When I have the time, and a small group of interested students, I love to run sessions on seasonal living, connections to nature, and developing spiritual practice. By their nature, these tend to be either immersive retreats to dive deeply into a subject, or long courses that run once every few weeks; to watch how you and your world change over time.
They’re a big commitment, for me and for you, so if you’re interested in studying more deeply with me, drop me a line, and I’ll let you know what’s brewing. Here are some of the things I’ve done so far …
Slow Seasons is a year long course to help you connect to the flow of the seasons. I’m not offering this course for at the moment, but get in touch if you’re interested in future or similar courses.
“The slow seasons course allows you the time and space to realise what is important in your life & what isn’t.” – Jayne
“This course is delicious ….. it’s like a beautiful nurturing play group for grown ups.” – Sally
Slip away from your life for two whole hours on eight Sunday mornings in a peaceful setting with a lovely energy, to help you to dive deeper into the cycles of the year as it turns.
Spend some slow time sharing ideas and experiences, laughter and smiles. Learn practical tools to weave back into your daily life. Enjoy seasonally-inspired activities, guided meditations, the deep relaxation of yoga nidra, and plenty of herbal tea.
Below are a few photos from one of the Slow Seasons course sessions. This was Spring, so we were blowing and decorating eggs!
Waking Wild is a year long course to help you explore and create your own personal sacred practice. We meet for the day about eight times a year and for the final session we take a trip out – in this case to Durdle Door and other Dorset Delights.
I’m not offering this course for 2014/2015, but get in touch if you’re interested in future or similar courses.
- Spend time in a small group helping each other to balance work, home and the deeper longing for ways to reconnect
- Discuss concepts such as ethical relationship, honour, sacrifice, folk ritual, heritage and craft
- Encounter the philosophies of animism, eco-paganism and modern tantra together
With equal parts talking and experiencing; silence and laughter, each participant will be gently guided on the journey to a spiritual practice that is individual, joyous, authentic and self-sustaining.
“Truly blissful, mindful, be PRESENT teaching.” – Philippa
Slow Summer Retreat
This was a very special overnight retreat I ran, drawing on the themes of the Slow Seasons course. From a perfect setting looking out over half the county with woodland all around, we spent time walking and talking, crafting and stretching. Here’s the schedule we (roughly) followed …
- 12 – 2 pm LUNCH – Settling in: The Druid’s prayer
- 2 – 5 pm Nature wonder wander, group altar gathering, mandalas and landscape art
- 5 – 7 pm SUPPER – Finding Grace; Giving Thanks
- 7 – 10 pm Faery chess and Moon share games; Storytelling
- 10 – 11 pm Woodland night walk and star searching; followed by yoga nidra before bed
- 7 – 8 am Early morning outdoor stretch + Dance of Life
- 8 – 10 am BREAKFAST – self nurture, nourish and cleansing
- 10 – 12 pm Harvest treasure maps – the year so far; Braiding intentions in silkcraft
- 12 – 2 pm LUNCH – reflection + savouring friendship
- 2 – 4 pm Meditation, labyrinth building and group ritual; farewells
“Be here as you are. Often tiredness arises when we stop our daily routine. If you are tired; be here tired. Nap if you need to & want to, but if you don’t want to miss anything, give yourself the option of being on the circle, tired. This is our motto for today- We will be here however we are. We will not pull away from what arises (tiredness, excitment, sorrow, joy, agitation, calm) in the mistaken notion that being here requires me to be other than we are. May we be here today, as we are, doing what needs to be done, giving & receiving” ~ Oriah Mountain Dreamer