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March 2022

Welcome to our March newsletter with some more fascinating events on offer on the Zoom programme.

March sees the return of Rev. Marie-Elsa Roche Bragg, Anglican priest and Duty Chaplain at Westminster Abbey, with a session on how we can understand the place of Angels, Guides and the Messiah in the Christian and Kabbalistic traditions. Another welcome return is that of Greg Gauthier on how Faith and Reason should be partners in any spiritual search, followed by Mark Vernon’s 3-session course Dante and the Expansion of Being. Over three sessions Mark will explore the spiritual states of those variously situated in the realms of Hell, Purgatory and Paradise, of which Dante was the chosen witness. The Thomas Traherne Reading Group also meets on Sunday 6th March.

In April there will be another chance to spend time at Fintry itself in a Spring Silence & Well-Being Retreat (6th-9th April 2022). It will be followed by a ‘Take a Breath’ open day 11.00 – 16.00 9th April, offering a soup and fruit lunch, and a day to  enjoy the house and grounds in peace.

Then back to the Zoom programme, in May Andrew Baker offers another of his authoritative and illuminating courses - this one entitled Francesco Giorgi & The Harmony of the World on the little known Franciscan Friar and author of De harmonia mundi, whose work was discussed in Frances Yates’ The Occult Philosophy in the Elizabethan Age. This and other events coming up later in the year are already bookable on the website, including sessions with James Harpur, Ravi Ravindra, Dragana Van de moortel-Ilić and Dr Iain McGilchrist. 

A final note: the Trust Library will be open 14.00-16.00 Wednesday 2nd March.


Divine Presence: Angels, Guides and the Messiah in Kabbalah
with Reverend Marie-Elsa Roche Bragg
Saturday 5th March, 18.00
Details and Booking

Thomas Traherne Reading Group
Sunday 6th March, 16.00
Details and Booking

Faith and Reason
with Greg Gauthier
Tuesday 22nd March, 19.00
Details and Booking

Dante and The Expansion of Being
with Mark Vernon
3 Sessions Tuesdays 29th March, 5th April, 12th April, 19.00
Details and Booking

April Silence & Well-Being Retreat
Wednesday - Saturday 6th-9th April 
Details and Booking

‘Take a Breath’ day at Fintry
Saturday 9th April, 11.00-16.00
Details and Booking

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To book these and future events visit 
www.thefintrytrust.org.uk

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Integral Wisdom, the new online learning platform of The Fintry Trust: launching soon

The Fintry Trust's new online learning platform Integral Wisdom will launch shortly, offering 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. Regular live sessions with Q&A are also planned. 

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 programmes are aimed at seekers from all walks of life who are looking to explore the perennial questions. We invite you to join a supportive learning environment which encourages you to expand your mind, open your heart, serve the good, live joyfully and reconnect to the divine mystery. The courses are self-guided and can be accessed and completed within the platform at your own desired pace. Read More

Calendar Note

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (22nd March) 

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born on 28 August 1749 and died on 22 March 1832.  Considered one of the greatest German writers of the modern era, he was the author of poetry, plays and novels, including his celebrated works Faust and The Sorrows of Young Werther. He was also a statesman, literary critic, administrative reformer at the University of Jena, as well as a scientist.  

Goethe’s work as a scientist resulted in the publication of his two most notable works: Theory of Colours and Metamorphosis of Plants. The first deals with his detailed observations of optical phenomena including refraction and chromatic aberrations and has been described as not a physiological but a psychological theory of colours. His Metamorphosis of Plants, which is based on his own sustained observation of natural phenomena, became the basis of biodynamic agriculture, a holistic organic farming method which includes an understanding of soil quality, the life of plants and animals, and the multiple symbiotic relationships involved. 

Goethe’s alchemical studies, which he engaged in early in his life, informed his outlook in later life and found symbolic and philosophical expression in his literary works in the idea of individual transformation, from Faust to his Fairy Tale of the Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily, which is an allegory of transformation, rich in alchemical symbolism.
 
“The school of the Ancients is still open. The years haven’t closed its doors.". (Goethe, Roman Elegies XV)

- RKC
 

Conquered: The Last Children of Anglo-Saxon England

 
Those of you who have attended Eleanor Parker’s various Study Days in the past, or who know her through her work at Fintry, will be interested to know that her second book Conquered: The Last Children of Anglo-Saxon England has just been published by Bloomsbury.

The book was described as ‘outstanding’ by The Sunday Times reviewer John Carey.



In case you missed it...

On 8th February sixty people joined us for the special private screening of Mission: Joy - Finding Happiness in Troubled Times, a wonderfully uplifting film centred on the close relationship between Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama. The film has now been shown on BBC4 on Wednesday 23rd February, and should be accessible on I-Player for those who missed the screening. 

More Information

 
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