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Dear Friends,

The Novalis Project, a cultural impulse dedicated to the performance, practice and appreciation of the arts, was established in 2003 by members and friends of Camphill Communities. Novalis Hall, an architectural and acoustic gem set in Nottawasaga Camphill Village in Angus, continues to provide an ideal setting for presentations of drama, music and dance. 87 Toronto Street, a central location of a Camphill neighbourhood in Barrie now houses a cafe and assembly room where art classes and workshops are being presented for residents of the city and surrounding area.

- Treasa O'Driscoll, project coordinator.


    Creativity 2013 | HOME
 
Lori Wilson
 

Tuesday afternoons, April 23 - June 11, 2013
from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Location: 87 Toronto Street in downtown Barrie

Cost: $100 (includes all materials)

Spring into Colour
with Lori Wilson-Cockburn

In this watercolour course you will engage in a playful exploration of colour as it comes into form in the cycles of nature-dying and becoming in an ever-changing, seasonal metamorphosis. You will observe polarities in nature that are always striving towards a balance of opposites. This phenomenon is also a feature of your own inner life that you may encounter in Lori's painting exercises.

Prepare to be surprised, delighted and amazed at the magical weaving of Lori's presentations and the way in which she joyfully awakens slumbering senses to emerging Spring's new life and to whatever is seeking to come forth in each one of us, as aspiring painters-regardless of our level of expertise! This course is designed for newcomers as well as returning students and is guaranteed to be an enjoyable and enlightening experience for all participants.

(No previous painting experience necessary)

Lori Cockburn has a diploma in Dance and Art from Ryerson University. Her interest in exploring the expressive, creative and healing potential of movement and other art forms is central to her life. A graduate of the Arscura School for Living Art, Lori is devoted to applying all she has learned for the purpose of awakening the imagination as a force of insight and healing in the sould of her students. Every participant in this painting course will delight in Lori’s practical approach to learning and loving service to the spirit of Art.

Cost for sessions and all materials: $100 (includes all art meterials) payable on the first day of class. cheques should be made out to: Lori Wilson-cockburn.

Call Lori at 1-905-859-6831 for more information



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    Creativity 2011| HOME
 
Lori Cockburn
 

Tuesday Afternoons, September 20 - November 22, 2011
from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Location: 87 Toronto Street in downtown Barrie

Cost: $125 (10 sessions including all materials)

Entering the Colour Stream
Introductory Oils and Watercolour
Painting Course with Lori Wilson

Awaken your imagination and renew your spirit in a warm community setting as Lori leads you into the wonder of colour that comes to light in the glory of Autumn.

(No previous painting experience necessary)

Lori Cockburn has a diploma in Dance and Art from Ryerson University. Her interest in exploring the expressive, creative and healing potential of movement and other art forms is central to her life. A graduate of the Arscura School for Living Art, Lori is devoted to applying all she has learned for the purpose of awakening the imagination as a force of insight and healing in the sould of her students. Every participant in this painting course will delight in Lori’s practical approach to learning and loving service to the spirit of Art.

Cost for 10 session and all materials: $125

For Register please call 1-705-728-7752,
or e-mail info@novalisproject.com



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Lori Cockburn
 

Tuesday Afternoons, May 3 - June 28
from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Location: 87 Toronto Street in Downtown Barrie

Cost: $125 (10 sessions including all materials)

Art Classes
Painting, Sculpture, Drawing

Allow the artist in you to come forth this Spring! Let your creativity flow and exercise your imagination in a play of light and dark and the colour that arises, led by inspired teacher, Lori Cockburn. No prior experience is needed as you engage heart and hands in the transformative activity of art-making.

Lori Cockburn has a diploma in Dance and Art from Ryerson University. Her interest in exploring the expressive, creative and healing potential of movement and other art forms is central to her life. A graduate of the Arscura School for Living Art, Lori is devoted to applying all she has learned for the purpose of awakening the imagination as a force of insight and healing in the souls of her students. Every participant in this painting course will delight in Lori’s practical approach to learning, her sensory acuity and loving service to the spirit of Art.

For Register please call 1-705-728-7752,
or e-mail info@novalisproject.com


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emmanuel  
Saturday - Sunday, June 25 - 26
Location: Novalis Hall, 7841 4th line, Angus, Ontario.

Call for details and reservations

Building a Bread Oven

with Warren Lee Cohen
25th Anniversary Event of Camphill Communities Ontario

For Register please call 1-705-728-7752,
or e-mail info@novalisproject.com


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    Creativity 2010| HOME
 
Lori Cockburn
 

Tuesday Afternoons, September 28 - December 7
from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: 87 Toronto Street in downtown Barrie

Cost: $125 (10 sessions including all materials)

Art Classes
Painting, Sculpture, Drawing

Allow the artist in you to come forth this Fall! Let your creativity flow and exercise your imagination in a playful experience of colour, clay and charcoal, led by inspired teacher, Lori Cockburn. No prior experience is needed as you engage heart and hands in the transformative activity of art-making.

Lori Cockburn has a diploma in Dance and Art from Ryerson University. Her interest in exploring the expressive, creative and healing potential of movement and other art forms is central to her life. A graduate of the Arscura School for Living Art, Lori is devoted to applying all she has learned for the purpose of awakening the imagination as a force of insight and healing in the souls of her students. Every participant in this painting course will delight in Lori’s practical approach to learning, her sensory acuity and loving service to the spirit of Art.

Cost for 6 session and all materials: $70

For Register please call 1-705-728-7752,
or e-mail info@novalisproject.com



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watercolours
 

Tuesday Afternoons, April 13 - May 18, 2010
from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Location: 87 Toronto Street in downtown Barrie,

Entering the Colour Stream
An introductory Watercolour Painting Course with Lori Cockburn

(No previous painting experience necessary)

Awaken your imagination and renew your spirit in a warm community setting as Lori leads you into the wonder of colour that comes to light in the flowering of Spring and Summer gardens.

Lori Cockburn has a diploma in Dance and Art from Ryerson University. Her interest in exploring the expressive, creative and healing potential of movement and other art forms gradually became a driving force in her life. A desire for further study led her to enroll in the Arscura School for Living Art. Now at the point of graduating from Arscura, Lori is devoted to applying all she has learned for the purpose of awakening the imagination and healing the soul. Painting and movement are a daily meditative practice for her and the source of her infectious joy in living. Every participant in this painting course, presented by the Novalis Project, will delight in Lori’s practical approach to learning, her deep insight, awakened imagination and loving service to the spirit of Art.

Cost for 6 session and all materials: $70

For Reservations please call 1-705-728-7752,
or e-mail info@novalisproject.com

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Donald Hall

The Art of Portrait:
Finding the Inner Face


A Watercolour and Art History course
with professor/artist, Donald Hall, from Italy  

Sunday - Tuesday, October 18, 19, 20, 2009;
from 10:00am - 4:00pm daily
at Novalis Hall, 7841 4th line, Angus, Ontario

"Many great artists of the past have advanced the art of portraiture. To give expression to the ‘inner face’ is a task of our post modern times. On the one side we find Nature, representative of life and death-a contracted state found in the colour green, brown and black. The Spiritual lies on the other side, its light and openness revealed in yellow and white. The soul lives between these polarities. The human being is drawn first to the one, then to the other, resulting in experiences of suffering and joy. The real human face makes its appearance by grace of these polarities, the peach blossom colour providing  a living image of its soul life. The post-modern soul-now  in danger of being pulled apart-can find its stability, its identity, by touching both Heaven and Earth, thus becoming, like Nature, creatively engaged in the reconciliation  of opposites."
    - Donald Hall

Cost for Course; $300 (includes 3 lunches and 2 snacks daily)

Register by calling Treasa O’Driscoll at 705-728-7752, info@novalisproject.com 
      
Please send a $50 deposit before October 4, 2009
(cheque payable to Ita Wegman Foundation)
Address: Novalis Project, 92 Mary St., Barrie, On L4N 1T1

Daily Schedule:
Mornings (9.30am-12.00am): Morning lecture and color Study on the theme
Afternoons (1.30pm-4.00pm): Self-expression of portraits

Some boards and easels can be provided on request. Quality watercolor paper can be purchased on site. A good flat paintbrush (¾-1 inch), and pigments (Pelikan transparent pellets are recommended). You might also want to bring sketch book, charcoal and colour crayons as well as other paintbrushes.


Donald Hall, is a master schooled in the Assenza tradition.

The highly original method created by Beppe Assenza is an extremely valid pathway to painting that emerges from colour experience. It is a way in which the painter grasps the life, the essence of colour and extracts the idea from it, resulting in a style of painting that reflects the action of living colour.

Donald Hall was born in New Mexico, USA. He studied painting in Switzerland with Beppe Assenza in Dornach, Switzerland. (1969-1979), becoming Assenza’s assistant and also working in Painting Therapy with children.(1976-1978).

He returned to the USA to found a painting school in Harlemville, New York (1978-1985) which he left to ensure proper transition of the Assenza School in Dornach following Assenza’s death (1985-1988). Since 1988, he has directed his own school, the Freie Malschule, Bolzano, Italy. His paintings have been shown in France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, and in the United States.  He currently gives Painting and Art History courses in Italy,     Switzerland, Croatia, Canada and USA.

“Painting with Donald Hall is an adventure, an exciting search for deeper meaning in colour and form. "    
- Peter Doef,  Artist

“A mood of contentment prevailed during Donald Hall's opening talk and seemed to increase as participants applied themselves to his clearly articulated exercises and discourses on the history, meaning and purpose of art, delivered between painting sessions when we clustered in rapt attention around him."    
- Lilipoh Magazine

“In painting with Donald Hall and hearing his unique insights on the great masterpieces I have discovered anew my own connection with painting. I recommend the following to workshop participants regardless of the level of their expertise: Be open to your own creativity and to the lawfulness of colour… Avoid getting trapped in a style or in the pursuit of a perfect image…In the joy of the effort you may discover that something new will begin to live in you."     
- Denis Schneider, Art Teacher

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Friday-Saturday November 8 - 9, 2008
Location: Novalis Hall, Nottawasaga Village, 7481 4th line, Angus

Stairway of Surprise: 
A Two-Day Workshop with Michael Lipson, PhD

 "I shall mount to paradise
             By the stairway of surprise"

                        - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Where do thoughts come from? What lies at the basis of our world of sights and sounds?  Can we learn to feel fresh feelings, or must our feelings grow stale and dead?  What is life's meaning, what is it for?  What are we to do? How can our planet be saved?
 These fundamental questions cannot be answered, or even adequately posed from out of  normal consciousness.  To move more deeply into such questions, we need to pursue a path of spiritual development

This weekend workshop will offer exercises in consciousness that are suitable both for beginning and advanced students of meditation.  These six exercises were initially formulated by Rudolf Steiner.  They prompt us to move beyond our habitual world of separation and to enter a more unobstructed level of consciousness that is our true source of meaning, purpose and love.

Saturday, November 8 from 1:00pm - 8:30 pm
Sunday, November 9 from 9:30am - 3:00pm

Michael Lipson, PhD, is the author of The Stairway of Surprise, a re-working of Rudolf Steiner's six 'supplementary' exercises, and the translator of many works by R. Steiner and by Georg Kuehlewind.  A Clinical Psychologist in independent practice in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, he teaches meditation internationally.

Cost: Complete Event $150
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including Saturday dinner, Sunday lunch and snacks)


 

Michael Lipson

 

The Spiritual In Art

…a water colour painting course with Italian art master, Donald Hall

June 28/29, 2008 at Novalis Hall, 7841 4th line, Angus, Ontario

Explore the 'light' energy of the Black Madonna and experience Donald Hall's inspired approach to art history and his unique insights into the work of the great Italian masters.

Educate your senses and gain a practical understanding of Goethe's theory of colour.

Learn Donald's engaging exercises in colour, form and composition.

Enjoy meaningful social exchange with kindred spirits old and new.

Experience the tranquil, rural ambience of Novalis Hall and environs.

Create your own rite of passage into summer.

Mornings: 9.30-12.30pm       Afternoons: 2.00-4.30pm

Please bring dry watercolours or a set of Pelikan watercolour cakes and brushes-suggested sizes small, three quarters and one inch. Bring your own easel if possible-some can be provided. Course suited to beginners and advanced students alike.
        
Course fee, including paper, lunches and snacks: $225
(a non-refundable deposit of $35 is due before June 10) Cheques payable to Ita Wegman Foundation, 92 Mary St., Barrie, ONL4N1T1


“A mood of contentment prevailed during Donald's discourses on the history, meaning and purpose of art when we clustered in rapt attention around him.”      
Lilipoh Magazine

“In working with Donald Hall and in hearkening to his profound insights on the great masters, I have renewed my connection with painting.”           
Denis Schneider, art teacher


To reserve: call 1-705-728-7752 or email info@novalisproject.com
at Novalis Hall, 7841 4th Line, Angus
www.novalisproject.com_ for information and map

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    Creativity 2007| HOME
 

Michael Lipson

 

A Watercolour Painting Course with Donald Hall,
art professor and water colour artist from Bolzano, Italy

The Mystic Mastery of Raphael

Saturday-Sunday, March 24-25, 2007

Raphael exalted the art of painting to an expression of the divine and revealed the spiritual dimensions of colour and form. We can discover the true purpose of art in the study of his work, which has endured the test of time as a source of beauty and transformation in human hearts. Drawing on Goethe’s classic theory, participants will create colour combinations that give entry to the secret world of Raphael’s creations. The hidden power of the good, the beautiful and the true to which the work of this painter attests will reveal themselves in these exercises. The course will also include short talks on the history of art as it relates to Raphael. As a painter working in Italy, Donald presents an informed perspective on the classical tradition and its relevance to modern art.

Mornings: 9.30-12.00am:
Learn to see colour and find the right technique. Explore a living process to raise consciousness and feeling with the guidance of a superb teacher.

Afternoons: 2.00-4.30pm:
Make colour sketches and light/dark charcoal drawings to express the formal nature of objects and their relationship to one another.
Please bring dry watercolours or a set of Pelikan watercolour cakes and brushes-suggested sizes small, three quarters and one inch. An easel can be provided if you do not have your own. Course suited to beginners and practiced painters alike.

Course fee including paper, lunches and snacks: $225
(a non refundable deposit of $35 is due before March 10)

Location: Novalis Hall, 7841 4th line, Angus.

Please reserve by calling 1-705-728-7752
info@novalisproject.com

“A mood of contentment prevailed during Donald Hall's opening talk and seemed to increase as participants applied themselves to his clearly articulated exercises and discourses on the history, meaning and purpose of art, delivered between painting sessions when we clustered in rapt attention around him.”
- Lilipoh Magazine, Fall 2006


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Monday, October 2, 7:30pm
Novalis Hall, Nottawasaga Village, 7481 4th line, Angus

Invitation
presented by Northern Light Eurythmy
from Basle, Switzerland

Recitations from Oriah Mountain Dreamer, Goethe, Rudolf Steiner and a story for children, interwoven with music by Beethoven, Arvo Pärt and others.

Eurythmy is an art of movement and gestures that reveals to the eye what language and music bring to the ear. It is a highly disciplined, expressive and meaningful form that demands the exercise of the whole human organism. This presentation will appeal to all age groups and it will provide a pleasant and uplifting experience for the entire family.

Cost: Adults: $10 Children: $5


 
 

Friday-Saturday October 13 - 14
Location: Cornerstone, 78 Toronto St., Barrie

Peace
The Spiritual Challenge of our Time
with Dr. Michael Lipson, clinical psychologist

Lecture: Friday, 7:30-9:00pm, $20
Our world is breaking apart into deadly wars. Meaningful peace between nations or individuals (horizontal peace) depends on our first making peace with the heavens (vertical peace). The process demands an infinite strengthening of our feeling life. This evening lecture establishes the basis for the meditative process that the Saturday workshop will engage.

Workshop: Saturday, 9:30-4:30pm
We will practice exercises of spiritual peacemaking through group and dyadic meditations, working from inspired texts and with everyday problems and conflicts. Through group meditative practice and reporting, we will help one another to make peace with the heavens and to transform the heart into a perceptive organ.

Michael Lipson, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist in independent practice in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. The translator of Steiner's Intuitive Thinking as a Spiritual Path and numerous books by G. Kuehlewind, he is the author of The Stairway of Surprise: Six Steps to a Creative Life. He teaches meditation and related themes internationally.

Cost:
Complete Event $100 (including snacks)

Lecture only:$20


 
 

Saturday, November 11, 1:30-4:30pm

Hospitality that Heals

A conversation with John and Carrie Schuchardt, who founded the House of Peace in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1990, so that victims of war might live in therapeutic community with working adults who have disabilities. In the last 16 years, John and Carrie have welcomed over 400 refugees from approximately 30 countries into their home, offering a healing refuge from the despair of war and enabling each refugee to realize the sacred right to peace that is fundamental to every human life.

John and Carrie also participate in many activities that foster the conversion in consciousness and policies that will shift the collective focus from war to peace. They join many others in following the lead of individual conscience, which becomes a powerful redeeming force when it is exercised. Traveling to Japan in 2005 to conduct a prayer vigil and fast, they apologized as individual Americans for the atomic atrocities perpetrated in Hiroshima and Nagasaki sixty years earlier. They promised to devote themselves to building a strong spiritual base for a non-violent future.

Participants in this dialogue will learn how to create hospitality that heals in their own hearts and homes. People who care for the homeless, the sick, the disabled and the elderly will derive encouragement and inspiration from these two pioneering peacemakers. The extended Camphill family is in the process of forming an inclusive therapeutic community in the Barrie downtown area, for which Carrie and John Schuchardt will provide valuable mentorship in the course of their visit.

Location: Cornerstone, 78 Toronto St., Barrie

Suggested Donation: $30


 
 

Thursday, November 23, 2006 7:30 - 9:45pm

World Premiere of the
Stornoway Productions documentary film

The Dark Side of Power

Following the viewing of this film, Dr. Patrick Boyer, Q.C. will then speak about his new book Powershift and lead the audience in a lively discussion about citizen engagement in the forthcoming dramas of Ontario’s energy sector.

The Dark Side of Power is a feature documentary that examines how politicians and officers of Ontario Hydro, once one of the most powerful electricity utilities in the world, dug its own financial grave, and how Ontario’s entire electricity sector now faces unprecedented challenges. Ontario’s electricity production has become a costly monolith and Ontarians face hard choices over potential alternative energies of the future.

Society’s great dependence on electricity was dramatized on August 14, 2003 when a power blackout plunged 50 million people in northeastern North America into darkness for several days. From cell phone networks to gas pumps, traffic lights and transit systems, refrigerators and manufacturing plants – everything went down. The public came face to face with their total dependence on electricity. Ontario, in particular, took a bruising hit, underscoring the essential nature of a reliable energy supply.

The Dark Side of Power uncovers the reasons for today’s critical power crunch and delineates the daunting challenges and possible future solutions.

Author J. Patrick Boyer, Q.C. draws upon his varied experiences as lawyer, university professor, journalist, Member of Parliament, film-maker and television host in presenting this issue of Ontario’s power. November 23 will be the publication date of his new book Powershift in which he shows how ‘power’ – both as energy source and as ability to govern – has caused and will continue to cause the transformation of Canada’s richest and most populous province.

A tour de force of searching and scholarly synthesis, Powershift weaves three strands of energy supply, political accountability and Ontario’s geo-political shift into a single tale with consummate skill and to dramatic effect. Dr. Boyer brings fresh eyes, a long view of history and the fruits of his frontline experience in pertinent fields to bear on a topic of import to every Ontarian as both electricity consumer and citizen. The possibilities and limits of democratic self-governance emerge as a central theme of this timely book, alerting us to the need for greater engagement on the part of citizens, not only in identifying viable energy sources for our increasing energy demands, but in ensuring that a powershift in the patterns of governance in Ontario will actually enable this to happen. First copies of Powershift will be on sale this evening and Patrick Boyer will be available for signing.

Location: Southshore Community Centre, 205 Lakeshore Drive, Barrie

Cost: $10


 
 
 

Sunday, November 26, 3:00pm

Operatic Arias and Songs

Claudette Leblanc and Stephen Harlands in concert,
accompanied by Derek Bampton

Dramatic soprano Claudette Leblanc has enjoyed a varied international career.
Her voice was declared by Fanfare magazine one of the most fascinating of 20th century music. Canadian tenor Stephen Harlands is a rising star on the national and international scene and joins Claudette in this exciting collaboration along with the distinguished pianist and teacher of child prodigies, Derek Bampton.

Location: Novalis Hall, 7841 4th Line, Angus

Cost: $20


     
 
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