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Monday, July 10, 2017

Draw on your experience and speak with maturity

Thomas Moore writes the Foreword for Andrea Mathews' new book Letting Go of Good: Dispel the Myth of Goodness to Find Your Genuine Self, available 8 August 2017. At the beginning of it Moore writes,
"I grew up in an Irish-Catholic family in the 1940s, and then in the '50s, at thirteen I went off to a Catholic seminary with the idea of becoming a priest. I developed the biggest 'good boy' complex imaginable. Andrea Mathews has done a remarkable job describing this complex, which she defines as a good-guy identity, exploring its many facets, and offering guidance on working with and healing it."

He includes, "Today if someone were to ask me, 'Are you a good person?' I'd have to say, 'I used to try to be, but now I want to be more complicated and real.'"

Letting Go of Good:
Dispel the Myth of Goodness to Find Your Genuine Self
by Andrea Mathews
Foreword by Thomas Moore
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
Release: August 8, 2017
ISBN-10: 0738752231
ISBN-13: 978-0738752235

Moore's certification program with Jung Platform

Jung Platform hosts the One Year Certification Program Care of the Soul in Daily Life with Thomas Moore, starting in September 2017.
"It steers a middle course between study and practical living. It would be useful for people wanting to live more deeply and go beyond the surface ideas of contemporary psychology and spirituality and for therapists, counselors, medical professionals and teachers looking for a deeper approach to their work."
Four long weekends in person with Thomas Moore, expected to start in September 2017. In each month that there is no in-person training weekend, there will be an online webinar. Between classes you will get assignments and suggested reading material.

Jaffrey, New Hampshire

Early bird discount: $3900 before 1 August 2017
(installment payments possible)
Regular tuition: $4250
Includes a certification.

Email Machiel Klerk:

Barque coverage
9 Feb 2017 "Jung Platform's 1 year course with Thomas Moore"

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Meet Moore in Cambridge MA on Sat.12 August

Thomas Moore is in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Saturday 12 August 2017 for The Future of Spirituality with Brandan Robertson.

This event has two program options: The "Masterclass" option is "designed for faith leaders and students of religion to spend time in an intimate small group" with Moore for conversation, questions, and personalized teaching. This option includes admission to the public event in the afternoon. The second option is admission to a larger, public event with Brandan Robertson in conversation with Moore on stage.

9:00 a.m.    Masterclass with Thomas Moore
                      ($175.00 + $9.74)
12:30 p.m.  Break
2:00 p.m.    Future of Spirituality Live Public Event
                      (General: $20.00 + $1.99, Student: $10.00 + $1.49)
4:00 p.m.    Book Signing
4:30 p.m.    Conclusion

The Masterclass ticket includes admission to the public lecture starting at 2:00 p.m.

Reservoir Church
170 Rindge Ave
Cambridge, MA

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Good fathering enhances peace and creativity

Commemorate today by reading Father's Day 2017 by Thomas Moore. Moore writes about his own fathering experiences, his father, father figures in his life, and muses:
"But I also think of Father’s Day as the commemoration of the Great Father, the fathering principle or archetype that holds the world together and that we need so badly today. When people, especially women, speak disparagingly of the patriarchy, I assume they are thinking of the absence of the real father spirit, usually replaced by an anxious, symptomatic, neurotic fathering that is overbearing, self-serving and aggressive.  This is not the father spirit but rather the bent insanity that fills in when the genuine father spirit is lost. "
Comment on Moore's post, read additional posts and sign up to receive emails from his site.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Continue to be in community and to contribute

This weekend Thomas Moore is Joan Herrmann's guest on Change Your Attitude ... Change Your Life radio, talking about his new book Ageless Soul: The Lifelong Journey Toward Meaning and Joy.

This episode airs Sunday 19 June at 12:30 a.m. ET. Listen to the twelve minute recording now on YouTube.

Barque coverage 
21 Apr 2017 "Listen to Moore talk about aging on CYACYL radio

Monday, May 22, 2017

Moore honours James Hillman at Dallas Institute

The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture shares its video Thomas Moore on Alchemy, filmed at the 2016 James Hillman Symposium on Saturday 29 October 2016. During his 45-minute presentation, Moore shares some of his favourite achemical themes from Hillman's lectures at the University of Dallas that continue to help him with therapy:
1. Timing
2. Colours
3. Putrifaction
4. Prima materia (Raw material)
5. Separation
6. Cauda Pavonis (The Peacock's Tail)
7. Opus (Work)

Moore also honours Hillman's focus on images by discussing natural magic's use of obsidian stone.

Barque coverage
25 Oct 2016 Moore at James Hillman symposium this weekend"
2 Aug 2016 "Register for James Hillman Symposium in Dallas"
30 June 2016 5th annual James Hillman symposium in October"

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Publisher celebrates win for Thomas Moore's book

Franciscan Media shares its press release, 'Thomas Moore Wins Independent Press Award for The Soul of Christmas" about Moore's win in the Holiday category.
“'We were thrilled to work with an author of Moore’s stature,' said Kelly Hudson, director of marketing at Franciscan Media. 'This award is certainly exciting, but it’s not entirely surprising that his work would be recognized in this way.'
The Independent Press Award competition is judged by experts from all aspects of the book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters. They select award winners and distinguished favorites based on overall excellence."
Barque coverage
12 May 2017 "The Soul of Christmas wins 2017 book award"
10 Jan 2017 "The Soul of Christmas wins S&P award for 2016"

Friday, May 12, 2017

S&P hosts Moore's June e-course: Soulful Aging

Register for Thomas Moore's new e-course Soulful Aging with Spirituality & Practice, that is live from Monday 5 June to Friday 30 June, 2017. This course introduces Moore's new book, Ageless Soul to be released by St. Martin's Press in October 2017. Please  pre-order the book now to ensure delivery.
This Spirituality & Practice "e-course focuses not on the externals of aging — finances, physical health practices, and retirement arrangements — but on the inner ones — spirituality, eroticism, meaningful work and retirement, and especially the emotional and character developments that make you a real individual.
Along the way, we consider loneliness, legacy, youthfulness, anger, melancholy, being an elder, and a meaningful ending of life. One point strongly made is that we age best by first being straight about the fact of getting older and then, and only then, by trying to be youthful, too."
During the e-course you receive an email on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of each week during June. They  include:
— Thomas Moore's written reflections, some accompanied by videos, on soulful aging;
— Creative practice suggestions that help you look at the arc of your own life over time;
— An opportunity to participate in a one-hour teleconference with Thomas Moore (date/time to be announced);
— An invitation to participate in a Practice Circle available 24/7 for you to share with others in a worldwide community and to receive further guidance from Thomas Moore.

Register online now for $59.95. Consider this course as a gift for someone special — perhaps for Mother's Day or as an early Father's Day treat to be shared.

The Soul of Christmas wins 2017 book award

The Soul of Christmas by Thomas Moore, published by Franciscan Media wins the 2017 Independent Press Award in the category Holiday, one of 161 categories designated by the awards program.

According to award rules, these awards are "for independent author and press books.  Books published by the Big 5 book house publishers: Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, or Simon & Schuster are not eligible to apply, although imprints may submit." The Soul of Christmas also received an award as one of the best 2016 spiritual books from Spirituality & Practice.

Barque coverage
10 Jan 2017 The Soul of Christmas wins S&P award for 2016"

Monday, May 08, 2017

Register to see replay of Moore's video interview

Today is Day 13 of The Turning Point Summit with Dustin Urban who is offering free online interviews with experts interested in purpose, soul and transformation. His first speaker on 26 April 2017 was Thomas Moore. Each interview is available only for three days, however Urban has announced "... there will be a 3-day replay period for all the interviews at the end of the summit!" At that time Moore's 45-minute offering again will be available for viewing. If you register now after clicking the link above, you will be able to  access the last three interviews and the eight new interviews before all 21 interviews are available.
Urban describes his interview with Moore:
"I love how at every turn in this conversation, Thomas brings a totally unconventional perspective to each subject we touch on. In this interview, you’ll learn to begin reading your life metaphorically for the messages of soul that are all around us. By being open to the signs of your life, by 'reading your world' and 'seeing through' to the symbolic meaning of events and circumstances, 'you’re freed from the shackles of literalism.'”
Barque coverage
19 Apr 2017 "Free online event includes Moore video interview"

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Pre-order Ageless Soul now to reserve your copy

Thomas Moore shares on Facebook yesterday:
"I was in New York last week and got my first bound galley copy of Ageless Soul. I think this one will be very special, especially for anyone you know is getting older. Who isn't? ... It helps the book immensely, immensely if we get pre-orders. You can order it today."
Please pre-order Thomas Moore's Ageless Soul: The Lifelong Journey Toward Meaning and Joy.

According to the publisher, "In Moore’s view, aging is the process by which one becomes a more distinctive, complex, fulfilled, loving, and connected person."

Sunday 19 June 2017 12:30 a.m. EDT
Change Your Attitude ... Change Your Life
Guest Thomas Moore talks about Ageless Soul. Please scroll down the linked page for a description of Moore's episode.

15 - 16 June 2017
Aging Soul: A Retreat
Transformations Spirituality Center
Kalamazoo, Michigan

17 - 19 November 2017
Ageless Soul: Living a Long, Joyful, and Fulfilling Life
Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health
Stockbridge, Massachusetts

Barque coverage
29 Jan 2017 "New 2017 book sees aging as series of initiations"
10 Jan 2017 "New book about soulful aging available in October"

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Visit an art museum; let a piece of art grab you

Watch Thomas Moore's presentation Art, Dreams and the Spiritual Life recorded in the Labyrinth Room at Marble Collegiate, New York City on Sunday 30 April 2017. Moore answers audience questions at the end of his talk. Run time: 45 minutes

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Soul-Oriented Psychotherapy webinar on May 19

Dr. Kathryn Summers (American Association of Pastoral Counselors, Southeast Region Chair-elect)  hosts the webinar Soul-Oriented Psychotherapy with Thomas Moore on Friday 19 May 2017 at 12:00 p.m. EDT.
"Many therapists are making great use of Moore’s writings, both personally and professionally. Dr. Moore will be presenting on “Soul-Oriented Psychotherapy,” and there will be opportunity to engage him directly with your questions — participants will be invited to submit questions ahead of time and during the webinar."
$30 Members
$35 Non-members

Visit to download required software.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

"Take nothing only literally." Thomas Moore

Under today's tweet on Facebook, Moore adds, "I think that for most people this key principle has to be taught. Many books and teachers gave it to me step by step." Someone asks, "Which books are you referring to?"

Five books that Moore has recommended for soul and poetics are:
1. Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu, translated by  Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English, or by David Hinton.
2. Memories, Dreams, Reflections by by C. G. Jung and Aniela Jaffe.
3. The Dream and the Underworld by James Hillman.
4. Echo's Subtle Body by Patricia Berry.
5. Love's Body by Norman O. Brown.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Listen to Moore talk about aging on CYACYL radio

Mark your calendar.
Joan Herrmann, host of the radio program Change Your Attitude… Change Your Life, interviews Thomas Moore about his forthcoming book, Ageless Soul: The Lifelong Journey Toward Meaning and Joy on 18 June 2017 (actually Sunday morning). Scroll down here to read this episode's description that includes:
"Do you fear aging? Do you believe that the best of life is behind you? According to Thomas Moore, aging should be cherished as a series of initiations, rather than viewed as a diminishing experience. He teaches how we can utilize our acquired experience and maturity to take life on, embrace it, and feel fulfilled."
Moore's segment may be available On Demand following the initial broadcast.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Free online event includes Moore video interview

Starting 26 April 2017 Dustin Urban hosts the Turning Point Summit, a free online event that includes Thomas Moore in the mix of 21 interviews with experts about soul, purpose and transformation.  A daily morning email tells you the featured speaker for that day. Each 45-60 minute video interview will be available for a limited time.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Attend Moore's Ageless Soul retreat at Kripalu

Kripalu Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts hosts Thomas Moore's weekend retreat Ageless Soul: Living a Long, Joyful, and Fulfilling Life from Friday 17 Nov. to Sunday 19 Nov. 2017. With some program restrictions, Kripalu offers a ten percent discount on tuition, and room and meals pricing for seniors (age 65+).
"Aging is not growing old but becoming a person of character. In this sense, we age throughout life, so this program is for everyone. It offers fresh ideas on aging, exercises for self-discovery, and the opportunity to share deeply with others as we all face the challenge of time."
Register online now.
Regular tuition: $250.
Your accommodation selection determines costs.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Moore visits Michigan for two events in June

Meet Thomas Moore in Kalamazoo, Michigan at two events on Thursday 15 June and Friday 16 June, 2017. Thursday evening starting at 5:30 p.m. he is keynote speaker at the 2017 Voices of Wisdom Benefit Dinner co-sponsored by the Fetzer Institute and Transformations Spirituality Center.
"Voices of Wisdom celebrates its eighth year and is a benefit dinner to enhance community awareness of Transformations’ presence in Kalamazoo and support our unique programs."
The Fountains Banquet Center
535 S Riverview Dr.
Parchment, MI 49004

Registration Coordinator
Transformations Spirituality Center
269-381-6290 x249

As a separate event Moore leads a retreat on Thursday 15 June 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and Friday 16 June 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Transformations Spirituality Center: Aging with Soul: A Retreat.
"You have to say yes to life’s invitations all your days, from childhood onward, and that way you become a truly aged person. You are mature, wise, self-possessed and prepared to share your achievement with others as an elder and teacher. Aging can be a rewarding experience. Also, you don’t have to see life in a straight line. Your childhood and adolescence and early adulthood remain with you, giving you a rich and varied texture. You can be young at heart forever."
Retreat registration is $160 when received by May 11, $185 thereafter. It includes program, materials, and lunch. Please register by May 26. Payment in full is due at time of registration, $60 of which is non-refundable.
Transformations Spirituality Center
3427 Gull Rd
Kalamazoo, MI 49048

Registration Coordinator
Transformations Spirituality Center
269-381-6290 x249

Barque coverage
11 Jan 2017 "Moore explores how to mature like wine or cheese"

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Satisfy your deepest needs for spirit and creativity

Attend Art & Spirit in an Age of Anxiety with Thomas Moore in New York City at The First Presbyterian Church on Saturday 29 April 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
"Join Thomas Moore for a living conversation about the importance of returning to the arts and spirituality as a way of reclaiming our souls. With the goal of inspiring more personally relevant lives, this half day seminar aims to help us put our worries into perspective while restoring deep-seated values and hope."
Buy your ticket online: $25 + $2.37 fee at the link above.

First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York
12 West 12th Street
New York, NY 10011
United States

Barque coverage
9 Mar 2017 "How do we work creatively and relate lovingly?"

Monday, April 03, 2017

Art and dreams help to reach ultimate mystery

Read the full description for The Marble Colloquium with Thomas Moore at New York City's Marble Collegiate.
Labyrinth Room
Sunday 30 April 2017
10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
"Much of the great art around the world is found in the context of religion and spiritual practice. Nothing is more powerful to inducing a contemplative attitude than a beautiful statue of the Buddha or a Renaissance motet or cathedral ceiling. In modern life we usually place art in a more abstract location, a museum, home or slide show. We have lost touch with the immediate power of a piece of art to help you transcend your self and world to reach into ultimate mysteries. We also fail to understand how incredibly revealing night dreams can be and how they also take us to realms of mystery directly related to our lives. They, too, serve the spiritual life."

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Let's celebrate 12 years of Barque: Thomas Moore

Barque: Thomas Moore shares its 12th anniversary this year on April Fool's Day. Choose one or more of these 12 suggestions to commemorate this delightful occasion.

1. Follow Thomas Moore's public Facebook page: Invite Facebook friends to follow this page.

2. Follow Thomas Moore's Twitter feed:

3. Like Thomas Moore's public Facebook page: Invite Facebook friends to like this page.

4. Pre-order Thomas Moore's new book Ageless Soul to be available 10 October 2017.

5. Pre-order Thomas Moore's new book Ageless Soul on audio CD to be available 10 October 2017.

6. Buy Thomas Moore's first book in the GOSPEL series GOSPEL The Book of Matthew: A New Translation with Commentary, Jesus Spirituality for Everyone and write a review on

7. Buy Thomas Moore's second book in the GOSPEL series GOSPEL The Book of Mark: A New Translation with Commentary, Jesus Spirituality for Everyone and write a review on
 8. Pre-order Thomas Moore's third book in the GOSPEL series GOSPEL The Book of Luke: A New Translation with Commentary, Reclaiming Jesus's Wisdom as Spiritual Guidance for Everyone to be available 24 October 2017.

9. Join Barque on Goodreads by creating a free account at to review and rate any of Thomas Moore's books. Indicate "Want to Read" for Ageless Soul.

10. Register for Thomas Moore's 15-16 June 2017 program at Transformations Spirituality Center outside Kalamazoo, Michigan: Aging with Soul: A Retreat with Thomas Moore.

11. Register for Thomas Moore's  23-25 June 2017 weekend program at Kripalu Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts: Developing Your Highest Self.

12. Follow Barque: Thomas Moore on Networked Blogs:

Saturday, March 18, 2017

List affirms global spiritual contribution in 2017

Watkins Books includes Thomas Moore on its "Watkins’ Spiritual 100 List for 2017" at no. 42. It considers several factors when compiling the list.
Three main criteria are:
1) The person has to be alive as of January 1st, 2017;
2) The person has to have made a unique and spiritual contribution on a global scale;
3) The person is frequently searched online, appears in Nielsen Data, has a Wikipedia page, and is actively talked about throughout the Internet. ... "Ultimately, this list is meant to celebrate the positive influence of today’s spiritual teachers."

Barque coverage
11 July 2016 "Moore high on list of spiritually influential leaders "
17 Apr 2015 "Moore's influence grows among spiritual leaders"
 8  Oct 2014 "Moore among most spiritually influential in 2014"

Friday, March 17, 2017

Moore in Watertown CT, next week for public talk

Town Times, the community newspaper serving Watertown, Oakville, Waterbury's Bunker Hill, Thomaston and Northfield, Connecticut, publishes "St. Mary’s Hospital offers free community lecture" about Thomas Moore's presentation Reviving the Soul in a Mechanical Age on Thursday 23 March 2017, starting at 6:00 p.m. — "With a sense of soul in the midst of challenging times, all of us may find creative lives for healing and recovery."

According to this article, "The presentation is part of St. Mary’s annual St. Joseph’s Day celebration in honor of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Chambery, the hospital’s founding order and a continued presence at the hospital for more than 100 years." Register online or call (203) 709-3312.

Monday, March 13, 2017

GOSPEL The Book of Mark in bookstores now

Read a description and buying options at SkyLight Paths Publishing.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Listen to Moore talk about ordinary natural magic

Thomas Moore is the guest on The Science of Magic program with Gwilda Wiyala, 9 March 2017. During the hour Moore talks about:
– Evoking the divine
– Differentiating between spirit and soul
– Learning the gospels
– Reinterpreting hamartia
– Shifting from moralism to morality
– Cultivating a religious attitude toward life
– Experiencing beauty
– Feeling nature as an opening for spirituality
Jump to the 12:20 minute mark for Moore's beginning.

According to the Science of Magic site, "By bringing together seemingly divergent practices of science and magic, and applying them to leading edge subject matter, we can uncover a more expansive and evolutionary truth. The Science of Magic Radio, hosted by Gwilda Wiyaka, is a syndicated radio program, dedicated to combining the science and magic of today’s dynamic and controversial topics to co-create new solutions and promote evolutionary thinking."

Thursday, March 09, 2017

How do we work creatively and relate lovingly?

"Care of the soul is a process that unveils 
the deep originality of a life and personality."

The First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York hosts Thomas Moore for Care of the Soul: A Special Workshop, Saturday 29 April, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Telephone 212 675-6150 for details.

The First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York
12 West 12th Street at Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10011

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Moore offers free public talk in Waterbury, CT

Saint Mary's Hospital in Waterbury CT hosts Thomas Moore's free public talk "Reviving the Soul in a Mechanical Age" on Thursday 23 March, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium.
"Our age of technological invention is amazing in its imagination, ingenuity and the comforts it provides. It could even be the impetus for a deep cultural renaissance and spiritual evolution. But as of now, it has become stuck, fixated at the machine level. 
Not yet have we freed the human soul to raise happy children, enjoy deeply fulfilling marriages, or create an approach to work that is humanizing. Not yet have we found solutions to violence. We need new and serious attention to values, well-being and needs of the soul, and we need it in education, politics, medicine, city planning — in every aspect of modern life."
View a flyer for this event, share its link or print it for distribution in your community.

Register online, or email or call (203) 709-3312 to register. Free parking is available in the visitor parking garage on Cole Street at Saint Mary’s Hospital.

Thursday 23 March 2017 6:00 p.m.
Saint Mary's Hospital
56 Franklin Street
Waterbury, CT

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Find rituals that inspire you to transcend yourself

Thomas Moore changes direction in his column "Your Highest Self" in the January-February 2017 issue of Spirituality & Health magazine. He looks up.
"The profound ancient Greek philosopher Herakleitos once wrote: 'The way up and the way down are one and the same.' But what does this mean? Perhaps that it’s necessary to go both up and down, or that you discover the same mystery upward or downward. Maybe we shouldn’t make such a distinction between ascending and going deep. 
A clue may be hidden in the very old document known as the Emerald Tablet, used by alchemists and others. This is a long, mysterious statement often summarized to mean 'as above, so below.' The world we discover in our highest meditations is reflected in the realm of ordinary life or deep in our psyche. The Christian theologian Origen said, 'We all have a sky within.'" 
On the weekend of 23-25 June 2017, Moore offers his program, Developing Your Highest Self: Making the Spiritual Life Real and Personal at Kripalu Center near Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Register now.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Two weeks left to pre-order GOSPEL Book of Mark

Today we start the two week countdown until release of Thomas Moore's GOSPEL The Book of Mark: A New Translation with Commentary, Jesus Spirituality for EveryoneGOSPEL The Book of Mark is the second book in Moore's series of Gospel translations and it  ships 28 February 2017 ― available now for pre-order.

St. Valentine's Day is an appropriate time to consider this book's message : "Be inspired to live an altogether different kind of life rooted in a more radical kind of love."

According to Mark 12: 30-31, Jesus shares two commandments: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[a] The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] There is no commandment greater than these.”
a. Mark 12:30 Deut. 6:4,5 b. Mark 12:31 Lev. 19:18

This love is agape. Today let's extend our vision of love to all others ― inclusiveness, interdependence and generosity.

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Jung Platform's 1 year course with Thomas Moore

Jung Platform offers the year-long introductory training program Care of the Soul in Daily Life with Thomas Moore starting in June 2017.
"It steers a middle course between study and practical living. It would be useful for people wanting to live more deeply and go beyond the surface ideas of contemporary psychology and spirituality and for therapists, counselors, medical professionals and teachers looking for a deeper approach to their work."

"Each participant can take the course in his or her own direction. Therapists could focus on bringing soul into their practice, and anyone can make the course a more personal exploration. Still, this is an introductory course, a solid preparation for more focused courses to follow."
Click the link above to read about the program's four modules:
I   Soul in Everyday Life
II  Imagination, Poetics and Narrative
III  The Soul in Relationship
IV  Spirituality with Soul
Includes a certificate.

Dates: June 2017 / Oct 2017 / March 2018 /June 2018
Location: Jaffrey, New Hampshire

Early bird discount: $3,900 before 15 March 2017
(payment in installments possible)
Regular Cost: $4,250
Questions? Contact Machiel Klerk

Monday, February 06, 2017

Each of us is homo ludens in this game called life

How is a football game like the game of life? Thomas Moore responds today in his blog post "The Super Game of Life" at Soul & Spirit with Patheos. Moore outlines:
"Football is played on a field carefully marked out with yard lines, a clear boundary, and rules so precise that referees act like lawyers interpreting and judging whether players are following the rules or not. Religion scholars speak of a temenos or boundary for spiritual activity, and usually the football field works just like a temenos without the obvious connection with spiritual concerns.

Games also play out the great patterns and mysteries of life. I felt that yesterday’s Super Bowl showed us a serious mystery worth reflecting on that has to do with the unfolding of our personal lives and of society, as well. Most of us occasionally find ourselves losing the game of life. We may have money problems or sickness to deal with. It may seem that there is no likelihood of success, no chance of a good outcome. Yet, somehow, at the last minute, some unexpected resource that we’ve had all along stirs and comes into play."
Do they share themes of hope, endurance, trust and faith?

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Thomas Moore in Peterborough NH, February 11

On Saturday 11 February 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Toadstool Bookshop in Peterborough NH hosts Andrew Krivak in conversation with Thomas Moore to discuss Krivak's new novel The Signal Flame, his sequel to The Sojourn.
"Both books trace the generations of a Slovakian immigrant family beginning with Josef Vinich a sharpshooter in the Kaiser’s WW 1 army. The second novel, set in 1972 in the mountains of rural Pennsylvania, opens with the death of Josef as his daughter and grandson Bo confront uncertainty when the other grandson, Sam, is reported MIA in Vietnam.
Andrew Krivak
In a previous book, The Long Retreat: In Search Of A Religious Life, Krivak chronicled his eight years of Jesuit training in a spiritual quest. Thomas Moore is the bestselling author of Care of the Soul and many others. He spent 12 years as a Catholic monk. Both have returned to the secular world in different ways."
Read about this free event in the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript under "Jaffrey author’s new book to be discussed at local reading".

Saturday 11 February 11:00 a.m.
Toadstool Bookstore
12 Depot Square
Peterborough, New Hampshire


Sunday, January 29, 2017

New 2017 book sees aging as series of initiations

Under its St. Martin's Press imprint, Macmillan Publishers describes Thomas Moore's forthcoming book Ageless Soul (previously titled Aging with Soul)  in its Fall 2017 Catalogue, page 33.  Ageless Soul: Ripening, Maturing, and Feeling Fulfilled as We Get Older is available 10 October 2017. According to the catalogue:
"In Ageless Soul, Moore reveals a fresh, optimistic, and rewarding path toward aging, one that need not be feared, but rather embraced and cherished. In Moore’s view, aging is the process by which one becomes a more distinctive, complex, fulfilled, loving, and connected person.

Using examples from his practice as a psychotherapist and teacher who lectures widely on medicine and spirituality, Moore argues for a new vision of aging: as a dramatic series of initiations, rather than a diminishing experience, one that each of us has the tools — experience, maturity, fulfillment — to embrace.

Subjects include:
— Why melancholy is a natural part of aging, and how to accept it, rather than confuse it with depression and resort to medication
— The vital role of the elder and mentor in the lives of younger people
— The many paths of spiritual growth and learning that open later in life
— Sex and sensuality
— Building new communities and leaving a legacy

Ageless Soul will teach readers how to embrace the richness of experience and how to take life on, embrace invitations to new vitality, and feel fulfilled as they get older. Aging means living into life."
Order Ageless Soul now from Amazon.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Moore talks beyond addiction recovery in this video

Watch Thomas Moore answers questions in this Vimeo video recorded 21 February 2016 for Recovery 2.0, hosted by Tommy Rosen and uploaded by SpiritWorks Foundation. Although titled Dark Nights of the Soul, topics are wide ranging as Moore refers to his book A Religion of One's Own, talks about Carl Jung, discusses shifts in current spirituality, and addresses addiction recovery. The video podcast is 56 minutes.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Please help to create these desired states globally

On this day of the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States of America, read Thomas Moore's essay "The Dream of Utopia", published in the November-December 2016 issue of Spirituality & Health.
"I think utopia should be in your imagination and in the plan for your life. Imagine doing your best to make a life and personality that shows what utopia could be. When people meet you, they don’t encounter the old world with its neurotic self-interest and combativeness. No, they see someone trying to do it differently, even if the result isn’t perfect. When they meet you, they feel: I’ve never seen anything like this before. Here is a person beyond kindness and beyond acceptance and understanding. This feeling of being in another new and better world is essential to utopia, and your task as a utopian is to do things differently and better."
Beyond united, welcome to the new USA, Utopian States of America.
"Utopia exists in your heart and your life, not in some vain hope for a perfect world. Your mind could be utopia, if you could reframe everything that happens in terms of your vision of peace and creative non-action and if you decide to always adopt the role of healer. You can’t expect someone else to be utopian if you’re not there."