Series: The Art of Living

Is there an art to living? The aim of this series of workshops is to explore different areas of art of living. Our guest speakers will suggest practical ways of using your creativity to experience fulfilment and contentment in your life.

Monday 26 June 2017


The Art of Being Playful

by Rachel Priestman | The Art of Living

Being playful helps us to see situations from different perspectives and even tap into our hidden wisdom. As adults we can lose that skill. Being playful is about loosening up, lightening up and appreciating the value of our innate creativity.

Monday 12 June 2017


The Art of Leading the Way

by Filip Zielinski | The Art of Living

There is a general agreement that something needs to shift in how the role of leadership is taken up in today’s world; but when we ask, “Shift from what to what?” there is either no cohesive answer or just a perplexed silence.

Monday 29th May 2017


The Art of Hospitality

by Ioana Goga | The Art of Living

It is said that true hospitality is when someone feels at home in your presence.  What is the personality of someone with such a quality? This workshop explores the art of offering and receiving hospitality from a spiritual perspective. All are welcome!

Monday 22nd May 2017


The Art of Writing

by Sarah FitzGerald | The Art of Living

If any man wishes to write in a clear style, let him first be clear in his thoughts; and if any would write in a noble style,  let him first possess a noble soul. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Much of your ability to exchange ideas, collaborate with others and achieve success hinges on being able to write effectively. In this workshop we will look at how the art of writing might be achieved and how writing can be an important tool for self-development and a means to access our inner wealth.

Monday 15th May 2017


The Art of Retirement

by Prashant Kakoday | The Art of Living

The Art of Retirement is not just for 60 somethings. Throughout life we all go through phases of closing one chapter of life and opening a new one. If we are attached to the old when it is time to move on, we may miss out on the present and forget that each chapter has own uniqueness and beauty.  This talk will help with bidding farewell to the old and welcoming and celebrating the new and putting right the present so that we can embrace the future. 

Monday 8th May 2017

The Art of Acceptance

by Joan Houghton | The Art of Living

Happiness can exist only in acceptance”George Orwell What is the art of acceptance? Is it to tolerate, or to forgive and forget? What does acceptance have to do with being non-judgemental? What are the challenges to the art of acceptance? How can these challenges be overcome?

Monday 1st May 2017


The Art of Making Others Smile

by Belinda Westcott | The Art of Living

A favourite song by Dean Martin says “When you’re smiling, the whole world smiles with you”. Does this mean that there is something special within our own happiness that makes smiling irresistible for someone else? Like the mysterious smile of the Mona Lisa, perhaps there are secrets and depths to explore in this subtle art of making others smile.

Monday 24th April 2017


The Art of Being Tireless

by Rosemary Turner | The Art of Living

There are many ways to understand being tireless. In this workshop, Rosemary will share her experience of being tireless and why it is not only pretty useful but is a prerequisite to daily existence, especially in these times. There is definitely an art to tirelessness.

Monday 17th April 2017


The Art of Friendship

by Heather Kara | The Art of Living

Friendship comes to us naturally as children, but as we grow up and our lives become more complicated, so do our relationships.  What is required to create and maintain healthy friendships?  How do we ‘get along’ amid growing controversy?

Monday 10th April 2017


The Art of Transformation

by Prashant Kakoday | The Art of Living

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world”. Mahatma Gandhi.  The greatest transformation one can make is close to home. By understanding beforehand clearly what needs to be transformed and why, we take a step closer to realising the change we wish to see in the world.

Monday 3rd April 2017


The Art of Being Creative

by Sarah FitzGerald | The Art of Living

“The role of a creative leader is not to have all the ideas; it’s to create a culture where everyone can have ideas and feel that they’re valued”. Ken Robinson  There is room for all of us to be more creative in many aspects of our lives. What can I do to nurture this creative spirit in myself? What is the greatest creative contribution I can make to society?

Monday 27th March 2017


The Art of Learning

by Ioana Goga | The Art of Living

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever”. Mahatma Gandhi. In this world there are different types of learning. Some are very good at learning and master many of the arts of living. What makes a great learner? Are there useful learning strategies that we haven’t yet explored? This workshop will look at what our best ways to learn are, and how we can enjoy a student attitude throughout life.


The Art of Achieving Success

by Kartikeya Bhadada | The Art of Living

How to achieve success is of interest to many of us. If we see this world like a game of life in which we are the players, then we can have an attitude of adventure and fun. This workshop suggests that three attitudes can make the game more enjoyable: ‘Light’, ‘Might’, and ‘Right’.

Monday 13th March 2017


The Art of Using Time And Money Wisely

by Sally Wilkinson | The Art of Living

The worldly knowledge can give practical advice to create a plan of the day and decide how to use every minute and every pound. This can be very useful, but we also can have inner plan, that can be more important than the external plan. This workshop explores how to keep such an inner attention and how to act WISELY: W – Wait, I – have an Inner Aim, S – experience Serenity, E – emerge Enthusiasm, L – Limit waste thoughts, Y- have Yoga.

Monday 27th February 2017


The Art of Listening

by Belinda Westcott | The Art of Living

Sometimes it feels like a waste of our time if we are expected to listen to others, but it is not just the act of listening that is valuable. Being fully present in my own true identity, as a soul, and then seeing the other person in their true identity as a soul, becomes the most important part of listening. The energy of full acceptance and non- judgement is the most healing contribution to listening to someone, especially if they are upset about something.

Monday 20th February 2017


The Art of Thinking

by Prashant Kakoday | The Art of Living

For most of us thinking appears to be an involuntary act that we don’t have much control over. The idea of being able to choose our thoughts appears to be a new idea. If it could be mastered, the ability to choose our thoughts and thereby be able to think in a new way, would open up many possibilities for our lives.  What would help me cultivate the Art of Thinking? What part does meditation play? What are the obstacles and how can they be overcome?

Monday 13th February 2017


The Art of Speaking

by Sarah FitzGerald | The Art of Living

The ancient spiritual teachers of India in the Vadanta tradition believed in a rich intimate dialogue for learning. The student would be encouraged to question and challenge the teacher in their communication. This along with never contracting the intellect of the disciple, must have developed for the learner not only a richer understanding of the philosophy but also a method to recognise and honour his inner dialogue. Gandhi said; “speak only if it improves upon the silence.” When there is introversion there is a growing awareness of the true self. This in turn cultivates the ability to bring something of great value to the world through the art of speaking.


The Art of Problem Solving

by Heather Kara | The Art of Living

The word ‘problem’ can have a positive connotation if we have the right attitude towards it. With an attitude of ‘playfulness’, we get the best out of any situation. The opposite is an attitude of ‘panic’, which shuts down creative thinking. The right balance between enthusiasm, for facing situations, and inner silence, for discernment and decision making, turns problems into opportunities and fun.

Monday 23rd January 2017


The Art of Keeping Healthy

by Prashant Kakoday | The Art of Living

When looking at different cultures, we see that people have very different attitudes towards their health.  In one culture, older people see themselves as healthy and robust despite some signs of aging.  In other cultures, health problems are anticipated even before they happen. For example ‘I know I’m going to need glasses by the time I’m 50’.  Our attitude plays an important role in ‘the art of staying healthy’.