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THURSDAY 27TH JUNE

Welcome

From 4pm

Arrive at St Giles House.

Settle into your accommodation and explore the grounds.

6pm

Welcome drinks

7pm

Gather in the Library, in the main house.

Welcome from our host, Nick Ashley-Cooper. Introduction to the weekend from the Realisation team.

7.30pm

Dinner in the marquee

9.00pm

Ceilidh in the marquee with The Ceilidh Tree.

FRIDAY 28TH JUNE

Becoming More Real

7.30-8.30am

Running with Ed Haddon
A light jog around the grounds.

Yoga with Rowan Cobelli
These gentle movement sessions will explore subtle motion. Suitable for all ages and capacities.

Wild swimming in the stream
Self-led. Ask for directions to the stream.

 

7.30-9.30am

Breakfast

10am

Passions of the Soul
Rowan Williams
Soul makes sense of our lives and surroundings and is linked to having a story to tell and a song to sing. Soul speaks to why stuff and objects aren’t, ultimately, satisfying and also why a good life is a play of giving and receiving. Without a sense of soul, the way we live will go astray, hence the negative connotations of “soulless”. Rowan Williams will help us develop an awareness of this fundamental aspect of ourselves and the world in which we live.

 

11am

Break

11.30am

Q & A with Rowan Williams

12.30-2.30pm

Discoveries 

A variety of smaller pop-up events to dip into or attend in full. Time and locations available in the morning. Check the noticeboard and take part as you wish. Watch out for:

Recovering the place of the soul in science
Mazviita Chirimuuta

Discovering the maverick within: a coach advises
Ed Haddon

A step into time: a practice approach
Ivo Mensch

The role of virtues in being fully alive
Elizabeth Oldfield

Into the parkland with the oaks
Benedict Pollard

A game of chess with a grand master
Jonathan Rowson

Reflecting on life at St Giles House
Nick Shaftesbury

Poetry and perceiving other worlds also here
Mark Vernon

 

1-2pm

Collect a picnic lunch.

2.45-4.15pm

Workshops
A chance to explore becoming more real through a choice of practices, thinking, embodiments. Pick one for today. Some are repeated tomorrow.

Realising how you see
Vanessa Brassey
Drawing combined with some philosophy can untangle thoughts and show how the everyday act of seeing is laden with assumptions. Assuming no artistic experience, this workshop will explore how we can perceive the world through different lenses. This workshop also runs on Saturday.

Yoga as inquiry
Rowan Cobelli
What is it to be a self? Where do the boundaries between ourselves and others lie? How are we present in the world, to ourselves and others? Using movement as well as thought, this workshop will be an embodied exploration of the dimensions of our being.

Staying human in an age of AI
Esmé Partridge
AI is talked about as both a tremendous threat and holding great promise, so what wider narrative about ourselves can guide us through this fast evolving territory? An exploration of technology and the soul drawing on a variety of insights from the philosophy of Plato to the psychology of Iain McGilchrist. This workshop also runs on Saturday.

Let’s Make Beautiful Music
The Realisation Players
Music is a key to the soul. Join Christopher Ash and Jonathan Ainscough as they guide you through instant song creation, collectively writing the Realisation theme tune. All voices welcome.

Winter is Here. And So Is Spring
Indra Adnan
To move from the polycrisis to flourishing futures requires radical change. Yet like winter moving into spring, it can also be a natural phenomenon. What can we leave behind and what can be adopted anew to put ourselves back on track? 
More importantly, who do I need to be to achieve this act of metamorphosis? This workshop can be taken by itself or paired with a praxis workshop on Saturday.

 

4.30-5.30pm

Tea

5.30-6.30pm

Small Groups meet to reflect on the day.

7pm

Collapse
Dominique Savitri Bonarjee
Experience a performance art piece created for public space. Dominique will respond to the nature and site of St Giles House. The action offers a space for contemplating themes of collapse and entropy through the medium of a human body.

7.30pm

Dinner

9.00pm

Fireside chat with Bettany Hughes

Well known from her sparkling TV programmes, tracking down the greatest figures and locations of the ancient world, as well as her richly textured books on wonders and philosophers, Bettany Hughes will join us to explore what she has learnt about being human, then and now.

SATURDAY 29TH JUNE

Getting More Real

7.30-8.30am

Running with Ed Haddon
A light jog around the grounds.

Yoga with Rowan Cobelli
These gentle movement sessions will explore subtle motion. Suitable for all ages and capacities.

Wild swimming in the stream
Self-led. Ask for directions to the stream.

7.30-9.30am

Breakfast

10am

Poetry as Protest
Ayisha Siddiqa

Sadly Ayisha is no longer able to join us at Realisation. We will announce the replacement programme next week.
Drawing on insights from her upbringing in Pakistan, and her reflections as a speaker on the global stage, Ayisha Siddiqa will help us connect the soul with matters of immense, pressing importance: feeling in a time of floods. “Art makes life worth living, and in my opinion, it’s what makes humans worth the fight,” Ayisha has said. “I was raised with the idea that the earth is a living being, that she gives life to you and in return, you have a responsibility.”

 

11am

Break

11.30am

Q & A with Ayisha Siddiqa

12.30-2.30pm

Discoveries 

A variety of smaller pop-up events to dip into or attend in full. Time and locations available in the morning. Check the noticeboard and take part as you wish. Watch out for:

Recovering the place of the soul in science
Mazviita Chirimuuta

Discovering the maverick within: a coach advises
Ed Haddon

A step into time: a practice approach
Ivo Mensch

The role of virtues in being fully alive
Elizabeth Oldfield

Into the parkland with the oaks
Benedict Pollard

A game of chess with a grand master
Jonathan Rowson

Reflecting on life at St Giles House
Nick Shaftesbury

Poetry and perceiving other worlds also here
Mark Vernon

1-2pm

Collect a picnic lunch.

2.45-4.15pm

Workshops
A chance to explore getting more real through a choice of practices, thinking, embodiments.

Making a difference in a fast changing world
Nat Wei
How can society be transformed peacefully? What kind of power can be exercised more purposefully? Where might inspire servant leaders? Join a social and tech entrepreneur, and member of the House of Lords, to pursue these questions and more.

Realising how you see
Vanessa Brassey
Drawing combined with some philosophy can untangle thoughts and show how the everyday act of seeing is laden with assumptions. Assuming no artistic experience, this workshop will explore how we can perceive the world through different lenses. This workshop also runs on Friday.

Revealing the hidden
Rowan Cobelli
How can we use activations and triggers in the body, as invitations to integrate more of ourselves into ourselves?  Are the things we fight for and defend, mainly part of our own inner processes? We explore shadow, projection, and the wisdom and limitations of repression, within the path of love and self-honesty.

Staying human in an age of AI
Esmé Partridge
AI is talked about as both a tremendous threat and holding great promise, so what wider narrative about ourselves can guide us through this fast evolving territory? An exploration of technology and the soul drawing on a variety of insights from the philosophy of Plato to the psychology of Iain McGilchrist. This workshop also runs on Friday.

Realising Spring
Indra Adnan, Pippa Evans & Susan Harrison
Pippa and Susan will use improvisation to spark us all back to life, whilst in dialogue with Indra. The basic mantra of improvisation – Who are you? Where are you? What are you doing? – will resonate as we explore the praxis of “Yes And”. A defibrillator of a workshop.

The Antidebate
Michael Bready & Jonathan Rowson
Note: This workshop will start at 1.30pm and last 3 hours
In a time of great challenges, with new possibilities beckoning, there is a pressing need to make sense of what is happening and how to respond. And yet just when we need collective wisdom, our public discourse is in trouble. The Antidebate, developed by Perspectiva, is a new mode of participatory inquiry, that seeks to bring forth fresh insights from multiple perspectives into dynamic relationship.

4.30-5.30pm

Tea

5.30-6.30pm

Small Groups meet to reflect on the day.

7pm

Dressed in Water
Dominique Savitri Bonarje
A performance piece to contemplate themes of renewal and energy. The landscape of the dance will integrate themes of water as a source of life, copper as the metal of the heart chakra, the spiritual symbolism of the lotus flower, and the figure of the Reclining Buddha.

7.30pm

Dinner.

Music Improvisation followed by Dance Party in the Bat Cave.

SUNDAY 30TH JUNE

What Have We Realised?

8.00-9.00am

Running with Ed Haddon
A light jog around the grounds.

Yoga with Rowan Cobelli
These gentle movement sessions will explore subtle motion. Suitable for all ages and capacities.

Wild swimming in the stream
Self-led. Ask for directions to the stream.

7.30-9.30am

Breakfast

9-10am

Pack up rooms and tents.

10am

Open Space
This has been a rich weekend of many threads. As we come to the end of our time together, what conversations do you want to have? We will take on the roles of hosts, participants, witnesses and wanderers, as you create our agenda for the next 90 minutes.

MIDDAY

Meet in Small Groups

1pm

Realisation Chorus & Ending Ceremony

Followed by Lunch (optional) and Departure from St Giles