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  • Cami Twilling
    Cami Twilling

    Cami Twilling, based in Colorado, is the Director of Earth & Soul (a Celtic initiative of study, spiritual practice and compassionate action inspired by the teachings of John Philip Newell). As well as heading up the overall work of Earth & Soul, she facilitates the spiritual practice component of the Earth & Soul Annual Retreats. Previously she was the head of Contemplative Spirituality and Youth Ministry at Trinity UMC in downtown Denver. She has studied meditation in the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition of Shambhala and received Spiritual Direction certification from the Hesychia School of Spiritual Direction in Tucson, Arizona. In addition to leading mountain and urban retreats, she has led international pilgrimage groups to Iona in the Western Isles of Scotland and work teams to Guatemala to build houses in communities that have suffered from political strife and economic hardship. Cami is passionate about the relationship between spirituality and action and believes that spiritual vision and practice can play a vital role in helping to heal and transform our lives both individually and together.

  • John Philip Newell
    John Philip Newell

    John Philip Newell is a Celtic teacher and author of spirituality who calls the modern world to reawaken to the sacredness of Earth and every human being.
    Canadian by birth, and a citizen also of Scotland, he resides with his family in Edinburgh and works on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2016 he began the Earth & Soul initiative and teaches regularly in the United States and Canada as well as leading international pilgrimage weeks on Iona in the Western Isles of Scotland.
    His PhD is from the University of Edinburgh and he has authored over fifteen books, including his latest award-winning publication, Sacred Earth Sacred Soul, which was the 2022 Gold Winner of the Nautilus Book Award for Spirituality and Religious Thought of the West. His forthcoming book (August 2024), also with Harper One, is The Great Search, in which he looks at the great spiritual yearnings of humanity today in the context of the decline of religion as we have known it.
    Newell speaks of himself as ‘a wandering teacher’ following the ancient path of many lone teachers before him in the Celtic world, seeking the wellbeing of the world. He has been described as having ‘the heart of a Celtic bard and the mind of a Celtic scholar’, combining in his teachings the poetic and the intellectual, the head as well as the heart, and spiritual awareness as well as political and ecological concern.


Jul 19 - 21 2024


6:00 pm - 11:00 am

Celtic Wisdom for Reawakening to Our Souls and Healing the World

John Philip Newell is coming to Genesis Spiritual Center!

In which the wisdom teachings of John Philip Newell and the spiritual practices of Cami Twilling call us to be aware of the sacredness of Earth and every human being as key to the way of transformation and healing in our lives and world. The retreat focuses on the main themes of John Philip’s award-winning book Sacred Earth Sacred Soul: Celtic Wisdom for Reawakening to What Our Souls Know and Healing the World (Harper One).

John Philip Newell is a ‘wandering teacher’ from Scotland in the ancient Celtic Christian tradition, drawing on both the poetic and the intellectual, and addressing the head as well as the heart. Cami Twilling is the director of Earth & Soul, a Celtic initiative of study, spiritual practice, and compassionate action based in Colorado. Their much-loved combination of teaching and spiritual practice offers great hope for healing and transformation in our lives, both individually and together.

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Friday, July 19
3pm Check-in
5:30pm* Evening Prayer – Chapel
6pm Dinner
7:30pm* Session I – Welcome & Introductory Presentation – Providence Room
8:30pm Sacred silence (until breakfast)
Saturday, July 20
7:30am* Morning prayer – Chapel
8am Breakfast
9:30am* Session II – Teaching – Providence Room
10:30am Break
11am* Session III – Spiritual Practice – Providence Room
12:30pm Lunch
1:30pm Siesta, reading, reflection, silence
4pm* Session IV -Spiritual Practice – Providence Room
5:30pm Break
6pm Dinner
7pm* Session V –Teaching – Providence Room
8:15pm Reception & Book signing – Carriage House
Sunday, July 21
7:30am* Morning Prayer – Chapel
8am Breakfast
9:30am* Session VI – Teaching
10:30am Break
11am Session VII – Thanksgiving and Closing – Chapel