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Ancient Philosophy for Quakers

What can Quakers learn from Ancient Greek and Latin Philosophy for living faithfully in today’s complex world?

This course explores perennials of Quaker Faith and Testimony through a rich series of extended dialogues between Classical Philosophers and famous Quakers. Each week, learners will be introduced to familiar personalities from the Quaker past through the lens of an ancient author. The object of this learning style is to help participants explore the Quaker Way with fresh eyes.

This course comprises of:

  • Live speaker sessions
  • Written and visual materials
  • A private discussion forum

Live sessions are on Mondays at 19:00-20:40

The Keithian Controversy: Early Quakers and Jesus

How did the early Quakers understand the relationship between Quakerism and Christianity? What is the significance of the historical Jesus to Quaker spirituality? These were the central issues in the Keithian controversy: a dispute which broke out among Philadelphian Quakers in the seventeenth century when George Keith – one of the most important Quaker leaders at the time – was accused of focusing too heavily on the historical Jesus in his preaching. The same issues have emerged in every major Quaker schism ever since. This course will introduce participants to George Keith, guide them through the main events and causes of the Keithian controversy, and consider the significance of the controversy for Quakerism today.

This course comprises of:

  • Live speaker sessions
  • Live discussion sessions
  • Written and visual materials
  • A private discussion forum
  • Individual reflection

Live sessions are on Saturday at 10:00-11:30

Early Quakers in their Own Words: Spirituality

In this course, we will engage at a deep level with several short passages written by early Friends that express something essential about their spirituality and personal experience. This will help us to understand these Friends better and consider what their words mean for us today. Some of the words are very well-known and others less so. The passages will include writings by Edward Burrough, Steven Crisp, Margaret Fell, George Fox, William Leddra, James Nayler, Gertrude Derix Nieson, and Isaac Penington.

This is the first course in a series of three. Part two will focus on theology, and part three on witness (to be scheduled for 2021).

This course comprises of:

  • Live discussion session
  • Recorded video and audio materials
  • Written and visual materials
  • A private discussion forum
  • Individual reflection

The date and time of live session is yet to be confirmed.

Introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion

This Introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) teaches the core principles and practices that will enable participants to respond to difficulties in their lives with kindness, care and understanding. The course is based on the eight week training programme that was designed by Drs Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer and is designed to cultivate the skill of Self-Compassion.

This course comprises of:

  • Live discussion sessions
  • Live Workshop sessions
  • Written and visual materials
  • Individual reflection

Live sessions are on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at 09:30-17:00 (UK time)

A Taste of Life Writing for Transformation™

Course search results Woodbrooke Quaker Conference CentreThis self-paced course introduces a process of writing for authentic, creative self-expression and personal development. A “no red pens” approach results in greater awareness, mindfulness and self-acceptance through a gentle stream of guided tools you can use just five minutes at a time. The course includes six multimedia modules and a workbook, based on the work of Joanne Klassen, creator of Life Writing for Transformation™. Each module introduces key concepts from the book followed by exercises, examples, a review and additional optional learning activities. This course involves a time commitment of approximately two to three hours per week.

Patterns and Examples 2 (1st October)

Are you serving your meeting? How has your role changed during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020? Would you benefit from support, training, and spiritual nurture?

Patterns and Examples events are online gatherings for anyone with a role or responsibility within a Quaker community. Each one will be an opportunity to meet Friends, make friends, share ideas and worries, develop your skills and build our Quaker communities.

We are holding four 2-hour events in Autumn 2020:

Week 1

  • Tuesday 29 September 10am – 12 noon
  • Thursday, 1 October 2pm - 4pm

Week 2

  • Tuesday, 6 October 10am – 12 noon
  • Thursday, 8 October 7pm – 9pm

Sessions in week 1 will be repeated in week 2 allowing the opportunity to participate in up to four of the six workshops on offer.

Workshop Topics

The following workshops will be offered across the sessions. You do not need to choose which workshop you wish to do before the session but the topic you are interested in may help you to decide which session to book for:

Thursday, 1 October 2pm – 4pm

  • Blended Meeting for Worship for Business – decision-making and discernment. How do we do it now?
  • Mental Health
  • Quaker Any Questions to an All-Age Panel

Full list of topics covered across the four sessions 

  • Outreach
  • Pastoral Care/Eldership
  • Blended Meeting for Worship for Business - decision-making and discernment. How do we do it now?
  • Children & Young People’s Work - any questions?
  • Godly Play
  • Mental Health

Click here for further information and to book for other dates.

Meeting for Worship for Dance (5 October)

In the spirit of adventure and exploration we are offering a chance to embody our responses to what is going on for us at the moment. Live music from Robin Bowles will support and respond to the movement. We will start with a time to warm up our muscles and get our bodies moving, there will be a chance to connect with others and there will be time for worshipful dance.

Please note that there are a limited number of places so if you book and cannot attend, please let us know.

Exploring the Swarthmore Lecture: Openings to the Infinite Ocean Session 3

We have no time but this present time: finding stories of hope
One of a series of four sessions exploring the Swarthmore Lecture with Tom Shakespeare and Mark Russ. Each session will explore one of four main themes of the lecture. You can join us for one session, sign up for all four or pick those that interest you most. More details to follow.

To book for more than one session in this series go to: https://www.woodbrooke.org.uk/item/exploring-the-swarthmore-lecture-openings-to-the-infinite-ocean.

For information about the Swarthmore Lecture go to https://www.woodbrooke.org.uk/learn/about/swarthmore-lecture/.

Patterns and Examples 3 (6th October)

Are you serving your meeting? How has your role changed during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020? Would you benefit from support, training, and spiritual nurture?

Patterns and Examples events are online gatherings for anyone with a role or responsibility within a Quaker community. Each one will be an opportunity to meet Friends, make friends, share ideas and worries, develop your skills and build our Quaker communities.

We are holding four 2-hour events in Autumn 2020:

Week 1

  • Tuesday 29 September 10am – 12 noon
  • Thursday, 1 October 2pm - 4pm

Week 2

  • Tuesday, 6 October 10am – 12 noon
  • Thursday, 8 October 7pm – 9pm

Sessions in week 1 will be repeated in week 2 allowing the opportunity to participate in up to four of the six workshops on offer.

Workshop Topics

The following workshops will be offered across the sessions. You do not need to choose which workshop you wish to do before the session but the topic you are interested in may help you to decide which session to book for:

Tuesday, 6 October 10am – 12 noon

  • Outreach
  • Blended Meeting for Worship for Business – decision-making and discernment. How do we do it now?
  • Mental Health

Full list of topics covered across the four sessions 

  • Outreach
  • Pastoral Care/Eldership
  • Blended Meeting for Worship for Business - decision-making and discernment. How do we do it now?
  • Children & Young People’s Work - any questions?
  • Godly Play
  • Mental Health

Click here for further information and to book for other dates.

Patterns and Examples 4 (8th October)

Are you serving your meeting? How has your role changed during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020? Would you benefit from support, training, and spiritual nurture?

Patterns and Examples events are online gatherings for anyone with a role or responsibility within a Quaker community. Each one will be an opportunity to meet Friends, make friends, share ideas and worries, develop your skills and build our Quaker communities.

We are holding four 2-hour events in Autumn 2020:

Week 1

  • Tuesday 29 September 10am – 12 noon
  • Thursday, 1 October 2pm - 4pm

Week 2

  • Tuesday, 6 October 10am – 12 noon
  • Thursday, 8 October 7pm – 9pm

Sessions in week 1 will be repeated in week 2 allowing the opportunity to participate in up to four of the six workshops on offer.

Workshop Topics

The following workshops will be offered across the sessions. You do not need to choose which workshop you wish to do before the session but the topic you are interested in may help you to decide which session to book for:

Thursday, 8 October 7pm – 9pm

  • Pastoral Care and Eldership
  • Godly Play
  • Quaker Any Questions to an All-Age Panel

Full list of topics covered across the four sessions 

  • Outreach
  • Pastoral Care/Eldership
  • Blended Meeting for Worship for Business - decision-making and discernment. How do we do it now?
  • Children & Young People’s Work - any questions?
  • Godly Play
  • Mental Health

Click here for further information and to book for other dates.

Being a Quaker Clerk online – October

This online course, for new or prospective clerks with little or no experience of Quaker clerking, is based on the on-site course with the same name. The five modules cover the clerk’s role before, during and after a Meeting for Worship for Business. We also consider why we use our particular business style in our meetings. We will focus on clerking local meetings, but clerks of other meetings, including area meetings, will also find they can learn much about their role.

This course involves a time commitment of approximately two to three hours per week.

There are two optional live sessions on Thursdays 5th and 19th November from 5.00 - 6.00 pm (UK time)

Exploring the Swarthmore Lecture: Openings to the Infinite Ocean Session 4

Optimism of the will: what is required of us?
One of a series of four sessions exploring the Swarthmore Lecture with Tom Shakespeare and Mark Russ. Each session will explore one of four main themes of the lecture. You can join us for one session, sign up for all four or pick those that interest you most. More details to follow.

To book for more than one session in this series go to: https://www.woodbrooke.org.uk/item/exploring-the-swarthmore-lecture-openings-to-the-infinite-ocean.

For information about the Swarthmore Lecture go to https://www.woodbrooke.org.uk/learn/about/swarthmore-lecture/.

Philosophising with Friends – thinking together for fun and fellowship (16th October)

This taster session uses the Philosophy for Communities (P4C) method. We'll offer activities to develop creative, critical, collaborative and caring thinking, and you'll come up with questions that get you talking and enquiring together. The session will be facilitated by two experienced Friends who have used P4C in a variety of contexts with children, adults and in mixed aged groups.

All welcome aged 7+ (those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult). No previous experience with P4C is required. WARNING: your thinking may change!

For more information about P4C go to www.sapere.org.uk

If you cannot join us for this session, there is another opportunity on Friday 30 October.

This is a Pay as Led course. We ask that you make a donation at the time of booking to support us in continuing to offer learning to many people as possible. You will also need to complete the booking form below.

Make a donation to Woodbrooke

Quaker Nominations online – October

An entirely online course for anyone involved in Quaker nominations. We will aim to root ourselves in good practices of discernment whilst responding to the particular issues that face us. Nominations are at the quiet heart of the way we live together as Friends, when we listen faithfully to the Spirit. By taking two to three hours a week over six weeks to reflect, we hope you will gain a renewed insight into the potential of nominations to strengthen meetings and enable them to flourish.

This course involves a time commitment of approximately three hours per week.

There will be optional live sessions on Mondays at 19:00 (UK time) beginning in Week 2 so the first session will be on Monday 26 October. These sessions will vary in length from 60 to 90 minutes.

Kindful Eating: making peace with food and our bodies

Imagine a world where no-one wakes up hating their body and where health campaigns acknowledge that factors like privilege, racism, loneliness and trauma impact our overall wellbeing whatever our lifestyle. Using the Well Now approach, this course explores practical ways to make sense of self-care and social justice. Find out how to join-the-dots between food, health and body respect to help yourself find peace with eating and to help build a world where no-one is starved of food, connection, dignity or security.

This course comprises of:

  • Live Workshop sessions
  • Written and visual materials
  • A private discussion forum
  • Individual reflection

Live sessions are on Thursday at 20:00-21:30 (UK time)

Facilitation and Leadership

Every Tuesday 27 October to 15 December, 2020 (no session 17 November)

Live sessions 6:30pm to 8:30pm

An event for 16 to 21 year olds.

Woodbrooke working in partnership with Quaker Life.

For those new to facilitation and for those with previous experience. This is a great opportunity for young Quakers who want to facilitate activities for other young Quakers. You’ll have the chance to try out practical skills as well as explore ideas about groups and being a facilitator.

“I expected to develop skills to facilitate and I think I have as I now know more methods...”

We will look at how to build community in groups we’re part of and how to reflect Quaker beliefs, values and practices in our facilitation. The event is open to people new to facilitation and those with previous experience.

A Quaker Approach to Dementia

Dementia is a significant issue for many Friends, for many meetings and across our society. Is dementia a gift, a painful gift, a part of our world, part of God’s creation? Or is it a disaster, a tragedy for individuals, families and society, making people lose who they are, taking the people we care about and creating a burden for society?

A Quaker Approach to Dementia is a three week course. We will offer information, activities, links and space to reflect. We will think about what dementia is, how it affects people. We will think about feelings and experiences. We will explore how dementia affects people’s spiritual life. We will share testimony from people living with and close by dementia. We will reflect together on how we respond as individuals, families and meetings.

The course won’t offer advice on what to do and how to manage, but we will offer links to places where practical, medical and legal advice can be found. There will be an opportunity to meet other participants in a live online session, as well as an online forum for discussion and sharing. There will be a variety of optional written material, articles and documents to read, videos and suggested activities.

This course comprises of:

  • A live discussion session
  • Recorded video and audio materials
  • Written and visual materials
  • A private discussion forum
  • Individual reflection

The live session will be on Friday 30 October, 19:00-20:30 (UK time).

The Life Stirring Within: a week-long online retreat with Isaac Penington

Isaac Penington was one of the most creative spiritual writers among the early Friends, much of his writing being in the form of letters of encouragement and ‘spiritual counsel’ to fellow travellers in the Quaker community. Topics he focusses on include: the interior life; surrendering to the Divine presence within; understanding Christ and scripture; discernment and spiritual growth; suffering as a way to spiritual growth; witness and testimony. On each day of the retreat you will receive a section of his writing with specially written commentary, as well as other complementary spiritual writing. To help your own reflection you will receive a spiritual exercise and questions to focus on. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings between 6.30 and 7.30pm, you have the option of joining Timothy Ashworth and others on the retreat for a period of worship and listening and sharing together.

When Quakers Got it Wrong – and where do we go from here?

Surveys indicate that British Quakers today are mainly white and middle-class. How has this happened given our testimony to equality? This course looks at some uncomfortable parts of British Quaker history, with a focus on race and class. Students are invited to consider how this history still affects Quakers in Britain today.

From reflections on the past we will move into an exploration of what Quakers in Britain might become if we could live out more fully our testimonies to equality and truth.

The course will consist of six interactive weekly webinars. There will also be “homework” with questions and readings to consider between sessions.

This course comprises of:

  • Live speaker sessions
  • Live discussion sessions
  • Written and visual materials

Live sessions are on Wednesday at 19:15-20:45 (UK time)

Exploring Quaker Membership

What is Quaker membership? How do I apply and what will happen?

The course gives an opportunity to explore the meaning of membership and belonging, and to share with others at a similar stage in their journey with Quakers. We will look at the history of Quaker membership, the practical aspects of applying for membership, and at the rewards and responsibilities belonging to a faith community brings. This course is intended for those who are considering membership of the Religious Society of Friends.

The course includes two live online discussions on Sunday 3rd November (7-8pm UK time) and Wednesday 25th November (7-8pm UK time). If you can’t join this discussion live, it will be recorded for you to watch at your convenience.

This course involves a time commitment of approximately two to three hours per week.

Philosophy with Friends – thinking together for fun and fellowship (30th October)

This taster session uses the Philosophy for Communities (P4C) method. We'll offer activities to develop creative, critical, collaborative and caring thinking, and you'll come up with questions that get you talking and enquiring together. The session will be facilitated by two experienced Friends who have used P4C in a variety of contexts with children, adults and in mixed aged groups.

All welcome aged 7+ (those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult). No previous experience with P4C is required. WARNING: your thinking may change!

For more information about P4C go to www.sapere.org.uk

If you cannot join us for this session, there is another opportunity on Friday 16 October.

This is a Pay as Led course. We ask that you make a donation at the time of booking to support us in continuing to offer learning to many people as possible. You will also need to complete the booking form below.

Make a donation to Woodbrooke

The Quaker Way

Are you relatively new to Quakers and keen to find out more? Have you been attending meeting for a while, but feel you could be better informed about Quaker beliefs and practices? Are you a life-long Friend who needs their Quaker knowledge refreshed? This course sets out the Quaker ‘basics’. It will give you an understanding of the history and international reach of Quakerism, and the importance of spiritual experience to the Quaker Way. We will discuss what happens in a Meeting for Worship and how Quakers make decisions and organise themselves. We will explore what Quakers mean by ‘testimony’ and explain simple spiritual practices for you to experiment with.

This course will give you a solid foundation in continuing your journey on the Quaker way.

Each week there will be video, audio and written materials to engage with, and forums to share reflections and ask questions.

There will be the opportunity for live online discussion (19.00-20.00 GMT) on Tuesday 10th November and Tuesday 8th December. If you can’t join this discussion live, it will be recorded for you to watch at your convenience. This course involves a time commitment of approximately two to three hours per week.

The Meaning of the Cross: punishment, or healing and reconciliation?

Many of us struggle with the Bible’s sacrificial imagery and are troubled by the idea that God punishes Jesus for our sins. In this course we will explore alternative understandings of the cross drawing on the early Church, peace traditions, theologies of liberation, and the work of Rene Girard. Can we move beyond violent punishment and embrace a faith based on healing and reconciliation?

This course involves a time commitment of approximately two to three hours per week. Each week there will be a range of audio-visual and written materials for you to engage with, and a discussion forum where you can share reflections and ask questions.

Freeing the Imagination: Creative & Devotional Writing

This day retreat will offer a chance to immerse ourselves in the creative process of writing. The focus is on creative and devotional writing so we will be led by the heart rather than head, as we explore how to use the imagination to help people feel and see the world in new ways. We will offer a short guided exercise to inspire creative flow, time for writing and the opportunity to share your work if you choose.

This course comprises of:

  • Live Workshop sessions
  • Individual reflection

A Foundation in Nonviolent Communication

In Nonviolent Communication (NVC) as developed by Dr Marshall B Rosenberg, the emphasis is on deep listening, to ourselves as well as others, and through that we can discover the depth of our own compassion. NVC can be seen as both a spiritual practice that helps us see our common humanity and a concrete set of skills.

On this course we will first focus on empathy for the self, and from there learn to empathise with others and express ourselves from the heart. We will learn to clarify what we are observing, what we are feeling, what values we want to live by, and what we want to ask of ourselves and others, while using our power in a way that honours everyone's needs. We will learn to move away from the language of blame, judgment or domination. NVC creates a path for healing and reconciliation in its many applications, ranging from intimate relationships, work settings, health care, social services, police, prison staff and inmates, to governments, schools and social change organisations.

Much of the course is based on the six live on-line sessions.  It will be experiential in nature, with participants bringing examples from their own lives and practicing in in small groups, as well as whole group discussion.

This course is a recognised stepping stone to further NVC training. A certificate of completion will be provided.

This course comprises of:

  • Live Workshop sessions
  • Written and visual materials
  • A private discussion forum
  • Individual reflection

Live sessions are on Monday at 19:00-21:15 (UK time) and must be attended to receive a certificate.

Challenge with Love – Climate Crisis

What does it mean to be held to account, to have our lives and choices under the oversight of our community? We said ‘hope so’ to becoming a low carbon sustainable community in 2011 but have we held ourselves to account or have we left it to individuals to determine their own response? This course is for those Friends looking for a community that challenges with love; that challenges the individualism of our worshipping communities and takes a bold step forward in our response to the climate crisis.

Booking on this course requires the creation and accompaniment of an accountability group. This may be others in the course or an existing group or others in your worshipping community. Please contact us to discuss this.

This course comprises of:

  • Live discussion sessions
  • Recorded video and audio materials
  • Written and visual materials
  • A private discussion forum

Live sessions are on Friday 6 November and Friday 20 November at 19:30-21:00 (UK time)

Poetry 2: Expressing the Inexpressible

It is difficult to talk about our experience of the divine because language is a human and therefore limited tool. Poets, however, are skilled in using language to describe what is beyond words. They can push at the boundaries of our capacity to express ourselves. In this session we will look at two poets who describe spiritual experiences and have a go at describing our own. This session is for anyone, whether you have never read a poem, gave up on poetry a long time ago or read and enjoy poetry regularly.

Citizen and Outlaw? The quandary of Quaker witness

The Quaker way has always placed us in an ambivalent position to wider society. Sometimes we need to directly confront injustice, breaking the law if necessary; at other times we want to work within 'the system' to effect change. Sometimes we act as prophetic outlaws, at other times we want to assimilate to wider culture in order to achieve and retain our rights as a religious minority.

This course will look at the history of Quakers being 'in the world but not of it' and how we discern how we are to live out our witness in the world: in a society that continues to promote inequality, how do we maintain our spiritual integrity?

This course comprises of:

  • Live speaker sessions
  • A private discussion forum

Live sessions are on Tuesday at 19:00-20:30 (UK time)

Working towards defining and accepting White Privilege and becoming an anti-Racist ally

In this seven week course we will focus on our understanding and perception of racism in the modern world and begin the process of acknowledging and accepting our privilege. From here we can become anti-racist allies. In the wake of the recent protests across the world and the spotlight on the Black Lives Matter movement, how we live our Faith in the world is a major question for many of us. In this course we hope to use new, potentially challenging, resources to further equip ourselves in this important journey.

This course comprises of:

  • Live discussion sessions
  • Recorded video and audio materials
  • Written and visual materials
  • Individual reflection

Live sessions are on Friday at 20:00-21:30 (UK time)

Expectant Waiting: reflections from the Bible and Quakers, from theology and poetry

The silence of Quaker meeting is not an end in itself. It carries a sense of waiting. At any time, this can give rise to a depth that is collectively felt by those present. Or be the occasion of inspired words, heard by one individual or shared with the whole gathering.

This online course is made of four weekly live sessions in which we will explore this theme of waiting, bringing together the reflections of Quakers with words of scripture, theology and poetry. W. H. Vanstone’s The Stature of Waiting and T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets will help us identify the riches in this theme, both for Quakers and others who may well be preparing to mark Advent, the season characterized by hopeful expectation.

This course comprises of:

Live speaker sessions
Written and visual material
A private discussion forum

The lives sessions will take place every Thursday evening at 18:30-20:00 (UK time).

 

Hope as a Practice

Can hope be more powerful than simple optimism? What does it mean to ‘practise hope’? In this course we’ll explore how hope, agency, and action for social and environmental justice are interrelated, each integral to the other. We’ll look at what this means for us as individuals, and for working together towards a more peaceful and equitable society. We’ll reflect together on how to generate and renew hope to strengthen our collective capacity for courageous action for social change.

This course will draw on the work of Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone, https://www.activehope.info/ and David Gee https://hopeswork.org/ . We will both reflect on and learn from the experience of others and develop our own practice of hope, using practical exercises. This will involve exploring our pain as well as our gratitude for the world we live in and identifying where our own passion for action lies.

This course comprises of:

  • Live Workshop sessions
  • Written and visual materials
  • A private discussion forum
  • Individual reflection

Live sessions are on Thursday at 18:00-19:30 (UK time)

Courageous Living amid a Climate Crisis – for young adult Quakers only

This course is for Friends aged 18 - 35 years.

To create a world where we all survive and flourish, changes will need to be made, and soon. Some will be straightforward, even easy, but many changes will challenge us out of the comfort we have grown attached to.

Join with others as we create a community to explore what sacrifices might be called forth from us in order to make the world sacred. This course will include spiritual practice, time alone and together, reflection and solidarity.

This course comprises of:

  • Live discussion sessions
  • Recorded video and audio materials
  • Written and visual materials
  • A private discussion forum
  • Individual reflection

Live sessions are on Wednesday at 20:00-21:30 (UK time)

The 50% reduction on course fees that we offer to young adults has already been applied to the fee for this course.

Images of Jesus

How do you picture Jesus? How do images of Jesus shape our relationship to the Christian story? What difference does it make if Jesus is white or black? Male or female? Powerless or powerful? Straight or gay? Disabled or not? Or holding a velociraptor?

Using a variety of images, we will examine how Jesus has been visually portrayed over the centuries, asking how helpful or harmful these portrayals are. Rather than focussing on the historical accuracy of these images, we will focus on what these say about us and our relationship with the Jesus story.

This is a course for anyone with an interest in Christianity, and/or who is seeking a new relationship to Jesus.

This course comprises of:

  • Live discussion sessions
  • Written and visual materials
  • A private discussion forum

Live sessions are on Monday 30 November, Wednesday 2 December and Friday 4 December at 19:00-20:30 (UK time)

Writing to Learn: telling our stories of change

Are you working on positive social change in your community, in your country, in the world? Do you have a story to tell? Do you want others to learn from your experience?

Using creative activities and approaches that have been tried and tested in the writing of the Barefoot Guides (www.barefootguide.org), this course will not only improve your writing skills but will enable participants to learn from each other’s stories by listening deeply and writing collaboratively. We will use a process called a writeshop, a collaborative writing process that draws on the experience, knowledge, creativity and expertise of all those involved. Participants do this through a set of guided activities that helps them to generate writing, individually and collectively, to write drafts, give and receive feedback, to revise and to publish. They are supported to draw out lively stories, reflections, lessons and ideas to share with others. www.barefootguide.org/writing-school.html

This course comprises of:

  • Live Workshop sessions
  • Written and visual materials

Live sessions are each Tuesday at 18:30-20:30 and Saturday at 16:00-18:00 (UK time)

Courageous Living amid a Climate Crisis

To create a world where we all survive and flourish, changes will need to be made, and soon. Some will be straightforward, even easy, but many changes will challenge us out of the comfort we have grown attached to.

Join with others as we create a community to explore what sacrifices might be called forth from us in order to make the world sacred. This course will include spiritual practice, time alone and together, reflection and solidarity.

This course comprises of:

  • Live discussion sessions
  • Recorded video and audio materials
  • Written and visual materials
  • A private discussion forum
  • Individual reflection

Live sessions are on Wednesday at 19:30-21:00 (UK time)

Poetry 3: Telling Truth to Power

Some poems make us stop in our tracks and acknowledge the scale of injustice in the world. They challenge our leaders to take action. We will listen to poems that expose injustice and articulate the challenges we face. We will discuss how they do this effectively and how we can use poetry in our witness. This session is for anyone, whether you have never read a poem, gave up on poetry a long time ago or read and enjoy poetry regularly.

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