Dr Michael Hewitt is creating lectures, talks, articles and books on the ancient liberal arts
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patrons
My name is Dr Michael Hewitt and for many years I taught as a tutor at Coleg Harlech in North Wales where we specialized in the education of adults who the traditional educational system had somehow failed. Attracting students from all over the country, the college came to be loved by everybody who attended. In my time there I also ran various departments such as Music Technology and Creative Technology.

Working as a part of the education system, I became acutely aware that our systems of higher education could aspire to being so much more than simply training grounds to help people secure jobs in the workplace. Although this is clearly very important, what should be vital features of our higher education, such as the pursuit of real knowledge, understanding and wisdom, these days tend to be sidelined. And as author C.S Lewis once pointed out ‘If education is ever beaten by training civilization dies.’

C.S. Lewis was a firm believer in the liberal arts that for millennia, were the mainstay of Western classical education. There were seven of these that included grammar, logic, rhetoric, arithmetic, astronomy, music and geometry. They were called liberal because they were the arts that were considered essential for a person to become a truly enlightened citizen of the world. As an educator and a musician I always had a keen interest in the liberal arts, because they showed me that subjects such as music have a very deep spiritual dimension to them. They also contain the keys to a lot of the incredible wisdom of the ancient world, a wisdom from which we could all be greatly benefiting.

The liberal arts recognized that as human beings each one of us has the most profound potential for self-realization. And they also offered the spectrum of arts that when studied, enable us to go on to achieve this. This is why I myself spent such a long time studying them. They helped me a great deal and I believe that they could also be helping all of us a great deal. As such I think everybody should at least have the opportunity to be able to study the liberal arts. And I firmly believe that this should be available at no cost.

And this is where you as patrons will come in. Through your patronage we can make this possible. And we will begin this project with the production of at least two new pieces of content a month. In return for this you will receive immediate access to all of our podcasts and blog articles and an opportunity to put forward questions that will be answered in a once a month question and answer session.

I and my colleagues will be producing an ongoing series of lectures, podcasts and articles centred upon the study of the ancient liberal arts. You can check these out on my website Dr Michael Hewitt. And once sufficient interest has been generated, we will also consider setting up an Academy of the Liberal Arts situated in the beautiful environment of North Wales that is my home. Students will then be able to come from all over the world to study alongside me, my colleagues and each other, surrounded by mountains, sea and wild nature.

This then brings me on to my colleagues who are co-creating this project with me..

Sue Frisby


This project on the liberal arts probably would not have happened were it not for the encouragement, inspiration and hard work of Sue Frisby, who is herself a keen student of the liberal arts. Born in Manchester, Sue has worked primarily in the field of health and well being. She co-founded the IBS Network in the early 90’s; has been a community worker, in particular using technology to help people publish their work. She is also an enthusiastic wild herbalist and is currently working on a book about this fascinating subject. Sue is also a professional artisanal chocolatier, manufacturing and producing her own brand of chocolate using only the best, and most nutritional organic ingredients.

I have always found Sue a really inspiring person to be around. This is because of her tremendous attitude of positivity. In Sue’s world anything can be done providing you focus your mind properly on the task to hand. I first met Sue as a student at Coleg Harlech where I taught her music technology. She quickly became one of our best students ever. Her work was not only superb, but it also radiated a quality of excellence that was a joy to behold. Thankfully, when she found out what I was intending to do here, she signalled her desire to get involved. For this reason, you will often hear her speaking when we discuss various topics relating to the ancient liberal arts.

Juliet


Then there is my partner Juliet, who is truly amazing, a genuine new renaissance woman. Her skills are invaluable to us simply because she can apply her unbounded creativity to any task. Trained in art and design at Medway College of Design and the North Wales School of Art and Design, Juliet has worked extensively across a broad spectrum of creative disciplines, ranging from writing, photography, video-making, ceramics, textiles, painting and sculpture.
Juliet strongly believes that creativity is a spiritual path in itself and that within each one of us lie the seeds to transform our inner and outer lives through the harnessing of this expressive power. The study of the liberal arts thus provides a firm foundation and structure upon which the inner creative life can be developed.

If you want to find out more, have a listen to the first talk the link to which is given, which will give you a nice gentle introduction to the ancient liberal arts.
Tiers
Appreciation
$1 or more per month
In today’s world every dollar, pound or euro counts. Especially when put toward a good cause - self-education. 


I went through the whole education system - but at no time was I taught the true power of words to create new vistas of understanding or imaginative worlds of wonder. In former times this was taught as a part of the liberal art of grammar. 


I was never taught how to think and reason for myself as a free and independent person and as a result, become capable of bringing new and original thoughts into the world. This however was formerly taught as a part of the liberal art of logic. 


I was never taught how to speak persuasively, clearly and with precision, presence and confidence. Yet this was formerly taught as a part of the liberal art of rhetoric. 


I had to learn all of this myself through my own independent study of the liberal arts. And it took me years of hard work. But it needn’t take you so long if you support this site. And by doing so, help to get this wonderful knowledge out there. So even though you might be able to contribute just one dollar, that dollar will go a long way towards the creation of a better and more informed world for all.       

Interest
$5 or more per month
Now I am beginning to think you are getting serious about this. A liberal education for all. Without the cost of debt for life. Just a monthly donation to help get this knowledge out there. Knowledge that can inform, inspire and illuminate the mind, that can bring light and joy back to all of our lives, knowledge that when learned, makes us realize not only what a wonderful world we all live in, but how we ourselves can contribute to it and make it even better. After all, all this world is really waiting for, is for you yourself to begin to truly shine. And the liberal arts can help you and everybody else to do just this. Towards this end, you will be able to download Mp3's of all of the talks posted upon this page.         
Enlightenment
$10 or more per month
Everything that I and my colleagues are producing about the liberal arts is absolutely free for all. So why should you contribute ten dollars towards that? Why if it is all free, should you bother to contribute anything? There is a very good reason for this. The world is experiencing times of accelerating change and greater extremes. I believe this is an opportunity for nothing less than a new era of enlightenment. For this potential future to come into being we need to get ourselves educated again – in the way of the ancient liberal arts. And if you doubt me, just look them up.   
Thriving
$25 or more per month
Let’s be honest, you see the way the world is going and you really want to make a difference. You want to see your fellow human beings thriving and you would like to stack the odds in their favour. I have seen those who, living out their lives, have never experienced the wonders of true knowledge, understanding and wisdom. People who have never realized how much they do count. People who, if they only realized that the true power is actually in their hands, would be able to reach for who they truly are. Teaching the liberal arts through this project, is my solution. 
Associate
$50 or more per month
This is starting to approach the level of associate. You don’t just want to further liberal arts education, you want to take an active part in it. You want to communicate directly with us and suggest new ideas, new approaches, new possibilities for the enlightenment of your fellow human beings.   
Philanthropist
$100 or more per month
You are a philanthropist and want to see your money being spent upon good causes. Free education is a wonderful cause, for which purpose my colleagues and I will be releasing everything we know about the liberal arts for free.  Your 100 dollars will help towards that and as a serious contributor we would also value your input into that.    
Informed and inspired
$250 or more per month
 You want to back us and our school. You want to see the value of true citizenship being brought back into the world. You share our vision of a world full of informed, inspired and enlightened people, contributing to the creation of a better world for all of us. For this purpose you want the liberal arts to be recognized again, promoted, valued and upheld as the passport to a brighter and a more inspired future.    
My name is Dr Michael Hewitt and for many years I taught as a tutor at Coleg Harlech in North Wales where we specialized in the education of adults who the traditional educational system had somehow failed. Attracting students from all over the country, the college came to be loved by everybody who attended. In my time there I also ran various departments such as Music Technology and Creative Technology.

Working as a part of the education system, I became acutely aware that our systems of higher education could aspire to being so much more than simply training grounds to help people secure jobs in the workplace. Although this is clearly very important, what should be vital features of our higher education, such as the pursuit of real knowledge, understanding and wisdom, these days tend to be sidelined. And as author C.S Lewis once pointed out ‘If education is ever beaten by training civilization dies.’

C.S. Lewis was a firm believer in the liberal arts that for millennia, were the mainstay of Western classical education. There were seven of these that included grammar, logic, rhetoric, arithmetic, astronomy, music and geometry. They were called liberal because they were the arts that were considered essential for a person to become a truly enlightened citizen of the world. As an educator and a musician I always had a keen interest in the liberal arts, because they showed me that subjects such as music have a very deep spiritual dimension to them. They also contain the keys to a lot of the incredible wisdom of the ancient world, a wisdom from which we could all be greatly benefiting.

The liberal arts recognized that as human beings each one of us has the most profound potential for self-realization. And they also offered the spectrum of arts that when studied, enable us to go on to achieve this. This is why I myself spent such a long time studying them. They helped me a great deal and I believe that they could also be helping all of us a great deal. As such I think everybody should at least have the opportunity to be able to study the liberal arts. And I firmly believe that this should be available at no cost.

And this is where you as patrons will come in. Through your patronage we can make this possible. And we will begin this project with the production of at least two new pieces of content a month. In return for this you will receive immediate access to all of our podcasts and blog articles and an opportunity to put forward questions that will be answered in a once a month question and answer session.

I and my colleagues will be producing an ongoing series of lectures, podcasts and articles centred upon the study of the ancient liberal arts. You can check these out on my website Dr Michael Hewitt. And once sufficient interest has been generated, we will also consider setting up an Academy of the Liberal Arts situated in the beautiful environment of North Wales that is my home. Students will then be able to come from all over the world to study alongside me, my colleagues and each other, surrounded by mountains, sea and wild nature.

This then brings me on to my colleagues who are co-creating this project with me..

Sue Frisby


This project on the liberal arts probably would not have happened were it not for the encouragement, inspiration and hard work of Sue Frisby, who is herself a keen student of the liberal arts. Born in Manchester, Sue has worked primarily in the field of health and well being. She co-founded the IBS Network in the early 90’s; has been a community worker, in particular using technology to help people publish their work. She is also an enthusiastic wild herbalist and is currently working on a book about this fascinating subject. Sue is also a professional artisanal chocolatier, manufacturing and producing her own brand of chocolate using only the best, and most nutritional organic ingredients.

I have always found Sue a really inspiring person to be around. This is because of her tremendous attitude of positivity. In Sue’s world anything can be done providing you focus your mind properly on the task to hand. I first met Sue as a student at Coleg Harlech where I taught her music technology. She quickly became one of our best students ever. Her work was not only superb, but it also radiated a quality of excellence that was a joy to behold. Thankfully, when she found out what I was intending to do here, she signalled her desire to get involved. For this reason, you will often hear her speaking when we discuss various topics relating to the ancient liberal arts.

Juliet


Then there is my partner Juliet, who is truly amazing, a genuine new renaissance woman. Her skills are invaluable to us simply because she can apply her unbounded creativity to any task. Trained in art and design at Medway College of Design and the North Wales School of Art and Design, Juliet has worked extensively across a broad spectrum of creative disciplines, ranging from writing, photography, video-making, ceramics, textiles, painting and sculpture.
Juliet strongly believes that creativity is a spiritual path in itself and that within each one of us lie the seeds to transform our inner and outer lives through the harnessing of this expressive power. The study of the liberal arts thus provides a firm foundation and structure upon which the inner creative life can be developed.

If you want to find out more, have a listen to the first talk the link to which is given, which will give you a nice gentle introduction to the ancient liberal arts.

Recent posts by Dr Michael Hewitt

Tiers
Appreciation
$1 or more per month
In today’s world every dollar, pound or euro counts. Especially when put toward a good cause - self-education. 


I went through the whole education system - but at no time was I taught the true power of words to create new vistas of understanding or imaginative worlds of wonder. In former times this was taught as a part of the liberal art of grammar. 


I was never taught how to think and reason for myself as a free and independent person and as a result, become capable of bringing new and original thoughts into the world. This however was formerly taught as a part of the liberal art of logic. 


I was never taught how to speak persuasively, clearly and with precision, presence and confidence. Yet this was formerly taught as a part of the liberal art of rhetoric. 


I had to learn all of this myself through my own independent study of the liberal arts. And it took me years of hard work. But it needn’t take you so long if you support this site. And by doing so, help to get this wonderful knowledge out there. So even though you might be able to contribute just one dollar, that dollar will go a long way towards the creation of a better and more informed world for all.       

Interest
$5 or more per month
Now I am beginning to think you are getting serious about this. A liberal education for all. Without the cost of debt for life. Just a monthly donation to help get this knowledge out there. Knowledge that can inform, inspire and illuminate the mind, that can bring light and joy back to all of our lives, knowledge that when learned, makes us realize not only what a wonderful world we all live in, but how we ourselves can contribute to it and make it even better. After all, all this world is really waiting for, is for you yourself to begin to truly shine. And the liberal arts can help you and everybody else to do just this. Towards this end, you will be able to download Mp3's of all of the talks posted upon this page.         
Enlightenment
$10 or more per month
Everything that I and my colleagues are producing about the liberal arts is absolutely free for all. So why should you contribute ten dollars towards that? Why if it is all free, should you bother to contribute anything? There is a very good reason for this. The world is experiencing times of accelerating change and greater extremes. I believe this is an opportunity for nothing less than a new era of enlightenment. For this potential future to come into being we need to get ourselves educated again – in the way of the ancient liberal arts. And if you doubt me, just look them up.   
Thriving
$25 or more per month
Let’s be honest, you see the way the world is going and you really want to make a difference. You want to see your fellow human beings thriving and you would like to stack the odds in their favour. I have seen those who, living out their lives, have never experienced the wonders of true knowledge, understanding and wisdom. People who have never realized how much they do count. People who, if they only realized that the true power is actually in their hands, would be able to reach for who they truly are. Teaching the liberal arts through this project, is my solution. 
Associate
$50 or more per month
This is starting to approach the level of associate. You don’t just want to further liberal arts education, you want to take an active part in it. You want to communicate directly with us and suggest new ideas, new approaches, new possibilities for the enlightenment of your fellow human beings.   
Philanthropist
$100 or more per month
You are a philanthropist and want to see your money being spent upon good causes. Free education is a wonderful cause, for which purpose my colleagues and I will be releasing everything we know about the liberal arts for free.  Your 100 dollars will help towards that and as a serious contributor we would also value your input into that.    
Informed and inspired
$250 or more per month
 You want to back us and our school. You want to see the value of true citizenship being brought back into the world. You share our vision of a world full of informed, inspired and enlightened people, contributing to the creation of a better world for all of us. For this purpose you want the liberal arts to be recognized again, promoted, valued and upheld as the passport to a brighter and a more inspired future.