Find refreshment at Waterperry House by immersing yourselves for a few days in the words of Marsilio Ficino, the man who gave us Plato and imparted to humanity an impulse of love, wisdom, and discovery which raises the heart, cleanses the mind, and directs fine actions. In the company of similar souls you will have the opportunity of sharing the insights revealed by Marsilio and of putting them into practice during this period of community living. Retreat leader Arthur Farndell has been involved in the translation of Ficino for over 50 years.
Economics with Justice
Join us to gain a real sense of economics as part of everyday life. This short course refreshes how we see those relations between peoples and institutions that form the economic fabric of society. Can these be fairer, more equitable and more in harmony with nature? Participate in the presentations, discussions and exercises to explore such possibilities. For the retreat leader Annabel Lubikowski, people are at the heart of economics. She firmly believes that together we can discover ways to redress the injustices in the world.
Sanskrit is a language full of spiritual significance and is the medium for some of the most important philosophical works known to humanity. This weekend is offered as an introduction to Sanskrit with study centred on ‘Search for Reality’, a text expounding the philosophy of non-duality which has recently been translated from Sanskrit by the retreat leaders Warwick and Elena Jessup. There will be recitation and more detailed study of one Sanskrit verse. An introduction to the Sanskrit alphabet will also be available. Those having no prior experience of Sanskrit are welcome, as well as those with some experience.
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The Waterperry Frescos and Creative Writing
Spanning three floors of the Artist’s Hall, the frescos in Waterperry House illustrate stories from one of the world’s great spiritual traditions. Through a series of creative writing workshops we will reflect on these powerful artworks, reimagining their meaning through our own experience, and our own stories. A video of the fresco.
There will be a chance to hear about the frescos, their conception, the architecture, and its meaning, along with opportunities to write in a supportive space, and to share our writings in creative company. Richard Ibbett was fully involved in the architectural design of the spaces in which the frescoes were created and has led many tours of them. Robin Mukherjee is an award winning writer who has contributed extensively to television, film, radio drama, and theatre.
The Gita is the record of a conversation between the Prince Arjuna and Shri Krishna on the eve of a great battle, the battle for life. Using the questions that Arjuna asks, we will study, discuss and reflect on Krishna’s answers that lead Arjuna from doubt and despair to peaceful understanding.
Retreat leader Stephen Silver has an abiding love for the Gita and has run similar events for many years which have all proved to be inspiring and uplifting.
Vedic Astrology is the modern term for Jyotish, which means the study of light. Today there are two sciences of astronomy and astrology apparently at odds with each other. But they are really two parts of the same science. You are invited to learn some ancient Vedic Astrology, which will also enable you to learn more about yourself. Retreat leader Gordon Brennan is an internationally well-known expert on the subject.
In the dialogues of Plato there are 10 well-known philosophical myths whose purpose is to teach and communicate the truth. There will be study and discussion in groups, time to reflect on your own on these fascinating tales and plenary meetings to share what has been discovered. This theme will be of interest to both first-time and more experienced readers of Plato. Retreat leader Margot Camp has spent decades immersed in the study of Plato.