International AAD Spring 2020

Date or timeframe: 25-03-2020 / 03-05-2020
City: Wordwide

Category(-ies):

Dear GC Community,

I hope this email finds all of you safe and healthy.  The Corona virus situation is impacting all of us around the world, and we recently had to cancel two projects – one in Italy and one in Seattle.  In times like this, a familiar quote comes to mind:

“In strange and uncertain times, such as those we are living in, sometimes a reasonable person might despair.  But hope is unreasonable; and Love is greater even than this.”

How can we as a community come together and rise above the uncertainty and fear of our current situation?  What can we do that contributes something positive and brings people together, while we’re being told to physically stay apart?  An answer came very clearly: an AAD, beginning on the 35th Anniversary of GC.  With that, we’d like to announce:

International AAD Spring 2020
March 25 – May 3 (40 days)

No fee – Contributions are welcome.  They will go towards covering expenses from the two cancelled projects.  Any extra collected will be used for future projects.

This AAD is for those who have some GC experience and have been introduced to the Morning Sitting.

The Core Team of this AAD is comprised of those who were going to organize and lead the two cancelled projects, (plus Frank!):

Alessandro Bruno
Chris Doering
Adrian Fortis
Tony Geballe
Chris Gibson
Curt Golden
Dev Ray
Frank Sheldon
Mikael Weichbrodt
Erin Wigger

We are asking a variety of others to contribute as well.

We will work in an online format, with posted written exercises, audio and video, and the ability to comment and ask questions.  We may attempt some Zoom meetings, depending on the size.

All participants will be asked to commit to the Morning Sitting for the duration of the AAD.

To register, please submit an application letter to rayoflightinc@gmail.com detailing:

Who are you?
Where are you from?
Why do you wish to participate?
What is your aim for this 40-day AAD?

Once your letter is received and accepted, you will receive the website info and more instructions.

This is a work-in-progress and we are still ironing out some of the details.  We ask for your patience while we get this up and running ASAP!

Best wishes,

Mika and Dev on behalf of the Core Team

Dear GC Community,

I hope this email finds all of you safe and healthy.  The Corona virus situation is impacting all of us around the world, and we recently had to cancel two projects – one in Italy and one in Seattle.  In times like this, a familiar quote comes to mind:

“In strange and uncertain times, such as those we are living in, sometimes a reasonable person might despair.  But hope is unreasonable; and Love is greater even than this.”

How can we as a community come together and rise above the uncertainty and fear of our current situation?  What can we do that contributes something positive and brings people together, while we’re being told to physically stay apart?  An answer came very clearly: an AAD, beginning on the 35th Anniversary of GC.  With that, we’d like to announce:

International AAD Spring 2020
March 25 – May 3 (40 days)

No fee – Contributions are welcome.  They will go towards covering expenses from the two cancelled projects.  Any extra collected will be used for future projects.

This AAD is for those who have some GC experience and have been introduced to the Morning Sitting.

The Core Team of this AAD is comprised of those who were going to organize and lead the two cancelled projects, (plus Frank!):

Alessandro Bruno
Chris Doering
Adrian Fortis
Tony Geballe
Chris Gibson
Curt Golden
Dev Ray
Frank Sheldon
Mikael Weichbrodt
Erin Wigger

We are asking a variety of others to contribute as well.

We will work in an online format, with posted written exercises, audio and video, and the ability to comment and ask questions.  We may attempt some Zoom meetings, depending on the size.

All participants will be asked to commit to the Morning Sitting for the duration of the AAD.

To register, please submit an application letter to rayoflightinc@gmail.com detailing:

Who are you?
Where are you from?
Why do you wish to participate?
What is your aim for this 40-day AAD?

Once your letter is received and accepted, you will receive the website info and more instructions.

This is a work-in-progress and we are still ironing out some of the details.  We ask for your patience while we get this up and running ASAP!

Best wishes,

Mika and Dev on behalf of the Core Team

The Basics of Personal and Group Practice (Now AAD!)

Date or timeframe: 16-03-2020 / 22-03-2020
City: Ceprano
Country: Italy

Category(-ies):

Please note that because of the current pandemic, we will no longer meet in Ceprano as planned.

The Team will however get together At-A-Distance, March 16-22, to work on “The Basics” as originally intended.

Nothing can replace a residential project in its entirety, but by discharging one small piece of quality work together AAD, we can still re-direct and make use of some of the available energy.

Work will be presented with and without guitar, using Zoom and email as communication tools.

This one week AAD is open to anyone with GC experience. Participation is free, but voluntary contributions towards recouping the losses caused by the cancellation will be gratefully accepted.

If you wish to participate, please send an application letter to alessandro.bruno57@gmail.com and mikael.weichbrodt@gmail.com, answering the following questions:

Who are you?

Why do you wish to participate?

What is your aim?

You will then receive further information.

If you already applied to the project in its original form, please just send us a short message letting us know that you are in. Your original aim will then stand. No need to send a new application letter – unless you specifically wish to do so.


When people get together, something happens.

When people get together with music, something remarkable happens.

Dear Friends,

Here we are ringing a bell, waving a flag.

After a period of three years during which we’ve met and worked together with different approaches like Music In Silence, Circulation Project, and lately the FQM Retreat On The Road, we feel the need to get together to address “the basics” of our common practice.

Our aim is to reconnect to and re-vitalise our relationship with the fundamental body of principles and techniques we’ve acquired during our many years of work together, for both group work and personal practice, with and without the guitar; Morning Sitting, the Primaries, Circulation, Kitchen and House Work, and so on.

Since the completion of GC, we’ve gained significant new insights and perspectives through the projects mentioned above. These are now available to help us breathe new life into our way of working – so while going “back” to the basics, we do so while assuming the virtue of innocence within a field of experience.

We note that we are currently in the early phase of a new 7 year cycle for our work, while the current action of KC is reaching far and wide, and an Intro to GC with RF will be held this autumn in the US. Things are moving – and now is the time to prepare for what the future may bring.

The house is Villa San Bernardo, an annex to a nun’s convent located in Ceprano, ca. 100 km south of Rome, which we’ve previously used for Music in Silence II and the Circulation Project.

The time frame for the project is March 16-22, with the 16th being the arrival day and the 22nd departure day, giving us us 5 full days of work.

The necessary contribution per person is 400 EUR.

In terms of roles, we trust that the right people will show up and take on practical tasks and share their experience as needed. So far we know that Alessandro Bruno and Mikael Weichbrodt are organising the project, and that Chris Doering and Martin Schwutke amongst other experienced crafties will be with us.

If you see yourself as part of this project, please send an application letter to alessandro.bruno57@gmail.com and mikael.weichbrodt@gmail.com, answering the following questions:

Who are you?

Why do you wish to participate?

What is your aim?

With our very best wishes,

Al & Mika

Please note that because of the current pandemic, we will no longer meet in Ceprano as planned.

The Team will however get together At-A-Distance, March 16-22, to work on “The Basics” as originally intended.

Nothing can replace a residential project in its entirety, but by discharging one small piece of quality work together AAD, we can still re-direct and make use of some of the available energy.

Work will be presented with and without guitar, using Zoom and email as communication tools.

This one week AAD is open to anyone with GC experience. Participation is free, but voluntary contributions towards recouping the losses caused by the cancellation will be gratefully accepted.

If you wish to participate, please send an application letter to alessandro.bruno57@gmail.com and mikael.weichbrodt@gmail.com, answering the following questions:

Who are you?

Why do you wish to participate?

What is your aim?

You will then receive further information.

If you already applied to the project in its original form, please just send us a short message letting us know that you are in. Your original aim will then stand. No need to send a new application letter – unless you specifically wish to do so.


When people get together, something happens.

When people get together with music, something remarkable happens.

Dear Friends,

Here we are ringing a bell, waving a flag.

After a period of three years during which we’ve met and worked together with different approaches like Music In Silence, Circulation Project, and lately the FQM Retreat On The Road, we feel the need to get together to address “the basics” of our common practice.

Our aim is to reconnect to and re-vitalise our relationship with the fundamental body of principles and techniques we’ve acquired during our many years of work together, for both group work and personal practice, with and without the guitar; Morning Sitting, the Primaries, Circulation, Kitchen and House Work, and so on.

Since the completion of GC, we’ve gained significant new insights and perspectives through the projects mentioned above. These are now available to help us breathe new life into our way of working – so while going “back” to the basics, we do so while assuming the virtue of innocence within a field of experience.

We note that we are currently in the early phase of a new 7 year cycle for our work, while the current action of KC is reaching far and wide, and an Intro to GC with RF will be held this autumn in the US. Things are moving – and now is the time to prepare for what the future may bring.

The house is Villa San Bernardo, an annex to a nun’s convent located in Ceprano, ca. 100 km south of Rome, which we’ve previously used for Music in Silence II and the Circulation Project.

The time frame for the project is March 16-22, with the 16th being the arrival day and the 22nd departure day, giving us us 5 full days of work.

The necessary contribution per person is 400 EUR.

In terms of roles, we trust that the right people will show up and take on practical tasks and share their experience as needed. So far we know that Alessandro Bruno and Mikael Weichbrodt are organising the project, and that Chris Doering and Martin Schwutke amongst other experienced crafties will be with us.

If you see yourself as part of this project, please send an application letter to alessandro.bruno57@gmail.com and mikael.weichbrodt@gmail.com, answering the following questions:

Who are you?

Why do you wish to participate?

What is your aim?

With our very best wishes,

Al & Mika

An Introduction To The Guitar Circle with Robert Fripp

Date or timeframe: 16-08-2021 / 20-08-2021
Venue: Glen Cove Mansion
City: Long Island, New York
Country: United States

Category(-ies):

If music is to enter our world, the role of the audience is as necessary as the role of the musician.

So, for the first time in the life of Guitar Craft and the Guitar Circle, we are inviting audients to this Intro, to learn the techniques and approaches available to Crafty Guitarists.

Music has its own intelligence, but can music change the world? If so, how? How does a musician become present in the place within them where music lives, or visits for a while? How is an audient present within themself when music visits? How does music come into our lives? What is involved in the process of musical performance?

For those interested in guitar playing, work will be on acoustic guitars in the New Standard Tuning – CGDAEG. Guitar meetings / workshops will be in groups of all sizes, including individual meetings with the Guitar Buddies.

This Introduction to the work of the Guitar Circle will also include classes in Alexander Technique, Orchestral Maneuvers, T’ai Chi, Zen meditation, The Process Of Performance, and Doing Nothing – As Much As You Can!

There is nothing solemn about any of this, and I’m intending to have a good time. This is an approach to play, playing, serious play and playing seriously.

I recommend that everyone come with an aim.

You are invited.

Robert Fripp
Friday 8th. November, 2019;
Middle England.
Detailed information at https://robertfrippsguitarcircle.com/

If music is to enter our world, the role of the audience is as necessary as the role of the musician.

So, for the first time in the life of Guitar Craft and the Guitar Circle, we are inviting audients to this Intro, to learn the techniques and approaches available to Crafty Guitarists.

Music has its own intelligence, but can music change the world? If so, how? How does a musician become present in the place within them where music lives, or visits for a while? How is an audient present within themself when music visits? How does music come into our lives? What is involved in the process of musical performance?

For those interested in guitar playing, work will be on acoustic guitars in the New Standard Tuning – CGDAEG. Guitar meetings / workshops will be in groups of all sizes, including individual meetings with the Guitar Buddies.

This Introduction to the work of the Guitar Circle will also include classes in Alexander Technique, Orchestral Maneuvers, T’ai Chi, Zen meditation, The Process Of Performance, and Doing Nothing – As Much As You Can!

There is nothing solemn about any of this, and I’m intending to have a good time. This is an approach to play, playing, serious play and playing seriously.

I recommend that everyone come with an aim.

You are invited.

Robert Fripp
Friday 8th. November, 2019;
Middle England.
Detailed information at https://robertfrippsguitarcircle.com/