Virginia School of Celtic Consciousness

Year III
'Dreaming the Way Forward'
Roslyn Retreat Center // October 15 - 17, 2019

Single occupancy rooms and commuter spots are currently sold out for this event. If you would like to register for a double occupancy room, please do so using the button above. If you would like to add your name to the waitlist for either a single occupancy room or a commuter spot, please do so using the button below. Thank you.

LocationRoslyn Retreat Center
Richmond, VA
DatesOctober 15 - 17, 2019
Registration Cost
Single Occupancy - $474.00 - SOLD OUT
Double Occupancy - $449.00 (per person) - 3 Spaces Left
Commuter - $284.00 - SOLD OUT
Scholarship AwardVarying, up to maximum of $400.00 for residential recipients, $240.00 for commuters
Residential scholarship award is for a lodge double room. Recipients will be asked to share a room.
Scholarship Application DeadlineJune 25, 2019 - We are no longer accepting scholarship applications for this event.

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.

The School has a three-fold 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.

This is the third annual gathering of the Virginia School of Celtic Consciousness at Roslyn Retreat Center in Richmond, Virginia. 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 third year curriculum is ‘Dreaming the Way Forward’ (Alexander Scott, Kenneth White, and George MacLeod).

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. 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 III is ‘Dreaming the Way Forward’ (Alexander Scott, Kenneth White, and George MacLeod). Required Reading: Listening for the Heartbeat of Godand 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 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 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.

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 week of the beginning of the event.


Located just outside Richmond, Virginia, the Roslyn Retreat Center is perched above the James River with beautiful views and lots of room for walking the grass-covered hillsides. The event will be held in the window-clad Chapel with plenty of space for quiet reflection and to converse with old and new friends.

Roslyn Retreat Center is located at:

8727 River Road
Richmond, VA 23229

All meals will be provided by Roslyn Retreat Center and are served buffet style. There are vegetarian and gluten free options at each meal. If you have other dietary restrictions or questions or concerns about the food, please contact Missy Jimenez (Retreat Coordinator at Roslyn Retreat Center) at

Rates and Registration

All rates include the School of Celtic Consciousness program provided by John Philip Newell and dinner on Tuesday the 15th through lunch on Thursday the 17th. The residential options also include two nights lodging at Roslyn Retreat Center. Each room has two twin beds and a private bathroom. You can register now online for one of the remaining double occupancy room spaces or add your name to our waitlist for a single occupancy room or commuter spot.

Single Occupancy
(One guest) Private room with two twin beds and private bath. $474.00
Double Occupancy
3 Spaces Left
(Two guests) Private room with two twin beds and private bath. $449.00
per person
No lodging provided but includes all meals.$284.00


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.

The application deadline to apply for a scholarship to attend this event has already passed.