Federico García Lorca and the duende with Dr William Rowlandson – Tuesday 18 January 2022 via Zoom – 6.30-8.00pm UK Time – £10

Federico García Lorca and the duende with Dr William Rowlandson – Tuesday 18 January 2022 via Zoom – 6.30-8.00pm UK Time – £10

The Spanish word duende may be translated as goblin, imp, or pixie. For poet, dramatist, actor, artist, puppeteer and pianist Federico García Lorca, the duende is ‘a force not a labour, a struggle not a thought.’ In this talk we discuss the duende, following Lorca’s 1933 poetic lecture, ‘Juego y teoría del duende’ (‘Play and Theory of the Duende’), exploring the presence of the duende in music, poetry, painting and other artistic expression, exploring the daemon and the daimonic, exploring the presence of the duende in life and in death.

Spinning: the Eternal Thread by Laura Shannon

Spinning: the Eternal Thread by Laura Shannon

For my creative project I learned to spin and knit. I expected this to be straightforward. However, just as in fairy tales, these apparently simple tasks took me on an unexpected journey into the mysteries of life, death, and rebirth. All over the world, the act of spinning thread is interwoven with myth, fairy tales, and the sacred; Godwin sees the age-old path of esoteric wisdom in its myriad manifestations as a single ‘golden thread’ (Godwin 2007: xi). However, in contrast to our usual perceptions of Western mysteries, most of whose prophets and proponents are male, textile arts historically have been the domain of the female, and thus may offer insight into the particular nature of women’s wisdom. Just as one thread is formed from many small fibres, my creative project is a synthesis of different aspects. In this review I look at three main strands. First, spinning in history and mythology, particularly as women’s work; second, practical techniques; and third, my experience of spinning as a labyrinthine pathway to self-knowledge, through an encounter with death and a glimpse of the healing potential of spinning.

Archetypes, Synchronicity and Magic with Dr Becca Tarnas – Tuesday 8th March 2022 – 7.00-8.30pm UK time – via Zoom – £10

Archetypes, Synchronicity and Magic with Dr Becca Tarnas – Tuesday 8th March 2022 – 7.00-8.30pm UK time – via Zoom – £10

In recent years, astrology and magic have caught the collective imagination and are enjoying an unexpected renaissance through new social platforms. Astrology and magic have ancient roots and have persisted across the centuries through multiple evolving world views before being disavowed by the modern, scientific mind. As these disciplines re-emerge, what does it mean to practice astrological magic in the contemporary world?

iRewild Ecological Consciousness – Soul Connection – 15 week course starting 4th May 2022 – online course with materials and teaching – via Zoom – £444 full course with certification

iRewild Ecological Consciousness – Soul Connection – 15 week course starting 4th May 2022 – online course with materials and teaching – via Zoom – £444 full course with certification

The ecological consciousness curriculum consists of 15 weeks during which participants meet and explore the central themes and ideas for tending the soul of the world and cultivating reverence for nature’s intelligence and interconnectedness. We journey through the human inner landscape to understand our own lenses that structure our experiences of the world, and, in the process, we become eco-citizens. This course is designed to be transformative, as it enables us to live in an authentic, creative, meaningful way in a world where we all belong. Participants work together, with space for participatory exercises, experiential practices, and creative expression, to develop break-through ideas for a final project that participants will take into the community.

Symmetry and the Sacred with Benedict Rattigan – Tuesday 10th May 2022 – 6.30pm-8.00pm UK Time – via Zoom – £10

Symmetry and the Sacred with Benedict Rattigan – Tuesday 10th May 2022 – 6.30pm-8.00pm UK Time – via Zoom – £10

At the heart of many of the worlds’s most ancient philosophies and spiritual traditions lies the idea of symmetry, and this same principle is emerging in fields as diverse and mathematics, neuroscience and particle physics. In ‘Symmetry and the Sacred’, writer and philosopher Benedict Rattigan draws upon myth, psychology and philosophy to explore this most misunderstood of concepts, and considers what it can teach us about the age in which we live.

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