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Sharing iEvolve: Passing on Possibility

Published: Sunday,27 November, 2016

Sharing your experience of transformation can be a challenging and daunting experience. Here Andi Osho talks about her experiences of introducing iEvolve to friends and family and what she has discovered about passing on the work.

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Breath is Life!

Published: Saturday,19 November, 2016

Breath is life! Anita Vlajinic Churcher takes us through the biology of how we breathe an introduces us to two different types of breathing exercises we can use in our lives.

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Celebrating Life with Homecooking

Published: Sunday,6 November, 2016

Macrobiotic chef Mutsuko Johnson explains the importance of listening to our bodies, how cooking is a dance with Nature and shows us some delicious seasonal recipes.

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Tensegrity Among the Megaliths

Published: Thursday,27 October, 2016

This week’s post looks back to Cleargreen’s Summer workshop among the ancient megaliths of Carnac in France last year.

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Pumpkin & Adzuki Stew

Published: Wednesday,19 October, 2016

A recipe for a rich and nourishing Pumpkin and Adzuki Bean stew by renowned Wholefoods chef Jean Torne.

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iEvolve: Spring Cleaning for the Soul

Published: Wednesday,12 October, 2016

A past participant of iEvolve shares her experience of the programme.

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HeartSpace Review

Published: Thursday,6 October, 2016

A heartfelt review of the HeartSpace workshop that takes an in-depth look at the nature of human relationships.

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Recipe: Irish Soda Bread

Published: Wednesday,28 September, 2016

A wholesome and delicious recipe from Concord Institute chef and cooking facilitator Niall Allen

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The Foundation Course Review

Published: Wednesday,21 September, 2016

Recent graduate of The Foundation Course, Phil Davies, reflects on his experience of the programme.

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Recipe: Red Dragon Pie

Published: Thursday,15 September, 2016

Recipe for Red Dragon Pie by acclaimed macrobiotic chef and teacher Melanie Waxman perfect for this changeable time of year as one season blends into another. Please note – does not contain real dragons…

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Basic Alchemy: An Interview with Michael Rossoff

Published: Wednesday,7 September, 2016

Macrobiotic teacher and counsellor Michael Rossoff shares his experience of training in Macrobiotics and what to expect from his programme Basic Alchemy.

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Recipe: Polenta, Onion Jam and Roast Veg

Published: Wednesday,31 August, 2016

A simple, beautiful recipe to celebrate the abundance of Summer! Polenta, onion jam and roasted vegetables.

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The Experience of iEvolve

Published: Friday,5 August, 2016

Looking towards to our upcoming August event, recent graduates of the programme share what led them to Concord and their experiences of iEvolve.

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James Carse Book Review

Finite & Infinite Games

Published: Thursday,17 September, 2015

reviewed by Tim Crowther “The rules of the finite game may not change; the rules of the infinite game must change. Finite players play within boundaries. Infinite players play with […]

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“History, Guilt & Habit” by Owen Barfield

Published: Thursday,27 August, 2015

Reviewed by Troy Vine Owen Barfield’s short book “History, Guilt and Habit” reproduces three lectures given to an audience in Vancouver in 1979, making this his last addition to a […]

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Community Meetings

Published: Saturday,29 November, 2014

Here community member Dan Sherlock explains a bit about the Concord Community Meetings which have become a vital part of the organisation over the past year. ‘The six-weekly Concord hub days and […]

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As once the winged energy of delight

Published: Thursday,27 November, 2014

As once the winged energy of delight carried you over childhood’s dark abysses, now beyond your own life build the great arch of unimagined bridges. Wonders happen if we can […]

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Pumpkin Pie

Published: Friday,7 November, 2014

Proving that even wholefoods still has it’s fair share of treats, here is Francoise Auvray’s recipe for a delicious Pumpkin Pie inspired by the book ‘The Natural Gourmet’ by Annemarie Colbin. Crust ingredients: […]

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Ode: Intimations of Immortality

Published: Wednesday,29 October, 2014

Today’s post is an excerpt from Ode on Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood by English poet William Wordsworth. Written in two parts, the poem forms a dialogue […]

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Being in Business

Published: Thursday,23 October, 2014

  Community member Andi Osho interviewed Being in Business course facilitator David Norris to find out more about the extraordinary weekend workshop that questions the fundamental understanding of ‘work’. To find […]

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Food & Transformation

Published: Friday,17 October, 2014

There is more to food than simply being fuel for the body. Cooking is a key element of the work undertaken at Concord Institute and is used to support and anchor […]

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Sonnets to Orpheus

Published: Wednesday,15 October, 2014

Written during what Bohemian-Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke described as a ‘savage creative storm’, the Sonnets to Orpheus invoke the mythological figure of the poet Orpheus whilst serving as a metaphor for Rilke’s own self-reflection. […]

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Pumpkin Soup

Published: Thursday,9 October, 2014

Now that a new season is upon us, it is an wonderful opportunity to adapt the food we eat to the changing weather. Autumn is a time for harvest and abundance with […]

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Sourdough Olive Focaccia

Published: Wednesday,1 October, 2014

Community member Nicholas Allan is the owner and head chef of the Star Anise Cafe in Stroud and regularly cooks delicious wholefoods for Concord programmes such as iEvolve, Jumpstart and The […]

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Bodywork Being

Published: Tuesday,23 September, 2014

Amanda James is one of the core bodywork facilitators at Concord, here she describes her experience of ‘bodywork’, how developing a regular practice can aid us in many areas of our lives and […]

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Why iEvolve…?

Published: Wednesday,17 September, 2014

iEvolve is the gateway programme to the work of Concord Institute and a powerful introduction to transformation. A portal to a new way of being, the programme invites participants to engage […]

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The Limitless Potential Within Everything

Published: Friday,5 September, 2014

A thought-provoking article by John Assaraf who breaks down the quantum theory that ‘the  physical world is one large sea of energy that flashes into and out of being’.  Exploring the difference […]

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Home Remedies

Published: Friday,29 August, 2014

In addition to teaching students how to cook delicious and wholesome meals on her Summer Cooking Intensive, Mutsuko Johnson also introduced the participants to some home remedies which may have […]

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Traveller, There Is No Path

Published: Thursday,7 August, 2014

Spanish poet Antonio Machado was part of the Generation of ’98 – a wider network of novelists, poets and thinkers that was active in Spain at the time of the Spanish-American War in 1898. Through this socially minded group Machado was […]

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Beyond Energy

Published: Wednesday,30 July, 2014

In his recent essay in the New York Times, George Johnson reflects on the ways in which current scientific theories effect our understanding of the ultimate nature of the universe, and the […]

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The True Joy in Life

Published: Thursday,17 July, 2014

Today’s post is a quote from the play Man and Superman by George Bernard Shaw. First performed in 1905, the four-act drama was Shaw’s response to calls for him to […]

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Hand-rolled Sushi

Published: Thursday,10 July, 2014

Traditional meets modern in this recipe from Mutsuko Johnson who taught it to the participants on her cooking workshop last year. During the course Mutsuko introduced foods from all over Japan, […]

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Blueberry Pie

Published: Friday,4 July, 2014

Another delicious recipe from Japanese macrobiotic chef Mutsuko Johnson. Today its Blueberry Pie which Mutsuko taught to the participants of the Seasonal Cooking Intensive last summer at Concord. Blueberry Pie Pastry Ingredients: 11/2 […]

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The Stranger

Published: Wednesday,2 July, 2014

To start the week here is an excerpt from The Stranger by French-Algerian author, journalist and philosopher Albert Camus. Published in 1942, the novel is regarded as one of the […]

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Taster Days

Published: Monday,30 June, 2014

To start the week we hear from community member Anna Halsall who is the coordinator for the new ‘Taster Days’ at Concord. Here Anna tells us what to expect from […]

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Seasonal Kitchen with Mutsuko Johnson

Published: Friday,27 June, 2014

Community member Andy West participated in Mutsuko Johnson‘s Seasonal Cooking Intensive course, which he then reviewed for the Concord newsletter in the Autumn. Here he describes the different techniques taught […]

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Carly Ashdown

Published: Tuesday,24 June, 2014

Today we hear from community member Carly Ashdown who took a huge leap to become a professional artist. Here she speaks about the role that Concord has played in her life and […]

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Lotus & Aduki Bean

Published: Friday,20 June, 2014

Here are two fantastic appetizer recipes from macrobiotic chef Mutsuko Johnson who taught them to the students on her Seasonal Kitchen course at Concord in Summer 2012 . During the week-long workshop Mutsuko introduced the students to many […]

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5 Elements

Published: Tuesday,17 June, 2014

On June 28-29th we will host a brand new workshop at the institute; ‘The Power of 5 Elements – Creating a Healthy Presence‘ is a 2 day bodywork course exploring […]

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The Breeze At Dawn

Published: Monday,16 June, 2014

As we sleepily settle in to another Monday we are reminded of the words of extraordinary 13th Century poet Jelaluddin Rumi. The Breeze At Dawn The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell […]

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A Vital Conversation

Published: Friday,13 June, 2014

Last week we posted Japanese macrobiotic chef Mutusuko Johnson‘s fantastic recipe for Green Tea Dumplings. Ahead of her Seasonal Cooking Intensive workshop in July, community member Will Greenbank spoke with Mutusuko about […]

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Relearning Nature’s Voice

Published: Wednesday,11 June, 2014

Community member Tania Coke recalls her experiences in the wake of the devastating Japanese earthquake of 2011 which enabled her to foster a new relationship with nature. Relearning Nature’s Voice: Earth, River, […]

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Green Tea Dumplings

Published: Friday,6 June, 2014

  Green Tea Dumplings This recipe comes from Japanese macrobiotic chef Mutsuko Johnson who taught it to the participants of her Japanese Home Cooking course at Concord last June. During the […]

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The North Star

Published: Wednesday,4 June, 2014

Community member Stephen Hopper offers some thoughts on how we see the world around us, alternative perspectives and why we should always question our assumptions. The North Star, a dizzy kid […]

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A Walk

Published: Monday,2 June, 2014

A Walk My eyes already touch the sunny hill. going far ahead of the road I have begun. So we are grasped by what we cannot grasp; it has inner […]

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Charming Chocolate Cake

Published: Thursday,29 May, 2014

Charming Chocolate Cake Another fantastic recipe from leading macrobiotic chef Melanie Waxman. This time, a delicious chocolate cake! Ingredients Cake: 1 cup organic whole wheat pastry flour 1 cup organic […]

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Closed Path

Published: Tuesday,27 May, 2014

Closed Path   I thought that my voyage had come to its end at the last limit of my power,—that the path before me was closed, that provisions were exhausted […]

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A Vitality, A Life Force…

Published: Monday,26 May, 2014

A Vitality, A Life Force… “There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of […]

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Recipe: Tofu Lettuce Wraps

Published: Wednesday,21 May, 2014

Tofu Lettuce Wraps This recipe comes from leading macrobiotic chef  Melanie Waxman, who adapted it from a Japanese restaurant she visited in the US. Melanie taught this recipe to students on her week […]

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Spring Vegetable Casserole by Jean Torne

Published: Monday,19 May, 2014

Recipe: Spring Vegetable Casserole A beautifully fresh and simple seasonal casserole by acclaimed chef Jean Torne. Ingredients: 250g fresh peas, blanched 2 minutes cooled  and reserved 200g green beans, blanched […]

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