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with Daniel Docherty (and guests)


Come and join us on this practical journey of discovery as we travel half way around the globe to source the finest examples of Islamic Geometric Pattern; Persia, Turkey, Syria, India, and Moorish Morocco and Al-Andalus will feature in our travels. The genius of the craftsmen geometers from the Islamic Golden Age has never been surpassed; their pursuit and devotion for a unifying language embodying their Religion, Art and Science – without parallel.

The principles underlying Islamic Geometric Pattern are timeless and as relevant today as they have ever been or will be!

‘There is nothing more timely than the Timeless’  – Dr Seyyed Hossein Nasr

It is deeply encouraging, in a world and culture that in the main continues to promote a fragmentary and materialistic approach to Religion, Art and Science, that a resurgence of interest and practice in Islamic Geometry is well underway. This course will appeal to all lovers of Islamic Pattern, beginners and experienced alike, who would like to develop and deepen their understanding of this rich art form and the principles informing it. At the end of the course participants will have Head, Heart and Hands satisfied and in harmony! And a full portfolio of beautiful patterns from across the Islamic world. Course participants will have the opportunity to translate a favourite design into glazed ceramic tiles. There will also be the opportunity during the course for those interested for an excursion to the Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art at the Victoria and Albert Museum and/or the Albukhary Foundation Gallery of the Islamic World at the British Museum, London.


Further feedback from March 2020 course:

“Good company, Fantastic Tutors (Daniel Adam and Ameet), Amazing Geometry … life doesn’t get any better than that! Thanks for another informative, awesome & awe inspiring course. I shall be back!”

-Sara Hall

“It was such fun to spend seven glorious days immersing ourselves in the Geometry of Islamic Design. Daniel has a gift for helping you to see the hidden treasures behind these beautiful patterns and their significance as an art form, an expression of the Divine, and as a means to explore oneself. Thank you Daniel for your wisdom, your beautiful Studio, and for making these teachings so valuable to us.”

-Vashon Sarkisian


Not too many words left in my brain after this intensive course …

But it was Perfect!

Great mixture of drawing, excursion to London, tile-making etc …

I enjoyed all of it very much, very inspiring also with different teachers.

The love and passion in your presentations comes ‘’across’’ and makes all these patterns ‘’living patterns’’.

I am very much looking forward to coming to the new next course with you!!

Love and regards,



Thank you for your patience helping us construct these beautiful patterns. I really enjoyed this week, it really helped me to quieten my mind and concentrate fully. I felt very present (I, astral, etheric and physical body) working well together.

Dr Farah


Many thanks to Daniel, Adam, and Ameet. I take away with me a much deepened respect, with a better understanding of Islamic Geometry.



Wonderful, inspiring room and beautiful surroundings. Perfect course with a good balance of theory, explanations and practical work.



Good company, Fantastic Tutors, Amazing Geometry … life doesn’t get any better than that! Thanks for another informative, awesome & awe inspiring course. I shall be back!



New course dates TBC soon

Further Information

31 July 2020
to 31 Jul 2020


10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Emerson College
Forest Row, East Sussex RH18 5JX United Kingdom