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Spiritual Practice – Clay

Spiritual Practice – Clay

Sat 4 November 2017 (7 Days)
Craig Gibsone

With the landscape of Findhorn Bay and the surrounding coastline as an inspiration for our retreat, we journey with the four elements – earth, air, fire and water – using the medium of clay to focus and centre ourselves, and to create spiritual alchemy. Clay is a magical and primal substance that comes alive and takes form, bringing us a sense of co-creating with the spiritual dimension of things.

Craig's hand-made kiln

Craig’s hand-made kiln

We will dig our clay ourselves from a local source, in a beautiful nature area, and then use it to explore transformation. By focusing our attention on the transformative process of working with clay and doing so in a mindful, contemplative and meditative way we begin to deepen into connection with it.

Shaping the clay into different forms touches our own ever-changing nature, and as we press and model the clay we feel it reflecting our own ability to shape our own lives. Putting our hands into the clay now brings up desires, feelings and visions. As we come into harmony with the clay, it touches us, communicating through its slipperiness, roughness, softness and resistance.

As we transform the clay we ourselves can experience transformation.

As we put the clay into the magical power of fire, the thoughts and feelings experienced as we created that clay object can be transformed. The clay has become a magic vessel, preserving our journey and setting us free to model our lives in new ways.

This Active Spiritual Retreat is suited to anyone interested in exploring their creativity and doing so in a supportive group. Complete beginners are welcome and no knowledge

or experience in clay, ceramics or pottery is required. Just bring your openness to a deepening relationship with clay and the magic of transformation. There is time and space for reflection and insight that can help strengthen your inner commitment to a spiritual life.

 

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Our Spiritual Practice Retreat Weeks offer a supportive environment for personal and spiritual development within the transformational field of Findhorn. Learn new tools and develop a range of skills you can incorporate into everyday life. Explore meditation and other exercises, and through living our founding principles approach ordinary activities in a mindful way that gives space for presence, creativity and joy.

There are daily sessions as a group and four shifts in Foundation service departments to integrate your spiritual life with daily living. The retreat is less of a group experience than Experience Week and the group is generally smaller. Deepen into the rhythm of daily meditation within the community and enjoy free time to join some of the special events also planned that week.

If you are contemplating a longer term commitment at Findhorn, a Spiritual Retreat Week offers an insight into living and engaging here. It also serves as a prerequisite for joining some of our further Essential Findhorn programmes such as the Living in Community Guest Programme and Living Essentials Apprentice Programme.

Tiered Pricing: £920 / £680 / £510

Our quoted prices are fully inclusive of participation in the workshop or event, accommodation in our guest rooms (including towels and linen), all meals and refreshments, and full access to our community facilities like our meditation sanctuaries. Some facilities, like our saunas and hot tub, ask for a donation for use.

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Before you book your place, please take a moment to consider that the Findhorn Foundation is a Charitable Trust. We believe that the benefits of holistic learning should be available to everyone regardless of their financial or life situation, and that the transformational journey is enriched by a diversity of participants.

We recognise that what is affordable for some can be a financial stretch for others and offer a tiered pricing structure. When you book, please select the price that feels appropriate for you.

Pay it Forward Price covers the cost of your workshop and includes a contribution to our bursary fund. This will make participation possible for one or more people who otherwise would not be able to join our transformational work in the world.

Sustainable Price covers the cost of your workshop and helps us to sustain our learning and guest facilities.

Supported Price reflects a partial bursary toward the cost of your workshop and is intended for those with minor financial need.

Thank you.

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Please note: prior Experience Week participation is required to attend this workshop.

Date Days Price Other info
2017-11-04 7 £920 / £680 / £510