Alchemy & Activism –turn your wounds into something beautiful // Sunday September 2nd at Fitzrovia Chapel, London
How lucky are we to be alive in the 21st Century?
We have access to all the greatest, most magical, potent spiritual practices and teachings from across time and space. And in the last century, we have had incredible knowledge literally pouring into every orifice from schools of Western psychology and the human sciences.
Our biggest challenge now is this:
How can we take this kaleidoscope of wisdom and knowledge, and use it in a practical, playful and grounded way to build a more beautiful future?
How can we alchemise our individual and collective wounds into the gold of compassionate action?
We feel this is a pretty important question in a world obsessed with SELF-help. We want to build a sturdy, inspiring bridge between ‘self’ and ‘other’.
We want to move from blame culture to empowered, creative, and hopeful action. We want to transform our grief and shame at the state of the world into a super-inspiring, practical vision.
We want to move beyond spiritual bypassing, narcissism, tourism and materialism – and instead really embody our values, starting with the community we find ourself in.
This is not easy work, it’s the road less travelled. If you are looking for escapism, this isn’t for you. We ain’t getting high. But we are showing up with rolled up sleeves and a sense of humour as we unlearn what we think we know and explore these questions together.
‘We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.’ (Hopi Elders)
Day Retreat – 10am til 5pm
Our backdrop is the stunningly beautiful, deeply sacred chapel in Fitzrovia, London – the perfect place to spend a sunday.
The day is split into two halves: inner and outer. We will start and finish the day with a circle where we’ll each have the opportunity to share what is present for us, and explore the question together with open hearts and minds.
We begin going inside. Amisha will lead an alchemical yoga session guiding us to bring love to our personal and collective wounds as they present themselves in our bodies. Louis will then guide an extended transpersonal meditation which will allow us to connect with the deep healing intelligence of Life, and kindle our fiery activist hearts. We’ll then hold a grief ritual that will allow us to release our wounds – both personal and collective.
In the afternoon, we will build a golden bridge from the inner to the outer, tapping into the creativity and compassion of our activist hearts. We’ll be taking our personal insights and revelations from the morning and using them to create practical, beautiful tools that we can use to make a radical difference in the world around us.
This day is for you if you at times get fed up by the state of the world, if you feel that the time is ripe to translate our spiritual work into practical, compassionate action, and if you want to find a more empowered way to contribute, connecting with an amazing bunch of people who can support and hold you in this process.
“It is always from our deepest wound, from the thing that breaks our heart the most, that our yearning, our calling, our purpose in life emerges.” ~Vera de Chalambert
Evening Event – 6.15pm til 8.45pm
Bring your songs and words of hope, freedom and grief. For the evening we are opening up the chapel to a bigger group to share music, poetry, and our activist creations from the day. This will be a co-created participatory event open mic style, so bring anything you would like to share as we jam together on the theme of Alchemy & Activism.
Full Day: Beautiful Day Retreat (£100 per person including a healthy delicious lunch and evening event
£80 for members of Radical Alchemists or Patrons of The Future Is Beautiful (email for discount code)
(Come in comfortable clothing for the morning that you can move in. Yoga mats will be provided. But bring a blanket and a water bottle).
Evening Event: £12
We are very excited about this event. There has already been a lot of interest so we recommend booking very soon to avoid disappointment.
Alchemy & Activism is hosted by Amisha Ghadiali (The Future is Beautiful) and Louis Weinstock (Radical Alchemy).
You can watch to our facebook live about the event here.
For more information and to apply, visit – www.amisha.co.uk/leadership