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Innermost Creativity Retreat: The Garden of Complete Being

This summer, R E T R E A T to the peace and wild of the East Devon Forest Garden, “The Garden of Complete Being,” over four days to replenish, reconnect to our deepest roots of stillness, nature and creativity. We’ll create a healing space together supporting each individual to take a next step in their life, letting go of the past.

This transformative and healing experience strengthens the relationship with your essence and truest way of life, held and supported in surrounding nature.

Take a journey, as your mindfulness meditations and creative art deepen in interactions with the land and it’s materials, kind supportive community and meditative foraging.

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Facilitator Naomi West, is an accredited mindfulness-based psychotherapist with a long background in meditation, Karuna Institute psychotherapy, arts and creative therapies. Naomi has been running retreats internationally since 2012. More information at www.artsinmindfulness.com.

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V E N U E:: Hidayabija (Seed of the Heart) also known as the East Devon Forest Garden is a 3-acre food forest and ecosystem. Visitors are encouraged to fully integrate with the land during their stay and many of the meals will be foraged from the garden. The project was started 8 years ago from a bare horse paddock and is now an abundant pure land, which aims to nourish visitors on every level. Home to over 700 varieties of edible perennial plants, it incorporates enhanced warm microclimates, outdoor living rooms and a natural swimming pond – so bring your swimming gear! A hot tub will be provided. Hot solar showers are also available.

E X C H A N G E: we are offering this 4 day retreat on a £300 to £400 sliding scale based on low to high incomes. An alternative 2 day option is available from Friday to Sunday (£200)

Camping (BYO) and food included. £75.86 deposit secures a place (two concessionary places are available by application)

L O C A T I O N: Kerswell, East Devon.

T I M I N G S: Four Day Option: arrive from 5pm Friday to begin at 7pm, finishing at 3pm on Tuesday. Two day retreat option will finish at 3pm on Sunday.

A C C O M O D A T I O N: This is a camping retreat. However two shared yurts are available on site at a rate of £20 per person, per night. Get in touch for further details.

T R A V E L: Hridayabija is a 10 minute drive from Junction 28 on the M5. Nearby train stations are Tiverton Parkway (6 miles) and Honiton (7 miles). Falcon buses (very cheap!) arrive hourly into Collumpton from Plymouth and Bristol.

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F E E D B A C K:

“The perfect combination of meditation, creativity/healing in the wonderful environment of the Forest Garden – what an amazing space to be nourished and restored.”

“Wowsers! Thank you so much for a completely re-energising and restful weekend. This really is an open heart-space. So looking forward to returning next year and seeing how the garden has developed – so many special places. Inspiring!”

“So many seeds of inspiration, nourishment, courage, determination and strength have been sown. Thank you. Inner garden and outer garden – all one and the same. This place embodies this effortlessly.”

Yggdrasil: Viking Runes and Ritual Workshop

“Nordic Nights and Northern Lights with Ana Adnan”

This workshop gives us the opportunity to explore Yggdrasil, the mighty tree upon which Norse mythology hangs, through some of its key stories.

We will conclude the day with a ritual using the inspiration of the runes, which we will create together.

(No prior knowledge or experience of ritual is necessary).

Facilitator, Ana Adnan is a storyteller and timeless weaver of magic, who has been facilitating workshops and creating rituals since 1990.

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Cost: sliding scale of affordability £50 – £75
Timings: 09:30 – 18:30
Date: Saturday 9th June 2018
Location: Bedminster Quaker Hall, Wedmore Vale, BS3 5HX.
Deposit secures your place: £20 click here for: Eventbrite tickets

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/yggdrasil-workshop-viking-runes-and-ritual-tickets-46293644537

Contact: scarlettofthefae@gmail.com

Spaces are limited so please book early. 

Birdsong Identification & Dawn Chorus Experience with Peter Holden

Join famed ornithologist, Peter Holden MBE to identify common British birdsong and find out why birds sing.

Peter is the author of the RSPB handbook and pioneered the RSPB’s Young Ornithologists Club (now Wildlife Explorers) after co-presenting TV programme, Big Garden Birdwatch in 1979 with Bill Oddie.  Peter more recently collaborated with his son Andy to create an art exhibition which has featured on 6 Music, and has developed an RSPB app which you can find here.

Peter’s workshops are very entertaining and informative, so prepare to have a lot of fun while learning.

During this workshop we’ll be:

– identifying common British birds
– listening to examples of birdsong and learning tips to recognise each song
– exploring the purpose of birdsong
– putting those skills into practice

The following morning (very early indeed) a DAWN CHORUS WALK will take place*.    We’ll be able to put all our identification skills to practice!

Date: 12th May, (13th May for dawn chorus walk).
Venue: Bedminster Quaker Hall Wedmore Vale, Bedminster, Bristol, BS3 5HX.
Time: 09:30 – 16:00 (dawn chorus walk will be 04:00 – 06:00 following morn).
Cost: £35 – £50 (self-choose scale of affordability).
Restrictions: 16+ event. Not suitable for children.
Deposit: £20 plus £2.15 Eventbrite booking fee then pay the balance on the day
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/edit?eid=44610077944
Peter will be selling RSPB handbooks at the event.
*NB: The walk is free but only open to attendees of the workshop. Walkers join us at their own risk and will be required to sign a disclaimer.

Avebury Workshop: Fae Affinity at Beltane

May Day or Beltane, is an ancient pagan festival marking the beginning of summer, when cattle returned to pastures. A celebration of fertility as the land warms and yields once more, couples are invited to ‘jump the Beltane fires’ together, invoking passion and potency.

Our workshop draws upon the rejuvenating energy of Beltane, the liminal space between Spring and Summer to invite connection with the Fae, elemental beings that exist within the resonance of the magical Avebury landscape.

The day unfolds like this:

  • a short history of human understanding of the Fae
  • an exploration what the Fae mean to us
  • cases of reported modern fairy encounters
  • indoor guided exercise to open inner vision (third eye)
  • outdoor meditation to connect with Fae energy in Avebury
  • shared discussion on experiences

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Date: Monday 7th May (Bank Holiday Monday)
Time: 10:00 – 17:00
Location: Upstairs at The Hengeshop Avebury Bookshop
Cost : £40 (deposit £20)
Lunch: bring your own lunch which we’ll eat on site
Breaks: Teas, coffees, water and biscuits are provided

Spaces are limited.  Please contact scarlettofthefae@gmail.com to reserve a place.

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Facilitator: Jo Hickey-Hall is a folklorist and fairy researcher, she holds a Masters in History from the University of Bristol on the Portrayal of the Fae in Medieval Irish literature.  Jo also runs Facebook group, Modern Fairy Sightings where people share their experiences of fairy.  She has worked as a healer and workshop facilitator for over 20 years.

 

Modern Fairy Sightings

Folklorist, Jo Hickey-Hall is co author of new book, ‘Magical Folk: British and Irish Fairies 500AD to the Present’. She set up research project, Modern Fairy Sightings two years ago and has an interest in fairy encounters that people continue to report.

This talk will discuss people’s sightings and look at how we’ve arrived at the Disney-fied idea of fairy. We’ll also examine the taboo of reporting such experiences and why Jo feels the research is important.

Where: The Old Bookshop
When: Monday 9th April – 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Exchange: It’s free, so indulge yourself with excellent ale

**The Old Bookshop is Bristol’s most loved, family run bar and kitchen. Winner of Best Bar 2017 at Bristol Life Awards. Winner of Best Sunday Roast 2017 at Foozie awards. They provide fine drinks, an ever evolving kitchen, and the best live entertainment.**

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NB: this event is not suitable for children.

Folk in the Pub: Death and Music with Folklorist, Gideon Thomas

Death and Music with Folklorist, Gideon Thomas

Gideon is author of a book on the same subject and a member of the Folklore Society. His talk will examine ghosts and the undead in a selection of traditional songs found in the oral traditions of England, Scotland, United States and Canada. We’ll explore:

– different types of ghosts and revenants
– sentient creatures who desire to complete some sort of goal
– the behaviour of these undead figures in various songs.

Where: The Old Bookshop
When: Monday 26th March – 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Exchange: It’s free, so indulge yourself with excellent ale

**The Old Bookshop is Bristol’s most loved, family run bar and kitchen. Winner of Best Bar 2017 at Bristol Life Awards. Winner of Best Sunday Roast 2017 at Foozie awards. We provide fine drinks, an ever evolving kitchen, and the best live entertainment.**

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Upcoming Folk in the Pub Events:

Monday 9th April: Modern Fairy Sightings with Jo Hickey-Hall

If you’d like to talk on a folky-wyrdy-curious subject, direct your messenger raven to scarlettofthefae@gmail.com

Folk in the Pub: Modern Fairy Sightings with Jo Hickey-Hall

Folklorist, Jo Hickey-Hall is co author of new book, Magical Folk: British and Irish Fairies 500AD to the present. She set up research project, Modern Fairy Sightings two years ago and has an interest in fairy encounters that people continue to report.

This talk will discuss people’s sightings and look at how we’ve arrived at the Disney-fied idea of fairy. We’ll also examine the taboo of reporting such experiences and why Jo feels the research is important.

Where: The Old Bookshop
When: Monday 9th April – 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Exchange: It’s free, so indulge yourself with excellent ale

**The Old Bookshop is Bristol’s most loved, family run bar and kitchen. Winner of Best Bar 2017 at Bristol Life Awards. Winner of Best Sunday Roast 2017 at Foozie awards. We provide fine drinks, an ever evolving kitchen, and the best live entertainment.**

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Upcoming Folk in the Pub Events:
Monday 26th March: Death and Music with Gideon Thomas

NB: this event is not suitable for children.

Folk in the Pub: Modern Druidry with Adrian Rooke

Open to all and free, 'Folk in the Pub' introduces speakers on a variety of subjects. Talks are 20-30 mins, then we open up to questions and discussion. Grab yourself a decent pint from The Old Bookshop and learn about: 

Modern Druidry with Adrian Rooke

Adrian is a well-known and much loved local druid, often found leading seasonal rituals at Stanton Drew stone circle.  He is a Pagan Celebrant and has been a member of the Order of Bards Ovates and Druids (OBOD) for 18 years.  He'll talk about:

- what Druidry means in the modern age
- beliefs of druids
- what led him to became a druid
- local druidic activities in Bristol 

Where: The Old Bookshop
When: Monday 12th March - 6.30pm - 8.00pm
Exchange: It's free, so indulge yourself with excellent ale

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Upcoming Events:

Monday 26th February: Local Seasonal Herbalism with Helen Maria
Monday 26th March: Death & Music with Folklorist Gideon Thomas
Monday 9th April: Modern Fairy Sightings with Jo Hickey-Hall


If you'd like to talk on a folky-wyrdy-curious subject, direct your messenger raven to scarlettofthefae@gmail.com

Folk in the Pub: Herbalism ~ Spring Tonics and Local Superfoods

Open to all and free, 'Folk in the Pub' introduces speakers on a variety of subjects. Talks are 20-30 mins, then we open up to questions and discussion. Grab yourself a decent pint from The Old Bookshop and learn about: 

Spring Tonics and Local Superfoods

Helen Gray of Malago Medicinals a qualified medical herbalist from Bristol, tells us:

- where to forage locally grown herbs and superfoods
- herbals applications for ailments
- why considered weeds such as nettle, dock and cleavers are experiencing a renaissance
- why herbs that grow where we live have a special medicine for us 


**The Old Bookshop is Bristol's most loved, family run bar and kitchen. Winner of Best Bar 2017 at Bristol Life Awards. Winner of Best Sunday Roast 2017 at Foozie awards. We provide fine drinks, an ever evolving kitchen, and the best live entertainment.**

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Upcoming Folk in the Pub Events:
Monday 12th March: Druid, Adrian Rooke on Modern Druidism
Monday 26th March: Death & Music with Folklorist Gideon Thomas
Monday 9th April: Modern Fairy Sightings with Jo Hickey-Hall


If you'd like to talk on a folky-wyrdy-curious subject, direct your messenger raven to scarlettofthefae@gmail.com

 Image: Cleavers growing wild

Nordic Nights and Northern Lights: Viking Women

An Exploration of Viking Women with Storyteller, Ana Adnan.

During the long dark winter Nordic nights, the people we call “the Vikings” perfected the art of fireside storytelling, creating long sagas and elaborate mythology. These stories have seen a recent resurgence in literature and on-screen.

In this workshop, we take a closer look at the female figures to explore the wisdom and inspiration the goddesses, matriarchs, shield maidens, shamanic journeyers and other strong female portrayals may offer us today.

We conclude with a ritual which we’ll create together, using the ancient wisdom of the Runes.


Facilitator, Ana Adnan is a storyteller and timeless weaver of magic, who has been facilitating workshops and creating rituals since 1990.

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Cost: sliding scale of affordability £50 – £75
Timings: 09:30 – 18:30
Date: Saturday 24th February 2018
Location: Bedminster Quaker Hall, Wedmore Vale, BS3 5HX.
Deposit secures your place: £20
Contact: scarlettofthefae@gmail.com

Spaces are limited so please book early. 

Image: Dorothy Hardy (fl. 1891-1925), ‘The Dises’, from “Myths of the Norsemen from the Eddas and Sagas” by Hélène Adeline Guerber, 1909.