Monthly Archive for October, 2010

Time to Reflect

Ben is a mature student at Brockwood. Mature Students are young adults who come to Brockwood out of their own interest in order to study Krishnamurti’s teachings within the context of the School. Their contribution is to participate with staff and students in the life of the School and to contribute to the atmosphere of Brockwood with their own serious inquiry. They are junior colleagues of the staff and work 20 hours a week in return for free board and accommodation. Here follows Ben’s reflections on living at Brockwood:

Tempus Fugit –
Time Flies. Or does it flee? Flee from our efforts to capture it, to pin down a moment in memory, or hold on to a passing experience. Inevitably our efforts to grasp this ephemeral, fleeting and ever-elusive thing (surely not a thing at all, but a construct) are frustrated. And still we persist, like naughty children who just will not be told.

T.S. Eliot begins his Four Quartets:
“Time present & time past
Are both perhaps present in time future,
And time future contained in time past.”
Is that to say that what the future holds in store for us here, at Brockwood Park School, is already in some sense germinating now, in our present? And surely what we bring here, as volunteers from all over the world, impinges on what is happening (& how we experience) now?

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Discovering Oneself

Ahmed is a mature student at Brockwood. Mature Students are young adults who come to Brockwood out of their own interest in order to study Krishnamurti’s teachings within the context of the School. Their contribution is to participate with staff and students in the life of the School and to contribute to the atmosphere of Brockwood with their own serious inquiry. They are junior colleagues of the staff and work 20 hours a week in return for free board and accommodation. Here follows Ahmed’s reflections on living at Brockwood:

As a mature student at Brockwood Park I have been at the school for almost two months. I am originally from Ethiopia, but have lived in Libya, Italy and Canada where I have been the longest, in Calgary in the Province of Alberta.

On my arrival at Brockwood I was very excited. The fact that my desire to be a part of the community actually came true was thrilling! In the past I had never been part of such a cohesive community that shared everything from food, accommodation and even sometimes clothes to feelings and thoughts.

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Season of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness!

Autumn Week Workshops 22 – 25th October

Over the last few years we have devoted a week each Autumn to offering workshops to all students and staff. All regular classes are suspended during this time, and we invite the skills of both those resident here and as well as alumni and local artists and artisans to share their talents and time with us.

As I write this we are at day two of the Autumn Week and it is really wonderful to see students come alive in new ways, discover themselves through engaging in focused activities and working with intensity and creativity in small groups.

This year the workshops include: film making, traditional animation, book binding, Japanese cooking, contemporary dance, sound engineering, ceramics,
song writing, aesthesie-bodywork, an overnight orienteering and backpacking trip and an IT skills class.

The Autumn Week is an endeavour to emphasise several things: it is an exploration into the wider contexts of education such as the learning that
can take place outside of the classroom as well as the exploration of doing regular academics differently.

Overall, it is a rediscovery of where our passion and love for learning lie, and it makes us face both the challenge and joy of working closely with others.

Autumn Week

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A True Story Behind the Pavilion Project from One of the Architects

Hi, my name is Mike Davies, I’m an Architect by training, but not the Architect who designed the Pavilions. That was down to Mike Hope of Roderick James Architects in Totnes, Devon. I drafted the design brief that all Architects need, to help them in their task of designing a building. The brief is a document that tries to explain in detail the client’s requirements. It lists the range of room sizes for rooms of differing function, from rooms in staff accommodation, to student rooms that would have single, dual and occasionally triple occupancy. Bathrooms, shower rooms and storage areas also have to have area allocations. It is also important to try to explain how you see the building functioning in terms of circulation, security and practicality.

The Pavilions Project

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Clearing the Way for the Pavilions

In September and October we started clearing work for the imminent beginning construction of the Pavilions.

We are excited, doing as much of the work as possible ourselves to reduce the costs, as we are still in need of fundraising quite a bit more for the completion of the project.

Amongst other things, you can see below many students volunteered to come and help when they had some free time from their studies:

The Pavilions Project
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