Previous Events – Take a look at some past Silent Eye workshops and talks

On this page you will find some of the previous workshops, weekends and talks the School has organised.

The Silent Eye hosts a number of events each year, from our annual Weekend Workshop in Derbyshire to our informal ‘Walk and Talk’ gatherings. All events are open to non-members and Companions of the School and they are a great way to meet us, explore the teachings we share and spend time with fellow travellers. Upcoming events can be found by clicking here.


The Prisoner of Portmeirion?

(A Spycological Thriller)

The Silent Eye Summer Weekend Workshop, June 2017

“I am not a number…”

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“… I am a free man…” But are we?  Join us for a most unusual weekend.

Once more the Silent Eye boldly goes…

One of the top TV shows of the 1960s was “The Prisoner” starring Patrick McGoohan as Number 6, the man from the secret service who dared to resign… and found himself kidnapped and captive in the mysterious “Village” where the banality of life was designed to crush the mind of the potential security threat.

Or perhaps it was really about something entirely different…

Set in and around the very real village of Portmeirion, the place where the Prisoner was filmed,  with the backdrop of wonderful Snowdonia on our doorstep, our pre-solstice adventure in the landscape will take the form of a psychological (or spycological) exploration of what it means to ‘fit in’ with the world–and the price of not doing so. We do not intend this to be deadly serious, but many a powerful revelation can come from a well-timed poke of humour, as Shakespeare well knew!

Dates: Weekend of 16-18 June 2017

Location:  Close to Portmeirion Village.

Don’t miss it! Demand will be high and there are limited places. Send us an email to register your interest.

For further details email: rivingtide@gmail.com

Inset image in banner from  http://www.portmeirion-village.com/visit/the-prisoner/



The Feathered Seer. Weekend Workshop April 2017

The Silent Eye Annual Workshop 2017

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“In a time before memory…when the land was yet young and Albion unborn, I dreamed the stars of a time yet to be. I dreamed your becoming.
…I see you.
I called and you have come.
The time is now.”

Join us as we journey back beyond recorded history to a time known only in dreams and a place that still casts its shadow in stone upon our landscape. It is a time of peace and bright learning, a time when wisdom flourishes in the sacred colleges and a young Seer is nearing the end of her training. They came with sword and spear, raveners of the land, seeking to pervert and destroy the Keepers of Wisdom. Torches in the night… a world forever changed…

Dates: Weekend of 21-23 April 2017

Location:  Great Hucklow, Derbyshire Dales.England.

Don’t miss it!

Accommodation is provided full board at the Nightingale Centre with inclusive prices for the weekend from £245 – £265 per person.Click here to download a pdf Booking Form for The Feathered Seer

For further details email: rivingtide@gmail.com


Of Ash and Seed, Isle of Anglesey, Wales,

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You can download the full one-page brochure with the link below.

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Circles beyond time – Seeking the Seer

September 2016

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An ancient landscape, shrouded in mystery… strewn with stones and the last of the summer heather…scattered with sites of ancient sanctity.

Stone circles… an enigmatic fortress rising from the bracken like a ship to carry mind and imagination back beyond the veiling mists.

Time becomes fluid, marked in shadows cast by standing stones. Stories carved in millstone grit by ancient hands come to life beneath the racing clouds… and all around is beauty.

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Join us in September as the seasons turn once more to walk forgotten pathways across the moors to circles  lost in the bracken. Learn of the dreams of a mysterious  Seer, a lifetime echoed in stone and whispered through time as we explore the sacred landscape of Derbyshire. In the solitude of the moors, the voices of the past seem to reach through the land and touch your heart, finding there a continuous thread of light that winds through the ages as each soul asks its own questions, the same questions that have been asked for millennia.

Based around the Fox House, Hathersage, we will spend the weekend exploring some of the neolithic  and sacred sites of the area, culminating in a trip to Arbor Low, the ‘Stonehenge of the north’. Each attendee will be asked to bring a short reading or to share a story that seems appropriate to the moment and we will talk as we walk, finding inspiration in the land and in our companions.

These events are not large, just a small and intimate group and a warm, informal atmosphere.

For those thinking of attending the Silent Eye’s Annual Workshop, The Feathered Seer, at Great Hucklow in April 2017, Circles Beyond Time will be of particular relevance as the story that will unfold during The Feathered Seer will be set in this particular part of the ancient landscape.

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2016 Summer pre-solstice event

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Shake off the Winter blues – Anticipate the Summer ahead and book now for the Silent Eye’s 2016 pre-Solstice weekend, “Whispers in the West”, to take place in the ancient landscapes of Pembrokeshire, West Wales,  June 17-19, 2016.

We will base ourselves in the ancient Celtic city of St David’s, near to the cathedral, whose site dates back to the 6th century. St David’s will be the main focus of the Sunday morning walk and talk. The ancient city offers a good choice of hotels and well-priced guest houses as well as a choice of restaurants.

From the magical traces of the ancient Druids, through the splendour of St David’s Cathedral to the modern and unchanged landscape of Pembrokeshire, the weekend has much to offer.

We will be conducted by a local member of the Silent Eye School who knows the landscape and its history well.

Our outline itinerary is:

17-19 June, 2016

Friday Afternoon 17 June

Drive to Whitesands beach – ice cream

Walk to St David’s Head – hut circles – Coetan Arthur burial chamber

Dinner in St David’s

Saturday 18 June

Drive to Newport via Carreg Samson and Carreg Coetan Arthur burial chambers

Walk up Carn Ingli for magnificent view

Drive to Pentre Ifan – the most impressive chamber in Wales

Drive to Nevern church – Ogham stones – bleeding yews

Drive to Cwm Gwaun for a drink at Bessie’s pub

Drive to St Gwyndaf’s church at Llanwnda near Strumble Head

Dinner at The Sloop in Porthgain or St David’s

Sunday 19 June

Walk to St Non’s – new chapel – old chapel – well

Walk to Cathedral and Bishop’s palace

Lunch in the refectory

Walk along to the bridge and up Quickwell Hill

(If people want to stay into the afternoon there is a lovely boat trip round Ramsay Island)

The cost to attend the weekend is £50.00. Hotel and meals are not included in that figure and those attending need to make their own accommodation arrangements.

Register your interest via email to rivingtide@gmail.com

(Images from Wikipedia, used under Creative Commons license)


Leaf and Flame: The Foliate Man. Workshop April 2016

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The 2016 Silent Eye April Workshop will look at some of the esoteric aspects of the Arthurian and Grail mythos…

By developing the stories of Gawain and the Green Knight, and Lady Ragnall we will explore what it means to be fully human and fully divine.

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Within the confines of a space made sacred by the intent of the Companions, the Silent Eye takes you on a journey to the legendary heart of Albion, where King Arthur rules and the shadowy presence of the Merlin haunts the flames.

Come with us to explore tales of the ancient past and find how they illuminate your own spiritual journey … and why they are still as relevant and resonant today.

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Dates: Weekend of 22-24 April, 2016.

Location: Great Hucklow, Derbyshire Dales. England.

Don’t miss it! Demand will be high and there are limited places.

Accommodation is provided full board at the Nightingale Centre with inclusive prices for the weekend from £220 – £245 per person.

Click here to download a pdf Booking Form for Leaf and Flame

For further details email: rivingtide@gmail.com

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Harvest of Being
Rooted in the Land
Ilkley, Yorkshire
18th – 20th September 2015

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Join us for an informal gathering on the edges of the ancient landscape of Ilkley Moor, exploring the relationship between the human heart and the heart of earth.

Based at the Cow and Calf Hotel,Hangingstone Lane, Ilkley,  we will venture out into the landscape, exploring sites of ancient sanctity… like the carved stones and circles scattered across the moor.


Mountains of the Sun
Wiltshire, England
12-14 June 2015

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What are the mysterious mounds that cluster around Marlborough? Why are they marked by the spiral of the dragon’s coils?
Join us for a Solstice tale of dragons in the living land of Albion as we explore Avebury and the mounds that haunt the Marlborough Downs.
From our base in the village of Ogbourne St George, named for the legendary slayer of dragons, the weekend will see us explore the World Heritage site of Avebury, where the stones dance in circles within circles. We will visit Silbury Hill, the largest man-made mound in Europe and take a look at its terraced sister, Merlin’s Mound, where legend says the Mage still sleeps as we explore the meaning and purpose of these strange, pyramids of earth.
The weekend is informal. We ask only that you bring your own presence and thoughts to the moment.

Workshop costs £50.00 per person.

Accomodation/meals not included, though advice can be given.

Click below to

Download our Events Booking Form – pdf

For further details or to reserve your place: rivingtide@gmail.com



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River of the Sun – the Silent Eye Weekend Workshop

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It is three generations since Egypt was torn apart by the rule of the enigmatic Pharaoh Akhenaten, who eviscerated the might of the ancient priesthood and moved the centre of political and religious power 250 miles North from Thebes to the new city of Armana on the Nile banks.The rulers of the 19th Dynasty are determined to reverse the damage done by the heretic Pharaoh. Seti I begins to restore Egypt’s military might to face a changed world. This ruthless outward focus is a vivid contrast to Akhenaten’s peaceful but materially damaging reign.Akhenaten is long dead, but what of his mystic religion? Is nothing left of his radical teaching, his doomed attempt to replace the ancient religions of the once-noble priesthood and its former Gods with a single deity, the Aten, symbolised by the Sun disc? The Hymns to the Aten, appear to show that he viewed the Truth as being very simple, although approachable in many ways.

5Our workshop follows the life-story of a young man named Amkhren, whose heart’s desire is to be a priest in the temple of Isis on the ancient Nile island of Philae. Amkhren is lowly born and an orphan. A chance and dangerous meeting between his grandfather and Neferaset, the high priestess of Isis, opens the door to a mysterious world where the earnest and eager young man discovers that life on Philae operates on two levels, with a hidden face to its rituals, known only to the few.

Through dramatic ritual, we will take part in the life of Amkhren, as he is admitted to the apprentice priesthood; then on to his graduation to its full ranks. We return, years later, to find him matured and powerful, visited by those who seek wisdom of a deeper nature. Watched over by the resourceful Neferaset and her brother Anzety, high priest of the cult of Osiris, Amkhren treads a deadly path as he falls under the suspicious eye of the newly appointed Menascare, a shadowy figure whose power derives from the soon to be appointed Ramases II, who has sworn to remove the last traces of Akhenaten, now known simply as “the erased”.

You can read more of the story for the weekend here and here.

The event offers a mixture of lectures and ritual dramas in which each of us will play a single role for the duration of the weekend. Each person will play a (fully scripted) role – you only need to read from the scripts and do your best to bring it to life. Creativity will be welcome and encouraged, and we will all explore the deeper meanings of Egyptian symbology by living it. Fun will most certainly be a theme and there is a lovely pub next door, which sees occasional use from the Silent Eye crowd . . .

Dates: Weekend of 24-26 April, 2015.
Location: Great Hucklow, Derbyshire Dales. England.
Don’t miss it! Demand will be high and there are limited places.
Accomodation provided full board at the Nightingale Centre with inclusive prices for the weekend from £220 – £245 per person.


Harvest of Being
Ilkley, West Yorkshire
September 2014

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Join us in the Yorkshire moors for an informal weekend of spiritual exploration. No lectures, no doctrine just time with fellow travellers on a spiritual path as we explore ourselves and the ancient landscape in which we walk.
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The Architecture of the Soul: Simplifying the Mystery

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August 2014
The Avalon Room, Glastonbury,
The word ‘Soul’ has been used in many ways since the Greeks laid the foundations for Western Civilisation. Use of the word Soul generally donotes a personal vehicle of the self. But which self? Is my sense of “me-ness” myself? What about the personality – where does that fit into a picture of the Soul? And what about psychology’s Ego, does that form a part of the overall picture?
In this talk the Silent Eye School will discuss the necessary elements of a soul and talk about how they may be knitted together into a single concept, one that not only provides a reference point, but also gives a start point for getting beyond ordinary life and exploring a more dynamic interchange with this deeper part of ourselves. The talk will comprise a small set of slides linked to a number of individual exercises and meditations, which will help reveal the nature of the Soul in all her glory.


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The Enneagram: Its spiritual history and modern use
Glastonbury
June 2014
Gurdjieff brought the Enneagram to the West in 1912. Since then its use has expanded beyond the Fourth Way tradition. Modern esoteric psychology employs its dynamic structure to reveal the way our minds grew from their early beginnings and to point the way home to Being, itself. The evening will reveal the modern history of the Enneagram from its emergence in pre-revolution Russia onwards; and will speculate on its more remote history as one of the legendary “seals” that were reserved for initiates in those ancient times. Venue: the Avalon Room


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‘The Song in the Silence’:Centre, Word, Vowel, Cycle, Harmony
Glastonbury
April 2014
The emergence of spiritual harmonics in the magic of everyday speech and music.
The circle is the core symbol for many spiritual traditions. In this two-hour talk, we will explore the way the circle reveals its hidden harmony in both music and speech. The science of harmonics is as old as Pythagoras and probably older in histories that were never recorded. The uncovering of the magic of speech is a more recent discovery that contains many surprises. Linking them all is a mysterious seven-fold cycle, whose glyph is shown in many ancient designs, yet whose meaning is never fully revealed.
This talk will bridge the ancient and the modern in a journey of discovery for everyone.


 

Image by Matt Baldwin-Ives
Image by Matt Baldwin-Ives

Land of the Exiles… Silent Eye Weekend Workshop
April, 2014, Great Hucklow in the beautiful Derbyshire Hills
After seven years in cryogenic deep-freeze a group of interstellar colonists, fleeing the destruction of the Earth, awaken to find that their ship has crash-landed on Idos, their planned new home. The Commander, the sole member of the crew who volunteered to stay awake during the voyage, has disappeared, and the ship’s computer has gone rogue, imprisoning them in the one working deck left in the ruin of the Hawk.
Seemingly intent on playing God after studying the Commander’s electronic books of ancient religions, the computer determines to first explore what it is to be human. To survive, the colonists must assume the mythical roles of the Egyptian Gods cast by the computer from the ancient past so that it can test their reactions. The future looks bleak for the survivors when there seems to be no way around the machine’s manipulations of their psyches.
But Idos has its own resources, and one of them, a natural intelligence in the planet that they come to know as the Mindstream, seeks them out while they are being played by the computer, making them aware that help is at hand if they can use their roles to outsmart the cyberintelligence pitted against them.
The mood changes, dramatically, as the colonists learn to interpret the Mindstream’s subtle interference, appearing to play along with the computer’s manipulations, but re-shaping their roles one step at a time to deepen their control of the situation.
In the final act, the mechanical computer comes face to face with the power of the evolved human soul, laid bare by the necessity of survival created by its very existence.
Join us for this ground-breaking consciousness intensive weekend in the heart of the beautiful Derbyshire Dales.
Each person will play a fully scripted role for the whole weekend. The event offers a mixture of lectures and ritual dramas in which each of us will play a single role for the duration. Creativity will be welcome and encouraged, and we will all explore the deeper meanings of being Human.
Fun will most certainly be a theme and there is a lovely pub next door when we get tired of being serious!


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Walk and Talk
Glastonbury
October 2013
Come and spend a few hours with the folks of the Silent Eye in Glastonbury, where we will share a little time together, just being human as we explore sites in the town and th landscape sacred to many traditions.


Image by Matt Baldwin-Ives
Image by Matt Baldwin-Ives

The Song of the Troubadour
April 2013
A group of pilgrims have gathered in the ancient landscape of the Derbyshire hills, refreshing themselves from their long journeys. Some are renewing old friendships, others are there for the first time. All are made welcome by their hosts at the fireside in the place of the Nightingale.
Unexpectedly, he doors open and into their company strides a Troubadour, holding the hand of a child. His presence seems to fill the room. Taking a grateful seat by the fire and glass of porter, he tells them that he is on an urgent journey to save the life of a King, and he asks that they look after the child for two days while he completes his mission. He explains that the child is very special – having never developed its personality, it remains a pure Being, a vessel of light that can see the world as it is, rather than clouded with the accumulated dust of life’s experiences. In return for their care, they may each ask one question of the child, but only one.
The pilgrims discuss how they might do this, both to help the Troubadour and aid their own spiritual quests. They elect a leader to focus the questions in a sequence that will throw light on their very existence, and the mysteries of their lives. Finally, they turn to the Troubadour and accept his request. He leaves, thanking them and saying he will return for the child on the day of the Sun…
And if you want to see what happens next, you could always join us in Derbyshire……


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‘The Temple of the Moment: extending spirituality into the real-time life’
Manchester
October 2012
The Temple of the Moment is achieved by following a series of life-changing steps. These have been documented in sacred scriptures over the millennia but remain largely unused. The steps include self-remembering, identification, negative emotions and reactions to events in our lives. This talk will contrast the Temple of the Withdrawn and the Temple of the Moment, and show how both can be used to create a more empowered life, enrich personal consciousness and our sense of purpose.

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