Digging for Maturity: Cultivating Yourself in Riper Years

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Nov 242017
 
Digging for Maturity: Cultivating Yourself in Riper Years

My fourth planned book explores how gardening analogies can help people’s wellbeing, and I’ve started to ponder what insights they offer for creative ageing. This was groundwork for a weekend I co-lead at Hazel Hill Wood, in June, called Fruits of Maturity. In a garden, it’s clear that you can’t simply leave nature to do […]

Celebrating Celtic New Year

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Nov 082017
 
Celebrating Celtic New Year

I’ve been exploring the meaning of the eight Celtic seasonal festivals for many years, and trying out different ways to celebrate them – often at Hazel Hill Wood. Early in this process, I stayed on the remote island of Inishmore on the west coast of Ireland, where the old Celtic seasonal traditions are still deeply […]

From Krakow to Rome: the Tyrolean Way

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Oct 202017
 
From Krakow to Rome: the Tyrolean Way

By train through the Brenner Pass, and lots more! Alan Heeks writes… I suspect that most British train lovers, like me, mostly travel across Europe to and from London – radiating out from the Eurostar. Belatedly I’m realising that I’ve missed out on some great rail journeys that run across these radial routes from England. […]

Bello Bolzano – Schöne Bozen: Cross-cultural delights of Austrian Italy

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Oct 182017
 
Bello Bolzano – Schöne Bozen: Cross-cultural delights of Austrian Italy

Alan Heeks writes… I’ve been keen to visit Bolzano for many years: perhaps because of Sudtirol’s cross-cultural history, perhaps because I have a friend whose German-speaking mother emigrated to England from here. Anyway, my first visit delighted me: Bolzano has charm, history, and lots more. Bolzano streets Bolzano’s location is magnificent: in a deep Alpine […]

Dance and hug for spiritual wellbeing

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Oct 152017
 
Dance and hug for spiritual wellbeing

I’ve just returned from a week at the Unicorn Dance Spirit Camp. I was co-leading sessions called Nourishing the Heart, which were a great experience of how to raise spiritual wellbeing. A focus of the whole camp is Dances of Universal Peace: these are akin to circle dances, but the dancers are singing and moving […]

Thomas Mann – The Magic Mountain

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Sep 172017
 
Thomas Mann – The Magic Mountain

Thomas Mann is an author who deserves to be taken seriously. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1929 and is one of Germany’s greatest twentieth-century writers. You may know him through the beautiful film of his novel, Death in Venice. However, The Magic Mountain is not an easy read. It’s over 700 pages […]

This Side of Paradise, Scott Fitzgerald.

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Aug 102017
 
This Side of Paradise, Scott Fitzgerald.

American dreams in the mists of time Our hero is Amory Blaine: handsome yet uncertain, desperate to explore life to the full. His life blossoms at Princeton: he loves the beauty of the place, the camaraderie, the magic of staying out all night, singing with “dreaming towers.” But the book plunges on beyond the dream. […]

Getting happy about President Trump

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Jul 062017
 
Getting happy about President Trump

“We’ve got to stop acting out hate” Charles Eisenstein A recent article by the young American writer Charles Eisenstein offers the best insight I’ve found into the upside of the Trump era. For a start, he points out that no one can pretend anymore that the status quo is basically intact. This period of intensifying […]

Football insights: does happiness create success? Learning from Leicester’s unlikely supremacy

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Apr 262017
 

Whether happiness and success are linked or opposites has been debated for centuries. In creative arts, misery seems more linked with genius. But football offers us a different view, at least this year. For readers who think football’s a bore, I must say that I find it a rich source of insights and analogies for […]

Perfection on rails: The VSOE British Pullman

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Jan 292017
 
Perfection on rails: The VSOE British Pullman

The re-creation of the British Pullman is a classic British story of eccentric, visionary wealth allied to traditional craftsmanship. James Sherwood rescued carriages from weird locations and states of disarray. Bob Dunn, whose grandfather made marquetry for the original cars, was one of a host of dedicated restorers. Now, for a princely sum, you can […]