The Spiritual Journey in Poacher’s Pilgrimage
March 09, 2017
An evening with Alastair McIntosh, author of Poacher’s Pilgrimage: an Island Journey. An exploration of space, time, consciousness and the basis of our profound interconnection, through love and community, both with nature and with one another.
Chair: Jim Griffin
Alastair McIntosh’s recent book, Poacher’s Pilgrimage: an Island Journey, is on the face of it a travelogue. But a pilgrimage is a journey with intent to open to the inner life. The walk that he made across the isles of Lewis and Harris back in 2009 was a basis to explore pressing issues of our times: amongst them, war, poverty, nonviolence, feudal power in land ownership and climate change. But deeper than any of these, his pilgrimage opened out an ecology of the imagination. It became an exploration of space, time, consciousness and the basis of our profound interconnection, through love and community, both with nature and with one another. This offers an alternative to worn out versions of religious expression from the past. In particular – as befits a physical walk through Celtic spiritual history replete with beehive cells, holy wells and the ancient “temple” sites – Alastair explores Christian mystical insights for the future, but always with a deep appreciation of the gifts of other faiths that are rooted in love.
Venue: Sanctuary, Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EL.
Booking & Fees
The 2017 Edinburgh International Festival of Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace
From Saturday 4 March – Sunday 26 March 2017 the 14th annual Edinburgh International Festival of Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace (MESP 2017), will bring together people from a wide range of spiritual backgrounds, people working with peace, conflict, reconciliation and justice, educators, teachers, scholars and students, people from artistic and cultural backgrounds, people working with health, wellbeing and healing experiences and concerns, people from diverse cultures, traditions and communities, and people from across Scotland and internationally. More generally, everyone participates in an individual and non-representative capacity to allow people to draw upon their own experiences and to share their unique visions and perspectives, and people of all backgrounds who respect the Festival ethos are warmly invited to participate in this spiritual, educational, artistic and cultural and international festival which celebrates peace and mutual understanding.
Course / Event location
Sanctuary, Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EL
Woodland Yurt Retreat
August 26 – September 2, 2017
Chisholme Institute, Scottish Borders, UK
Discover what is essential – free from phones, internet and electricity – living in yurts on the edge of woodland and cooking over campfires in the company of fellow students and facilitators.
‘Seven Days of the Heart’ Study Retreat
September 30 – 7 October, 2017
Armagh, Melbourne, Australia
An intensive, non-residential study retreat, led by Stephen Hirtenstein.
Application deadline: June 30th, 2017
The Beshara Lecture 2017: Nothingness and Gratitude
July 22, 2017 (3pm)
St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation & Peace, London, UK
Speaker: George Pattison, 1640 Chair of Divinity, University of Glasgow.