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Teaching spiritual practices: new possibilities for cathedrals, churches and church schools

10th March 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 12th March 2023 @ 3:00 pm


Leader: Dr Rupert Sheldrake

Recent scientific research has shown that, in general, people who have regular religious or spiritual practices are happier, healthier, and live longer. Rupert has written two books on the scientific study of spiritual practices, Science and Practices and Ways to Go Beyond and Why They Work, each of which explore seven different practices. Nowadays, a range of spiritual practices are taught in secular settings, like mindfulness meditation, yoga, and spiritual openings through psychedelics. The participants in this Parcevall Hall weekend will explore how spiritual practices could be taught more widely through Christian institutions. Can churches, cathedrals and church schools help to promote practices which can give stronger personal experiences of spiritual  connection?

In particular Rupert will be looking at new possibilities for pilgrimage, and for the teaching of prayer, Christian meditation, fasting, and chanting, as well as the revisioning of festivals and holy  days.

Rupert Sheldrake, PhD, is a biologist and author of more than ninety technical papers and nine books, including The Science Delusion. As a fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, he was Director  of Studies in Cell Biology, and was also a research fellow of the Royal Society. He worked in Hyderabad, India, as Principal Plant Physiologist at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), and also lived for two years in the Benedictine ashram of Fr Bede Griffiths in Tamil Nadu. From 2005-2010, he was Director of the Perrott-Warrick Project for the study of unexplained human and animal abilities, funded by Trinity College, Cambridge. He is currently a fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences in Petaluma, California and of Schumacher College in Dartington, Devon.

He lives in London and is married to Jill Purce, with whom he has two sons. His website is

A note from Parcevall Hall: This event
is aimed at leaders and teachers in churches,
cathedrals and other holy places, as well
as church schools


10th March 2023 @ 4:00 pm
12th March 2023 @ 3:00 pm