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Annual Gathering 2016

Annual May Gathering

The Awakening of Intelligence

Saturday, April 30 to Sunday, May 1, 2016

FREE EVENT

Krishnamurti Educational Center
1070 McAndrew Rd. (Map)
Ojai, California

We invite you to our Annual Gathering, April 30th and May 1st, 2016, taking place at the Krishnamurti Educational Center (KEC) in Ojai. Friends both local and from around the world come to listen to speakers, participate in discussions and dialogues, attend workshops, and simply hang out with friends old and new.

Free Event: No reservation necessary.

Lunch:  Online pre-purchase $10.   Purchase at the event $15.

Live Streaming: Watch here on the day of the event.

Schedule

The main part of the program takes place on Saturday and Sunday, with lunch provided both days on the KEC campus. The gathering will begin each day with a Krishnamurti audio outside on the lawn at 8:30AM.  Each day ends at approximately 5PM.

Note: Schedule is subject to change.

Saturday April 30
Early-Bird Options: 8:00 - 9:15 AM
Yoga in the Events Pavilion with Rowan Lommel
Tour the Earth Island Medicinal Herb Garden with Carol Wade
8:30 - 9:30 AM PTR West Lawn Krishnamurti Audio *
Public Talk 1 in Madras, 1979
The seed of a million years
10:00 - 10:20 AM PTR West Lawn Hello / Welcome
with Jaap Sluijter (KFA Executive Director)
10:30 AM - 12:05 PM
   concurrent events
Pine Cottage (Library)
Original Sin: Illusion, Collusion and the Impossible Search for Truth *
with Michael Mendizza
Events Pavilion
What Am I, Anyway?
with Dan Kilpatrick
Gallery (Archive bldg.)
Krishnamurti Video *
Conversation 1 with Pupul Jayakar at Brockwood Park, 1982
How does one inquire into the source of all life?
12:15 - 1:30 PM PTR West Lawn Lunch (with live music) - purchase here
Menu: Vegetable Korma with brown rice + salad
1:40 - 3:15 PM
   concurrent events
Pine Cottage (Library) Awakening Intelligence in the Daily Life of a School *
with Oak Grove School Staff & Students
Events Pavilion
Explorations into Freedom: A Shift from Knowing to "Seeing"
with Deborah Kerner and Richard Waxberg
East Lawn
Where People are Writing Uninhibitedly
with Kelley O'Mara & Amanda Lezra
Gallery (Archive bldg.) KFA Explorations Conference 2016: A Preview *
with Pathik Wadhwa and Jaap Sluijter
3:25 - 5:00 PM
   concurrent events
Pine Cottage (Library) Knowledge, Thought, Intelligence and Wisdom *
with Professor P. Krishna
Events Pavilion Open Dialogue: To See Oneself as One Is
with Eric Hassett
Gallery (Archive bldg.) Krishnamurti Video *
Conversation with David Bohm, John Hidley, and Rupert Sheldrake
The Nature of the Mind

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Sunday May 1
Early-bird Options: 8:00 - 9:15 AM
Yoga in the Events Pavilion with Magda Freedom Rod
Tour the Earth Island Medicinal Herb Garden with Carol Wade
8:30 - 9:30 AM PTR West Lawn Krishnamurti Audio *
Public Talk 3 in Madras, 1979
10:00 - 10:20 AM PTR West Lawn Hello / Welcome
with Jaap Sluijter (KFA Executive Director)
10:30 AM - 12:05 PM
   concurrent events
Pine Cottage (Library) Educating for Enlightenment: Travels with Krishnamurti and Self-Inquiry *
with Kathryn Jefferies
Events Pavilion A Shared Inquiry: Can We Awaken Intelligence?
with Mary Kelley
East Lawn Storytelling
with Derek Hook
Gallery (Archive bldg.) Inroads into Intelligence: What It is and Why It Matters *
with Stephen Smith
12:15 - 1:30 PM PTR West Lawn Lunch (with live music) - purchase here
Menu: Tofu Fajitas with Spanish rice + salad
1:40 - 3:15 PM
   concurrent events
Pine Cottage (Library) The Legacy of J. Krishnamurti *
with Michael Krohnen
Events Pavilion Explorations into Freedom: A Shift from Knowing to "Seeing"
with Deborah Kerner and Richard Waxberg
Gallery (Archive bldg.) Open Dialogue: To See Oneself as One Is
with Eric Hassett
3:25 - 5:00 PM
   concurrent events
Pine Cottage (Library) Krishnamurti Video *
Conversation with David Bohm, John Hidley, and Rupert Sheldrake
The Nature of the Mind
Events Pavilion Inquiry & Yoga
with Rowan Lommel
Gallery (Archive bldg.) Presentation of the Residential Student Program *
with Holly Johnson & Residential Students

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Ongoing Programs
PTR East Lawn Draw Your Conditioning
Ongoing self-guided workshop throughout the Gathering
Next to East Lawn The Mind of Krishnamurti
Krishnamurti exhibit - displayed on the badminton court (between PTR east lawn & archive building)
Medicinal Herb Garden Earth Island Medicinal Herb Garden
Garden open to the public, tours offered 8 AM SAT & SUN morning


* Live Streaming available for this program. Watch live stream here on the day of the event.

 

Programs

Original Sin: Illusion, Collusion and the Impossible Search for Truth
Krishnamurti’s insight, Truth Is A Pathless Land, leaves our normal, day to day mentality at the door and points to a state of mind and perception that is forever at odds with humanities’ norm. There is an ‘original sin,’ implicit in reality as we conceive it; sin in this regard is a fundamental misperception that permeates the entire field we call human consciousness and the ‘reality’ that emanates from this misperception. Once set into motion this original sin or seeing falsely manifests both as culture and our personal identity (self-image, our individualized pervasive ego) that reincarnates moment by moment by the combined forces of illusions, delusion and collusion, something painfully obvious to Krishnamurti and the primary reason he walked away from the Theosophical Society and other similar forms. We will explore Krishnamurti’s observation that ‘truth is a pathless land’ and George Arundel’s response to this challenge, the emerging leader of the Society, and the fundamental conflict that persists today. 
Michael MendizzaMichael Mendizza was drawn to Krishnamurti’s insights in 1974, traveled with Krishnamurti, documenting his talks and interviewing over 100 individuals close to him, the foundations and schools with colleague Evelyne Blau, resulting in several feature documentaries, numerous education programs, exhibits and the book Flowering. Drawing on what has been called these First Generation interviews Michael is committed to the creation of a series of programs: Walking by The Side of Your Mind; on Krishnamurti and the various themes he so often spoke about, Love, Conflict, Choiceless Awareness, The Religions Mind, etc. Complimenting this Michael has interviewed an equal number of leading figures in the field of child development and education exploring optimum states learning and performance. He is the author along with Joseph Chilton Pearce of Magical Parent – Magical Child, is the founder and director of Touch the Future www.ttfuture.org, and is currently working on two books, Always Awakening: Buddha’s Realization Krishnamurti’s Insight and Amazing Capacities and Self-inflicted Limitations an anthology of the lifetime writings of Joseph Chilton Pearce. He operates several award winning art galleries with his wife Z and is the father of Carly Elizabeth along with two grown sons.

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Educating for Enlightenment: Travels with Krishnamurti and Self-Inquiry
On the opening page of Education and the Significance of Life, Krishnamurti writes about "...the search for inward [and] outward security." It was in the reading of these words at the age of 22 that the resonance of truth jolted through me and my journey of self-understanding began. Twenty years later, I myself have now written a book on education and the significance of life through the lens of my own, with Krishnamurti's work at the center.

In this presentation, I'd like to share my process of researching this book (it is a pared-down version of my PhD dissertation) and share how K's work has informed mine. I took his words seriously and undertook a self-education with the intent to directly experience what was true for myself -- that is, beyond conceptual understanding, or as Krishnamurti would put it, from the intellect to intelligence. The process led me to the profound experience of self-inquiry--especially that of The Work of Byron Katie--and to the experience of what I refer to as ontological intelligence, the intelligence of being. The result was the uncovering of the truth of innate, individual authority and it is this, in particular, that I wish to share with you.
Kathryn JeffriesThe heart work of Kathryn Jefferies, Ph.D. is to transform schools into places where children and youth are happy and thriving. Included in this is evaluating how we understand, value, and treat children, and re-evaluating what we think of as intelligence. Her research reveals human beings’ innate intelligence that she’d like to see reflected in a paradigm shift that acknowledges children as their own authority and deserving of autonomy. 

She has taught in Central, South, and North America with students of all ages in various settings (small grassroots schools, outdoor education centers, inner city schools, and elite secondary schools). Kathryn received her PhD from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto and for the past three years she has taught in the faculty of education at Lakehead University in Canada. Kathryn is also a Certified Facilitator of The Work of Byron Katie and sees a great symmetry between Katie's insights and Krishnamurti's. Her most beloved roles are that of being a parent, and a student of life.

Dr. Jefferies is the author of Awake: Education for Enlightenment, Wide Awake: Anatomy of Awakening on the experiences of Krishnamurti, Eckhart Tolle, Byron Katie, and other awakened masters, and of the forthcoming Becoming the Butterfly: Quotes to Change the World from Those Who Have and Into the Half-Light: In Search of the Ground of Being.

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What Am I, Anyway?
Krishnamurti pointed to our tendency to perceive ourselves as being something separate, divided into separate selves, which dictates how we engage with each other and the world. Yet, it can seem impossible to avoid this sense of being separate, it is so embedded in our psyches and it is constantly being reinforced through our culture. So to what does this word “self” refer? Is it something substantial, or something ephemeral? Is it just an illusion, to be dismissed and disregarded?

When we feel hurt, fearful or personally uncomfortable, all which is being experienced seems very real. Is one to deny all this in some way as being based on a false premise, just a dream? Do we assume we should “do” something about its operation in us, bringing it to an end in some way? And must its arising come to an end? Do we feel that the experience of ourselves as something separate should not be happening?

Is it possible that in all this, we assume we already know ourselves? Is it possible that what we are experiencing as being ourselves may not be what we think it is? Might what we experience as ourselves be far more actual and fascinating than anything we can imagine? Might it have its own beauty? Might its operation and actuality be beyond our conception, i.e., not just another idea? Need we go looking for actuality, or is it already happening here and now, right under our noses in our very own experiencing of ourselves?

You are invited to gather and explore together the question of self in an open, shared and possibly joyful way!
Dan Kilpatrick Dan Kilpatrick is an Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Physiological Systems, and the Program in Neuroscience, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He has had a long-time interest in our shared, underlying nature and inquiry into how we perceive ourselves and the world around us. The insights of J. Krishnamurti and others have been an invaluable part of this journey, helping to reveal that the opportunity for self-discovery is present in each and every moment and does not depend on circumstance. Coming to see that our sense of self is something in which we all share, not as a conclusion, but as an immediate and living fact, is also perhaps our greatest challenge.

Dan received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at San Diego in chemistry and his doctorate degree in biochemistry from Duke University. His research focuses on how self-organizing gene networks controlling development and its timing give rise to emergent properties of the nervous system.

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Explorations into Freedom: A Shift from Knowing to "Seeing"
As we enter the affectionate atmosphere of our inquiry together, as a group, we can potentially experience the total freedom of ‘seeing’ and ‘listening’ as an energetic shift from 'knowing'. 'Knowing', which is a movement toward an imagined psychological security, is always time-based and 'me-centered'. 'Seeing' is free of time, or timeless.

When we have the opportunity to explore in-depth together, to uncover, expose and directly ’see' hidden traces of inner-resistance, which is energy trapped in a static pattern of thinking or belief, that inner-resistance has the chance to be released, to flow, to leap, to come fully alive. This release of trapped energy is what Krishnamurti referred to as 'insight', energy released from thought and its structures. Therefore the work we are doing is on an energetic level.

By exposing ourselves to the dimension of ‘timelessness' within our shared work together, the released energy can continue to dissolve ever deeper layers of static 'consciousness', uprooting the authority of knowledge and its apparent power to shape our perception.

As the authority of knowledge loses its power to ‘direct’ and ‘funnel’ perception into patterns of resistance, the mystery of being alive can flower. The illusion of a separate-self, of the ‘me-center’, of ‘time', of living in conflict can potentially end.
Richard Waxberg and Deborah Kerner Richard Waxberg and Deborah Kerner started and facilitated the 8-Day Fully-Immersive Dialogical Inquiry & Retreat Programs for the Krishnamurti Foundation of America in 2005. Their new Intensive Retreat, Explorations into Freedom, takes place in June and October each year.

Richard is a practicing writer and artist. He was a full-time college instructor for 20 years, teaching art and design, art history and aesthetics for Parsons School of Design in New York City. Deborah is a practicing poet, artist and designer. She has a distinguished career as a book designer with clients such as Random House and HarperCollins.

Both Richard and Deborah taught a variety of art and design courses at the Krishnamurti Rishi Valley School in India. They also participated in numerous dialogues, including inquiries into the meaning of education, held at Krishnamurti Schools and Centers throughout India.

As a part of their spiritual journey, Richard and Deborah studied and participated in Native American shamanic spiritual practices with traditional elders from several Native American tribes, before discovering the profound insights of Krishnamurti.

Besides their continuing work in the fields of writing, poetry, painting, and offering two 8-Day Intensive Retreat Programs each year for the KFA, Richard and Deborah continue their studies that reflect Krishnamurti’s profound message of transformation, freedom and love. Among other world spiritual traditions, they have been recently studying the Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime and the Kabbalah as well as current non-dual approaches.

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A Shared Inquiry: Can We Awaken Intelligence?
As a teacher at Oak Grove School I am, in the nature of things, constantly concerned with the challenge of “awakening intelligence” in my fifth-grade learners. But clearly it is not possible for me to awaken intelligence in another if I cannot do it for myself, and how am I to do that? Is intelligence asleep that I should wake it up in myself? Or am I asleep—in which case, how can I awaken myself? If my life is a dream of my own creation what can I possibly do to become intelligent—to wake up from illusion? Krishnamurti said somewhere that to see the false as false (that is, as illusion) and not true is tantamount to seeing the truth. But can I sustain this insight? Although my knowledge-base tries to put on the guise of being accurate and reliable, nevertheless I see clearly that it is limited and, therefore, I must remain with seeing the false as false and saying “I don’t know.”
Mary KelleyMary Kelley
I was born on an island in the Nile River and the first words I learned to speak were Arabic. As both of my parents are educators and students of Krishnamurti’s teachings, growing up in Connecticut I was always exposed to challenging study at home and fun, weekend enrichment classroom-activities with my mother. But it was the unmistakably clear message of Krishnamurti’s example of free inquiry and learning that really awakened me to the possibility—or to the necessity—of dedicating my whole life to the vocation of teaching children at the elementary-school level. The inevitable deficiencies of my regular college-training in education were very thankfully ameliorated by an excellent graduate program at the University of New Haven and by the enriching experience of two different “Teachers’ Academy” programs I attended at Oak Grove School and the Pepper Tree Retreat in 2007 and 2013, and also the wonderful experience of participating as a volunteer Art & Literacy teacher at The Valley School in Bangalore, India, for a year in 2009. After working for four years in a public school in Connecticut I am most fortunate to be in my second year as the fifth-grade teacher at Oak Grove School, which is the fulfillment of my dream: to teach and learn in an exceptional place where education is understood as the blossoming of life!

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Awakening Intelligence in the Daily Life of a School
In this panel discussion, members of Oak Grove School's staff and students, including the Head of School and Director of Outreach, will discuss the many aspects of Oak Grove's education pertaining to the phrase "awakening of intelligence". What that looks like in the daily life of our school will differ from preschool to 12th grade although certain themes are present throughout, such as creating a safe space for fearless exploration, acting with compassion, care and sensitivity, an inquiry-based approach, academic excellence, cultivating curiosity and encouraging intrinsic motivation over external rewards and punishments, an emphasis on self-knowledge and holding a space for the religious. Following an initial discussion between panel members there will be room for a Q&A with audience members.
Oak Grove SchoolOak Grove School is the only school in North America founded by J. Krishnamurti. This year it is celebrating its 40th anniversary. During those 40 years it has grown from just a few students to now over 200 students, all the way from preschool through to 12th grade. The mission of Oak Grove School is to assist students in developing those qualities of mind, heart, and body that will enable them to function with excellence, care and responsibility in the modern world. In addition, it is the intention of the school to offer a place where the whole community can inquire together into the perennial questions of humankind and explore an approach to life that is whole, mindful and intelligent.

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Inroads into Intelligence: What It Is and Why It Matters
There is a distinct difference between the way J. Krishnamurti uses the word intelligence and that of common parlance. It normally means brain capacity, as in IQ testing, but can be stretched in time of war to indicate knowledge of the enemy as in the expression "the intelligence community". Here it is tantamount to classified information.

If the word can have so many meanings, what is special about it in terms of the teachings? If it is not information or information-based nor dependent on brain capacity, what relevance can it have for our lives? Or, is there another dimension altogether, of which intelligence is the immediate medium? Is it something we haven't thought, and cannot think, about?
Stephen SmithStephen Smith was sometime Acting Principal, some years Academic Director, and twenty years a teacher at Brockwood Park School in England where he had personal contact with Krishnamurti both as a staff member and privately. He was for five years Center Coordinator of the Krishnamurti Foundation of America, organising events, facilitating dialogues, engaging with the public in Southern California as well as travelling from coast to coast.

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The Legacy of J. Krishnamurti
The Flowering of Intelligence: It’s Fading Away, But its Perfume Still Persists in Filling the Air

Michael will be sharing reflections on the work and life of J. Krishnamurti.
Michael KrohnenMichael Krohnen was born in Germany and immigrated to the U.S at age twenty. After attending college in Orange County and San Francisco, he traveled extensively in Europe, Asia and the Americas. During this time he discovered J. Krishnamurti and his teaching and found it singularly enlightening. After attending Krishnamurti's talks on three continents, he joined the Oak Grove School in 1975 as chef de cuisine. Subsequently he became Krishnamurti's personal chef during K's annual sojourn in California. This unique and profound experience he describes in his book "The Kitchen Chronicles - 1001 Lunches with J. Krishnamurti". Currently he works as Library coordinator with the KFA.

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Knowledge, Thought, Intelligence and Wisdom
Nature has bestowed the human consciousness with several capacities. The role of memory, language, thinking, imagination, inquiry, intelligence and perception have all be discussed by Krishnaji in his teachings. What is their role in the quest for self-knowledge which he said ‘ is the key to wisdom’? Can one come upon religious truths through logic and analysis? How does self-knowledge differ from knowledge acquired from other sources? What does it mean to put everything in its right place and discover order in consciousness and why does K call it the art of living?

These are some of the questions we shall investigate in this talk / interaction.
P. KrishnaProf. P.Krishna was a professor of Physics at the Banaras Hindu University in India till 1986 when Krishnaji appointed him as the Rector of the KFI Rajghat Education Centre in Varanasi, India. He also functioned as the Principal of the Rajghat Besant School until his retirement in 2003. He is presently in-charge of the Krishnamurti Study Centre at Rajghat. He has known Krishnaji since 1958 and published a memoir about Krishnamurti entitled, "A Jewel on a Silver Platter: Remembering J.Krishnamurti." (lulu.com, 2015)

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KFA Explorations Conference 2016: A Preview
"Facing a World in Crisis" is the book title of a selection of J. Krishnamurti’s talks on how to live in and respond to troubling and uncertain times. It also is the theme of a new, three-day long event, the KFA Explorations Conference 2016, that will immediately follow the Gathering. In this joint presentation, Jaap and Pathik will preview the broad intent, specific goals and program of this upcoming event.

The Conference will bring together an inter-disciplinary panel of individuals with a shared interest in addressing contemporary global challenges and crises, including the on-going issues of economic and health inequalities, war and terrorism, climate change, and the place of new technologies such as artificial intelligence and genome editing, but whose approaches vary with respect to the question of the underlying causal structure of these challenges and crises. Through a series of formal presentations and discussions, panelists and attendees will enquire and critically examine the basis and assumptions that underlie our divergent approaches to understanding the cause(s) of these global crises.
Jaap SluijterJaap Sluijter has a long-standing interest in the questions raised by J. Krishnamurti. Currently, Jaap is the Executive Director of the Krishnamurti Foundation of America. Previously, he lived and taught for several years at the Brockwood Park School in England.

“The study of Krishnamurti’s work is the study of our own life, to observe our own minds in action and to become aware of the multitude of stimulus-response patterns in the network of our thoughts. His questions draw attention to the very perspective from which we view our lives. We are so used to having problems and to solving problems. Then Krishnamurti comes along and asks, 'Is it possible to not make a problem out of anything?' A question like this brings in a totally new perspective, and has the possibility of turning the mind towards its own movement, creating the potential for a new direction.”
 
Pathik PadwhaPathik Wadhwa lives in San Juan Capistrano in Southern California. He is, by occupation, a professor at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, where he has established and directs an inter-disciplinary program of research in human development, health and disease risk. Pathik has a long-standing interest in formulating and examining a wide assortment of questions.

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Workshop: Where People are Writing Uninhibitedly

"To bring order and so clarity, I suggested that every thought-feeling be written down. This whirling machinery must slow itself down to be observed, so writing every thought-feeling may be of help. As in a slow motion picture, you are able to see every movement, so in slowing down the rapidity of the mind, you are then able to observe every thought, trivial and important. The trivial leads to the important, and do not brush it aside as being petty."
-J. Krishnamurti, Living in a Sane World, 5th Talk in Ojai

The intent of this workshop is to offer an opportunity, in the midst of dialoguing and listening, to reflect on the activities of the mind through writing. We will explore this idea first by considering quotes, mostly spoken or written by Krishnamurti, as well as excerpts of other author's work. There will be an element of wandering in the writing, as well as intense focus, as one follows the mind on its journey, however disconnected and erratic it may be. There will be opportunities to share these writings and expose the thoughts that arise as a result of our exploration.

Kelley O'MaraKelley O'Mara is a writer, deeply impacted by Krishnamurti's work. She says, "the teachings, the discussions, the explorations—I find them to be deeply challenging and rewarding.  Dialogue feels to me a particularly rich opportunity for deeply exploring ideas, acknowledging contradictions as they arise, turning them over, and beginning again. It is interesting to meet these contradictions and ideas from a variety of directions; through the body, through quiet contemplation, through writing. We thrive off of these opportunities to be still and to wander simultaneously.”
 
Amanda LezraAmanda Lezra is the former Director of the Think on These Things program at the Krishnamurti Educational Center. She has personally conducted many dialogues and conversations with high school and university students. Videos of her work with students can be watched on the Think on These Things webpage and Facebook page. She is deeply interested in creative writing and loves to read, hear and see forms of expression.

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Inquiry & Yoga

“Seeing everything that goes on in your daily life, your daily activities -when you pick up a pen, when you talk, when you go out for a drive or when you are walking alone in the woods- can you with one breath, with one look, know yourself very simply as you are?” - Freedom from the Known, p.121

Although Krishnamurti questioned the use of any technique as any means to self-improvement, he valued yoga quite highly, and he himself studied with the great yoga teachers BKS Iyengar and, most notably, TKV Desikachar.  Krishnamurti considered the yoga practices to be a means of taking care of the body and bringing oxygen to the brain.  

In this presentation we will do a yoga practice suitable for all levels. Then we will listen to ‘The Beginning of Meditation’, Public Talk #4 from Brockwood Park 1978.  If we have time we will also have a dialogue.
Rowan LommelRowan Lommel was a student at Krishnamurti schools Oak Grove and Brockwood Park. Through that connection she had the opportunity to study with several of TKV Desikachar's most serious students, at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, and with with Desikachar himself (Desikachar was Krishnamurti's yoga teacher). Since 2001, she has taught yoga at Oak Grove, Brockwood, and other yoga studios.

“There is tremendous potential in each individual to care for their own healing. This is increasingly backed by scientific research and I have seen it in my own work. My study of yoga has taken me to learn at the major center for yoga therapy and to embrace an approach to yoga which focuses on carefully crafting and adapting the yoga practice to the individual rather than the individual to the practice. Recently, I’ve begun to help coordinate a retreat at the KFA around dialogue, shared readings of K’s writings, and yoga. The essence of Krishnamurti’s teaching for me has been one of learning in moment to moment awareness, by oneself or together with others.”

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Open Dialogue: To See Oneself as One Is
“If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation.” — Krishnamurti

During this dialogue we’ll have an opportunity to look together, to listen together and perhaps also to 'think' together – to move with one another in a process of shared inquiry.

“…to think together does not imply agreement or disagreement, but putting aside one's own particular point of view, one's own particular prejudice, opinion, judgment and having the capacity thus to think together. Because when we think together there is no division, you are not thinking separately from the speaker. If we are able to think together, the division between you and another comes to an end. There is only thinking, not your way of thinking or another way of thinking, just the capacity to think together. But that is not possible if you don't put aside your own particular conclusions, your own vanity, your own personal demands, otherwise there is no coming together.” — Krishnamurti

Each of us will also have an opportunity, through self-observation, to observe the quality of the looking and listening present – to not merely exchange a series of ideas and opinions about the self, ego, and so on, but to perceive directly that movement as it's underway, bringing attention not only to the 'content' of thought, but also to its 'process'.

“…we are going to have a conversation, talk over things together in a form of dialogue, to discuss, not opinions, not some kind of conclusions that you have come to, but rather go into the problems that one has, whether they are superficial or deep, and really see if we cannot radically bring about a psychological revolution in ourselves. I think it would be worthwhile and it would be also both interesting and quite fun if we could do this together.” — Krishnamurti
Eric HassettEric Hassett coordinates the monthly dialogue and video showing in Ojai—Looking, Listening, and Shared Inquiry—which is free and open to the public on the fourth Saturday of each month.  Eric also moderates the Krishnamurti Network online community.

"A lifelong appreciation of Krishnamurti's teachings and a longtime passion for dialogue and inquiry make me want to bring people together from all walks of life to share in the kind of open-ended exploration in which Krishnamurti invited us to partake. Whether taking the form of in-person gatherings or online discussions, when people come together to inquire into fundamental questions of living and attempt to observe not just the content of thought but its process in operation, it not only has the potential of deepening one's mere intellectual understanding (in part by hearing others' perspectives), but also offers a unique opportunity to see oneself in 'the mirror of relationship' — and possibly open the door to insights heretofore inaccessible during solitary contemplation."

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Presentation of the KEC Residential Student Program
This presentation is an overview of the Residential Student Program. Current students will share their reflections and explorations of Krishnamurti's teachings. An open Q & A session will be held with current interns and those involved in the program.

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Storytelling with Derek Hook

Derek HookDerek Hook has been delighting young audiences across India for over a decade now, with his magical storytelling performances. Using music and percussion, Derek weaves stories that are packed with sound, colourful characters, twists in the plot and cheeky dark humour.

Storytelling by Derek Hook"The first time I told a few stories I had an audience of some two hundred brighteyed children who listened with rapt attention to every crazy word I said. It was great fun for them and for me. “Great!” I thought, “This is what I can do.” But the next time the magic was not to be found! The audience was not impressed and I was not impressed. So to work: I had to learn how to bring a story to life. I learned new stories, I brought my drum over and weaved it in with everyday sounds until the stories started to unfold on their own!

So over the many years that I have been coming to India part of that time is given over to bringing stories to life. And the most important thing I have learned is that occasionally, in the telling and in the listening, there is real communication – not so much in what is being said but in the real joy that comes from listening together and sharing something, no matter how wildly fanciful. So I hope you like these stories that I have gathered from around the world. Maybe you too will use them, change them and weave your own contribution into them."

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Exhibit: The Mind Of Krishnamurti: World Citizen World Teacher
Krishnamurti ExhibitThis exhibit draws on materials from the archives of the various Krishnamurti Foundations. It will be on display in several locations around the world.

An exhibit placing the trajectory of Krishnamurti’s life and teachings in the context of 20th century world events is inherently interesting. This juxtaposition of global and personal history is accomplished through a circular set of nineteen freestanding panels, each eight feet tall by three feet wide. As the participant walks the outer perimeter, world history and Krishnamurti’s emerging teaching activity unfold with events, dates, times, images, people and happenings worldwide during Krishnamurti’s lifetime. The world history timeline is in five-year segments and covers important political, cultural, art, media, international, and national events.

Upon coming to the conclusion of Krishnamurti’s extraordinary life in 1986, one turns to the inside perimeter of the spiraling panels. Insights from his writings are joined with a series of mural photos of the grove of oak trees where Krishnamurti spoke in California from 1922 onward. The mental chatter slows and stillness manifest as an oasis for quiet reflection and contemplation of the central issues of human existence: what is sacred in life; how can one live holistically and not fragmented; and what is the meaning of life?

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Medicinal Herb Garden
Krishnamurti ExhibitThe Earth Island Medicinal Herb Garden is a project of Earth Island Herbs CSA, coordinated by Carol Wade, and is intended to be an educational resource about the many varieties, uses and benefits of native and adapted plants grown here. The main garden plot is designed in the shape of a nautilus, with each chamber representing a system of the body and planted with specimens especially beneficial to those systems.

Earth Island Herbs is an herbal Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project intended to cultivate and build down to earth community health, self-sufficiency and positive change. We are here to promote education about the many healthful properties of the plants around us, and to spread the knowledge needed to safely use products made from them. We provide quarterly baskets of fresh, handmade herbal remedies and products to our shareholders. Our mission in doing so is to empower and connect with others and with our environment, to create the highest quality herbal products made from fresh and, when possible, local sources, and to distribute those products at affordable prices. We invite you to take a stroll through our garden while you’re here, and find out more at www.earthislandherbs.com.

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