Science & Spiritual Practices

August 1 - 5, 2018

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.

Rupert Sheldrake, PhD, is a biologist and author of more than 80 scientific papers and many books including Science Set Free, and Science and Spiritual Practices.  He is a former Director of Studies in 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


Rupert Sheldrake joins Russell Brand to discuss the dogmas within conventional science, the evolving laws of physics, memory in nature, and how science validates and improves spiritual practices.


Listen to Rupert’s Hollyhock Talks Podcast:

Rupert Sheldrake speaks about scientific findings that prove Eastern spiritual views that the mind extends beyond the body, that living systems (human, animals, and plants) can communicate non-verbally across space and time, and the power of pilgrimage- both his own annual pilgrimage to Hollyhock, and the practice of pilgrimage which is a part of what he and his sons Merlin and Cosmo will offer this summer at Hollyhock.