Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Hidden Paradise Hove

On one of the biggest football nights in recent history (England vs Italy European championships quarter finals) we went searching for Hidden Paradise in a gym.

This event was mainly to try out some ideas for greenbelt where we plan to explore the hidden glimpses of paradise that are all around us but we just don't see, hear, touch, taste or smell them.

The room was set up with a number of interactive sensory stations which invited us to focus  on each of our senses individually to heighten our awareness of the wonderful things around us, every day.

There was a smell station with aromas to remind you of your childhood or your favourite relative, a touchy/feely station with lots of interesting textures to feel, an audio station where you could sit blindfolded and listen to some binaural audio on wireless headphones.

The highlight (for some) was a tasting bar with some very unusual items to eat and of course a lot of visual stimulus using video and the mirrors that were all along one wall of the gym.

We will be taking this idea and refining it for Greenbelt at the Cheltenham racecourse on Saturday 25th August in the main worship venue - InSense.  You can get details about the festival here.   If you would like to be involved but can't get to the festival you can take part virtually by tweeting your pictures of hidden paradise to #beyondhiddenparadise

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