• Who was King Solomon? Ahmed Osman introduces his new book

    Ahmed Osman's detailed and scholarly study of the interaction between old biblical stories and ancient Egypt is the fruit of a lifetime's learning. This is the last of his quartet of books, which finally solves mysteries that have puzzled mankind for thousands of years. His first book 'Stranger in the Valley of the Kings' located the biblical figure of Joseph in the Egyptian court of the 18th dynasty; his second, 'Moses and Akhenaten' shows how Akhenaten the rebel pharaoh turned into Moses, a truly stunning metamorphosis that brought about the birth of monotheism; his third 'the Lost City of the Exodus' described how, when and where 'the Exodus' happened. This new book, 'The Egyptian Origins of King David and the Temple of Solomon', looks at an earlier period of history, at the beginning of the Book of Genesis' historical narrative, as Abraham and his sister journeyed into Egypt. Following a talk from Osman to introduce the book, there will be a Q&A session as well as a chance to get your copy of the book signed by the author.

  • Healing in a Hospital: Evidence that Spiritual Healing Improves Health

    Sandy Edwards had no sign of a natural healing ability, yet still decided to be a spiritual healer. After training with The Healing Trust, a non-religious UK charity, she approached a senior consultant at a city hospital and offered to give healing to his patients. Within 10 years of starting this voluntary healing work, Sandy had instigated the largest medical research trial of healing in the world. The clinical research study was led by a Russell Group university and funded by the National Lottery, with two research papers being published in medical journals. Discover how these amazing events (and their surprising results) came about at this event with Sandy in the Watkins bookshop on Cecil Court. After a short talk, there will be a Q&A session and the chance to buy 'Healing in a Hospital' and get your copy signed by the author!

  • From the Forest to the Pavement: Foraging as a Practice and Lifestyle

    Modern foraging isn't about living off the land. It's about living with the land. A mere handful of foraged blackberries or greens can empower us to think differently about what we eat and where it comes from. Foraging is a living link between our civilised and uncivilised selves. Sara Bir, author of the cookbook and foraging guide The Fruit Forager's Companion, will discuss how plantspotting in rural and urban areas can connect us not only with nature, but other people in our communities. Bir will discuss foraging ethics and safety, best practices in plant identification, and how access to public land can energise and educate.

  • Touched by Nature: Plant spirit medicine journeys (Lucy Wells and Pip Waller)

    Join Pip Waller and Lucy Wells for a talk and book launch of their new book, Touched by Nature: Plant Spirit Medicine Journeys! Touched by Nature is about the incredible healing power of plants. Just as their bodies are able to heal our bodies, as evidenced by the many successes of herbal medicine, so their spirit – or energy – offers much needed help to our spirits. For this launch, Pip and Lucy will be sharing stories from the book, giving an introduction to plant spirit medicine as a healing modality in the times we are living, and ending with a Q&A and book signing. We can't wait to see you there! For more information about Pip, Lucy and the book: http://touchedbynaturepsm.uk/

  • Rewind Your Body Clock with Jayney Goddard

    Watkins Books

    Our attitudes towards ageing have undergone radical changes in recent years and many women now recognise that beauty and health come not from invasive procedures, fillers or expensive skincare brands, but from the inside out. Jayney Goddard knows better than most the importance of keeping our bodies working at an optimum level. As a full-time wheelchair user 17 years ago, Jayney has since managed to reboot her health and taken her biological age down from 55 years old to 27. While we can’t change our chronological age, we can dramatically reduce and even reverse our biological age so that we have plenty more healthy, happy years to look forward to. Jayney's new book is an expert holistic guide on the science of how to age well – not only physically and mentally but also emotionally and even spiritually – covering everything from nutrition, herbal medicine, good breathing, the best exercise, mental attitude, natural skincare, haircare and facelift techniques, hormonal balance, good relationships, the power of nature and the power of sleep. After a short talk about Rewind Your Body Clock you'll have the chance to ask Jayney any questions you may have, as well as getting your copy of the book signed!

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  • Astro-Herbalism with the Seed SistAs

    Watkins Books

    How do the art of astrology and the craft of Sensory Herbalism intermingle? As above, so below. Have you ever wondered about the connections between astrology and herbalism, the plants and planets, health and healing? Come and delve into the wonders of the connect between the Heavens and Our Earth with the Seed SistAs for a talk exploring a week of herbs – 7 herbs for 7 days. We'll be looking at each individual plant’s planetary influences, their magic and medicine and, importantly, how you can integrate this knowledge and the skills of herbalism into your daily life. Sun - Sunday - Daisy flowers Moon - Monday - Poppy Mars - Tuesday - Nettle leaf Mercury - Wednesday - Fennel seed Jupiter - Thursday - Dandelion root Venus - Friday - Rosehips Saturn - Saturday - Plantain

  • The Intuitive Tarot (2nd edition) - Birth, rebirth, and coming into its time .

    This will be the story of how Cilla Conway's first Intuitive Tarot deck came into being, and how the deck expanded on its original vision into the newly revised deck we see today. Cilla will aim to show that everyone can work with the Tarot; everyone can develop their own inner calling. She'll speak about why the Tarot works, and how it can help people develop their own awareness of the mythic dimensions.

  • The Secret Self - Talk and signing with Christopher J Smith

    Realise the power of the Secret Self and gain lasting peace, joy, freedom and Infinite Existence! How would you feel if you discovered that everything you truly wanted in life was accessible deep within you, or that all the treasures and answers to life's burning questions come from the discovery of who you really are, in the depths of your being? What if you could live in the moment without stress, worry or fear of the future, and without pain from the past? What if you could end all internal suffering and be at peace always? What if you could find the key to everlasting joy and happiness? What if you realised that you exist after death? How would that knowledge transform your entire life? Join Christopher J Smith as he answers those very questions whilst discussing his book 'The Secret Self - A Practical Guide To Spiritual Awakening And Inner Freedom'.

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  • Feeling Great with the Moon: A guide to activating your cosmic energies

    Join Irene Lauretti for an introduction to energy healing and the importance of the Moon to our personal wellbeing as an accompaniment to the release of her new book, 'Feeling Great with the Moon'. After an introductory talk, you'll have the opportunity to meet and speak to Irene as well as getting your copy of 'Feeling Great with the Moon' signed! Check out the Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/246864922900246/ All Watkins bookshop talks are free- just turn up and join us for some of the best free spirituality and esoterica events in London. - You can find the key to well-being, total health and eternal youth by using the cosmic energies activated by the moon! Based on ancient Japanese energy healing wisdom, Irene Lauretti's book combines the Eastern and Western element systems using the moon, revealing the energy flows of the body. Discover how to tune your organs into a cosmic symphony of creation by understanding the 12 Soul Gates and how to activate energies that will transform your life, enabling you to become a conscious creator of your own destiny. Understand how astrology and the moon work together to initiate your good health, happiness and success. Learn about energy and vibration and how to merge them to influence your body and your reality. Find out who you really are in this world - or rather, how you become what you are - and what the Moon has to do with how you present yourself and perceive your reality. Irene Lauretti is a German-Italian bestselling author of spiritual wellness books specialising in energy healing with the Moon as well as numerology and tarot. 'Feeling Great with the Moon' is the English version of the German-language bestselling book 'Der Mond und der kosmische Code der Schöpfung' ('The Moon and the Cosmic Code of Creation') and is available for purchase now! Irene is also a health and wellness coach giving appointments via Skype and by telephone. Find out more at www.irenelauretti.com