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April 2022

Spring comes with its enduring message of hope. Our April newsletter lists some more fascinating events on the Zoom programme and at Fintry itself.

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

As part of the Zoom programme, in Dante and the Expansion of Being, Mark Vernon has been exploring the spiritual states of those variously situated in the realms of Hell, Purgatory and Paradise, of which Dante was the chosen witness.  The course started on 29th March, but a catch-up recording of the first session can be sent to anyone enrolling at this point. The Thomas Traherne Reading Group will meet on Sunday 10th April. Later the same day there will be a guided meditation in support of those suffering in a troubled world - details below.

In May there will be an informal discussion/ Q&A session with Bernardo Kastrup, author of More Than Allegory, and Andrew Baker offers another of his authoritative and illuminating sessions - this time on Francesco Giorgi, 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.

More 2022 events coming up later in the year are already bookable on the website, including sessions with James Harpur, Ravi Ravindra, William Meader, Marie-Elsa Roche Bragg, Dragana Van de moortel-Ilić and Dr Iain McGilchrist. 

Spring 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

Thomas Traherne Reading Group
Sunday 10th April, 16.00-17.30
Details and Booking 

Cultivating Compassion and Equanimity in a Troubled World
with Sally and Jean-Paul Jeanrenaud
Sunday 10th April, 18.00-19.00
Free event
Details and Booking

More than Allegory
with Bernardo Kastrup
Friday 6th May, 19.30-21.00
Details and Booking

Francesco Giorgi & The Harmony of the World 
with Andrew Baker 
2 sessions 17th & 24th  May, 19-20.15
Details and Booking
To book these and future events visit

Cultivating Compassion and Equanimity in a Troubled World

Free event 
10th April, 18.00-19.00
Our hearts and minds have been troubled by the war in Ukraine and other places of suffering around the world. So we thought it would be helpful to gather together online to practise nurturing compassion and equanimity. Can we open our hearts wide enough to hold the sorrows of the world, while cultivating equanimity and resilience, and learning how best to act?

Join Sally and Jean-Paul Jeanrenaud for a guided mindfulness session, with time for sharing and listening to others. This is a free event, and everyone is welcome.  

To register for this event and to receive your Zoom link, please click here

Message of Hope

March 25 marked the Feast of the Annunciation. This delicate 1909 painting entitled The Annunciation by Ukrainian artist Alexander Murashko is housed in the National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv.

Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki – online exhibition

Our Librarian Derek Parker has created a new online exhibition featuring a selection of works from the Fintry Trust Library by Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki. Suzuki, a Japanese religious scholar and author, was instrumental in introducing Zen Buddhism to a Western audience. 

To view this new exhibition, click here
Photograph of Suzuki by
Alvin Langdon Coburn

Calendar Note

Calendar Note: Floyer Sydenham (1st April) 

Floyer Sydenham was one of the first translators of Plato into English. Born in 1710, Sydenham received his B.A. in 1731 and M.A. in 1734 from Wadham College, Oxford. He was in turn barrister-at-law in Lincoln’s Inn, Fellow and sometime Moderator of Philosophy at Wadham College, and Rector of Esher until 1744, but was impoverished for much of his later life, dying in prison on April 1, 1787 after being imprisoned for a small debt.  

Sydenham composed and published works on Greek Philosophy and translations of Plato over a twenty-five-year period, from 1759 until 1784, three years before his death. These include A Synopsis or General View of the Works of Plato (1759), nine of the Dialogues of Plato (1767-1779), A Dissertation on the Philosophy of Heraclitus (1775), and Onomasticon Theologicum (1784).

Thomas Taylor included Sydenham’s translations of Plato as edited by Taylor in his Works of Plato, thus preserving Sydenham’s work for generations to come.
“Truth and Beauty concur in One; and where-ever They are, there is also Good. The Love of Beauty then is nothing different from that First and Leading Motive in all Minds to the Pursuit of every thing, that from whence the Philosopher sets out in his Inquiry after Wisdom, the Desire of Good. Thus the Perfection of Man consists in his Similitude to this Supreme Beauty; and in his Union with it is found his supreme Good.”
Floyer Sydenham, A Synopsis or General View of the Works of Plato, London, 1759
-    RKC

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Festival Calendar

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

The Fintry Trust's new online learning platform 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

More Information

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