Joining The Study Society
We welcome newcomers!
The Study of many Lifetimes.
We welcome newcomers!
The Study Society exists to help people access true inner happiness.
We value equity, justice and kindness. The charity provides a unique, multidisciplinary blend of sacred and secular knowledge. It integrates the wisdom of HH Shantanand Saraswati, Rumi, Mevlevi Turning, somatic movement education to music, scientific discovery, philosophy and the arts.
The charity achieves this through meditation, whirling dervish ceremonies, publications, events, poetry gatherings and workshops to all of which the public is welcomed.
We welcome all newcomers who would like to join a caring community and learn ways to manage the balance between the sacred and secular in everyday life.
New members may be exploring spiritual practices for the first time or they may be looking for ways to integrate what they do into a more profound/ and meaningful context.
Many of our ongoing activities are available on a drop-in basis.
If you wish to take part in a particular activity, you will find information here for our current calendar which gives details of times, how to contact the activity organiser, and any associated costs where applicable
1. Most of our events and activities are open to the public: these include talks, exhibitions, conferences and demonstrations. These events and activities are advertised and members of the public may attend without prior notice or booking except when a high attendance is expected. We do not in general charge for these activities though sometimes we encourage donations to cover costs.
2. Our regular activities such as study groups, Movements classes, Meditation, Mevlevi Dervish training are also open to the public, but in some cases there is a requirement to contact the relevant group leader, to ensure that the level of the group is appropriate, or where relevant, the enquirer has the requisite level of physical fitness. For most of these activities there is no charge though donations are always welcome to help offset costs. For initiation in Meditation a donation is requested with the size of the donation being left to the discretion of the candidate; it is not intended to cause the candidate hardship or difficulty.
3. For those who attend on a regular basis, we offer membership. Membership is granted by the society to those who wish to play a more active long-term role in the Society’s affairs. Members pay a standard annual subscription. Those with low income can apply for concessions. The only other distinction between the two levels of membership is that only members may vote at the Society’s General Meetings. Both Associates and Members may use the Society’s library and have access to the Society’s facilities.Email the office to apply for membership.