Stoicism & Philosophy for Life: Northumberland Tyne Valley

Exploring Wisdom: Philosophy and Spirituality in Ancient India [two day course]

Dates

Starts 10am on Saturday 10th February 2024.

Ends 4pm on Sunday 11th February 2024.

Venue

Corbridge Parish Hall, St Helen's Street, Corbridge, Northumberland, NE45 5BE

Fees

Non-residential £84 [or pay what you can afford]

Description

Embark on a transformative journey in this two-day course on the philosophy and spirituality of ancient India. Immerse yourself in the profound teachings of the Rigveda, the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita. Engage in meditative reflections, hands-on activities, and deep discussions, discovering pathways to self-actualisation. This thought-provoking course invites you to weave the timeless wisdom of the ancients into the fabric of contemporary existence.

Booking

To book a place on this course, you can either use the 'Book' button to take you to eventbrite, or email darrenharper.esq@gmail.com

Stoic Mindfulness Practices: Techniques for Present-Moment Awareness [discussion group]

Date

Thursday 29th February 2024. 7.30pm until 8.30pm

Venue

Hexham Community Centre, Gilesgate, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 3NP

Fee

£7 [or pay what you can afford]

Description

Ever wondered how ancient Stoics dealt with the chaos of life? Join our discussion group where we’ll explore time-tested methods that Stoics used to cultivate clarity amidst daily challenges. Discover practical applications for modern living and share insights on integrating these techniques into your routine. Embrace the power of presence, and together, let's unravel the timeless wisdom that Stoicism offers for navigating the complexities of the present moment.

Booking

To book a place on this discussion group, you can either use the 'Book' button to take you to eventbrite, or email darrenharper.esq@gmail.com

Stoic Resilience in the Face of Adversity: Lessons from Marcus Aurelius [discussion group]

Date

Thursday 28th March 2024. 7.30pm until 8.30pm

Venue

Hexham Community Centre, Gilesgate, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 3NP

Fee

£7 [or pay what you can afford]

Description

Ever pondered how to cultivate unshakable resilience amidst life's storms? Join our discussion group where we’ll learn from Marcus Aurelius. Delve into the profound insights of the Stoic emperor, exploring timeless wisdom for navigating challenges. Uncover practical strategies to transform adversity into strength and learn how Marcus Aurelius triumphed over life's tribulations. Embrace this opportunity to fortify your resilience and discover the enduring lessons that Stoicism offers.

Booking

To book a place on this discussion group, you can either use the 'Book' button to take you to eventbrite, or email darrenharper.esq@gmail.com

Living Stoically: The Discipline of Action [two day course]

Dates

Starts 10am on Saturday 6th April 2024.

Ends 4pm on Sunday 7th April 2024.

Venue

Corbridge Parish Hall, St Helen's Street, Corbridge, Northumberland, NE45 5BE

Fees

Non-residential £84 [or pay what you can afford]

Description

Uncover the wisdom of Stoicism in ‘Living Stoically: The Discipline of Action,’ a two-day exploration blending practicality and profound insights. Engage in lively discussions, immersive exercises, and absorb the timeless teachings of Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius. Delve into the Discipline of Action, premeditate adversity, and unlock the power of the reserve clause. Discover resilience, virtue, and daily practices that resonate deeply. Join us for an intellectually invigorating journey into Stoic philosophy's enduring relevance.

Booking

To book a place on this course, you can either use the 'Book' button to take you to eventbrite, or email darrenharper.esq@gmail.com6th

Transforming Negative Emotions Stoically: Turning Passion into Virtue [discussion group]

Date

Thursday 25th April 2024. 7.30pm until 8.30pm

Venue

Hexham Community Centre, Gilesgate, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 3NP

Fee

£7 [or pay what you can afford]

Description

Ever wondered how to harness the power of negative emotions for personal growth? Join our discussion group as we consider whether anger, fear, and sorrow are obstacles or opportunities? We’ll delve into Stoic philosophy's transformative approach, learning to navigate, understand, and transmute emotions into virtuous action. Let's embark on a journey together, unraveling the Stoic secrets that turn the storms within us into the virtues that lead to a more fulfilled and resilient life.

Booking

To book a place on this discussion group, you can either use the 'Book' button to take you to eventbrite, or email darrenharper.esq@gmail.com

Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain: A Journey to Inner Balance [day course]

Date

Saturday 30th March 2024. 10am until 3pm

Venue

Dilston Physic Garden, Corbridge, Northumberland, NE45 5QZ

Fee

£40

Description

Embark on a transformative day of self-discovery with our course, ‘Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain: A Journey to Inner Balance.’ Guided by philosophy and meditation teacher Darren Harper and Tai Chi expert Amanda Barrell, delve into the profound metaphor of facing life's challenges (Embrace Tiger) and returning to inner calm and balance (Return to Mountain). Through discussions, Tai Chi movements, and a ‘Mountain Meditation,’ explore the essence of balance in daily life. Open yourself up to insights and realizations, fostering a journey towards personal actualization. Join us for a day of wisdom, movement, and mindfulness.

Booking

To book a place on this day course, you can either use the 'Book' button to take you to eventbrite, or email darrenharper.esq@gmail.com

Cultivating Courage: Embracing the Bold Path to Fulfilment [day course]

Date

Saturday 27th April 2024. 10am until 3pm

Venue

Dilston Physic Garden, Corbridge, Northumberland, NE45 5QZ

Fee

£35 [or pay what you can afford]

Description

Step into a day of self-discovery and connection. Together, we'll explore the profound concept of courage, weaving personal narratives into a rich tapestry of collective wisdom. Engage in meditation, deep discussion and draw inspiration from Malala Yousafzai's courageous journey. We will also discuss the Sikh story of ‘Bhai Kanhaiya's on the Battlefield’, which resonates with themes of compassion, selflessness, and universal love. The afternoon unfolds with a labyrinth walk and a creative activity, fostering deep reflection. Join us on this nurturing journey toward personal growth and fulfilment.

Booking

To book a place on this discussion group, you can either use the 'Book' button to take you to eventbrite, or email darrenharper.esq@gmail.com

Nurturing Kindness: The Heart's Journey Towards Fulfilment [day course]

Date

Saturday 25th May 2024. 10am until 3pm

Venue

Dilston Physic Garden, Corbridge, Northumberland, NE45 5QZ

Fee

£35 [or pay what you can afford]

Description

Join us in exploring the transformative power of kindness, a universal language that speaks to the soul. In our welcoming space, we'll delve into the essence of kindness, discussing its profound impact on personal and societal well-being. Through the inspiring story of Abdul Sattar Edhi, we'll uncover the cultural, religious and philosophical dimensions of kindness. We will also discuss the ancient Buddhist parable, ‘The Monk and the Scorpion’, and collectively reflect upon its wisdom. Engage in meditation, reflections, creativity, and personal contemplation, fostering connections between kindness and the path to fulfilment.

Booking

To book a place on this discussion group, you can either use the 'Book' button to take you to eventbrite, or email darrenharper.esq@gmail.com

Practicing Temperance: Finding Balance on the Path to Fulfilment [day course]

Date

Saturday 27th July 2024. 10am until 3pm

Venue

Dilston Physic Garden, Corbridge, Northumberland, NE45 5QZ

Fee

£35 [or pay what you can afford]

Description

Step into a day of exploration and self-discovery, where we invite you to embrace the concept of temperance, a path to balance and fulfilment. Join a nurturing space to discuss and reflect on finding equilibrium in various aspects of life. Journey with historical figure Confucius and then delve into the wisdom of Daoism, as we explore Zhuang Zhou’s story of ‘The Empty Boat’. Engage in guided meditations and mindful exercises to practice temperance. Together, let's uncover the enduring principles that lead to a harmonious and fulfilling life.

Booking

To book a place on this discussion group, you can either use the 'Book' button to take you to eventbrite, or email darrenharper.esq@gmail.com

Embracing Compassion: Heartful Living on the Path to Fulfilment [day course]

Date

Saturday 31st August 2024. 10am until 3pm

Venue

Dilston Physic Garden, Corbridge, Northumberland, NE45 5QZ

Fee

£40 [or pay what you can afford]

Description

Step into a nurturing exploration of compassion, where each moment unfurls like a lotus. Join a circle of seekers and discover the transformative power of compassion on personal and collective well-being. Immerse yourself in the wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh, a modern sage, as well as the Jataka Tale of Prince Vessantara. Through meditation, contemplative walks and creative expressions, we'll navigate the art of heartful living. This journey invites you to deepen your connection with compassion and embrace fulfilment with an open heart.

Booking

To book a place on this discussion group, you can either use the 'Book' button to take you to eventbrite, or email darrenharper.esq@gmail.com

Cultivating Humility: A Journey Towards Fulfilment [day course]

Date

Saturday 28th September 2024. 10am until 3pm

Venue

Dilston Physic Garden, Corbridge, Northumberland, NE45 5QZ

Fee

£40 [or pay what you can afford]

Description

Embark upon a nurturing exploration of humility, where each step is an invitation to self-discovery. Join a circle of seekers as we unravel the essence of humility through the life of Mahatma Gandhi and the Zen story ‘Nan-in and the Tea Cup'. Reflect in the labyrinth's embrace, engage in a collaborative art venture, and discover the transformative journey towards fulfilment. This comprehensive day course weaves diverse perspectives and personal narratives, fostering a deep connection between humility and the path to inner fulfilment.

Booking

To book a place on this discussion group, you can either use the 'Book' button to take you to eventbrite, or email darrenharper.esq@gmail.com

Embracing Forgiveness: Liberating the Soul on the Path to Fulfilment [day course]

Date

Saturday 26th October 2024. 10am until 3pm

Venue

Dilston Physic Garden, Corbridge, Northumberland, NE45 5QZ

Fee

£40 [or pay what you can afford]

Description

Step into a nurturing exploration of forgiveness, a journey of liberation and healing. Join a circle of seekers as we unravel the transformative power of forgiveness through Nelson Mandela's legacy and the Old Testament tale of ‘Joseph and His Brothers’. Meditate, reflect by the pond, engage in a forgiveness ceremony, and discover the profound connection between forgiveness and the path to inner fulfilment. This comprehensive day course weaves diverse perspectives and personal narratives, fostering a deep connection between forgiveness and the journey towards fulfilment.

Booking

To book a place on this discussion group, you can either use the 'Book' button to take you to eventbrite, or email darrenharper.esq@gmail.com