Science sheds a new light on many spiritual practices, including pilgrimages, meditation, chanting, prayer and rites of passage. People with regular spiritual practices tend to live healthier and longer lives.
In this program we will spend part of our time outdoors in the garden, seashore and forest learning how to reconnect with the world around us, and integrate understanding with direct intuitive experience. We will explore spiritual traditions through our own experiences, and through singing, listening, looking, telling stories, thinking and having fun. We will reflect on our connections with our ancestors and with the collective memory on which we all draw.
Rupert Sheldrake will show how his hypothesis of morphic resonance enables us to understand rituals and mantras in a new way, and provides a new interpretation of memory and the survival of bodily death. Our minds are much more extensive than our brains, and can stretch out to affect people on the other side of the world, and even reach the stars.
Rupert Sheldrake, PhD, is a biologist and author of more than 80 scientific papers and many books including Science Set Free, Morphic Resonance and Dogs That Know When Their Owners are Coming Home. He is a former professor of biology at Cambridge University sheldrake.org
Merlin Sheldrake, PhD, is a tropical ecologist and musician, who has worked in the forests of Central America and the jungles of Brazil.
Cosmo Sheldrake is a musician and anthropologist. cosmosheldrake.com
TUITION: $535 CDN / 4 nights (meals and accommodation extra)