This time last month I introduced
The Blue Butterfly Workshop
and invited you to join me for these two days combining systemic therapy and art journaling on the 17th & 18th March 2018.
Since then we have seen the clocks go back, the days shorten and the temperature drop.
For those of us who observe the Celtic calendar; Samhain, celebrated over the period now commonly known as Halloween, has marked the end of the old year and the beginning of the new. It is a time when the veil between life and death is thin and the connection with our ancestors is strong. This year I created a mizmaze (an ancient English labyrinth) in the sacred circle on our land and prepared the space for ceremony. As this is the time of year when darkness envelopes us, we took light into the centre of the mizmaze, with the intention of leaving it there with the spirits for the period between now and the darkest day, the winter solstice, when will bring the light out into the world once more.
For several days I tended the space taking more and more light into the centre of the circle, leaving it with offerings and prayers for all that was ending, being left behind and let go of in this place of timeless stillness.
For me Samhain is both a time to reflect and a time to dream. To consider new beginnings too, ideas and plans, not unlike seeds or bulbs held deep in the earth, that are gathering energy, full of potential, ready to spark life and new growth.
In this place, I spoke out loud of my vision for The Blue Butterfly Workshop, allowing myself and my plan to be held by the land and my ancestors. I asked for clarity, for support and for guidance and I listened to the messages that came back to me. At the darkest moment of the moon I ‘reviewed’ what I am germinating:
An opportunity to explore our relationship with our present-day environment, our ancestral lineage and our creative natures. To engage with our genetic connection to ancient human beings, to our immediate families and to each other. To question and discuss our thoughts, beliefs and theories. To trust our intuition and to find space to be quiet and still.
And this is what The Blue Butterfly Workshop will be!
If you would like to know more about the practicalities of the workshop, local accommodation and dietary options or if would like to discuss concessions and payment plans please do not hesitate to contact me here.
I hope you’ll join me!
Love and light, Polly