Spiral Of Life

  • Tutor: Francis Standish
  • Start Date: Tuesday 7th November, 15:00
  • End Date: Thursday 9th November, 14:00
  • Residential Price: £ 210.00 per person

`In life, as in art, beauty moves in curves.` E. G. Bulwer-Lytton

We can say that our lives follow a linear path. However, we know that our path is never actually straight. We might think that we go directly towards something, yet not even our thinking is straight. Our thoughts often go round in circles, sometimes get recycled, take a turn for the better or for the worse.

There are no straight lines in nature apart from those created by people. Natural forms and movements tend to curve or are circular.

Our lives develop through certain stages, rather like the sections or stages of the shell spiral. We look at the various stages and phases of our lives as taking a natural form even while we encounter artificial (man-made) experiences.

The spiral is not just a metaphor of life; it is also a dynamic form by which we shape our lives. Each phase of growth, emerging from our centre, comprises both an outer trajectory and an inner one reconnecting with our core being, `vivaxis`, some may say soul. Each experience provides for growth through learning and meaning. We can ask `What is the connection between the spiral and the spiritual?`

During the weekend, through reflection and contemplation, we consider how life has shaped us. We reflect on how our inherited genes have influenced our character along with the impact of our environment: the so-called nature-nurture interplay. We look at different theoretical models which might illuminate our understanding, like `spiral dynamics` which employs our double helix for explanation. We explore chronological ideas like the four seasons of our lives and Shakespeare`s seven ages of man. Other models offer three or five phases, or the twelve stages of 7 years from aged 0 to 84 with each stage containing its own practical and spiritual significance.

We each contemplate where we are now in our own particular stage of life: what we are moving away from, what we may be approaching; who we have been, and who we are becoming towards full fruition.

Rooms will be available from 3pm on Tuesday
Afternoon Tea and Cake 4pm
Quiet Time 4.45pm
Supper 6pm
Departures after lunch on Thursday


If you wish to stay longer, or start your stay earlier, please contact us about availability.

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