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.
April Doug Ducan and Catherine Pawasarat 20-Apr-2017 Thu, 6.30pm, 'Living Tantra - The Dance of Transformation' Jo Dunbar 27-Apr-2017 Thu, 6.30pm, 'Medical and Spiritual Properties of Common Hedgerow Plants'
May Tim Freke 4-May-2017 Thu, 6.30pm, 'Soul Story:Evolution and the Purpose of Life' Blake Bauer 11-May-2017 Thu, 6.30pm, 'You Were Not Born to Suffer' Nicos Hadjicostis 18-May-2017 Thu 6.30pm, 'Destination Earth' Fiona Odgren 25-May-2017 Thu 6.30pm, 'Insights From the Masters'
APRIL 20, Thursday 6.30-7.30, Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat – Living Tantra, The Dance of Transformation
Through their living, vibrant teachings Doug and Catherine bring to life understandings from the ancient way of Tantra. Although often seen as esoteric and mystical Tantra involves a practical engagement with all our senses in the life we are living.
Tantra is a method where, rather than denying our wants and needs, we explore our relationship to them. In the process, we navigate a path through our struggles and difficulties, our traumas and traumata. These two meditation masters and lineage holders will show us how this dance of transformation leads us into a clearer, more compassionate, more empowered and loving state.
APRIL 27, Thursday 6.30-7.30, Jo Dunbar – Medical and Spiritual Properties of Common Hedgerow Plants
Jo Dunbar, (winner of the Local Legend spiritual writing competition) shall be talking about our connection to the medical and spiritual properties of common hedgerow plants. Taking us back in time to the mead halls of the ancient Celts and Anglo Saxons, she will talk about how herbs were used to heal illnesses caused by Elf Shot and Flying Venoms, and how the plants of the hedgerows were used to work with the land. Many people feel a great longing to make this reconnection and her book Spirit of the Hedgerow shows us a clear pathway back to working with Nature. Weaving together home herbal recipes, traditional folk lore, Celtic ceremonies, scientific evidence and her extensive experience as a medical herbalist, Jo reintroduces common weeds as beings of power as they flower through their seasonal cycles.
MAY 4, Thursday 6.30-7.30, Tim Freke – Soul Story:Evolution and the Purpose of Life
Mainstream western culture is experiencing a ‘soul crisis’, caused but the demise of outdated religion and the growing influence of science, which has left us adrift in a cosmos that exists for no reason. Tim Freke proposes an alternative to this bleak worldview, by urging a radical shift in our understanding of both science and spirituality. Based on his book Soul Story, he’ll explore fresh ways of seeing scientific ideas such as ‘time’ and ‘evolution’, and spiritual ideas such as ‘soul’ and ‘immortality’, to articulate a new philosophy he calls ’emergent spirituality’, which offers an inspiring vision of the deep purpose of life.
MAY 11, Thursday 6.30-7.30, Blake Bauer –You Were Not Born to Suffer
Simply, logically and from the heart, You Were Not Born To Suffer intimately guides you through the most challenging obstacles you face in your search for lasting peace, health, and happiness. Author and spiritual teacher Blake Bauer offers practical advice that will help you transform suffering, fear and insecurity in the present and find the strength and courage necessary to enjoy your life, fulfil your purpose and be true to yourself in every situation. You’ll discover why all depression, addiction and illnesses are simply cries asking you to stop pleasing others. You Were Not Born To Suffer is an Australian bestseller in its first edition and helped thousands of people find the strength, courage and practical guidance needed to heal the root causes of depression and disease. This book offers practical wisdom, synthesized from various spiritual and medical traditions, that goes straight to the heart of our deepest wounds, needs, desires, and dreams. Once there, it inspires understanding, forgiveness and clarity in the places that are universally the most difficult to transform.
MAY 18, Thursday 6.30-7.30, Nicos Hadjicostis – Destination Earth
“Travel is the departure from one’s little pond. It is the bold renouncement of the petty comforts that hold us prisoner. It is a movement away from the known towards the unknown and unimaginable. Travel is expansion, widening, opening-up …”
Nicos Hadjicostis traveled continuously around the world for 6.5 years. His aim was to explore the world as if it were one huge country, a single destination. He soon realized that he was in fact on two simultaneous journeys: the outer journey of intense world exploration as well as an inner journey of transformation. Through these intertwined journeys during which he marveled at the world’s diversity, delved deep into many cultures and better understood human nature, he developed a new philosophy about travel and its relation to life. These ideas are explored in his recent book, Destination Earth – A New Philosophy of Life by a World-Traveler.
MAY 25, Thursday 6.30-7.30, Fiona Odgren – Insights From the Masters
This talk will present a narration of the major story and details behind the remarkable correspondence known as ‘The Mahatma Letters’. It will include autobiographical details of the four individuals involved and provide some specific information on the two Mahatmas/Masters, their link with the Himalayan Brotherhood, and their inspiration behind the founding of the Theosophical movement. The intriguing sage of the various methods and at times almost miraculous transmissions of these letters will be covered, plus a survey of the broad spectrum of topics covered and their relevance for today’s seekers.