Virginia School of Celtic Consciousness

Year II
'The Song of the Sacred Earth'
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church // October 25 - 27, 2019

LocationSt. Stephen's Episcopal Church
Richmond, VA
DatesOctober 25 - 27, 2019
Registration Cost
(Commuter Only)
Scholarship Award
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Up to $200.00
Scholarship Application DeadlineJune 25, 2019

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 purpose of the School is threefold:

  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 annual gathering of the Virginia School of Celtic Consciousness will be held at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, 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 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 II is ‘The Song of the Sacred Earth’ (Eriugena, the Carmina Gadelica, and John Muir). Required reading for Year II is Listening for the Heartbeat of Godand The Book of Creation 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. Some meals will be provided (see below).

This offering of the School will take place in the late afternoon into the evening on Friday, October 25 (beginning around 4:00 pm), all day on Saturday, October 26 with a mid-afternoon break, and in the afternoon and evening on Sunday, October 27 (beginning around 1:00 pm and concluding around 8:00 pm). All times are subject to change.


St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church serves locally as a kind of modern village green for many in Richmond. From daily worship to a Saturday farmers market, weekly small groups to world-class guest speakers, providing fellowship and nurture to people at every stage of life, they provide a gathering place where people come to love and be loved, to grow in faith and spirit, and to explore what matters most in life. This embracing community is open to all (not just ‘members’) and is constantly evolving and growing.

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church is located at:

6000 Grove Ave
Richmond, VA 23226

The following meals will be provided and are included in the registration price: dinner on Friday the 25th, breakfast and a heavy hors d’oeuvres evening reception on Saturday the 26th, and dinner on Sunday the 27th.

Please note: this offering of the School is commuter only. There is no lodging provided. For local accommodation recommendations, please contact Margaret Anne Fohl at

Rates and Registration

The cost of this event is $245.00. Included in this rate are the School of Celtic Consciousness program provided by John Philip Newell and the following meals: dinner on Friday the 25th, breakfast and a heavy hors d’oeuvres evening reception on Saturday the 26th, and dinner on Sunday the 27th. All other meals are on the participant’s own.


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 this location of the 2019 Virginia School of Celtic Consciousness. The award amount for this scholarship varies depending on the applicant’s financial need but can go up to a maximum of $200.00. Successful applicants will be required to pay the balance of the registration fee (total of $245.00).

For more information about this scholarship, including how to apply, please visit our scholarship page here.