Table Spirituality Course


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Spirituality at the Table:  A Two Week Experience of Learning, Eating & Conversation


Feb 10-21, 2014


You can listen to Simon Holt on Radio National’s ‘Spirit of Things’ here 


You can follow Simon Holt’s food musings at the Eating Heaven blog

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