John Philip Newell's Earth and Soul Retreat

NEW in 2021!
John Philip Newell
Earth and Soul Retreat
and its companion book,
Earth Soul: The Celtic Art of Reawakening to the Sacred

In this time of hope as we work on new beginnings in our nations and lives, John Philip Newell calls us to “further awaken to the sacredness of the earth and every human being as the basis of real change.” 

Earth and Soul
A two-day retreat with John Philip Newell
Covid-19 Restrictions May Apply
Tuesday, July 13 - Thursday, July 15, 2021
Registration begins May, 2021

“We know things in the core of our being that we have not necessarily been taught, and some of this deep knowing may actually be at odds with what our society or religion has tried to teach us. This book [and retreat] is about reawakening to what we know in the depths of our being, that the earth is sacred and that this sacredness is at the heart of every human being and life-form. To awaken again to this deep knowing is to be transformed in the ways we choose to live and relate and act.” - John Philip Newell, Sacred Earth Sacred Soul, to be published by Harper One 2021

This retreat will launch “a new Celtic initiative of study, spiritual practice, and compassionate action. The three-year pattern of study will continue, as will the leadership teams on the ground in different locations across the country. We don’t yet know when physical gatherings will resume, but we are tentatively planning on resuming in 2021. Please stay tuned! I look forward to welcoming you in July.” John Philip Newell

Earth and Soul: The Celtic Art of Reawakening to the Sacred
New Book Coming from John Philip Newell
Available July 6, 2021 from Harper One Publishers

“A leading spiritual teacher reveals how Celtic spirituality—listening to the sacred around us and inside of us—can help us heal the earth, overcome our conflicts, and reconnect with ourselves.

John Philip Newell shares the long, hidden tradition of Celtic Christianity, explaining how this earth-based spirituality can help us rediscover the natural rhythms of life and deepen our spiritual connection with God, with each other, and with the earth. Newell introduces some of Celtic Christianity’s leading practitioners, both saints and pioneers of faith, whose timeless wisdom is more necessary than ever, including:

  • Pelagius, who shows us how to look beyond sin to affirm our sacredness as part of all God’s creation, and courageously stand up for our principles in the face of oppression.
  • Brigid of Kildare, who illuminates the interrelationship of all things and reminds us of the power of the sacred feminine to overcome those seeking to control us.
  • John Muir, who encourages us to see the holiness and beauty of wilderness and what we must do to protect these gifts.
  • Teilhard de Chardin, who inspires us to see how science, faith, and our future tell one universal story that begins with sacredness.

By embracing the wisdom of Celtic Christianity, we can learn how to listen to the sacred and see the divine in all of creation and within each of us. Human beings are inherently spiritual creatures who intuitively see the sacred in nature and within one another, but our cultures—and at times even our faiths—have made us forget what each of us already know deep in our souls but have learned to suppress. Sacred Earth, Sacred Soul offers a new spiritual foundation for our lives, once centered on encouragement, guidance, and hope for creating a better world.” – Harper One

A Personal Word from John Philip Newell

“In the midst of the struggles of the pandemic, these months have also been a time of new awareness for many, realising that we don’t simply want to go back to how things were before the virus. It has certainly been a time of new awareness in my life personally, especially in relation to my ongoing work after the pandemic. I have realised that I am essentially a wandering teacher and that in this season of my life I need to return to this essential role in a new way and to travel as lightly as possible. Part of what this means is letting go of Heartbeat, the 501c3 organisation that was established ten years ago to come alongside my work. Ali and I feel enormous gratitude for all of you who have put time and energy into serving and supporting Heartbeat, and especially its board members and staff. But it is time to let it go and focus on my teaching and writing.

The Iona pilgrimage weeks will continue, as will my teaching events in the USA and Canada. These will now be called ‘Earth and Soul’ rather than the ‘School of Celtic Consciousness’. We don’t require anything as organisationally formal as a ‘School’.” 

Look for the launch of John Philip’s forthcoming website, “Earth and Soul.”

Sessions:  1
Dates:  7/13/2021 to 7/15/2021
Instructor:  John Philip Newell
Note: Registration has not yet begun