Past Eckhart Society One Day Events 1st to 16th

The 16th One Day Event on the theme Pain Suffering and Eckhartian Spirituality

Will take place on Saturday 10 May 2014 from 10.00 a.m. – 16.35 p.m. at the Carmelite Monastery, Thicket Priory, Thorganby, York YO19 6DE. Tel: 01904-448277

The speakers are
Roswitha Jarman: Pain and Suffering in the Unity of All
Ronald Haynes: The Gospel of Suffering in Eckhart
Rebecca Stephens: Being and Suffering
Hymie Wyse: With Meister Eckhart in the Market Place
Participants are asked to bring a packed lunch.  Tea coffee and biscuits will be provided.
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The 15th Eckhart Society One Day Event was entitled "In the Stillness the Divine is Born.  A Day of Reflection on Meister Eckhart".
Due to the kindness of the Carmelite Sisters this was held at the Carmelite Monastery, Thicket Priory, Thorganby, York YO19 6DE on Saturday 20 April 2013
Roswitha Jarman directed the Event speaking about Eckhart’s key teachings supported by numerous quotations from his works. Throughout the day she emphasized the importance which Eckhart gave to silence and encouraged participants to experience this for themselves by several long periods of quiet time.

The 14th Eckhart Society One Day Event  - Meister Eckahrt and Practical Living was held on Saturday 17 April 2010 at The Carmelite Thicket Priory, York, YO4 6DE Tel: 01904-448277

Roswitha Jarman spoke about living Eckhart's insights in daily  life
Martin Riley enacted Meister Eckhart's Sermons 16 and 17 in the Walshe Translation
Rebecca Stephens provided specially prepared commentaries on these two Sermons.
There were periods of silence and reflection throughout the day.

 The 13th Eckhart Society One-Day Event - A Day of Contemplation with Meister Eckhart took place at All Saint Pastoral Centre, Shenley Lane, London Colney, St Albans, Herts AL2 1AF (nearest station St Albans)

Saturday 18 April 2009
from 10.00 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.

During the event 

*Martin Laird OSA
  discussed Meister Eckhart and the Practice of Contemplation

* Meister Eckhart's sermons 14 and 15 were enacted by Martin Riley and there was a commentary on each sermon

*Music was performed by the Cantors of Scola Gregoriana

The 12th Eckhart Society One-Day Event
This was cancelled as John O'Donohue who was to have played a major part died suddenly in February 2008

The 11th Eckhart Society One-Day Event – Eckhart the Preacher

(17 March 2007 at the Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great,West Smithfield, London)
Martin Riley presented four of Eckhart’s Sermons (11, 12, 13a, 13b) in the M.O’C. Walshe translation. Commentaries on the sermons were provided by Stephen Bullivant, Edward Robinson, Rebecca Stephens and George Wilson.
Societas Gregoriana and organist Mervyn Williams provided music throughout the day. Sermons and music were performed in the Lady Chapel.
Eckhart Northern Event – Eckhart and the Silent Desert
(19 May 2007 at the Friends Meeting House in Lancaster)
Professor David Jasperwas the main speaker
The 10th Eckhart Society One-Day Event – A Day with Meister Eckhart and the Music of His Time
(22 April 2006 at the Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great, West Smithfield, London)
Four of Eckhart’s Sermons were presented by Martin Riley who took the part of Meister Eckhart the Preacher. Commentaries on the Sermons were provided by Fr John Orme Mills OP, Gregory Murphy OP, and Rebecca Stephens.
Societas Gregoriana under Peter Wilton, Director of the Gregorian Association, performed Gregorian Chant throughout the day. Organ Solos were played by Mervyn Williams. Sermons and music were performed in the Lady Chapel.
Eckhart Northern Event Saturday – Angels and Meister Eckhart
(1 October 2005at Cardinal Newman College, Lark Hill, Preston, Lancs)
John O’Donohue spoke on the subject of angels and explained that Eckhart’s notion of angels was strictly metaphysical.
The 9th Eckhart Society One-Day Event
(16 April 2005 at the Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great, West Smithfield, London)
There were two parts
Living with Meister Eckhart
A dialogue between Oliver Davies, Professor of Christian Doctrine, Kings College London and John O’Donohue, poet and philosopher.
How Helpful is Meister Eckhart Today
A talk by Fr John Orme Mills OP of Blackfriars Cambridge.
A recording of the dialogue is available on both tape and CD.
The 8th Eckhart Society One-Day Event – Meister Eckhart and Modern Art
(15 May 2004 at the Carmelite Centre, Tabore, Sharoe Green Lane, Preston, Lancs)
The inspiration of the day was an exhibition of modern art in Erfurt which can be related to some of the themes in Eckhart. Rebecca Stephens delivered a paper based on an article by Wolfgang Wackernagel in the exhibition catalogue. There were slides of some of the images. There were periods of silence and meditation on words of Meister Eckhart.
The 7th Eckhart Society One-Day Event – Detachment: Spiritual Guidance from Meister Eckhart
(15 March 2003 at the Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great, West Smithfield, London)

A day of words and silences led by Kim Nataraja with Fr John Orme Mills. Each session included a reading from Meister Eckhart, a reflection on those words drawing out their spiritual teaching, and a period of silence.
The 6th Eckhart Society One-Day Event – Being Revitalised by Eckhart
(16 March 2002 at the Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great, West Smithfield, London)
A day of reflections mainly inspired by the achievements of Ursula Fleming who died 17 March 1992. Fr John Orme Mills OP spoke on Method and Meister Eckhart; Fr Richard Woods OP on Eckhart’s Wider Ecumenism and Suella Darkins (Ursula Fleming’s daughter) on the teaching of Ursula Fleming on ‘detachment’ and ‘letting go’, or how to reach that ‘knowledge without  image’ which Eckhart Describes as ‘like unto angels’.
The 5th Eckhart Society One-Day Event – Stillness and Light
(March 2001 at the Friends Meeting House, Lancaster)
This was a day of reflection on the words of Meister Eckhart from Christian and Buddhist perspectives. The day began with a reading of Sermon 39 (Walshe). This was followed by two talks. The first by Elizabeth West was from a Christian viewpoint and the second by George Wilson was from a Buddhist viewpoint. The second part of the day consisted of periods of meditation and discussion.
The 4th Eckhart Society One-Day Event – Meister Eckhart and Prayer
(March 2000 at St Dominics Priory, Newcastle on Tyne)
This was a day designed to attract people who might be new to the teachings and writings of Meister Eckhart. The morning and afternoon sessions were introduced by the Chairman of the Society, Peter Talbot Willcox who spoke on Eckhart in the life of a modern person. The Prior of St Dominic’s Fr John Orme Mills OP then talked the delegates through the papers he had prepared entitled Setting the Scene, Being Detached and Life’s Trials. Each Paper was followed by a reading from one of Eckhart’s sermons.
The 3rd Eckhart Society One-Day Event – Eckhart and Contemplation
(March 1999 at the Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great, West Smithfield, London)
This was a day devoted to the Meister’s teachings on contemplation and the life of prayer led by the American Eckhart scholar Fr Richard Woods OP. He commented on readings from sermons, followed by periods of silence with occasional interludes of chant by members of the church choir.
The 2nd Eckhart Society One-Day Event – A Day of Music and Mysticism
(February 1998 at the Priory Church of St Bartholomew The Great, West Smithfield, London)
The day was a mixture of drama and religious ritual, lecture and exposition with music provided by Opus Anglicanum. Wearing the Dominican Habit, the theatre director and Anglican Priest James Roose-Evans, took the part of Meister Eckhart delivering five of his sermons in the course of the day. Fr Richard Woods OP provided a commentary after each of the sermons. A unique event that was aptly reported in the Tablet as a ‘ Metaphysical Marathon’.
The 1st Eckhart Society One-Day Event – Pain Control and Spirituality
(February 1997, Regents College, London)
Throughout the day Nurse Consultant Carol Horrigan demonstrated Ursula Fleming’s relaxation techniques for relieving those suffering pain. Fr Richard Woods OP provided linking sermons and commentary from Meister Eckhart’s writings and teaching on suffering. The occasion saw the launch of Relaxation for Concentration, Stress Management & Pain Control: Using the Fleming Method edited by Carol Horrigan and compiled by Anne Fleming. The precursor to this was Ursula Fleming’s popular earlier book for lay people Grasping the Nettle.


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