Upcoming Events

 Events Calendar 2017

Events include: 

17 March: 'Herbs and Herbal Remedies' with Karin Haile details

8 April: 'Gregorian Chant' with Helen Natrass details

10 June: 'The Wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita' with Stephen Silver  details

15 July: "Understanding Egyptian Gods" with Frances Eley  details

2 Sept: "Windows into Heaven - Understanding Russian Icons"  with Frances Eley details

9 Dec: "The Book of Hours" with Jeremy Naydler details

For comments, feedback, podcasts and photographs of events that have already taken place, click 'Older Posts' at the foot of this first page.

All events are held at Fintry Retreat House, Church Lane, Brook, Godalming, Surrey GU8 5UQ, unless otherwise stated. Take a look at who we are: Fintry photo album

Herbs and Herbal Remedies - 17 March

Understand more about the natural world around you and learn about the beneficial use of plants and herbs. Learn about infusions, decoctions, glycerites, salves and much else. The tutor for this study day is Karin Haile, who is a member of the Association of Master Herbalists and has been a herbal practitioner for many years.

£65. Refreshments provided, please bring packed lunch. To book, contact Karin directly at karin.haile@btinternet.com.

Gregorian Chant - 8 April

A taster day in Gregorian Chant, led by Helen Nattrass, Director of Canterbury Gregorian Music Society.

Chant has ancient roots and is used in many spiritual rites throughout the world. It is a way of heightening the emotional effect of prayers and other spiritual communications. Gregorian Chant is an example of chant used in the western Christian tradition for singing the Mass and the Divine Office; it survives particularly in monastic communities, but also in parishes where it is valued. It is known for its serenity and the way it speaks deeply to the heart. Gregorian Chant is not difficult to sing: there is only one music line and no complex counterpoint or harmony. It also has a flexibility of pitch to suit the voices of the group, so you can relax as you learn to join in this most beautiful of spiritual arts.

Helen Nattrass has worked with Canterbury Gregorian Music Society (www.gregoriansociety.wordpress.com) for ten years, teaching and coaching groups of ordinary non-specialist amateurs in this music. She is well-known for her friendly and down-to-earth approach, and her ability to enthuse the beginner with an appreciation of the subject. The day will include two short talks, but the emphasis is definitely on practical singing. Helen looks forward to giving you an introduction to this wonderful music.

The day costs £20. Refreshments provided, please bring packed lunch. To book, contact fintry.administrator@btconnect.com or 01428 682621.

Past Events

Below this point are all the past events, some with podcasts and/or photographs, and the list continues  under "Older Posts".  Any donations would be gratefully received (see lefthand margin).  Feedback can be given by clicking "Comment".

Come Home to the Heart - 18 February

A Silent Day of Mindfulness and Compassion, led by Barbara Boxhall. This will be a day for turning inwards and experiencing the practices of mindfulness and compassion: the body scan, sitting, eating, walking, moving and deepening into the stillness that these practices bring.

The day costs £30.00 (please bring packed lunch). To book, contact Barbara directly at barbara@stillness.co.uk or 01243 785333.

Understanding Greek and Roman Myth - 21 January

This study-day will explore Greek and Roman mythology, looking at the key gods and goddesses, how they were portrayed and the part they played in the myths. It will also look at the role the myths had in establishing civic and social identity, and in providing the populace a guide for living. The day will be led by Frances Eley, lecturer in Classics and Archaeology for the Open University with particular research interests in the ancient Mystery Religions.

21 January, 10.15 - 15.30

The day costs £20. Refreshments provided; please bring packed lunch.

The Poet in You - 1 Oct 2016

In October Jay Ramsay returned to Fintry to give another day workshop on 'The Poet in You'. The aim of the day was to help participants to find new possibilities of expression through the written word, working with original exercises to extend receptivity and imagination.

Jay Ramsay works to bring spiritual consciousness into contemporary British poetry, and over his career he has created a unique synthesis between poetry and personal development. For descriptions of Jay’s popular workshops see www.jayramsay.co.uk. 

Last year's workshop at Fintry was very popular, and you can read some of the enthusiastic comments at this link: http://fintrywebsite.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/the-poet-in-you-3-oct-2015.html

One participant wrote:
'I’m so glad I went! I’m not particularly into poetry, although I value it and find it amazing when someone helps me with the inner meaning which I sense but can’t quite identify. But Jay’s day wasn’t only about understanding poetry’s inner message, but by a series of simple non-threatening exercises, finding the creative spirit in us. There were no boundaries - just to let go of any preconceptions of ourselves and allow whatever came forth to flow. Either visually with words – poetically or in prose – simply write or draw what we experienced. In doing this I learned so much about myself – how to let go, and allow the poet in me to flow. Truly a day of discovery! I would recommend Jay’s course to anyone. If he comes again don’t miss it!'

Herbs and Herbal Remedies - 14 Oct 2016

Understand more about the natural world around you and how you can use plants for your own benefit. Connect with the ancestors as herbal medicine has been used for thousands of years. Learn about some specific herbs and remedies, with a focus on preparing for winter ailments.

Topics will include gathering, preserving, safety, kitchen medicine, first aid, historical context, herbal terminology. Learn about infusions, decoctions, glycerites and salves. There will be a practical element to the course where you will make some natural remedies that you can take home with you. This course is suitable for anyone interested in herbs or natural health.

Tutor: Karin Haile (karin.haile@btinternet.com)
Karin is a member of the AMH (www.associationofmasterherbalists.co.uk), one of the recognized herbal associations in Britain. She has been a herbal practitioner and is also an experienced teacher having worked in adult education and colleges. She has given RHS evening herb talks at Loseley Park, Guildford. She has also helped to instigate and organise herbal conferences which have included world renowned herbalists.

Hindu Wisdom - 15 Oct 2016

 This day explores Sanatana Dharma or the eternal relationship of the Soul with the Divine, through key verses from the Bhagavad Gita and other Hindu Scripture; considering elements such as the relationship between the jiva (soul) and Ishvara (God), the threefold nature of the Divine as Brahman, Paramatma and Bhagavan, the three gunas of material nature, karma and mukti (liberation).
It also looks at the different paths of yoga (relationship with God), with particular focus on the elements of Bhakti Yoga (yoga of Devotion), which incorporate mantra meditation, devotional song (kirtan), offering and taking prasadam (sanctified food), arati (offering of the elements) and worship of the murti (Divine Image), considering the spiritual applications of all the above.
The day will consist of presentation with images and texts, but also some practical engagement with mantra meditation and the option to attend arati at lunchtime.

Speaker: Frances Eley is a lecturer in Classics and Archaeology for the Open University, with particular research interests in ancient Mystery Religions.

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Sacred Geometry - 28 October 2016

An afternoon workshop with Tom Bree, 28 October 14.00-17.00.

Tom Bree is a geometer-artist, teacher and writer. He specialises in geometry as a practical art as well as a vehicle for contemplating spiritual and philosophical ideas. These two aspects of geometry are united within the teaching, whereby the participants could be said to be drawing philosophy as well as contemplating reality through pattern making. The afternoon will start with an introductory slideshow, followed by a practical drawing session dealing with geometry as a sacred art and symbolic system.

Tom completed his M. A. at Prince's School of Traditional Arts in 2003 where he studied Geometry under Professor Keith Critchlow. He has since been teaching geometry and lecturing for various institutes, and organisations such as the Prince's School of Traditional Arts and the Temenos Academy, the Prince's Teaching Institute, the Chalice Well Trust, the Educational Renaissance Trust, Art in Action and the Diocese of Bath & Wells. He also teaches privately as well as running his own self-organised teaching projects. Tom has been researching the underlying geometric design of medieval Gothic cathedrals for several years and is currently writing a book on the subject.

Entrance £12.00 to include refreshments, and all equipment and paper supplied.

Bookings and enquiries: Tel. 01428 682621 or email fintry.administrator@btconnect.com
Please note that for this event advanced booking is essential