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The Matara Centre
A Sound Vision for Well-being and Harmony

The beautiful Matara Centre is a unique Cotswold events venue in Gloucestershire (7 miles south of Stroud) dedicated to the well being of people and place. It is a healing centre for harmony, music/sound and nature. Its owner states: “Through our work together we open up the possibility of being able to live in a state of harmony and balance and to conduct ourselves in loving caring ways. This provides the foundation for partnerships and collaborations within our relationships at home, at work and our communities. This for us is well being and the full expression of the human spirit.” Now he is offering to musicians and sound healers at no cost to them a wonderful expansive space with a glass dome that has superior acoustics to present their concerts and courses. At present weekend courses have to be limited to the time frame of October to March while evening events could be year round. It is well worth a visit to the centre to see for yourself and meet the owner who would be your guide to Matara.
Visit the website: matara.co.uk
Write to Geoffrey Higgins at: geoffrey@matara.co.uk
Postal address: Kingscote Park, Kingscote, Nr Tetbury, Gloucestershire GL8 8YA

Caduceus: Healing For People, Community and Planet.
This superb publication, which has been in print since 1987, is an independent quarterly journal focused on all aspects of healing - physical, psychological, ecological and environmental. It is for all who are on the quest to realize human and spiritual values. Its aim is to inform and inspire. Previous contributors have included The Dalai Lama, Rupert Sheldrake, Deepak Chopra, Pir Vilayat Khan, Anita Roddick, Ervin Laszlo, Brian Goodwin, Roger Woolger, Roger Taylor, Keith Critchlow, Chloe Goodchild and Carolyn Myss. It has featured articles on healing, meditation, peace-making, GM and farming, sound healing, global festivals, sacred rituals and science and energy medicine. It includes book and CD reviews, current positive news and letters.

The former Medical and Science Correspondent of The Sunday Times wrote that "Caduceus has become a focus for the best in the field of healing, spirituality and consciousness." David Fontana, a professor of psychology and author of The Meditator's Handbook noted that "Caduceus plays a unique role in raising awareness of pressing humanitarian and environmental concerns."

James, who contributes to Caduceus, highly recommends the publication for the high standard of its articles and overall production. To subscribe, go to the website www.caduceus.info or call 01373 455260.

Sound Travels
For more writing and commentaries on sound, music and healing by James, go to www.soundtravels.co.uk This is the premier UK website for what is going on with the world of sound and music in the alternative world.

Holy Isle
Holy Isle, off the Isle of Arran on the west coast of Scotland is officially designated as a UK sacred site and offers a wide variety of courses related to spiritual development. Do visit their website www.holyisle.org

The Isbourne Holistic Centre
THE ISBOURNE HOLISTIC CENTRE (Cheltenham) continues to grow in stature as the longest running and what is for many, the favourite centre for holistic studies and personal growth in the Southwest of England. www.isbourne.org

Hawkwood College, Stroud GL6 7QW
HAWKWOOD COLLEGE (Stroud) is an independent centre foir adult education. It founding anthroposophical ethos provides a welcoming context for short courses on the theme of creative exploration. These include personal and spiritual development, arts and crafts, music, health and well-being as well as nature and sustainability. There is a friendly, informal atmosphere and no formal qualifications are needed to participate.
Visit their website www.hawkwoodcollege.co.uk

The Ammerdown Centre, Somerset
Ammerdown offers a wide range of courses, retreats and talks with something for everyone. Their beautiful setting, nestled in the woodlands of a Grade 1 listed privately owned stately home, is an ideal backdrop for peace and transquility.
Visit their website www.ammerdown.org/courses


“The voice is a light. If the light becomes dim, it has not gone out; it is there. It is the same with the voice. If it does not shine, it only means that it has been cultivated and you must cultivate it again and it will shine once more.”

Hazrat Inayat Khan


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