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June 2022

Welcome to our June newsletter. Coming up there are various opportunities to visit Fintry in person. On 12th June we’re holding another of our popular Take A Breath Open Days with time to enjoy the house and grounds. A soup & fruit lunch and refreshments are included, as well as engaging company! In the afternoon that day there is also the exciting option to attend the launch of Edi Bilimoria’s new book (see below). In September Sally and Jean-Paul Jeanreanud offer another chance to come to Fintry for their Mindfulness & Compassion weekend, and we hope to run a Silence & Well-Being retreat soon after that.
In June we have several Zoom sessions with new and returning speakers: first Ravi Ravindra, Emeritus Professor at Dalhousie University, who is speaking on inner transformation. Then poet James Harpur explores the figure of St Columba, founder of the monastery at Iona, in the poetic or mythic imagination. Later in the month Dragana Van de moortel-Ilić reflects on the iconography associated with the Nativity of Christ and the Dormition of Mary, Mother of God. Finally Rev. Marie-Elsa Roche Bragg offers a session on Christ as the Bread of Life.
Photo Album: We’ve just added our photo album to the Fintry Trust home page showing wonderful views of the house and grounds and including some vintage photographs. Here is a direct link to view the album.

The Journey of Inner Transformation 
with Ravi Ravindra
Wednesday 1st June, 19.30-21.00

St Columba and the Poetic Imagination
with James Harpur
Thursday 9th June, 19.00-20.15

Take a Breath Day at Fintry
Sunday 12th June, 10.30-17.00

Unfolding Consciousness: Exploring the Living Universe and Intelligent Powers in Nature and Humans
with Edi Bilimoria
Sunday 12th June, 14.00-15.30

Orthodox Iconography – Nativity and Dormition
with Dragana Van de moortel-Ilić
Tuesday 14th June, 19.00-20.15

Christ as the Bread of Life
with Reverend Marie-Elsa Roche Bragg
Saturday 18th June, 18.00-19.15

Transfiguration: The Portal to Enlightenment
with William Meader
Friday 15th July, 19.00-20.15

Thomas Traherne Reading Group
Sunday 17th July, 16.00-17.15

Anatomy of the Soul
with Reverend Marie-Elsa Roche Bragg 
3 sessions starting Tuesday 19th July, 18.00-19.15

Mindfulness & Compassion Residential Retreat
with Jean-Paul and Sally Jeanrenaud
Friday 9th - Sunday 11th September
To book these and future events visit

Take A Breath Open Day

Why not join us on Sunday 12th June for another of our creative and relaxing days at Fintry Retreat House. Take some space and time out to unwind and reflect: walk, sit or draw in the gardens or just enjoy the comfort of the house quietly on your own.

On offer at 11.00 am will be a session entitled Mindful Drawing with Caroline Homfray - indoors or in the grounds if the weather is fine (materials provided). You also have the option of attending the launch of Edi Bilimoria’s new work Unfolding Consciousness, which will take place in the Lounge at 2.00 pm - further details below.

Do join us: our first Take A Breath Open Day in April was very enjoyable and fruitful, and inspired new bookings and ideas for the Autumn programme, such as sketching from nature and working with fabrics. More news on this coming soon. 

 £15 for the day to include all refreshments and a ‘soup and fruit’ lunch. Register here. 

Book Launch

You are cordially invited to the launch of a monumental four-volume magnum opus by Edi Bilimoria — Unfolding Consciousness: Exploring the Living Universe and Intelligent Powers in Nature and Humans on Sunday 12th June at 2pm at Fintry. Coming at an epochal moment during the current predicament of our planet this work is concerned with a spiritual renaissance and restitution of what it means to be truly human, by recourse to the eternal verities of the perennial philosophy.

Please note that this launch will be taking place as a hybrid meeting at Fintry with some interesting contributors and participants in the room and visible on screen. It is one of the options on the Take A Breath Open Day (to be booked separately).

For a Zoom invitation (numbers limited to 100), book online here

Those wishing to attend only the launch in person at 2.00 pm, please email
"I know of no other work of such scope and depth relating to the ultimate questions raised by human existence both in terms of our origins and destiny".

David Lorimer, Chair of the Galileo Commission and International Programme Director of the Scientific and Medical Network, Editor of Paradigm Explorer. 

Calendar Note: Speusippus, successor of Plato (3rd June)

The Greek philosopher Speusippus (c. 410-339 B.C.) was the immediate successor to Plato as head of the Academy, a position which he occupied from 347 B.C. until his death eight years later.  What little is known about his life and philosophy comes from testimonies and the remaining fragments of his writings.   

Rather than accepting Plato’s Theory of Forms, Speusippus embraced instead a theory of numbers which reflected Pythagorean teachings.  In his view, numbers were the first subsisting things and the first principle of numbers was the One.   

Arguably the most important doctrine of Speusippus concerns the One: that being cannot be attributed to the One, that the One is not a being.  

Aristotle, in a passage concerning Speusippus, states that ‘he says, that the One Itself is not even a being’ (Metaphysics 1092 a 14-15).  One of Iamblichus’ treatises also contains a portion which has been attributed to Speusippus, in which he states that the One is not a being: ‘the One (which one ought not yet even call a being, because it is simple and because it is the principle of beings)'. (De communi mathematica scientia iv. 15. 7-9).   

Speusippus thus espoused what would become a fundamental Neoplatonic conception, that the absolute supreme principle, the One, is beyond being.                     
                                                                                                                 - RKC

Read More
Festival Calendar for June
Those with a particular interest in the Platonic succession and the roots of Neoplatonism may also wish to read Robert K. Clark’s very interesting article entitled Speusippus Revisited published on and available as a free download. 

Integral Wisdom

A reminder that Myth, Mind and Magic, an engaging new course led by Murray Morison, is available on the Trust online learning platform 'Integral Wisdom'.

Integral Wisdom courses are complementary to the existing offerings by the Fintry Trust and draw upon the world’s wisdom traditions to explore timeless Ideas and Ideals and their relevance in today’s world. The platform is open to seekers from all walks of life and will offer a series of courses, engaging talks, guided meditations and self-assessments uploaded throughout the year and beyond, which you can watch in your own time. 

To learn more and sign up please visit

We also welcome you to follow Integral Wisdom online at:
Twitter: @Integral_Wisdom
Instagram: @IntegralWisdom

The Fintry Studio

Our subscribers might be interested to know that on our website there is a listing of upcoming retreats and Studio events organised by independent hirers, being held at Fintry. The listings page is here

The Building Body Intelligence classes currently listed are being held in our newly-built and well-resourced Studio. To find out more or to book please contact the organiser directly.

More Information

For details of the programme of events, please contact the Administrator by email.

To enquire about hiring Fintry for a residential retreat, or to book the studio for a regular class, please enquire by email.

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