California School of Celtic Consciousness Year III

Year Three
‘Dreaming the Way Forward’

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In 2016, John Philip Newell founded the School of Celtic Consciousness. 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.

This is the third annual gathering of the California School of Celtic Consciousness at Bishop’s Ranch, a place to nurture a community of shared vision and spiritual practice for transformation in our lives and world. Teachings by John Philip Newell will focus on the central themes of Celtic Spirituality, the sacredness of the earth and the human soul. The theme for the third year is ‘Dreaming the Way Forward’ (Alexander Scott, Kenneth White, and George MacLeod).

School of Celtic Consciousness 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.

School of Celtic Consciousness Curriculum:

The School of Celtic Consciousness follows a three-year curriculum. In other words, the themes of Year One will not appear again until the fourth year. Participants may join at any stage and over a three year period receive the full curriculum of teachings. Participants are also welcome to interchange locations (for a full listing of options, please visit the School of Celtic Consciousness section of our website found here).

The theme for Year Three is ‘Dreaming the Way Forward’ (Alexander Scott, Kenneth White, and George MacLeod). Required Reading: Listening for the Heartbeat of God and Christ of the Celts by John Philip Newell. The recommended prayer book for the School is Sounds of the Eternal: A Celtic Psalter by John Philip Newell.

Program Format

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.

Venue and Registration

2018CASCC_BishopsRanch_BenLindwallThe Bishop’s Ranch is a retreat and conference center nestled among the forests, farms and vineyards of Sonoma County, outside the town of Healdsburg. We are a unique gathering place for groups and individuals, where details are tended to and distractions of day to day life are removed.

The Bishop’s Ranch, which is owned by the Episcopal Diocese of California, provides a variety of meeting facilities, comfortable lodging, wholesome meals and recreational activities for non-profit, religious and educational groups of all ages. This unique gathering place can host events lasting one or more days depending on the needs of the group.  Overnight accommodations are available to groups of up to 100 people. Groups of up to 150 will find a comfortable space to meet.

High quality meals are lovingly prepared and served by a talented kitchen staff who utilize the freshest ingredients possible.  Vegetarian and special diets can be accommodated.  Guests dine buffet style in a large dining room that offers breathtaking views of Mt. St. Helena and the Russian River Valley.

Rates and registration instructions coming soon!