News and events

The Silent Eye hosts a number of events each year, from our annual Weekend Workshop in Derbyshire to our informal ‘Walk and Talk’ gatherings. All events are open to non-members and Companions of the School and they are a great way to meet us, explore the teachings we share and spend time with fellow travellers.

On this page you will find our forthcoming events, while ‘Previous Events’ allows you to explore some of the workshops, weekends and talks the School has organised.

New Events  2017-2018

The Prisoner of Portmeirion?

(A Spycological Thriller)

The Silent Eye Summer Weekend Workshop, June 2017

“I am not a number…”


“… I am a free man…” But are we?  Join us for a most unusual weekend.

Once more the Silent Eye boldly goes…

One of the top TV shows of the 1960s was “The Prisoner” starring Patrick McGoohan as Number 6, the man from the secret service who dared to resign… and found himself kidnapped and captive in the mysterious “Village” where the banality of life was designed to crush the mind of the potential security threat.

Or perhaps it was really about something entirely different…

Set in and around the very real village of Portmeirion, the place where the Prisoner was filmed,  with the backdrop of wonderful Snowdonia on our doorstep, our pre-solstice adventure in the landscape will take the form of a psychological (or spycological) exploration of what it means to ‘fit in’ with the world–and the price of not doing so. We do not intend this to be deadly serious, but many a powerful revelation can come from a well-timed poke of humour, as Shakespeare well knew!

Dates: Weekend of 16-18 June 2017

Location:  Close to Portmeirion Village.

Don’t miss it! Demand will be high and there are limited places. Send us an email to register your interest.

For further details email:

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Maiden, Mother, Crone
Solstice of the Moon


Inverurie, Scotland
15th-17th September 2017

2The gently undulating and fertile landscape between the foothills of the Grampian Mountains and the North Sea proved an attractive place to settle for the early Neolithic peoples colonising the furthest reaches of the British Isles. Nowhere else contains a greater concentration of late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age remains; from the earliest recorded flint mines, through numerous burial mounds and cairns, to the highest density of stone circles in the country.

Yet, there is a mystery. Unique to the area, with the exception of a few examples in the South West of Ireland, the circles of the region are exclusively of the “recumbent” type; a form largely intended for monitoring the “solstices” of the moon, more 3-copycommonly referred to as the lunar standstill, with specific interest in the major lunar standstill which occurs in an 18.5 year cycle.

Join us in the heartland of the Picts, for a weekend of discovery and exploration of the enigmatic astronomical sites created by their Neolithic forefathers, and the equally enigmatic rock art they themselves left behind.

4-copyThe weekend will consist of three days exploration of local sites in and around the market town of Inverurie, in the beautiful Don valley, Aberdeenshire.

The weekend is informal, no previous knowledge or experience is required. We ask only that you bring your own presence and thoughts to the moment.

Workshop costs £50 per person. Accomodation and meals are not included and bed and breakfast/hotel in Inverurie should be booked separately by all attendees. Lunch and dinner are usually shared meals.

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Riddles of the Night.

1st-3rd December 2017, Bakewell, Derbyshire.

Discover for yourselves the hidden jewels of the night as the darkness of the winter solstice enfolds the land.

Will you find the jewel at the heart of the mystery?

Join us in Bakewell in the heart of the Derbyshire Dales to explore some of the ancient and sacred sites of our ancestors. The weekend will take the Companions on a true quest, seeking out the hidden magic in the landscape that echoes the magic of heart and soul.

The weekend is informal, no previous knowledge or experience is required. We ask only that you bring your own presence and thoughts to the moment.

Workshop costs £50 per person. Accomodation and meals are not included and bed and breakfast/hotel in Bakewell should be booked separately by all attendees. Lunch and dinner are usually shared meals.

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Download our Events Booking Form – pdf

For further details or to reserve your place:

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Intrigue ⦿ Magic ⦿ Religion ⦿ Science

Four faces of a Elizabethan jewel that will become Britain… and one deadly enemy – hidden deep in the inner workings of an age.

1586, and our story begins… The reign of Elizabeth I, the ‘Virgin Queen’ of the house of Tudor.

A time when England stood virtually alone amongst its neighbours, surrounded by hostile political and religious forces set in motion by the reign of Elizabeth’s father Henry VIII. A plot has just been discovered to assassinate the now-established Queen of England and Ireland. The man who uncovered it is Francis Walsingham, her celebrated and loyal spymaster, who is intent on establishing a network of agents outside and inside England to protect her.

By the 1580s, this small island, with its ‘virgin’ Queen, had become a hotbed of intellectual and magical insight, with leading thinkers, such as the Queen’s astrologer, John Dee, driving forward the knowledge of the age under the banner of what we now call alchemy… and at the same time producing the world’s first standard work on international navigation – a true scientist, and a man hard to evaluate by today’s coldly judgmental standards… But, in our story, his devotion to Elizabeth is never in doubt.

None of this ‘magic’ is seen to be at odds with religion – it is seen as the science of the day. Dr John Dee’s most passionate work is developing a system whereby he may communicate with angels. The greater problem is that the religion of England – bequeathed by Henry – is Protestant; and most of England’s neighbours are strongly Catholic. Elizabeth has been excommunicated by the Pope, and it is open season on her life by any who wish to gain his favour…

The Jewel in the Claw, our story for the 2018 Spring Weekend, is told in five ritual dramas, from Friday night to Sunday morning, and weaves a fictional but historically-set tale of a conspiracy to destabilise the Queen’s power and re-align England, religiously and politically, with mainland Europe. At the heart of this dark strategy is the use of Dr John Dee as a pawn in a much larger battle of will, wits and magic.

Our ritual dramas will follow a trail of intrigue outwards from the tumultuous relationship between Elizabeth, her senior ministers and the helpless Dr John Dee, trapped in the flames of engineered disrepute.

The whole drama is told through the memories of the leading playwright of the age. England is portrayed as a microcosm of what is happening in the expanding world of the sixteenth century, where religion, science and politics vie for control of the future.

Only change is inevitable… and change has its own magic in the way it unfolds.

Through all of this, gentle John Dee is revealed as a most resourceful man of learning, reluctantly using his skills as strategist to supplement his alchemical knowledge of man’s relationship with the divine. Around them are such famous figures as Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh, real figures from history who masterminded the defence of the realm and the eventual expansion of empire. There are others, many others, such as Philip Sidney and Fulke Greville, some of them close to the Queen’s heart… but can she afford to be so open with those who may have darker motives? And then there is Robert Devereux, second Earl of Essex, favourite of the Queen and growing in power by the day…

Discerning the truth is becoming harder and harder… in a startling parallel with today.

In a little-known but key part of England’s history, the Queen reaches out to the Islamic world – for trade and alliances, seeking to build a political wall of power against the might of Catholic Spain. London hosts the first ever visit of an Islamic ambassador, Al-Anouri, and Shakespeare writes Othello, telling the tragic story of the Moor… But will any of this help the Virgin Queen to survive a hostile world? If anyone in history spent a life on the brink of extermination, it was Elizabeth I.

Can we put ourselves into the mind of that age?

There are always two threads to these workshops – one temporal, one spiritual. This time, the inner theme will be the spiritual and psychological exploration of what is means to be truly vulnerable, and the importance of that state to the evolving human soul. England emerged from the Tudor era to view it, in hindsight, as a Golden Age. But the stories of many of those closest to the Queen describe a struggle involving considerable personal sacrifice.

Although we will be using historically accurate settings, with their religious perspectives, our purpose is to show the inherent magic in mankind’s potential for self-transformation, regardless of nationality, race or religious beliefs.

The Jewel in the Claw is the Silent Eye’s spring workshop for 2018, weekend of April 20-22. We will be returning to the lovely Nightingale Centre, in the heart of the Derbyshire hills and dales, for our celebrated rites of Spring.

There is already considerable interest in the workshop so please book early to reserve your place. All you need to do is register your interest at this stage: send us an email to Use the words ‘Jewel in the Claw’ in your subject header and we’ll get back to you with more information.

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