The ancient Christian Celts had a deep reverence of God and respect for Nature. They understood that God’s revelation arrives in Word, Nature, Practice, Community, Love and Imagination. In our modern moment of political turmoil, our awakening to the damage that we have done to the good Earth, and our culture’s lost sense of relationship and meaningful life, the Celtic teachings, traditions, and guidance offer hope and inspiration. Perhaps this ancient approach to union with God can once again assist us in regaining life-giving relationship with one another, the Earth, and The Great Spirit.
Celtic Soul is an introduction to several prominent themes and practices from ancient and modern Celtic Christian Spirituality as it informs our soul journey. The seminar will be a balance of lecture, small group discussion, introduction to related spiritual practices, enjoying conversation over lunch, quiet times of guided and unguided contemplation, and walks in the garden. Poetry will play a prominent role in the presentations as well.
Some of the themes we will explore are the dignity of the human soul, the dialogue with Nature as a source of spiritual wisdom, our responsibility toward all of Creation, the beauty of interpersonal relationships as the arena of spiritual growth and expression, and the poetic elucidation of the human soul as an expression of Divine beauty and creativity.
Celtic Soul is a great place to begin your participation in all of The Celtic Center seminars and programs. It introduces the other five seminars presented each year. You are welcome to attend one or more of the seminars in any way that will assist you along your way. And if you would like to deepen the work, then you are invited to consider our Spiritual Direction Certificate program mentioned below.
We will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at Willow Springs Retreat in Edmonds, WA. The cost is $175 which includes the price of the retreat, enjoyment of two beautiful gardens and lunch. Email Kirk Webb to sign up for “Celtic Soul” and you will receive information about registration and payment. If you would like to join us for spiritual direction training and practice on the previous day then you can see information about that opportunity here. Out of town participants may want to stay overnight on Friday in order to attend the Saturday seminar in which case you are responsible for your own lodging in the Edmonds area. Edmonds is a beautiful little town on the Puget Sound and has many lodging possibilities. Let Kirk know if you need suggestions for places to stay, and do let us know if you have any questions about this seminar. We hope you will join us for this lovely day together.
Kirk Webb will serve as presenter, facilitator, and trainer at each seminar. Additionally, a variety of experienced spiritual directors, Celtic scholars, practitioners, and psychologists will join to present subject material and facilitate group growth and training experiences throughout the sessions.
The entire Spiritual Direction Certificate program involves six seminars (Development) and six days of the practice of contemplative spiritual disciplines and teachings regarding spiritual direction (Encounter). The seminar series is unique in that we draw upon Celtic Christian perspectives as a way of understanding the human journey, particularly considering the relationship of Soul and Nature to inform the cycles of our spiritual life.
If you would like further information then it can be found here.