Yoga at Realisation 2023
About us

A gathering of unlearning and reimagining

Realisation is a gathering that is part retreat, part symposium at St Giles House, Dorset. It is for those actively working at the interface between society and soul, and who feel the gravity of our times. Over the course of four days (27th – 30th June 2024), you will engage with some of the most exciting thinkers and practitioners of our times, share experiences and expertise, music, movement, food and plenty of conversation.

You can find out more about the Festival by watching this recording of our short online event ‘Realisation 2024 – An Introduction’ with some of the Realisation Team – Pippa Evans, Nick Ashley-Cooper, Mark Vernon and Jonathan Rowson.

Resourced by an astonishingly beautiful place that carries the memory of the complex struggles of generations and has inspired philosophical and political innovation for centuries, Realisation is a space to reckon with now, imagine alternative futures, and develop a sense of calling and response, independently and together.

St Giles is the home of past politicians, philosophers and social reformers who have had a profound impact on the society in which we live. Our vision is to bring together a wide diversity of people with different views and perspectives to stimulate discussion, provide new insights and allow participants to learn and share ideas with others. Workshops will encourage participants to think, feel and explore what system change feels and looks like, and to reimagine what we are capable of.

As an educational space, St Giles’s green landscape encourages participants to reflect on their relationship to enquiry, dialogue and well-being as tools for social change. The setting will also provide a connection with the natural environment to help inform questions around our relationship with nature and the planet.

The gathering of thinkers and artists, pioneers and practitioners, performers and dreamers is hosted by the 12th Earl of Shaftesbury in collaboration with the team of expert generalists at Perspectiva as a charitable venture.


Head, heart & resolution