Over the past 150 years the exacting process of scientific enquiry has revealed a new, exhilarating Creation Story.
Greg Morter has been fascinated and this story for many years. Eager to communicate his passion to others, he led the first ‘Walk the Story of the Universe’ in 2009. He will be running two weekend courses in 2012.
The weekend aims to teach a firm understanding of the sequence of events, from the Big Bang to the present day, that have allowed us to exist. It is open to anyone – no previous knowledge or particular outlook is assumed. Greg uses a variety of teaching techniques to ensure the content is accessible, fun and engrossing.
Friday evening begins with a short history of our changing understanding of the Universe over the past 500 years. Woven through this are explanations of the basic science you need to know to make the most of Saturday’s walk. Supper follows and then a very brief dabble into Relativity and Quantum physics; two theories that have withstood over 80 years of testing but challenge our everyday conceptions of the nature of reality.
Saturday begins with an overview of human evolution since our common ancestor with the chimpanzees around 6 million years ago. This creates a context for the rest of the walk. Then participants learn about the big bang and walk the story of stars, galaxies and the elements.
On Saturday evening a fireside chat about evolution and natural selection is followed, weather permitting, by some stargazing.
On Sunday they walk the Earth story, exploring the formation of the solar system and the evolution of single-celled and then multicellular life in the oceans, the movement onto land, the emergence of mammals and finally of our own species. The walk concludes with some thoughts on how we might interpret our lives in the context of the huge journey we have travelled.
The first, 29th June-1st July, is in association with the organisation Greenspirit and, to complement Greg’s teaching, will have a ritual element led by their coordinator, Ian Mowll with Richard Adams.
The second weekend, 7th-9th September, follows our usual format, with no ritual and teaching led by Greg throughout.
We will also consider block bookings of groups on other dates.
The cost of each weekend, including food and camping, is £100 per person. To book a place, please send a deposit of £40 to:
2 Manor Cottages,
For more information visit Learn | Walk The Story Of The Universe.