In this online video-based course you will be guided through six practices to answer the question: How can our experience of beauty transform the way we see ourselves, our situations, and our environments?
Expand our lexicon of beauty
Becoming alive in beauty
Transforming our map
Journey with your question
Your instructor for this course is Rita G. Patel, a Global Garden Practitioner for 2021.
This course is designed for interaction with Rita within the comments below each video. Please feel free to ask questions, post comments, and share photos.
StartCourse Printables (three documents)
StartWelcome to Experiments in Beautiful Thinking (video, 21m)
StartFirst Practice: Lexicon Map (video, 27m)
StartSecond Practice: Building Relationships (video, 25m)
StartThird Practice: Image Making (video, 39m)
StartFourth Practice: Becoming alive in beauty (video, 23m)
StartFifth Practice: Transforming our map (video, 30m)
StartSixth Practice: Journey with your question (17m)
StartYou did it!
Rita’s work asks the question: what if we could transform the world by experiencing beauty? This experience is a rich source of inspiration that informs her creative process at the intersection of beauty, well-being (social, emotional and mental) and creativity.
She is a mixed-media artist, inspired by materials, methods, and pattern.
Rita has exhibited her artwork since 2000 and has designed interactive art experiences at the Detroit Institute of Arts, in organizations, and with her public art.
Rita holds a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, with a focus on Quality of Life. She is trained in Conversational Leadership by poet David Whyte and is certified in Enchantivism and the Creative Problem Solving method.
Rita also is a CPA, Certified Workplace Wellness Program Manager and Public Health and Well-being Specialist.
Rita’s work is held in the permanent collections of the NYSE, Brooklyn Art Library, and public communities of Detroit. She lives in Michigan with her husband Alan Haras, with whom she frequently collaborates.