Watering the Soul weekend retreat

Watering the Soul Weekend Retreat

A Grief and Gratitude woodland camping retreat at Precious Woods, nr Cardigan

led by Karen Scott (Being in Nature) and Sally Davies (Gong and Song)

“Grief is praise because it is the natural way love honours what it misses” – Martin Prechtel

“In the face of impermanence and death, it takes courage to love the things of this world and to believe that praising them is our noblest calling.” – Joanna Macy

This small gathering in circle will be a deep dive together. We will draw on the eco-dharma practices of the Work That Reconnects, with a poetry dive and sound healing, to weave a holding basket for our love of Life on Earth.

The circle will hold us as we explore our Grief for what we have lost and will inevitably lose, as a consequence of being alive. We will settle together into a place of receptivity, opening our hearts to our connections with one another and the beauty that surrounds us in nature.

Many indigenous wisdom cultures honour the vital place of Grief in tempering the human heart and maintaining peace. And they tend to the vital practice of Gratitude, relating with all Life with thanksgiving from our hearts, which strengthens us in facing the challenging times we live in.

As well as our explorations and sharings of Grief and Gratitude, the retreat will offer other restorative practices, including a gong bath on the Saturday evening and time in silent contemplation. We’ll prepare meals and make and sit around a fire together and live as a small intentional community during the weekend.

This is for anyone who feels drawn and can commit to being present for the whole duration of the retreat. We hope you’ll join us.

Dates: Friday evening July 12th to Sunday lunch time, July 14th. Arrival from 4pm Friday.
Cost: £110 early bird until 30 June and £130 thereafter. £50 deposit payable to reserve your place. Camping is free in own tent or van. 3 spaces available in small caravan/bath house at £10 per night.

If you are interested in attending or would like further information, please contact us.
Places are limited to 8 people and we expect them to fill up quickly.

To book, please contact:

Sally Davies: 07766 213606 email saldavies@hotmail.com

To ask any questions either contact Sally above or Karen on 07885 239752

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Nights of Grief and Mystery

Nights of Grief and Mystery – Stephen Jenkinson, Gregory Hoskins and full band from Canada @Theatr Gwaun, Fishguard
Friday 14th June 7-9.30 pm
Tickets £18 in advance, £20 on the door
View Trailer at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVGzjUELiYg&feature=youtu.be
Link to buy tickets on Eventbrite can be found at www.holyhiatus.co.uk

Stephen Jenkinson returns to West Wales for the fifth time in June 2019.

Ruth Jones, director of local community organisation Holy Hiatus says “I invited Stephen to Pembrokeshire back in 2013 because I was totally bowled over by the film Griefwalker, since then he has led teaching events and given performances here, and has even established a UK branch of his school Orphan Wisdom which convenes again this year at Llanrhian Hall in May. He is the most extraordinary orator, I have never heard anyone speak the way he does, it’s mesmerising, and life-changing”

“Stephen is on tour in the UK with singer-songwriter Gregory Hoskins and full band performing Nights of Grief and Mystery. All the other gigs take place in major cities including London, Edinburgh, Brighton, Bristol. We are so lucky to be hosting this event in Fishguard with its population of 5000. Normally we have to travel to experience events of this international status, and here it is on our doorstep”

What is Nights of Grief and Mystery?
Nights of Grief and Mystery weaves together in a most wondrous way, the extraordinary talents and skills of internationally renowned author, teacher, storyteller, and cultural activist Stephen Jenkinson with those of Toronto-based singer-songwriter Gregory Hoskins and his band. This an evening for young folk and old folk, for elders in training—an event of interest to parents and grandparents, teachers, scholars, health care professionals, clergy, counsellors, and anyone else pondering matters around human development, rites of passage, ageing, wisdom.

Stephen describes these events like this: “Concerts for Turbulent Times they surely are. We might not be considered poets, but the evenings are poetic. They are musical and grave and raucous and stilling, which probably means they are theatrical. They are nights devoted to the ragged mysteries of being human, and so grief and endings of all kinds appear. Sonorous hours and rapture, served by whatever talents of tongue and timbre have been granted the band, by the reckless labours of friends and accomplices who fashion genuine gigs in their home towns from their dreams for a better day, and by the willingness of the sold out houses in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK, and the USA to be drawn into wonder and poetry and the kenning.”

They are nights in which love letters to life are written and read. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’ve become timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery, quixotic, with some swagger. What would you call such a thing? Nights of Grief & Mystery. Part poetry, part lamentation, part book reading, part ribaldry, part concert, part lifting the mortal veil and learning the mysteries there…that’s what’s in store—and some-thing you’ll not want to miss, or say you did.

About Stephen Jenkinson: Stephen Jenkinson, MTS, MSW, RSW, is an internationally known teacher, author, storyteller, farmer, sculptor, musician, spiritual activist, ceremonialist, and founder of the Orphan Wisdom School in Ontario, Canada. He holds Masters’ degrees from Harvard University (Theology) and the University of Toronto (Social Work). A highly sought-after speaker and workshop leader, his work has been featured in national radio and television documentaries on care of the dying and wilderness creativity. He is the author of Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul, the award-winning book about grief, and dying, and the great love of life. He is the subject of a National Film Board of Canada documentary, Griefwalker. He brings teachings of the ramshackling kind, about honour and grace under pressure, about how we might learn our darkening times. His new book, Come of Age: The Case for Elderhood in a Time of Trouble, wonders about elderhood in an age of age-intolerance, and about the withering World Tree. www.orphanwisdom.com

About Gregory Hoskins: Often described with epithets like “best kept secret”, “un-sung”, and “an artist that has flown under the radar”, Gregory Hoskins’ career spans 11 recordings over 27 years and record deals on three continents. Hoskin’s lyrics and voice tend to break and bind at the same time, songs steeped in the drama of living awake with one foot in the sorrow of it all and the other in the beauty of it all…and he does it over propulsive grooves, brooding electric guitar work, and rich sonics. Material from his most recent release https://gregoryhoskins.bandcamp.com/album/vain-alone-20 is featured in the Nights of Grief and Mystery. Please visit https://gregoryhoskins.bandcamp.com/ to listen.

Some audience responses
“What Stephen and Gregory were able to conjure is something rare and mysterious. A true gift…”

“Bravo. Hearts Broken. Hearts Mended. All on one Dark, Luminous Night.”
“I went and was absolutely blown away. I was incredibly moved and inspired by both Stephen’s words and Gregory and the band’s music. Thank you so much for sharing this unique and powerful work with us!”

Contact details:

Ruth Jones, Creative Director Holy Hiatus

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Womb-ing the Voice / Heart Frequency Sound Bath

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Big Flock 2019!

Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 4 PM

Big Flock returns to Newgale Beach!

Imagine several hundred making a human murmuration! Come and join in, everyone welcome, all ages, all levels of mobility. There will be a flock that’s just the right speed for you. We will have some fun learning some simple movements and keeping in time with your flock.

Dress warm in layers of blues, turquoises, greys (no big logos on clothing if possible please) Wear trainers or other comfortable shoes. Warm hats are advised! The event will happen whatever the weather, so if its raining bring waterproofs. Children of any age are welcome. A parent or guardian must stay with children in the same flock unless the child is over the age of 10.

There is free parking available at the Duke of Edinburgh Pub and near Sands Cafe (Solva end of the beach) and ticketed parking at the south end of the beach. Please car pool where possible.

This is a Holy Hiatus event in collaboration with Joon Dance. We will be filming the murmuration.

Please register for this event. It costs £2.50 per person, £1 of which goes to RSPB.

To register, go to http://www.holyhiatus.co.uk/?event=big-flock-2019

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The World of Nature Spirits and Elementals

Communicating and Co-creating with The World of Nature Spirits and Elementals – A Workshop with Susan Raven

The weekend of  7th – 9th June 2019, at Urdd Centre, Pentre Ifan, Pembrokeshire, SA41 3XE

The Nature Spirits are waiting to be reunited with us, and as emissaries of higher spiritual beings, they wish to be of great assistance to us at this time, but we have to step into their world and meet them in their own territory. It is time to engage in dialogue and relearn a living world wisdom from the elemental kingdom.

How do we contact them? How do we learn from them? How do we enter the dream-time of  their world? How do we interpret the sensations we experience with them? And how do we begin to co-create with them?

At this gathering in the beautiful environs of Pentre Ifan we will be exploring the methods used for seership and communication prescribed by the philosopher, scientist and seer, Rudolf Steiner. We will be focusing on ways in which we can build a line of communication with the nature spirits, in order that we may receive information and insight into their world. By working together with the elementals – which reside in earth, water, air and fire – we can become responsible co-creators at this critical time in our evolution.

In this workshop Susan will be describing the activities of the nature spirits in the landscape, in plants and in the human being. We will be looking at ways in which we can effectively help these generous inhabitants of the supersensible realm for the ultimate benefit of us all.

Susan Raven is a long time student of Anthroposophy and has worked with the methods and exercises prescribed by Rudolf Steiner for seeing into the supersensible realms. She has also trained with Dorian Schmidt, director of the Biodynamic Research Institute. Susan is author of the book; Nature Spirits: The Remembrance: A guide to the Elemental Kingdom Image result for nature spirits susan raven

Cost and Booking
The cost of the weekend is £150 from 4.00 pm on Friday 7th June to approx. 3.30 pm Sunday 9th June. This includes all meals (vegetarian) and accommodation. For more information please contact Vivienne.  Email: collins.vivienne@gmail.com or telephone 01834 810385

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Mini Yoga Festival

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Introduction to Samarpan Meditation   

Narberth Natural Health Centre,
Market St, Narberth SA67 7AX

11am Saturday 9th March

All are welcome to this introductory session to Samarpan Meditation, which will include an initial talk with an opportunity for questions and answers, followed by a twenty minute meditation. The session is for an hour and is free.

Samarpan Meditation has been practised in the Himalayas for over 800 years and has recently been brought to the world. The meditation is simple yet powerful, with a short mantra followed by half an hour of silence.

This is a link to a short introductory video:


 For more information contact Vivienne 01834 810385 or Tim 01437 710001

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Yoga and Gong Bath

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 6 PM – 9:45 PM

Come and join Karen Saunders and Sally Davies for an evening of relaxing and restorative yoga and gongs. Karen will be leading the yoga session from 6 – 7.30pm, then after a short break the gong bath will be from 7.45 – 8.45pm.
You can either come to the whole session which will be £20, or just come for the gong bath for £10.
A deposit of £10 is needed to reserve your place as space is limited.
Please bring a yoga mat, blanket and pillow so you can be really comfortable.

Contact: klsaunders1234@yahoo.co.uk,    saldavies@hotmail.com

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Contemplative Prayer Group starting

A new group is starting up to bring a contemplative, meditative practice into St Davids Cathedral. It will be based on the silent meditative practice know as Centering Prayer, as advocated by the late Fr Thomas Keating and the author and Anglican priest/hermit Cynthia Bourgeault. (See http://contemplativeoutreach.org.uk)

It will take place at 11am on Thursdays in the Cathedral Lady Chapel, which the chapel with glass doors up at the top end of the cathedral, and last about 1 hour maximum

The first session is on Thursday 7th February, and weekly thereafter. Everyone welcome!

For more information, contact Jayne MacGregor for details, 01437 454388, 

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Finding Peace in a Frantic World

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