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SAOG Studios - News and Events

Our recent Mandalas of the World course at SAOG Studios was a wonderful occasion with a full house of participants heralding from far and wide.
We are delighted to announce bookings are now open and dates are set for next year's course:

Mandalas of the World  31 May - 4 June 2024

Mandalas of the World at SAOG Studios
Venus Yantra
Mandalas of the World at SAOG Studios
New Jerusalem Diagram

I am writing to you to let you know how much I loved your teaching and being at SAOG studios this last week. The book we did, going from numbers 1 to 12 (+13) is such a treasure to keep. I have been going through my notes and experimenting with different possibilities of patterns and colours. Pure joy! I feel truly inspired.

Thank you and your lovely wife Vija for your generosity with your time and space. And coffee and cake!

I'll be back soon!

Katie Worsdell - Autumn 2023

The five days we spent together, diving into Sacred Mandalas, were deeply healing days.

It happened in an ocean of time and yet, went so fast and was over all too quickly.

Deeply thankful for Daniel`s  warmth, patience and precise guiding to complex structures!

I hope to be able to return very soon.

Spring 2023 participant

Sacred Avebury with Maria Wheatley and Daniel Docherty

Mysterious Universe returns this autumn with a fab. line up ...

Ceres Hall, Devizes Corn Exchange, Wiltshire, Devizes

16, 17 September 2023

Maria Wheatley and Daniel Docherty are delighted to be offering a Spring 2024 Sacred Avebury course: 11, 12 May 2024 
Early booking recommended

Daniel Docherty recently taught a workshop for Kairos at Dartington Estate, Devon ...

It was a wonderful day and we are looking forward to further course collaborations in the near future.



An introductory course into Sacred Geometry and the Mystery of Seven-fold form.

with Daniel Docherty

10 APRIL 2023

 10 am – 5 pm
Dartington Estate, Lower Close, Totnes, Devon

Click pdf below for details

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2023 began with much aplomb at SAOG Studios as a number of inquisitive and courageous souls turned their gaze heavenward in an attempt to better understand the wondrous and wily ways of Mercury. We will be returning to these extraordinary heavenly patterns during a three-day Patterns of the Planets course (2 - 4 May 2023) at the Chalice Well in Glastonbury this Springtime where the focus will be on the Dance of Mercury, Venus and Earth. {click for details/booking info.}

For details of further Glastonbury courses this May 2023, including a one-day Labyrinths and Lunar Geometry course 5 May 2023 (offered as a whole or in three separate sessions) and a Drawing Mandalas: Sacred Geometry and the Alchemical Art of Marrying Heaven and Earth 8 May 2023 visit the Courses page.

Sacred Avebury with Daniel Docherty and Maria Wheatley

The weekend prior to the Glastonbury week of courses sees Daniel Docherty and Maria Wheatley teaming up once again, post Mysterious Universe (Sept. 2022), for a two-day Sacred Avebury course. It promises to be a wonderful practical introduction to the sacred geometry of stone circles and of this revered sanctuary in particular. During the morning sessions Daniel will guide course participants through the compass/straightedge constructions of a number of  significant patterns while Maria will share of her extensive experience of dowsing the stones and deep knowledge and love of geomancy lore with the group during the afternoon sessions.

Limited places - early booking advised.

Click to book

Sacred Avebury

Mysterious Universe/Avebury

Daniel Docherty was delighted to present a talk recently at the inaugural Mysterious Universe conference 3 Sept. 2022. It was an inspiring event held in the heart of sacred Avebury. Together with Maria Wheatley, Daniel led a tour of the stones on the Sunday pm (4 Sept.) which included all several dozen of us dancing the eight year Earth and Venus dance/pattern appropriately within the 99 stone sanctuary! The 16th and 17th Sept. 2023 have been set aside for next year's event and if this year is anything to go by it promises to be an excellent weekend ...


Serving the Honey Bee
Monday 3rd - Tuesday 4th April 2023

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Daniel Docherty (SAOG Studios programme director and senior tutor) will be presenting at the forthcoming LEARNING FROM THE BEES CONFERENCE (3, 4 April 2023) to be held at Sheepdrove Organic Farm and Conference Centre, Hungerford, UK.

The event will likely sell out quickly so, if interested, do book early to avoid disappointment ...

SAOG Studios' Summer 2022 Patterns of the Planets course/symposium was full of joy, wonder and revelation. Preparations are already afoot for an expanded early August 2024 conference.

Blank the diary and stay tuned!

Sacred Art of Geometry Studios in collaboration with The Red Noon

Handmade Watercolour Paints

We are delighted to announce the recent launch of SAOG Studios' handcrafted 'Triskele Paints' in collaboration with The Red Noon ...

We currently have a collection of unique watercolour palettes for sale exclusively through The Red Noon website

These paint sets embody the sacred and loving relationship between place, substance and spirit. Every aspect of our paints are unashamedly unique … Our pigments and paints are prepared in small batches and to order. Subtle variations occur from batch to batch as the minerals and materials we use will inevitably embody distinctive qualities unique to their stories and places of origin. Our ceramic palettes are also all hand crafted from different clays with differing hues and including local foraged clays .

The response to our expanding SAOG Studio shop from recent course participants and 'passers by' has been incredible. And we are delighted, through our collaboration with the Red Noon, to be able to offer our beautiful watercolour paint palettes, worldwide ...

For Red Noon customers see 'terms' pdf here:​

Keeping it Human ...

Existential challenges are the order of the day. The 'Arts' are in danger of going the way of the 'Dodo'.

Cultural initiatives the world over are at best on the ropes, or else down for the count if not already knocked out

The so-called fourth industrial revolution '... characterized by a range of new technologies that are fusing the physical, digital and biological worlds, impacting all disciplines, economies and industries, and even challenging ideas about what it means to be human ...' (K. Schwab Founder and Exec Chair of WEF) is garnering rapid momentum. It is clearly a driving force behind the chaos, hysteria and confusion of recent years! It is a bleak vision so far as the subtle and sacred arts are concerned. Its aims and objectives - and likely ramifications - warrant further investigation ...

'... There are no unsacred places;

There are only sacred places

and desecrated places ...'

Wendell Berry

(from How to be a Poet)

At SAOG Studios, our primary focus is to renew and deepen our connection to the Sacred. To this end, we recognize the importance of, and deeply value, meeting face-to-face while engaging in the practice and philosophy of the Sacred and Traditional Arts. We are encouraged by, and are very grateful for, the appreciation recent course participants have expressed at being able to attend real 'in person' courses!

Reflections and feedback from recent courses including 'Celtic Pattern, Geometry and Imagination' and 'Geometry of Ancient Egypt'

(with Adam Tetlow); 'Geometry and Architecture' (with Jon Allen); 'Sacred Art of Geometry: an introduction' (with Daniel Docherty); Alchemy of Pigment and Pattern with Dr David Cranswick and Daniel Docherty; Golden Ratio: Jewel of Geometry and Cosmos with Daniel Docherty; Dance of Earth and Venus with Daniel Docherty and Inks and Ochres: an intro. to Foraged Colour ...

'It has been such an amazing week! I have leant so many things about colour and the alchemical process.

I so enjoyed the geometry meditations at the beginning of each day. Both Daniel and David added intriguing stories, poems and information that made the course so unique. I'd recommend to anyone!'

I loved this course!

The tempo was good and there was a good balance between pigment and pattern.

The teaching comes from deep wisdom and knowledge.

SAOG Studios is 360 degree impressions of beauty and mystic knowledge - very stimulating.

You create a soft atmosphere and are very good listeners and teachers.

A great week that brought many elements of life into one.

'Ever grateful for the beautiful weekend with Jon. 

May the light of your wonderful work shine forever'

'Fabulous w.end! Thank you'

'An amazing course ... enjoyed every minute and with Daniel holding the space alongside the inspirational, magical Studio - just brilliant!

Thanks for doing these courses and for bringing people together ... '

'Thank you so much for hosting the last three days of Adam’s Geometry of Ancient Egypt course. His discoveries, or perhaps re-discoveries, were utterly fascinating and as always for me when I come to SAOG Studios an initiation into something magical and meaningful that always strikes many chords within me.'

'Thank you Daniel. I arrived nervous and a bit apprehensive.

I leave inspired and with an inner confidence - even with colour!

So absorbing and meditative, it has taken me out of myself and into another realm.'

'The weekend has been an inspiration. 

We spoke about another reality ... and the space, the materials and the breadth of knowledge and skill that you live is heartfelt.

To have spent time together where what is ancient, sacred, striven for is shared.

What an event! '

'... beyond expectations ...'

'What a wonderful couple of days!

Thanks so much. You hit the "beginners" note perfectly.

So much fascinating information. I really hope to be back for more ...'

'Heartfelt philosophy that resonates with our deepest wish expressed through design, colour and skilled instruction.

Who could not feel gratitude at this sharing.'

The inks and ochres course has been a wonderfully nourishing, joyful and dynamic learning experience for me.

I absolutely enjoyed the experiential interactive and nature-oriented elements of the course.

Thank you so much.

'Absolutely amazing and fantastic. I had a great weekend. I’ve been exploring geometry for just over a year now and this was a wonderful weekend of getting my foundation stones in a better order, sorted and a little more settled. I think it’s always good to revisit the fundamentals. I learnt so much and was reminded of a lot I had forgotten. I feel much more confident in my skills after the weekend. I’ll definitely be back to do another, it helped me put some of the pieces of the puzzle together. For me, it’s essential to remember the sacredness of these images every time I draw a pattern. It’s an adventure and an initiation into something magical and this weekend really brought that home to me. 

As ever Daniel, I’m truly grateful to you ... thank you so much for remaining open ... for holding the light and offering a portal to the divine for those who wish to step through it ... It’s heaven on Earth! '

"I was astounded at how wonderful the sacred geometry weekend was! I had a feeling it would be magical, but we explored far more than I had expected we would, and feel so much more excited and confident in my ability to play with elegantly simple and intricately complex shapes and patterns.

Daniel is a fantastic teacher, with whimsical humour, simple instructions for all levels, excellent baking and coffee-making skills, and so much generosity of spirit and wisdom.

The SAOG studio is warmly inviting, and exquisite with its mix of timeless beauty in the form of books, art and natural art materials, tea and snack selection and large windows with natural light streaming in throughout the day. I would be content to live in such a space.

Who knew numbers and geometry could be so much fun? This weekend has opened my eyes to the awe-inspiring designs of Life and expressions of Love in ways that I didn't know existed!"


'What an amazing weekend!

Full of creativity, learning geometric truths through play, friendship and deep insights.

I’ll be back!'


'The Golden Ratio course has left me filled with awe and wonder at the mysteries of the universe.

I leave with more questions about this enigmatic number than I had when I arrived;

thank you so much for fuelling my curiosity and providing opportunities to create such truly beautiful patterns!

I will most certainly be back for another course!'


'What a wonderful experience.

Not just Sacred Geometry but the catalyst for connecting thoughts and meanings.

Wonderful delivery by Daniel who helped guide us down our own path connected with other participants through our relationship with Phi.

Highly recommend and great fun!'

'I’ve been passionate about sacred geometry for over 20 years and my first visit to SAOG studios exceeded all my expectations. Daniel is amongst the greatest teachers of this ancient art that I have ever encountered.

More than learning how to draw the diagrams the thing I loved most were the deep philosophical, spiritual insights that link this work to the divine source. Daniel is as much a spiritual teacher as he is a sacred geometry ninja!'

'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.'

'Thank you so much running such a beautiful Venus workshop -

I am feeling so inspired and so full of awe and wonder.

I go happy now - full of a deeper connection to Sacred Geometry and the great mysterious beings dancing around in the Big Divine - I go home to play with my copper paper now and chant more planetary trails.

You are an exquisite teacher - thank you.

See you on the labyrinth course.'

'Thank you Daniel -

I felt held, supported, nourished and transformed in my confidence and love of this magical heart art.

Your soul is a wealth of wisdom, poetry and artistry.

Our journey with Venus over three days was joyful and full of love.

You are an incredible teacher and I look forward to returning and exploring some more.'

It is with the deepest and most heartfelt appreciation that we note the recent crossing of the threshold of our beloved teacher Keith Critchlow.

May your grace, clarity of vision and unwavering pursuit of wisdom continue to guide and inspire ... 

Obituary below from

Visit this Temenos Academy 'page' for reflections and tributes on the occasion of Keith's 88th birthday ...

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