All talks are free and take place at Watkins bookshop, 19 Cecil Court, London WC2N 4EZ. You can catch up on all the recent Watkins talks by spiritual authors on our youtube channel.
June Daniel Thomas Dyer 29-Jun-2017 Thu, 6.30pm 'Sufism and Holistic Education'
July Swami Saradanada 6-Jul-2017 Thu, 6.30pm, 'The Power of Breath' Patrice Chaplin 13-Jul-2017 Thu, 6.30pm, 'Stone Cradle' Dada Jyotirupananda 20-Jul-2017 Thu, 6.30pm, 'Meditation: Be All You Can Be' Gerry Thompson 27-Jul-2017 Thu, 6.30pm, 'Humour for personal and spiritual development'
JUNE 29, Thusrday 6.30-7.30pm, Daniel Thomas Dyer – Sufism and Holistic Education
Daniel Thomas Dyer, author and illustrator of The 99 Names of God, discusses Sufism as a framework for providing a more holistic education for our children today. Using his recently published illustrated family guide to the Islamic 99 Names of God, Daniel explores how critical thinking, creative imagination, meditation, and spiritual practice can be combined to deliver a more balanced, heart-based experience of ourselves and our world. The pluralistic approach of the book, which draws on wisdom from many faiths, has garnered praise from a diverse array of faith leaders.
Swami Saradananda, author of the popular book The Power of Breath, will introduce you to the powerful revitalizing effects that proper breathing can have on your body and mind. Her style is unique in its practical as well as theoretical approach.
Throughout your life, your breath is your most intimate companion; the interface between body and mind. Your breath both responds to and controls your emotions as well as your thoughts. Although no one can survive without breathing, you may find yourself becoming stressed out and overly tired because you fail to breathe properly. Swami Saradananda gives techniques to more fully empower yourself and to make more efficient use of your vital energies. Swami Saradananda is an internationally renowned yoga and meditation teacher who inspires you to want to practice. She is the author of The Power of Breath, Chakra Meditation, Yoga Mind and Body, Teach Yourself Yoga, Essential Guide to Chakras and Mudras for Modern Life.
JULY 13, Thursday 6.30-7.30pm, Patrice Chaplin – Stone Cradle
In her latest true-life memoir The Stone Cradle, Patrice Chaplin tells about the ancient city of secrets Girona. It was here that she first encountered the hidden society that influenced illustrious figures such as Salvador Dali, Jean Cocteau, Howard Hughes, and the cryptical priest of Rennes-le-Château, Bérenger Saunière. What mystery is protected by this esoteric society? Drawn into a series of adventures, she is taken to holy sites, isolated castles and ancient graves said to be linked to religious figures from the distant past. Patrice is led to a secret chapel in an isolated place: the domain of the Stone Cradle. Once touched, she is told, one would always return, even in dreams. This is a place of multidimensional reality, but also of peril – a portal to the unknown. What is its purpose? In The Stone Cradle, the culmination of her work, Patrice Chaplin discovers the secret of Girona and glimpses the truth beyond everyday reality.
Patrice Chaplin is an internationally renowned playwright and author who has published more than two dozen books. Her most notable works include Albany Park, Siesta, Into the Darkness Laughing, Hidden Star, Night Fishing and Death Trap.
JULY 20, Thursday 6.30-7.30pm, Dada Jyotirupananda – Meditation: Be All You Can Be
Dada Jyotirupananda, a teacher of Tantric meditation for over 30 years, is keen to broaden our understanding of what yoga really is.
According to Yoga philosophy, human consciousness has no natural limitations. Limitations happen when we associate the mind with limited thoughts and limited objects. Then we lose the big picture. And thus comes the stress, fear or confusion associated with limited thoughts.
Meditation helps us identify with our deeper, pure self and also to find our place in this world.
Dada Jyotirupananda, author of the popular book, Meditation: Searching for the Real You, will also lead us in a simple meditation since ‘seeing (or meditating) is believing.’ And he’ll explain how anyone can move on to a deeper meditation experience if they wish.
JULY 27 , Thursday 6.30-7.30pm, Gerry Thompson – Humour for personal and spiritual development
Gerry is author of Astral Sex to Zen Teabags, a New Age Spoofapedia, Cats are from Venus – Dogs are from Mars, The Weekend Shaman and other Dodgy New Age Types and other humorous books. In this talk we’ll look at how helpful it can be to look at life with humour – and take ourselves less seriously.
Gerry is a bestselling author and comedian who runs Positive Comedy Training, helping people get their lives and careers to work better through learning lessons from comedy: www.positivecomedy.com, www.gerrymaguirethompson.com