A feeling of “coming home”
‘The meditation and the knowledge imparted over the years have vastly influenced my life. The Society has a feeling of “coming home”….the spiritual food that I have been given over the years has given me guidance, rest and contentment….’
If you would like to learn to meditate, please contact us at the Study Society. Meditation
is given throughout the year in a simple ceremony. We offer an initial introductory talk
and if you wish to continue a date will be given when you can receive the method of
meditation. After this a course of three sessions and a group meeting are offered, followed
by the chance to attend meditation meetings and other activities.
Non-duality Workshops are held on the first and third Sundays of most months at 10:30 am
to around 12:45 pm. Dates may change so please check the Diary. All are welcome to come
along and share their knowledge and experience. Sometimes a topic is selected to focus
discussion but no theory is offered leaving attendees free to speak from their own awareness
at the time. Just turn up. Afterwards lunch is shared for those wishing to continue the
There is an opportunity every month to explore the very heart of the universal non-dual or advaita
teachings that are the bedrock of the Society. The Wednesday group meetings will take place
from 7p.m. to 9p.m. in the Dr’s Room at Colet. The meetings will be taken by Philip Marvin and
specific subject areas for potential future exploration can be requested.
See the Study Society Diary
Movements to Music
The Movements are a collection of sacred dances, exercises, prayers and their accompanying
music that originated from various schools, dervish orders and monasteries across the Middle
East and Central Asia. They were collected and brought to the West by the philosopher and
mystic, G.I. Gurdjieff. They were first taught in England to Ouspensky's pupils at Lyne
Place and Colet House in the 1930s. The Study Society is unique in teaching the early
repertoire of Movements as they were originally taught, in an unchanged line to the present day.
Turning training takes place annually and lasts for four months. The next turning training
will be running from September until mid December. The classes are on Thursday evenings and
alternate Friday evenings and some weekends. The training is open to all people of reasonable
fitness. Its purpose is to prepare people to turn in the ceremonies at Colet House. See Whirling
Dervish Training for application form and details. An associated course on ‘The Philosophy of the
Cosmic Dance’ runs in conjunction with this. In addition, guest ceremonies on the first Friday
in each month and weekly meeting to read and analyse the poetry of Rumi are open to all.
See Whirling Dervish Training
for application form and details.
This takes place from 6:00-6:30 pm every Monday during term time and is followed by meditation.
All are welcome.
Kirtan is the yoga of sound. It is a call and response form of singing meditation in Sanskrit,
the ancient language of mantra. The mantras are sacred sounds and word formulas that were discovered
by sages of India over 3,000 years ago. The word Kirtan has Vedic roots and it means "telling,
narrating, describing’. It is a part of Bhakti Yoga or the yoga of devotion. Devotion means
different things to different people. That might be God, nature, a religion or any practise that
is sacred to you. All are welcome.
One Thursday per month 6:45 - 7:45 pm. See the Study Society Events page
Chi Kung (Qigong)
A very gentle, ancient Chinese exercise; good for young and old, to build strength and
inner peace. Classes take place at 6:30 pm on Thursdays. Please contact the office
for more information.
Fourth Way Study Group
Our teaching of the Fourth Way, the philosophical system learned, taught and developed by
P.D. Ouspensky, is as a living, oral tradition. Material for study and discussion is provided
as a response to the developing needs of each group; there is no set syllabus and the first
level of teaching continues for two years. Introductory courses are held in London, and
Gloucestershire as required. Please contact us
if you are interested.