In-person course
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The Dance of Earth and Venus



Next course: 13 - 15 September 2024 The Dance of Earth and Venus results in one of the most beautiful and breathtaking rhythms and patterns of the solar system. Every eight Earth years (13 Venus years) they dance a pentagonal form in space akin to the pip-star inside your apple or the petals of a primrose flower! During this course we will learn how to draw the incredible patterns from both the geocentric and heliocentric perspectives using the traditional tools of compass and straight-edge; we will explore the key aspects of Earth and Venus' cycles that determine such extraordinary heavenly harmony. And time allowing ... with copper leaf and watercolour paint made from malachite and azurite - which in the Hermetic/Alchemical tradition have forever been associated with the planet Venus - we will create stunning mandalas embodying the Earth/Venus dance ... "Daniel Docherty is a rare gem as a teacher of sacred geometry. His courses are interactive and divinely transformative. Daniel brings a deep wisdom and grace to his teaching. Daniel’s studio is a spiritual space in which to work. If you wish to take a deep dive into the magical, alchemical world of sacred geometry, Daniel is a caring and nurturing master teacher." Elaine (Dance of Earth and Venus course participant 21 - 23 Oct. 22)

What's included in the price?

All tuition and materials. Bring a packed lunch or book a delicious locally sourced organic/vegetarian cooked by the Emerson College chefs (this can be done in person before 10 am on the day); alternatively, walk to Tablehurst Farm Shop/Cafe (5 mins).


3 days

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts




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SAOG Studios is an independent arts studio based at the idyllic Emerson College campus, Forest Row, East Sussex (1 hour south of London/20 mins Gatwick Airport). We run regular practise-based short courses in the sacred and traditional arts of the world led by expert tutors. Courses include: Rose window geometry, Alchemy of pigment and pattern, Sacred geometry and mandalas, Stained glass, Islamic pattern, Ceramic tiles, Basketry, Celtic pattern and much more. Visit website for details/bookings.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Overseas Holiday
  • Parking provided
  • Fairs, festivals & exhibitions
  • Tutor can travel
  • Accommodation offered
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Easter
  • Public transport
  • Intermediate level
  • UK Holiday
  • Residential
  • Advanced/pro level
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SAOG Studios, Emerson College, Forest Row, (1 hour from London), East Sussex, RH18 5JX