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Exploring the Art of Awareness

Living, there is no happiness in that.

Living: carrying one’s painful self through the world.

But being, being is happiness.

Being: becoming a fountain, a fountain on which the universe

falls like warm rain.

(Milan Kundera)

 

 

We shall be exploring the practice and meaning of awareness of God, our environment, ourselves and other people using a variety of approaches.

We shall look at how poets and authors such as Thomas Merton, Rumi, Thicht Naht Hahn and Mary Oliver try to capture a moment in time or describe the art of being aware in a certain place or situation:

Around me the trees stir in their leaves

and call out “Stay awhile”.

The light flows from their branches.

And they call again, “It’s simple”, they say,

and you too have come into the world to do this,

to go easy, to be filled with light, and to shine.

(Mary Oliver)

 

Stories and insights from a variety of different faiths and traditions will also provide a focus for discussion. Silence, music, meditation and other exercises will be used during the weekend as well as the contemplation of all that surrounds us in our search for awareness.

Mark Scholefield has been contributing to the life and work of the Ammerdown Centre since 2005. He has led courses on a variety of subjects including the spiritualities of Thomas Merton, Anthony de Mello and Henri Nouwen, meditation and mindfulness, the nature of authenticity as well as regular pilgrimages. He is also a longstanding practioner of zen.

Led by: Mark Scholefield

Please arrive by 6pm on Friday. Course ends with lunch on Sunday.

 Living, there is no happiness in that.

Living: carrying one’s painful self through the world.

But being, being is happiness.

Being: becoming a fountain, a fountain on which the universe

falls like warm rain.

(Milan Kundera)

 

We shall be exploring the practice and meaning of awareness of God, our environment, ourselves and other people using a variety of approaches.

We shall look at how poets and authors such as Thomas Merton, Rumi, Thicht Naht Hahn and Mary Oliver try to capture a moment in time or describe the art of being aware in a certain place or situation:

 Around me the trees stir in their leaves

and call out “Stay awhile”.

The light flows from their branches.

And they call again, “It’s simple”, they say,

and you too have come into the world to do this,

to go easy, to be filled with light, and to shine.

(Mary Oliver)

 

Stories and insights from a variety of different faiths and traditions will also provide a focus for discussion. Silence, music, meditation and other exercises will be used during the weekend as well as the contemplation of all that surrounds us in our search for awareness.

Mark Scholefield has been contributing to the life and work of the Ammerdown Centre since 2005. He has led courses on a variety of subjects including the spiritualities of Thomas Merton, Anthony de Mello and Henri Nouwen, meditation and mindfulness, the nature of authenticity as well as regular pilgrimages. He is also a longstanding practioner of zen.

 

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Special offers:

Multi-purchase: If you book three or more residential courses all at once, Ammerdown will give you 5% discount on the total fees (N.B. this 5% discount does not apply when a bursary has already been agreed)

Extend your stay: Subject to availability, you are welcome to extend your stay before or after your course. If you choose to do so, Ammerdown will give you a 5% discount on our standard ‘Private Stays’ rates: please contact the centre to arrange this.