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Date for Raw food day

I have just realised that there has been a mistake in the recent newsletter concerning the date for the Raw Food Day

It will take place on Saturday 7th March 2015 (not the 6th)  10.30 - 4.30pm

 

For more details or to reserve your place, contact Jenny Littman at Jenny@resource-me.com  

 


Winter Gathering events

Here is a brief outline of events for the Winter Gathering. It begins on Friday afternoon 5th Dec, until the end of Sunday evening 7th Dec. Come for something specific, drop in for whatever takes your fancy or come everyday.

No charge, offer what you can, receive what you need. It is helpful to know if you plan to come for something, especially meals, individual sessions and the Gong Bath. 

Friday 5th Dec

Afternoon.Reflexology sessions with Emma Finch

Tree totem making with Gordon Field - continues throughtout the weekend.

7.30pm Gong Bath (Now fully booked but the usual monthly Gong Bath will take place on Friday 19th Dec)

Sat 6th Dec

Morning and afternoon Maya Spencer indiv 15 min crystal healing sessions

Afternoon Karen Stead-Dexter indiv sessions of Ter-Mai Reiki Seichem

1pm Light lunch

3pm Talk Gordon Field "Dowsing and communicating with trees

5pm Supper

6.30pm Sacred Circle dancing with Sue Beechwood-Hunt

8pm An imaginal midwiinter journey to the Cave of the Dreaming Bears with Louise Page.

 

Sunday 7th Dec.

Throughout the day individual sessions with Sarah Norrish - No Hands massage and Ali Lloyd Jones - Cosmic Healing

12,30pm Lunch

2pm Talk by Sagara Vajra about his journey of creating the wonderful sculpture of the Wisdom Goddess Prjnaparamita

3.30pm John Hough will give his "Modern Day Robin Hood speech to the UN", based on his recent book.

5pm Supper

Sunday evening Freya Hartley will lead us in a meditative journey with a focus on the Midwinter Solstice and Sagara will once again create a spiral labyrinth for us to walk.

The weekend wil complete with cups of tea, sitting round the fire and continuing conversations.

 


Winter Gathering

After over a week with no phone or internet, BT have put everything to right today!

All being well the programme for Winter Gathering Friday 5th to Sunday 7th December, will be coming out later this week.

 


Dates for next meditation group and next Gong Bath

Meditation Group 7.30pm start - 7th November 2014  Cost £3

Gong Bath 7.30pm start - 21st November 2014   Cost £7.50

 

See previous news item for further details of Gong Baths and other events.

 


November and December events.

The October newsletter has just been sent out to those on the mailing list. If you would like to be included on the mailing list, please do email me with your email address and I will send it on to you.

For any further information, please contact me on jennyas26@hotmail.com or 01404 841 450

November events.

A day with Jennifer Ash and Clare Viner using Sound and Story telling.

Saturday 8th November 10am - 4.30pm. £55 to include lunch and refreshments.

Enjoy a day of creativity and reflection related to thehealing energies of Samhain as we enter this inner, meditative time of year

 

 

Jennifer is an experienced Psychotherapist, Qi Gong practitioner and Sound therapist, with a long interest in the spiritual in everyday and the inseparability of body, mind and spirit.

 

Clare is a Story-teller and Healer with a rich experience of shamanic work, drama, kinesiology and other work related to creativity and the spiritual. 

 

 

 

Samhain at the end of October marks the culmination of the year’s harvest and the tiny new beginnings deep underground, a time when the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest, when experiences of the past year can unfold into reflections and new intentions. It is the descent into the deep creative space of Winter.

Story and Sound can lead us inward, helping to unravel the dross that hides the gold of who we are.

The use of Sound has been identified with inner world spiritual activities, including magical dimensions, for at least 3000 years.

Gongs and Singing Bowls will support an inner journey of exploration stimulated by the Story-telling of Clare as we listen and allow the magic to unfold.

 

 


 

Sunday 9th November - A day of meditation and relaxation with Maya Spencer

 

 

 

 

Come and recharge your batteries with gentle meditation practices in the friendly and nourishing atmosphere at Eastcott.

 

This event is open to all who have previously attended a Mindfulness course, or are established meditators. 

 

The cost is £55, to include delicious lunch and afternoon tea. 

 

For enquiries and bookings, contact Maya:

drmayaspencer@gmail.com or by phone 01823 272198

 

 

Wednesday 12th November - Villages in Action at Sheldon Village Hall

 

Beneath the Albion Sky. A one man theatre production hosted by Villages in Action at Sheldon Village Hall, detailing a man’s journey along the St Michaels Ley Line. Mixing travelogue and historical fact it is a story about our relationship with England’s past, the landscape around us and the things our imaginations do to

cope with loss.

 

Details from John Carr – 01404 841367

 

 

 


 

Sunday 16th November - An introduction to Chakras with Karen Stead-Dexter

 

If you are interested please contact Karen directly at karen@kingfisherhealth.co.uk

Kraen also runs a monthly group to support those suffering with ME.

 

 

 

Friday 21st November - Gong Bath

Anyone is  welcome but please let me know if you plan to come  (jennyash26@hotmail.com) so that I can lay the room out appropriately.

Arrive 7.20pm for 7.30 start. Bring a pillow. Cost £7.50

The Gong Bath lasts for approximately one hour, followed by a cup of tea etc. 


 

 

 

Friday 5th to Sunday 7th December - Winter Gathering

 

 

 

This is the third year of the Eastcott Barn Winter Gathering. It will be held on similar lines to the previous two years. If you have something you would like to receive and something you would like to offer – eg. an idea, a talk, healing, a conversation, something to eat, a workshop, help with washing up etc, come and be part of this Gathering.

 

The only charge is for B and B if anyone needs to stay.  

 

 

Some people have already made suggestions and it will be so interesting to watch the programme unfold. So if you are interested, please contact Jenny 

 


September events

During September, there will not be the usual monthly Meditation group or Gong Bath.

Other events during September:

Saturday 13th September - Karen Stead-Dexter Shamanic Circle 2-5pm

Saturday 27th September - Forest Garden Workshop with Sagara Vajra.10 - 5pm.  £55 including lunch and visit to the Forest Garden.

 

 October events:

Meditation Group with Sagara Vajra 7.20 for 7.30 pm start. £3

Saturday 4th October. Yoga Mondfulness Day with Karen Atkinson. 10 - 5pm. £58

Sunday 5th October. Advanced Chakra workshop with Karen Stead-Dexter. £60

 

 N.B The Annual Winter Gathering!

Friday 5th December to Sunday 7th December 2014.

 


Forthcoming programme

The July newsletter, covering events currently planned until November, has been sent out to all those on the Eastcott Barn mailing list. If you would like an email copy, please do let me know.

Events in August:

Saturday 2nd August 10 - 5pm. A chakra workshop with Karen Stead- Dexter.

Wednesday 13th August. 7pm. Toxic Cosmetics. An interesting and experiential talk with Karen Stead-Dexter.

Friday 15th August 7.20 for 7.30pm The monthly Gong Bath with Jenny Ash.

Saturday 16th August 10.30 - 5.30pm. "Seed sounds of the Chakras" with renowned sound therapist and musician, James D'Angelo.

Please contact Jenny on 01404 841 450 or jennyash26@hotmail .com for further information.

 


April Gong Bath and Meditation Group

Sagara will be leading the meditation on Friday 4th April. Please arrive shortly beforehand for 7.30pm start.

All welcome, whether you are new to meditation or are an experienced meditator. 

It would be helpful if you could let me know if you are planning to come. 

 

The April Gong Bath will be held on Friday 25th April. Start time 7.30pm.

Bring cushion or pillow. Cost £7.50.The Gong Bath last for approximately an hour and is followed by cup of tea etc..

Booking essential. 

 


February Gong Baths

 
Gong Baths in February
          Sunday 9th February, arrive 10.45 for 11am start
                                      and
          Friday 14th February,  arrive 7.30 for 7.45 start
 
I thought it might be an idea to try a daytime gong bath for those who prefer not to travel out in the winter evenings. 
 
You will notice that the second gong bath is on Valentine's Day, so if you have no Valentine and it feels as if all the rest of the world is planning a romantic evening, why not come to Eastcott Barn for a warm welcome and some gong sound therapy! Or if you do have a Valentine, you and your Valentine would also both be welcome!
 
Bring a blanket and pillow to make yourself comfortable. The Gong bath will last for approximately one hour and there will be tea and biscuits afterwards. The cost is £7.50 per person.
 
Please let me know of you plan to come on either date. 
 
The monthly meditation group will be held on Friday 7th February, to start at 7.30pm. All welcome. Again it would be helpful if you could let me know if you are planning to come.

 


Eastcott Barn - December 2013 newsletter

 

Eastcott Barn Newsletter                                              
December 2013
 
Eastcott Barn Winter Gathering
Friday 6th – Sunday 8th December 2013
 
Welcome to the programme for the Gathering. There are no costs involved (apart from B and B). The ethos of these three days is that you offer what you can and receive what you need. The people named below have offered talks, workshops and individual healing sessions. 
Others have offered food and washing up. More offerings of cakes, quiches, salads or whatever you fancy bringing would be very welcome.
 
The timing of particular things has been included because knowing what’s on when is important! However the timings are a rough guide and may be slightly adjusted as we “go with what is”.
 
If you would like an individual session with Lynne, Elena or Karen, (and what a great opportunity to take advantage of these free sessions, then sit back and relax in front of the fire) it would be helpful to let me know so that I can give them some idea of who has booked which slots.
 
You are welcome to come everyday or just drop in to anything that takes your fancy.
Friday 6th December
One to one Reflexology sessions with Lynne Breen 11am – 2pm

Reflexology is a holistic, natural therapy based on the principles that there are points on the hands and feet that correspond to all the systems and parts of the body.

Reflexology is both old and new. It has its roots in Egypt, China and India but it is only in the early part of this century that it found its way to the west.

The hands are used to apply pressure to the feet and sometimes the hands. Subtle changes may be felt in specific points on the feet and by applying pressure to these areas the corresponding area of the body may be affected in a positive way.
 
“Felt In”  11am through into the afternoon with a break for a light lunch together. Making creations with felt, inspired and led by Geraldine Field. The felting creations can continue all weekend, much as the knitting did last year. Geraldine has suggested that we make our individual pieces into a wall hanging to add to the knitted cushion.
 
1pm Lunch (soup,salad etc)
 
7.30pm Meditation - open to all, this is the monthly meditation group. Approx 1 hour followed by tea and talking.
 
Saturday 7th December
 
 
Throughout the day
 
 
Massage sessions – Elena MacDonald, holistic practitioner in Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Therapeutic massage, including deep release for Back, Neck and Shoulders and Natural Facelift massage.
 
11am -1.00 pm Jane Embleton
"Creating Sacred space” – exploring the sacred space of winter.
 
1.00pm Lunch (soup, salad etc)
 
2.30 - 4.00pm Karen Stead-Dexter "Bird Spirit Medicine"
This will be an experiential talk allowing people, through guided meditation, to link with the spirit of birds through feathers that Karen will bring along.  She also wants people to link with Kalil her falcon who will accompany her, so those people feeling grounded (!) can handle him and see what he has to share.
 
4.30pm Gordon Field "Dowsing and communicating with trees"
Gordon’s talk last year inspired people at the Gathering. It will be most interesting to hear of his work over the past twelve months.
 
6.00pm Supper
 
 
7.30pm Sagara Vajra
Labyrinth walk in the gym. A meditative walk to the centre of ourselves.  Sagara has created a beautiful labyrinth using UV colours with effects similar to this magical image.
Sunday 8th December
Karen Stead-Dexter, Tera Mai Reiki and Seichem teacher/practitioner. Karen will be offering sessions throughout Sunday.
 
11am  Ali Lloyd-Jones
The Form - "Meditative sacred movement"
 
12.30 Lunch
 
2.30pm  Ratnadeva will give a general introduction to Buddhafield and then talk specifically about their activity and landwork at Broadhembury, all illustrated (technology permitting!) with lots of photos.
Buddhafield comprises both a Buddhist charity and a trading company that run an annual Festival, a roving vegetarian cafe and a programme of Buddhist camping retreats. Buddhafield owns two plots of land, one in Dartmoor and the other at Broadhembury just below the Gliding Club
 
 
3.30pm  Jill Goodwin   "Biodanza in the gym"
Biodanza is a most enjoyable way of connecting with our emotions and our bodies, of connecting with other people and the cosmos through the medium of very beautiful moving music from around the world, particularly from South America.  In this taster session Jill will guide you through a series of simple dances using organic movements inspired by the music. You don’t have to remember steps or already be able to dance. Just come and allow yourself to enjoy this beautiful and joyful time!
 
4.30pm   Sagara “Grounding enlightenment into the earth”
 

 


Eastcott Barn Winter Gathering - December 2013

Eastcott Barn Winter Gathering  Friday 6th – Sunday 8th December 2013


Welcome to the programme for the Gathering. There are no costs involved (apart from B and B) The ethos of these three days is that you offer what you can and receive what you need. The people named below have offered talks, workshop and individual healing sessions


 Others have offered food and washing up. More offerings of cakes, quiches, salads or

whatever you fancy bringing would be very welcome.


The timing of particular things has been included because knowing what’s on when is important! However the timings are a rough guide and may be slightly adjusted as we “go with what is”.


If you would like an individual session with Lynne, Elena or Karen, (and what a great opportunity to take advantage of these free sessions, then sit back and relax in front of the fire) it would be helpful to let me know so that I can give them some idea of who has booked which slots.


You are welcome to come everyday or just drop in to anything that takes your fancy.


Friday 6th December


One to one Reflexology sessions with Lynne Breen 11am – 2pm


Reflexology is a holistic, natural therapy based on the principles that there are points on the hands and feet that correspond to all the systems and parts of the body.

Reflexology is both old and new. It has its roots in Egypt, China and India but it is only in the early part of this century that it found its way to the west.

The hands are used to apply pressure to the feet and sometimes the hands. Subtle changes may be felt in specific points on the feet and by applying pressure to these areas the corresponding area of the body may be affected in a positive way.


“Felt In”  11am through into the afternoon with a break for a light lunch together. Making creations with felt, inspired and led by Geraldine Field. The felting creations can continue all weekend, much as the knitting did last year. Geraldine has suggested that we make our individual pieces into a wall hanging to add to the knitted cushion.


1pm Lunch (soup,salad etc)


7.30pm Meditation - open to all, this is the monthly meditation group. Approx 1 hour followed by tea and talking.



Saturday 7th December


 
    


    


Throughout the day

Massage sessions – Elena Macdonald, holistic practitioner in Reflexology, Aromatherapy and Therapeutic massage, including deep release for Back, Neck and Shoulders and Natural Facelift massage.

11am -1.00 pm Jane Embleton

"Creating Sacred space” – exploring the sacred space of winter.


1.00pm Lunch (soup, salad etc)


2.30 - 4.00pm Karen Stead-Dexter "Bird Spirit Medicine"

This will be an experiential talk allowing people, through guided meditation, to link with the spirit of birds through feathers that Karen will bring along.  She also wants people to link with Kalil her falcon who will accompany her, so those people feeling grounded (!) can handle him and see what he has to share.


4.30pm Gordon Field "Dowsing and communicating with trees"

Gordon’s talk last year inspired people at the Gathering. It will be most interesting to hear of his work over the past twelve months.


6.00pm Supper


7.30 Sagara  Vajra Labyrinth walk in the gym. A meditative walk to the centre of ourselves. Sagara has created a beautiful labyrinth using UV colours


Sunday 8th December


Karen Stead-Dexter, Tera Mai Reiki and Seichem teacher/practitioner. Karen will be offering sessions throughout Sunday.


11am  Ali Lloyd-Jones

The Form - "Meditative sacred movement"


 12.30 Lunch


 2.30pm  Ratnadeva will give a general introduction to Buddhafield and then talk specifically about their activity and landwork at Broadhembury, all illustrated (technology permitting!) with lots of photos.

Buddhafield comprises both a Buddhist charity and a trading company that run an annual Festival, a roving vegetarian cafe and a programme of Buddhist camping retreats. Buddhafield owns two plots of land, one in Dartmoor and the other at Broadhembury just below the Gliding Club


  3.30pm  Jill Goodwin   "Biodanza in the gym"

Biodanza is a most enjoyable way of connecting with our emotions and our bodies, of connecting with other people and the cosmos through the medium of very beautiful moving music from around the world, particularly from South America.  In this taster session Jill will guide you through a series of simple dances using organic movements inspired by the music. You don’t have to remember steps or already be able to dance. Just come and allow yourself to enjoy this beautiful and joyful time!


 4.30pm   Sagara “Grounding enlightenment into the earth”

With audio-visual aid, Sagara will give what is sure to be a fascinating account of his own story and experiences that led him, through difficult times and, adventures to amongst other things, the creation of a forest garden.


 6.00pm     Supper


7.30pm Jenny and Elaine “ Gong Bath”Bring a pillow and clanked and lie for an hour in a bath of sound from these beautiful instruments

8.30pmSitting round the fire and continuing conversations!





         

 


Programe for Winter Gathering 2013

 

   
 
Eastcott Barn Newsletter                                              
December 2013
 
Eastcott Barn Winter Gathering
Friday 6th – Sunday 8th December 2013
 
Welcome to the programme for the Gathering. There are no costs involved (apart from B and B). The ethos of these three days is that you offer what you can and receive what you need. The people named below have offered talks, workshops and individual healing sessions. 
Others have offered food and washing up. More offerings of cakes, quiches, salads or whatever you fancy bringing would be very welcome.
 
The timing of particular things has been included because knowing what’s on when is important! However the timings are a rough guide and may be slightly adjusted as we “go with what is”.
 
If you would like an individual session with Lynne, Elena or Karen, (and what a great opportunity to take advantage of these free sessions, then sit back and relax in front of the fire) it would be helpful to let me know so that I can give them some idea of who has booked which slots.
 
You are welcome to come everyday or just drop in to anything that takes your fancy.
 

 


Winter Gathering programe

 Eastcott Barn Winter Gathering  Friday 6th – Sunday 8th December 2013

 

 

Friday 6th December

 

One to one Reflexology sessions with Lynne Breen 11am – 2pm


Reflexology is a holistic, natural therapy based on the principles that there are points on the hands and feet that correspond to all the systems and parts of the body.

Reflexology is both old and new. It has its roots in Egypt, China and India but it is only in the early part of this century that it found its way to the west.

The hands are used to apply pressure to the feet and sometimes the hands. Subtle changes may be felt in specific points on the feet and by applying pressure to these areas the corresponding area of the body may be affected in a positive way.

 

“Felt In”  11am through into the afternoon with a break for a light lunch together. Making creations with felt, inspired and led by Geraldine Field. The felting creations can continue all weekend, much as the knitting did last year. Geraldine has suggested that we make our individual pieces into a wall hanging to add to the knitted cushion.

 

1pm Lunch (soup,salad etc)

 

7.30pm Meditation - open to all, this is the monthly meditation group. Approx 1 hour followed by tea and talking.

 

 

Saturday 7th December

 

  

 

 

 

Throughout the day

Massage sessions – Elena Macdonald, holistic practitioner in Reflexology, Aromatherapy and Therapeutic massage, including deep release for Back, Neck and Shoulders and Natural Facelift massage.

11am -1.00 pm Jane Embleton

"Creating Sacred space” – exploring the sacred space of winter.

 

1.00pm Lunch (soup, salad etc)

 

2.30 - 4.00pm Karen Stead-Dexter "Bird Spirit Medicine"

This will be an experiential talk allowing people, through guided meditation, to link with the spirit of birds through feathers that Karen will bring along.  She also wants people to link with Kalil her falcon who will accompany her, so those people feeling grounded (!) can handle him and see what he has to share.

 

4.30pm Gordon Field "Dowsing and communicating with trees"

Gordon’s talk last year inspired people at the Gathering. It will be most interesting to hear of his work over the past twelve months.

 

6.00pm Supper

 

7.30 Sagara  Vajra Labyrinth walk in the gym. A meditative walk to the centre of ourselves. Sagara has created a beautiful labyrinth using UV colours

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 8th December

 

Karen Stead-Dexter, Tera Mai Reiki and Seichem teacher/practitioner. Karen will be offering sessions throughout Sunday.

 

11am  Ali Lloyd-Jones

The Form - "Meditative sacred movement"

 

 12.30 Lunch

 

 2.30pm  Ratnadeva will give a general introduction to Buddhafield and then talk specifically about their activity and landwork at Broadhembury, all illustrated (technology permitting!) with lots of photos.

Buddhafield comprises both a Buddhist charity and a trading company that run an annual Festival, a roving vegetarian cafe and a programme of Buddhist camping retreats. Buddhafield owns two plots of land, one in Dartmoor and the other at Broadhembury just below the Gliding Club

 

  3.30pm  Jill Goodwin   "Biodanza in the gym"

Biodanza is a most enjoyable way of connecting with our emotions and our bodies, of connecting with other people and the cosmos through the medium of very beautiful moving music from around the world, particularly from South America.  In this taster session Jill will guide you through a series of simple dances using organic movements inspired by the music. You don’t have to remember steps or already be able to dance. Just come and allow yourself to enjoy this beautiful and joyful time!

 

 4.30pm   Sagara “Grounding enlightenment into the earth”

With audio-visual aid, Sagara will give what is sure to be a fascinating account of his own story and experiences that led him, through difficult times and, adventures to amongst other things, the creation of a forest garden.

 

 6.00pm     Supper

 

7.30pm Jenny and Elaine “ Gong Bath”Bring a pillow and clanked and lie for an hour in a bath of sound from these beautiful instruments

8.30pmSitting round the fire and continuing conversations!

 

 

 
 

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The Winter Gathering

In 2012 we held a wonderful Winter Gathering, where the aim was for people to offer what they could and receive what they needed, with no monetary exchange. It was a very happy and successful 5 days, with workshops, talks, music, knitting,conversations, good food, meditation, healing sessions and ceremony. 

So now,an open invitation extends for this year's Winter Gathering. It will be held on similar lines, from Friday 6th December - Sunday 8th Dec.2013. If you have anything you would like to offer - from washing up to workshops - and anything you would like to receive, do get in touch with Jenny (see contacts page). The only charge is for B and B if you need to stay.

At the time of writing there are plans for a Gong Bath, a Labyrinth walk and an offer of Reiki/Shamanic healing. More I don't know as yet - and that is the magic of it. Like last year it will unfold, as together we create our winter celebrations around the fire.

 


April news

Our April email newsletter has gone out today. I am sorry that some people do not seem to be receiving the pictures in the newsletter and that they are not appearing here on the website. A glitch that at present I don't understand but hopefully will!

After the weekend I will be updating the information here, with regard to forthcoming workshops. Meanwhile Glenn Broughton's day exploring Earth Mysteries, ley lines etc takes place this Sunday. There is still time to book but don't miss what is sure to be a stimulating and thoroughly enjoyable day. 

 


Eastcott Barn February news

 

 
 
After the winter snow, Imbolc, the Celtic festival of the first rite of Spring, brings stirrings deep underground.  In tune with this, ideas for the coming year at Eastcott Barn are beginning to formulate.
 
2012 with all its challenges and expectations of shifts leads into 2013, ploughing in all that went on in the past year. In the Blackbird room we have a colourful reminder of one of the events – the five day Winter Gathering at the beginning of December. 
It was a truly wonderful occasion made possible by the sharing, giving and receiving of all who took part – including thoughts from people unable to be present in body.  There were workshops, talks, healing sessions, shared meals, music, conversations – and knitting. It was Grace’s idea to start the Gathering with a knitting group. She left an inviting hamper of wools and needles which were picked up throughout the five days and then made up the resulting “squares” into this cushion, woven together with the energy of those enjoyable days when connections were made, inspirations and laughter were shared and just being together was celebrated. It has to be said that I did not see any of the men with needles though 9 year old Ben learnt to knit and his first piece has taken its place in the cushion!  
 
In addition to individual workshops and retreats, three regular events are planned for this year, weekly Gong Baths, a monthly support group for people with ME or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and a monthly reiki exchange and healing group. Details of these and some of the other workshops can be found on the Workshops page while the full programme is on the Calendar of Events page of this website, which will be updated as more events are added.
 

 


Winter Gathering programme

      Date                              Morning                                   Afternoon                            Evening

Friday 30th November

 

Knitting a web around the fire

2pm onwards

Grace Martin will lead us in an afternoon reclaiming past gatherings around the winter fire, when people came together to talk and share handcrafts. We will knit squares to make a cushion for the Blackbird room at Eastcott Barn. Come and learn to knit or bring your wool and skills.

Grace will bring needles (all sizes) and wool. Also bring your own if yuu would like to. Arrive for cup of tea before a 2pm start.

 

Saturday 1st December

       

Yoga 2 - 3pm

With Jan Botsford who runs regular classes in Sheldon and nearby villages. See below to read more about Jan. Bring Yoga mat if you have one.

             Mandalas   3- 5.30pm

Camilla Emmett will inspire us in creating Mandalas. Bring watercolours, watercolour pencils or colouring pencils, compass and ruler if you have them. Watercolour paper will be available at cost price.

Jake and Alfie will perform their own compositions on classical guitars.       6pm start.

 

Storytelling  6.30pm

Clare Viner, author of “The Emerald Dragon” which contains stories of the Blackdown and Quantock hills, will share some of the rather strange experiences that came in production of her book – and will of course tell some stories

 

Sunday 2nd December

 

"A Crystal Journey"

Maya Vati Spencer will bring a variety of crystals. People can choose a crystal and she will do a guided journey to explore it. Something fun and different.        Maya Vati is a Crystal therapist and an Alchemical hypnotherapist. She also teaches Mindfulness meditation in Taunton.

Yoga including Yoga Nidra 

2.30 - 4pm      With Sandra Harvey. Sandra holds regular yoga classes in Somerset. Bring Yoga mat if you have one.

Healing sessions with Elena Macdonald (see below) Limited individual sessions available, so book soon.

Mapping ancient trees through tree dowsing

Gordon Field will share his experiences and love of trees.    6pm start 

followed immediately by

Earth Mysteries, Holy Wells, Crop Circles

Who knows what Glenn Broughton will talk about but it’s bound to be fascinating! Glenn has a long history of interest and enthusiasm in these and related areas and leads Sacred Site tours. He will illustrate his talk with a slide presentation.

Monday 3rd December

 

Chi Gung

2-5pm

Clive Tempest well known teacher of Chi Gung in Taunton, Finland and at Eastcott will lead an afternoon of Chi Gung exercises and talks. He calls his approach “The Bigger Picture”

 

Shared supper at about 6pm, followed at 7pm or just after, by  

Chanting

Trevor Ives, who will just have returned from a month in India, will lead an evening of chanting.

Tuesday 4th December

              Ashtanga inspired yoga

to music - a powerful, dynamic practice with Nicola Carley. Find out more about Nicola on her website www.bluebirdbliss.co.ukv

Gong Bath

In the Crystal room at Eastcott Barn with Jenny Ash who recently completed her training in sound healing with Gongs.

   3pm    Ring or email to book

   5pm   Full

Bring pillow and anything you need to make yourself comfortable

Supper, Enjoyment and Sharing

From 6.30pm onwards

Jim Rogan has agreed to bring his guitar – he’s brilliant on the piano too!

At about 9.30pm there will be an ending ceremony in the ‘Gym’ to integrate our days together and draw in as we move towards the Winter Solstice

 

Not included in the programme are full details of the one to one healing sessions. I am anticipating that the healers and those wanting healing will find the right people. If you would like to book with particular people, please let me know as sessions will inevitably be limited. Healing sessions will take place in the Crystal room here at Eastcott Barn. People who have offered healing are:

 

 Jan Botsford  is a qualified member of the Healing Trust/National Federation of Spiritual Healers (NFSH), She uses this natural, holistic therapy of healing to release tension and stimulate the body's own natural self-healing. No removal of clothes and no touching the body other than the shoulders." I act as a channel through which healing energies pass through to the client." Relaxes tension and stimulates the body's own natural self-healing. (Saturday, Friday afternoon, Monday afternoon)

 

 Karen Stead-Dexter  Tera-Mai Reiki and Seichem. She explains: The Seichem part brings in not only the earth energy (reiki) but includes fire, water and air/ether.  This amazing energy healing system is so lovely and works on so many levels mentally, spiritually, emotionally and physically.  (Monday or Tuesday)
 

Lesley Rogan  Reiki and Indian head massage. Lesley is a PhD biochemist combining both scientific and spiritual training as Ushui/Tibetan Reiki Master, along with Indian Head Massage particularly adapted for those under stress. Lesley helps to guide two meditation and healing circles in the local area every month. 

Maya Vati Spencer(crystal healing) Maya Vati is a crystal therapist and hypnotherapist. She trained in Alchemical Hypnotherapy in California in the 1990's. It is a specific form of hypnotherapy about transforming the "base metal" of emotional distress or illness into the "gold" of spiritual development through accessing archetypal inner guides and resources within the subconscious mind to promote healing. She has since found that crystal work dovetails beautifully with the alchemical approach,by adding healing energy into the equation. Maya Vati also teaches mindfulness meditation at York House in Taunton with Karen Atkinson.  (Saturday) 

Elena Macdonald has offered five 30-minute treatment slots for Sunday afternoon at 2.00, 2.35, 3.10, 3.45, 4.20pm. She is offering Indian Head Massage, Natural Facelift Massage (or Indian Face Massage), Reflexology and Aromatherapy massage. Please book in advance and indicate which treatment you would prefer.  She will do a mini consultation before.  
 
 

 


Winter Gathering

Below are outline details of the Eastcott Barn Winter Gathering. A programme for the five days, will be on the website within the coming week. If you have anything you would like to offer, please contact Jenny Ash.  

Winter Gathering at Eastcott Barn. Friday 30th November –Tuesday 4th December.

A five day gathering around the winter fire. Choose whether you stay for all five days or join in with just what appeals to you. An offering of small led workshops, talks, healing days, storytelling, good food and conversations around the fire.

The idea for these days has been growing through the year. The dark days and nights of winter were traditionally the time when communities came together around the fire. As we approach Winter Solstice 2012, whatever that might mean to you, this Gathering offers a place for reflection, coming together, enjoyment, sharing, being inspired and inspiring others.

A central theme is giving and receiving. Apart from B & B for anyone needing to stay, there are to be no charges but if you have something you would like to offer in exchange, that will be welcome. You may like to offer healings, ideas, a cake or help with the washing up. Or it may be that at the moment you feel you have nothing to offer. That’s Ok. Others will offer and you can just come and receive. Donation pots will be available if people wish to give to particular presenters or healers.

There will be a plan to the days, so you can find what appeals to you but there will also be space for the unexpected to arise. Please look at the Eastcott Barn website for details as they are updated. Workshops/offerings include Mandalas with Camilla Emmett, Chi Gung with Clive Tempest, storytelling round the fire with Clare Viner, Earth Mysteries with Glenn Broughton, chanting led by Trevor Ives. Other people have offered one to one healing sessions, bringing their particular skills, gifts and modalities.

 

This feels rather a different way of doing things but there has been an energy rising up here that seems to want this to happen – so I am just trusting it!!

 


Spring News

In recent weeks, I have been aware of stirrings, both in nature and in things that are growing and developing at Eastcott Barn. It is so interesting  and affirming to see the synchronicities and unexpected unfoldings that occur if I can just trust the process.

There are three new workshops/retreats that are evolving in this way:

Camilla Emmett is to offer a "Journey in Art making as a Spiritual practice, using the imagination of your art to find the quiet place within your being." You do not have to be able to draw for this! Camilla is a professional artist and teacher who has a deep connection with the spiritual in nature.

A series of days - one a month, exploring Shamanism with two experienced and well grounded teachers.

A two day Family Constellation workshop with Julia Duthie. Julia is a cranial sacral therapist who has also trained with Karlton Terry in America. Family Constellation work helps individuals explore the unconscious dynamics that affects the way the family and the person within that family, behave and feel.

We are currently looking at dates so do let me know if you have interest in any of these workshops.

 


Entering into 2012

Already dawn and the Owl are arriving a little earlier each morning as we move onward from the Winter Solstice and Christmas fesitivies into 2012, a year seen by many ancient cultures as heralding great change. Whatever our individual understanding of this is, there is no doubt that we currently face momentous challenges in many areas of life. A New Year marks a point of change and traditionally we celebrate this in various ways -  Dragons, Church bells, Fireworks, Reflections, Resolutions. The liminal point between one year and the next brings the opportunity for things to be different, the possibility of new opportunities, often scary, often exciting.

I have some idea of events that are planned or are in the pipeline for Eastcott Barn over the coming year. 2011 saw the flowering and development of ideas that were seeded years ago but I have found that though I knew things were seeded I have never been sure of what would  result. The whole process has taught me so much about trust, being open to possibilities, giving space to new ideas to come in, so that events, meetings, friendships have emerged that I had not even envisaged, let alone planned for. 

The start of our 2012 programme can be found on the Workshops page but there is a lot more still in the planning stage. We will shortly be designing a new format for newsletters. Do contact us if you are not on our current mailing list but would like to be included. 

 


Harvest and Autumn plans.

 

As we step into the "Seasons of mists and mellow fruitfulness", there is an opportunity to review the harvest of the busy Summer months before turning attention to plans for the Autumn. A succession of Wwoofers (volunteers interested in organic gardening, sustainability, permaculture etc) have worked on various projects at Eastcott, in exchange for bed and board. The result is new raised beds in the vegetable garden, deer fencing and steps to make our 11 acres more accessible to visitors.

       

The recent Sound Healing evening was a great success. Sheila Whittaker brought 4 large Gongs and we were able to experience their strong reverberations as well as those of some of her Tibetan Bowls. Much interest was shown in a further evening and we have decided to hold a special Christmas Sound Healing evening on Friday 23rd December. This is an opportunity to deepen into Christmas away from the commercial razzmatazzz. Festive refreshments will be served after the Gong Bath. Why not book to stay the night and share a special Christmas Eve breakfast by the fire in the Blackbird room?

This Autumn, in addition to the two Yoga events and Clive Tempest's Chi Gung retreat, we have two new workshop retreats. Flowering of the Heart, Mind and Soul will be led by Lisa Anslow and Todd Lochhead. Then in November, Camilla Nock will lead the first in a series of workshops centred on Healing through Creativity. To see further details of our Autumn programme, have a look at the Workshops page. If you are not already on our mailing list, do let me know if you would like to be included.

 


Midsummer

Last year I was able to watch the Midsummer Sun rise over the horizon but this year, cloud hid the morning fiery glory. Nevertheless all is green and abundant here after the recent rains.

There is still time to book for Levannah Morgan's workshop on Saturday 2nd July. I have taken part in one of her workshops previously and was so impressed by her knowledge, wisdom and openness to working at a deep level with the ancient tools of the Western Mystery Traditions. 

 


The Western Mystery Tradition

A wonderful opportunity to learn and deepen into aspects of The Western Mystery tradition with Levannah Morgan. Levannah is a teacher and practitioner of many years experience. A one day workshop to be held Saturday 2nd July 2011 at Eastcott Barn.

Go to Workshops page for more details on this and the June Chi Gung meditation retreat with Clive Tempest.

 


June Chi Gung Retreat

Clive Tempest will be holding his 4th Chi Gung Retreat at Eastcott Barn from 10.6.11 - 12.6.11. 

This follows two very enjoyable ( and powerful) retreats in early April when we were joined by several participants from Finland, escaping their long hard Winter and bursting into Spring at Sheldon!

For more details see Clive's website www.bigger-picture.net or contact Jenny 01404 841 450

 


Wild Daffodils

The wild daffodils are out in the field, the primroses and violets are taking the place of snowdrops in the hedges. Just a lovely place to be in the Spring sunshine.

 


Owls at Eastcott Barn

Was just sitting at the computer, thinking what news I wanted to write about, when I heard the Owl.   Quickly I went out and there in the Sycamore just above me, was the Owl, hooting into the dusk. For years the Owls have come to me at particular times. This New Year at quarter to 12, they started hooting - three of them calling across the valley, one in the Sycamore just outside the Blackbird room. For half an hour until quarter past 12 they created such a cacophony of farewell to 2010 and greeting to 2011.

Then, for the next two or three weeks, each morning at dawn and each evening at dusk, the Owl returned to the Sycamore. Recently he has been taking a slightly different route via a big Oak tree but tonight he was back. What an amazing thing it is to see his dark shape above me and watch his silent swift flight down into the woods, the moon hazy behind the Larch tree. 

 


New therapeutic group

Already - and amazingly after the recent bitter weather - the snowdrops are starting to push through in the hedges.Their appearance forms the theme for the start of a new group to be held at Eastcott Barn, starting in Febuary.

The small group will meet for 2 hours every Tuesday, for an 8 week period. The cost is £25 per session. After the first group on Tuesday 8th Febuary, participants will be asked to decide whether they want to commit to the remaining 7 sessions. This is to ensure continuity and to build the feeling of safety within the group.

The first half of each session will provide a confidential space for participants to discuss and be supported with difficulties and issues they are facing. After coffee and cake, we will then look more generally at the way we do or do not resource ourselves. This will include experiential work in finding a quieter place within ourselves.

The Snowdrops can be an inspiration in realising that we too can come though challenges.

                                            

For more details contact Jennifer.

 


Last week's Open day.

Thank you to those intrepid people who braved snow and ice, to come to our Open Day last Saturday. To sit by the fire or in the warm kitchen, talking with old friends and new acquaintances, was very pleasant. We look forward to welcoming you here again and to meeting those who were unable to come last week. 

 


Invitation to our Open Day in November

                         An Open Day is to be held at Eastcott Barn

            on Saturday 27th November 2010, from 10.30am - 6.00pm.

 We invite you to see our comfortable surroundings and discuss what we offer here.

                      Gym Facilities, Circuits and Personal Training.

                            Psychotherapy.      Medical Qi Gong.

                         Retreat Facilities.       Bed and Breakfast.

               Light Refreshments will be served throughout the day.

                               We look forward to meeting you

 


Our new website!

At last we are on line and looking forward to making this a page where you can read about the latest news from Eastcott Barn. We plan to regularily update the site with new photos so can see the changing scenery in this lovely part of the Blackdown Hills.

We are in the early stages of planning Retreats but individual psychotherapy is available by appointment. For further details refer to this website or ring Jennifer on 01404 841 450

 


 

Eastcott Barn Newsletter                                              
December 2013
 
Eastcott Barn Winter Gathering
Friday 6th – Sunday 8th December 2013
 
Welcome to the programme for the Gathering. There are no costs involved (apart from B and B). The ethos of these three days is that you offer what you can and receive what you need. The people named below have offered talks, workshops and individual healing sessions. 
Others have offered food and washing up. More offerings of cakes, quiches, salads or whatever you fancy bringing would be very welcome.
 
The timing of particular things has been included because knowing what’s on when is important! However the timings are a rough guide and may be slightly adjusted as we “go with what is”.
 
If you would like an individual session with Lynne, Elena or Karen, (and what a great opportunity to take advantage of these free sessions, then sit back and relax in front of the fire) it would be helpful to let me know so that I can give them some idea of who has booked which slots.
 
You are welcome to come everyday or just drop in to anything that takes your fancy.
Friday 6th December
One to one Reflexology sessions with Lynne Breen 11am – 2pm

Reflexology is a holistic, natural therapy based on the principles that there are points on the hands and feet that correspond to all the systems and parts of the body.

Reflexology is both old and new. It has its roots in Egypt, China and India but it is only in the early part of this century that it found its way to the west.

The hands are used to apply pressure to the feet and sometimes the hands. Subtle changes may be felt in specific points on the feet and by applying pressure to these areas the corresponding area of the body may be affected in a positive way.
 
“Felt In”  11am through into the afternoon with a break for a light lunch together. Making creations with felt, inspired and led by Geraldine Field. The felting creations can continue all weekend, much as the knitting did last year. Geraldine has suggested that we make our individual pieces into a wall hanging to add to the knitted cushion.
 
1pm Lunch (soup,salad etc)
 
7.30pm Meditation - open to all, this is the monthly meditation group. Approx 1 hour followed by tea and talking.
 
Saturday 7th December
 
 
Throughout the day
 
 
Massage sessions – Elena MacDonald, holistic practitioner in Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Therapeutic massage, including deep release for Back, Neck and Shoulders and Natural Facelift massage.
 
11am -1.00 pm Jane Embleton
"Creating Sacred space” – exploring the sacred space of winter.
 
1.00pm Lunch (soup, salad etc)
 
2.30 - 4.00pm Karen Stead-Dexter "Bird Spirit Medicine"
This will be an experiential talk allowing people, through guided meditation, to link with the spirit of birds through feathers that Karen will bring along.  She also wants people to link with Kalil her falcon who will accompany her, so those people feeling grounded (!) can handle him and see what he has to share.
 
4.30pm Gordon Field "Dowsing and communicating with trees"
Gordon’s talk last year inspired people at the Gathering. It will be most interesting to hear of his work over the past twelve months.
 
6.00pm Supper
 
 
7.30pm Sagara Vajra
Labyrinth walk in the gym. A meditative walk to the centre of ourselves.  Sagara has created a beautiful labyrinth using UV colours with effects similar to this magical image.
Sunday 8th December
Karen Stead-Dexter, Tera Mai Reiki and Seichem teacher/practitioner. Karen will be offering sessions throughout Sunday.
 
11am  Ali Lloyd-Jones
The Form - "Meditative sacred movement"
 
12.30 Lunch
 
2.30pm  Ratnadeva will give a general introduction to Buddhafield and then talk specifically about their activity and landwork at Broadhembury, all illustrated (technology permitting!) with lots of photos.
Buddhafield comprises both a Buddhist charity and a trading company that run an annual Festival, a roving vegetarian cafe and a programme of Buddhist camping retreats. Buddhafield owns two plots of land, one in Dartmoor and the other at Broadhembury just below the Gliding Club
 
 
3.30pm  Jill Goodwin   "Biodanza in the gym"
Biodanza is a most enjoyable way of connecting with our emotions and our bodies, of connecting with other people and the cosmos through the medium of very beautiful moving music from around the world, particularly from South America.  In this taster session Jill will guide you through a series of simple dances using organic movements inspired by the music. You don’t have to remember steps or already be able to dance. Just come and allow yourself to enjoy this beautiful and joyful time!
 
4.30pm   Sagara “Grounding enlightenment into the earth”
 

 


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