Groups can play a vital role in developing soul resilience. As daily life gets more bumpy, we need a deeper sense of fellowship and support, and a group can help everyone in it to find deeper insights, creative ideas, fresh understanding. Whilst in-person groups can go deeper, online groups are more accessible, so both are possibilities.

Monthly online group – A Sufi Garden

This is a monthly group, free to join, on a Wednesday evening 7.30-9.00pm UK time, led by Alan Heeks and Karim Hadden. It offers soul nourishment with chants, body prayer (devotional movement) and meditation, drawn from the Sufi tradition. Limited numbers: if you’d like to join us, contact Alan or see Next group date: May 15, 7.30-9pm. Our theme for the May meeting will be Buds Bursting into Blossom: May is typically a peak season of growth in Nature, when the blossoms show us the promise of future fruits to come. For this meeting, we invite you to contact and express the creative power in you, imagining your own natural growth as part of the ongoing process of divine creation. As well as exploring this theme with our usual mix of dance, chant and other Sufi practices we will also be inviting you to do some drawing and writing so do bring some suitable materials along.

Helen White Wolf: Journey of the Soul – deep exploration in her book and workshops

Helen is an exceptionally wise, compassionate spiritual healer and teacher, who has learned, through her own intense personal journey, and from many outstanding guides. Thirty-five years of experience are now shared in her new book, Transcendence of the Soul, and in the events she is offering in the UK this year.

UK Events, Dates, Venues

Evening Talk and Meditation, Oxford
Embodied Awakening: The Somatic Experience of Divine Love
Sunday 1 September 2024, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Friends Meeting House, Oxford
43 St Giles’, Oxford OX1 3LW
United Kingdom

Four-Day Immersion Retreat – The Practice of Contemplation and Blessing
2-6 September 2024
Waterperry House, Oxfordshire
Waterperry Village (nr Wheatley), OX33 1JZ
United Kingdom

Weekend Workshop, London
Introduction to Spiritual Trauma Therapy
6-8 September 2024
Rudolf Steiner House
35 Park Rd, London NW1 6XT
United Kingdom

Past Events

Hope and Resilience in the Climate and Ecological Emergency: A retreat led by Alan Heeks and Jonathan Herbert, Friday Feb 3 – Sunday Feb 5, 2023 at Hilfield Friary, Dorset: Using material from the Christian contemplative tradition, from Joanna Macy – a Buddhist and deep ecologist,  and from Jem Bendell’s Deep Adaptation approach, the group will explore ways to grow through emergency. We will move from a place of gratitude to a place of lament, to a place of learning to see differently and seek inspiration to act for the common good. There will be time for listening deeply to each other, meditation, walks and space for silence. Read more.

Soul Resilience Weekend Retreat, Feb 25-27, 2022: How your core self can help you grow through storms, with Alan Heeks and Jane Sanders. This retreat is a chance to explore how the deep wisdom of your soul can help you to stay centred and positive, and clarify your purpose: why your soul has chosen to be here in a time of huge change. Venue: Hazel Hill Wood near Salisbury. For details of content and how to book, see here. If you’d like to book a place, contact Alan.