NC School of Earth and Soul

School of Earth & Soul: Celtic Wisdom 1

October 25–27, 2022Adult
Sponsored by the School of Earth & Soul in cooperation with Montreat Conference Center

In 2016, John Philip Newell began a teaching initiative that is now called The School of Earth and Soul (formerly The School of Celtic Consciousness.) Its purpose is to reawaken awareness of the sacred in all things through the recovery of Celtic wisdom for today and to help translate this awareness into compassionate action and justice.

The School follows a three-year schedule of teaching in its annual retreats. Participants may join at any stage in the three years and for Celtic Wisdom 1, 2, and 3 at any of the Earth & Soul venues across the country.

Celtic Wisdom 1: Sacred Soul focuses on reawakening to the sacredness of every human being through the teachings of Pelagius, St. Brigid, and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.

Registration Fee is $358

As a full participant for the North Carolina School of Earth and Soul at Montreat, you are invited to attend John Philip Newell’s evening only event on Monday, October 24th at no additional charge.


Program Format

Our daily schedule will consist of prayer at the beginning and ending of each day, presentations by John Philip Newell, followed by meditative practices, silence, and sharing. Meals will be shared in common, and there will be free time to hike and rest as well as a party on the last evening to celebrate our time together.

The School generally begins in the early evening on the first day (around 5:00 pm) and concludes in the afternoon (around 12:30). Registrants will receive a more detailed schedule and arrival information within three weeks of the beginning of the event.

Tentative Schedule

Tuesday, October 25
2:30–4:30 pm Registration/Check In
Anderson Auditorium Lobby
4:45 pm Evening Prayer (enter in silence)
Upper Anderson
5:30–6:30 pm Dinner
Galax Dining Room (Assembly Inn)
7:30 pm Session 1: Introduction (enter in silence)
Upper Anderson
9:00 pm Sacred Silence (until breakfast)
Wednesday, October 26
7:00–8:30 am Breakfast on your own
8:30 am Morning Prayer (enter in silence)
Upper Anderson
9:00 am Break
9:15 am Session 2: Teaching (enter in silence)
Upper Anderson
10:30 am Break
10:45 am Session 3: Spiritual Practice (enter in silence)
Upper Anderson
12:00–1:30 pm Lunch & Book Signing
Galax Dining Room
1:30 pm Siesta/Reading/Walking
3:00 pm Sessions 4 & 5: Teaching & Spiritual Practice
Upper Anderson
4:30 pm Break
4:45 pm Evening Prayer (enter in silence)
Upper Anderson
5:30–6:30 pm Dinner
Galax Dining Room
7:00 pm Session 6: Teaching (enter in silence)
Upper Anderson
7:30 pm Dessert Reception, Conversation, & Book Signing
9:00 pm Evening Repose
Thursday, October 27
7:00–8:30 pm Breakfast on your own
8:30–9:00 pm Morning Prayer (enter in silence)
Upper Anderson
9:00–9:30 pm Break/Room Check Out if necessary
9:30–10:30 pm Session 7: Teaching (enter in silence)
Upper Anderson
10:30–11:00 pm Break
11:00–12:30 pm Session 8: Thanksgiving (enter in silence)
Upper Anderson
12:30 pm Departure

Program Rates

Program Fee: $358.

This includes and includes Tuesday dinner, Wednesday lunch, and Wednesday dinner in the Assembly Inn's Galax Dining Room. Please be aware that this registration is for the event only and does not include housing. Housing options are available in Montreat and nearby Black Mountain. Please check the Housing section for more information.

Cancellations must be received by September 13 in order to receive a full refund less a $25 service charge. Cancellations received after September 13, but on or before October 18 will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be issued after October 18. All requests must be in writing and received via email, fax, or U.S. mail.

If you have questions regarding registration, please contact the conference registrar at 828.419.9815.


Housing for this conference is available at William Black Lodge and the South Carolina Inn. More information about each facility is listed below. Reminder: if you are attending the Evening with John Philip Newell on the 24th, make sure your housing accommodations include the night of the 24th as well.

William Black Lodge

William Black Lodge provides accommodations and meeting space for groups from 12 to 85 people. Single and double occupancy rooms are available, most with private baths. Linens and daily cleaning service are provided.

For more information, please visit the William Black Lodge website, email reservations@williamblacklodge.org, or call 828.669.6314.

South Carolina Inn

The South Carolina Inn, comprised of the William Brearley Home and the Kirk Apartments, is owned, operated, and supported by the PC(USA) congregations of South Carolina. The home offers sixteen guest rooms, an efficiency suite, a guest kitchen, and the main kitchen and dining room. The Kirk apartments offer six efficiency units and two ADA accessible units.

For more information, please visit the South Carolina Inn website, email scinnmontreat@gmail.com, or call 828.669.7460.

Phone Number


Physical Address

401 Assembly Drive
Montreat, NC 28757

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