Colorado School of Celtic Consciousness (Colorado Springs) Year I

First United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs

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LocationFirst United Methodist Church
Colorado Springs, Colorado
DatesMay 17 - 19, 2019
Registration Cost$224.00 - Register Now
Scholarship Award$174.00 (recipient pays remaining $50.00)
Scholarship Application DeadlineJanuary 25, 2019 - Apply Now

School of Celtic Consciousness

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 first annual gathering of the Colorado School of Celtic Consciousness at First United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs. The School of Celtic Consciousness is 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 first year curriculum is ‘In the Beginning Was the Gift’ (Pelagius, St Brigid, and Teilhard de Chardin).

Purpose and Curriculum

The School of Celtic Consciousness has a threefold 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.

The School follows a three-year curriculum. In other words, the themes of Year One will not appear again until the fourth year. The curriculum years do not need to be taken in any particular order; 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 One is ‘In the Beginning was the Gift’ (Pelagius, St Brigid, and Teilhard de Chardin). Required Reading: Listening for the Heartbeat of Godby John Philip Newell. The recommended prayer book for the School is Sounds of the Eternal: A Celtic Psalter by John Philip Newell.

Program Format and Schedule

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 each participant’s individual responsibility (there are plenty of good options close to the church, and we will provide you with some suggestions prior to the event) as well as a party on the last evening to celebrate our time together.

The School generally begins in the late afternoon on the first day and concludes after lunch on the last day. Registrants will receive a more detailed schedule and arrival information within three weeks of the beginning of the event.


This location of the School will be held at First United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs, one of the city’s largest and most active congregations. First United Methodist is located at

420 N Nevada Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

This location will be commuter only – there will be no onsite accommodation available.



Rates and Registration

The registration fee for this event is $224 per person. To register, please complete our online registration form.  Please note: each participant must complete their own registration form. You may pay the registration fee online at the time of registration or mail a check, payable to HEARTBEAT, to the following address:

5431 NE 20th Ave
Portland, OR 97211

Checks must be received within three weeks of completing the registration form.


Each year Heartbeat provides scholarships to make attending the School of Celtic Consciousness accessible to all. Our goal is to deepen an individual’s spiritual journey and to ground, sustain, and enhance their efforts towards healing and transformation in their own unique context.

Heartbeat is pleased to be able to offer scholarships for the 2019 Colorado School of Celtic Consciousness in Colorado Springs. The award amount for this scholarship is $174. Successful scholarship applicants will be required to pay the remaining $50 registration fee. The scholarship award and registration fee together cover the curriculum and program of the School. Lodging and meals are not included.

There is a $10 application fee to be paid at the time your application is submitted.

To apply, please complete our online application and have a mentor, teacher, or spiritual leader complete our online reference form.

Applications and references forms must be submitted by January 25, 2019. Applicants will be notified of their status by February 15, 2019. 

Please note that we only consider applicants with significant financial need for scholarship awards.


Please contact Heartbeat’s Communications Coordinator, Karin Baard, at