Conclusion: The Economic Relevance of Lindisfarne

thompson-lindisfarne-conclusion-3At the 1979 Lindisfarne Fellows Conference in Crestone, Colorado, and again at our Summer School of Sacred Architecture in 1981, Robert Mann, the founder of the Julliard String Quartet, gave us the gift of a performance of Bach’s Chaconne from the Second Partita for Unaccompanied Violin in D Minor.

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Farewell Address at the Lindisfarne Fellows Conference

thompson-farewell-1 My work as founder and director of the Lindisfarne Association continued for twenty-five years from 1972 to 1997. After I resigned from the presidency in 1997, Lindisfarne Fellows, Arthur Zajonc, Mary Catherine Bateson, and Vivienne Hull came forwad to organize Fellows conferences in Crestone, Colorado and Whidbey Island in Washington until 2001, but slowly the energy and kairos of the meetings began to drain away with the aging of our group.

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Film Review – An Ecology of Mind: A Daughter’s Portrait of Gregory Bateson

Ecology_TreesPorthole_10i“What pattern connects the crab to the lobster,” muses anthropologist, philosopher, and systems theorist Gregory Bateson in An Ecology of Mind (2011), filmmaker Nora Bateson’s award-winning tribute to her father. “And the orchid to the primrose,” he continues, “and all the four of them to me? And me to you?”

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Lindisfarne in Crestone, Colorado, 1979-1997, Part One

thompson-lindisfarne-dream1-1 Two very strong experiences at Lindisfarne in Southampton determined my goals for the establishment of a new retreat and conference center in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of southern Colorado. Both occurred at our bicentennial conference of 1976, "A Light Governance for America." The first experience occurred in the small meditation room in the Lodge during the conference, the second occurred in our conference meeting room.

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Lindisfarne in Crestone, Colorado, 1979-1997, Part Three

thompson-lindisfarne-dream-3-1-laurancerockefeller To contribute to our support and put my son Evan through Amherst College, and my daughter through Trent University and the University of Toronto, I traveled and gave lectures around the country, and in Toronto, Halifax, Paris, Munich, Frankfurt, Hanover, Oslo, Kyoto, and Heraklion, Crete; and, as well, served two twelve week terms as a Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto and the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

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Lindisfarne in Crestone, Colorado, 1979-1997, Part Two

thompson-lindisfarne-dream2-1 Looking at Lindisfarne, Arcosanti, the Rocky Mountain Institute with Amory and Hunter Lovins, or the Meadowcreek project with the Orr brothers, our shadow was intellectual feudalism. We had turned on the spiral in McLuhan's process of cultural retrieval and reanimated the Manor of the Laird and the crofters.

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My Dinner with Andre Gregory

thompson-andre-gregory-1 When my second wife Beatrice looks back on Lindisfarne in Manhattan from the distance of thirty-eight years later in Zürich, one incident stands out for her and seems to sum up the whole spirit of the place. She was upstairs in the kitchen of the rectory of the old church, feeding our infant son Andrew his morning porridge and talking to him, as she always did, in the mother tongue of the Bernese dialect of Swiss German.

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Pilgrimage to Lindisfarne 1972

thompson-pilgrimage-1Today the counterculture is on the Right, but in the days of the Viet Nam War, the counterculture was on the Left. In the slalom of humanity’s descent into time, we seem to lean alternately from Left to Right as we hope to steer away from imagined disasters.

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Raising Evan and Hilary: Reflections of a Homeschooling Parent

photo-raising-evan-1_1 What is a parent to do with kids who want to learn, are smart--and maybe even smarter than their teachers--and are getting persecuted by their fellow students for not fitting into the dumb-it-down culture of modern America?

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Sex and the Commune

thompson-sex-5Toward the end of the second millennium anno domini, the sexual liberation of elite literary modernism was transformed into cable TV populism. The HBO series Sex and the City explored the subject of the state of female sexuality in Mayor Giuliani’s idealized New York in which a free-lance columnist could afford an apartment in Manhattan, a large wardrobe of designer clothes, and a collection of Manolo Blhanik designer high heel shoes.

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The Founding of the Lindisfarne Association in New York, 1971-73 – Part One

thompson-founding-1-2A book made the founding of the Lindisfarne Association possible, so the story of Lindisfarne is entwined with the story of this curious little book that did not follow the usual path to publication, nor the usual road to post-publication success.

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The Founding of the Lindisfarne Association in New York, 1971-73 – Part Two

thompson-founding-2-1 I finished my first book, At the Edge of History, in 1970 and sent it off in the mail to Harper and Row in New York. But while I was writing, I also began to experience another mode of artistic expression in lecturing.

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With Gregory Bateson’s Mind in Nature

thompson-bateson-2-Caddy-Rudin-BatesonWe were six sitting on the porch of Gregory Bateson's cabin at Lindisfarne. The late summer evening's light was shining through the scrub oak trees onto the waters of Fishcove in Noyack Bay, and all of us were feeling the relaxed atmosphere, not just of the end of the day, but the end of summer and the end of four years of Lindisfarne in Southampton.

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