Multi-Faith and Belief Chaplaincy, For All Faiths and None

The Realise Course

This is the third course within the Core Abundant Academy Programme.

Abundant Academy Shield: the shield is split into 4 parts and has trees, a book, a well and a tree by a river on it. The drawing

Realise, and empower realisation in those around you: finding the vision, the steps to take, and the collaborations to make, for fostering cultures that we wish to inhabit and nurture, where life can be lived in all its abundance.

This third stage of the Abundant Academy Programme draws on the replenishment, empowerment of course 1, and the reconnection with our values and sense of direction gained during course 2. In the Realise course we dig into our deep desires and sense of purpose, so that we can continue to move forward with integrity and vision. We look at how to receive and give support, so that we are feed from the overwhelming sense of having to do or resolve things alone. And we find steps for cultivating and acting upon a vision of the future that we want for our lives and the lives of others.

The Abundant Academy programme therefore ends with a new beginning, on on-going cultivation of the future you want to see. As the ‘Realise’ course draws to a close, you will be invited to join month Abumdant Academy Community gatherings, for on-going support, training and collaboration

The Realise Course comprises 3x2 hours, consecutive weeks, post-Semester break (May)

  • Tuning into our deep-rooted desires, and exploring meaning and purpose
  • Creating networks of support and collaboration
  • Inspired, visionary planning (outwith SMART goals)



  • 10am-12noon, Fridays, weekly, 5-19 May 2023

The booking form will be available nearer the time. Email for questions meanwhile.


Donations and scholarships

We collect a donation for the core programme. Employers are often willing to cover this cost as part of staff development, so if relevant to you, do ask your line-manager:

Staff rate:

  • £125 for Replenish
  • 125 for Reconnect
  • £125 for Realise
  • Or, £300 flat fee for the whole year


PG rate:

  • £50 for Replenish
  • £50 for Reconnect
  • £50 for Realise
  • Or, £100 flat fee for the whole year

We offer scholarships. If the donation prohibits you from joining, please email


Abundant optional extras, all free of charge.

Strong accompaniments to the Realise course from our Library of Abundance:

  • Mindful doodling, Tuesday lunchtimes, weekly
  • ‘Reflection and Inquiry’ Mindfulness drop-ins, Tuesday lunchtimes, weekly. 


Facilitators of the Realise Course

Photograph of Revd Dr Harriet Harris

Revd Dr Harriet Harris

Revd Dr Harriet Harris, the University Chaplain and Head of Chaplaincy Service, has a long university career, as a Research Fellow (Oxford), University Lecturer (Exeter), and Chaplain and Faculty member (Oxford and Edinburgh). She continues to write, teach and supervise research. She often finds herself stretched across multiple roles, including family ones, and speaks from her own experience of having become over-stretched and exhausted. She is an Honorary Fellow of the School of Divinity, and an Associate Fellow of the Clinical Educator Programme, providing training in ‘Compassion for self and others’ to medical consultants. Harriet is also a Trainer with Student Minds, and a Certified Coach with One of Many™, the biggest UK network of women leaders. She loves knitting, reading, road cycling and gravel-biking.

Photograph of Steph West

Stephanie West 

Stephanie West, co-facilitator of the staff course, has a spent her career working in university administration and the helping professions. She has a BA in Social Psychology, MSc in Addiction Counselling and also studied Evidence-Based Social Work at the University of Oxford. For much of her career she worked in both the disability and addiction fields and has trained practitioners in London, New York and New Dehli. Since moving to Scotland, Steph has divided her time bringing up 3 children and working part-time in administration at the University of Edinburgh. At the age of 28 she was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and has often found herself tired and overwhelmed juggling the demands of family, work and a body that doesn’t do as it’s told! She also has an NVQ in Training and Mentoring and Certificates in Conflict Resolution, Psychodrama and Psychosynthesis. She loves poetry and tennis.

Photograph of Lilian Lee

Lilian Lee

Lilian Lee, Co-facilitator of the PG and mature student course, is the Roman Catholic Lay Chaplain. Lilian was born in Hong Kong, raised in Singapore, and has lived in Scotland for the last 18 years. She studied at the University of Edinburgh (Architecture MA & MArch and MBA) so has had first-hand experiences of what it means to be an international student. She has been working as the Lay Chaplain at the Catholic Chaplaincy since 2015. As a student she took part in the Catholic chaplaincy life and that experience made her realise that she had a passion for supporting students to make the best of their university experience and to be a listening ear when they are facing all sorts of challenges. To replenish, she loves photography, playing tennis and being creative!


I would highly recommend this course - it exceeded all of my expectations and has provided me with many tools to use throughout my life in the future.

Previous Participant


Before taking Abundant Academy I was wrapped in emotional, professional and personal overwhelm. The course helped me to put myself first, identify my strengths, needs, desires and priorities. Now I feel like I have clearer direction and a renewed sense of purpose and motivation.

Previous Participant


The Abundant Academy has been a real life saver for me. I feel it provided much needed solace, support and clarity of thought throughout the year, I genuinely connected with the teachings and with the cohort. The warmth, support and sense of welcome that Harriet and Steph instilled in the group was tangible and ran throughout the year. I really feel quite lucky, and blessed to have taken part. Also, I have raved about it to so many family and friends who do say they see a profound change in me, a change I attribute to this course. Thank you!

Previous Participant


I have made changes & taken away many ideas.

Previous Participant