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Cornwall Agreed Syllabus 2011

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+ Guide to Spiritual Cornwall

Archaeologists are confident that humans have been pursuing avenues of spiritual inquiry in Cornwall for thousands of years. Evidence of this activity can be found in the Cornish landscape which is littered with quoits, stone circles, rows, menhirs, barrows and cairns. These ancient monuments are often found near other megalithic monuments and some experts believe that they were positioned by our ancestors in order to complement and form perceived 'sacred landscapes'.

The arrival and flowering of Christianity in Cornwall also shaped the landscape with Cornish saints establishing enclosed religious communities or 'lan' and ultimately creating a prevalence of settlements with a church at their centre. The building of non-conformist chapels all over Cornwall reflected the scale, speed and zeal of the conversion culture that swept through communities.

These examples suggest large scale participation in spiritual inquiry in Cornwall and are all evidenced in the landscape. Perhaps it is this evidence in the landscape that inspires people today to seek out spiritual connection and experience in Cornwall. Or, perhaps Cornish life itself supports spiritual inquiry by virtue of the way it has been shaped by the impact of faith on our communities through generations. For every individual there may be a different reason why they feel attracted to Cornwall as a place of spiritual inquiry.

Reasons people may feel attracted to Cornwall include:

+ natural beauty and elemental environment

+ opportunity for solitude and quiet reflection

+ slower pace of life - time for human exchanges and relaxation

+ presence of like minded people - range of faith communities

+ sense of belonging - feel part of a place, community or movement

+ cultural distinctiveness - feel apart, separate or different

+ evidence of historic religious or faith activities

+ mysterious sites in the landscapes provoke spiritual inquiry e.g. what are they, who put them there, and why?