Event: Phyllida Anam-Aire and Sara Trevelyan in Conversation: Spiritual Journeys.

Chair: MaryCatherine Burgess.

Venue: Sanctuary, Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EL.
Date: Tuesday 27 June 2017.
Time: Registration: 6.30pm-7pm. Conversation: 7pm-9pm.
Event Description: The evening will be in two parts with Phyllida Anam-Aire interviewing Sara Trevelyan about her spiritual journey, and in the second part Sara Trevelyan will interview Phyllida Anam-Aire about her spiritual journey.

Phyllida Anam-Aire: Phyllida is a native speaker of Gaelic who was brought up in a small mountain village in Donegal, where she learned Celtic mythology and rituals such as singing for the dying. She studied to become a Catholic nun, but changed course to learn humanistic psychology with Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. She is now a bereavement counselor and the author of A Celtic Book of Dying.

Dr Sara Trevelyan: My spiritual journey didn’t consciously begin until I was in my forties, although I was interested in yoga and eastern philosophies in my twenties. My marriage to Jimmy Boyle and the birth of my two children were momentous experiences which opened me to love. Parenthood along with becoming a counsellor and therapist, brought me happiness and fulfilment. There was however something deeper which opened suddenly for me at a certain point and which  set me off on a spiritual quest. I was inspired by Buddhism, but ultimately meditation and listening to the still small voice within led me to Findhorn, and then back to the East to discover the light which illuminates each one of us from within. Spirituality is now at the core of my life and brings me to a place of Being rather than Doing, Trusting, Surrendering and Living each day Consciously and with Grace. I have recently published a memoir called Freedom Found. I continue to write and work as a psychotherapist and energy healer.

Suggested Format/Agenda*:

7.00 - 7.10 -  5- 10 minutes  for an introduction of us both and outline of the evening by MaryCatherine

7.10 - 7.40 - First Story Teller speaks being supported and interviewed by the other - 20 minutes approx

7.45 - 8.15 - Second Story Teller speaks….. same format 20 minutes approx

8.15 approx - 5 minute silent pause for conscious reflection,  followed by 5 mins talk to your neighbour - what has touched you most?/ toilet break  

8.20 - 10 minutes for Reflective summary and drawing out of themes for questions/contributions from the audience

8.30 - 20 Mins for Q and A and contributions from the audience and for further discussion

8.50 - 10 mins Closing comments by Phyllida, Sara and MaryCatherine - including thank you's and appreciations of the evening

9.00 - Adjourn

*This format/agenda can have some internal flexibility, but it provides a guiding framework for the conversations.

Suggestions for Preparing and Presenting Spiritual Journey Stories:

1.    To assure that a broad spectrum is addressed, it might be helpful to reflect on three primary stages in your spiritual journey:

a. Early/Formative Years of experience and awakening
b. Middle years of developing, deepening, continued awakening, and evolving
c. Current experience and understanding of the spiritual journey process, including how alike and/or different from earlier stages/phases.

2.    There may be a particular theme or perspective through which you view (or have viewed) your spiritual journey.

3.    It may help to organize your journey stages/phases by reflecting on turning points and/or key experiences that were particularly significant during each stage.

Phyllida Anam-Aire and Sara Trevelyan in Conversation

Cost: £10/£5 (Concession)/£3 (Students). For a Registration Form:
Contact: Neill Walker, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 0131 331 4469.

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