Online Zoom Forum: Sacred Spaces, Healing Places, and Therapeutic Landscapes in Scotland.


Date: Wednesday 11 October 2023.
Time: 7pm-9pm (UK time).

Event Description:

Format: There will be five talks, each of 10 minutes, followed by 20 minutes of discussion among the speakers, the chair, and the audience, followed by Q & A.


Phyllida Anam Aire:

Bio: I just love being a fully paid-up participant in this amazing drama of Life. Somehow, I don’t see it as MY Life rather, I have the awful privilege of being called to experience a very short spiral in this dramatic and dynamic mystery of Love made flesh.

Nearing my 80th birthday is such a rich and splendid privilege, one that fills me with deep gratitude to Life Itself. Joy has been a constant companion these past years.


Dr Lorn Macintyre:

Title: Iona: The Sacred and Therapeutic.

Bio: Dr Lorn Macintyre, poet, novelist and short story writer, spent formative years on the Isle of Mull, and has written about the adjacent Isle of Iona in poetry, prose, and drama.

Michael Dunning:

Title: The Sacred Yew Trees of Scotland.

Description: Michael will talk about the sacred and ancient yew trees of Scotland as the sentient guardians of a wisdom-tradition that was once widespread throughout the British Isles and parts of mainland Europe.

Bio: Michael spent over 9 years beneath an ancient yew tree in Scotland that restored his health and transmitted a body of spiritual teachings and perceptual practices that led to the founding of a modern mystery school based on the wisdom of the yew tree as the Tree of Eternity.

Judy Wilkinson:

Title: Entangled Roots, Metaphors and Memories.

Description: Small, tree filled spaces connect across the world and bring peace and healing.

I will tell the story of a redwood tree and a silver birch tree in a small Glasgow garden, what they have meant to me and then describe my thoughts on change as I face their destruction.

Bio: I first studied theoretical physics with an interest in wave theory, electromagnetism and geometric patterns. For the last fifty years I have tended my allotment and campaigned for more growing spaces so everyone has access to a patch of land.

Dr Donald Smith:

Title: Green City Healing and Hope: Places in Edinburgh that offer a sense of connection and sanctuary.

Description: Donald will share about a storytelling/film project Green City Healing and Hope, exploring places in Edinburgh that offer a sense of connection and sanctuary.

Bio: Donald Smith is a founding member of the Scottish Storytelling Forum, Edinburgh’s Guid Crack Club, and is currently Director of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival.

Dr Kenny Taylor:

Bio: Dr Kenny Taylor is a writer, editor, naturalist and musician who communicates through many different media. This includes editing the bi-annual Northwords Now, decades of work for BBC Wildlife Magazine, literary nonfiction and performances. A former chair of Trees for Life and vice chair of the Scottish Wildlife Trust, he helped with TfL’s purchase of the Dundreggan Estate. He is a board member of the Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust and was part of the campaign team for community buyout of the island. Much of his work draws on a lifelong enthusiasm for the wild, both the always near and sometimes far, including through spring and summer surveys of golden eagles, and other birds, animals and plants in some of Scotland’s most remote upland areas.


An archive recording will be made for the EICSP archive.

NB: There will be no refund if you cancel your booking.


Sacred Spaces, Healing Places



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Account Name: Edinburgh International Centre for Spirituality and Peace
Bank Address: Edinburgh Royal Mile Branch
Account Number: 06131159
Sort Code: 802000

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GB70 BOFS 8020 0006 1311 59

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