Cortes Island, B.C. Canada

Science, Art, Sound, & the Sacred

July 31 - August 4, 2024 (PDT)

Explore the entanglements between science, art, sound, and the sacred in a beautiful, wild setting with Merlin Sheldrake, Cosmo Sheldrake and IONS Fellow Rupert Sheldrake.

What we call art and science both arise from our faculties of imagination, wonder, and curiosity. Attendees will spend part of our time outdoors – in gardens, on seashores and in forests – connecting with the more-than-human world and bringing together ideas with direct experience. They will explore scientific, artistic, and spiritual traditions through discussion, play, singing, listening, looking, pilgrimage, thinking, and celebration.

Merlin will explore the world of fungi and the ways that a deeper understanding of symbiotic relationships – between ourselves, fungi, plants, bacteria, and others – can change our understanding of the planet on which we live, and the ways that we think, feel, and behave. Cosmo will consider the fundamental roles of sound in the living world and will lead us in sound experiments, singing, and musical celebration. Rupert will discuss his hypothesis of morphic resonance, which he suggests underlies memory in nature as well as our cultural and personal memories. He will also show how scientific studies can illuminate a wide range of spiritual practices.

By leaning into ambiguity, by focusing on relationships between entities, by remembering to find excitement in what isn’t known, the presenters hope to deepen our sense of the sacred and recover a sense of wholeness.

Science, Art, Sound, & The Sacred
July 31 – August 4, 2024
Cortes Island, British Columbia

This program is produced by Hollyhock and Rupert Sheldrake. Please visit their event page for more information!



Cortes Island, B.C. Canada

Cortes Island, British Columbia


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