Kathy Tiernan, author of “Place of Repose: A tale of St Cuthbert’s Last Journey” and alumni of the Beshara School will be leading a five-day study tour in September 2018 tracing the saint’s life in Northumbria. Cuthbert, who lived from 634 to 687, is remembered as monk, bishop and hermit of Lindisfarne.

Kathy writes, “Cuthbert was beloved in his own time, but his influence continued to grow after his death. The Lindisfarne Gospels were created in his honour and Lindisfarne became a centre of pilgrimage. The Viking raids of the ninth century forced the monks to flee and the study tour will follow in their footsteps. Throughout the centuries Cuthbert has been understood as the protector of the North and of his people. His life story is an affirmation of the persistence of love beyond the vicissitudes of time and mortality and his presence remains a solace for us today”.

Kathy led a similar tour in 2016 and one of the participants wrote “perhaps the most important thing for me about the trip was that it brought Cuthbert to life in the sense of being a living presence.”

In August Kathy will lead a one day study tour, A day with St Cuthbert: Leader Valley to Old Melrose, which will introduce the places where St Cuthbert spent his childhood, including a visit to the Anglo Saxon monastery of Mailros.

As Kathy explains, through the spirit of the place we can start to discover our own connection to Cuthbert and his meaning.

Kathy’s new novel ”Cuthbert, the Making of a Saint” will be published in the Autumn of 2018.

Further details of these events can be found on the Courses & Events page.

Know Yourself

October 14 & 28, 2018
November 11 & 25, 2018
December 9, 2018
January 13 & 27, 2019
(11am – 1pm)
The Salisbury Centre, Edinburgh, UK

Exploring the Oneness of Being through oneself

Coming to Know Edwin Muir

November 10, 2018 (2–5pm)
The October Gallery, London

Contemplative study of a few poems by the 20th Century Scottish Poet Edwin Muir

Speaker: Robert-Louis Abrahamson

Akong: A Remarkable Life

November 28, 2018 (7pm)
Heart of Hawick Cinema & Theatre, Hawick, Scottish Borders

The award-winning documentary on the inspirational life of Akong Rinpoche, co-founder of the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the West, at Eskdalemuir. Introduced by Executive Producer Vin Harris, and followed by a panel discussion with Q&A. Proceeds to the Akong Memorial Foundation.

Ibn ‘Arabi Study Afternoon

December 1, 2018 (2–5pm)
The October Gallery, London

An afternoon seminar studying the chapter on ‘The Wisdom of Being in the Word of David’ from Ibn ‘Arabi’s Fusus al-Hikam (The Bezels of Wisdom).

The Ways of the Heart

September – December 2018
Hosted by The Beshara Trust

A 12-week themed online course using the Zoom seminar platform.

The Chisholme Institute

Discovering Unity: One Week Retreats

Dates for 2019 to be confirmed

Chisholme Institute, Scottish Borders, UK

The Chisholme Institute

Discovering Unity: Introductory Weekends

Dates for 2019 to be confirmed

Chisholme Institute, Scottish Borders, UK

How far and how deep can you travel in just two days?

Mindfulness and Self Discovery Retreat Course

October 1 – November 25, 2018
Chisholme Institute, Scottish Borders, UK

This being human is a guest-house. Every morning a new arrival…‘  An 8-week in-depth foundation in mindfulness with 7-day retreat.

40 Day Intensive Retreat

October 15 – November 23, 2018
Chisholme Institute, Scottish Borders, UK

An in-depth retreat where everything fully supports each individual’s inner self discovery and exploration of their relationship with others and the world from a unified perspective.

Woodland Yurt Summer Retreats

June 29 – July 6, 2019
August 24 – August 31, 2019
Chisholme Institute, Scottish Borders, UK

7-day retreats without electricity, phone reception, and contact with the outside world – living in yurts in the forest.