Wessex Research Group - Hawkwood College


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Title Hawkwood College
Venue Painswick Old Road, Stroud,  GL6 7QW
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Contact Katie Lloyd Nunn
Tel +44 (0) 1453 759034
Email katie@hawkwoodcollege.co.uk
Web www.hawkwoodcollege.co.uk
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Calendar Below are examples of some of the courses, talks, concerts and other events on offer.
   
10-12-18 Rising Women Rising World
  Monthly Gathering
   
09-12-18 Soulscapes Painting Day
  Facilitator: Herewood
   
30-11-18 The Harmony of the Hearth. Honouring the Heart of the Home
  Facilitators: John and Caitlin Matthews and Janet Paedilato
   
30-11-18 True Life Tales A Storytelling Weekend
  Facilitator: Sue Hollingsworth
   
11-11-18 Crossing the Bridge. A Day for Men
  Facilitators: Jay Ramsey and Nick Clements
   
05-11-18 The Adventure of Rudolf Steiners Inner Path
  Speaker: Marjatta van Boeschoten
   
02-11-18 The Art in Listening
  Facilitators: Nicholas and Ra Twilley
   
28-10-18 Mindfulness in Nature
  Facilitator: Andy Raingold
   
27-10-18 Being in Awe: Deep Wonder Natural Respite and Sensory Delight
  Facilitator: Andy Raingold
   
26-10-18 Nourished by Silence. The Naked Voice Wisdom School Silent Retreat
  Facilitator: Chloe Goodchild
   
13-10-18 Empowering Activism Weekend
  Facilitators: Andy Raingold and Kara Moses
   
08-10-18 Rising Women Rising World
  Monthly Gathering
   
10-09-18 Rising Women Rising World
  Monthly Gathering
   
31-08-18 Rest and Restore Retreat
  Facilitator: Mel Skinner
  Mel is delighted to return for our annual Rest and Restore retreat at this very special time of year. As we slowly transition from summer into autumn, this retreat offers us the perfectly opportunity to create time and space in our lives to embrace the changing season and to reflect on how we want to forward forward in our lives
   
31-08-18 A Life Without Suffering
  Speaker: Ravi Ravindra
  All spiritual teachings call for a radical transformation of our being, freeing us from our conditioned self, and moving from reation to response. Suffering which occupies our psyche and body keeps us deeply connected to our past. Yoga assists a practitioner to become increasingly free of the attachment to suffering and, in the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna explicitly says that yoga is breaking the bond with suffering
   
31-08-18 Yoga Philosophy for Self Transformation
  Facilitator: Ravi Ravindra
  In the Bhagavad Gita, Hinduisms seminal text, Krishna teaches the value of study, action and devotion. This conversation enables us to engage with the battle of life while remaining clear and detached. The weekend will foster freedom, motivation and peace of mind through philosophicial discussion
   
28-08-18 Kabbalistic Summer School
  Facilitators: Kurt and Joanna Lapage-Brown
  Kabbalah is a living tradition of universal principles of existence. In its classical and contemporary form it is relevant to every nation and culture. The teaching is expressed in the diagrams of the Tree of Life and Jacobs ladder ascending and descending through the four worlds of physicality, psychology, spirituality and divinity. During the four days, contemplation, lectures, guided imagery meditation and ritual will assist us to bring the principles to life through experience and reflection. The afternoon break gives time for solitude, conversation, local trips or walks in the beautiful grounds and woods
   
27-08-18 Kabbalah Quantum Physics and New Biology
  Facilitator: Mike Bais
  The new biology and quantum physics are two such revolutionary developments. They shed a different light on what we think of as matter, DNA, other hereditary factors, and the place of consciousness in this whole scheme. The task of connecting these new explorations with the metaphysics of the Tree of Life and Jacobs Ladder is a fascinating and exciting Kabbalistic adventure
   
24-08-18 Icons of the Heart. Painting our Sacred Images
  Facilitators: Caitlin Matthews & Felicity Wombwell
  Icons are sacred windows of genuine visions of divine beings and holy ancestors, already observed by the eye of the heart. Mediating the sacred images for ourselves and our community enables essential myths of many traditions to continually inspire us. We will learn the art of egg tempera to make our own sacred icon, painting, praying, and mediating the sacred presences that we have first met in our souls. Some preparation is required for this course which is for people of any tradition. No artistic experience needed
   
09-08-18 Qi Gong and Meditation Retreat
  Facilitator: Andy Preston
  The focus of these five days is the study of Taijiwuxigong (a Qi Gong system) for self-healing, allowing us to come more into our real nature or our true state of being. This is characterised by an increased sense of physical health, emotional ease and mental clarity. The retreat includes movement, meditation and time outdoors in beautiful surroundings and like-minded company
   
03-08-18 Simply Women on Purpose Summer Retreat
  Facilitator: Michelle Preston
  This retreat will support you to improve wellbeing and create a purpose driven life using a combination of presentations, interactive workshops and networking underpinned by positive psychology, mindfulness, creativity and nature based work
   
13-07-18 Gong Master Training
  Facilitator: Don Conreaux
  History, Science and Philosophy of the Gong, Playing Gongs, Understanding Universal Correspondences, Becoming a Gong Master, Tone Combination, How to play Singing Bowl and Conch, Gong and Bowl Master classes, Working with the Rotogong, Group and one-to-one therapy sessions, Gong Baths and optional pre-breakfast Yoga
   
10-07-18 Create a Singing Bowl Summer School
  Facilitator: Ton Akkerman
  Generations of smiths and coppersmiths have dedicated their work to the search for the One Perfect All-Transcending Sound. Under Tons friendly, professional supervision you will learn the technique of forging to create your own singing bowl. The rhythm of metal work, the heat of the forge and the alchemical process of shaping your own instrument in an outdoor studio offers a unique combination of physical and spiritual engagement
   
10-07-18 Singing Bowl Initiation
  Facilitator: Ton Akkerman
   
09-07-18 Learning from the Tibetian Masters. Sound Study Day
  Facilitator: Ton Akkerman and Carolina Schomper
  Learn how ancient wisdom has been lost, but that it can be accessed through sound, as if musical scales were a form of storage for wisdom, predicting how humanity would unfold. This is an in-depth introduction to the study of sound and its effects on us and on our natural surroundings
   
08-07-18 Imersion
  Facilitators: Peter Owen Jones & Jay Ramsey
  This thoughtful journey acknowledges the fragility of life as we know it, but it encourages us to live and act from a place of interdependence and communion with all that sustains us. Time spent outdoors, talks, poetry and group work will cultivate a generous and authentic way of being, with two experienced guides
   
07-07-18 Writing Imaginative Fiction
  Facilitator: Kevan Manwaring
  A vivid imagination is a writers greatest resource. This dayschool will help you awaken it and explore its rich depths for the benefit of your writing, your readers and yourself. We will look at great writers of Fantasy and Science Fiction and the treasure hoard of myths, legends and dreams, but the focus will be on your ideas and how to turn them into enchanting short stories and novels. Creative writing exercises, discussion, feedback and advice will feature, while readings and other journeys of the imagination will help to midwife your masterpiece. For beginners and writers with some experience
   
06-07-18 The Harmonic Temple Summer Retreat
  Facilitators: Nickomo and Rasullah Clarke
  The Harmonic Temple is the magical sound space created when a group meets together in vocal harmony. The chants we sing, composed by Nickomo, bring about a sense of deep well-being and healing. They are mainly in four part harmony and use texts from different spiritual traditions. You dont need to be an experienced singer to participate, and no reading music is involved
   
05-07-18

Carpe Diem Regained

  Facilitator: Roman Krznaric
   
28-06-18 The Art of the Healing Voice in Celtic Shamanism
  Facilitator: Cait Branigan
  The healing voice speaks directly to the soul, bypassing all barriers. In this course, we shall explore the use of the voice in shamanic practice, using toning and keening to access our inner worlds, and exploring the use of chant to heal and unblock our energetic bodies. Based upon the three musical strains or modes of ancient Ireland
   
17-06-18 Introduction To Practical Spirituality - Taster Day
  Facilitator: Sarah Jane Williamson
  This is a taster day for the accredited 10-month training starting in September 2018. You do not have to complete this day to book the full diploma course, but it is a good opportunity for you to find out about the training. You will also gain an experience of deepening your own spirituality and the potential to support others in their own spiritual development as part of a professional network
   
15-06-18 Discovering Ayurveda
  Facilitator: Anne McIntyre
  We will introduce the basic principles of Ayurveda and the subtle anatomy of the heart and mind. We will explore our own mental and emotional constitutions and discover how the tools of Ayurveda can help us to cultivate peace, joy and balance. We will look at the importance of daily practices and the role of food, herbs, essential oils, meditation, pranayama and the natural world
   
10-06-18 Working for Transformation
  Facilitator: Miki Kashtan
  Miki sheds light on aspects of new thinking that can support authentic, compassionate and inclusive change making, so we are not simply changing those in power and the names of things, but we are changing the fundamental logic that underpins our relationships and systems
   
04-06-18 Stepping into Personal Purpose
  Facilitators: Edward Rowland & Sarah Rosenthuler
  The purpose of this transformational programme is to help you step forward more fully into your unique personal purpose, gifts and contribution in your work. It will support you to identify the contribution that your deeper self is calling you to make in your work and to embody more of your true potential in your organisation and in the world
   
01-06-18 Clowning and the Art of Communication
  Facilitator: Reuben Kay
  This course offers a fun and creative introduction to clowning. This interactive weekend begins with gentle warm up exercises, using the breath, voice and mindful movement. We will cultivate the practice of presence and stillness and explore a range of emotions through mime, play, improvisation, mindfulness and dance. The weekend gives the opportunity to practise clowning individually, in pairs and in small groups.
   
01-06-18 The F.M. Alexander Technique
  Facilitator: Robin John Simmonds
  Pain reduction, performance improvement, posture updating, prevention of psycho-physical ills: the Alexander Technique is a proven self-help method that has been learnt by people for over 100 years. You get a totally new experience of yourself when you engage the Technique and you can apply it to any activity in life
   
28-05-18 Journey of Consciousness and the Dark Night of the Soul
  Speaker: Tanis Helliwell
  What can we do when we feel in the grip of difficulty, despair or crisis, sometimes called the dark night of the soul? This could be triggered by personal issues or ecological, political or social wrongs that we are witnessing
   
27-05-18 Healing with the Body Elemental
  Facilitator: Tanis Helliwell
  In this 2 day workshop you will develop a deeper relationship with your body elemental; your body consciousness to diagnose causes of physical, emotional, mental weaknesses and co-create with it for optimal health
   
19-05-18 Writing the New Story
  Facilitator: Jay Ramsey
  What are the stories we need to tell ? What are the stories we need to drop ? We're living at a time of deep transition and that also means we need to find a new story, both personally and collectively
   
07-05-18 Open Day at Hawkwood
 

A special 70th anniversary celebration. Hawkwoods annual May Day Festival is a fun day out for all the family and a place to meet old and new friends in beautiful surroundings

   
06-05-18 Introducing Sounding Bowls
  Facilitator: Tobias Kaye
  Discovering Your Music with Sounding Bowls The amazing thing with Sounding Bowls is just how easy it is to make them sound really good
   
03-05-17
Re-Whilding the Soul
  Facilitators: Mary Reynolds Thompson and Bruce Thompson
  This writing retreat is an invitation to explore the untamed terrain of our souls by connecting to the earth's landscapes and our cosmological origin story. Here we come to see that our personal stories are woven into the sacred web of life, from the flow of rivers to the fiery depths of stars. We will uncover our wild side through contemplating nature's symbols and metaphors. We will write poetry, journal, immerse ourselves in the natural world, and share the wild wisdom awakening within us
   
03-05-17
Re-Whilding the Soul
  Speaker: Mary Reynolds Thompson
  This open evening is a creative dive into the heart of wildness through archetype, imagery, and poetry
   
28-04-18 Mindfulness in Nature
  Facilitator: Andy Raingold
 

When you are being fully aware of the world around you whether it be the sunshine on your face or a blackbird's song it brings you into a felt sense of the here and now. This state of presence helps to foster peace of mind, deep relaxation, and acceptance that the current moment is always enough.This workshop is for anyone who is curious about mindfulness and our connection to nature. It will include meditation, qigong (integrating physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention), solo reflection time, sensory awareness and group discussion around an open fire

   
20-04-18 Rumi and the Way of Passion
  Facilitator: Andrew Harvey
  Andrew Harvey will present his vision of Rumi, not only as the worlds greatest mystical poet but as an indispensable force of illumination, peace, passion, and radiant divine energy for our time. He will celebrate and explore the sacred mystical love affair between Rumi and his divine beloved Shams and the new kind of love; embodied divine love that they discovered for humanity. He will relate this love to his vision of Sacred Activism. Andrew Harvey will offer transformative Sufi practices, a comprehensive overview of the Sufi vision and path to the Beloved, as well as a map of how to embody divine passion in the midst of our world crisis and in daily life
   
16-04-18 Navigating the Storms of Change
  Facilitators: Richard Olivier and Leslie Quilty
  Drawing on the timeless wisdom encoded into Shakespeare last masterpiece, The Tempest, and recent discoveries in Archetypal Psychology, we will embark on a mythodramatic journey of personal and professional development. The story draws particularly on the Archetypes of the Transformer, the Dreamer, the Lover and the Explorer and reveals them to be essential ingredients of any successful change process. Participants are invited to bring a live issue connected to a transition or transformation they are going through in work or life to use as a live case study during our time together. The workshop will be highly interactive and experiential in nature
   
15-04-18 Kindfulness
  Facilitators: Johnathan Nunn and Katie Lloyd Nunn
 

Kindness is a way of being, not a deed and we can all do. Explore how to increasingly look at the world through the eyes of kindness and experience how what we give to others we also give to ourselves simultaneously, be introduced to the simple science that confirms our heart's knowledge that kindness is good for all, learn the extraordinary benefits to our own physical and mental health that acts of kindness to self and others bestow, discover the nerve and the molecule of kindness and their links to our health and relationships, enjoy some simple breathing and movement practices to bring kindness to your body and immune system, come and explore the power of kindness together, learning techniques and strategies to amplify the emergence of kindness in your life

   
09-04-18 The Business Plan for Peace
  Facilitator: Scilla Elworthy
  Many people feel powerless when faced by the news on TV or in the newspapers seeing a world in crisis, with conflict across the globe. Scilla Elworthy gives hope and encouragement to all those who want to step out and use their own personal skills to do something about the challenges facing us today
   
07-04-18 Deep Time Dive
  Facilitator: Andy Raingold
 

The Deep Time Dive is an opportunity to dive deeper into nature, to learn from its wisdom, to find a sense of connection, and to awaken delight and gratitude. My needs for connection, belonging, love, sustenance and trust have been fulfilled.

We exist largely within a human scale of time. Days, weeks, and deadlines, decades and generations. Rarely do we attempt to comprehend the context of the timescales of the earth which is vast, complex, and full of unknowns. By shifting our perspectives in this way, we come into deeper connection with ourselves and nature.

This workshop is a sensory exploration of deep time which combines science, imagination, meditation, movement and nature connection. As part of this workshop, experience the 4.6 billion years since the formation of our home to the present day in 46 minutes with each minute representing 100 million years

   
06-04-18 Crossing the Bridge
  Facilitators: Jay Ramsey and Nick Clements
  Nick Clements and Jay Ramsay will be offering a space for creative enquiry and sharing where men can find out who and where they are, and take forward this knowledge in their lives. The weekend will include time outdoors, group work and writing, drawing on Nick and Jays joint experience of psychotherapeutic, social and creative work over many years
   
22-03-18 Strategies for Communicating Your Green Message
  Facilitator: Caroline Aistrop
 

Interest in being green and 'doing the right thing' has never been greater. But how do you translate this into conscious choices and action amongst your target audience? What buttons do you need to press to persuade them to buy the greener product or service, support a green cause or adopt a greener lifestyle?

This day-long course explores some of the key research carried out in the past few years examining how people react to environmental messages, how people make decisions and how to tailor your messages. You will be given time to consider how to apply this information to your own work, along with the opportunity to discuss ideas with fellow participants. Whether you work for a sustainability charity, governmental agency or a company, this course will enable you to get a clearer picture of what you need to say to whom, and understand how one size does not fit all.

   
05-03-18 Beyond Conflict. Using Conflict and Diversity for Group Transformation
  Facilitator: Ana Rhodes
  The ability to embrace diversity and facilitate conflict to build sustainable relationships is at the heart of resilient systems, teams, groups and communities in all sectors. In the midst of uncertainty and flux, many of us aim for positive change, yet can still find that we marginalise others; encounter difficulties creating a culture of respect at work; misuse nature and the environment and even aspects of ourselves
   
17-02-18 Selfish
  Facilitator: Theresa Sansome
  On this day course we will explore the paradoxical truth that the more you look after yourself, the more you can offer others. This is all about permission to shine, be yourself and have your needs met. Come with a journal to write in and stick images in. This is a fun-filled day, guaranteed to inspire and energise you!
   
28-01-18 Self Rememberance through Sound. The Naked Voice Wisdom School in-depth Winter Retreat
  Facilitator: Chloe Goodchild
  The Naked Voice integrates a wealth of wisdom, and conscious core practices sourced from energy movement, sound medicine and vocal practices that empower and activate a radical experience of unconditional loving presence. Your authentic voice spoken and sung is your most intimate soul friend. It is a unique bridge between you and the rest of the world. It is the mouthpiece of your souls deepest longing. Once found, your true voice becomes a shining torch that unearths shadow melting the frozen music in your body. Your natural sound and the singing melodies of your soul, bypass the rational mind, and ignite a quality of surrender that releases self-limiting, possessive, narcissistic habits of living and relating. As self-confidence builds, self-remembrance follows as you embody, experience and express love in a way that will revolutionise your life and the lives of those around you.
   
19-01-18 The Privilige of Being Alive
  Speaker: Mac Macartney
 

We have arrived on this Earth at a time of great change. Fortune is smiling on us, even while are witnessing massive disruption in climate, biodiversity and society.

A few hundred, some would say thousand, years ago, we began heading down a path that has been precisely charted by countless myths. We became seduced by our formidable capabilities and succumbed to hubris. Our capacity for cognitive reasoning and dubious doctrines that have justified questionable actions which has brought us to the cliff edge. Even with the void clearly visible below, we remain intent on pursuing our doctrinal intention, voluntarily sky diving towards disaster.

We humans are part of a larger family, the family of life on Earth. That family is calling to us, sending their voices from the depths of the oceans, from the heights of the mesosphere, from the four great directions, billions of voices chorusing an entreaty

   
19-01-18 Coming Home. Finding Purpose and Meaning in Nature
  Facilitator: Mac Macartney
  Deep down we know our strength lies in our togetherness, in our interconnectedness and interdependence. We are woven as cloth and find coherence and peacefulness when coming home to each other and those of all other tribes - the plants, the animals, the rocks, the insects, the fish, the seen and the unseen. This course braids beauty, wildness, activism and the yearning pulse all humans have for a meaningful life, into a compelling story of belonging. It takes us to the edge of a cliff where we can see our children playing, the extraordinary in the ordinary and the exuberant, fecund beauty of nature. It will offer us some beguilingly simple questions and an invitation. An invitation which if accepted will take us into unknown territory, to the edge of our courage, and perhaps, one step closer to home
   
05-01-18 Rest and Restore Retreat. Embracing the Dark Awaiting the Light
  Facilitator: Mel Skinner
  This is more than just a yoga retreat: Mel will incorporate nature-based mindfulness, creative activities, inspiring poetry, philosophical wisdom, self-inquiry, as well as restorative and healing body movement. This is a retreat to boost your entire well-being this winter so that you leave feeling deeply rested, nourished, and whole
   
05-01-18 A Mindful New Year
  Facilitator: Sam May
  Start the new year with a clear and calm mind - a weekend of meditation and mindfulness for health and wellbeing, for all levels of experience
   
01-12-17 Voices of the Goddess
  Facilitators: John and Caitlin Matthews
  Every country has its voices who speak for the spirit of the land. Britain and Ireland have their own tutelary goddess, appearing in many forms to inspire and guide: Cailleach, Queen of the Wood, Scotia, Britannia. Those poets most tuned to her voice address us prophetically from their communion with the land. Our exploration, including poetry of David Jones, Charles Williams and W.B.Yeats, transcends national and political divides
   
30-11-17 The Harmony of the Hearth. Honouring the Heart of the Home
  Facilitators: John and Caitlin Matthews
  Keeping the hearth of the home harmonious is an essential rite, ensuring that souls are nourished and upheld. This course restores an ancient skill, maintains stability, despite family fragmentation, social change or uncertain times. By exploring the myths of the home, and identifying household gods and spirits, we seek the wisdom that reweaves the home, so that peace and harmony may dwell with us
   
24-11-17 Transforming Trauma
  Facilitator: Jane Chase
  This weekend will explore the nature and meaning of trauma in our own lives and in the world today. What challenges and questions do wounding experiences bring and how can we courageously transform these encounters into new faculties of perception? Our work will bring deeper levels of authenticity and empathy into our work and the wider circles of our lives
   
20-11-17 Beyond Conflict: Using Conflict and Diversity for Group Transformation
  Facilitator: Ana Rhodes
  The ability to embrace diversity and facilitate conflict to build sustainable relationships is at the heart of resilient systems, teams, groups and communities in all sectors. In the midst of uncertainty and flux, many of us aim for positive change, yet can still find that we marginalise others; encounter difficulties creating a culture of respect at work; misuse nature and the environment,  and even aspects of ourselves
   
26-10-17 The Complatiive Voice. The Naked Voice School Silent Retreat
  Facilitator: Chloe Goodchild
  This unique retreat is inspired by Chloes lifelong experience with sound and voice as a contemplative and reflective experience. Enjoy exploring a range of sound skills for self-inquiry, conscious movement, and the healing medicine of dynamic silence. You will take away a direct experience of your own unique sound, and its power to connect you with your own non-dual identity or Oneness
   
15-10-17 Singing and Stories from the African Rainforest. Baka and Beyond
  Facilitators: Su Hart and Martin Cradick
  The Baka are thought to be the first humans to sing. The techniques of singing rainforest style, builds community, in a beautiful interlocking of natural sound and rhythms. Twenty five years of visiting Baka Rainforest People in Cameroon and sharing their forest life and music has inspired the band Baka Beyond, as well as storytelling and joyful singing in workshops and at Festivals. With just a little practice and willingness a group can conjure up the experience of being in the rainforest
   
14-10-17 Rethinking Time
  Speaker: Alan Bec
   
08-10-17 Kindfulness
  Facilitator: Nicola Bell
  This day will explore how to be kind to ourselves and develop a greater sense of well-being, peace and inner radiance
   
04-10-17 Leadership Adaptablility and Automony
  Facilitators: Richard Oliver and Phyllida Hancock
  Shakespeares play As You Like It presents a world on the threshold of dramatic change. The themes encountered provide a fertile landscape to navigate questions in our own volatile, uncertain and complex era. The challenges of balancing continuity and strategy with the need for freedom and autonomy are evoked through the compelling narrative and language of Shakespeare, combined with constellations and dialogue to offer a rich environment for insightful change making in our own lives and that of our society
   
22-09-17 Building Wellbeing Together Now
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  This exciting, interactive event will explore how we can build wellbeing together; in our own lives, in wider society and in harmony with the natural world
   
15-09-17 Meaningful Work. Fulfilling Life
  Facilitator: Gill Coombs
  Are you seeking work that is both fulfilling and of value in todays world? Through discussion, creative activity and individual reflection, you will gain a deeper understanding of your unique gifts, more clarity about the difference you want to make in the world, and create some first steps towards doing work you love
   
01-09-17 Rest and Restore Retreat
  Facilitator: Mel Skinner
  Join Mel for a long weekend of deep and nourishing rest to restore mind, body and soul, and leave feeling stronger, calmer and better than ever
   
01-09-17 Have You a Pilgrim Soul?
  Speaker: Ravi Ravindra
  What is a pilgrim soul? What are the attitudes and characteristics of a pilgrim on a spiritual journey? Are they different from those of a religious believer? Can we be exclusively committed to one religion and belong to God
   
01-09-17 Nourishing the Pilgrim Soul
  Facilitator: Ravi Ravindra
  In this retreat we will discuss in detail the meaning of a pilgrim soul. What sorts of practices nourish a pilgrim and what stands in the way? Each pilgrim must begin from where they are, influenced by a particular culture and religious tradition. However, a state of being nourished by truth or God is in essence transcultural and transreligious
   
29-08-17 Kabbalistic Summer School
  Facilitators: Kurt and Joanna Lapage-Brown
  Kabbalah is a living tradition of universal principles of existence. In its classical and contemporary form it is relevant to every nation and culture. The teaching is expressed in the diagrams of the Tree of Life and Jacobs ladder ascending and descending through the four worlds of physicality, psychology, spirituality and divinity. During the four days, contemplation, lectures, guided imagery meditation and ritual will assist us to bring the principles to life through experience and reflection. The afternoon break gives time for solitude, conversation, local trips or walks in the beautiful grounds and woods
   
28-08-17 Kabbalah and Astrology
  Facilitator: Johnathon Clark
  The astrological principles embodied by the planets can often be been seen more clearly when placed on the Kabbalistic diagram of the Tree of Life. An introduction to both subjects will be given to show the connection between them and the charts of some prominent personalities used to demonstrate the ideas discussed. Participants are welcome to bring their own natal charts for consideration
   
26-08-17 Kabbalistic Tree Building
  Facilitator: Johnathon Clark
  This is a companion workshop to the Kabbalistic Summer School offering the opportunity to construct diagrams of the Tree of Life, Jacob’s Ladder or a Menorah (the Biblical ancestor of the Tree of Life diagram) in acrylic paint on canvas. It may be considered as a two day practical meditation with possibilities for personal and transpersonal insights available throughout the process
   
26-08-17 Grail Quest
  Speaker: David Elkington
  Eminent Grail scholar David Elkington gives the Chair of Wisdom inaugural lecture, open to the public, on the Jordanian Lead Codices
   
25-08-17 Astrosophy
  Facilitator: Juliette Elgrably
  Come and join an ongoing study group in a creative encounter with the stars. The gathering is inspired by the work of Rudolf Steiner and Willy Sucher. We explore planetary gestures with eurythmy and we walk the planets paths to experience their interaction. No previous knowledge required
   
25-08-17 Grail Quest
  Facilitators: David Elkington and John Matthews
  Two eminent Grail scholars give a radical interpretation about the origins of the mysterious Sangreal, stemming from proto- and early Christian times. They follow the Sangreal’s history from its spiritual origins to warrior monks and secret societies
   
28-05-17 Nature Consciousness and Personal Transformation
  Facilitator: Tanis Helliwell
 

We understand from science that nature is conscious. This consciousness is referred to in myths world wide and celebrated in stories and folklore. This fascinating course will reveal how you can live with meaning and purpose in co-operation with nature spirits and the natural world. Bring an open mind and heart and enjoy a new dimension to your life path.

During the weekend we will build on our understanding of how humans, elementals, and other sentient beings, like trees, need to co-create a beautiful, sustainable planet. In particular we will learn to connect and communicate with the realm of Nature Spirits where we are living. We will ask them to show us how we can support them as more and more of their landscape homes are destroyed by development and pollution. This will be a collaboration with the whole group

   
26-05-17 Esoteric Philosophy
  Facilitator: William Meader
  This intensive study weekend based upon the Ageless Wisdom teachings will be of interest to those familiar with the writings of Alice Bailey and the literature of Theosophy. William's passion is to teach people the deeper implications of modern spiritual development and the means to express the soul more effectively in the outer world. Students who have attended previous talks, workshops, and weekend events with William will be particularly welcome.
   
25-05-17 Pillars of Strength Salon 2
  Facilitator: Karen Downes
 

Human virtues are the strengths that reside in our heart yet are not emotional. They can be understood but are not intellectual and have their own wisdom and power, helping us to develop moral strength, integrity and compassion. In each of the salon series of four we will work with three of the virtues, beginning with Devotion, Balance and Perseverance so needed in our world today

   
20-05-17 The Soul's Return to Ashram
  Speaker: William Meader
  Within each of us is a hidden yearning for home. Whether living in a mansion or hovel, home is viewed as a place of retreat from the hectic pace and pressure of outer life and career. Yet in the eyes of the soul, the notion of home has nothing to do with an exterior place. Rather, it is a place located deep within. Esoterically referred to as the Ashram, this inner home is the soul's eternal abode. In this talk, William Meader will closely examine the souls relationship to the Ashram, and its significance in our individual lives. We hope you can join us
   
05-05-17
Re-Whilding the Soul
  Facilitators: Mary Reynolds Thompson and Bruce Thompson
  This writing retreat is an invitation to explore the untamed terrain of our souls by connecting to the earth's landscapes and our cosmological origin story. Here we come to see that our personal stories are woven into the sacred web of life, from the flow of rivers to the fiery depths of stars. We will uncover our wild side through contemplating nature's symbols and metaphors. We will write poetry, journal, immerse ourselves in the natural world, and share the wild wisdom awakening within us
   
22-04-17 Leading with Grace and Resillience
  Facilitator: Karen Downes
 

A conversational workshop on a new paradigm of leadership from The Flourish Initiative. All over the world women are waking up to their value and their potential to be the agents for the changes they wish to see in the world. A shift is occurring. The old notion of resilience, knuckling down and toughing it out, has exhausted us. We are ready for a new paradigm of leadership, where we tap into our grace, our inner wisdom and creativity and a new definition of resilience, to bring the guidance and leadership in shaping a future we imagine possible.

This day is an introduction to a larger body of work from The Flourish Initiative and springs from a deep knowing and understanding of peace building and working in global corporations. In the developing countries there is a hunger of the belly - for the basics of food and shelter - while in the developed world we see a hunger of the soul

   
24-03-17 How to Change the World
  Facilitator: John Paul Flintoff
  It doesn't have to be the whole world. Just change your world. This immersive weekend will help to identify what is most important to you, and ways to overcome the obstacles that might hold you back. John-Paul doesn't claim to have all the answers, but he brings thought-provoking questions, an enormous coaching experience and the entertaining style of a performer to transform your world and your whole approach to life
   
23-03-17 Pillars of Strength Salon 1
  Facilitator: Karen Downes
 

Human virtues are the strengths that reside in our heart yet are not emotional. They can be understood but are not intellectual and have their own wisdom and power, helping us to develop moral strength, integrity and compassion. In each of the salon series of four we will work with three of the virtues, beginning with Devotion, Balance and Perseverance - so needed in our world today

   
21-03-17 Wrekin Trust Celebration
  Group Event
 

Following the recent announcement of the closure of Wrekin Trust, members and friends are invited to Hawkwood College, the spiritual home of the trust, on Tuesday 21 March 2017.

The day will include a presentation by David Lorimer, President of Wrekin Trust on Sir George Trevelyan's work and legacy, and by Sharon Clancy of Nottingham University on the work of Sir George while at Attingham Park. There will also be audio and video footage of Sir George and plenty of opportunity to share stories and reminiscences. The event is still being planned and further details will be circulated as it becomes available

   
19-03-17 Sweet Darkness
  Speaker: David Whyte
  An evening of poetry and conversation
   
17-03-17 The Sacred Clown
  Facilitator: Reuben Kay
 

Emerge into the New Year with fun and interactive exercises using mime, improvisation, dance and meditation. We will slowly explore bringing the mind home through our breath, stillness and soft movement and arriving into the present moment. Open to beginners and those with more experience

   
12-02-17 Selfish
  Facilitator: Theresa Sansome
  On this day course we will explore the paradoxical truth that the more you look after yourself, the more you can offer others. This is all about permission to shine, be yourself and have your needs met. Come with a journal to write in and stick images in. This is a fun-filled day, guaranteed to inspire and energise you!
   
20-01-17 Remembering Who We Are
  Facilitator: Jane Chase
  Telling our stories brings a renewed meaning to our life. How can we value what we have experienced? Who are the people that feature in our world, that influence us, support or hold us back? How do we create a life that has meaning, purpose and fulfilment? These questions can seed new intentions which become growth points for change
   
19-01-17 Rest and Restore Retreat
  Facilitator: Mel Skinner
  Escape for a long weekend and truly rest and recover. Experience complete relaxation as we recover from the excess of Christmas and find deep rest in this dark time of year. Beginning on a Thursday afternoon, we will explore restorative yoga, yin yoga, and yoga nidra, all of which will bring a deep sense of letting go in the body and mind, as well as encouraging good digestion and a good night's sleep.
   
04-01-17 A Mindful New Year
  Facilitator: Sam May
  Start the new year with a clear and calm mind - a weekend of meditation and mindfulness for health and wellbeing, for all levels of experience. For the beginner, this weekend course gives understanding, confidence and techniques needed to begin practicing meditation and mindfulness in daily life. For those more experienced, it provides an opportunity to deepen one's understanding and practice
   
   
   
   

 

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