The Home Dwelling Workshop is a mindful exploration where you are invited to explore the dialogue between your inner Home and how it relates to the physical home you live in.
I’ve been exploring Dwelling as an architect and poet. I offer ways to engage in the dialogue between our physical home, and our spiritual Home, our inner dwelling, where we meet Spirit. The first study/book, A Poetic Exploration of Home, presents the logos behind this work, and ways to engage in this dialogue through our material home, and contemplative practices.
This workshop provides simple ways to deepen your living in your home; provide you with a fuller sense of peace and wholeness; provide place for intimacy; and open your connection to the natural world around you.
Dwelling will change your perception of your home and identify changes you can make to strengthen your relationship to it.
This intense and fun workshop has a simple format, centered on being guided through a series of creative/meditative explorations.
Take in a poetic image, sit with it, wait for a response and express that response through drawing or modeling clay. Don't worry, this is not supposed to be art - no one will be judged upon their ability to create art. It is a form of expression to be shared with the rest of the group for insights from group participants.
You will be encouraged to explore your life-giving impulses -
- what makes you thrive
- what makes you connect to a physical space, and
- how your home can embody these insights.
- Two three hour sessions to be held in dates TBC
- The virtual workshop will be hosted on Zoom. A zoom invitation will be sent out to you the day before the session.
- Gatherings are limited to a maximum of 10 people and have a cost of $110 (includes the 6 hour workshop, as well as a copy of A Poetic Exploration of Home + shipping and handling that will be sent to you upon completion of the registration form).
If you are interested in this workshop, please fill out the form below and Bill will be in touch with you.
2022 Dates TBC
Type of Event
(6 hour workshop + book)
Bill is a poet and an architect, who tells stories through space, form and words. He founded Helicon Works Architects, a unique architectural collaborative community, in 1989, based in Takoma Park, MD, where he lived with his family until 2019. Bill now lives at his wife's ancestral home in Vermont where he continues to practice architecture and enjoy the forest.
Praise for HOME DWELLING EXPLORATIONS Workshop
The poetics and the attempt to get to people's underlying assumptions and life and how they live; it is powerful and potentially game-changing.
For architecture, the questions of what do we need to feel joy and contribute to the planet seem most critical. I believe Bill challenges architects and clients to ask very difficult questions of themselves in through Dwelling.
I was buying a house and went to Bill's workshop. The art part was scary, but it turned out to be transformative. Just one example - in one exercise, Bill asked us to draw our most nurturing childhood memories. I drew a blank worrying about the drawing part. Bill encouraged me to quiet my mind and let my feelings come (his calming presence and the poems really helped here).
I instinctively drew an orange fire, which reminded me of when I was around six and tending the fire on which my grandmother cooked (she had a wood burning stove). Around the fire, I drew other feelings I wanted to feel in my home. Staring at the orange fire, I realized that cooking is central to what I wanted in a nurturing home for my family. Before this, I have always considered cooking "housework" best avoided. Now I enjoy cooking much more and recently bought a townhouse with a more substantial kitchen.
Jian Bin Gao
I began the workshop feeling a lot of fear and finished the day knowing great things are in store for me. Bill's gentle presence and inquiry during the workshop both encouraged me to dive deeper into myself and offered me the container to do so.
I have been on a journey of self-discovery for many years, sometimes in extreme fashion, and I am gratefully surprised to have rediscovered a part of myself so sweetly and simply in the process Bill offers. I recommend this for anyone seeking to know themselves more deeply including who they are and what they want to be and create in their lives.