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.

40 Day Intensive Retreat

October 14 – November 22, 2019
Chisholme Institute, Scottish Borders, UK

What does it mean to be human? How do we relate to ourselves, to others, to the world?

Ibn ‘Arabi Study Day

May 25, 2019 (11am–5pm)
The October Gallery, London

A day of study of the chapter on ‘The Wisdom of Beneficence in the Word of Loqman’ from Ibn ‘Arabi’s Fusus al-Hikam (The Bezels of Wisdom).

Notes from the Underworld

May 25, 2019 (2–4pm)
The Cornucopia Room, Scottish Borders
June 1, 2019 (2.30–4.30pm)
Mulberry House, Edinburgh

A talk by Janet Bowers exploring and embracing death as one of the most essential aspects of our humanity from a psychological and spiritual perspective.

An Afternoon with Rumi and Shams: Two in the Singular

June 8, 2019 (2–5pm)
The October Gallery, London

A workshop with Alan Williams, Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Religion, University of Manchester

The Ways of the Heart: Oneness

17th May – 25th July 2019
Hosted by The Beshara Trust using the Zoom seminar platform.

An online Beshara course exploring a spiritual life in the contemporary world.

Three Month Online Course

September 7 – December 7, 2019

A three month course beginning with a week residential retreat at Chisholme House in the Scottish Borders, followed by a modular online programme.

Know Yourself

January – July 2019 (11am – 1pm)
Every 2nd Sunday each month

The Salisbury Centre, Edinburgh, UK

Exploring the Oneness of Being through oneself

The Chisholme Institute

Discovering Unity: One Week Retreats

April 20 – 27, 2019
June 15 – 22, 2019
August 24 – 31, 2019

Chisholme Institute, Scottish Borders, UK

The Chisholme Institute

Discovering Unity: Introductory Weekends

May 17 – 19, 2019
July 19 – 21, 2019

Chisholme Institute, Scottish Borders, UK

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

Woodland Yurt Summer Retreats

June 29 – July 6, 2019
July 20 – July 27, 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.