Virginia School of Celtic Consciousness (Year 2), Richmond, Virginia

Date(s) - 6 November 2018 - 8 November 2018

Join us November 6 – 8, 2018 at the Roslyn Retreat Center in Richmond, Virginia for an experiential time of learning, prayer, and chant rooted in the Celtic vision with acclaimed Scottish teacher, Rev. Dr. John Philip Newell .

Chapel at the Roslyn Retreat Center

Chapel at the Roslyn Retreat Center

This event is sold out. To be placed on our waiting list in case a spot opens up, please fill out our online form by clicking here.

Due to overwhelming interest in the Virginia location of the SCC, there will be two retreats in 2018. This is the second annual gathering of the Virginia School of Celtic Consciousness held at the Roslyn Retreat Center. The SCC is a place to nurture community of shared vision and spiritual practice for transformation in our lives and world. 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. The School of Celtic Consciousness follows a three-year curriculum, but participants may join at any point in that cycle and are welcome to interchange locations from year to year. The theme for the second year is ‘The Song of the Sacred Earth’ (Eriugena, the Carmina Gadelica, and John Muir). Required Reading: Listening for the Heartbeat of God and The Book of Creation. 

John Philip Newell

John Philip Newell

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 just outside Richmond, Virginia, the Roslyn Retreat Center is perched above the James River with beautiful views and lots of of room for walking the grass-covered hillsides. The event will be held in the window-clad Chapel with plenty of space for quiet reflection – and to converse with old and new friends. We will gather at 4pm on Tuesday, November 6 and conclude after lunch on Thursday, November 8.


Lodging Options

Rates include retreat program fees, meals, lodging (except for commuters), and use of the Roslyn Retreat Center facilities. All rooms have two twin beds and a private bath.

$449 – Double Occupancy (two guests): private room, private bath: SOLD OUT

$474 – Single Occupancy (one guest): private room, private bath: SOLD OUT

$284 – Commuter: price includes all meals: SOLD OUT

This event is sold out. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list in the event that someone is unable to attend, please fill out the following form by clicking here.

Registration Instructions

Chapel at the Roslyn Retreat Center

Chapel at the Roslyn Retreat Center

1. Go to the registration link, and enter your personal information.

2. Select Commuter or Lodging option

  • If you are attending alone and want your own room, select “Single Occupancy.”
  • To register with another person, select “Double Occupancy (for registering two guests)” and then click “Add” under guest information to enter the second person’s information. Under the guest payment section, select “Second participant for double occupancy (for registering two guests)”.
  • To request a roommate, select “Double occupancy (for requesting a roommate for a similar gender)”, and we will do our best to find a match for you.
  • To register with another person as commuters, select “Commuter” and then click “Add” under Guest Information to enter the second person’s information. Under the guest payment section, select “Second commuter participant.”

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

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For event related questions, please contact Margaret Anne Fohl at To inquire about registration, please contact Karin Baard at 

Cancellation Policy:

We are able to offer a full refund up to six weeks prior to the start of the event. If you need to cancel your registration within the six weeks prior to the event, we will be able to offer a full refund only in the event that we are able to find another participant to take your place. If we are not able to find another person, we will only be able to refund program fees, but not lodging.

Scholarships Available!

Are you in need of financial assistance? Our generous donor community has contributed funds to help people attend the Virginia School of Celtic Consciousness.

Heartbeat has 6 $399 Scholarship Awards available to go towards meals, lodging (successful applicants will be asked to share a room with someone of similar gender), and program fees.

Apply by filling out our online application, and have a teacher, mentor, advisor, or religious/spiritual leader fill out our online reference form by May 1, 2018. Heartbeat’s Selection Committee will review all applications and notify successful candidates by May 18, 2018.

Additional costs to successful applicants include the remaining $50 registration fee, travel to and from Roslyn Retreat Center, and a $10 application fee (an invoice will be sent to you via PayPal once your application has been submitted).