The Art of Life

A documentary about the art of living outside of conventions, in deep integrity with one’s essence.
Featuring Michael Behrens.
By the team that brought you .

As a rising star in the field of abstract mathematics, Michael discovered that he could see beauty and pattern where others could not. But his path was not to be inside academia, or even inside society. He went on a grand adventure to unify his Buddhism with his ability to see an expanded view of reality. He created beauty in a place where nobody else would, and made his friends amongst dolphins.

Zaya and Maurizio went to Hawaii a couple of years ago and, on a remote beach, met Michael. After a short while it become apparent that Michael was not an ordinary man… We spoke about quantum physics, Buddhism, spirituality, art and he then invited us to his house after he made sure we had “good enough shoes”…

Soon after we parked the car on a remote road we understood why…

Michael lives in the middle of a thick jungle, 20 minutes from the road in a plot of land he cleared himself. …by hand!!!

He brought all material on his shoulders, and built an amazing garden based on sacred geometry. An amazing place devoted to beauty and impracticality…

The house has no inside running water, only a shower outside and no electricity.

Michael recently bought a small solar panel so he can continue his research and communicate via his computer with other mathematicians and the world.

It was an honor and a joy to go back and shoot this film and we hope you enjoy it.

Science and Nonduality is a community inspired by timeless wisdom, informed by cutting-edge science, and grounded in direct experience. We come together in an open-hearted exploration while celebrating our humanity.


Author: Mulugeta Woldetsadik, Librarian/Information Professional at Hawassa University, Ethiopia [21st Century LIS Network: Information_Knowledge Retrieval & Dissemination Platform]

Mulugeta Woldetsadik, Librarian/Information Professional @ Hawassa University, , Sidama Region, Ethiopia

One thought on “The Art of Life”

  1. Michael I am 72 and my yard in the middle of Dubuque, Ia. is small but wild . Everyday I see birds, bees. etc., that come up into my Oasis since being wild and a habitat like in the woods , they can pause within the city for refuge. . Yes not a jingle and not as heavily vegetated, but I fight the enemy of progress, with neighbors spraying chemicals and mowing.. till their yard looks like painted cement. I fight against something worse than the jungle.. Patriarchal control, worried they will “report me “ and how will I protect and defend this tiny Oasis.and family. The war on Nature now has begun to attack the natural order of ALL things. It is like reality is only a simulation, that must be constantly re-evaluated to assess where something may be out of its control.. hence it must be eliminated and unnatural.


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