7th SUMMER SCHOOL IONA AND ISLE OF MULL

2nd to 9th July 2022

A Week of Nature Observation, Sense Awakening, Spiritual Schooling and Community Building. Special Topics: Bees, Taliesin and how to co-create the emerging future together with all beings.

Voices from participants of the Summer School 2021:

 

“Following my heart & intuition; from the very first moment everything we did on Summer School confirmed that I was at the right time in the right place!” (RS)

“Being and doing together with real people at last, after 'lockdown' year- was the best thing. Felt very blessed and happy, to be with such inspiring, kind, beautiful souls. Exciting, international vibe. Warm, vibrant, enquiring, family atmosphere, all generations welcome and present. Wildflowers wandering everywhere and homely animal friends too. Seeing puffins for the first time on Staffa- sensational! Altogether, a great adventure exploring the aims of anthroposophy creatively, in a natural, unstuffy environment and marvelling at treading in the footsteps of the great Mr. Dunlop!” (EW)

 

“Despite all Corona complications, I was able to calm down the outer waves and let grow something inside which I felt could reach out to the companions of the summer school.”  (CB)

 

“The current chaos in the world gave it an extra edge and meaning. A great group of diverse but in some ways like-minded people. We managed to create quite a powerful vessel for renewal and insight.” (JH)

 

“Observe nature and the landscape, create and share in the group the way we did it, has been eye opening for me. A renewal of the self through these practices.” (GP)

Arriving at Iona feels like "coming home". The mood of the green island surrounded by waves and light is described by visitors as peaceful, healing, holy. Iona was the center of Celtic Christianity, characterized by its loving commitment to the created world and the encounter of the Christ spirit in nature and the elements. The spiritual life in this Celtic Christian way was non-hierarchical and was not organized in a centralist way. There was no pursuit of worldly power. To Rudolf Steiner  this "culture" was part of the Western or Hybernian Mysteries. For our time there is a connection between the Celtic spiritual way and Goethean natural science, which is based on a loving relationship to the sensory world. One of the leading aims of the Summer School is "learning to perceive and experience the divine-spiritual in the sensory world". That is the cultural task of our time says Steiner. The Summer School will be about experiencing the above mentioned by observations in nature, in the social and by inviting non-human beings into the group as well.

Iona ist eine schöne Insel. Als “Iona-Gefühl" ist sie Heimat für viele Menschen. Besucher erleben dort eine seelische Weite und eine Aura der Milde. Man fühlt sich liebevoll gesehen. Iona ist ein Innen-Außen­-Ort zugleich und damit Sinnbild für eine Weltanschauung welche den Geist im Sinnlichen sucht. Diese Qualitäten bringt Rudolf Steiner in Zusammenhang mit den Westlichen Mysterien. Seit der Weihnachtstagung 1923/24, bzw. der Neubegründung der Anthroposophischen Gesellschaft als Mysterientat durch Steiner, gilt, unter Einbezug auch des Westlichen Mysterienstromes: Jenseits der Strömungen und des eigenen karmischen Hintergrunds für das Weltwohl - und auch die eigene Entwicklung - zusammenzuarbeiten. Diese Themen sind wahrnehmend in der Natur und in Erkenntnisgesprächen Inhalte dieser Tagung.

Sprachen: Englisch

Aankomen op Iona voelt als “thuiskomen”. De stemming  van het groene eiland omwoeld door golven wordt door bezoekers omschreven als vredig, helend, heilig. Iona was het centrum van het keltische christendom, gekenmerkt door haar liefdevolle toewending tot de geschapen wereld en het ontmoeten van de Christusgeest in natuur en elementen. Het geestelijke leven in deze stroom was niet hiërarchisch en centralistisch georganiseerd, er was
geen streven naar wereldlijke macht. Rudolf Steiner plaatst deze "cultuur"in de westerse of hybernische mysteriën. Voor de huidige tijd loopt er een verbinding naar de
goetheanistische natuurwetenschap, die berust op een liefdevolle relatie tot
de zintuiglijke wereld. “Het goddelijk-geestelijke in de zintuiglijke wereld
leren waarnemen en ervaren is de culturele opgave van het westen in onze tijd”, zegt Steiner. De keltische spiritualiteit toont de eerste kiemen van die verbindende houding en daarmee is zij hyper-actueel.