School of Celtic Consciousness

 

Iona SunriseIn 2016 John Philip Newell founded the School of Celtic Consciousness (SCC). He did so in the belief that Celtic wisdom is needed at this moment in time, urgently. It is a spiritual tradition in the Christian household that can nurture vision of mind, strength of soul, and compassion of action.

SCC Purpose

  1. To consciously access the wisdom of our Celtic Christian inheritance.
  2. To deepen spiritual practice in relationship to this wisdom.
  3. To translate this study and practice into compassionate action.

JPN at Columba's Bay JPEG

SCC Curriculum

The SCC follows a three-year curriculum. In other words, the themes of Year 1 will not appear again until the fourth year of the School. Participants may join at any stage and, over a three year period, receive the full curriculum of teachings.  It is also possible in the three-year program to attend more than one of the school locations, e.g., to take Year 1 in Colorado, and Years 2 and 3 elsewhere. The recommended prayer book for the School is Sounds of the Eternal: A Celtic Psalter.

Year 1

‘In the Beginning was the Gift’ (Pelagius, St Brigid, and Teilhard de Chardin). Required Reading: Listening for the Heartbeat of God.

Year 2

‘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.

Year 3

‘Dreaming the Way Forward’ (Alexander Scott, Kenneth White, and George MacLeod). Required Reading: Listening for the Heartbeat of God and Christ of the Celts.

SCC Locations & Datesunspecified

The Colorado School of Celtic Consciousness (Every Spring)

Year 2: May 8 – 10, 2020 at La Foret Conference & Retreat Center, Colorado Springs, CO (click here for more event information)

Year 2: May 19 – 21, 2020 at Shambhala Mountain Center, Red Feather Lakes, CO (click here for more event information)

The Canada School of Celtic Consciousness (Every Summer)

Year 3: July 7 – 9, 2020 at Five Oaks Education & Retreat Centre in Paris, Ontario, Canada (more information coming soon!)

The New England School of Celtic Consciousness (Every Summer)

Year 1: July 14 – 16, 2020 at Mercy by the Sea Retreat & Conference Center, Madison, CT (more information coming soon!)

Year 1: July 17 – 19, 2020 at Hartford Seminary, Hartford, CT (more information coming soon!)

The North Carolina School of Celtic Consciousness (Every Autumn)

Year 1: October 13 – 15, 2020 at Montreat Conference Center in Montreat, NC (more information coming soon!)

The Virginia School of Celtic Consciousness (Every Autumn)

Year 3: October 20 – 22, 2020 at Roslyn Retreat Center in Richmond, VA (more information coming soon!)

Year 2: October 27 – 29, 2020 at Grace Episcopal Church in Kilmarnock, VA (more information coming soon!)

The California School of Celtic Consciousness (Every Winter)

Year 1: February 14 – 16, 2020 at San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville, CA (click here for more event information)

Year 1: February 18 – 20, 2020 at Bishop’s Ranch in Healdsburg, CA (click here for more event information)

SCC Quarterly Gatherings

Each of the SCC locations will also hold quarterly gatherings (at which John Philip will not be present), led by members of the regional leadership team, to continue to nurture study, spiritual practice, community, and action. Details of dates and locations will be posted on our Heartbeat website Events Page (www.heartbeatjourney.org).

It is our hope that the School of Celtic Consciousness will be a legacy of Celtic wisdom for today, to further enable the sacred work of healing and transformation in our lives and world.

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