Let Me Serve Love, a Chant

 Our friends at AwakeningSoul have lovingly created a musical setting for one of John Philip Newell’s prayers from Sounds of the Eternal: A Celtic Psalter. We hope you enjoy the chant below, “Let Me Serve Love”, composed by Lindsey Blount and Fran McKendree and performed by the AwakeningSoul Ensemble.

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To play, please click at the very left edge of the audio file. 

Performed by the AwakeningSoul Ensemble;
Lindsey Blount Lange, lead vocals
Isabel Castellvi, cello and vocals
River Guerguerian, percussion
Fran McKendree, vocals, acoustic guitar, mountain dulcimer
Charles Milling, bass, electric guitar and vocals

 

Let Me Serve Love  words; John Philip Newell © John Philip Newell
music; Lindsey Blount Lange/Fran McKendree © 2018 Neath Music, BMI

 

Soon available for download on CDBaby.com and iTunes

Camino Peace Pilgrimage with Ben Lindwall and Mohamed Kiari

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7 – 15 April 2018

Religion is at the heart of some of the most conflicted places of violence and hatred in our world. Peace between us as nations and the healing of the earth will be served by peace and healing between us as religious traditions.

Experience

Our 2018 Camino Peace Pilgrimage, a collaboration between Heartbeat and the University of Edinburgh Chaplaincy, will consist of 14 people (intergenerational) from many religious traditions and spiritual backgrounds walking 100 miles/160 km of the ancient Spanish Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route together.

Each day will include various spiritual practices (yoga, meditation, and prayer), hearing each other’s stories, and about 10-18 mi/16-29 km of walking. There will also be short periods of time set aside for silence as we walk the Spanish countryside and northern coast. The group will eat breakfast and dinner at each hosting albergue and lunches will be in small-town marketplaces.
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Pilgrims

Do you have a special interest in multi-faith spirituality, environmentalism, or peace activism? Please apply! A valid passport for the U.K. and Spain are required.

Details

7 – 15 April 2018

We will begin in Edinburgh, Scotland with an evening meal together on 7th April at the home of John Philip and Ali Newell, flying to Spain on 8th April, then walking the Camino Del Norte for six days, from Santander to Ribadesella, and returning to Edinburgh on 15th April. Participants will need to arrange their own travel to Edinburgh for the beginning of the pilgrimage. 

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General Scholarship (space for four participants in total)

Please complete the online application and have a teacher, mentor, spiritual leader, or advisor fill out the online reference form by 8 February 2018. We will notify successful candidates by 15 February 2018. All fees will be invoiced through PayPal.

Non-scholarship (space for four participants in total)

Successful applications will pay a participant fee of $950 (*see extra costs below).

Please complete the online application and have a teacher, mentor, spiritual leader, or advisor fill out the online reference form by 8 February 2018. We will notify successful candidates by 15 February 2018. All fees will be invoiced through PayPal.

Scholarship for University of Edinburgh Students (space for six participants in total)

Successful applications will pay a participant fee of £100 (*see extra costs below).

Please complete the online application and have a teacher, mentor, spiritual leader, or advisor fill out the online reference form by 8 February 2018. We will notify successful candidates by 15 February 2018. All fees will be invoiced through PayPal.

Successful applicants will receive the following:

  • Airfare from Edinburgh, Scotland to Santander, Spain (and return)
  • Sleeping accommodations for seven nights during the pilgrimage
  • Breakfast and dinner each day
  • Bus and train transportation in Spain
  • Admission to Tito Bustillo Caves Tour in Ribadesella and Gaudi House in Comillas
  • Guided navigation on the Camino del Norte (northern route of the Camino de Santiago)
  • Complimentary copy of The Rebirthing of God by John Philip Newell (to be read before the pilgrimage)

Extra Costs:

  • All non-students will be required to pay a $10 application fee which will be invoiced through PayPal
  • Individual travel insurance
  • Lunch each day: $8 / €6 / £5 per day for a total of $56 / €44 / £35 for the week
  • Equipment: each participant will be required to supply their own equipment (small backpack, sturdy hiking shoes, rain jacket, etc.). A packing list will be sent a few months before the pilgrimage
  • Travel fare to and from Edinburgh, Scotland (if applicable)

Expectations

The Camino Peace Pilgrimage is a physically rigorous experience. Multiple days include walking up to 18 miles/29 kilometers in a day, often with challenging elevation changes and a lot of long and steep hills. Pilgrims are expected to train extensively to prevent pain or injury while on the walk. While some of the accommodations are very nice, some include a bunk bed in a simple hostel, and a few nights include a shared queen size bed with one other person. During group sharing time, participants are sometimes sitting on the ground or floor. All participants will be required to sign a waiver release.

Interfaith Leaders

The Pilgrimage will be co-led by Ben Lindwall, Executive Director of Heartbeat, and Mohamed Kiari, a 2015 Camino Peace Pilgrim.

photoBen lives in Portland, Oregon USA, where he and his family practice energy conservation in their tiny house. Ben has been leading group experiences for over a decade in various capacities. He has been mentored by John Philip and Ali Newell over the past few years and is a certified Spiritual Director. Ben has been the Executive Director at Heartbeat since 2013, working with people from all over the world to advance a vision of healing, transformation, and peace. Coming from an evangelical Christian background, and now like many of his generation, Ben considers himself spiritual without any formal religious membership. He and his wife Jen have two young children.

“A pilgrimage is always an opportunity to be re-born. I’ve seen and experienced the power of leaving behind the safety and comfort of home on a quest for deeper understanding, awareness, and connection. The act of moving our bodies, moving our feet gently upon the earth in unison can be a kind of soul-march. It reminds us of our true identity, our oneness, and creates liminal space to hear and know our calling. In co-leading this pilgrimage, I hope to cultivate an environment for each of us to learn and grow.” – Ben Lindwall

 

photo3Mohamed pursued a BSc in Engineering in his home country, Libya, between 2001 and 2006, where he graduated with Honours. After that, he traveled to the UK for postgraduate studies where he obtained an MSc and a Ph.D. degree in Structural Engineering from the University of Edinburgh. During his time at the university, he was an active member of the Edinburgh University chaplaincy, and he helped in organizing events in support of interfaith dialogue. Mohamed currently works as a structural design engineer in an engineering consultancy. He works and lives in St. Albans, UK.

“In Arabic, the word ‘travel’ means to explore and discover. My journey with El Camino pilgrimage in 2015 was an incredible experience of learning and discovery. The pilgrimage brought us togehter from a broad spectrum of cultures. We shared our wide diverse faiths and spiritualities. Every day a new story, a new perspective, and a better understanding. We have found a unity in our diversity. We started the journey only knowing each other’s names, but by the end of our walk we were like brothers and sisters.” – Mohamed Kiari

 

Photos from previous Camino Peace Pilgrimages

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Ashton Gustafson Interviews John Philip Newell

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“At the heart of your being is the holy.”

- John Philip Newell

Ashton Gustafson interviews John Philip Newell for his podcast Let the Music Play in a discussion that delves into Celtic Spirituality, John Philip’s books, and more. Though recorded a continent apart, this intimate conversation between Ashton and John Philip will draw you in and speak to your soul. You don’t want to miss a moment of it!

Click here to listen to the podcast on Ashton Gustafson’s blog.

Click here to stream the podcast on iTunes.

 

Migrant God, Show Me How to Love

Ben and Daniel on the Northwest Coastal Pilgrimage

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Dear HeartbeatFamily,

I often hear something that stops me in my tracks while on pilgrimage. As our cohort walked along the Pacific Coast of Oregon last September, Mira said a prayer that I will never forget.

Mira is a neighborhood organizer working with the Hispanic community, some of them undocumented immigrants, in Portland, OR. She attends a faith community that has declared itself a Sanctuary Community, and her work helps build a bridge between English speakers and Spanish speakers. Mira was selected to receive a Heartbeat scholarship to attend our Northwest Coastal Pilgrimage, a 42-mile walk with an intention of fostering connections for our soul and the earth and discerning our role in the world’s healing.

On the third day of the walk, our group paused and together made a labyrinth in the sand on the beach. As the tide slowly crept in, each pilgrim made their way to the center of the labyrinth and back again. After we shared our experience and Mira’s words went straight to the heart:

labyrinth“As I made my way to the center of the labyrinth, I turned inward, rooting into the deep well of love within. A prayer arose and repeated as I breathed in and out: Migrant God, show me how to love. At the center, with heart and hands and eyes open toward the ocean, I took it all in. Everything I needed was there, in and around me.”

It is moments like this that remind me of the critical importance of our work at Heartbeat and the support that we are able to offer those taking direct action in resisting the injustices of our time. After our walk, Mira had this to share:

“I feel called to show up with and for people on the margins, and on the pilgrimage, I felt a pull to consider how I am or am not showing up for myself and for my family. I left reminded of the need to tend and care for myself and the relationships closest to me in order to show up for others and to engage in the work of changing oppressive systems.”

Will you make a gift today and help us continue to advance the Celtic vision of John Philip and Ali Newell, listening for the heartbeat of the Sacred in all things? Thank you for your partnership and support on this incredible journey. The generosity of the Heartbeat family provides vital support for the work of healing and transformation.

Sincerely,

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Ben Lindwall, Executive Director

P.s. You can help us save on credit card processing fees by sending a check to:

HEARTBEAT
5431 NE 20th Ave
Portland, OR 97211

Or for your convenience you can donate online here http: heartbeatjourney.org/donate-now/

I Feel I Have Come Home

Dear Heartbeat Family,

I have recently returned from Iona and one of our Pilgrimage Weeks. The island was in its autumnal wildness of beauty. There were days of unspeakable glory in the sun’s lowering light. And there were times, including our pilgrimage walk around the island, when we were showered with that other blessing that Scotland so excels in! Our bodies and souls felt washed.

John Philip Newell on the Iona

John Philip Newell on the Iona

One of the young Heartbeat scholarship recipients said to me, ‘I feel I have come home’. Some of that, of course, was the island itself, always such a sheer gift of blessing. But much of it also was the shape and focus of our community life and study. To enter silence together, as we do at the beginning of the day in the Michael Chapel, is a simple spiritual practice that people are hungering for but haven’t necessarily known how to access. Some of our Iona pilgrims learned for the first time how to take this simple discipline forward in their lives to be rooted more deeply in prayerful awareness. And the teaching sessions, always circling around our threefold vision of Celtic Spirituality – nobility of soul, the sacred earth, and the grounding of vision in compassionate action – more deeply equipped us all to be part of the holy work of transformation.

So many of the pilgrims spoke to me with deep gratitude about our mixture of pilgrimage participants, and especially for the intermingling of generations. This simply would not happen without the financial support that many of you have generously offered the Heartbeat scholarship programme over the years. You need to know just how many young lives you are helping shape and how many older lives are being blessed by relationship across the many boundaries, whether of age or race or class or faith, that have separated us. We need one another.

I came away from Iona with a new sense of urgency. It isn’t necessarily that we need to be ‘busier’ in our work for transformation. Feeling busily driven can speak more of franticness than faithfulness. I wasn’t feeling driven. I was feeling drawn. I believe the time is ripe for the vision we are trying to serve. Whether it is our pilgrimage work, our refugee and interfaith initiatives, or our earth-honouring teachings and School of Celtic Consciousness, Heartbeat has an urgent role to play now. The Spirit is inviting us into greater intentionality about choosing to work together in this Sacred Journey Toward Earth’s Well-Being.

I thank you for being part of this. Please continue to gift Heartbeat’s work with your support.  I urge you forward in the unique role that is yours to play.

With my blessings to you and much gratitude,

 

John Philip Newell

Report: The Sanctuary Walk for Refugees

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Recently I wrote to you about the planned Sanctuary Walk for Refugees in Scotland. Well, last weekend we walked with fifty students, faculty and friends of the University of Edinburgh in pilgrimage to an ancient Celtic site of hospitality to support the growing vision of sanctuary for refugees in our university, city, and nation. Importantly we were joined by six young Syrian men who have found new beginnings among us.

One of them, Ibrahim, shared his story with me as we walked together over the great Forth Road Bridge that connects the Lowlands and Highlands of Scotland. He had managed to escape from Syria after being tortured by the Assad regime in Damascus. His path to safety took him over vast stretches of Europe as far as Calais on the west coast of France. But there, because of restrictive British Government immigration policies, he was allowed to travel no further in his hope to join his brother in Scotland. Ibrahim decided to buy diving equipment and bravely entered the cold waters of the English Channel, swimming beneath the surface to a ship bound for England. Successfully clambering on board he was able, in international waters, to claim refugee status. A number of hours later he arrived safely in Dover to be processed officially as an internationally displaced person. As soon as he could, Ibrahim headed for Scotland to join his brother. The night he arrived in Edinburgh was the beginning of Advent. The streets and tree-lined paths of the park beneath the Castle had just been lit for the Christmas season. When he saw such a city of welcoming light he said to himself, ‘This is my place of new beginnings’.

Light at St Bridget's KirkThank God, it has been such a place for Ibrahim. He has found welcome here. He is working hard at his English as well as volunteering with a Scottish charity. The hope is that by next year he will be ready to study at the University.

It is for young people like Ibrahim that we walked in pilgrimage last weekend. The University of Edinburgh is the first Sanctuary University in Scotland, waiving tuition fees for refugees. It has also agreed to match the funds that we raise for the University’s Humanitarian Assistance Fund. So far, through the Sanctuary Walk for Refugees, we have raised over £8000. This means that already there is over £16000 of additional support for the subsistence of refugees during their time of study in Edinburgh. Please help in building this amount even further so that others like Ibrahim may say, ‘This is my place of new beginnings’.

Heartbeat is committed to acts of compassion. Please join us. You can make a gift which is tax-deductible in the United States here (please designate for Refugee Fund) or through the ‘Just Giving’ tab at the University of Edinburgh’s Sanctuary Walk contribution page.

With my gratitude to you and blessings,

John Philip Newell

Co-founder, Heartbeat

(You can also send a check to HEARTBEAT, 5431 NE 20th Ave, Portland, OR, 97211)

Interfaith Northwest Coastal Pilgrimage

Join us on an interfaith walk as a sign of peace in Oregon, USA. Apply by June 29, 2017.

NW Coastal Pilgrimage with Ben Lindwall and Stephanie Escher, Oregon USA

Religion is at the heart of some of the most conflicted places of violence and hatred in our world. Peace between us as nations and the healing of the earth will be served by peace and healing between us as religious traditions.

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Each day will include various spiritual practices (yoga, salat, or meditation), hearing each other’s stories, and about 10-18 mi/16-29 km of walking. There will also be short periods of time set aside for silence as we walk along the coast.

Application fee:  $10

Standard registration fee: $449 (due upon notification of your acceptance by the selection committee)

 A reference form must be completed by a mentor, teacher, advisor, or religious/spiritual leader as soon as possible.

Scholarships Available!

Scholarships in the amount of $400 are available for those unable to pay the full amount. If applicable, please indicate your need for a scholarship in the application form. Scholarship recipients will be required to pay a $49 registration fee.

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Walking 35 miles from Astoria to Arch Cape in Northern Oregon, this pilgrimage will traverse rainforest, sand dunes, and many miles of picturesque beaches. Included in the registration fee and scholarship are guided walking along Oregon’s North Coast, guided contemplative exercises, spiritual accompaniment, meals, lodging, and van shuttle to the coast and back from Portland, OR. Lodging will include yurts, a hostel, and a church community room. Showers are available at each location. Most of the meals will be prepared by the group (gluten free and vegetarian options available upon request).

Our days will begin with morning prayer before settling into a rhythm of sharing meals, holding space for contemplative practice, and intentional group discussion which will focus on exploring our participation in meaningful action towards healing and transformation in the world. Registered participants and scholarship recipients will meet in Portland, OR at 12pm on September 21. A van and trailer shuttle will be provided for ferry to the coast, making some food and supply drops along our route. Our walk will conclude in Arch Cape, OR and we will shuttle back to Portland, OR on September 25, returning around 11:00am. FullSizeRender

Facilitators

photoBen Lindwall lives in Portland, Oregon USA where he and his family experiment with sustainable living inside their tiny home. He has been leading group experiences in various capacities for over a decade. Ben has been mentored by John Philip and Ali Newell since 2011 and is a certified Spiritual Director. He has been the Executive Director at Heartbeat since 2013, working with people from all over the world to advance a vision of healing, transformation, and peace. Coming from an evangelical Christian background and now like many of his generation, Ben considers himself spiritual (and a Christian) without any formal church membership. He and his wife Jen have been married since 2003 and have two young children.

“A pilgrimage is always an opportunity to be re-born. I’ve seen and experienced the impact of leaving behind the safety and comfort of home on a quest for deeper understanding, awareness, and connection. The act of moving our bodies, moving our feet gently upon the earth in unison can be a kind of soul-march. It reminds us of our true identity, our oneness, and creates liminal space to hear and know our calling. In co-leading this pilgrimage I hope to cultivate an environment for each of us to learn and grow.”  -Ben Lindwall

IMG_1973Rev. Stephanie Escher, Turtle Mountain Ojibwe, lives in St Paul, MN where she presently serves as a Hospice Chaplain and engages in faith-based ministry on a volunteer basis at Hennepin Ave UMC in Minneapolis. Stephanie is a pastor in the United Methodist Church via a colorful and delightful route as a banker, IT analyst, church choir director, and keyboardist in an all female R&B band in Atlanta. Stephanie has lived in Alaska, Atlanta, Ann Arbor, Boulder, Chicago and Madison, WI. She received her undergrad in Boulder, CO and her master’s degree in Evanston, IL. Stephanie is a Native American and a former pilgrim from the 2015 Camino peace pilgrimage in Spain.

“Heartbeat’s interfaith Camino pilgrimage in 2015 changed my life. It was all about exploring our diverse cultures, sharing our broad spectrum of faith and spiritual foundations, and celebrating our individual journeys as unique human beings and carriers of the divine spark, through the intentional art and practice of both storytelling and storycatching. All the while, we were moving: feet on the earth, sun at our backs, wind swirling about. Talk about embodiment; shared breath with each other and Spirit; a creaturely approach to the nuances of a struggling planet; the integration of the sacred and the profane; and practical approaches to peace and justice and good stewardship of the earth…one step at a time, one connection at a time, one shared meal at a time…and yes, even one blister at a time.”

Expectations and Requirements

  • Bring a water proof rain jacket and pants, as well as any gear needed to complete packing list below.
  • Access to restrooms will be minimal while walking – at times trees, shrubs, and beach grass may be the only available coverage.
  • While usually sunny this time of year, the possibility always exists for high winds and rain. Our group will be expected to walk rain or shine unless dangerous conditions are present.
  • The route consists of approximately 65% beach walking, 30% state park forest trail, and up to 5% roadside walking on scenic Hwy 101.
  • Some of the hiking will enter forested areas with an approximate 1000 ft climb, going up and over Tillamook Head.
  • A couple creek and stream crossings will be necessary.
  • To maximize walking during low tides, some mornings may begin as early as 5:00am.
  • Each participant will be required to sign Heartbeat’s release and indemnification waiver.
  • Each participant will be required to carry up to 3 lbs of group food and supplies in their backpack.
  • Each participant must be able to walk up to 20 miles in a day and must train for a brisk walking pace beforehand with a loaded pack.

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Packing list:

*Please be mindful that the packing list includes what you will be wearing (for instance, you will wear one pair of socks and pack two— three total). You may plan to leave some luggage locked up in the trailer to avoid excess carrying on the trail.

Socks (3) light wool for hiking

Sock liner (3) prevents blisters (optional)

Underwear (2) lightweight, quick dry (mostly poly/nylon fabric)

Shorts (1) lightweight, quick dry (mostly poly/nylon fabric)

Pants (1) lightweight, quick dry (mostly poly/nylon fabric)

Shirts (2) lightweight, quick dry (mostly poly/nylon fabric)

Long sleeve shirt (1) lightweight, quick dry (mostly poly/nylon fabric)

Lightweight hiking shoes

Light sandal (like these or these)

Waterproof rain jacket

Hat

Moleskin (or other blister treatment)

Earplugs

Sunscreen

Sunglasses

Toothbrush

Laundry detergent

Toothpaste (small tube)

Soap (small all purpose bar for body and hair, if possible)

Water bottle (at least 900ml/32oz)

5 safety pins (for hanging wet laundry – sometimes on your pack while walking)

Plastic plate, bowl, fork, and spoon

Hiking towel (small quick dry)

Toiletries (optional: biodegradable toilet paper)

Medication

Backpack

Pillow

Journal

Pen or pencil

Necessary travel documents if arriving from outside the USA

Camera phone and waterproof container

*sleeping sheet bag liner and blanket (for first and last night’s accommodation)

*Sleeping bag and sleeping pad (for third nigh’s accommodation)

*items will be dropped at a specific site and will note be carried in backpack

Cancellation policy

A full refund is available up to 45 days before the event. After the 45-day deadline, a refund will be available if the spot can be filled.

In case of injury or fatigue

If you are unable to walk with the group for any reason, transportation to the next destination on the itinerary will be arranged at the participant’s expense. If for any reason a participant needs to leave the group, transportation to Portland, OR will be arranged at the participant’s expense. Before registering please have emergency contact and personal medical insurance information available.

Apply Now for a Heartbeat Scholarship

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For more information on applying for a Heartbeat scholarship, please see below. To contribute to our Pilgrimage Scholarship Fund, please click here.

Iona Pilgrimage, St Columba Hotel, Isle of Iona, Scotland

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Application fee: $10

Registration fee for scholarship recipients: $100 (invoiced through PayPal)

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Each day on Iona will begin and end with the rhythm of prayer and meditation together, either at the Abbey or elsewhere on the island. John Philip will teach on themes related to the oneness of the human soul and the healing of creation, asking what sacrifices we are to make in our lives as individuals, as nations, and as a species, if we and the world are to be well. Click here for more event information.

This scholarship includes lodging, breakfast, dinner, and program fees. Because of limited availability applicants must be willing to share a room (if applying with a friend or family member, please indicate in the appropriate field on the application).

Instructions: fill out the online form by clicking here and have a letter of reference from a mentor, teacher, or advisor sent to Ben Lindwall (ben@heartbeatjourney.org) by 2 April 2017. A Heartbeat Selection Committee will review all applications and notify successful candidates by 12 April 2017. The funds will then be transferred to the St. Columba Hotel in the recipient’s name, pending the payment of the registration fee.

Additional cost to recipient: travel expenses to get to Iona and lunch each day.

Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico, USA

17-23 July 2017 | Award: $1,015 | Application deadline: 2 April 2016

Application fee: $10

Registration fee for scholarship recipients: $100 (invoiced through PayPal)

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One of the most cherished images in the early Celtic Christian world is the memory of John the Beloved leaning against Jesus at the last supper. It was said of him that he thus heard the heartbeat of God. He became a symbol of the practice of listening, listening for the beat of the Sacred deep within ourselves, within one another, and within the body of the earth. This spiritual tradition has many resonances with Native American spirituality and the wisdom of indigenous peoples throughout the world.

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In our signature week at Ghost Ranch, we will honor this wisdom through Native ceremony and look to the treasure of Celtic spirituality as a rich resource for transformation in our lives and world today. Our days will consist of prayer at the rising of the sun in Ghost Ranch’s Agape Center courtyard, teaching and sharing in the mornings and evenings, and rest and silence in the afternoons. The program will be led by John Philip and Ali Newell who this year will be deepening and expanding their Celtic teachings, along with the musical talent of David and Winona Poole and the Navajo wisdom of Alta Begay-Piechowski and Terrell Piechowski. They are all good friends of Ghost Ranch and have worked together creatively in the past through word and song and ceremony. For more details, click here.

This scholarship includes lodging, meals, and program fees. Because of limited availability applicants must be willing to share a room (if applying with a friend or family member, please indicate in the appropriate field on the application).

Instructions: fill out the online form by clicking here and have a letter of reference from a mentor, teacher, or advisor sent to Ben Lindwall (ben@heartbeatjourney.org) by 2 April 2017. A Heartbeat Selection Committee will review all applications and notify successful candidates by 12 April 2017. The funds will then be transferred to Ghost Ranch in their name, pending the payment of the registration fee.

Additional cost to recipient: travel expenses to get to Ghost Ranch.

Virginia School of Celtic Consciousness, Richmond, Virginia, USA

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Heartbeat has four $374 Scholarship Awards available to go towards meals, lodging (sharing a room with someone of similar gender), and program fees at the Virginia School of Celtic Consciousness. There are also two $184 Scholarship Awards Scholarship for commuters to go towards the program fee and meals. Recipients are responsible for their own transportation to/from the event as well as the remaining registration balance of $100.

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Apply by filling out the online application and have a letter of reference sent to Ben Lindwall (ben@heartbeatjourney.org) by May 1, 2017. Heartbeat’s Selection Committee will review all applications and notify successful candidates by May 10.

 

Space available at the Colorado School of Celtic Consciousness, April 4-6

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Join us April 4-6, 2017 for an experiential time of learning, prayer, & chant rooted in the Celtic vision with acclaimed Scottish teacher, Rev. Dr. John Philip Newell at the beautiful Shambhala Mountain Center in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado.

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This is the second annual gathering of the Colorado School of Celtic Consciousness, to nurture a community of shared vision and spiritual practice for transformation in our lives and world. Open to all, both to those who attended the first gathering in 2016 and those who wish to explore. Teachings will focus on the central themes of Celtic Spirituality, the sacredness of the earth and the human soul. And practices will concentrate on sustainable contemplative disciplines for individual wellbeing and collective healing.

Our daily schedule will consist of prayer at the beginning and ending of each day, presentations by John Philip Newell, followed by meditative practices, silence, and sharing. Meals will be shared in common and there will be free time to hike and rest as well as a party on the last evening to celebrate our time together.

Located in the Northern Rockies of Colorado,  The Shambhala Mountain Center is a peaceful retreat nestled between breathtaking mountain views. The event will be held in the main lodge with plenty of space indoors and outdoors for quiet reflection, and space to converse with old and new friends. We will gather at 4pm on Tuesday, April 4th and conclude after lunch on Thursday, April 6th. Space is limited so register soon!

Lodging options

Rates include retreat program fees, meals, lodging, and use of the Shambhala Mountain Center facilities. Due to accommodation constraints, all attendees are required to stay on-site. Click here for more information about the rooms at the Shambhala Mountain Center.

$418 – Lodge Dormshared room, twin bed, shared bathroom

$494 – Lodge Double, shared room, queen beds (2), full private bath (partners and friends wishing to share a room must register separately and enter roommate requests under “special requests”)

$534 – Lodge Single Monk, private room, full size bed, shared bathroom

$618 – Lodge Single (price for one guest), private room, full or queen size bed, private bath

(You may add up to one additional person to the Lodge Single Suite for $284)

FULL $726 – Lodge Junior Suite (price for one guest), private room, queen size bed, full private bath

(You may add up to one additional person to the Lodge Junior Suite for $368)

Registration instructions:

1. Enter your personal information

2. Select lodging option – you may register up to two people for the “Lodge Junior Suite” or the “Lodge Single”. After selecting either of these options, please fill out the guest information portion of the form and select the corresponding lodging option. “Lodge Double” is single registration only but you may request a roommate, or we can assign a roommate with a similar gender.

3. Enter your payment information via Paypal or send a check to:

Heartbeat 
5431 NE 20th Ave
Portland, OR 97211
 
Questions? For event related questions, please contact Jan Silverstein at rjrace@earthnet.net. To inquire about registration, please contact Ben Lindwall at ben@heartbeatjourney.org 
 

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