Forest Moons hosted another enchanting in-person workshop at Plot 22 in Hove early this Autumn. A beautiful session, rejoicing in the juicy fruitfulness and life-force of the tenacious Bramble, beneath the waxing gibbous, or fulfilling, phase of the Harvest moon.
The Keeper of the Woods, Blackberry offers delicious nourishment and protection while encouraging us to reach out into new possibilities, cherish our dreams and enrich our lives with merry wildness. We decorated Bramble twines with ribbons, coloured threads, herbs, fruits and flowers to take joyous Blackberry energy home. We added blackberries to bottles of apple cider vinegar so that we may imbibe autumnal harvest and enjoyed some poignant poetry.
“Thank you for a wonderfully divine Forest Moons session. These moments are so important, connecting with wonderful women and the moon and nature. So important!! Forest Moons is such a lovely, abundant, dreamy and nourishing space. Yvonne is generous with her wisdom, her knowledge of the plants and moon, her own stories, drumming, book-recommendations, apple-cider vinegar with blackberries and the most divine, delicious, delightful blackberry flapjack. I look forward to coming to more Forest Moons sharings.” (Feedback from a participant)
We explored the powerful wisdom inherent in the waxing and waning moon cycle with simple props (a torch, tennis and table tennis balls) and the unique intuitive gifts that each phase along the way encourages us to use. I led folk on a meditative drum journey to meet their own inner wisdom, gifts or encouragement in the moment. Lady Luna put in a stunning late appearance at just the right moment, low in the sky, yet shining with lunar power.
We enjoyed sharing Song of the Bramble (from the Children’s Forest book) and browsed my library of inspiring books with a reading list to take home. All nourished by refreshments, nutty flapjack full of blackberries and the generous hospitality of Plot 22 from Jan, one of the Plot Team members.
“On this Full Moon, I send thanks for our evening ‘in the forest’ last weekend. I learned that if I wait patiently, growth will occur, in a wiser way than if I try to ‘get ahead’. I learned that’s it’s OK to be prickly when something important needs protecting. I bought, and am reading, the Celtic Wisdom of Trees and look forward to our next drum-beat.” (Feedback from a participant)
I relished imparting the knowledge and experiences that I have collated and come to love over recent years. The plants of the Celtic tree calendar have so many bountiful insights for us if we simply take time out to stop, breathe and listen to living whispers waiting for us to be ready to hear them. Moon cycles encourage us to step off the modern treadmill and reflect on what is really important in our precious life-time. Balancing doing and being in ways that nourish us deeply, connect us with nature and improve our impact on our gorgeous living world.
If you would like to grab a place on the next Birch and Quiet moon workshop at Plot 22 in January then you will be able to get further information or book a place at www.plot22.org/workshops
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