iEvolve is our core educational programme, introducing participants to the transformational work of Concord Institute. The programme’s rigorous process of self-enquiry offers a new engagement with life that is at once redemptive, yet at the same time acts as a springboard to catapult our lives into the unknown of evolutionary possibility.Read More
iEvolve is our gateway educational programme into the transformational work of Concord Institute. It takes place over three full days and one evening. The programme is for adults who are ready to take a serious look at where they are in life and want to take greater responsibility for their future.
The programme’s rigorous process of self-enquiry offers a new engagement with life that is at once redemptive, yet at the same time acts as a springboard to catapult our lives into the unknown of evolutionary possibility.
It is our contention that human being exists within an immense field of possibility, but one of which it has little knowledge and even less access. This state of affairs reminds us of the Japanese proverb which asserts that a frog in a well cannot comprehend the ocean.
Human being has “fallen” into a narrow world in which the rules of the game have already been set, the pathways laid down, and the winners and losers already chosen – or at the very least – understood. We are each of us dealt a particular hand in life, that is, we arrive at birth into a unique set of circumstances that belong to us alone, which include among other things our family, our town or village, our culture, our ethnicity, as well as a religious and historical context. At first, we dwell in a kind of original innocence or indifference which can last for several years. Then, inevitably, we are educated in the “rules of the game”, i.e. are given a description of the world and are taught how to conform to what is expected of us at home and in the world. The majority get with the programme, a few rebel, and still fewer attempt to create a new game. Yet all options take place in the same well.
Accordingly, we begin to lose that original wholeness and innocence. A general dissonance or separation arises between our inner and outer realities, and over time this leads to an estrangement or alienation. A character or personality begins to take shape whose job it is to deal with all these expectations, as well to resolve the discord, heal the alienation and restore the original wholeness — literally to fix what’s wrong with either itself (me), the others (them), or the world (it). That becomes the game. It mesmerizes us to no end and captures our awareness, usually until we die.
In the iEvolve programme using concrete examples taken from our lives, we examine the ontological structure or dimensionality by which we come to know our self and our world. For the frog this would be acquiring the ability to distinguish its particular worldhood (the well) and sense of self (frogness) given by that world. What becomes apparent in this inquiry is that the time has come to leave the “well”, not merely as some philosophical speculation, but really…experientially. It is time for an evolutionary leap.
The evolutionary process, as we see it, occurs not in any smooth progression but in a non-linear movement or leap that propels us from one worldspace or dimensionality to another. It is our premise that human being has arrived at such an evolutionary threshold. i Evolve is designed to facilitate this next step. It is what the late Indian philosopher, Jiddu Krishnamurti, once referred to as “freedom from the known”.
In terms of results, participants who have completed the programme credit it with providing them with a new level of vitality and aliveness, a new ease in self-expression and dealing with others, a greater level of effectiveness in one’s professional life and a lifting of the shadow of resignation and cynicism.
Anyone with an interest in the iEvolve programme is welcome to call our office on 020 7607 1140 to have a conversation about the programme and how it might benefit you.
The iEvolve programme takes place over three full days and one evening
Friday 6, Saturday 7, Sunday 8 (9am-11pm), Wednesday 11 December (7-11pm)
iEvolve participant testimonials
When I decided to do the iEvolve programme I had reached a point in my life where I felt that I couldn’t just keep going on as I used to. Even though I was in a good place after engaging in therapy, I feared that this could change for the worse again and felt quite tense sometimes. I wanted to gain consciousness about my actions and decisions, so I decided to give Concord a go. iEvolve was an incredibly intense experience. By the end of it I felt that sharing myself, and the whole experience of the programme with a group of people helped to lift the pressure I put myself under. I no longer feel like I live in a bubbly prison that I can’t escape. I feel free to take important life decisions, and am no longer constantly questioning whether it is actually me deciding or if I am being forced into situations by random circumstances or patterns.
I was resistant to signing up for iEvolve for a long time....when a friend talked about Concord I was sceptical.… How wrong I was, and how I underestimated Concord! I took part in iEvolve and then a number of other programmes, I experienced changes in myself which were subtle but profound. I can see I am now much more content and at peace with life, and much happier. I have some distance on issues, and I have discovered myself to be considerably more resilient and tolerant of stress than ever before. I feel very grateful and lucky that I have had the opportunity to do this work and that Concord is there. I would encourage anyone reading this to trust and sign up!
iEvolve sounded like a nice idea as I have always been interested in growing. I said yes, signed up, and then an overwhelming fear came upon me “What have I done?!” Yet, there was an inner trust in my own instinct. I knew I had made the right call, and the moment I said yes things started showing up. By the time iEvolve started I realised I had a lot at stake; my life was running in a circle, same outcomes, different people, having yet another relationship end similar as the other ones, having others show up in my life the same over and over again, feeling powerless and not being able to have a say. The programme shifted my perspective and transformation became a huge part of my life. I now see multiple possibilities where once I saw only one. I feel more aware of who I am and where I am coming from. What I realised afterwards was that one of the main reasons I said yes was because I saw a presence in the person who invited me. They had a “being there now, available” that I wanted for myself. I am deeply grateful to the person who shared iEvolve and Concord Institute with me. It is a gift to be shared forward.
It took me few minutes to make the decision to do iEvolve. I didn't know what exactly it was but I felt there was something which I want to experience. After iEvolve I felt much more connected to the existence of wholeness, and being part of an amazingly flexible reality. I feel like I always had these concepts of life deep inside me, but I was not aware them.... I feel awakened.
iEvolve programme details
Wholefood lunches and evening meals are included on Friday, Saturday & Sunday.
Free Introductory Evenings to iEvolve (Guest Events) will take place on the following dates:
Wednesday 23 October (7-9pm), Concord Institute, London, N7 7NU
Wednesday 30 October (7-9pm), Star Anise Arts Cafe, Stroud, GL5 1QG
Wednesday 6 November (7-9pm), Ashley Down Road, Bristol, BS79DB
Location: Concord Institute, London
Price: £475* (*Please note, prices will increase from January 2020)
(deposit £200, non-refundable and non-transferrable)