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.
December C. Conway,W. Erlick 10-12-2015 Thur,6.30pm,'Connecting with Devas and Angels' January Amber Hatch & Alex Ogg 7-1-2016 Thur, 6.30pm,'Colouring for Contemplation' Mark Vernon 21-1-2016 Thur, 6.30pm,'The spiritual pursuit of the ancient philosophers' Alison Davies 27-1-2016 Wed,6.00pm,'Be Your Own Fairytale' Tamara Russell 28-1-2016 Thur, 6.30pm,'Mindfulness in Motion' February Richard Rudd 1-2-2016 Mon,6.00pm, 'Gene Keys' Frank Ra 4-2-2016 Thu, 6.30pm, 'BioHarmonizing & Abulafia's Ecstatic Kabbalah' Peter Cresswell 5-2-2016 Fri,6.00pm, 'The Lost Narrative of Jesus' Rosemary Gallagher 11-2-2016 Thu,6.30pm, 'Never say never' Erlend Bakke 17-2-2016 Wed,6.00pm, 'Never Work Again & Living the Freedom Lifestyle' Antony Cummins 24-2-2016 Wed, 6.00pm,'The Book of the Ninja'
DECEMBER 10, Thursday 6.30-7.30pm, Cilla Conway and Wendy Erlick – Successfully connecting with Devas and Angels
This mini-workshop will offer an introduction to how you can connect with the devic and angelic realms. There will be a discussion on these realms and how they manifest in our lives, and experiential exercises showing how you can connect with these Shining Beings. The evening will conclude with a practical demonstration of intuitive reading through the Devas, indicating how you can gain spiritual awareness and everyday wisdom through this ongoing connection. The workshop is led by Cilla Conway and Wendy Erlick, both readers at Watkins. Cilla is the creator of The Intuitive Tarot, the Devas of Creation, and The Byzantine Tarot (in collaboration with John Matthews). Wendy Erlick is the author of The Gift of An Angel, a Journey to Integrating Spirituality into Everyday Life, being published in spring 2016. Wendy is a trained coach, qualified Bi-Aura and Theta Healer, combining healing with angel channelling / energy work and intuitive coaching. For more details, see https://celestialhealing.
JANUARY 7, Thursday 6.30-7.30pm, Amber Hatch & Alex Ogg – Colouring for Contemplation
Ever wondered what colouring has to do with mindfulness? Come and learn how to use colouring to develop this life-enhancing quality. Author Amber Hatch and her illustrator husband Alex Ogg created Colouring for Contemplation. The book explores how colouring art can help expand your inner potential, explaining exactly how to use it as part of a meditation practice. Meaningful pictures accompany inspirational quotes, designed to help you reflect as you colour. Join Amber and Alex to hear how the book came into being and to experience mindful colouring for yourself. A short talk will be followed by the chance to participate in a guided meditation with some individual practice of quiet mindful colouring.
JANUARY 21, Thursday 6.30-7.30pm, Mark Vernon – The spiritual pursuit of the ancient philosophers
Ancient Greek philosophy was almost entirely unlike modern philosophy today. You find more continuity in the cloisters of monasteries or the consulting rooms of psychotherapists. Ancient philosophy was fundamentally a process of transformation, an awakening to a deeper perception of reality. The wisdom they sought was received more than proven; was as much practical as theoretical. This makes a huge difference to how you conceive of issues from reason and mind, to love and magic. The ancient philosophers lived in a plural world, much like ours. This tour of their insights suggests how we might diagnose crucial problems of today.
Mark Vernon is the author of The Idler Guide to Ancient Philosophy.
JANUARY 27, Wednesday 6.00-7.00pm, Alison Davies – Be Your Own Fairytale
Alison Davies is an author, columnist, freelance writer and professional storyteller. She is the author of Read Me a Story (2011) and her book on modern magic was published in September 2012. She’s a regular columnist for Soul Spirit and Chat-its- Fate magazines, and writes pieces for Natural Health and a range of educational magazines. As a storyteller, she runs sessions on how stories can be used to enhance teaching and learning, and also leads workshops on how to tap into the power of stories for self-development. Be Your Own Fairytale is an inspiring and practical exploration of how we can tap into the deep-rooted and powerful symbolism of fairy tales to bring about positive change in every aspect of our lives.
JANUARY 28, Thursday 6.30-7.30pm, Tamara Russell – Mindfulness in Motion
In this talk, Tamara Russell will describe her new approach to mindfulness. Drawing on the principles of martial arts training, an in depth knowledge of the psychological theory of the mindfulness training process and the latest neuroscience, she will share her experience of combining these three elements and the development of her programme. Some exercises from the book Mindfulness in Motion will allow you to experience the power of combining these three aspects of knowledge and give you a skill to take directly into your life. Tamara is known for her engaging style so we are sure this talk will be both illuminating and enlightening.
This evening Richard Rudd will introduce the Gene Keys as a perennial set of wisdom teachings whose scope is so vast that it underpins all spiritual and religious paths. Bring along your free personal Gene Keys Profile available from www.genekeys.com. Richard will share the basic elements of your profile and how you can use it and the Gene Keys book as a means of transforming ‘Shadow’ patterns into your highest evolutionary potential.
FEBRUARY 4, Thursday 6.30-7.30pm, Frank Ra –BioHarmonizing & Abulafia’s Ecstatic Kabbalah
Frank Ra will start the evening sharing, in brief, his experience with BioHarmonizing, an approach to well-being and the title of his second book, which became a best-seller.
He will then move into the topic of his upcoming book: Abulafia’s Ecstatic Kabbalah. It is a little known fact that the kabbalist Abrahm Abulafia, through his 13th century manuscripts which were translated from Hebrew into Latin upon Pico Della Mirandola’s request, was a major influence on the Italian Renaissance. He is also credited, by the likes of Umberto Eco, with influencing Dante’s theory of language. Abulafia’s Ecstatic Meditations, and his writings, are pearls of wisdom which can help each of us to flourish and be creative.
Of all the gospel stories, the transfiguration has been one of the most difficult to understand. There are two current theories: either that it is an allegory or a misplaced post-resurrection account. Peter Cresswell analyses the text to show that neither is right. He finds that the story was, in its origins, a vital piece of lost narrative which has been buried for centuries within the text. This brings a new understanding of the first gospel, Mark. It was a tale of the coming of John the Baptist, as the reincarnated spirit of Elijah, and Jesus’ survival as a sign of the imminently expected Last Days.
Erlend Bakke is the author of Never Work Again: Work Less, Earn More and Live Your Freedom, a book that explores what it means to live a truly happy and fulfilled life – to really live the life of your dreams. It encourages you to examine your own motivations and desires in order to determine your true purpose and path in life – so you can discover what freedom really means for you. In this talk Erlend Blakke will talk about how you can build a successful and profitable business without the long hours and high stress that most entrepreneurs suffer from.
Born in the post-civil war era of Japan, a ninja known as Fujibayashi collected and combined information from the ninja clans of Iga, regarded to be the homeland of the ninja – and compiled it into an authoritative book. Known as the Bansenshukai,this book has now been translated into English by the Historical Ninjutsu Research Team, which is headed by the authors Antony Cummins and Yoshie Minami.