Winter Weekend 2022

Emerging from the dark: Personal work in times of collective transition

Friday 18th February – Sunday 20th February 2022
The Ammerdown Centre, near Bath, Somerset

with Cat Cox, Lisa Stockley and Marielle Churaqui

Emerging from the dark is your chance to explore in a retreat setting the astrology of these transitional times we are currently living through. The retreat will be guided by highly experienced Faculty tutors. We’ll use symbolism, chart work and experiential techniques to better understand the astrology of the times and how it affects us personally. This will allow for intellectual and intuitive insights to arise over the course of the weekend. We very much hope that you will join us.

Course Content

Held in the supportive retreat setting of Ammerdown, the Winter Weekend is an opportunity to hone your astrological skills as well as diving deep into some personal work. We’ll explore the transits and astrological symbolism of the current times to put our own personal experiences into context and reflect not just on where we’ve been but also where we are.

We are living through a period of profound collective change and the last two years have brought challenges for us all. Using formal study, journaling and experiential work, we’ll examine the astrology of the collective and our own charts and personal responses as we seek integration and healing. In the course of the weekend, we’ll revisit the astrology of these years, starting with the Saturn Pluto conjunction of January 2020. We’ll spend time considering Saturn square Uranus which defines 2021 before embracing the healing and spiritual connection Jupiter in Pisces can bring.

Course Requirements

The Winter Weekend 2022 is suitable for Faculty Diploma Level I students and above, keen to deepen their chart work and forecasting interpretations. Non-Faculty students are welcome and will be expected to be familiar in all areas of natal chart interpretation and transits. If you are uncertain, please contact the Winter Weekend Organiser to check your eligibility.

Dates and Course Schedule

The weekend of Friday 18th February20th February coincides with the stirrings of spring after the depth of winter. The Sun is gaining in strength as it journeys towards the Spring Equinox bringing increasing light and illumination to support the processes of renewal, healing and integration at the heart of this Winter Weekend.

The course starts with a formal welcome and drinks at 6pm on Friday 18th February and finishes at 1pm on Sunday 20th February.

Click HERE to download the schedule.


Ammerdown is a retreat centre in a private estate near Bath in the south west of England and has excellent facilities, including wi-fi, lounge, library, meditation space, chapel and bar. Students will be able to access the formal gardens, parkland and woods during their stay. More information can be found here:

The Ammerdown Centre can be accessed easily from the M4 (Junction 17) if travelling by car, and by cab from nearby Bath Spa station if rail travel is preferred. The nearest airport is Bristol.

Place Availability

The number of places is restricted to a maximum of 20 students and these are allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Students are therefore strongly advised to book early to ensure their place on this highly popular event.


Ammerdown provides several options for accommodation and single, twin and double rooms are available. All have en-suite toilets and showers. There is also accessible accommodation and ample free parking.

Dietary Requirements

Ammerdown offers a range of special diets: dairy free, gluten free, vegetarian and vegan, if notified in advance. The centre may be able to cater for other requirements which might incur an additional charge. Please specify your preferred option when booking or contact the Winter Weekend Organiser if yours is not listed.

Residential Fees

The residential fee of £495 includes all meals and refreshments as well as accommodation from Friday evening until Sunday lunchtime inclusive. Residential attendance is highly recommended in order to gain the most from the Winter Weekend.

Non-Residential Fees

A limited number of non-residential places are available. Please contact the Winter Weekend Organiser directly for more information and a booking form.

Non-Faculty Students

Non-Faculty students may attend at the tutors’ discretion. Please contact the Winter Weekend Organiser for more information. Students new to the Faculty will be charged an additional one-off new student fee of £35 in addition to the course fee.


Cat Cox M.A. D.F.Astrol.S.
Faculty President & Head Tutor

Cat began studying astrology in London in 1984 and was awarded the Faculty Diploma in 1996 and the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology from Bath Spa University in 2007. Cat is the Faculty’s President and Head Tutor and has taught with the school since 2006. Her interests in healing, Jungian and transpersonal psychology, goddess spirituality and the Western Mysteries inform her approach to astrology including how we work psychologically, experientially and ritually with symbols and myth. She practices in London, loves teaching and over time has come to view her work with charts as a spiritual practice.

Lisa Stockley D.F.Astrol.S.
Faculty Tutor

Lisa has been studying astrology for over twenty years, a journey which led to gaining the Faculty diploma in 2018. She serves on the Faculty Council as well as tutoring London classes, online classes and by distance learning. She is especially interested in astrology as a spiritual practice and works deeply with the symbolism of both astrology and the tarot as well as cultivating a deep connection with nature and the cycle of the seasons. All of these inform her astrological practice in London, along with a focus on inner growth and fulfilment.

Marielle Churaqui D.F.Astrol.S.
Faculty Tutor

As Winter Weekend Organiser, Marielle handles all bookings and queries for the Winter Weekend. During the week-end, she will be teaching the early morning yoga classes and facilitating the Saturday evening session. Marielle is a London based astrologer who gained the Faculty diploma in 2008 and an MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology from the University of Lampeter in 2012. She has also been teaching yoga for 20 years. Her classes are gentle with the focus on exploring astrological themes using yoga. Marielle is currently the Faculty’s Treasurer and a Distance Learning Tutor.

Course Cancellation and Travel Insurance

In the unlikely event that the course attracts too few students for us to run it successfully or in the event of adverse weather conditions, the Faculty of Astrological Studies reserves the right to cancel. Course fees paid by the student will be refunded in full if the course is cancelled.
N.B.: The Faculty of Astrological Studies strongly advises that all students obtain travel insurance that will completely reimburse all travel costs as these cannot be covered by the Faculty.

Contact Us

Please email Marielle Churaqui, the Winter Weekend Organiser, with any questions at

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