Summer 2014 Author Talks at Watkins
June Yasmin Boland 12-June-2014 Thurs, 6.30pm "Angel Astrology 101" Frank Perry 18-June-2014 Wed, 5.30pm "Himalayan Sound Revelations" Geoff Thompson 26-June-2014 Thurs, 6.30pm "The Caretaker" July Byron Katie 5-Jul-2014 Friday, 6.00pm Steve Ford 10-Jul-2014 Thurs, 6.30pm "Walking Awake" Narain Ishaya 24-Jul-2014 Thurs, 6.30pm "Chit Happens" August Priya Rana Kapoor 7-Aug-2014 Thurs, 6.30pm "Give Yourself Permission to Live" Tim Van Der Vliet 28-Aug-2014 Thurs, 6.30pm "Spiritual Awakening"
JUNE 12, Thursday 6.30-7.30pm, Yasmin Boland – Angel Astrology 101
Yasmin Boland is a popular astrology writer, read by millions of people each week via her columns in magazines, newspapers and online. She will give a talk on her latest book “Angel Astrology 101 Discover the Angels Connected with Your Birth Chart”, which she co-authored with Doreen Virtue. This book combines angelology and astrology and is perfect for anyone new to these subjects. The 12 beautifully illustrated and easy-to-understand chapters describe the personality characteristics of each of the sun, moon and rising signs, plus your Mercury, Venus and Mars, as well as which archangels to call upon in association with them. www.yasminboland.com
JUNE 18, Wednesday 5.30-6.30pm, Frank Perry – Himalayan Sound Revelations: The Complete Singing Bowl Book
Frank Perry is a leading expert in Tibetan singing bowls. He is a composer, performer, astrologer, artist, and healer and has invented musical instruments that are part of his set up which is made up of 100’s of percussion instruments, including gongs, bells, bowls, and metalophones. Covered in his book Himalayan Sound Revelations: The Complete Singing Bowl Book are no less than 250 different styles of bowl and over 100 techniques of drawing sound from them. Frank covers the wands and mallets used and how to choose them, associated instruments like ting-sha and drilbu, how to look after your bowls and what to watch for when buying them. Every sound you make from every bowl is a meditation, and Frank helps you understand what you are listening to and what you are connecting with. That may be one of the meditation Buddhas, or it may be a planet or star, or it may be a stimulation in one of your chakras. It is all here – the ability to make bowls the basis of your spiritual path and know yourself better.
JUNE 26, Wednesday 6.30-7.30pm, Geoff Thompson – The Caretaker
The Caretaker is the new novel by BAFTA winning writer Geoff Thompson, a philosophical and reflective fable confronting the very nature of life itself, the novel follows the story of an unnamed protagonist on his journey through religion and spirituality in search of redemption and purpose. The Caretaker is based on simple and universal truths; it inspires the reader to discover infinite potential, and find a meaning for their existence. Geoff Thompson is undoubtedly a prolific figure. With humble beginnings as a nightclub doorman in Coventry he is now an award winning screenwriter, an acclaimed playwright and the author of over 40 books. Geoff is also a force in the world of martial arts and self defence. He holds an 8th Dan black belt in Shotokan Karate and possesses a wealth of experience in other arts such as Judo, Aikido, Muay Thai, Boxing and Wrestling. He hosts regular motivational workshops and courses to encourage courageous life changes via spiritual and psychological improvement. Join us on June 26 at 6.30pm at Watkins, as Geoff talks about his latest novel and signs copies.
We’re delighted to welcome internationally acclaimed bestselling author Byron Katie here at Watkins on July 4, 2014. Byron Katie has one job: to teach people how to end their own suffering. As she guides people through her simple yet powerful process of inquiry, called The Work, they find that their stressful beliefs – about life, other people, or themselves – radically shift. Through this process, Katie gives people the tool to set themselves free. Katie exemplifies her methods as she has overcome paranoia, suicidal thoughts and severe depression. Visit her online at www.thework.com and join us on July 4 as Katie will give a short talk about The Work and sign books, including her latest book “A Friendly Universe”.
JULY 10, Thursday 6.30-7.30pm, Steve Ford – Walking Awake
The story of Steve Ford‘s realisation is unusual. One night in his room in 1999 there was a total falling away of all identification as the personal self. It was unusual in the sense that Steve had no prior experience of spiritual seeking. He had neither teacher nor guru, no paradigm which would explain what had happened. All vestiges of personality were suddenly gone, there was direct and immediate seeing as and from no-thing, from the absolute.
What followed was exhaustive investigation in consciousness which Steve eventually came to refer to as The Living Process. He explains that realisation is just the beginning and unless subsequent investigation into the nature of consciousness takes place there is re-identification and consequently self-orientation around no-thing. Walking Awake covers the story of Steve’s early life, his realisation, enquiry and integration in consciousness, and some interactions that have taken place with some of those who have made their way to be with Steve.
JULY 24, Thursday 6.30-7.30pm, Narain Ishaya – Chit Happens
Narain Ishaya has been a teacher of meditation, consciousness, and spiritual discovery for more than fourteen years, and has taught in over seventeen countries.
Chit is the Sanskrit word for consciousness itself. Chit Happens is the companion for anyone on a spiritual path, whether a beginner or more experienced. In an easy-to-read, question-and-answer format, this book is created to leave the reader not only satisfied but inspired as well. It has been written through personal experience with humor and grace, drawing from live teaching dialogues.
“My hopes for this book are many. May it enliven your desire to wake up, or intensify that desire at whatever stage it is already kindled. May it answer questions you have had, whether or not you knew you had them. May it undo many of the common spiritual concepts that, no matter how beautiful, ultimately distract the aspirant the true goal of human life. May it let you know that the path to freedom can be easy, swift, and joyful. May you, at the end of this text, have had at least a glimpse of your own magnificent potential.”
AUGUST 7, Thursday 6.30-7.30pm, Priya Rana Kapoor – Give Yourself Permission to Live
Priya Rana Kapoor is an author, a trained psychotherapist. and a life and leadership coach. She grew up in London and then spent over a decade in California mostly earning an undergraduate degree in theatre and a master’s in marriage and family therapy. She now works in London and is a founder of Give YourSelf Permission™, a program designed to foster foundational and long lasting self-awareness and empowerment. Her book, “Give YourSelf Permission to Live Your Life” is a step-by-step guide that will equip you with the strength and courage to have newfound self-confidence and realise your dreams.
AUGUST 28, Thursday 6.30-7.30pm, Tim van der Vliet – Spiritual Awakening (the easy way)
Tim van der Vliet is a Dutch Hay House author who lives in the city Amsterdam and rides his bicycle to get around. He has a light view on spirituality that he calls ‘Zen from Amsterdam’. Tim integrates spirituality into daily life and applies his real life experiences into easy-to-use and understand tactics to be a spiritual being in the real world, which he calls being “a Yogi in the City”. His book, Spiritual Awakening (the easy way) represents a new generation of spiritual books. Spiritual books can be a gift item, short and beautifully designed, without losing meaning. An infinitely re-readable book that offers new perspectives on how to become the best version of ourselves and have a laugh while doing so.