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Chrissie Astell, The Guardian Angel Oracle

Chrissie Astell, The Guardian Angel Oracle

Date: July 19, 2018

Time: 18.30-19.30

In today’s busy and often stressful world, many of us feel the need for some kind of spiritual light, love and guidance. Luckily, no matter what our belief system, angels and their energy are a presence that we can call upon to act as channels between ourselves and God, the Divine, or Spirit – whatever we understand this universal force to be. Chrissie Astell helps us to tap into the energy of the angels with The Guardian Angel Oracle, with Archangel Michael representing heart, Gabriel mind, Raphael body and Uriel soul, and each card representing a different positive quality such as Protection, Love, Forgiveness and Beauty.

Richard Stemp, ‘The Secret Language of Renaissance – A National Gallery Tour’

Richard Stemp, ‘The Secret Language of Renaissance – A National Gallery Tour’

Date: July 26, 2018

Time: 2.30-4.30

The Secret Language of Renaissance‘s author Richard Stemp comes back to Watkins to lead a short tour to the National Gallery, discovering the artistic splendours of the Renaissance and the signs and symbols they contain. With an increased understanding of the meaning of the paintings and sculptures, our admiration of them can only be enhanced.
Richard will meet you at 2.30 at Watkins Bookshop and take you to the National Gallery on a journey to reveal the layers of significance hidden below the surface of the works of Italian masters. RSVP HERE.

John Lockley, Leopard Warrior

John Lockley, Leopard Warrior

Date: July 26, 2018

Time: 18.30-19.30

The Leopard is one of the most loved and revered animal totems in Africa. ‘Leopard Warrior’ is a call for people to listen to their inner nature and face their own shadows. For many people it means facing their wounds, their vulnerability and therein lies the alchemy for our transformation. Sangomas are traditional healers/ shamans from South Africa. They are called in a profound, ancient way via dreams and a mysterious illness to become mystic healers. John was born to become a Sangoma and recalls his odyssey from civil war in South Africa, Zen Buddhist meditation in South Korea to prophetic dreams and a ten-year apprenticeship under MaMngwevu, a traditional Xhosa woman from Nelson Mandela’s tribe. John talks about ‘humanity’ (Ubuntu) and his quest to find an end to war which began for him through listening to his dreams and accepting his ‘calling illness’.

The Day the Buddha Woke Up, Rima Fujita

The Day the Buddha Woke Up, Rima Fujita

Date: August 2, 2018

Time: 18:30-19:30

Location: Watkins Bookshop

This delightful book is the perfect way to introduce young children to the life story of the Buddha, beautifully illustrated by world-renowned artist Rima Fujita. It puts the Buddha’s enlightenment into language children can understand. It tells the story of how Siddhartha became the Buddha. His quest for understanding leads to ultimate awakening under the Bodhi tree. It poses questions infused with childlike wonder such as, “Why aren’t people happy?” and “Is true happiness possible?”
Award-winning Japanese artist Rima Fujita exhibits her work internationally and is the founder of Books for Children, an organization that produces and donates children’s books to children in need around the world. Known for her distinctive style, her works are extracted from her dreams and meditation process.
H.H. The Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu and Betty Williams, the Nobel Peace Laureates personally gave her special recognition in 2006 at the International Peace Summit in Japan. The Dalai Lama calls her, “An artist who creates beautiful art.”