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Founded over 120 years ago, Watkins Books is the oldest esoteric bookshop in the UK. Our store is on Cecil Court in Central London and every week we host an array of top speakers in the fields of spirituality, consciousness, new thought, esoterica and wellness. All our talks are free!

Upcoming events (4)

Born of Blood and Fire - Richard Ward

Online event

On Thursday 27 January we are delighted to host an online event with Richard Ward, who will present his latest book "Born of Blood and Fire" (Scarlet Imprint).
This book is a study of the origins, history, practices, evolution and influence of the Petwo rite that was pivotal in the Haitian slave revolts and subsequent revolution.

This free online event will take place via Zoom at 17.30 (GMT). To register please use the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Gqa7dfvgQ7aAAFAd49ObKA

"Ward draws on over 20 years of contact with Vodou initiates to cut through the sensationalism, and carefully addresses the misconceptions of Western practitioners to tell the story of Petwo as the unifying spiritual and magical impetus to the establishment of the first Black Republic in the Western hemisphere. From that time onward, Vodou and the fate of Haiti, both culturally and politically, would be intertwined."

The New Heretics - Andy Thomas

Watkins Bookshop

Join author Andy Thomas for this in-store event, where he will present his latest book "The New Heretics - Understanding the Conspiracy Theories Polarizing the World".
This is the most balanced and well-reasoned investigation available into why people believe today’s highly divisive conspiracy theories, from COVID and QAnon to 5G scares, fake news and more.

"Through their part in some huge controversies, conspiracy theorists are being branded the Number One Enemies of our times – the new heretics. They are seen to threaten the very fabric of modern society, spreading doubts and fears that result in Washington Capitol invasions, transmission mast burnings or the spread of anti-vaxx material. Yet the theorists prefer to call themselves "truth seekers" and see the mainstream establishment as the real disruptor, treating its increasingly harsh censorship as direct validation of their views.

In truth, the new heretics, whose numbers are swelling, are symptoms of a wider polarization splitting apart much of the world in ideological divisions. Many have lost trust in politicians and the media, while nuanced debate is crushed and information overload and manipulation breeds uncertainty, civil unrest and mental health issues. How does the age old strategy of divide-and-rule play out in such an environment?

Using his extensive experience of negotiating disputes between cynics and truth seekers, Andy Thomas explores the proliferation of conspiracy thinking, peeling back unhelpful layers of biased thinking on all sides to find more insightful ways to bridge the polarised divides and create a better way forward."

Gary Lachman - Dreaming Ahead of Time

Online event

For this Thursday evening talk, we are delighted to once again be joined by renowned esoteric writer Gary Lachman who will present his latest book "Dreaming Ahead of Time" (Floris Books).
Over the last 40 years, Gary has been recording his own precognitive dreams. In this unique and intriguing book, he recounts the discovery that he dreams 'ahead of time', and argues convincingly that this extraordinary ability is, in fact, shared by all of us.

Dreaming Ahead of Time is a personal exploration of precognition, synchronicity and coincidence drawing on the work of thinkers including J.W. Dunne, J.B. Priestly and C.G. Jung. Lachman's description and analysis of his own experience introduces readers to the uncanny power of our dreaming minds, and reveals the illusion of our careful distinctions between past, present and future.

Gary Lachman is the author of many books about consciousness, culture, and the Western esoteric tradition, including The Return of Holy Russia, Dark Star Rising: Magick and Power in the Age of Trump, Lost Knowledge of the Imagination, and Beyond the Robot: The Life and Work of Colin Wilson. He writes for several journals in the US, UK, and Europe, lectures around the world and his work has been translated into more than a dozen languages. In a former life he was a founding member of the pop group Blondie and in 2006 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Before moving to London in 1996 and becoming a full time writer, Lachman studied philosophy, managed a metaphysical book shop, taught English literature, and was Science Writer for UCLA. He is an adjunct professor of Transformative Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies. He can be reached at www.garylachman.co.uk, www.facebook.com/GVLachman/

No One Playing - Martin Wells

Online event

No One Playing - Martin Wells

For this Thursday evening talk, we are joined by author Martin Wells, who will present his latest book "No One Playing - The essence of mindfulness in golf and in life" (John Hunt Publishing).

This free online event will take place via Zoom, at 17.30 (GMT) on Thursday 24 February. To register please use the following link:

This book tells the story about a strange encounter on the golf course with someone who, on the face of it, knows nothing about golf but who ends up teaching the author about the inner game and questioning his approach to golf and to life itself. It's not just about golf or sport, nor about improvement or progress or how to do something. If anything, it points to a way of living effortlessly that is free and harmonious, that is, to the essence of mindfulness and non-duality.

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The Healing Power of Pleasure - Julia Hollenbery

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