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July 2019

Tibetan Yoga by Ian Baker

July 4 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Watkins Bookshop, 19-21 Cecil Court,
London WC2N 4EZ, GB
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Tibetan yoga is the hidden treasure at the heart of the Tibetan Tantric Buddhist tradition: a spiritual and physical practice in pursuit of an expanded experience of the human body and its energetic and cognitive potential. In addition to meditations, visualizations and practices for the breath and body, these include elements rather less familiar to yoga initiates in the West including sexual yoga; dream yoga or lucid dreaming; and yoga practices enhanced by psychoactive plant substances. The book includes wonderful…

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The Great Wizards of Antiquity with Guy Ogilvy

July 11 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Watkins Books, 19-21 Cecil Ct
London, GB
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From antiquity to the Renaissance, The Great Wizards of History is a profound exploration of ideas and practices that were often contested or condemned even as they demonstrated the brilliant results of magical practice. The history of sorcery comes alive with unique portraits of some of the most remarkable, infamous and colourful practitioners of magic and alchemy from prehistory and pre-Socratic Greeks to the Middle Ages and beyond. Join author Guy Ogilvy as he reveals the fascinating beliefs, techniques, and…

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The Art (and Magic) of Decision Making with Joseph Bikart

July 18 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Watkins Books, 19-21 Cecil Ct
London, GB
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What is it that makes some of us better – or worse – than others at committing to a choice? What are the forces that hold us back, and how can we successfully overcome them? Every facet of our lives depends on the decisions we make. Yet, how often do we pause to reflect on our ability to make the best and smartest choices? Joseph Bikart explores the intricacies of decision making, challenging us to understand why we make the…

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Into the Marvellous: Talk and signing with Dr. Martin Shaw

July 25 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Watkins Books, 19-21 Cecil Ct
London, GB
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Martin Shaw is one of the country’s best-loved storytellers and a leading teacher of myth. In troubled times it can be easy to fall into either despair or numbness, and it was a traditional role of the storyteller to rouse both beauty and vocation in such moments. To attend to the grace. In this intimate evening at one of the world’s oldest independent bookshops, Shaw will be talking about his new book, The Night Wages (Cista MysticaPress, 2019), a rumination…

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August 2019

IQ-ME with the Johny Dar team: Wellbeing through the Art of Colouring

August 1 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Watkins Books, 19-21 Cecil Ct
London, GB
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An introduction to the IQ-ME colouring books by Johny Dar and the benefits of working with IQ-ME as a tool for balancing the brain, increasing productivity and empowering creativity. A platform to learn new ways to achieve fulfilment and success in life and work.Breaking the taboos around mental health and empowering individuals to discover their super selves! At Johny Dar, we believe that you are truly wonderful. You’ve got it, you are it and you can be it, beyond your…

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McMindfulness: Ronald E.Purser and Daniel Simpson

August 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Watkins Books, 19-21 Cecil Ct
London, GB
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Hear from Mindful Cranks podcast host and Professor of Management at San Francisco University Ronald E. Purser in conversation with yoga teacher Daniel Simpson, to shine a critical light on the so-called ‘mindfulness revolution’. From celebrity endorsements to monks, neuroscientists and meditation coaches rubbing shoulders with CEOs at the World Economic Forum in Davos, it is clear that mindfulness has gone mainstream. Some have even called it a revolution. But what if, instead of changing the world, mindfulness has become…

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Anna Cookson: The Sound of Your Soul

August 8 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Watkins Books, 19-21 Cecil Ct
London, GB
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The inspiration for Anna Cookson's first novel, The Sound of Your Soul, took her on a magical journey as she tried to ascertain the nature of soul – to conjure what it would look like, how it would behave, and what it would do. Beginning with the Ancient Egyptian understanding of the soul as made up of three parts, the Ka (bodily desires), the Akh (mind and intellect) and the Ba (the soul as we tend to understand it in…

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The Ultimate Colin Wilson with Colin Stanley and Gary Lachman

August 15 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Watkins Books, 19-21 Cecil Ct
London, GB
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Including key chapters from many of Wilson’s most important fiction and non-fiction works, The Essential Colin Wilson was first published in 1985 and has since acted as an introduction to his many-faceted oeuvre for those not already familiar with it, and a reference source for established fans and scholars. Though The Essential Colin Wilson was Wilson’s 74th published book, in the 28 years prior to his death in 2013 he produced another 100 titles. With the help of four experts…

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When Plants Dream: Ayahuasca and the Global Psychedelic Renaissance

August 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Watkins Books, 19-21 Cecil Ct
London, GB
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Ayahuasca is a psychoactive tea that has a long history of ritual use among indigenous groups of the Upper Amazon. Made from the ayahuasca vine and the leaves of a shrub, ayahuasca is associated with healing in collective ceremonies and in more intimate contexts, generally under the direction of specialist – an ayahuasquero. These are experienced practitioners who guide the ceremony and the drinker's experience. Ayahuasca has moved out of the Amazon and ceremonies happen nightly, with Hollywood stars, Wall…

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Owen Barfield and the Evolution of Consciousness

August 22 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Watkins Books, 19-21 Cecil Ct
London, GB
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What is the meaning of the disenchantment of our age? Is the ego a clue to a way forward, not a hindrance? What might the next steps in the evolution of human consciousness look like? These questions, and more, were explored by Owen Barfield. He was a member of the famous Oxford literary group, the Inklings, and the one whom C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien were said to have had the most innovative ideas. Barfield studied how the meaning of…

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