Solicitor, Dublin City Council
Finding the Keynes Centre Book Club was perfect timing. I was ready to learn more but I didn’t want to go back to formal exam-based learning. The Keynes Centre offered a syllabus in the form of a reading list which acted as a roadmap for learning.
We had a space once a month to meet up and reflect on what we were taking in from the books. Through the expert facilitation at our sessions, we were guided to the road markings that had been set from the beginning of our journey ‘towards a well constructed mind’. I found reading books from personal development to spirituality really helped me find compassion for myself. Also, reading stories by different authors challenged my perspectives – challenged Myself.
It was a safe space, being run by Connell and his team who have a massive amount of experience and expertise in bringing people along without dictating – there were no right or wrong answers – this went with the spirit of what the whole process is about: transformational thinking and towards a well-constructed mind. Everybody is on their own journey. The Book Club participants didn’t know about each other – who you were, your job, where you came from. It was the freedom to go in without labels and sit with a diverse group of people and have a really informed team at the core who weren’t forceful or preachy.
The programme would suit anyone open to awareness and self-discovery journey. It’s not even self-awareness; it’s anyone who wants to raise their consciousness of the world around us and do it in a safe space. That’s what I liked about the Book Club.