This weekend saw the monthly meeting of the Silent Eye in the north of England… a time when we reconnect, share and explore ideas and discuss plans for the four workshops we run every year. Work is already well under way for Lord of the Deep, the April workshop, which will explore the Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the oldest stories known to man, but our next workshop is a far less formal affair.
These informal workshops are held at various places across the country, making them as accessible as we can to anyone who would like to come along and meet us, see what we do, and visit a variety of historic or ancient sites in the process.
Readers who have followed our adventures at previous workshops, such as the recent Giant and the Sun weekend in Dorset, will know that we manage to see and experience a goodly number of places while exploring the mysteries of the human heart and mind, the spiritual quest …and a few odd theories for good measure.
For our next workshop, Castles of the Mind, organised by Steve, we will be exploring some beautiful parts of the north- eastern coast and its history. It is an area I love, one of which I have many fond memories and in which I have some personal roots; my grandmother and great-grandmother were from the area and my father’s ashes were scattered on the beaches he loved, many years ago.
We will be visiting some of the great castles of the area, and on the Sunday, will spend time on Lindisfarne, the Holy Island, a place of stark beauty, and one which has more history in its thousand acres than many cities.
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So much beauty, even just in those pictures; I can only imagine experiencing it all live. There is so much I love about Europe, but paramount is the deep history and weight of age. When someone in the States says is building is old, they mean 120 years old—and that’s very old here, because people tend to like to tear things down and build strip malls.
I would ever love to see those places, the untouched coastlines, and all. I know you of all people don’t take them for granted.
I could never take the land for granted, Erik… and if you ever get the chance to come and join us on one of our jaunts, it would be wonderful to share these places with you.
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I’ll be 60 around then too. 🙂 … and still feel 30-ish … although there are days when I feel 40 creeping up. 😀
I gathered we shared an era 😉 I never minded forty… but it is curious how young sixty now seems
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