Dr Bernardo Kastrup on Myth, Allegory and Symbol – Saturday 23rd October 2021 – 3.00pm-4.30pm (UK time) – via Zoom – £15

We are delighted to welcome the scientist and philosopher Dr Bernardo Kastrup to discuss the power of mythic and symbolic understanding for our age. We will talk with Bernardo about his book ‘More than Allegory’ and the relationship of intellect, emotion and belief in religious and mythic narratives and their importance today, followed by a discussion and Q&A with participants.

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Platonic Myths: Likely Stories with Dr Angela Voss – 4 week course starting 31st October – 11am-12.30pm (UK time) – via Zoom – £60 full course/£15 per session

We will think about why and how Plato uses myths in his Dialogues, and what kind of ‘truth’ he is wanting to tell us using the language of the ‘likely story’. We will follow the themes of the creation, the nature of knowledge, erotic love as a spiritual path, and finally the experience of the afterlife, and consider the importance of these stories for us now.

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Imaginary Gardens and Real Toads with Victoria Field – 2nd November 2021 – 6.30pm-8pm (UK time) – via Zoom – £10

In this interactive talk, Victoria Field will explore some of the ways in which the poetic can enhance our lives and expand our sense of connection with ourselves, the world and the transcendent. Mindful reading of poems and writing in response can offer solace, pleasure, new insights and even awakening experiences. We will look specifically at how metaphor, form and rich ambiguity work in poems. No previous experience or knowledge is required. Please bring a notebook and something to write with.

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If You Don’t Love Trees, you don’t love God with Simon Wilson – 16th November 2021 – 6.30pm-8pm (UK time) – via Zoom – £10

The theme of this talk is beauty, love and ecstasy, and how they may save us and the cosmos. In particular I will talk about love as a response to the theophanic beauty of the world and human persons. This ecstatic movement of eros is a personal call which lifts me out of my ego-centred self, abandoning myself to realise the divine presence and dignity of the other (whether human or non-human) as an icon of God. It is however a slow process and indeed it will never end, continuing, deepening, expanding for ever. This is an ecological vision which includes the afterlife, as it should.

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How to Harmonise your Life with the Heavens with Angela Voss – 8 Week Reading Group – Friday 21st January – Friday 11th March 2022 – 11am-12:30pm (UK time) – via Zoom – £80

This little treatise by Ficino, published in 1489, is a ‘hands on’ manual for aligning your soul to the planetary spirits for spiritual, psychological and physical health. In some ways it is very ‘new age’ – advising the reader on herbal remedies, musical invocations, astrological talismans and image-making – but it is also deeply theurgic, in that all these activities are part of an intention to raise the soul to the highest divine realm. We will take 2 or 3 chapters each week and discuss Ficino’s ideas and his metaphysical and philosophical framing, but also think about the implications of his teaching for our own lives.

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iRewild in Motion – Reconnect to the Natural World – 6 week course starting 2nd February 2022 – 7pm-8pm (UK time) – via Zoom – £40 full course with certification

An exciting collaboration between the Centre for Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred and iRewild. This course aims to support and improve your health and wellbeing in deep connection with nature, while at the same time increasing your love for learning about nature as you freely walk, explore, and reconnect with the natural world.

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