A Place to be Real Together

In Search of Adela Curtis, a 20th Century Mystic

Liz Howlett shares fascinating research on the woman who founded the first community on our site


Thursday 20th - Sunday 23rd June 2024


Space is available on this event! :-D

Who was Adela Curtis (1867 – 1960)?  She was a mystic, a teacher, a healer, a prolific writer, an advocate for self-sufficiency, the joint owner of a pioneering bookshop, and the founder of religious communities.

What is it like to investigate a remarkable woman like this? How much is there to discover?

In October 2023, Liz Howlett, who has been Office Co-ordinator at Othona West Dorset for over 4 years, went on a trip to the USA. She hoped the time she spent in the States would contribute towards the research she was doing into the life and work of Adela Curtis – and the trip exceeded her expectations! 

This weekend event will draw on Liz’s growing knowledge of and continuing research into Adela and her communities; her teachings and her supporters.

As well as being a key member of the core community at Othona, Liz Howlett is ordained in the Church of England. Most of her ministry has been focussed on training and empowering lay people to play the fullest part in their churches and communities. She has been keen on genealogical research for most of her life.


Living locally you could have the option of attending the whole weekend including all meals as a non-resident. Or just coming over for one or more of Liz's talk sessions. Here's the timetable.  

Our charge for full non-resident participation is £140; please book online. If you just come to individual sessions we invite you to make a suitable donation. In this case there's no need actually to book. but please be with us 15 minutes before the stated start time for any session. 

Fee Types

You are genuinely welcome to choose whichever rate suits you

(Learn more about our Pricing Policy & Bursaries)

A few non-resident places available at £140 (includes breakfasts, lunches and suppers)

Standard £297  aims to cover our real costs
Basic £250  if all pay Basic, Othona has to cut staff & activities
Benefactor £345  helps us afford Basic Rate and Bursaries
Deposit £  30


Arrival + Departure Times

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Arrive between 4.00 - 6.30 pm
Depart after 2.30 pm


20 Jun 2024 18:00 to 23 Jun 2024 14:30
Othona Community, West Dorset
Coast Road
Burton Bradstock
Landline: 01308 897130