Science & Spiritual Practices
With Rupert Sheldrake, Merlin Sheldrake and Cosmo Sheldrake
July 26 - 30, 2021
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People who have a regular spiritual practice tend to live healthier, longer, more content lives. Science sheds new light on many spiritual practices, including pilgrimages, meditation, chanting, prayer and rites of passage. Explore the interface and overlap of science and spirituality in Hollyhock’s beautiful, natural setting.
In this program we 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 explore spiritual traditions through our own experiences, and through singing, listening, looking, telling stories, thinking and having fun. We 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.
Song and the pilgrimage greatly enhanced the experience. Merlin’s presentation was riveting with visuals. I love Rupert’s humility which shines powerfully, along with his deep intelligence. What a treat to learn with him! – Gail Stevens, 2019
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Rupert Sheldrake on the importance of spiritual practice:
Rupert Sheldrake, PhD, is a biologist and author best known for his hypothesis of morphic resonance. At Cambridge University he worked in developmental biology as a Fellow of Clare College. He was Principal Plant Physiologist at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics in Hyderabad, India. From 2005 to 2010 he was Director of the Perrott-Warrick project for research on unexplained human and animal abilities, funded by Trinity College, Cambridge. sheldrake.org Read my blog on Hollyhock Talks
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Merlin Sheldrake, PhD, is a biologist and a writer. He received a Ph.D. in Tropical Ecology from Cambridge University for his work on underground fungal networks in tropical forests in Panama, where he was based at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. His book – Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds, and Shape Our Futures – is published in May 2020. He is a musician and keen fermenter. www.merlinsheldrake.com
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Cosmo Sheldrake is a musician and anthropologist. Much of his work is to do with play, nonsense and the sonorous environment. He has also worked as a facilitator and a teacher running music workshops for young people in England, Canada and the U.S.A. cosmosheldrake.com Read my blog on Hollyhock Talks
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