The Realisation
2023 – 29th June to 2nd July

A gathering of unlearning and reimagining

The Realisation 2023 gathering is an annual agenda-setting event that seeks to advance societal transformation in a soulful way.  It takes place from 29th June – 2nd July 2023 at St Giles House, in collaboration with Perspectiva.

The gathering in 2023 will focus on Unlearning and Reimagining Difference. We will come together with insightful speakers, brilliant workshops, music, improvisation and the loveliness of the place itself, to ask not only how difference is playing out in today’s world but how difference might become an asset or wellspring from which to find paths into an expansive, beautiful future.

As we’ve been preparing, William Blake’s thought has come to mind: “Without contraries is no progression”. Or to put it another way, whilst differences prompt us to reconsider the past, and question how we perceive the present, they might also aid us with imagining a different future, one simply not possibly without the struggles of today.

Alongside more formal conversations, the programme includes time to enjoy workshops as well as the parkland around St Giles House. The aim is to have the chance of engaging with unsettling difficulties and tremendous possibilities at the level of mind, body and spirit. Each participant will be invited to belong to a small group, for sharing of experiences and development of connections.   Through talks, walks, movement, food, workshops and meditative space, the Realisation gathering aims to create an experience that is intellectually, physically and spiritually nourishing, to drive change and foster understanding.

If you feel the pressure and the potential of being alive now and seek an opportunity to take a step back with others of soul and energy, do consider joining us.

For now, tickets are only available to previous participants. Full details of the programme and sale of tickets to a wider audience will be announced soon. If you have any questions about any aspect of the gathering please contact us.


What are the
big questions
of our times
asking of us?

Participants are asked to come with their disquiets, convictions and skills, to collaborate in an exploration of broad questions such as Who are “we”? What marks our times? How do we resource society, soul and politics for social transformation? How do we live with soul in a troubled society? How can a space like St Giles can help us think about 21st-century challenges such as climate emergency, racial division and gender inequality, social technologies and surveillance capitalism?

We will explore how to foster a holistic social conversation that evokes qualities of heart, mind and spirit that are non-ordinary, that take us beyond our habit energies and out of ourselves to look afresh at the crises we face.

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A gathering of unlearning and reimagining