Meditation Retreat in the Italian Alps: The Shambhala Experience
16 – 23 September
For my birthday earlier this year I went skiing for the very first time in my life. I became friends with my coach, John Arnold, who as well as being an internationally known ski instructor is also a meditator. In the middle of the snow we found ourselves thinking and planning . . .
Our revitalising week-long retreat takes place in one of the most beautiful mountain valleys in Europe. We will meditate, walk and talk together. Our venue, Refuge Ferraro at 2000 metres, is stunningly beautiful existing on the tree line with forests below and open moorland, peaks and glaciers above. More information
Diploma in Practical Spirituality and Wellness
(CI Level 3 Diploma in Practical Spirituality and Wellness)
I am proud to announce that the first twenty-seven students have just achieved this groundbreaking qualification. Congratulations to all of them.
This is the first UK qualification integrating spirituality and healthcare to be fully accredited.
I am proud too that I led the team that developed it for the Spiritual Companions Trust. I will be teaching this pioneering course later this year at the Findhorn College (starts October 2018) and in Glastonbury next year (starts March 2019). More Information
New Video – The Unseen Worlds
The first talk of the Findhorn Easter Talks 2018 series. A 30-minute interview about the unseen worlds: How we sense them, how we can learn to work with them and how we can make them part of our normal life. You’ll find it here
A New Vocational Qualification
George Bernard Shaw provoked with that uncomfortable and cynical criticism of educators:
He who can, does and he who cannot, teaches.
Not so I respond. A far better aphorism is that,
We teach best what we most want to learn.
In that framework I feel blessed to be in the educational business of spiritual practice.
With that paragraph I concluded a recent academic essay in the Journal of the Study of Spirituality about our new diploma qualification. Read here: A New Vocational Qualification
There was also a long feature about our new course recently in “The I” newspaper.
9 January 2018
New Year’s Resolutions and the Cosmic Balance
Ninety per cent of New Year’s resolutions fail. People look forward into their lives and commit to change. Unfortunately the vast majority are sucked back into old behaviours. Little do people know that their failures are part of a grand psychological and cosmic drama . . . More
17 December 2017
Natural Health Magazine Article
Did you know there is a wealth of evidence for the health benefits of spirituality?
Read my full article in the December edition of Natural Health magazine
20 November 2017
Sex Scandals and a Buddhist Nun
Some would argue that the purpose of religion and philosophy is to curb man’s baser instincts. So do they have anything useful to say about today’s ongoing sex abuse scandals? My friend the groupie who became a Buddhist nun provides a useful insight.
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7 October 2017
BBC Radio 2 ‘Good Morning Sunday’ Reflective Moment
This is the text of the Reflective Moment broadcast on 8th October
The annual season of party political conferences has just ended and I find myself thinking:
Political parties are a bit like religions. There are strongly held beliefs, internal divisions, conflicts with those of other faiths . . .
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Spiritual Freedom Manifesto
Over thousands of years the major world religions have marginalised natural spirituality.
Knowledge of our innate connection with the wonder, mystery and energy of life has been obscured by dogma and hierarchy.
But immense shifts are happening in our global culture . . .
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Your Daily Bath in Paradise – Earth and Fire
What kind of spiritual education do children deserve? Or to put it another way what would you have liked when you were a child?
This question was triggered for me when I recently helped develop a personal and social health education programme (PSHE) for a large secondary school. I started to think about what I had received and not received from my parents and schooling. There were some good things but there was also an awful gap.
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The Rewards of Spiritual Practice
Feel the Deepest Meaning of Life
Daily spiritual practice can transform you, calm your brain, integrate your heart and breath, and soothe your gut.
Daily spiritual practice can radiate to support, inspire and fuel your friends, colleagues, family and community.
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Ten Top Health Benefits of Spirituality
Here I outline ten of the key benefits spiritual practice can bring to both physical and mental health.
• Live longer
• Strong Immune System
• Healthy Gut
• Less Heart Attacks
• Boosts Confidence >> Read more
Holistic leadership can make the world a better place. It can happen in all areas of your life — family, friends, workplace and the wider community of your neighbourhood, nation and planet. . .
Conversations with Angels, Archetypes & Nature Spirits
The video of the whole talk is now available.
Blog December 2016
Wrestling Demons and Transforming Paperwork
How I transformed an awful attitude …
Video 18 November 2016
New Secrets of the Inner Smile Video
The whole talk given in Glastonbury has been uploaded.
>> Watch it
Blog 10 November 2016
Spiritual Maturity in Times of Agitation
When the world is shaking with political upheaval it is easy to become distressed and overexcited. Unfortunately our vibrations of distress and agitation only make the situation worse.