New England School of Celtic Consciousness

Year III
‘Dreaming the Way Forward’

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LocationMercy by the Sea Retreat and Conference Center
Madison, Connecticut
DatesJuly 16 - 18, 2019
Registration Cost
Single Occupancy - $475.00
Double Occupancy - $375.00
Commuter - $275.00
Scholarship Award
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Partial and Full Available
$325.00 is maximum award - recipient pays remaining $50.00
Scholarship Award is for a double occupancy room
Scholarship Application DeadlineMay 1, 2019


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. You can register now through their website, by clicking here.

Scholarship Information

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 partial and full scholarships for the 2019 New England School of Celtic Consciousness. Award amounts will vary depending on the financial need of the applicant, but can go up to a maximum of $325.00. Successful scholarship applicants will be required to pay the remaining portion of the registration fee ($375.00 total). Scholarship recipients will receive:

  • Lodging for two nights at Mercy by the Sea in a shared room with one roommate*
  • Dinner on Tuesday through lunch on Thursday
  • The School of Celtic Consciousness program and curriculum provided by John Philip Newell

*On the application, you can indicate your gender and which gender you would be most comfortable sharing a room with. If you have questions or concerns about sharing a room, please contact Karin Baard.

Additional costs include:

  • The remaining registration fee (depending on portion of scholarship funds requested)
  • Transportation to and from Mercy by the Sea

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 May 1, 2019.

After the application deadline has passed, Heartbeat’s Selection Committee will review all applications and notify all applicants of their application status.

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