School of Celtic Consciousness, Richmond, Virginia, USA

Date(s) - 17 October 2017 - 19 October 2017

Join us October 17-19, 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 Roslyn Retreat Center near Richmond, Virginia


Chapel at the Roslyn Retreat Center


This is the first annual gathering of the Virginia School of Celtic Consciousness, to nurture a 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. 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. And practices will concentrate on sustainable contemplative disciplines for individual wellbeing and collective healing.
IMG_8579 - Version 2Our 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, October 17 and conclude after lunch on Thursday, October 19. Space is limited so register soon!
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

Registration instructions:

Chapel at the Roslyn Retreat Center

Chapel at the Roslyn Retreat Center

1. 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 guest” to enter the second person’s information. To request a roommate, select “Double occupancy (for requesting a roommate of similar gender)” and we will do our best to find a match for you.

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

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Questions? For event related questions, please contact Margaret Anne Fohl at To inquire about registration, please contact Ben Lindwall at 

Cancelation Policy

A refund will be given with notice of cancellation up to 30 days in advance of the event. After 30 days someone else must be found (waiting list or otherwise) to fill the spot before a refund can be issued.

Scholarship Funds 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 four $374 Scholarship Awards available to go towards meals, lodging (sharing a room with someone of similar gender), and program fees. 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.

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