Virginia School of Celtic Consciousness (Richmond Hill) Year I

Year One
‘In the Beginning was the Gift’

Campus at Richmond Hill

Campus at Richmond Hill

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 Virginia School of Celtic Consciousness at Richmond Hill, 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.

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 1 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 One is ‘In the Beginning was the Gift’ (Pelagius, St. Brigid, and Teilhard de Chardin). Required reading for Year Two is Listening for the Heartbeat of God 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

Richmond Hill is an ecumenical Christian Community located in the historic monastery of the Sisters of the Visitation of Monte Maria on Church Hill in the center of Richmond. The mission of the Community is to pray and work for the transformation of the metropolitan city. We will gather in the mid to late afternoon on Friday, November 9, and conclude after lunch on Sunday, November 11.


There are no overnight accommodations at Richmond Hill available to the SCC – commuters only. The price to attend this event is $280. This includes dinner on the first night, lunch and dinner on the second day, and lunch on Sunday.

This event is currently sold out. If you are interested in being placed on a waiting list in the event that someone is unable to attend, please fill out the following online form by clicking here.