EXPLORING DRUID STUDIES

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ADVENTURES IN DRUID HISTORY, SPIRITUALITY AND THEOLOGY

This series of talks by Dr Thomas Clough Daffern are meant as both an overall introduction to Druid studies on the part of beginners, and also as suitable for advanced level thinkers who have been exploring pagan and Druid philosophies for many years.

ADVENTURES IN DRUID HISTORY, SPIRITUALITY AND THEOLOGY

This series of talks by Dr Thomas Clough Daffern are meant as both an overall introduction to Druid studies on the part of beginners, and also as suitable for advanced level thinkers who have been exploring pagan and Druid philosophies for many years. Thomas has a PhD in Transpersonal History from the University of London, and has taught at the Universities of London and Oxford, as well as served as head of religious education in several leading secondary schools through the UK. He is the founder of the Order of Peace Poets, Bards and Druids, a practicing poet and Druid himself, and serves as Peace officer to the Council of British Druid Orders. He is also 2011 Mt Haemus lecturer for the Order of Bards Ovates and Druids (www.druidry.org) He is a widely published scholar of comparative religions, philosophy and peace studies, many of whose publications are available on www.lulu.com/iipsgp This unique series of talks will be both informative and entertaining and should provide much food for thought. The venue is in the excellent Three Villages Community Halls in Arrochar, where there are excellent transport links to the rest of Scotland, including a railway station (Arrochar and Tarbert) a few stops on from Glasgow. Attendance is by donation. The talks are taking place on Thursday evenings from 7-9pm. Accommodation nearby can also be provided for those coming long distance.

Thursday October 13 – WHAT IS DRUIDRY ? WHERE DID IT COME FROM AND WHERE IS IT GOING ? BRITAIN, SCOTLAND, IRELAND, WALES,  EUROPE AND THE HISTORY OF THE DRUID TRADITION

Thursday October 20 – DRUIDS, THEOLOGY, POLITICS AND LAW: COSMIC LAW OR WRITTEN LAW ? WHO WERE THE

DRUID DEITIES AND WHAT WAS THEIR THEOLOGY?

Thursday October 27 – DRUIDS AND THE HISTORY OF KNOWLEDGE AND THE SCIENCES – NEWTON’S MAGICAL APPLE

Thursday November 3 – DRUIDRY AS A  PRIMAL PAGAN AND PREHISTORIC WISDOM TRADITION

Thursday November 10 – DRUIDRY AND CHRISTIANITY, KABBALAH, SUFISM, ZOROASTRIANISM AND OTHER REVEALED RELIGIONS

Thursday November 17 – DRUIDRY AND EASTERN RELIGIONS: BUDDHISM, JAINISM, HINDUISM AND TAOISM

Thursday November 24 – DRUIDRY AS AN ESOTERIC SPIRITUAL SYSTEM, AND IN RELATION TO OTHER ESOTERIC

SYSTEMS SUCH AS FREEMASONRY, THEOSOPHY ETC.

Thursday December 1 – DRUIDRY AND PEACE TEACHINGS – NONVIOLENCE AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION – BRITISH AND SCOTTISH HISTORY IN TIME OF WAR AND PEACE AND THE DRUID PERSPECTIVE ON THE SEARCH FOR PEACE

EXPLORATIONS IN PEACE STUDIES AND GLOBAL PHILOSOPHY

A CELEBRATION OF THE CASTLE OF THE 9 MUSES

This series of talks and guided study tours of different sections of the large Library of the Castle of the 9 Muses, is a unique opportunity to come and learn more about the work of the Castle and what its various projects and associated networks are up to. Home of the International Institute of Peace Studies and Global Philosophy, the Order of Peace Poets, Bards and Druids, and the Global Green University, the Castle of the Muses is a unique new alternative education centre based in Argyll, Western Scotland. It has a very large research library covering all aspects of academic research and education, different sections of which will be introduced at the series of talks.

By tradition, the 9 Muses not only provided much of the entertainment in heaven (on Mount Olympus) but were also in charge of the serious work of healing, inspiration, the arts and divine-wisdom. In the Celtic Druid world the muses were known as the Awenae, bringers of Awen and inspiration. Inspired knowledge has always been the focus of advanced philosophical work and spiritual teachings, and the great poets, bards and musicians of the planet, in all religions and cultures, have often ascribed the inspirational focus of their own oeuvre to the divine. When Plato founded the first Academy in history, in a grove outside Athens, he dedicated its work to the 9 Muses and has a temple built for their worship, as a semi-symbolic way of saying that all true philosophical knowledge needs to be sourced in divine inspiration. So too, as the base for International Philosophers for peace, among many other networks and organisations, the academic director of the Castle of the Muses, Dr Thomas Clough Daffern we will be conducting on this course a whistle-stop tour through the various fields of knowledge, and examining the various ways in which peace and planetary well being can be, and are being,  advanced by thinkers and concerned global citizens around the globe at this critical time in history.  Scotland helped give birth to the 18th century enlightenment – is it time for a new global enlightenment, synthesizing Eastern and Western approaches to the concept ? What role can the Castle of the Muses help play in this birthing process ?

SATURDAY OCTOBER 15 –CALLIOPE: POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY, LAW, HUMAN RIGHTS, PARTY POLITICS, ECONOMICS, and GOVERNMENT

SATURDAY OCTOBER 22 – CLIO – EDUCATION, HISTORY

SATURDAY OCTOBER 29 – THE POSEIDON SEMINAR - THE POSEIDON SEMINARS ARE AN ANNUAL IIPSGP EVENT WHERE ALL THOSE INTERESTED IN DEBATING AND DISCUSSING THE FUTURE OF BOTH BRITAIN’S NUCLEAR DETERRENT, AND THE GLOBAL PROSPECTS FOR A NUCLEAR WEAPONS-FREE WORLD, CAN COME TOGETHER IN SERIOUS INTELLECTUAL DISCUSSION AND DEBATE.

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 5 – ERATO – PHILOSOPHY, PSYCHOLOGY, RELATIONSHIPS, LOVE, SEXOLOGY,

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 12 – EUTERPE - FINE ART, AESTHETICS & BEAUTY, LANDSCAPING, GARDENING, ARCHITECTURE, FILM, PHOTOGRAPHY, ALL VISUAL REPRESENTATION, CRAFTS

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 19– MELPOMENE - LAW, CONFLICT, WAR STUDIES, MILITARY RESEARCH, INTELLIGENCE, GENOCIDE, PEACE STUDIES, MEDIATION, ARBITRATION

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 26 – CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF DIVINE INTELLIGENCE LAUNCH MEETING

SATURDAY DECEMBER 3 – POLYHYMNIA – RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY (SUBDIVIDED BY RELIGIOUS PATH)

SATURDAY DECEMBER 10 – TERPSICHORE - MUSIC, DANCE, THEATRE,

SATURDAY DECEMBER 17 - THALIA - POETRY, LITERATURE, LANGUAGE, LINGUISTICS, PHILOLOGY, LIBRARY SCIENCE,

THE BOOK, MANUSCRIPTS AND PALAEOGRAPHY

SATURDAY DECEMBER 24–URANIA – NATURAL SCIENCES, GEOGRAPHY, MEDICINE, HEALING, ECOLOGY

Dr. Daffern the course leader, is a philosopher and educator with a PhD in Transpersonal History from the University of London, has taught at the Universities of London and Oxford, and served as head of religious education in several leading secondary schools through the UK. He has served as Global Coordinator of Philosophers and Historians for Peace, and as Director of the International Institute of Peace Studies and Global Philosophy, now based at the Castle of the Muses, since 1991. He has published widely in this field and is the author of more than 30 books on all aspects of philosophy, spirituality, history and the creative arts. He has also recorded numerous interviews with leading thinkers and is Chair of several key peace committees worldwide, including the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for the Middle East. The Castle of the Muses is situated close to the Trident nuclear submarine fleet at Faslane, and houses the Centre for Peace Policy Studies, a new international centre for research into envisioning a non-violent world.

The talks are taking place on Saturday afternoons from 3.00 – 5.30; tea and biscuits will be served. The Centre for Divine Intelligence seminar on November 26 and the Poseidon Seminar on October 26 are from 1-5.30pm. To find the Castle take the road to Rest and be Thankful then go on down to Carrick Castle, alongside Loch Goil, Argyll, PA24 8AG. Jut go on 150 metres past the older building of Carrick Castle and you come to a right turn signed “Castle of the Muses” up a wooded drive. The Castle of the Muses nestles in the grove beneath the mountain, overlooking the loch side with stupendous views all around.  Parking at the top of the drive. Public transport by bus is also available from Glasgow or Glasgow airport direct to Carrick Castle. Admission to the course is by donation. Space available for overnight stays by special arrangement.


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