Many people find that the real and serious threat of ecological and social collapse prompts a reflective turn of mind. This retreat offers a few days to pursue that reflectiveness in the company of others, to write and to read drawing on a library of books relating to the world’s great traditions of religion and philosophical enquiry. Co-hosts Dr Eleanor Parker, Emeritus Prof Jonathan Gosling, and Miriam Gage will assist and advise.
This is not the first culture to face its own near-term end: many others have been overwhelmed by colonisation, wiped out by disease, or starved by ecological collapse. As in our own time, responses have varied, including apocalyptic prophecies, millenarianism, ecstatic sects, avoidance and denial. But there have also been beautiful and profound insights into what it is to be human, to be part of nature, and to be spiritual; and practices that connect with transcendent Life, Light and Love – prompted perhaps by the prospect of a cultural ending that is more unsettling even than that of personal death.
This writing and reading retreat is an opportunity to explore the spiritual resources that may be helpful in such deep adaptations.
Details at https://www.writingretreat.org/fintry