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October 2022

Welcome to our October newsletter. 

The image above is a reminder that this month we are launching our Autumnal Art series of sessions led by artist/teacher Sonia Percival, taking place in the beautiful environment of the Studio and the grounds at Fintry.  More details below. 

You’ll also find a very full Zoom programme on offer over these coming two months, so there should be something there to appeal to all tastes and interests. The programme features a number of eminent speakers, including Iain McGilchrist, and two sessions by the ever-popular composer-presenter Andrew Baker. 
We were very sorry to have to cancel the Mindfulness & Compassion Retreat due to take place 9-11 September since both presenters were unfortunately indisposed. We are looking now at alternative 2023 dates for the event.

Fintry Trust AGM:- Finally, please note that the Trust AGM will take place as a webinar on 4th November at 3:00 pm. We do hope that you will join us. The registration link is here.
Autumnal Art
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

Kipling and The Great War
with Harry Potter
Thursday 10th November, 18.00-19.15

The Coincidence of Opposites
with Iain McGilchrist
Saturday 12th November, 14.00-15.15

The Vision of Floyer Sydenham
with Andrew Baker
Tuesday 22nd November, 18.30-19.45

Peter Sterry and the Masque of Love
with Andrew Baker
Tuesday 29th November, 18.30-19.45
To book these and future events visit

Autumnal Art

This Autumn we are offering you a chance to work alongside a local artist, uncover your creative spirit and expand your own well-being through the healing powers of art-making. This first course is led by artist/teacher Sonia Percival, and will 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

Future courses will include:- 
  • creative journals - building up a collection of drawings, paintings, poems, collages and words that express your own responses to the year of plants at Fintry - A personal plant journal
  • sewing circle - seeing the magic of recycling, upcycling and repurposing textiles - sharing your own stitching skills with the circle, collaborating on ideas and making personalised pieces for your home and wardrobe
  • life drawing - learning the true art of looking accurately and representing the figure with expert guidance and creating a growing collection of figure drawings and paintings.
We would love to welcome you on this new venture into creative expression.

Introducing the new Integral Wisdom course Mindfulness and Compassion in a Turbulent World

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new online course: Mindfulness and Compassion in a Turbulent World, available now on ‘Integral Wisdom’ – the Fintry Trust’s online learning platform.

A one-off purchase of Mindfulness and Compassion provides you with lifelong access to this course. You will be able to access the lessons, guided meditations and practices in your own time and at your own pace

People have always faced challenging times, individually and collectively. Learning to be kind to ourselves and to the wider world, through compassion practices is key to transforming suffering. Mindfulness and Compassion in a Turbulent World responds to the S.O.S of our times: the suffering of ‘Self’, ‘Others’ and the wider ‘System’, and helps us reconnect to a deeper healing presence in life.  

Learn more about the course here.

For one month only Mindfulness and Compassion in a Turbulent World is available at a discounted rate of just £35 for lifelong access. Take advantage of this earlybird rate, book before 31 October 2022 by visiting, where you can create your account and purchase courses as they become available. 

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

Treasures of the Fintry Trust Library

This month we publish the first of an occasional series of articles describing notable books in the Trust Library. Its purpose is to show some fine examples of the Library holdings and to complement the current online exhibitions. 

The first of these ‘treasures’, by occultist Francis Barrett, is entitled The Magus or Celestial Intelligencer; Being a Complete System of Occult Philosophy, published in 1801.  

Click here for a full description of The Magus

Calendar Note: Hammurabi, Babylonian king and lawgiver (21st October)

Hammurabi (c. 1810-c. 1750 B.C.) was the sixth king of the First Babylonian dynasty of the Amorite Tribe. Ascending to the kingship at an early age after his father abdicated due to ill health, he reigned for forty-eight years until his death. 

During his lifetime Hammurabi was renowned as a great conqueror, subduing rival powers and bringing almost all of Mesopotamia (modern Iraq) under Babylonian rule.

Hammurabi promulgated a set of 282 laws, known as the Code of Hammurabi, which established a stable system of laws that provided recourse to a system of justice for those who had been wronged, and accountability for those who broke its statutes. The Code was held in such esteem that even at the time it was promulgated it was often copied, and 1200 years later copies were made for the library of the king of Assyria. It has also been suggested that, based on their similarities, it likely influenced Mosaic law in the Torah. It continues to be cited in the history of law and ethics for the precedents it set nearly four thousand years ago.

Laws of justice which Hammurabi, the wise king, established.  A righteous law, and pious statute did he teach the land.  Hammurabi, the protecting, king am I…I expounded all great difficulties.  I made the light shine upon them.  
                          (Code of Hammurabi, Epilogue)
-    RKC

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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