New England School of Celtic Consciousness (Connecticut) Year III

Year III
‘Dreaming the Way Forward’

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 New England School of Celtic Consciousness at Mercy by the Sea, 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 I 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 III is ‘Dreaming the Way Forward’ (Alexander Scott, Kenneth White, and George MacLeod). Required reading for Year III is 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

Mercy by the Sea Retreat and Conference Center is a sacred space located on the shores of Long Island Sound. They are committed to helping individuals and groups nurture a relationship with the Sacred in self, others, and creation, and to working towards a just and compassionate world. They support personal and societal transformation fully believing that the changes that one person experiences and lives into impacts wide change.

Registration for this event happens directly through Mercy by the Sea staff. More information coming soon on how to register with Mercy by the Sea for this event!