Welcome to Open Spirit…
We explore Western wisdom from its indigenous roots to later expressions in the biblical traditions and mystical Christianity, right up to contemporary forms such as Wild Church.
As part of a wider work called Living Spirit we offer a range of spiritual support, from one to one spiritual counselling, mentoring & supervision, to regular meetings and courses in the Dartington and Totnes areas of South Devon.
In Open Spirit we respect all…
We respect all wisdom traditions and take a non dogmatic approach to Western Esotericism and the Christian Mysteries, which celebrates their inspiration and beauty in relationship to earlier and parallel traditions without making exclusive truth claims.
We have a particular interest in the Divine Feminine, in reclaiming and remembering Western Spiritual and Christian Herstory and Thealogy and in restoring the Sacred Marriage, a balance of masculine and feminine spirituality.
We welcome people of any faith or none and from both within and outside established traditions. Open Spirit groups welcome a rich mix of people of all ages, genders and varied backgrounds.
think deeply, contemplate and ask questions…
We are committed to thinking deeply about faith and values, meaning and purpose and to asking open questions. We feel free to engage with both the treasures of tradition and the creativity of new ways of thinking, being and relating.
We think deeply about the Biblical Traditions and draw upon the wisdom of the ancient cultures and myths that lie at the foundation of both the Hebrew Bible and the Christian New Testament. We draw upon both traditional and contemporary forms of Western spirituality, with a particular interest in Celtic Traditions and Kabbalah.
We practice Interspirituality, described by Wayne Teasdale as ‘identifying and embracing the mystical core or common ground of the world’s religions’ with an emphasis on Western spiritual perspectives and a love for the Mystic and Cosmic Christ.
Open Spirit upholds co-creative and collaborative ways of working and learning together, with lightly held leadership that works through co-ordination and facilitation to encourage and empower the active participation and equality of all and which celebrates a diversity of culture, age, gender, sexuality etc.
We are committed to an emerging vision of collaborative or mutual ministry, including non hierarchical and non competitive forms of leadership focussed on the building up of mutual ministering communities.
As part of Living Spirit, the wider organisation behind Open Spirit and including Wild Church, members of Open Spirit can be part of a wider network of spiritual companions and spiritual community which has been growing over many years.
live reflectively and learn holistically…
The intention behind Open Spirit meetings is to expand our understanding and experience of living spiritually, to learn to listen to each other and the spirit at work within each of us and to practise contemplative ways of being that will help us to reflect and respond, rather than react to life.
In Open Spirit courses we work with a holistic learning method based on ‘Entering the Orchard’ – Kabbalistic approaches to Torah study and also on Christian Lectio Divina. This fourfold ‘way of knowing’ embraces head and heart, body and spirit, so each Open Spirit meeting includes study, sharing, time for creativity and being embodied and connecting with nature and spiritual practice.
We experience the depths of western spirituality through opening the ‘mythic mind’ and so emphasise story and myth telling and creative work with art and the imaginal as a central way into the Western mysteries.
love, create and care…
Open Spirituality celebrates the interdependence of all life. It works to heal suffering, to free, to nourish and uphold peace, justice and all life. We seek to serve this life giving spirit in all the creative forms it takes in people, creatures and in the natural world.
We are especially commited to the earth and to an eco spirituality that honours the equality and deep spirit of all beings. Our work includes celebrating the seasons of the spirit in the natural world through Wild Church.
Please join us in exploring what it means to be an Open Spirit!
For more details please contact Rev Sam Wernham…