On Wednesday 21st July and Wednesday 25th August, the Bodleian Libraries will be hosting a two-part free online workshop, in partnership with Oxford University Department of Psychiatry on the topic of Psalms For Self-Reflection.

This is a community project from the Bodleian Libraries inspired by medieval manuscripts that have been digitised with support from the Polonsky Foundation.

Participants are invited to a 2-part online workshop exploring how psalms can be used as a tool to support mental health and wellbeing. The workshop is developed and facilitated by Gulamabbas Lakha, mental health researcher at the University of Oxford and ministry leader (Shaykh) with the Muslim community and Susan Gillingham, Professor Emeritus of the Hebrew Bible and Permanent Deacon at St Barnabas Church, and an expert on the Psalms.


Session A: developing self-knowledge Wednesday 21 July, 6.30 – 8.00pm

Session B: building resilience Wednesday 25 August 6.30 – 8.00pm


Each session will include an introduction to specific texts and the practical psychological tools within them, followed by two reflective exercises in smaller groups and a shared discussion. Participants are invited to contribute as much or as little as they wish.

The workshop is running over Zoom. The workshop is open to people of all faiths and none, no previous knowledge of the psalms is required.

Places are limited. If you would like to join the workshop or have any questions, please email as soon as possible.