If you haven’t been here, I think you should visit Klint in Denmark. To me, this is a magical place. Here you can hear the wind speak and the waves sing along with your breath. And if you listen carefully, you will hear the wild flowers and the rustling, wind-resistant bushes whispering to you about the secrets of Nature, perhaps letting you catch a brief glimpse of beyond.
To me, the spiritual world feels close at hand here, as close as when the sky greets the sea on the glittering horizon. You can walk alone along the beach or with others, but if you stop for a brief moment and close your eyes, you can sense something in the air. You sense something that is present everywhere, but perhaps easier to perceive here in Klint than anywhere else – at least this is how I feel – the embrace of the “light and love in which all living beings live and move and have their being”.
This is the Martinus Centre in Klint, about 96 km northwest of Copenhagen, Denmark. Situated in beautiful surroundings, it is a place of learning, a centre where people come to study and reflect on the big questions of life, with Martinus’ works as the main focus for their studies.
Martinus founded the centre in 1935 as the first holiday centre in Denmark, starting with a number of summer cottages where people could enjoy a vacation and study his analyses at the same time. He also wanted to create a place where people could practise neighbourly love – not just read about it – thus inspiring people to regard this physical place as a ”a focal point of love”. He also stated that this would be the foundation of an international centre of learning devoted to studies of spiritual science and the development of a new humane world culture.
(Photos by courtesy of the Martinus Institute, online gallery.)
Since its beginnings the centre has developed into a modern educational centre for courses, holidays and retreats. There are 6 weeks of summer courses, and from 28th July to 11th of August, there is a full programme in English that is available here.
Right now, in spring, everything is in preparation. During a wonderful warm and sunny weekend on 21th–22th April, the voluntary teaching staff held their regular weekend conference, which takes place twice a year, when we prepare for the summer season and other teaching tasks at the centre and at the Martinus Institute in Copenhagen.
Among other things, Ole Therkelsen (above to the left) inspired the group by presenting a new book that will be published shortly in Danish and Swedish, consisting of a series of lectures that Martinus gave in 1955–1956: Grand Kursus, Det evige verdensbillede (The Grand Course – The Eternal World Picture).
And as always, there was wonderful food at Restaurant Terrassen – entirely vegan and healthy.
Everybody enjoyed the beautiful garden in spring, with the air bristling with promises of summer.
And the café is waiting for its summer guests …
(Photos of flowers above by Olav Johansson.)
During the conference I and my partner Lars were accommodated in the cosy pavilion rooms.
But soon it was time to return home to Stockholm. We are very much looking forward to coming back to Klint again.
And if I close my eyes, I can still hear the waves …