Sensitive Fluidity

The Natural Science Sections of North America and Great Britain and Water Research Institute of Blue Hill Maine are pleased to announce this upcoming Conference Sensitive Fluidity: Steps Towards Experiencing the Intrinsic Nature of Water


July 7-13, 2024 at the Water Research Institute, Blue Hill, Maine

Steps towards experiencing the intrinsic nature of water

This event will involve

  1. observational work with some of the archetypal gestures of water in simple experiments, reflection and discussion .
  2. working with clay and water flow to develop a conversation with the waters fluidity
  3. presentations on the flow of blood in the heart , the geometry of the vortex in all its forms and more
  4. an excursion to see natural flow in the environment
  5. exploration of the Flowform idea in clay, individual for collective Flowform design

The work of this conference is based on the research by Theodor Schwenk, whose work is documented in the book Sensitive Chaos. It was lauded by Jacques Cousteau as the first phenomenological treatise on water since Leonardo da Vinci’s studies of water flow. John Wilkes, along with Schwenk, held the research question, “What if we give back to water some of its own archetypal movements in order to rehabilitate it?”

On the suggestion of George Adams, much research was done in the 1960s with water flow over path curve surfaces. However, the rhythmic Flowform movement arose by serendipity while John was researching symmetry and asymmetry in flow channels at the Institute for Flow Science, headed by Schwenk. Along with colleagues John went on to do much research and develop the many designs which are available today and which have been used in biodynamic agriculture, in landscape work and to support life processes.

There are still many questions in understanding the role of capacity building in fluid flow through water movement: mixing, agitating, etc: it touches all applications of fluidity. One of the most fascinating realms is the mixing of homeopathic remedies. These questions can be explored in discussions and conversations during the conference. The work initiated by John Wilkes is carried out by Simon Charter with Ebb and Flow Ltd in the UK and by many colleagues worldwide in the International Flowform Association and the Foundation for Water.

In 1965 Jennifer Greene was inspired by Schwenk’s themes from the classic book Sensitive Chaos. In the 1980s she invited John Wilkes to the United States where the Flowform work was inaugurated. Jennifer was later fully trained in Switzerland and Germany in Schwenk’s Drop Picture Method which describes micromovements in water flow that relate to water quality. Years of water phenomena experiments and studies have been born out of this work. Schwenk’s work forms the basis of Flowforms, metamorphic thinking, and deepening phenomenology. In this conference, we will learn to think, to observe, and to read forms of water movement. This leads to a deeper understanding of the nature of fluidity and a look at the classical applications of these insights.

This conference is for educators, environmentalists, designers, architects, and those who care for water in nature and quite simply for all who love water. We will be doing collaborative flow experiments, modeling meanders, and exploring how water creates form in flow. Schwenk suggested that through this activity we can develop our thinking to be more suited to understanding living processes and organisms. In the last two days, we will focus on shaping forms for rhythmic flow both individually and collectively. Participants will have the opportunity to create their own Flowform design in clay if desired.

Acadia National Park & Reversing Falls Preserve Field Trip

An entire day of observations of natural fluid dynamics. At Sand Beach, we will observe fluid movements of trickles and also visit a small boiling spring at Sieur de Monts. At Reversing Falls we will see an impressive example of tidal falls and will time our visit to witness their peak activity.




Contact for Registration & Accommodations:

Jennifer Mitchell
Phone: 207-610-9749

Conference Content:

Jennifer Greene






07 - 13 Jul 2024


6:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: 07 - 13 Jul 2024
  • Time: 6:00 am - 9:00 pm

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