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October 2021 Newsletter

Welcome to the October newsletter. After 18 months of pandemic and Zoom we may be tiring a little of virtual contact, and it has certainly been a privilege to welcome guests back in person to Fintry Retreat House itself. But our followers around the world will be glad to know that the Trust online programme continues to be as full as ever. We hope that its thoughtful and inspiring input and the fellowship being established between participants, continues to feed you and inform your view of yourself and others as you go out into the world again.

This month, to commemorate Thomas Traherne, poet and master of the Affirmative Way, we are holding a virtual retreat 8th-10th October centred on his works. Then later in the month the next Mindfulness course led by Sally & Jean-Paul Jeanrenaud begins. It’s also possible to book now for other events taking place in November, including an event to mark St Cecilia’s Day with Andrew Baker, a presentation on the Kabbalah by Marie-Elsa Roche Bragg, Duty Chaplain at Westminster Abbey, and a presentation on Platonism and education with Dr Pat Preedy.  

Owing to production difficulties, the launch of Edi Bilimoria’s book Unfolding Consciousness due to be held at Fintry has been moved to the new year. There are still places available for the October Silence & Well-Being Week for those who wish to experience for themselves the peaceful atmosphere of Fintry. Read what previous participants have said

Just to note too that the Fintry Trust AGM will take place on the afternoon of Friday 5th November. It will be held on Zoom, as last year, and details will be sent out mid-October.

Learning To Enjoy The World:
A weekend with the writings of Thomas Traherne

Friday 8th - Sunday 10th Oct
Details and Booking

Mindfulness & Compassion in a Turbulent World
with Jean-Paul and Sally Jeanrenaud
4 sessions, alternate Mondays starting 25th Oct, 19.00
Details and Booking

October Silence & Well-Being Week
at Fintry
Sunday 31st Oct - Wednesday 3rd Nov
Details and Booking

The Veil of Heaven: an introduction to Kabbalah
with Reverend Marie-Elsa Roche Bragg
Saturday 20th Nov, 18.00
Details and Booking

Saint Cecilia – from Roman Martyr to patron Saint of Music
with Andrew Baker
Monday 22nd Nov 2021, 14.00
Details and Booking

Establishing Roots & Wings
What is important in early childhood education?

with Dr Pat Preedy
Tuesday 30th Nov, 18.00
Details and Booking

To book these and future events visit

Centuries of Meditations 

To mark Thomas Traherne’s commemoration day on 10th October, we are making available Centuries of Meditations, a recording of selected passages from the work read by Austin Bonner and Julia Cousins (technical production Clare Barden).

The recording is available to purchase on the website here.

The photograph left shows the interior of Credenhill Church, near Hereford, where for many years Traherne was the Rector.     


Learning To Enjoy The World – virtual retreat weekend

Also to mark his day, the Trust will be holding a virtual retreat weekend, centred on Traherne’s philosophical and poetic writings, beginning on Friday evening with an overview of his life and work, then moving through selected passages from Centuries of Meditations and other writings, and including suggested periods for private individual meditation and reflection.  
The retreat will run (on Zoom) from 7.00 pm Friday 8th October to midday Sunday 10th October. 

For further details and booking click here.

New Online Exhibition

The Trust’s Librarian Derek Parker has devised a new online exhibition entitled A Selection of books by Jacob Boehme, ‘Philosophus Teutonicus’.  The exhibition gives an illuminating insight into the work of this influential mystic and the collection of his works held by the Trust Library.  

We do hope you find time to view the new exhibition and the six others already in place. 


We’re pleased to say that the Library is coming back into use again. The furniture has been reorganized to give more space, and a new computer is in place. 

The Library will be open from 2-4 pm on Wednesday 6th October, when Assistant Librarian Penny Boyd will be on duty. Please let us know beforehand if you plan to come.

Calendar Note

Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan Order, 1182-1226

(4th October)

Born into a prosperous merchant’s family in Assisi, Francis began life like any other wealthy young man, with a love of music, pleasure and fine clothes, but soon felt called to something deeper, and started to anger his father by his generous charity to the poor. 

Renouncing his inheritance and devoting himself to a life of radical poverty and prayer, he travelled around as a mendicant preacher, helping the poor and sick. He soon gathered followers, who grew into the Franciscan Order. Recognised in his lifetime as a man of great holiness, Francis was canonised in 1228, just two years after his death, and his veneration spread across Europe as the Franciscan Order grew in popularity.

Today St Francis is particularly well-known for his love of the environment and the natural world, a love which grew out of his passionate sense that all creatures are part of God's creation and reveal his care for the world he made. One of the most famous stories about St Francis, how he preached to the birds, encouraging them to sing praises to their Creator, was frequently depicted in medieval art, in manuscripts and church wall-paintings.  
- EP
Read More
Festival Calendar October

Image: St Francis and the birds from Hambledon church, near Brook in Surrey

More Information

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