer to expressing the subtle nature of quantum reality than that of our own contemporary scientific jargon.
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June 13 – 17, 2017   Synchronicity
A group of 10 Swedish Jungians will study Wolfgang Pauli, Synchronicity and Mind and Matter with Swedish teacher Dr Suzanne Gieser, and guest Dr Shantena Sabbadini who will talk about Consciousness.
Closed to the public.

September 14 – 20, 2017   David Bohm Centennial Celebration
with Basil Hiley, Paul Howard, Beth Macy, F. David Peat, Paavo Pylkkanen, Shantena Sabbadini, David Schrum and Gordon Shippey
Join us at the Pari Center to celebrate the life and work of the multifaceted David Bohm. Conside
red one of the most important theoretical physicists and original thinkers of the 20th century, Bohm contributed influential ideas to quantum theory, neuropsychology, philosophy of mind, language, dialogue and education.

This will be an informal meeting with presentations by experts on Bohm’s life, work and philosophy followed by roundtable discussions.

Key topics will include Quantum Theory and Relativity, the Aharonov-Bohm Effect, Implicate and Explicate Orders, Limits of Language, Dialogue, Philosophy of Mind, Creativity, Rheomode, Protomind, the Bohm/Krishnamurti relationship.
Participants are limited to 20 places. Register early, this is proving to be a popular event.
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September 24 – 30, 2017   Enrich your intimate relationship in Pari
Couples will celebrate their relationships through discussions, yoga, beautiful scenery and delightful food. Meals will be local dishes provided by Pari cooks and the group’s own vegetarian cook.
Closed to the public.