‘To be made of God is to be made of sacred imagination. It is to have the capacity to dream our way into new beginnings, in our lives and in our world.’
‘In Celtic wisdom the sacred is as present on earth as it is in heaven, as immanent as it is transcendent, as human as it is divine, as physical as it is spiritual.’
~Dr. John Philip Newell, Sacred Earth Sacred Soul
Join us for a weekend retreat focused on Celtic wisdom, spiritual practice, and compassionate action. The retreat will be led by John Philip Newell, a Scottish teacher and author of spirituality who calls the modern world to reawaken to the sacredness of Earth and every human being. The weekend will be co-led by John Philip’s colleague and spiritual practice facilitator, Cami Twilling, the Director of Earth & Soul. Recommended reading for the retreat is Sacred Earth Sacred Soul: Celtic Wisdom for Reawakening to What our Souls Know and Healing the World by John Philip Newell.
There will be periods of silence throughout the retreat. Check-in will begin at 3pm and evening prayer will be held at 5:30pm before dinner. The presentation will begin after dinner.
“Many of us have been indebted to John Philip Newell’s writings for years but, in this book, he reaches new depths in his vision of the earth and the human journey. We need this Celtic wisdom among us urgently.” (Richard Rohr, New York Times bestselling author of The Universal Christ)
“In this wonderful new book, John Philip Newell dives deeply into the life-affirming wisdom of the Celtic tradition to deliver a powerful message of hope to our frightened and disoriented world.” (Cynthia Bourgeault, author of The Wisdom Way of Knowing)
“JP Newell has been leading the way for a number of years now, giving us a clear and hopeful direction for the future. I’m convinced that we’ve only begun to see just how far and wide his voice is going to be heard.” (Rob Bell, New York Times bestselling author of Love Wins)
“John Philip Newell offered me a new creation story for Christian faith. I commend Sacred Earth Sacred Soul to anyone who is ready to be born again.” (Barbara Brown Taylor, New York Times bestselling author of An Altar in the World)
John Philip Newell is a Celtic teacher and author of spirituality who calls the modern world to reawaken to the sacredness of the earth and every human being.
Canadian by birth, and a citizen also of Scotland, he resides with his family in Edinburgh and works on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2016 he began the School of Earth and Soul (originally called the School of Celtic Consciousness) and teaches regularly in the United States and Canada as well as leading international pilgrimage weeks on Iona in the Western Isles of Scotland.
His PhD is from the University of Edinburgh and he has authored over fifteen books, including A New Ancient Harmony, Sounds of the Eternal, The Rebirthing of God, and his latest major publication Sacred Earth Sacred Soul.
Newell speaks of himself as ‘a wandering teacher’ following the ancient path of many lone teachers before him in the Celtic world, ‘wandering Scots’ (or scotus vagans as they were called) seeking the wellbeing of the world. He has been described as having ‘the heart of a Celtic bard and the mind of a Celtic scholar’, combining in his teachings the poetic and the intellectual, the head as well as the heart, and spiritual awareness as well as political and ecological concern. His writings have been translated into seven languages. In 2020 he relinquished his ordination as a minister of the Church of Scotland as no longer reflecting the heart of his belief in the sacredness of the earth and every human being. He continues, however, to see himself as ‘a grateful son of the Christian household’ seeking to be in relationship with the wisdom of humanity’s other great spiritual traditions.