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.
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' Philippa Faulks 29-Jul-2017 Sat, 5.00pm, 'The Masonic Magician'
August Vicki Mckenzie 3-Aug-2017 Thu, 6.30pm, 'Freda Bedi and Tenzin Palmo' Andy Thomas 31-Aug-2017 Thu, 6.30pm, 'Conspiracies'
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
JULY 29, Saturday 5.00-6.00pm, Philippa Faulks – The Masonic Magician
Count Alessandro Cagliostro’s sincere belief in the magical powers, including immortality, conferred by his Egyptian Rite of Freemasonry won him fame, but made him dangerous enemies, too. His celebrated travels through the Middle East and the capitals of Europe ended abruptly in Rome in 1789, where he was arrested by the Inquisition and condemned to death for heresy. Philippa Faulks and Robert Cooper‘s The Masonic Magician tells Cagliostro’s extraordinary story, complete with the first English translation of his Egyptian Rite of Freemasonry ever published.
AUGUST 3 , Thursday 6.30-7.30pm, Vicki Mackenzie – Freda Bedi and Tenzin Palmo
Author and journalist Vicki Mackenzie tells the stories of two remarkable trail blazing women, friends who both shook the world with their extraordinary endeavours. British born Freda Bedi (the subject of her latest book) was an Oxford graduate, who broke all the rules of gender, race and religion, by marrying a Sikh and then fighting alongside Gandhi. She went on to become a professor, social worker, journalist, mother of four, and lastly a pioneering Buddhist nun, who helped bring Buddhism to the West. Tenzin Palmo, subject of best selling Cave in the Snow was born Diane Perry in London’s East End before disappearing into a Himalayan cave for 12 years to devote herself to serious meditation. Her vow was to become enlightened in a female body. She emerged as one of the leading Buddhist teachers in the world today.
AUGUST 31 , Thursday 6.30-7.30pm, Andy Thomas – Conspiracies
Why do conspiracy theories still attract so much interest despite being routinely condemned by the mainstream media as “fake news”? Why do people really believe in conspiracies and is the academic world’s blanket dismissal of theorists as being psychologically damaged fair in an age when mass deception is routinely being exposed? Andy illuminates what it is to be an investigator of conspiracies and takes a revealing look at a subject that deserves far more attention in these fascinating times.
Andy is one of the world’s leading researchers into unexplained mysteries and cover-ups and is the author of the acclaimed Conspiracies: The Facts – The Theories – The Evidence, published by Watkins, and the renowned The Truth Agenda, among several other books. Andy extensively writes and lectures in Britain and around the world, and has made numerous television and radio appearances