In the search to make a link between the refined "inner work" of Group Meetings and Movements Classes, and our own daily lives - practical work serves as a "half-way house".
Applied attention in cooking, gardening, craft-work, the study of music and sound, drama or art have immediate resonances with activities undertaken in life.
We tend to gravitate towards what we are good at, or what we simply like. The patterns of our lives can be very repetitive.
In practical activities one can try something new, and not necessarily appealing, alongside colleagues who are also searching for meaning. This can lead to an appreciation of practical thinking, attention to manual dexterity and sensitivity to the quality of "impressions" not as ends in themselves but as the means to understand the subtle workings of the human organism and its possibility to transform energies.
Activities undertaken in recent years, some of which feature on our Octave website, include: