The Wisdom of the Animals

Feb 24, 2023 9:00AM—Feb 26, 2023 12:30PM


The Nature Institute, 20 May Hill Road, Ghent, NY

Cost $100 - $400 (sliding scale)

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A Workshop with Craig Holdrege, Henrike Holdrege, and Jon McAlice

February 24 – 26, 2023
(Friday/Saturday 9 am to 5 pm; Sunday 9 am to 12:30 pm) 

Our interactions with nature will become ever healthier, and support a productive co-evolution of humanity with the natural world, when they are based on a deeper understanding of nature. In this short course, we will explore how everything within an animal is interconnected and expresses a deep wisdom.

We will take up the challenge that Goethe formulates in these words: “The agreement within the whole makes every creature what it is…. Every creature is one tone, one shade of a great harmony that one must study as a whole if the particulars are not to become dead letters.” ~ Goethe

We will also work to gain a better understanding of the differentiated nature of animal behavior: What is instinct, what are drives, what is desire in animals?

Morning and afternoon snacks will be provided. For lunch you are on your own; you are welcome to bring a lunch or go out to lunch (the lunch break will be 1.5 hours long).

Fee (sliding scale): $100 – $400

Please register by February 17 by emailing Kristy King at or calling the institute at 518-672-0116 between 8:30 and 12:30 weekdays.