The Realisation
2023 dates announced –
29th June to 2nd July

A gathering of unlearning and reimagining

The Realisation Festival 2022 is now over. We’ll be posting thoughts, memories, ideas and next steps on the website in due course. Thank you to everyone who took part in this incredible event!

The Realisation 2022 gathering is an annual agenda-setting event that seeks to advance societal transformation in a soulful way.  It takes place from 9th-12th June at St Giles House, in collaboration with Perspectiva.

This year’s Realisation weekend will be a journey of individual and shared encounter focused on the theme of reconsidering our relationship with nature.  Can we challenge ourselves to rediscover ways of relating to and knowing the living world around and within us? This must be done not only practically but, equally importantly, imaginatively.

Participants will be inspired by conversations with leading thinkers and economists, artists and activists. How do we radically misunderstand nature? Are we uncoupled from our own natures? What light are current crises shedding upon our ways of living? Are we being invited to rediscover the nature of life from the inside out?

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.

Find out more about the programme, read the FAQs, and book tickets.  If you have any questions about any aspect of the gathering please contact us.



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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