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For 13 years, Woodbrooke has hosted retreats drawing on the Zen Buddhist teaching of Thich Nhat Hanh. We will welcome back Sister Annabel Laity supported by members of the Community of Interbeing. Discover how mindfulness of the present moment can bring peace and happiness. While the practice is accessible and guidance will be offered to those with little or no experience, it is not without demand. You will enjoy times of silence, walking meditation in Woodbrooke’s beautiful grounds and specially prepared vegetarian food.
A gentle introduction to the Wheel of the Year, the annual cycle of eight solar festivals marking the earth’s journey around the Sun. The names of its festivals, rooted in pagan tradition and adopted by Christianity, are familiar to us all - Imbolc became Candlemas, Ostara became Easter. We meet at Samhain, the moment of death in the Wheel. After death comes rebirth… Awareness of the Wheel can enrich and deepen our Quaker practice.
This course will go beyond a generic understanding of Islam to look at the internal diversity in the religion as well as issues of debate between denominations and groupings. It will focus on Shia and Sunni Muslim identities, but also touch on a wider set of different interpretations of Islam and sub-groups, bearing in mind the demographics of British Muslim communities. As well as traditional sects and movements, the course will also cover controversies that are emerging in modern British Muslim life.