“If you assert and I assert, if you stick to your opinion, to your dogma, to your knowledge, and I stick to mine, then there can be no real discussion, because neither of us is free to inquire. To discuss is not to share our experiences with each other. There is no sharing at all: there is only the beauty of truth, which neither you nor I can possess. It is simply there.”
After months of preparation, taking registrations, getting rooms’ ready, assembling welcome packs and discussing menus, Brockwoods 45th Reunion happened last week and was a success. There were 370 alumni present over the five days, spanning every one of Brockwoods’ 45 years, and this included one of Brockwoods’ very first teachers from early 1969.
Thank you to all those who helped organise the Reunion and thank you to everyone who came back to see us at Brockwood. We had a wonderful five days, with good weather, a beautiful marquee, delicious food, inspiring workshops, a magnificent bonfire, photos, conversations, dances, walks, classical, marimba and rock and roll performances, tree planting, morning meetings and lots of rota! Prior to this, we had a smaller Reunion of a group of alumni from the 1970’s who joined us for four days and it was delightful to meet them and to hear them comment on their time spent at the school.
I hope that you manage to keep in touch with us, and not have to wait another five years for a Reunion. You can do this through visits to the school, as well as through sharing your projects and the work that you are involved in, and maybe offering workshops to our students. Thank you all, and do stay in touch!
We are pleased to announce the launch of the Friends of Brockwood Park Portal which occurred yesterday. This is a password protected social networking site for the benefit of registered Friends. On the Portal, you are able to participate in online dialogues, send messages, post events via a shared calendar and buy, sell and exchange goods and services. The Portal avoids the excesses of larger social networking sites, but has many of the benefits and we hope that if you are not already a registered Friend you will now consider doing this in order to have the use of it. To register as a Friend, we invite you to go to:
Last week we had the privilege of a visit from renowned photographer Mark Edwards. A long term friend of Brockwood, Mark in his early days photographed Krishnamurti a great deal and took striking portraits of him both in England and India. Mark has donated many photos to Brockwood Park and we are all most grateful to him and wish him the best of luck in his increasingly successful global sustainability project:
Brockwood Park School is celebrating its 45 anniversary with a 5 day event which will see 350 former students and staff return. Festivities begin tomorrow, excitement is mounting and final preparations are underway. We are looking forward to seeing our alumni and we send our regards to anyone who can’t make it.
One thing that was as true 40 years as it is today, is that being a student at Brockwood Park School means garden work and its good to see our former students Bruce and Lais haven’t forgotten what they learned. The reunion has not yet begun, but we have seen a fantastic number of early returns from the 70′s group who are all eager to spend some time together and get back to caring for the school as they feel it cared for them.
This time next week you will be more than 300 to join us for our 45th Anniversary Reunion.
We are finalising preparations and just a few days ago all school staff and some volunteers arrived to help get the rooms ready, have the gardens tidied, and to get some baking underway. Lists are being compiled, welcome packs are being put together, menus are being finalised, and we are printing out tickets for our Great Raffle which will happen over the first three days of the Reunion. All participants to the Reunion will be able to purchase a raffle ticket which will enable them to enter a prize draw for a flight on a lightweight aircraft to witness the breath-taking landscape around Brockwood. This ride will last up to 45 minutes and will happen on the Sunday of the Reunion. We are also getting ready to welcome our alumni for the 1970’s Gathering due to begin on the 16th August. A total of 15 alumni have registered for this pre-reunion Reunion and we look forward to meeting some of Brockwood’s first students!
Here are some photos of Brockwood today, of school staff busy with preparations… we are getting so excited about welcoming you all back to beautiful Brockwood.
Brockwood Park 1980 – Question #6 from Question and Answer Meeting #1
‘My problem is I have a ten foot wall around me. It is no use trying to overcome it, so I ignore it. It is still there. What do I do?’
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