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The Wisdom of “I Ching” — China’s Ancient and Modern History, Culture and Arts

Program Number: 21024RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/2/2013 - 6/7/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: West Swanzey, New Hampshire
Price starting at: $588.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture; Arts, Misc. Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian    

Using a Chinese book of wisdom — “I Ching” — as the organizing principle, delve into a fascinating exploration of ancient and modern Chinese history, culture and arts. Also known as “The Book of Changes,” “I Ching” is one of the oldest classic Chinese texts and is essentially a book of wisdom that contains a system for predicting the future. It is centered on ideas such as the dynamic balance of opposites, the evolution of events as a process, and acceptance of the inevitability of change.




Highlights

• An outstanding Chinese scholar interprets how "I Ching" applies to the Prehistoric Han and Tang dynasties, and the Song and Modern periods, with an emphasis on the arts.
• An expert and student of “I Chang” for nearly 40 years leads the making of daily collage pages to make a personal book.
• A Chinese calligrapher illuminates daily sessions on basic brush strokes, words, poetry and composition.




Date Specific Information

6-2-2013

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Coordinated by Pilgrim Pines Conference Center.




West Swanzey

Nestled in the valley of southwest New Hampshire, West Swanzey is one of several postcard-perfect towns in the Monadock region. Winding roads pass covered bridges, historic sites and the 3,000-foot Mount Monadnock, one of the most popular ascents in New England.



Accommodations
Lakeside cabins and condos at conference facility on shores of Swanzey Lake; limited first-floor rooms. Alcohol-free site.
Meals and Lodgings
   Pilgrim Pines
  West Swanzey 5 nights
 Pilgrim Pines
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Retreat center located on a lake with a quiet country friendly atmosphere
  Contact info: 220 W. Shore Rd
Swanzey, NH 03446 USA
phone: 603-352-0443
web: www.pilgrimpines.org
  Facility amenities: All rooms have private bath. Cabins by the Lake, condo style housing available and enjoy the quaint historic Mayflower Lodge. New beds in all units... single and double bed available.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Additional nights prior: NA 
  Check in time: 3:30 PM
  Additional nights after: NA 
  Check out time: 10:15 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:30 pm Registration Mayflower Lodge You will be staying at Pilgrim Pines that night.
  End of Program:
12:15 p.m. Mayflower Dining Room -Lunch. You will be staying at Pilgrim Pines the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Medical and Information form which will be mailed to each participant.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  West Swanzey
  Nearest city or town:  Keene, NH
  Nearest highway: Interstate Rte. 91, Highways #10, #32
  Nearest airport:  Manchester, NH
  From End of Program
  Location: West Swanzey
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Logan/Bradley/Manchester

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Thomas Transportation
phone: 800-526-8143
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Logan-Bradley $59.00 shuttle to Keene - 5 times daily. $113.00/Manchester-
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

75 to 85 miles

   

Bus service is available from Bradley to Keene... requires bus change. No bus service from Boston or Manchester. Rental car is another option. Please call Chuck Anderson, coordinator 603-499-1994 to see about coordinating transportation schedules with other Participants.

 
Driving Directions
  Boston, MA Highway #2 West to 140 N. 140 N to 12 N. 12 N through Troy, NH to Flat Roof Mill Rd., (3.5 miles N of Troy) L on Flat Roof Mill Rd to #32. (about 4 miles - stop sign). R on 32 and an immediate L on Swanzey Lake Rd. 2.2 miles on Swanzey Lake Rd to West Shore Rd. Turn R and follow 1 mile to Pilgrim Pines sign.. continue 1/4 mile to Mayflower Lodge - Office.
  Hartford, CT/Springfield, MA #91 N to exit 28A...(N of Greenfield, MA exit) Follow #10 N from that exit through Winchester, NH. Four miles N of Winchester look for Pilgrim Pines sign. When you pass the Shamrock Reality building, turn R on Swanzey Lake Rd. Follow 4 miles, bearing R to West Shore Rd. Turn L on West Shore Rd and follow one mile to Pilgrim Pines sign... continue 1/4 mile to Mayflower Lodge - Office.
Equipment Requirements: No special equipment required
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival & Check-in, Registration, Welcome Reception, Opening Dinner, Orientation & Program Overview
(Sunday, June 2)

Note: After check in; enjoy the water front... swimming, canoeing, etc.



   
 Afternoon: CHECK-IN & REGISTRATION: 3:00-3:30pm in Mayflower Lodge on the Pilgrim Pines campus. When you get your room assignment, you will also receive your welcome packet containing your name tag, up-to-date schedule, and other important information we will review during orientation this evening.

Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

WELCOME RECEPTION: Join us for coffee and snacks from 3:30-5:00pm and begin getting to know your fellow participants and the program staff.

 Dinner: Dinner is at 6:00pm in the lodge, buffet style with an eclectic flair, offering a variety of selections with healthy choices including a vegetarian option plus coffee, tea, and dessert.
 Evening: ORIENTATION: 7:15pm. We will begin with introductions, then review the updated schedule and any changes, cover responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW: We begin our examination of ancient and modern Chinese history, culture, and arts with a discussion of "I Ching" as the organizing principle for the week. What is the "I Ching"? Also known as “The Book of Changes,” it is one of the oldest classic Chinese texts, dating to before 1,000 B.C. The “I Ching” is essentially a book of wisdom that contains a system for predicting the future. It is centered on ideas such as the dynamic balance of opposites, the evolution of events as a process, and acceptance of the inevitability of change.

Weather permitting during the program, there will be free time opportunities, usually in the afternoons, for boat rides, swimming in the lake, canoeing, hiking.

   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Lecture on Prehistory, Collaging in Studio, Chinese Calligraphy
(Monday, June 3)

Note: Free time will include an opportunity for a hike and a boat ride on Swanzey Lake



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast 8:00-8:45am is a buffet in the Mayflower Dining Room featuring choices of cold and hot cereals, bread, toast, scrambled eggs, sausage or bacon, fruit bar with yogurt and granola, plus coffee, tea, and juice.
 Morning: LECTURE: Using "I Ching" as our organizing principle, a renowned professor of Chinese Art will discuss Prehistory with an emphasis on the Arts.

Our morning break will include coffee, tea, water, fruit, and homemade Danish to renew your energy.

WORKSHOP: Collage Pages. The “I Ching” text is a set of statements represented by 64 sets of six lines, each called hexagrams. Each hexagram is a figure composed of six stacked horizontal lines, with each line either or Yin (broken, an open line with a gap in the center) or Yang (an unbroken, or solid line). There are 64 possible combinations. The hexagram diagram consists two three-line arrangements called trigrams. There are eight possible trigrams. Using the structure of and the eight trigrams, an expert will lead a workshop on making collage pages to be bound in a book at the conclusion of the week.

 Lunch: Lunch is an inviting buffet in the Mayflower Dining Room with choices of a full salad bar, soup of the day and taco salad and or sandwich, brownies or cookies, and drinks of your choosing. (Gluten free or special vegetarian options are available upon advance request in your Personal Information Form.)
 Afternoon: WORKSHOP: Led by a Chinese calligrapher, participants will have the opportunity to build their brush skills each day. Appropriately, we begin this day with basic strokes.
 Dinner: Dinner is at 6:00pm in the Mayflower Dining Room. After announcements and a blessing, a full dinner buffet awaits to please your palate with a salad bar, meat and vegetable entrées, dessert, and beverages. (Gluten free or special vegetarian options are available upon advance request in your Personal Information Form.)
 Evening: EVENING PROGRAM & ACTIVITIES: You will have an opportunity to view a Chinese or other Asian movie such as "Kuraswa's Dreams.” The evening will conclude with a light snacks in the Dining Room along with opportunities to converse, build a puzzle, watch TV, read, or join in a table game.
   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Lecture on Prehistoric Han, Collage Workshop on Heaven Maps, Calligraphy Words & Poetry, Evening Entertainment
(Tuesday, June 4)

Note: Free Time will feature a tour of the covered bridges of Cheshire County



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast 8:00-8:45am is a buffet in the Mayflower Dining Room featuring choices of cold and hot cereals, bread, toast, scrambled eggs, sausage or bacon, fruit bar with yogurt and granola, plus coffee, tea, and juice.
 Morning: LECTURE: Using the "I Ching" as organizing principle, a renowned professor of Chinese Art will discuss Prehistoric Han with emphasis on the arts.

Our morning break will include coffee, tea, water, fruit, and homemade Danish to renew your energy.

COLLAGE WORKSHOP: Under expert guidance, make a collage page on Early and Later Heaven maps. Early Heaven relates to the model of the Universe in its perfect, ideal state where everything and every element is balanced in perfect harmony. Later Heaven realizes that change is the only constant in life and the Universe.

 Lunch: Lunch is an inviting buffet in the Mayflower Dining Room with choices of a full salad bar, soup of the day and taco salad and or sandwich, brownies or cookies, and drinks of your choosing. (Gluten free or special vegetarian options are available upon advance request in your Personal Information Form.)
 Afternoon: Under the tutelage of a Chinese calligrapher, enjoy this opportunity to "do" words and poetry.
 Dinner: Dinner is at 6:00pm in the Mayflower Dining Room. After announcements and a blessing, a full dinner buffet awaits to please your palate with a salad bar, meat and vegetable entrées, dessert, and beverages. (Gluten free or special vegetarian options are available upon advance request in your Personal Information Form.)
 Evening: 7:15pm - Entertainment TBA. You may also tak time to work on your personal collage pages.
   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Lecture on Prehistoric Tang, Collage Workshop, 64 Hexagrams and Consulting the I Ching, Cathedral of the Pines Excursion, Evening Calligraphy Painting of the Gentlemen
(Wednesday, June 5)

Note: Excursion to Cathedral of the Pines



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast 8:00-8:45am is a buffet in the Mayflower Dining Room featuring choices of cold and hot cereals, bread, toast, scrambled eggs, sausage or bacon, fruit bar with yogurt and granola, plus coffee, tea, and juice.
 Morning: LECTURE: Using the "I Ching" as organizing principle, a renowned professor of Chinese Art will present a lecture on Prehistoric Tang with emphasis on the arts.

The morning break will include coffee, tea, water, fruit and muffins to help renew your energy.

COLLAGE WORKSHOP: Under expert guidance, make a collage page, 64 hexagrams and consulting the I Ching.

 Lunch: 12:30-1:15pm - Lunch is a buffet the Mayflower Dining Room with delicious choices from the salad bar, homemade soup, choice of cold cuts for sandwiches, dessert, and choice of drinks. (Gluten free or special vegetarian options are available upon advance request in your Personal Information Form.)
 Afternoon: EXCURSION: Cathedral of the Pines. We will hop aboard our maxi-vans for a guided exploration of this beautiful, open-air place of meditation and worship for people of all faiths, situated on a hilltop with a panoramic view of the Grand Monadnock. It was the vision of the founders — who created it as a memorial to their son and others who lost their lives in World War II — that a spirit of interfaith unity, mutual respect, and understanding would help bring world peace. Monuments honor the service of American men and women, both military and civilian.
 Dinner: Dinner is at 6:00pm in the Mayflower Dining Room. After announcements and a blessing, a full dinner buffet awaits to please your palate with a salad bar, meat and vegetable entrées, dessert, and beverages. (Gluten free or special vegetarian options are available upon advance request in your Personal Information Form.)
 Evening: CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY Our Chinese Calligrapher will instruct participants in the exercise, Painting the Gentlemen. The “gentlemen” of Chinese brush painting are the plum blossom, chrysanthemum, bamboo, and orchid.

The day closes with a light snack in the dining room along with opportunities for conversation, games, etc.

   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Lecture on Prehistoric Song, Make a Collage Page, Commentaries, Mandalas, Begin Binding the Book, Composition Workshop, Art Show & "Homespun"
(Thursday, June 6)

Note: To Be Determined



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast 8:00-8:45am is a buffet in the Mayflower Dining Room featuring choices of cold and hot cereals, bread, toast, scrambled eggs, sausage or bacon, fruit bar with yogurt and granola, plus coffee, tea, and juice.
 Morning: LECTURE: Our renowned professor of Chinese Art will discuss Prehistoric Song with emphasis on the arts.

A coffee break features homemade donuts.

COLLAGE WORKSHOP: Under expert leadership, make a collage page, commentaries, mandalas, and begin the process of binding your book.

 Lunch: 12:30-1:15pm - Lunch is a buffet the Mayflower Dining Room with delicious choices from the salad bar, homemade soup, choice of cold cuts for sandwiches, dessert, and choice of drinks. (Gluten free or special vegetarian options are available upon advance request in your Personal Information Form.)
 Afternoon: COMPOSITION WORKSHOP: Our Chinese Calligrapher will lead a session on composition. Studio time will be focused on the process of binding your book.
 Dinner: Dinner is at 6:00pm in the Mayflower Dining Room. After announcements and a blessing, a full dinner buffet awaits to please your palate with a salad bar, meat and vegetable entrées, and beverages. (Gluten free or special vegetarian options are available upon advance request in your Personal Information Form.) No dessert on the menu this evening as we will be making our own sundaes following the Homespun program.
 Evening: EXTRACURRICULAR: Delight in an Art Show presented by the watercolor artists in another Road Scholar program on campus. Then, come back to the Studio to share your books, experiences, and close the evening with “Homespun” where participants share a song, story, joke, writing, etc., with one another.

We close the evening making our own ice cream sundaes.

   
Accommodations: Pilgrim Pines
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Modern China, Check-out, Make a "Chop" & Farewell Luncheon
(Friday, June 7)

Note: Making of a 'chop" and check-out of rooms



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:45am in the Mayflower Dining Room will feature a full buffet menu with the added specialty of baked oatmeal.
 Morning: LECTURE: Our renowned Professor of Chinese Arts will give his final lecture using the principle of "I Ching" to present modern China.

Participants will be invited for coffee and a final session with a calligrapher to make a "chop."

Check-out will be mid-morning in order for the housekeeping staff to prepare for weekend guests.

 Lunch: Our farewell lunch at 12:15 pm will again feature our full buffet with box lunches available upon request. The program concludes with lunch.

We hope you have enjoyed this immersion into ancient and modern Chinese history, culture, and arts, and hope you will join us for other rewarding Road Scholar learning adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!

   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
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