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Wisdom House Architectonics

Building a House with No Walls

Labor Day Weekend, September 4 - 7, 2009

Architectonics
1. Relating to, or characteristic of architecture, design and construction
2. Relating to the systematization of the totality of knowledge

The House of Wisdom Has No Walls

What do ecology, ecumenism and economics have in common? All three words derive from the Greek word oikos, meaning “house.” There are many sorts of houses in the world, actual and metaphorical. One accommodates this, another that. But what if all of these houses were discovered to be rooms within a single planetary house, a house of “many mansions?”

Such a house would transcend the walls that separate art, science, religion, culture, politics, etc. It would contain the whole human experience. Its very architecture would define what we mean when we speak of wisdom.

The purpose of Seven Pillars House of Wisdom is to be a small but representative exemplar of this universal house. Both Seven Pillars and the larger house it represents are works-in-progress. Our work is a labor of love—specifically, love of wisdom (philo sophia).

We hope you will join us to further explore what it means to build a house with no walls, within ourselves, within Seven Pillars and within the larger global society.

A faculty of voices will guide us through this exploration, including Lama Palden, Orland Bishop, Christopher Bamford, Paul Devereux, Deepa Patel, Phil Lane, Jr., Dena Merriam, Sousan Abadian and Pir Zia Inayat-Khan.

Wisdom House Architectonics will take place at the Abode of the Message in New Lebanon, New York. We have room for 65 participants. Please register early to ensure your space.

Invitation to Attend Seven Pillars' Labor Day Gathering (video)

Throughout the weekend we will:

  • Explore what it means to “build a house with no walls”.
  • Inquire into key questions related to the current global circumstances within which we all live.
  • Deepen and integrate our understanding of Seven Pillars’ four core areas of Cosmology, Revelation, Mysticism and Chivalry.
  • Develop a stronger sense of Seven Pillars’ mission and purpose. We are all collaborators within the organization’s evolving design.
  • Preview Seven Pillars’ offerings for 2010.
  • Grow friendships and a community dedicated to a new planetary culture, one reclaiming qualities of beauty, depth, unity and sacredness.

For additional information: wisdom@sevenpillarshouse.org. Phone: 518-794-8777. Skype: sevenpillarshouseofwisdom.

Quick, secure online registration is available through our Online Registration System.

Regular updates on twitter @sevenpillars.

Imaginal Blog
 

We have begun to keep an “imaginal blog” to give space to the wisdom arising within the unconscious realm. Throughout the summer months we invite you to email us any dreams, visual imagery or audio relevant to Seven Pillars and the wisdom emerging in the world today, to be posted on our website and potentially featured during Labor Day weekend.

Please send dreams, imagery and audio to wisdom@sevenpillarshouse.org with both your name and the words “imaginal blog” in the subject line.

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Seven Pillars aims to design every offering to reflect the emerging new culture, by exploring and applying provisional architectonic principals such as these:

We all hold wisdom. To access the wisdom evolving in the collective, we encourage everyone to participate and contribute at our gatherings.

We recognize that wisdom comes from a rich inner life. We go inward before we go outward. We devote intentional time for silence, meditation and contemplation.

We begin from a place of the heart. Centering on the heart, we come forward into dialogue and communion with others.

We integrate our transformation in the body. Physical and experiential practice is key to concretizing and embodying learning.

We are aware that there is wisdom of which we may be unaware. Imaginal realms and inner landscapes are explored through creative exercises, the arts and dream sharing, opening our consciousness to many sources of wisdom.

We recognize that our work, like the world, is in an evolutionary state. We do not yet know what we are becoming, yet we go forth into the unknown, taking steps that are open to what is emerging.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH

2 p.m. Registration & Check-in (Abode Programs' Office)

7 p.m. Dinner

8:15 p.m. Seating for Opening Session

8:30 – 10:00 p.m. Preparing the Ground with Sousan Abadian and Orland Bishop

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5TH

7 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Dream Sharing with Nancy Grace

8 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Breakfast

9 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Morning Contemplation with Pir Zia Inayat-Khan

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Building a House with No Walls with Christopher Bamford and Deepa Patel

12:15 p.m. Lunch

2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Essential Materials

Group A Cosmology with Paul and Charla Devereux

Group B Revelation with Sousan Abadian and Christopher Bamford

Group C Mysticism with Lama Palden and Dena Merriam

Group D Chivalry with Deepa Patel and Orland Bishop

snack break

3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Laying the Foundation: Collaboration and Cooperation with Lama Palden and Orland Bishop

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Embodied Mysticism with Julianna Takacs
                           Dream Sharing with Nancy Grace

7 p.m. – 8 p.m. Dinner

8:30 p.m. – 9:45 p.m. Essential Materials

Group B Cosmology with Paul and Charla Devereux

Group C Revelation with Sousan Abadian and Christopher Bamford

Group D Mysticism with Lama Palden and Dena Merriam

Group A Chivalry with Deepa Patel and Orland Bishop

Afterhours—Tea and Sweets

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6TH

7 a.m.– 8:00 a.m. Dream Sharing with Nancy Grace

8 a.m.– 8:45 a.m. Breakfast

9 a.m.– 9:45 a.m. Morning Contemplation with Lama Palden

10 a.m.–12 p.m. Structure and Beyond: Particularity and Universality with Pir Zia Inayat-Khan and Deepa Patel

12:15 p.m.
Abode Sunday Brunch

2 p.m.– 3:15 p.m. Essential Materials

Group C Cosmology with Paul and Charla Devereux

Group D Revelation with Sousan Abadian and Christopher Bamford

Group A Mysticism with Lama Palden and Dena Merriam

Group B Chivalry with Deepa Patel and Orland Bishop

snack break

3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Essential Materials

Group D Cosmology with Paul and Charla Devereux

Group A Revelation with Sousan Abadian and Christopher Bamford

Group B
Mysticism with Lama Palden and Dena Merriam

Group C Chivalry with Deepa Patel and Orland Bishop

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Embodied Mysticism with Julianna Takacs
                           Dream Sharing with Nancy Grace

7 p.m. – 8 p.m. Dinner

8:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Consulting the Imaginal Realms

Afterhours—Tea and Sweets

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7TH

7 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Dream Sharing with Nancy Grace

8 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast
 
9 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.  Morning Contemplation with Gayan Macher

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Constructing a Planetary House of Wisdom

12:15 p.m. Lunch

Guiding Voices
 

 

Sousan Abadian is a graduate of Harvard University and a consultant with Cambridge Leadership Associates. Dr. Abadian speaks and leads workshops in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Her areas of expertise include international development, recovery from collective trauma, and conflict transformation. Sousan is of Iranian heritage and Zoroastrian faith, with special inner and outer relationship with Judaism, Christianity and Sufism.

 

Christopher Bamford, editor of SteinerBooks and Lindisfarne Books, is a writer and scholar of Western esotericism, esoteric Christianity and Anthroposophy. He is the author of, most recently, An Endless Trace: The Passionate Pursuit if Wisdom in the West, and is one of the founders of Seven Pillars’ Green Hermeticism track.

 

Orland Bishop is the founder and director of ShadeTree Multicultural Foundation in Los Angeles, where he has pioneered approaches to urban truces and mentoring at-risk youth that combine new ideas with traditional ways of knowledge. ShadeTree serves as an intentional community of mentors, elders, teachers, artists, healers and advocates for the healthy development of children and youth. Orland’s work in healing and human development is framed by an extensive study of medicine, naturopathy, psychology and indigenous cosmologies, primarily those of South and West Africa.

 

Paul Devereux is a research affiliate of the Royal College of Art, London, and is a specialist in the anthropology of consciousness, archaeoacoustics, and psi phenomena. He is a founding co-editor of the peer-review publication, Time and Mind – The Journal of Archaeology, Consciousness and Culture. He has field researched ancient places ranging from European Stone Age sites, to Mayan temples, to vision quest locations in the US, and many more. Besides articles, peer-reviewed papers and magazine columns, he has authored or co-authored 27 books in as many years, including Re-Visioning the Earth, The Sacred Place, and Stone Age Soundtracks.

 

Lama Palden was authorized as a lama in 1986 by her root teacher, Khabje Kalu Rinpoche, and has been a student and practitioner of Buddhism for over 30 years, and of Comparative Mysticism for over 35 years. She is the founding teacher of Sukhasiddhi Foundation in Marin County. Lama Palden has a deep interest in helping to make the teachings and practices of Tibetan Buddhism accessible and practical for Westerners, as well as in actualizing the deep feminine wisdom. Also a licensed therapist, she is engaged in facilitating psycho-spiritual integration and development through bringing together understandings and methods from Buddhism and the Diamond Heart work. www.sukhasiddhi.org.

 

Phil Lane, Junior, a member of the Yankton Sioux and Chickasaw Nations, is a globally recognized Indigenous humanitarian, spiritual leader, educator, and Heredity Chief. He has worked with Indigenous peoples throughout Mother Earth for more than 40 years and is an award-winning author and film producer with Master’s Degrees in Education and Public Administration. He has received various international awards including John Denver’s Windstar Award, the Swiss Foundation’s Award for Freedom and Human Rights, and The Center for the Healing of Racism’s Ally Award for his work in promoting freedom and justice for Indigenous peoples by healing the root causes of racism. Phil is Chairman of the Four Worlds International Institute that is dedicated to manifesting The Fourth Way, a sacred and holistic path that transcends assimilation, resignation, and conflict. For more information, please visit www.fwii.net.

 

Dena Merriam is the founder and convener of the Global Peace Initiative of Women. Dena has worked to engage women in peace-building activities in conflict and post-conflict regions around the world. She has also organized major international interfaith events and has built a network of renowned women spiritual leaders. Dena is a Partner and Vice Chair of the Ruder Finn Group, a global communications company. She holds a master’s degree from Columbia University and has served on the advisory boards of the Harvard University Center for the Study of World Religions, the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy, and the Manitou Foundation. Dena is a member of Seven Pillars’ board and live in New York City. www.gpiw.org

 

Deepa Patel is an engaging and experienced fundraiser, events manager and promoter, and cultural producer of media including an award-winning magazine for young people, and various music, photography and digital efforts. She has a depth of experience in facilitating programs around equal opportunities and diversity issues, and is an advocate for youth, the oppressed, and all those struggling to have a voice. Deepa is a member of the Seven Pillars’ board and lives in London where she and her colleagues recently organized a two-week festival called Slow Down London. www.slowdownlondon.co.uk

 

Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, founder of Seven Pillars House of Wisdom, is the spiritual leader of the Sufi Order International, a mystical and ecumenical fellowship rooted in the visionary legacy of his grandfather, Hazrat Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan. Pir Zia is also President of the Suluk Academy for esoteric studies. Pir Zia holds a doctoral degree in religion from Duke University, is a recipient of the U Thant Peace Award, and is a newly appointed Lindisfarne Fellow.

Registration 

Quick, secure online registration is available through our Online Registration System. You can also register via phone by contacting our office at 518-794-8777. If you call and meet our answering machine, please leave a message with your name, number, and the best times to return your call. We have a very small staff, and do our best to return calls as quickly as possible.

At the time of registration, please be ready to provide the following information:

1. First and Last Name, Preferred Name for Event Badge
2. Street Address, City, State and Zip
3. Email Address
4. Phone Numbers, Primary and Cell
5. Housing Preference
6. Travel Plans
7. Special Dietary or Other Needs
8. Payment Information.

At the time of registration we process the full amount of attending the program. If you must cancel, please let us know at least seven days prior to the program’s start time, and we will refund your payment, minus a $50 non-refundable deposit. Any cancellations within seven days of the program’s start time will be refunded 50% of the original payment.

Tuition 

$165 tuition if registered by Friday, August 7, 2009
$210 tuition thereafter
$110 tuition for adults under age 35.

Also, if you are in your 20’s or early 30’s, scholarships are available.  Please either email wisdom@sevenpillarshouse.org or call 518-794-8777 to inquire about scholarship opportunities.

At the time of registration we process the full amount of attending the program. If you must cancel, please let us know at least seven days prior to the program’s start time, and we will refund your payment, minus a $50 non-refundable deposit. Any cancellations within seven days of the program’s start time will be refunded 50% of the original payment.

Housing & Commuter Fees
 

There is a limited amount of housing available at the event's location, The Abode of the Message, 5 Abode Road, New Lebanon, New York. Please register early if you would like to stay at the Abode and consider sharing a room to help us accommodate more people. Room and Board rates for the weekend are as follow:

Single Room $270, 3 nights
Double Room $225, 3 nights
Dorm Room $180, 3 nights (only 8 beds, book now)
Tenting, $150, 3 nights
Commuter $120, 3 days (no single day rate)

All housing and commuter fees include dinner on Friday, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday, and breakfast and lunch on Monday. As much as possible, meals will be organic and locally grown.

Additional Accommodations
 

If you would like to arrange your own accommodations, and then attend Wisdom House Architectonics as a commuter, below are additional local housing options:

The Shaker Mill Inn
Off Route 22 on Cherry Lane
Canaan, NY 12029
(800) 365-9345 or (518) 794-9345
E-mail: stay@shakermillfarminn.com
5 minutes from the Abode
private baths; shuttles to and from airport and Abode

Special Rates for the Weekend:
$150 for a single for three nights
$240 for a shared room for three nights (for two people)

Shaker Meadows B & B
14209 Rt. 22 South
New Lebanon, NY 12125
(518) 794-9385
5 minutes from the Abode
(Bed and Breakfast; 6 Rooms)
Rates: $85-$125

The Churchill House
228 Churchill Road
(Route 22 and Churchill Road)
New Lebanon, NY 12125
5 minutes from the Abode
(800) 532-2702 or (518) 766-5852
Rates: $135- $175
Website: http://www.churchillhousebb.com

Hitchcock House B & B
14163 Rt. 22 South
New Lebanon, NY. 12125
5 minutes from the Abode
(Bed and Breakfast; 4 Rooms)
(518) 794-8826
Rates: $85-$125
Website: http://www.hitchcockhousebb.com

Berkshire Mountain House
150 Berkshire Way
Stephentown, NY 12168
(800) 497-0176
5 minutes from Darrow
(Bed and Breakfast; 9 Rooms, 1 apartment, and 2 cottages)
Rates: $95-$199; whole cottage from $250. Includes breakfasts
E-mail: info@berkshirebb.com
Website: http://www.berkshirebb.com/

The Hancock Inn
Route 43, 102 Main Street
Hancock, MA 01237
(413) 738-5873
10 minutes from Darrow
Rates: $59- $150 (mention Darrow)

The Inn at Richmond
Route 41, 802 State Road
Richmond, MA 01254
(413) 698-2566 or (888) 968-4748
E-Mail: innkeepers@innatrichmond.com
10 minutes from Darrow
Rates: $125-$300
Website: http://www.innatrichmond.com

The Inn at Silver Maple Farm
1871 Route 295, P.O. Box 358
Canaan, NY 12029
(518) 781-3600
E-mail: info@silvermaplefarm
15 minutes from the Abode
Rates: $90-$290
Website: http://www.silvermaplefarm.com

The Spencer House, A Country Inn
446 Route 20 (located on Route 20 & 22)
New Lebanon, NY 12125
(518) 794-6500
5 minutes from the Abode (Bed and Breakfast)
Rates: $100-$150
Website: http://www.thespencerhouse.com/

Mill House Inn
86 State Route 43, PO Box 1079
Hancock, MA 01237
(800) 563-8645 or (518) 733-5606
E-Mail: mailto:%20fxt2@taconic.net
10 minutes from the Abode
Rates: $115-$170
Website: http://www.themillhouseinn.com/

Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort
37 Corey Road
Hancock, MA 01237
(800) 882-8859 or (413) 738-5500
15 minutes from the Abode
Rates: $99-$249
Website: http://www.jiminypeak.com

The Orchards Hotel
222 Adams Road
Williamstown, MA
(413) 458-9611 or (800) 225-1517
30 minutes from the Abode
Rates: $175-$450

The Sedgwick Inn
Route 22
Berlin, NY 12022
(518) 658-2334
E-Mail: mailto:sedwickin@aol.com
20 minutes from the Abode
Rates: $78-$125
Website: http://www.regionnet.com/colberk/sedgwickinn

The Red Lion Inn
Route 7, Main Street
Stockbridge, MA 01262
(413) 298-5545
E-Mail: reservations@redlioninn.com
30 minutes from the Abode
Rates: $89—$360
Website: http://www.redlioninn.com

Ramada Inn
1350 West Housatonic Street (Route 20)
Pittsfield, MA 01201
(413) 442-8714
10 minutes from the Abode
Rates: $119—room; $189—suite
Mention “Darrow School” for 10% discount.

Comfort Inn
1055 South Street (Routes 7 & 20)
Pittsfield MA
(413) 443-4714
15 minutes from the Abode
Rates: $119—room; $189—suite.

Cranwell Resort & Golf Club
55 Lee Road (Route 20)
Lenox, MA 01240
(413) 637-1364 or (800) 272-6935
E-mail: mailto:info@cranwell.com
20 minutes from the Abode
Rates: $165-$515
Website: http://www.cranwell.com

Howard Johnson
462 Pittsfield Road (Routes 7 & 20)
Lenox, MA 01240
(413) 442-4000 or (800) 446-4656
15 minutes from the Abode
Rates: $58-$215

Patriot Suites Hotel
8 Dan Fox Drive (Corner of Route 20)
Pittsfield, MA 01240
(413) 972-3300
15 minutes from the Abode
Rates: $140-$300

The Yankee Inn
461 Pittsfield Road
Lenox, MA 01240
(413) 499-3700 or (800) 835-2364
15 minutes from the Abode
Rates: $69-$269

Days Inn
194 Pittsfield Road (Routes 7 & 20)
Lenox, MA 01240
(413) 637-3560 or (800) 329-7466
15 minutes from the Abode
Rates: $48—$195

White Horse Inn
378 South Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
(413) 442-2512
E-mail: whorsein@bcn.net
15 minutes from the Abode
Rates: $95
Website: http://www.whitehorsebb.com

Crowne Plaza Pittsfield
One West Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
(413) 499-2000 or 800-2-CROWNE
E-mail: mailto:crplaza@berkshire.net
15 minutes from the Abode
In the center of Pittsfield
Rates: $99-$289
Website: http://www.berkshirecrowne.com

Yankee Extended Stay Suites
20 West Housatonic Street (Route 20)
Pittsfield, MA 01201
(413) 499-3700 or (800) 835-2364
E-Mail: Raya@yankeeinn.com
10 minutes from the Abode
Rates: $65-$225
Website: http://www.berkshireinns.com

All attendees will check in at Seven Pillars’ offices, 256 Darrow Road, New Lebanon, New York, on the grounds of the Abode of the Message. http://www.abodeprograms.org

Directions to the Abode of the Message

From the North:

Take Interstate 87 South (Northway) to Interstate 90 East through Albany. Get off at Exit 11E, and take Rt. 20 East toward Pittsfield, MA. After passing through the town of New Lebanon, continue on Rt. 20 East for approximately one mile, to the Darrow Road sign on the right. Turn right onto Darrow Road and proceed to the end, to the Abode of the Message, and then to the old brown barn on the right. Parking is right beyond the barn on the right.

From the South/NYC/NJ/Eastern PA:

Option #1

Take Interstate 87 North (New York Thruway) to Interstate 90 East (Berkshire connector). Get off at Exit B3, which is Rt. 22 North.
Proceed on Rt. 22 North until you reach the intersection of Routes 22 and 20. Turn right onto Rt. 20 and take Rt. 20 East toward Pittsfield, MA. Continue on Rt. 20 East for approximately one mile to the Darrow Road sign on the right. Turn right onto Darrow Road and proceed to the end, to the Abode of the Message, and then to the old brown barn on the right. Parking is right beyond the barn on the right.

Option #2

Leave the New York Thruway at the Interstate 84 Exit and proceed east on Interstate 84. After approximately 17 miles, exit onto the Taconic Parkway North and proceed 65 miles to the exit for Rt. 295 East. Go 8 miles east on Rt. 295 to the traffic light which is the intersection of Routes 295 and 22. Turn left onto Rt. 22 North. At this point, follow the directions for Rt. 22 above.

From the East:

Option #1:

Take Interstate 90 West (Massachusetts Turnpike). Get off at Exit B3 and take Rt. 22 North. At this point, follow the directions for Route 22 above.

Option #2

Take Interstate 84 West to the Taconic Parkway. Proceed North on the Taconic Parkway and get off at the exit for Rt. 295 East. Go 8 miles east on Rt. 295 to the traffic light which is the intersection of Routes 295 and 22. Turn left onto Rt. 22 North and follow the directions for Rt. 22 above.

From the West:

Take Interstate 90 East. Get off at Exit 11E and take Rt. 20 East toward Pittsfield, MA. After passing through the town of New Lebanon, continue on Rt. 20 East for approximately one mile, to the Darrow Road sign on the right. Turn right onto Darrow Road and proceed to the end, to the Abode of the Message, and then to the old brown barn on the right. Parking is right beyond the barn on the right.

By Air:

If you plan to arrive via air, please arrange to fly into Albany International Airport.

Shuttle service is available, coordinated by Khalid Triebe. Please see information and rates below.

By Train:

If you plan to arrive via train, there is commuter train service from New York City’s Grand Central Station to Wassaic, which then includes a 1 hour and 15 minute drive from the station to the Abode of the Message.

There are also train stations in Pittsfield, Massachusetts (20 minutes away) and Albany, New York (45 minutes away).

Shuttle service is available, coordinated by Khalid Triebe. Please see information and rates below.

By Bus:

If you plan to arrive via bus, there is Greyhound Bus Service to Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and Albany, New York.

Shuttle service is available, coordinated by Khalid Triebe. Please see information and rates below.

Shuttle Service

To arrange for Shuttle Service, please contact Khalid Triebe at abodeshuttle@gmail.com, or via his cell, 518-470-0017.

Airport Rates

$50 per person, each way, for one traveler.
$30 per person, each way, for two travelers.
$25 per person, each way, for three or more travelers.

Train & Bus Rates from Albany

$35 per person, each way, for one traveler.
$25 per person, each way, for two travelers.
$20 per person, each way, for three or more travelers.

Train & Bus Rates from Pittsfield

$15 per person, each way, flat rate.

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