Event Details

  • When: Monday, 25 November 2019
  • Date/s: 25/11/2019  to 29/11/2019

    Timings: 9.30-12.30 and 14.00-16.00

    Type of event: Short course (also part of the 12 week Discovery Programme)

    Venue: The Foundation Studio

    Tuition Fee: £300*

    *For prices for on-campus accomodation options and delicious biodynamic meals click the booking link below.



    For more information about the week please contact Philip Kilner This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SHORT COURSE: Rediscovering the Sacred

SHORT COURSE: Rediscovering the Sacred

Join the Reverend Peter Owen-Jones and Professor David Peters in quest of the sacred: towards inner and outer reconciliation.

Our culture and environment are changing. Old values and habits are showing themselves to be potentially catastrophic. In this week, Peter Owen-Jones and David Peters will co-lead inquiry into the ideas and assumptions that have brought humanity to the critical challenges we now face. They will help us to seek healthier realignment with our selves, one another and our natural world, with a view to participating effectively in a civilisation that is not only sustainable, but also appreciates, renews and enhances all that is and may become sacred. 

In the afternoons, Vija Docherty and Paul Matthews invite us to reflect playfully on the morning sessions through the essential and ‘sacred’ art of cartooning.  Using pencil, pen and ink and humour we will explore words and gestures that express our uncluttered (or ‘foolish’) experience of paradox.

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Peter Owen-Jones

Peter is an Anglican priest in Firle, at the foot of the South Downs in Sussex, and an author and television presenter. In his BBC documentary ‘How to Live a Simple Life’ (2009), he tried to live without money in the footsteps of Saint Francis of Assisi. In 2006 he presented a documentary on the Apocryphal Gospels, which have been omitted from the New Testament and, in 2017, one on life in the South Downs. One of Peter’s abiding concerns is appreciative reconnection with our immediate environment and our social setting. 


David Peters

David is Professor Emeritus of Integrated Healthcare in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Westminster in London. He has co-authored or edited five books about integrated healthcare. He was formerly chairman of the British Holistic Medical Association, whose Journal of Holistic Healthcare he edits. With Peter Owen-Jones, he shares enthusiasm for Joanna Macy’s approach to reconnection, with our inner selves and bodily health, and our fellow humans and the diversity of our environment. 


Vija Docherty 

Vija is an artist, illustrator and educational consultant. She has more than 22 years’ experience in various roles in Waldorf education including kindergarten, class teaching and co-principal roles. She now works part-time at Tablehurst Biodynamic Farm, co-teaches on Sacred Art of Geometry courses at the SAOG Studios in Emerson College and abroad. She lives and loves with her three children and husband Daniel in an idyllic setting on the Ashdown Forest, East Sussex, UK.