Herbal medicine workshops & druid retreat days with Jo Dunbar and Adrian Rooke
Jo Dunbar, medical herbalist and druid and Adrian Rooke, pagan celebrant, counsellor and druid, love to create beautiful herbal druid retreat days. Each retreat day centers around deepening our relationship with one of the eight sacred druidic festivals, and the tree and herbs associated with that specific time of the year. Gently as the day progresses, through druid rituals, collective making of herbal brews, traditional story-telling, sacred singing, some craft work, walking in nature and a variety of other beautiful meditative exercises, we open our hearts to the wisdom of nature and the effect on our lives is profound.
Workshop: Beltane and hawthorn – exploring the power, passion and pain of being fully open to love and life
Date: Saturday 20 May or Sunday 21 May 2017, 10am - 5pm
Where: The Queen Elizabeth Park, near Petersfield, Hampshire (collection from Petersfield railway station is arranged if you don't drive)
Saturday's workshop is organised through the College of Psychic Studies and costs £75 for members or £95 for non-members. Advanced booking only. Call 0207 589 3239 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book
Sunday's workshop is organised through Botanica Medica and costs £75. Advanced booking only. Call 07932 764417 or click here to book
Jo Dunbar and Adrian Rooke take us on a journey along the Celtic Wheel of the Year to the merry month of May and the ancient celebration of Beltane. This is the time when love fills the hedgerows; when the Gods and the Goddesses come together in the Greenwood marriage bringing fertility to the land.
The sacred tree that we shall focus on this time is Hawthorn which is truly a tree of the heart. We shall also discuss how to use other herbs which support our circulatory systems such as Cleavers, Blackberries and Wild garlic. As always, there shall be stories, and joyful song and chanting, meditations and working magically with our sacred Hawthorn.
Workshop: The summer solstice and the sacred oak
Date: Saturday 8 July or Sunday 9 July 2017, 10am - 5pm
Where: The Queen Elizabeth Park in Hampshire (collection from Petersfield railway station is arranged if you don't drive)
Saturday's workshop has been arranged through the College of Psychic Studies and costs £75 for members or £95 for non-members. Call 0207 589 3239 or email email@example.com to book
Sunday's workshop costs £75. Advanced booking only. Call 07932 764417 or click here to book
Adrian Rooke and Jo Dunbar guide us further along the Celtic Wheel of the Year as we now celebrate the ancient ceremony of the Summer Solstice - when the sun is at its highest point during the seasonal cycle in the Northern hemisphere. Through time immorial, this time of year has been celebrated with joy and gratitude by humans, and so today we shall do the same in the druidic tradition using myths and meditations, songs and herbs.
Working ritually in the forest we shall focus on connecting to the huge power of the Oak. The ancient Celts saw Oak as the Summer King of the forest, opening a doorway to another world, or level of existence. Oak supports our endeavours with its power and strength, and we shall be exploring our relationship to the oak, and other hedgerow herbs such as St John's wort, Mugwort and Vervaine. These herbs can bring light and joy to our lives, and in this way, we open our hearts and lives to the joy of the sun at its zenith of power both in the outer world and in our inner landscape.
Previous walks and workshops
Talk: The spirit of the hedgerow
Jo Dunbar, author of Spirit of the Hedgerow, Medical Herbalist and Druid and Adrian Rooke Pagan celebrant, Counsellor and Druid, discuss how pagan folk interacted with the physical and spiritual aspects of the forest in the pre-Christian era, and how we can bring the magic of the wild wood back into our lives today.
Workshop: The spirit of the hedgerow
Using Druidic ritual, stories, sacred singing and the ancient Celtic Ogham (tree alphabet), Jo Dunbar and Adrian Rooke, bring us deeper into contact with the magic of the wild wood, and the spiritual power of our native trees and herbs. We discover how
venturing into the magical forest can open us to a deeper understanding of our own lives and may help to navigate through the entanglements of our personal journey.
Workshop: Working magically in the forest
The energies of nature are sinking deep into the earth now. The leaves have been shed and the seeds are under a warm layer of leaf mould, incubating over winter. So too the sap and energy of the great oaks have descended down into their roots, safe in the dark earth. Pregnant badgers and foxes are underground in their warm lairs, nurturing their young ones. As we follow the energies of nature, we will use this day to sink deeply into our own psyches, exploring which aspects of our lives we are ready to shed, and which seeds we wish to incubate safely in our hearts, ready to grow when the time is right. This is a day of meditation, working together with each other and the spirit of the descending seasonal energies as well as spending time in the forest connecting to the sacredness of our inner and outer landscape.
Workshop: Birch and the spring equinox - the tree of new beginnings
We begin our journey through the seasons with Birch - associated with new beginnings. We shall explore the energies which Birch brings to the forest and to our lives, such as sweeping out of the old and pioneering new beginnings. Birch is a tree associated with detoxification and a bringer of Light and Love, so we shall make a brew of detoxifying hedgerow herbs and use meditation and traditional stories to strengthen our Light Bodies and spread universal love. As usual, there will be sacred singing and druidic ritual as part of the day.