House of Wonder programmes encourage the sharing of knowledge, ideas, skills, perspectives, intrigues and fascinations about nature across disciplines and cultures.
In this way we nurture a multi-disciplinary network of individuals interested in learning more about other knowledge areas and sharing their own. The impetus for the work has been to find ways to look again at often overlooked or forgotten aspects of our cultural views and perspectives of nature. This is so to encourage the capacity to create innovative research, develop the ability to work across disciplines on very complex topics such as climate change, and grow a productive social environment for critically assessing the ideas generated.
In addition to the ongoing dinner and dialogues series, we can also offer walks and workshops for the young or inquisitive. These are in ongoing development, and all are invited to join for these projects, such as A Walk Through Deep Time.
Where noted, walks and workshop events have been supported through a partnership with Intercreate.org, an arts organisation which works to cross-pollinate creativity across art, science, culture and technology.
If you are in or frequently visit the mid-upper North Island of New Zealand, and are interested to join our programming of dinners and workshops, we encourage you to join the facebook or LinkedIn groups, and keep in touch with upcoming events.
In development, House of Wonder (HoW) is also to encompass a retreat space in Miranda, New Zealand. The concept is to mix creativity primarily in art, science and cultural ideas, in order to offer a quiet and inspiring country retreat space to companies, organisations and families.
The house itself is a simple, large country house, built in approximately 1915 by Robert Graham Findlay, and has stayed in the Lane/Findlay family, who have been in Miranda for four generations. The R. G. Findlay Wildlife Reserve nearby is a part of the family land, and is managed by myself in partnership with the Miranda Naturalist Trust and Shorebird Centre.
As a retreat space, we are particularly interest to support sustainability research and development in all areas. This would includes those companies or organisations working to innovate or improve products and services, learning institutions developing scientific or cultural understandings, through to interested families and individuals.
For more information about the property and it’s location, and details of the retreat concept is available here.
If you are interested in the retreat idea and are interested to hear more about it, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Trudy Lane, The Keeper.