The Faculty’s 24th annual Summer School was held between the 15th and 22nd August 2010 at Exeter College, Oxford University. The Faculty Summer School is an international event, bringing together those from all over the world who wish to engage with the fascinating world of astrology in an ancient and prestigious scholarly environment. It is open to all: current Faculty students and Diploma Holders and those with no previous connection to the Faculty.
A range of courses were available during the week. For those working towards their Faculty Diploma, modules 3 (Developing Basic Interpretation Skills) and 9 (Advanced Chart Interpretation) were available in small group settings, and were supported by two Faculty tutors each. Credits were also available for the Faculty’s sought-after Diploma from attendance at the main programme, ‘Astrology in Action’, which enabled students to obtain credits relating to module 5 (Working with Secondary Progressions) and module 7 (I & Thou: Astrology & Relationships). In addition to these engaging tracks, it was possible to enter deeply into the idea of astrological vocation through the track ‘Finding Our Place in the World’. Rob Hand gave a wonderful afternoon track on ‘The Secrets of Traditional Astrology’ and a further popular afternoon track was Chart Interpretation Masterclasses, which provided the perfect forum to learn how experienced astrologers approach client readings. Weekend courses on offer were Deborah Houlding’s Horary course, Lynn Bell’s course on Outer Planet transits and ‘Midpoints & Harmonics’ taught by Glòria Roca Riera and Mike Harding. An additional treat came in the form of Bernard Eccles’ Friday afternoon workshop on Astrology and Kabbalah.
We were delighted to welcome a first-class line-up of tutors to our School, including Rob Hand (Faculty Patron), Lynn Bell, Alexander von Schlieffen, Mike Harding, Deborah Houlding, Bernard Eccles and Melanie Reinhart (Faculty Patron).
We look forward to welcoming back all who attended the 2010 Summer School for our 2011 School, along with many new students and astrologers who may wish to share in the magic of this remarkable event.
“As a Distance Learning student, attending the Faculty Summer School 2010 was nothing short of incredible! It added a dimension to my study and practice of astrology that I really value. In one enjoyably intense and intensely enjoyable week, I secured a good understanding of Progressions, and I learned to fine-tune my chart interpretation skills using Midpoints and Harmonics. The knowledge and experience of the instructors was certainly impressive, yet the combined wisdom from all participants – all sharing this time together in Oxford – was unlike anything else I’ve ever witnessed.
“Each of the courses I attended was thoughtfully organized and was presented with an ongoing awareness of the participants involved. Days were filled with thought and stimulating conversation, and breaks were of sufficient length to allow time to reflect and recharge.
“Evening lectures ran the gamut from stretching the mind to being highly entertaining. The Exeter College Dining Hall was not only a place to indulge in a scrumptious variety of food, but a place to connect with new friends from around the world. Even those late-night chats sitting on a bench in the college courtyard made the topic of astrology, and of life in general, that much more meaningful. I enrolled in Summer School as what I thought was a one-time thing. Now I think I will be joining the ranks of the regulars. Thanks to everyone at the FAS for making Summer School such a great experience.”
“Same flight – same route by coach – same place – even same room complete with same (requested) room mate – “coming home” to Oxford Summer School in a different year for a different Module …… and once again it lived up to and exceeded all expectations!
“It was a real privilege to be part of a small group of students doing Module 9 at Summer School this year. Peta High and Cat Cox excelled as tutors, not only through their teaching, guidance, assistance and overall supervision but also by sharing of them selves as walking, talking, living professional astrologers. A well presented course was complemented by the enriching and most valuable input and contributions by fellow students from different parts of the world. Although the whole process of preparing notes, doing a recorded client consultation and having a feedback session afterwards is a pretty nerve-wrecking thought, Module 9 would certainly be my recommended “must do at Summer School” module.
“Lynn Bell’s weekend course on “The big squeeze” was an amazing journey through centuries of outer planetary energies made manifest. In all ways she truly was (and is) an inspiration. Summer School was once again a ten-day feast of eating, sleeping, dreaming, doing and talking astrology. There was however also time to enjoy and share scenic Oxford with newly acquainted friends and “buddies” from past years. Lunch at “St Mary’s”, a paddle on the river, finding peace in Exeter College’s Fellows Garden, an evening walk or visit to a local Pub offered the necessary respite from the intensity and focus which accompanied a jam-packed astrology programme. Same flight home – same backpack filled with different astrology treasures from John’s bookshop – same “name tag” with different perspectives, insights and motivations – different person but same thought: Summer School was the highlight of my year!”
Last Summer I chose to spend my vacations in a different way, and attended the Faculty’s Summer School in Oxford. This was my second time at Summer School, but the first after having started the Faculty’s Astrology Course. As before, attending Summer School was a great experience, and a wonderful opportunity to meet other students and astrologers who come from all over the world. Summer School is usually organized in a way that allows us either to explore a specific main subject throughout the week or to mix sessions with different subjects according to our wish. The latter is my favorite, so in both occasions I went to Summer School I chose the ‘Astrology in Action’ program, and had the opportunity to approach a variety of astrology topics.
I also loved the possibility of seeing some astrologers in action by attending ‘Chart Interpretation Masterclasses’, in which different professionals do a presentation on the way they approach a natal chart within a consultation environment. For those of us who aspire to practice astrology in the future, these sessions are not only very inspiring, but also encourage us to develop our own style as regards our astrology practice. In my view, one of the most special things about Summer School is the opportunity to meet some of the worlds best known astrologers, who wrote the books we learn from, thus representing a repository of astrological wisdom. This Summer I could once again learn with Melanie Reinhart and Rob Hand, whose work I much respect. Also, I also enjoyed the opportunity to meet for the first time Lynn Bell and Alexander von Schlieffen (just to mention a few).
Summer School is also great as it gives us the opportunity to exchange of views and experiences with a wide range of participants and to spend an entire week breathing and living astrology. As we enter the beautiful Exeter school, we leave outside our ‘other’ life and start a unique experience of learning and sharing among ‘aliens like us’, who cannot have a conversation without referring to planets and signs. And those who come back always meet some of the friends they have made in previous years, among students, teachers and Faculty’s staff. As I usually joke with by friends at home, because of all the above going to Summer School is spending a true ‘Summer with the Stars’.
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