Virginia School of Celtic Consciousness (Year 1) Richmond, Virginia

Date(s) - 9 November 2018 - 11 November 2018

Join us November 9 – 11, 2018 at Richmond Hill 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 .

Campus at Richmond Hill

Campus at Richmond Hill

This event is sold out. If you would like to be placed on our waiting list in the event that someone is unable to attend, 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 first annual gathering of the Virginia School of Celtic Consciousness held at Richmond Hill. 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 first year is ‘In the Beginning Was the Gift’ (Pelagius, St. Brigid, and Teilhard de Chardin). Required Reading: Listening for the Heartbeat of God.

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.

Richmond Hill is an ecumenical Christian Community located in the historic monastery of the Sisters of the Visitation of Monte Maria on Church Hill in the center of Richmond. The mission of the Community is to pray and work for the transformation of the metropolitan city. We will gather in the mid to late afternoon on Friday, November 9, and conclude after lunch on Sunday, November 11.



There are no overnight accommodations at Richmond Hill available to the SCC – commuters only. The price to attend this event is $280. This includes dinner on the first night, lunch and dinner on the second day, and lunch on Sunday. This event is sold out. 

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

Registration Instructions

Campus at Richmond Hill

Campus at Richmond Hill

1. Go to the registration link, and enter your personal information.You may  register with another person, adding them as a “guest” to your registration. To do so, click “add” under Guest Information to enter the second person’s information. It will automatically add the fee for the second participant as well.

2. 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 10 $230 Scholarship Awards available to go towards meals 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 Richmond Hill, and a $10 application fee (an invoice will be sent to you via PayPal once your application has been submitted).