Shamanic gatherings here on the grounds of Colourfest in which we meet, call the directions, cleanse through incense of plants and resins, and rest into a simplicity and deep listening. We walk, then pause…experience the silence, welcome the guidance. We meditate together and share when the inspiration calls to us. Sometimes I guide you into merger and movements of the natural world as the drum beats. We commune with trees, plants, the Mother Earth, the waters and the beings of life here and now…each other.
I have returned to an earlier knowing that our bodies…these human forms are fluid crystals for greater purpose than is so often experienced. We are designed for connections beyond the cultural and social ‘norms’. Our hearts know this vastness. We are formed by compassion and for compassion- the trees tell us this, the Earth speaks of this, the waters show us this.
I am here to share with you ancient and contemporary ways of connecting to Nature and celebrating this existence…a deep love for this life.
I have danced since the beginning, Nature called on me to do this. Shamanism is a home for me and weaves together not only my younger life but also the last 20 years as a movement teacher, dancer, bodyworker, maker, and guide. I am also a kundalini yoga teacher, soundscape healer, mentor in the school, shamanism 101, and mother of two beautiful girls.
love and peace to all
Women’s Sacred Space workshop (2 hours: women only )
Soft Power-Full Desire workshop in which we will connect to the wisdom of our womb space and the fire of our blood, to celebrate our aliveness and drop what ever may stop us being the fullness of life manifesting in and through us.
We will explore the sacred archetype of the Priestess, she who serves Goddess and walks the beauty way of love. Sharing the supportive space of healthy sisterhood, we will remember our beautiful soft power and the great magnetism of our full desire as we dance and witness our feminine authentic place of being.
How to become a Dragon Rider workshop (2 hours: mixed group )
In this introduction workshop we will explore Dragon as the mythical aspect of our sacred sexual self. As such, it is the guardian of our treasure and the voice of our intuitive knowing. As a source of our empowerment, it has been distorted and so we become dragon slayers or captured by the dragon in fear and disempowerment. Dragon also holds the shadow we must face to enter into the mysteries. Our Dragon can hide in the flame of desire and in the shadow of our wounding patterns, but always guards the gold of authentic being and loving relating.
This workshop will examine the initiation journey we all must make to meet and face the Dragon. How we can merge with the elemental aspect of the Dragon and become the Dragon Rider.
Sensual Aliveness Tribe workshop (2 hours: mixed group)
Become conscious of the flow of Nature and your connection to the sacred life force in your body and in the land. Becoming filled with radiance and love, surrender into your ability to expand your essence and become present to the dance of life, as it wants to engage with us in every moment. Exploring conscious touch as sacred aliveness from this place of reverence, fullness and honouring connection, can be deeply healing and opens the heart to the YES of aliveness so we may meet as empowered people and forgive karmic patterns we may carry. Come and meet as Tribe of empowered, heart-centered, alive beings!
Katinka Soetens is a Ceremonialist of the Goddess and co-organiser of The Goddess Conference, Priestess of Avalon and a Sacred Sexual Priestess of Rhiannon. She works internationally, teaching empowerment through Goddess ceremonies, trainings and workshops to honour the spiral of life grounded in the indigenous spirituality of Avalon and the European lands. She runs the Sacred Sexual Priestess of Rhiannon training for the Magdalene Mystery School in the UK and in other European countries. She also teaches a year-long men’s soul quest journey: Path of the Lover – Brotherhood of Rhiannon.
Director and creator of Her Path of Love Ltd, as Priestess Katinka facilitates healing of the wounding between the masculine and feminine through embodying Goddess in workshops, trainings and individual and couple sessions. Katinka works with movement, touch, breath, sound, intimacy, embodiment and meditation and writes a regular newsletter. Particularly interested in the sacredness of love, the wisdom of the body and the healing power of initiation, forgiveness and opening the heart; Katinka facilitates sacred intimacy as a Priestess and sexual healer.
Her website is www.herpathoflove.com
A yoga and meditation workshop for creative people, to help with generating ideas, removing creative blocks and accessing the deep creative power within. It begins with a guided meditation based on research into the relationship between yoga and creativity.
Then, a strong Vinyasa flow yoga practice, sequenced with anatomical intelligence, and weaving in poses, yoga mythology and learnings from anthropological research that all come together to bring the practitioner closer to their creative core, and banish the fear of not being good enough.
This strong practice gradually comes down to more gentle movement, and then there is a period of ‘idea generation’ – attendees are provided with writing and drawing materials and given the space to sit on the mat and explore, in writing or with visual art, the openness and ideas that the practice has brought up. Finally, a deep guided relaxation integrates the ideas and inspiration gained, so that attendees can go away with a renewed confidence and belief in their creative abilities.
This interactive process focuses on authenticity and communication of boundaries. “Authentic” means there is no script for how you must be. Participants are invited to explore from a place of “this is who i am right now”. The invitation is to take risk, step outside comfort zones and learn. “Consent” means to agree too. In this workshop consent will be disused in the context of relationships. This means form the personal to the professional, from the platonic to the sexual. This workshop offers grounding exercises that will enable participants a bodily experience of their own and other peoples boundaries. There is no sex or nudity in the workshop.
Rich Loizou is a Land Based Learning Facilitator. He lived and worked at Embercombe delivering residential youth camps on their Education team. He currently lives in a consensus run cooperative. Rosa Martin creates and facilitates workshops on authenticity and communication. She facilitates workshops for the London based have-less-do-more initiative Find Space. Rich and Rosa have run Authentic Consent together and apart, they have teamed up Embercombe, The Green Earth Awakening Camp, and Schumacher college.
Stuart started studying traditional martial arts as a young boy including Wing Chun Kung Fu, Praying Mantis Kung Fu, Sanda and Mauy Thai boxing. He began practicing Chen Style Tai Chi in 2008 and continues to study with Paul Lockyer and Grandmaster Kongjie Gou. Stuart teaches Tai Chi in its traditional format as a complete health system that is also a fantastic tool to develop awareness of the self.
Chen Tai Chi is a martial art based on the yin yang philosophy of change and balance originating in Chen village around 400 years ago. Stuart will be leading daily classes to introduce traditional Chen Tai Chi through silk reeling movements and the 11 part from as taught to him by Grandmaster Kongjie Gou. The classes will suit complete beginners as well as those with tai chi experience.
I am fascinated by how we can use the experience of being in our bodies to become more present in our lives. In 2012 I read Christopher McDougall’s book “Born To Run”. I fell in love with the running in harmony with my body, rather than fighting against it. I began barefoot/minimalist running. At the same time I began practicing somatic movement, working with Lee and Jamus of Embodied Presence. I use somatic practice to bring a deeper awareness to my physical pursuits of running, climbing, surfing and snowboarding, developing a deeper, more fluid connection between my body and my self.
How does your body want to move? How do we move when we start listening to the body rather than telling it what to do? Bring mindfullness into movement with barefoot running. By taking off our shoes we tune into a feedback system that has evolved over millions of years. We listen to our body’s signals and adjust our movement to what feels harmonious. This approach flips our current cultural notion of pushing the body through pain in order to achieve some heroic feat of endurance. We move toward aligning our movement with what feels good, we make friends with our body.
This workshop is for everyone from seasoned runners to those who are just starting. It is also a journey for those not necessarily interested in running, but in experiencing ways to tune into a deeper listening and experience of the body, the vessel that we all experience life through.
Sam has over 20 years’ experience at facilitating workshops. He has trained adults at festivals, colleges and teaching staff in special needs schools. His regular work is as a trainee dance movement psychotherapist in Bristol, a specialist university mental health mentor, and creative arts mentor at a special needs school. He also has 27 years’ experience in transformational and deep tissue body work inspired by Meta-morphic Technique, Shiatsu, Thai Yoga Massage and Body-Reflexology. Sam is the author of a book on poetry (currently second edition), and an exhibiting artist with poetry and digital media.
Arc improvised movement workshops
We all have the innate potential to discover new creative and collaborative ways of being. Our habits can serve this unfolding or inhibit it, at times we need to stabilise and center ourselves, at other times we need to leap into the unknown. This move-ment work is not about what it looks like to others, but about its authenticity and ca-pacity to nourish ourselves and our ability to relate ‘whole heartedly’, while deepen-ing our spontaneous connection with the qualities of play and imagination.
Arc is inspired by the work of many movers and therapists including Adler, Jung, Natalie and Carol Rogers, Gabriel Roth, Anna Halprin and Arnold Mindell. This is your invitation to continually grow into more freedom and connectedness in daily life.
sometimes without music
contacting the human-animal body
inspired by Authentic Movement
from body work into movement
fostering connection with others and the environment
in contact with the earth and others
inspired by Contact Improvisation and Transformational body work
developing and following what’s new and unfolding
playful and spontaneous
stretching the edges of what’s known
facilitating multi-media artistic enquiry
inspired by performance, poetry and visual art making
The Lion and the Dove: Men’s Workshop
Men are facing a serious challenge. We need to get in touch with our feelings, be vulnerable and activate emotional depth. We also need to stand our ground, act on what feels right and be outwardly courageous. Men are twice as likely as women to commit suicide. To address this, we need to get to know our inner landscape and learn how to support one another emotionally and physically.
How can we be both powerful and vulnerable?
Using teachings from brain science, heart intelligence, the core conditions and non-violent communication we will develop this faculty. This life-changing physical workshop will empower you to deepen the quality of your relationships and enable you to experience greater intimacy with your loved ones. You will also learn how to use your body’s built in antennae to stand your ground and protect what is important.
WORKSHOP FOR COUPLES: Alchemy of the Heart
We will be deepening into relationship as a spiritual practice for personal and collective transformation. Whether you have been together for 5 months or 50 years, you will discover new depths of joy, intimacy, openness and love. Quite a claim for a 2-hour workshop? Come find out what is possible in the sacred container of Love, held and guided by Jewels Wingfield who is known for her powerful transformational couples’ work. This is not therapy, this is deep soul alchemy through the vessel of heart. Whether you want to rekindle the forgotten flame, or deepen what you already have, you are welcome. Bring cushions and blanket for your comfort
WORKSHOP FOR WOMEN: Wild Feminine Mystery Teachings
Calling all women, wherever you are in your life cycle! You are needed in the circle, you are needed for the collective uprising of the feminine. You, just as you are with all your fears and every bit of your brilliance, you are needed. There is a place waiting for you. In this workshop you will be offered an experience of the power that happens when women gather together in a conscious container of alchemy. Come find your wildness, your beautiful heart, your depth, your laughter, your tears and all that you have left at the bottom of the well. This workshop is not to be missed. Jewels has over 25 years’ experience working in the field of awakening for women and this is a rare chance to experience her work.
WORKSHOP FOR EVERYONE: Deep Soul Awakening
Humanity is at a Threshold. Everywhere we look across Planet Earth we are witness to our collective struggle. We feel it in our personal lives and many of us are feeling the call to come into the deepest alignment possible with our true nature. To live from our wildest most powerful heart. To live rooted in our deepest embodied soul’s truth. How we do this? So many of us feel powerless to make the changes we want, are under resourced, wanting more support and a sense of belonging. This workshop offers fresh inspiration and a chance to directly experience ourselves as our true potential. Everyone is welcome no matter who you are or what you feel. Bring a cushion.
Tel: 01594 861200
I was born in the heart of Africa, Uganda and my parents came from India. My journey into Healing began at the age of 5, when my mother would asked me to walk on her back at night & later as I got heavier (!) she taught me to massage her back. I used to massage my mother’s tired & aching back most days, and at the end of each session, she would always thank me & say:
“I pray that you become a doctor.”
Well her prayers have certainly been answered in more ways than one:
In 1972, we had to leave the country where I was born and had lived for 18years, along with my 2 brothers and elderly parents. We came to UK as refugees and after a bumpy start I started to find my purpose in life: in 1975 I studied horticulture and did a comparative study of Organic & inorganic methods of growing vegetables. As I explored the external landscape, I began to understand and appreciate the beauty of the British countryside, and so I also began to explore my own inner landscape and felt connected and grounded to this land. I had landed! I registered on a long distance course in Herbal medicine & later in 1978 I took to a 4 year full time study in Chiropractic. This gave me the foundation and tools to understand the human body, to be able to use my hands for healing again and provided a language of allopathic medicine so I could converse, with the medical profession, send patients for various examinations and use this to measure their progress. CranioSacral Therapy, Homeopathy & Ayurvedic medicine were soon added to my tool kit, each one offering a new way of looking at Healthcare and healing. Yoga & Meditation have long been part of my life, and I began to share these disciplines with my patients, along with the benefits of vegetarian/vegan diet.
I would like to share with you at the Colourfest my understanding of healing over my 35 years of professional practice. In the workshop I hope to offer you some guidelines and tools for those new to the healing world and those already practicing, I hope to help deepen your work.
Open Circle Guided Meditation with Nashir who will be sharing:
Pranayama, the Yogic breathing, which consists of different breathing techniques. This has many benefits of not only improving our depth and awareness of breathing, but also our ability to be attentive and healthy; people with vertigo, chronic headaches and migraines, lethargy and hearing difficulty will find this to be of great benefit.
Yoga asanas to give us a break from long sitting sessions and help us become more aware of our physical body in different movements and postures.
Guided meditation, which will be for the large part, sitting in silence with simple guidance to keep us in the present moment.
For the final part, there will be an invitation to share stories, poetry, play a piece of music… & exploring meditation – it’s place in our daily life and benefits. All this help deepen our ability to listen, both to the audible world outside and the non verbal inner dialogue.
You do not need any meditation experience, the only requirement is to be yourself, sit quietly for some time and share… You may bring a poem or a story to read, an instrument to play, or just be open to listening to what others have to offer.
The following quotations from Jidu Krishnamurti will hopefully give you some notion about the foundation of the Open Circle Guided Meditation. However, we will be embracing and exploring the teaching of other teachers to shed light in our meditation evening.
– Silence and spaciousness go together. The immensity of silence is the immensity of the mind in which a centre does not exist.
– Meditation is the seeing of “what is” and going beyond it.
– To meditate is to be innocent of time.
– Meditation is to find out if there is a field, which is not already contaminated by the known.
– Meditation is one of the greatest arts in life – perhaps the greatest. It has no technique and therefore no authority. When you learn about yourself, watch yourself, watch the way you walk, how you eat, what you say, the gossip, the hate, the jealousy – if you are aware of all that in yourself, without any choice, that is part of meditation. So meditation can take place when you are sitting in a bus or walking in the woods full of light and shadows, or listening to the singing of birds or looking at the face of your wife or child.
Come & share with us the silent space journeying into your inner landscape to invite witnessing without judgement and a new understanding.
Light, Health and Healing.
Talk/Presentation: The Healing Journey
I would like to explore in this talk/presentation:
The Healing Journey Workshop
I ask that those wishing to attend this workshop attend the talk/presentation on: see programme for timing.
It is a hands on workshop and is limited to 20 people.
We will be laying the foundation for healing & we will work in pairs and small groups. Some knowledge of the 7 Chakras would be helpful. Please wear light clothing and bring a yoga mat to lay on. There will be short guided meditation at the beginning and end of session.