Water flows deep below the surface of the earth. It circulates. We need it to live. It passes in and out of us. We take it in. We give it back. A SOURCE is a point at which the water flowing below becomes accessible to us, a point where the deep surfaces, a point of harvesting from the flow. That water is like Love.
Love. We have long said, as a human species, that love will save us, unite us, heal us, teach us, guide us... and we believe it has done so since the beginning of civilization.
Love has united humanity across all barriers - language, country border, culture, time - as the most persistent human fixation. But what exactly do we mean by “Love”? Do we all mean the same thing? If all we need is love, it might be helpful to discuss what precisely it is, or even to collect and share our many possible definitions. If only love can bring us together, maybe it’s a good idea to know how to call it into action, how to cultivate it, and how to put it into practice in the world.
As humans, we seem to research everything we think is most important. Maybe it’s time to make Love - this force that has transcended even the limits of time and space - the subject of collective and intensive research. Maybe it’s time to take Love seriously.
Musicians, novelists, artists, philosophers, theologians, social scientists, ecologists, even neurochemists, (and so many more in so many disciplines) are all asking relevant questions about Love. La SOURCE gathers them all in the same place to ask these questions together - and to share their discoveries with everyone.
La SOURCE is an international and interdisciplinary research and art residency center dedicated to contemplating, defining, understanding, cultivating and practicing love.
We do not search for a unified or singular definition. Instead, we create methodologies to further our understanding and feed the circulation of love.
We invite seekers, researchers and creators of all kinds, to work on one (or more) of 3 levels:
inner-connective (love within the self)
inter-connective (love between self & other)
eco-connective (love for our environment)
We also welcome those who wish to work beyond these levels - our cosmological and existential pioneers, working to love the whole of all that is.
What exactly do we mean by "Seeker", "Researcher" & "Creator"?
So glad you asked. For us,
a seeker is one who hungers for meaning
a researcher is a passionate lover of questions
a creator is one who learns through making
Simple as that.
We share the resulting practices, insights and art through conferences, workshops, exhibitions & our annual publication:
Insights & Practices for a Culture in Love
11.6 acres of hillside, valley, forest & field
6 coordinators living on campus
10 rooms for residencies & retreats
7 research ateliers
2 conference rooms
Saint Thégonnec, France
10 minutes to Les Monts d'Arrée
15 minutes to the Lake of Drennec
15 minutes to the city of Morlaix
25 minutes to the beaches of Carentec
30 minutes to BES (Brest-Bretagne) airport
35 minutes to the village of Roscoff
45 minutes to the city of Brest
1 hour to the city of Quimper
2 hours to the city of Rennes
3 hours to the city of Nantes
3 hours & 30 minutes (by train) to Paris
6 hours to Plymouth, UK (by ferryboat)
10 week FALL semester
1 week FALL conference
2 week WINTER-camp
10 week SPRING semester
1 week SPRING conference
1 week SUMMER-camp
RESIDENCIES & RETREATS
Researchers & Creators stay 2-10 weeks
Seekers stay 1 - 4 weeks
PUBLICATION / PROGRAMMING
1 annual workbook/playbook
public conferences, workshops, & exhibitions, both virtual & live
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one.
I hope someday you’ll join us.
And the world will live as one.
- John Lennon