“Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.” (Erich Fromm)
Following are places and people we believe you may be interested in. They hold workshops, courses, events in recognition of the boundless creativity of the human spirit. They provide an inspiring impression and evidence of the wide range of spiritually oriented places and activities around the UK. Scroll down the page – we trust you will find something that will inspire you!
> Let us know of activities you are organising or the place where you are based. Send us an email. We can’t of course show all, but strive to give a cross section across spiritually oriented endeavours, as a sign post for anyone seeking something or a place to inspire them. Spread the word!
St. Ethelburga’s describe themselves as a ‘maker of peacemakers’. ‘We inspire and equip people from all backgrounds to become peacebuilders in their own lives and communities.’ It is a Christian charity that works with people of all faiths and none, and has a multi-faith team and board of trustees. They run many events and projects.
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The School of Intuitive Herbalism is dedicated to supporting people in their development as herbalists and healers. All our work revolves around learning from the plants directly, guiding people into this and engaging with the healing processes that are catalysed by the rich human-plant relationships that emerge.
Founded by Nathaniel Hughes, the School of Intuitive Herbalism has been offerening courses for 10 years. As described by Nathan:
“Since studying pharmacology as part of my chemistry degree, I’ve been fascinated by the remarkable overlaps between plants and humans. In particular I developed a deep curiosity that has guided me ever since – how did humans learn about the healing qualities of plants? Many ethnobotanical sources suggested that shamans spoke of the plants simply telling them – if this was so where is this forgotten language?
Twenty years on from those early questions I now know for sure that the plants speak to us all the time (not in spoken language but in a myriad of other ways). I daily guide people into listening to this communication, and at the same time listening to their own bodies. When we open ourselves in this way, when we become quiet and receptive, when we have the self-knowledge and awareness to notice subtle influences on us – the medicine of the plants becomes obvious. The mystery is not how nature communicates but how come that, as a culture, we have so utterly forgotten how to listen. My work is to help people remember and helps us bring the plants back as a living vibrant medicine for our times.”
Nathaniel Hughes has written two books about his work – ‘Intuitive Herbalism’ (2nd edition, 2016) and ‘Weeds in the Heart (2nd edition, 2018).
- Subtle Bodywork and Reiki
- Subtle Sensing
- Three-day introductions in June, August and October 2019
The school is now welcoming applications for courses in 2019 and 2020. The school is located in the beautiful Horsley Valley in Gloucestershire, UK.
For further information on the school and the courses, see www.intuitiveherbalism.org.uk
The Rudolf Steiner House in London runs a full programme of lectures, workshops and events. It is a hub for contemporary culture in the heart of London offering a programme of anthroposophically and spiritually oriented events in a unique and stunning architectural environment. For further information and a full listing, click here to download the current ‘Impulses’ PDF brochure.
For further information, click on the links above or on the graphic.
The Ammerdown Centre in Radstock, Somerset, is a well-established Retreat and Conference Centre open to people of all faiths and none, with a special emphasis on hospitality, peace and reconciliation. It offers a variety of courses, for hospitality, spirituality and growth. For groups it offers a beautiful and peaceful meeting place conducive to refreshment of mind, body and spirit as well as mutual learning and shared encounters. It provides this facility within a welcoming, accepting and prayerful atmosphere which promotes mutual respect regardless of backgrounds and beliefs. A couple examples of courses are below.
A day to be still and reflect on times of transition in our ordinary lives: new beginnings, joys and sorrows, death and dying. Each day stands on its own or together they create a journey throughout the year.
These Quiet Days, led by Jan and Andy Ladhams, are focused on three of the ‘I am’ sayings of Jesus. Take time out from busy lives to pray, reflect and meditate and discover how these words of Jesus can transform our lives today.
For further information on these or other courses, either ring 01761 433709 or for a general course listing, click here
Holland House stands in three acres of beautiful gardens alongside the River Avon and is situated in the beautiful Vale of Evesham. In their words, “Holland House provides quiet spaces to reflect on the bigger things in life to all who come to enjoy our wonderful gardens, delicious food and warm hospitality.” – see their website for further information.
Holland House runs and hosts many events. For a general events page, click here.
The Scientific and Medical Network (SMN) is a worldwide professional community and membership organisation for open-minded, rigorous and evidence-based enquiry into themes bridging science, spirituality and consciousness. It promotes a cultural shift in our understanding of reality and human experience beyond the limits imposed by exclusively materialist and reductionist approaches.
For additional information on the SMN, and on additional courses, click here or on the header above.
Spirit of Peace work to overcome the barriers and differences which create disharmony, enabling people and groups to work creatively with difference to promote the “common good”. “We work towards a world where all can flourish and this depends on the ability to respect our shared humanity, our differences and the earth – our shared home.” (from their website).
What Spirit of Peace do:
- Bring people together across religious, ethnic, cultural and national boundaries.
- Foster harmonious relationships and connecting people with the aim of working for the ‘common good’
- Form partnerships and networks which enable people and organisations to work together
- Support peace and community builders locally and globally
- Support and energise local initiatives through connecting them with projects and leaders abroad
- Develop and deliver training in working for the common good and promoting a culture where all can flourish
An example of an event which Spirit of Peace co-organised:
Oxford Three-Faiths Week:
Relating Across Divides
Learn about and experience other faiths
St. John’s College, Oxford
The conference was open to all who have a positive and sympathetic interest in learning what makes other faith communities tick, and a commitment to listening without seeking to convert others to your own views.
For more information about Spirit of Peace and project and events which they organise, see www.spiritofpeace.co.uk
St. Luke’s Therapy Centre has a highly experienced team of GPs in private practice and therapeutic practitioners who share a holistic vision of health and healing. They offer a diverse range of approaches ranging from physical treatments and counselling to artistic, movement and mind/body therapies.
They also hold workshops, talks and tasters in the course of each month.
For further information, click here or call 01453 763755 for booking
Hawkwood College offers a full programme of courses in the the arts, crafts, spirituality, ecology and much more. Courses vary in length, from one day to modules over the course of a year or more. A few of the very many are shown below to whet the appetite. For more information visit www.hawkwoodcollege.co.uk
The Healing Voice
A joyful and life changing experience
of spiritual awareness through sound
near Glastonbury, Somerset
Learn ancient Mongolian overtone chanting, a magical meditative vocal technique. Explore the healing and transformative power of your voice, vocal yogas, purifications, mantra and sacred chants.
For more information and for dates of Healing Voice courses, go to http://www.healingvoice.com/
“If you liberate the voice, you liberate the human being.”
Healing Family and Ancestors
Untangle the complex web of ancestral fields
When ancestors or family members have died or left the family at a young age or under unusual or difficult circumstances — such as accidents, suicides, wars, addictions, emigrations, incarcerations, adoptions — these or other traumas of separation cause painful patterns of exclusion to be frozen in time, trapped in the unconscious field of the family, and can become like magnets, which later generations may be drawn unconsciously to repeat. Current family members might find themselves doing things which make no sense in the context of their own lives, until they discover which earlier family member they’re “following.”
For more information, and for further workshop dates, see http://www.healingvoice.com/healing-family-and-ancestors
“Jill Purce’s work is of great significance. Through her techniques you can learn to peel the layers of your soul and discover the grandeur of your being.” Deepak Chopra
Emerson College provides adult education and learning that integrates the spiritual, social and practical dimensions of life and work. It runs a full programme of part-time and full-time courses, events and retreats. Click on the Emerson link above to go to their website for a full listing for courses over the next year. Below is a small sampling of recent short courses. (click on the course title for information)
Begin it Now! A Storytelling Weekend, 15-17 March. An Introduction to the World of Storytelling with Ashley Ramsden. If you have ever wondered what it would be like to tell a traditional story, if you’ve ever thought “I could never remember all that”, if you’ve ever struggled with speaking in front of an audience, then this could be just the course for you.
SYMPOSIUM: Open Symposium on Leonardo da Vinci, 3-8 March. ‘To develop a complete mind: Study the science of art; Study the art of science. Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.’ An open space for research on Leonardo da Vinci, 500 years after his death, starting from his Fables and connecting them to science, art, sacred geometry, perspective and light, botany. No prior experience of storytelling, science or painting needed.
Communicating and Co-Creating with the World of Nature Spirits, Level 1, with Susan Raven, 12-14 April. A weekend workshop exploring ways in which we can enter into the world of Nature Spirits. ‘The Nature Spirits are waiting to be reunited with us, and as emissaries of higher spiritual beings, they wish to be of great assistance to us at this time, but we have to step into their world and meet them in their own territory. It is time to engage in dialogue and relearn a living world wisdom from the elemental kingdom.’
The British Association for the Study of Spirituality (BASS) was officially launched in 2010 with the intention of creating a more formal network of scholars and practitioners with interests in concepts and practices associated with spirituality. It publishes a journal and hosts certain events, including a biennial international conference, the last in May 2018 entitled Forgiveness and Reconciliation in Health, Medicine and Social Sciences. The next will be in 2020. For further information, go to: http://www.basspirituality.org.uk/
TINTAGEL HOUSE & SHEFFIELD STEINER GROUP EVENTS
Sheffield Steiner Group is a charity responsible for organising events and activities in Sheffield inspired by the work of Rudolf Steiner and Anthroposophy. There is a regular programme of workshops, courses and study groups. There are also festival celebrations, marking the spiritual and natural rhythms of the year with various forms of creative activity. A sample of a recent event is shown below. Click here for further information and a full programme listing.
Saturday, March 23rd 2019, Freeman College
Sylvia Francke will trace the underground stream of Esoteric Christianity flowing through the Grail legends, the Cathar Heresy and onwards as knowledge held by the Knights Templar and later by the hidden Rosicrucian Brotherhood of the 15th 16th and 17th centuries; eventually surfacing at the beginning of the 20th century in a contemporary, metamorphosed form in Spiritual Science. Sylvia is a freelance researcher and lecturer and author of ‘The Tree of Life and the Holy Grail’.
For other events at Tintagel House / Sheffield Steiner Group / Freeman College, or for further information visit their website: www.sheffieldsteinergroup.org.uk
GreenSpirit is a network of people who celebrate the human spirit in the context of our place in the natural world and Earth’s own evolutionary journey. The vision brings together the rigour of science, the creativity of artistic expression, the passion of social action and the wisdom of spiritual traditions of all ages. The vision of GreenSpirit is today inspired by leading-edge figures in the fields of religion, science and cosmology, such as cultural historian Thomas Berry, mathematical physicist Brian Swimme and social activist and “deep ecologist” Joanna Macy.
Green Spirit has an annual gathering in the autumn, and periodically organises other conferences and events. The last autumn gathering was entitled ‘Light into Dark – Finding Balance‘ on 21-23 September 2018.
Green Spirit Annual Gathering, 25-27 October 2019, taking place at Holland House.
See their website https://www.greenspirit.org.uk/ for information and new postings.
Holy Rood House is a community overlooking the Hambleton Hills and nestled in the picturesque village of Sowerby, offering therapeutic care and retreat for hundreds of guests each year. They are a community of healing working at the cutting edge of society and the Church, breaking down prejudices and fears, and welcoming many different kinds of people of all ages and backgrounds… For more information see their website. They run a variety of courses and retreats; for a listing see their events page (click here).
For further general information on Holy Rood House, see www.holyroodhouse.org.uk or telephone 01845 522580
Living Spirituality Connections (LSC) is a hub for creative ways of exploring spirituality. It is at the interface between traditional Christian faith and practice and newly emerging expressions of spirituality. LSC is a resource through which people can find material, groups and people to help deepen their explorations. They produce a quarterly newsletter, and also sponsor lectures and periodic events, often in partnership with other groups.
A sampling of recent events:
Wednesday 29 May, 2019, 6:30 pm at Winchester University: Professor John F Haught’s lecture Inside Our Awakening Universe: The New Cosmic Story and the Meaning of Faith
Sunday 2 June 2019 1.50 pm at St. James’ Church, Piccadilly, London. Prof. Haught’s lecture Christian Faith and Ecology in an Unfinished Universe.
8 June, Human Flourishing on a Flourishing Earth: Finding a way together, a day event with award-winning environmentalist Nicola Peel, Philip Roderick and others, Living Spirituality Connections at Brighthelm Centre, Brighton
For more information, click here for an event listing.
An online course with John Cottingham,
the Institute of Art and Ideas Academy
The Institute of Art and Ideas’ new Academy course with Reading philosopher and theologian John Cottingham is now open for enrollment!
In this two-part course, Professor Cottingham makes a heartfelt case for the necessity and value of a broadly religious outlook. While celebrating the success and significance of science, he nevertheless shows us how atheism is a kind of scientistic hubris which leaves us bereft of meaning or purpose. With wide-ranging erudition and sensitivity, he draws on philosophy and literature to argue that moral, aesthetic and spiritual experience points to something beyond the merely physical — to the transcendent and the divine.
For more information, visit https://iai.tv/iai-academy/courses/info?course=the-future-of-belief
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