THE BESHARA TRUST

The Beshara Trust was founded in 1971 as an educational charity in the United Kingdom. According to its founding documents, ‘The object for which the Trust is established is the advancement of education in the consideration of the basic unity of all religions, in particular by the provision of courses to provide an understanding of the relationship of humanity to the universe, the earth, the environment and society, to Reality and to God.

The intention is to help Man in this life, its purpose is not to provide only a transcendent, inner understanding and satisfaction. It is necessary to realise and promulgate that the inner understanding has value only in relation and its communication to the outer life.” – Bulent Rauf, 1986

The Trust is supported entirely by philanthropic donations and voluntary work by people supportive of its aims. For more information and to make a donation, click here.

WHAT THE TRUST DOES

  • Initiates. The Beshara Trust initiates and supports Events including lectures and talks, such as the annual Beshara Lecture, seminars, conferences, as well as short Courses. The Trust is also the publisher of this website, www.beshara.org, and the Magazine which it contains.
  • Collaborates. The Beshara Trust is open to collaborating with like-minded organizations and individuals. Please Contact Us if you have a proposal for a joint project or event.
  • Facilitates. If you would like to hold an event related to Beshara, the Beshara Trust can help facilitate this by offering practical and financial help. Please Contact Us, or submit a funding application using the form below.

FUNDING

The Beshara Trust welcomes applications for funding for projects which help meet its principal objective. For example, we have previously supported lectures, seminars, film screenings and other events. Application form for funding 

The Angela Culme-Seymour Fund

In memory of Angela Culme-Seymour (1912–2012), this fund supports the translation and development of study materials in line with the aims of the Trust. Angela Culme-Seymour’s Wisdom of The Prophets, translated from Titus Burckhardt’s La Sagesse des Prophètes, provided the first substantial access to Ibn ‘Arabi’s Fusus al-hikam in English. It is a tremendous benefit for those interested in this essential work, and has been particularly useful over the years to students participating in a Beshara course. Angela also translated, again from French, al-Jili’s Al-Insan al-kamil into English, as Universal Man. She died at Chisholme House in 2012, aged 99, having been cared for by staff and students there towards the end of her life. In consultation with Angela’s family, The Beshara Trust, has endowed a new fund in her name. Its purpose is to support the translation and development of study materials in line with the aims of the Trust. This initiative gives recognition to Angela’s work in translating the Fusus. It also serves a continuing demand for high-quality study materials that communicate the essential truths of what it is to be a complete human being. We are open to suggestions about what the Fund might support. These are some possibilities:

  • The translation of works by Ibn ‘Arabi and his followers. This is a huge area, which could include translations from Arabic to English, and from English to other languages. A number of the scholars working in this field do so with little or no financial support. This of course limits what they are able to do.
  • To encourage new projects, without preconceived restrictions on what fields these might be in. For example, Richard Twinch, who gave the 2011 Beshara Lecture, is producing an audio-visual package that links the narrative with the slides and video clips he used. This is a time-consuming task done entirely without financial support.

It is unlikely that the Fund will be able to cover the full costs of an entire project, but it could provide seed funding for those who need some financial help to get started. The Trust invites applications for grants from the Angela Culme-Seymour Fund. For further information or to make an application, please email trust@beshara.org

THE TRUST ON YOUTUBE

TRUSTEES

Gill Williams, BA (Hons)

Gill Williams, BA (Hons)

Chairman

Gill studied at the University of Leicester and has worked in education for many years, latterly focusing on working with young people with special educational needs. She has studied at the Beshara school since 1973 and has had the good fortune to attend local study sessions for the past thirty years. Gill also has studied 5 Rhythms dance movements, which have incorporated some of the spiritual exercises and movements taught by the students of Gurdjieff.

Dr John Markson-Brown (PhD)

Dr John Markson-Brown (PhD)

Secretary

John has been teaching and training teachers for over 25 years in various locations including Africa, South America and the Far East. He has been Director of Studies, Deputy Head, an Adult Learning Inspector, teacher and teacher trainer. He specialises in Teacher Training on CLIL, Methodology and CERT TESOL courses. He is an associate lecturer at the Open University teaching Education for Development on a Masters Degree programme and undergraduate courses. John and his wife, Carolyn live on a small farm in East Sussex.

Elizabeth Roberts, MA Oxon, MPhil

Elizabeth Roberts, MA Oxon, MPhil

Trustee

Elizabeth studied English at Oxford and Philosophical Inquiry at Glasgow University. For most of her life she has worked in education, from teaching English as a Foreign Language in Indonesia with V.S.O. to secondary school teaching, community education, and lecturing at Glasgow and Edinburgh Universities. More recently Elizabeth worked as adult guidance network coordinator for the Scottish Borders and as Team Leader with Careers Scotland. She has now turned her hobbies into her current job as a yoga teacher and practitioner of ayurveda.

Martin Lam

Martin Lam

Trustee

Martin is an Academician Mentor of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, and Chair of their Food Policy committee. He has been a senior judge for the Soil Association Organic Food Awards for the past 18 years and is a member of The Master Chefs of Great Britain. Until 2013 Martin was co-chef and owner of Ransome’s Dock Restaurant, Battersea, London. He now works as a food, wine and restaurant consultant using his 40 years of experience and expertise in the UK restaurant business.

Michael Cohen, BSc, PhD

Michael Cohen, BSc, PhD

Trustee

Michael studied Mathematics at London and Warwick Universities and did research at Newcastle. For many years he has taught A-Level Mathematics and Statistics at a London tutorial college. He has an abiding interest in the connections between science and spirituality.

Christina Mark

Christina Mark

Trustee

Christina has been a student of the Beshara education for forty years, and her life has been profoundly inspired and influenced by it. She has worked for fifty years in the field of health care: as a registered general nurse, as a tutor in a college of further education, as a healing practitioner and trainer in energy healing and as a writer. She is author of ‘Energy Healing – The Practical Workbook’.