"Without any understanding of man's deep-seated urge to self-transcend, of his very reluctance to take the hard, ascending way, and his search for some bogus liberation either below or to one side of his personality, we cannot hope to make sense of our own particular period of history or indeed of history in general, of life as it was lived in the past and as it is lived today. For this reason I propose to discuss some of the more common Grace-substitutes, into which and by means of which men and women have tried to escape from the tormenting consciousness of being merely themselves. .... human beings have felt the radical inadequacy of their personal existence, the misery of being their insulated selves and not something else, something wider, something in Wordsworthian phrase, 'far more deeply interfused'." (Aldous
Huxley, "Appendix" from The Devils of Loudun, Penguin Books, 1971, 313f.)

Course: Walking Home

JAilsa Piper
Ailsa Piper
Starts 10am Wed Mar 6

Ailsa Piper is a story-teller, having worked for over thirty-five years as a writer, director, actor, teacher, speaker and broadcaster.

As a writer, she works across many mediums. Highlights include being named co-winner of the Patrick White Playwright’s Award for her script Small Mercies in 2001 and publishing her first book Sinning Across Spain in 2012. Her most recent book, co-authored with Monsignor Tony Doherty, is The Attachment: Letters From A Most Unlikely Friendship. It is a collection of letters between them, and to the reader, exploring spirituality, friendship, difference - and the right time of day to eat rhubarb!

Ailsa is an accomplished moderator of conversations and panels, and writes journalism and opinion pieces for newspapers and magazines. She also writes and performs Wordwalks – monologues celebrating poetry, walking and landscape, which she performs in all weathers, as you’d expect! As a teacher, she illuminates dark corners and aims to surprise with delight.

The Course will lead a three week mini-pilgrimage of the mind and spirit. Using simple writing exercises, as well as processes devised over decades of walking and teaching, she will invite participants to examine resilience, grief, relationships with self and others, and the art of paying attention - to the world and to self. For one session, she will be joined by Monsignor Tony Doherty. 

Nobody will be turned away simply because they cannot afford to pay. Offer a donation if you cannot pay the full registration fee.

Presenter: Ailsa Piper
Where: Aquinas Academy, Level 5, 141 Harrington St, The Rocks, Sydney
When: 3 Wednesday mornings, 10am – 12noon, March 6, 13, 20
Cost: $120/person 

For further information please telephone 02 9247 4651 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please register before the course starts so that notes will be available.

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