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This is a work in progress and further details will be announced over the next few weeks. We reserve the right to make changes to speakers and timings.

THURSDAY 27TH JUNE

Gathering

From 4pm

Arrive at St Giles House.

Settle into your accommodation and explore the grounds.

6pm

Welcome drink in the main house

7pm

Gather in the Library, in the main house.

Welcome from our host, Nick Ashley-Cooper.

7.30pm

Dinner.

Introduction to the weekend with Pippa Evans and Jonathan Rowson.

After dinner entertainment: Ceilidh with The Ceilidh Tree, walk in the grounds, sitting by the fire pit.

FRIDAY 28TH JUNE

Becoming More Real

7.30-8.30am

Early morning activities – yoga, running, wild swimming in the stream

7.30-9.30am

Breakfast

10am

Rowan Williams – Passions of the Soul

Soul makes sense of our lives and surroundings, hence the negative connotations of “soulless”. Soul is also 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 not the same as one possessed or controlled. Without a sense of soul, the way we live will go astray. 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 

1-2pm

Lunch

2.45-4.15pm

A choice of workshop

Workshop leaders over the weekend will include Vanessa Brassey on Thinking with Art, Rowan Cobelli on Yoga with Soul, and Nat Wei on The Seventh Earl of Shaftesbury and social reform.

4.30-5.30pm

Tea

5.30-6.30pm

Meet in Small Groups to reflect on the day

7.30pm

Dinner

After dinner entertainment – firepit, stargazing

9.00pm

Fireside chat with special guest – 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

Early morning activities – yoga, running, wild swimming in the stream

7.30-9.30am

Breakfast

10am

Ayisha Siddiqa – Poetry as Protest

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 

1-2pm

Lunch

2.45-4.15pm

A choice of workshop

Workshop leaders over the weekend will include Vanessa Brassey on Thinking with Art, Rowan Cobelli on Yoga with Soul, and Nat Wei on The Seventh Earl of Shaftesbury and social reform.

4.30-5.30pm

Tea

5.30-6.30pm

Meet in Small Groups to reflect on the day

7.30pm

Dinner

After dinner entertainment: Music Improvisation with The Realisation Players followed by Dance Party in the Bat Cave

SUNDAY 30TH JUNE

What Have We Realised?

7.30-8.30am

Early morning activities – yoga, running, wild swimming in the stream

7.30-9.30am

Breakfast

9-10am

Pack up rooms and tents

10am

Open Space

MIDDAY

Meet in Small Groups

1.30pm

Ending Ceremony

Followed by Lunch (optional) and Departure from St Giles