Ist Annual Festival of Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace,
Edinburgh, Scotland, Friday 27 February - Sunday 7 March 2004.
Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace Conference,
Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh,
Thursday 4th March 2004. Registration 9am-9.30am.
Conference from 9.30am-5.30pm. Lunch from 1pm-2pm.
Jointly organized by the
Edinburgh International Centre for World Spiritualities, EICWS,
and the Edinburgh Institute for Advanced Learning, EIAL.
Sponsorship by The Oneness Project, INDUP,
Society of Friends, the EICWS, and the EIAL.
Booking and Registration Form
Faith/Spiritual Affiliation (if applicable):
Representative of Organisation (if applicable):
Any special dietary requirements (if applicable):
Do you want to be on the Festival of Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace
mailing list? Yes/No:
Conference Registration Fee: £20/£10 (concessions):
Cheque payable to EICWS.
IMPORTANT: Send cheque and completed Booking and Registration Form to:
Neill Walker, The Edinburgh International Centre for World Spiritualities,
EICWS, Scottish Charity, SC030155, 4 William Black Place, South Queensferry,
Edinburgh, EH30 9PZ. Scotland. Ph: +44 (0)131 331 4469, email:
Conference Venue Information
Quaker Meeting House, 0131-225 4825. The meeting house is accessed from the
top of Lawnmarket or from the George IV Bridge/Victoria Street. Look for the
blue pointers. There is metered parking nearby in Johnson Terrace, Victoria
Street and Grassmarket. Buses 23, 27, 28/28A, 35, 40, 41/41A, 42, 45, 46 and 47
Tel: 0845 255121, www.visitscotland.com
Edinburgh and Lothians Tourist Board:
Tel: 0131 332 2433, www.edinburgh.org
Traveline: Monday – Friday, 8am – 8pm. Tel: 0870 608 2680.
Lothian Buses: for Edinburgh bus information.
Tel: 0131 555 6363, www.lothianbuses.co.uk
National Rail Enquiry Service: Tel: 08457 484950, www.nationalrail.co.uk
Edinburgh Airport: http://www.baa.co.uk/main/airports/edinburgh/
1. Booking will be done on a first come, first served basis, upon receipt of the
cheque and completed Booking and Registration Form.
2. Any booking cancellations after 1 February will not be refunded.
3. The cost of the lunch will be in addition to the conference fee.
4. A conference pack will be given out to delegates when they arrive.
5. Travel and accommodation arrangements are the responsibility of each
delegate. Speaker arrangements will be dealt with individually.
6. Enclosed is the latest draft of the conference schedule, and the finalised details
will be given out on the day of the conference.
7. Participation in the parallel sessions in the afternoon will be done on a first
come, first served basis, on the day of the conference.
8. Delegates are welcome to bring information on their spiritual work and
organisations, and these can be displayed for conference delegates on the
approval of the conference organisers, if the material is related to the aims and
objectives of the conference and Festival.
9. Any photography, videoing, or recording should only be undertaken on
agreement with the conference organisers.
10. This conference and Festival are being developed on an ethos of mutual
respect and shared understanding, and all delegates are asked to be mindful of
this ethos at all times during the events. The organisers would like the conference
and Festival to be an educational and enjoyable experience for all participants.
Please show respect for other delegates even where you disagree with them.
11. Books, CDs, and related publications can be sold at the conference and at
some of the Festival events, subject to agreement with the Festival organisers.
12. The Festival organisers would welcome expressions of interest for
participation in future Festivals, and we would welcome any appropriate
opportunities for developing sponsorship of future Festivals.
Festival Introduction and Welcome
Welcome to the Ist Annual Festival of Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace,
Edinburgh, Scotland, Friday 27 February - Sunday 7 March 2004. This Festival
has been jointly organized by the Edinburgh International Centre for World
Spiritualities, EICWS, and the Edinburgh Institute for Advanced Learning,
EIAL, and with the support of those organisations listed in the Festival brochure.
This Festival is built around the conference on Middle Eastern Spirituality and
Peace on Thursday 4 March 2004. This conference will seek understandings of
the nature of spirituality among Middle Eastern Spiritual Traditions, with
particular reference to the Spiritual Foundations for Peace. This conference will
be developed in association with, and with the support of, the other events in the
Festival. We look forward to welcoming you in person to the Festival conference
There is increasing awareness of the potential contribution of the world’s
spiritual traditions to wider society, and the need for dialogue, shared
understanding, and cooperation between these traditions. Scotland has a
distinctive role in meeting this global challenge. Hence, it is planned to develop
this as an annual Festival in Scotland. This will not only lead to new spiritual
understandings across traditions and the sharing of spiritual practices, but it will
also lead to further contacts being established between Scotland and the spiritual
communities of the Middle East, and to those who share an interest in such
spiritual work. We aim to manifest the spiritualities under consideration as well
as having informed discussions about the Spiritual Traditions of the Middle East.
Please share this information with other individuals and organisations who you
think would be interested to participate in the conference and Festival. Please do
get in contact if you would like to develop links to our spiritual work.
Neill Walker and Dr Neil Douglas-Klotz,
Conference and Festival Coordinators.
Neill Walker, The Edinburgh International Centre for World Spiritualities, EICWS,
Scottish Charity, SC030155, 4 William Black Place, South Queensferry, Edinburgh,
EH30 9PZ. Scotland. Ph: +44 (0)131 331 4469, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Neil Douglas-Klotz, The Edinburgh Institute for Advanced Learning, EIAL, 7 East
Champanyie, Edinburgh, EH9 3EL, Scotland, UK. Ph: +44 (0)131 466 1506, email:
email@example.com; www: www.eial.org, http://www.genesismeditations.com/schedule.html,