SPRING GATHERING 2019
We have some wise and wonderful teachers joining us next year, however if you are interested in sharing your skills & wisdom with us in 2019 please get in touch. Our deepest wish is for more diversity & inclusivity so we particularly welcome applications from elder women, women of colour and women who identify in the rainbow spectrum of LGBTQIA.
Our hope for 2019 is that the workshops are in alignment with the seasons of the gatherings so we would love to hear from women who would like to share their earth based skills.
If you feel that any of the above language needs modifying please get in touch, thank you.
SOUL TIME WITH SOIL
With Michella Bella & Sue Brown
The beauty of composting is that it opens a door into the workings of our soul.
Come gather as we admire the most precious thing on our planet - the soil. This is a chance to really 'check in' with the soil , find out what’s happening to our soil globally, how to look after her & introduce yourselves to the art of composting. Of course to connect with the soil we will be in the soil - mucky is magic.
The composting process begins with RESPECT. Respect for the land, the people, nature's cycles and rhythms. Composting is the dance of wholeness between life and death, let’s dive in, share and transform that shit into gold!
WEAVING & FIBRE CRAFT
With May Hands
May comes from a family of weavers and artists. Her grandmother (who has just turned 96) started weaving when she was a girl at the tender age of nine, she then in later years taught her daughter and together they passed the weaving tradition on to May and her sisters Lucie & Grace. May is a an artist currently living by her beloved sea in Brighton.
Weaving is one of our favourite things to do when we gather, busy hands, quite minds. Beginners Weaving will get you started on your weaving adventure. In this intimate class you will learn how to warp your loom, a few basic stitches of woven tapestry including plain weave and fringe, and finishing technique. A mindful and therapeutic practice as well as playful, you can experiment with different colours, textures and pattern. Stories are shared when we come together and weave. These stories are woven into the textile which creates unique and meaningful work.
HEARTBREAK & PLEASURE MEDICINE
With Sophie Joan Kelly & Jayne Goldheart
Learn to become intoxicated by the knowledge that your desires can be met by your own touch and dare to explore the secrets of the soft waves of your own body, caressing undiscovered curves and awakening the senses.
We’ll unwrap the mysteries you may have been feeling about your own pleasure, clear away the fog and dive for pearls. It takes time and gentleness, it's not about an overnight revelation but with support from me, a woman who has spent the past 4 years navigating my own reclamation, and the company of the other women, you can begin to discover & reclaim what it means to you to be a sensual woman.
There will be deep conversation to break through old stories and together we'll create new language. We'll explore the breath and how when we slow down we can feel more. I will share feminine movement practices so that you can learn to surrender, to savour and experience the circling & swirling motion of your hips.
With Jordon Storm Louise
Jordan (SALT Textiles) will guide a workshop introducing the practice of slow sewing and self-enquiry through mending. Our daily lives leave imprints on the clothes we wear and objects we keep, collecting stories and memories as we use them. Through the act of mending we can repurpose these objects, allowing ourselves to revisit and even heal the stories they hold.
Please bring something small that you'd like to mend or some fabric you love. Thread and needles will be provided.
Jordan Storm Louise lives and works in Hackney, London. Though she often seeks out wilder places. Jordan began exploring textiles with her grandmother, an avid cross-stitcher, since then she’s been untangling her creative practice through painting, movement, writing and crafts. Finding herself comfortable with busy hands, Jordan’s work explores slow, natural processes.
Tea Ceremonies are about slowing down and connecting - with ourselves, each other and the world around us. Through sharing tea in noble silence we are coming yet again to our centre, our hearts, our being. Each Tea Ceremony is unique, however there is always a sense of inner stillness and peace emerging from it. Every time we sit in ceremony and experience tea, we immerse in the dance of all our senses and elements. Tea is such a powerful Medicine Plant. She gives everyone exactly what they need, takes them to the place they need to be in. She can bring us up, ground us, inspire, heal and nourish us while at the same time holding space for us to communicate and share.
With Michella Bella
Deep earthy reggae & dub selections guide us into movement... stretching, breathing and dropping into trust as we freely move & dance into what feels good for our bodies & our connection to the earth. Women are encouraged to embrace the lion heart within and relax into a joyful practice. The class is about having fun, being where you’re at and coming together to rock out in the rich soil of roots reggae.
With Melanie Murphy
Fire connects us to our ancestors, to the ancient ones who gathered around the fire for warmth, to cook food, to be in circle, be in community, share stories and sacred rituals. The element of fire is the only element that cannot exist on it’s own, it has the power to destroy but also to support rebirth. Just like wild fires destroy all that’s living in it’s path but create fertile soil for new life to thrive.
Over the last 3 years I’ve had a close relationship with fire that has been transformational in connecting me to my truth, supporting me to surrender old patterns and shining light on what’s next. I’m very grateful that I have the opportunity to share my love and respect for fire with women at the gatherings.
During this fire making workshop, we will build a fire without matches using simple, ancient techniques. It’s empowering to feel connected to this ancient wisdom and enhances our sense of self reliance.
THE RITE OF THE WOMB
With Chloe Isidora
The Rite of the Womb releases fear and pain that is held in the womb space and calls in the birthing of our new lives and all creative projects. This Rite is simple, yet profoundly potent and brings us into the embodiment of the Divine Feminine presence. In receiving the Rite we are shown the sacredness in ourselves and in all of life. By healing our wombs we heal our mothers, our sisters and our daughters and ultimately bring healing to our beautiful Mother Earth and her sacred waters.
All women may receive the Rite of the Womb. Including women who are pregnant, women trying to conceive, younger women, older women, women who have had a hysterectomy, transgender individuals and female identified. The transmission is non invasive, it is received by a light touch on the belly.
Once activated with the Rite of the Womb each woman will be taught how to share this gift with others.
WILLOW BASKET WEAVING
With Sue Brown
Join Sue in learning about how we can use hedgerow materials to create a simple basket. Sue is passionate about learning to use natural materials to make useful objects, truly believing that all such objects are highly beautiful and very strong. Traditional materials are one year old willow rods, brambles or elm bast but many other offerings can be used including honeysuckle, ivy, larch, hops, clematis. The therapeutic benefits of this work come with time. The steady rhythm of preparing materials for future use and the appreciation of the hedgerows on late autumn rambles, watching the baskets grow. These are things that connect us deeply to the "real world". You will go away with the confidence to continue to explore making and discovering more about this essential craft.
With Sophie Joan Kelly
One of the first things we developed as social creatures, was a way to communicate and express ourselves through song and dance.
But, when and where does song belong in our lives? We can’t ever seem to fit it into our calendars, and so singing together has become a lost tradition, tossed to the wayside. The only place it seems to fit snugly is in the halls of worship. Yet, for thousands of years the fire has set a sacred space that welcomes and yearns for the sweet clamour of song and the thunder of dancing feet .Leave your vocal inhibitions and ideas of perfection at the door. Let yourself be wrapped in the warmth of fire and song, a beautiful pairing that allows the speeding trains of our lives to ease to a halt.
In our chaotic, jostling world, we haven’t given space for the wild singer in all of us to speak her mind. Think about the music in your life and the songs that have been shared with you, and if you feel called to share one yourself.
I look forward to going deep into the Earth through song with you all.