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September 2022

Welcome to our September newsletter. 

We hope you'll find something to catch your interest in the coming months. First, there's an opportunity to spend some days at Fintry Retreat House when Sally and Jean-Paul Jeanrenaud offer their Mindfulness & Compassion weekend (details below). Then on the Zoom programme this month we have Transformation through Turmoil with Dr Steve Taylor on the psychological growth that can come through crisis. This is followed in October with a very full programme featuring new and returning speakers:- Professor Les Lancaster, composer Andrew Baker, psychologist Joe Griffin and Professor Richard Tarnas.

Also starting in October is a new Art and Creativity strand to our programme taking place at Fintry itself. This offers a very special creative experience led by local artist-teachers, drawing on the beauties of Fintry’s autumnal grounds (details below).
Transformation through Turmoil
with Dr Steve Taylor
Saturday 3rd September, 18.30-19.45

Mindfulness & Compassion Residential Retreat
with Jean-Paul and Dr Sally Jeanrenaud
Friday 9th - Sunday 11th September

Kabbalah and Language: The Path of Hermeneutic Mysticism
with Professor Les Lancaster 
Sunday 2nd October, 14.00-15.15

Autumnal Art (at Fintry)
with Sonia Percival 
Wednesdays from 5th October, 10.00-12.00

Waking to Universal Reality
with Joe Griffin 
Saturday 15th October, 14.00-15.15

Archetypes from Plato to Jung
with Professor Richard Tarnas 
Tuesday 25th October, 19.30-21.00

A reminder that we record Zoom presentations wherever we can in case someone is unable to attend the live session. It helps if you let us know that you have to miss the session, but if you’ve enrolled we’ll send a recording anyway.
To book these and future events visit

News from Fintry

Have you ever noticed the fireplaces at Fintry? Members of The Arts and Crafts Movement in Surrey, who came in July for a tour of the house and a talk on its history, made us aware of what a well-preserved example of the Arts and Craft style of design Fintry really is. 

They were fascinated by the many different original features which survive in the house - from the light switches and windows to the inbuilt cupboards and cedar-lined wardrobes, and even the design of the chimneys. They pointed out how much variety there is in the fireplaces in the house - many beautifully designed with coloured tiles, some iridescent, and no two the same!    - EP

Mindfulness & Compassion Retreat    9 - 11 September 2022

Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by the trials of life, or the suffering in the world?

If so, you might benefit from this Fintry Trust experiential weekend of mindfulness and compassion.

This upcoming retreat includes guided meditation sessions, periods of silence, time for relaxation in the beautiful grounds, optional guided walks, and communal vegetarian meals. 

Learn more about it from session leaders Jean-Paul and Sally Jeanrenaud here in this video:- 

For further details and to book your place, please visit: 

Read more about the retreat here (opens PDF)

Autumnal Art

This Autumn we offer you a chance to work together with local artists, uncover your creative spirit and expand your own well-being through the healing powers of art-making. In this first course, you will work alongside artist-teacher, Sonia Percival, to explore various ways of building up artistic responses to what we see around us in the natural world, using a variety of techniques - drawing, painting and mixed media - to represent our autumnal finds.

Wednesdays 5th, 12th, 19th October and 2nd 9th, 16th November, 10.00-12.00.

For more details:  click here

Calendar Note: Hillel, Jewish sage and teacher, 1st cent. BC-1st cent. AD (5th September)

Hillel the Elder teaching a man 
the meaning of the whole Torah 
(detail from the Knesset Menorah, Jerusalem)

Festival Calendar September
Hillel the Elder was a leading Jewish sage and head of the school known by his name, the House of Hillel. Reputed to be a kind, patient and scholarly figure, Hillel was born in Babylonia, but as a young man went to Palestine to study under the leading teachers of Scripture and the Oral Law belonging to the group called Pharisees. Hillel developed what came to be known as the Seven Rules of Hillel – techniques for exposition that could be used to understand the deeper meaning and the practical application of scripture to everyday situations. 

A well-known saying attributed to Hillel encompasses the importance of seeing oneself as part of a community, of love towards others, and of the pointlessness of delay in taking right action:-  ‘If I am not for myself, who will be for me?  If I am not for others, what am I?  And if not now, when?’

A second well-known saying called The Golden Rule also illustrates the ethical nature of reciprocity: ‘That which is hateful to you, do not do to another. That is the whole Law. The rest is commentary. Now go and learn.’  - JP

Integral Wisdom

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

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.

For a listing of upcoming retreats and Studio events organised by independent hirers, being held at Fintry you'll find a listing here .

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