The ‘Augenblick Centre’ is home to artist Stefan Duerst and his studio, where he creates metalwork for clients around the world. It is also home to Godfrey Sculpture Park (featuring Duerst’s sculptures), The Jin Shin Do® Centre of Godfrey - (offering treatment and instruction in acupressure), and unique workshop spaces providing a wide range of experiences by international teachers, emphasizing the three tenets of the Center: Art, Nature and Spirit (i.e. Qi Gong, Meditation, Graffiti, Photography, Yoga, Ayurveda).
Visitors and students have the opportunity to stay in the 'Milkweed cabin', our Air B'n'B accommodation, and take advantage of Augenblick's amenities to unplug, spend time with nature and ultimately connect with themselves.
Trails throughout the 60 acre property, a Finnish sauna, a beaver pond, several lookout points, wildlife, a fire pit and a 150 year old barn have been described as grounding experiences from the moment you take your first step on the land.
Find out how the Augenblick (be in the moment) movement is relating to all aspects of the property:
Stefan Duerst – Visionary/ Metal Sculptor Working with red hot metal requires the artist’s full attention. He has to be in the moment to avoid being injured and to shape the metal before it cools down. Duerst says, “For a lot of my work I do not really think about how I am going to do it. It comes to me in the moment, almost as if it is offering itself to me.” Godfrey Sculpture Park The park has evolved in an organic and intuitive way. Visitors have an opportunity to get lost in the moment while contemplating and exploring Duerst’s art. Stefan is hoping that it might take them out of their daily rat race for a short period of time, and ignites a new perspective on things and life in general. Jin Shin Do® Center The art of Jin Shin Do® Acupressure is all about being in the moment, for both the client and the practitioner. The Blacksmith School Dive into the century old craft of Blacksmithing, while experiencing its magic and spiritual aspects. The Milkweed Cabin Air B'n'B What better way to immerse yourself in the magic of the Augenblick, than spending one or several nights here. Detox in the sauna, listen to and share stories over a 'happy meal' in the communal kitchen, stargaze while being warm at the bonfire, and slowly feel the the rat race layers peel away from you. Workshops Workshops being offered at the ‘Augenblick Centre’ give participants an opportunity to practice being in the moment and to reconnect with their true, deeper self. Nature Walking the trails and being immersed with nature is one of the best ways to get unplugged and to reconnect with your inner self. Nature itself is always in the moment. Look closely and you might find more art pieces that are placed along the trails.