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GreenSpirit 2016 Annual Gathering
Honouring the Wisdom of the Natural World

Friday 21st - Sunday 23rd October 2016

At EarthSpirit, Dundon, Somerton, Somerset. TA11 6PE

The main speaker will be Philip Carr-Gomm.

Philip Carr-Gomm combines being a leader of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, the largest Druid teaching order in the world with being an author in the fields of Druidry and psychology. Philip also draws upon the wisdom of other spiritual paths and is particularly interested in the ways in which we can preserve and protect the natural world for future generations. With him we will learn about Druidry and he will help us find inspiration and guidance by drawing on the animal and plant lore of our (for many of us) native lands: The British Isles. 
Click here to find out more about Philip.
All food during the weekend will be vegetarian.
The weekend will start at the evening meal on the Friday and will end after lunch on the Sunday. During the weekend we will also have a chance to connect with each other and the natural world with music, small groups, creative activities, meditations, a walk, ritual, the AGM and making our own entertainment on the Saturday evening.
Click in the link below for full information and how to book:

Please note that the deadline for booking is 7th October 2016. This event is proving to be popular so you are advised to book sooner rather than later to secure your place.

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Ritual Sourcebook
for GreenSpirit Local Groups

By Debbie Rabia and Emanuela Marchiori. Edited by Marian McCain.

The ebook is available in pdf format only.

This Ritual Sourcebook has calling in the 5 directions for each of the 8 festivals (Imbolc, Beltane, Lammas, Samhain, the Equinoxes and Solstices) as well as poems and readings for each of the festivals. There is additional material including songs, an example ritual and trees and herbs associated with the 8 festivals. This is a great companion for anyone - and particularly GreenSpirit local groups - for rituals and celebrations.
This ebook is for GreenSpirit members and is in the password protected area of the GreenSpirit website.

 Click here for the ebook.

If you are a GreenSpirit member and you have forgotten your username and password, please reply to this email to request them.

To join GreenSpirit - click here.

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Wanted - New Secretary for GreenSpirit

GreenSpirit is looking for a new Secretary. If you want to get involved with and help a small, friendly and passionate team - this role could be for you!

This involves taking the minutes at council meetings and the AGM, agreeing and distributing agendas and papers for council meetings and the AGM and other minor tasks.

For further information, please contact the Coordinator, Ian Mowll E: info(at) T: 0208 552 2096 or the current Secretary, Hilary Norton, E: hapn(at), T: 0208 470 3365.

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GreenSpirit 2016 Calendar: September's image and quotation

"Even after all this time
The sun never says to the earth,
"You owe Me."
Look what happens with
A love like that,
It lights the Whole Sky.

~ Hafiz, from The Gift."


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GreenSpirit Local Groups 

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Community of Consciousness
Video lecture by cosmologist Brian Swimme

A lyrical synthesis of scientific and spiritual understanding of consciousness.
In a suffused world what are our rights?

Friday 28 October 2016
RISC 35-39 London Streets RG1 4PS
7.30pm to 9.15pm

Admission: Donation

Reality can only show itself in a community of being, 
a community of consciousness. Brian Swimme

For more meeting dates and contact details, go to:

To see Reading celebrations and resources, go to:

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East London

On Thursday September 22nd 2016 we will celebrate the Autumn Equinox. The Autumn Equinox is the first day of the autumn season and occurs when the sun passes the equator moving from the northern to the southern hemisphere. The North Pole begins to tilt away from the sun. We will meet at 33 Park Road, London. E15 3QP. We will have baked potatoes and salad at about 6.30 and start our meeting at 7.45pm.

Contact Hilary Norton, email: hapn(at) tel: 0208 470 3365.

Full details of the East London group is at:

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Greater Manchester Study Group

We are a discussion group, who share our ideas about nature and spirituality (whilst sharing food!), and read books associated with the ideas and intellectual traditions of GreenSpirit, such as:

* David Abrams - The Spell of the Sensuous, Becoming Animal
* Thomas Berry - the Dream of the Earth
* Emma Restall - Living with Honour

The only criteria for membership is the desire to read and reflect and be inspired and aim to come for a number of sessions to grow our community. We meet every two months in central Manchester, close to Oxford Road and Piccadilly stations, at 6.30/7, and finish promptly at 9pm to allow time to catch evening trains home.

For further details, or if you'd like to join, please email Barry Johnson at barryj(at)

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North Lancashire and Cumbria

Sunday 18th Sept 2016 2 - 5 pm ~ Autumn Equinox
Venue: Backsbottom Farm (Middlewood Trust), nr Wray, LA2 9LL.
As day and night are now in balance, we gather in the last fruits of autumn and gather ourselves seeking balance and harmony through the harvest festival of Thanksgiving. This is a time to celebrate the gifts we have harvested from the Earth and our lives, embracing and befriending the dark time to come which will sustain us through the coming winter. Please bring vegetarian food for the shared meal and timely contributions, poems, readings, etc. For details contact: Rod or Dorothea

Saturday 29th October 2016 7.00 to 9.30 pm ~ Samhain
Venue: Rm3 upstairs, Friends Meeting House, LA1 1TX.
Celebrating the drawing in of this year (for Celts this is New Year), we will share Dances of Universal Peace and then explore the inspiration of Meister Eckhart by watching and discussing a short film made by Mark Rotherham which includes scenes of Roeburndale Woods. For details contact: Dorothea or Mark

As ever, everybody is always welcome to all events. Bring a friend - no formal membership needed. We get by on the donations given at our events.
For further information and lifts for these calendar events please get in touch with the event hosts:
Dorothea: 01524 36709
Rod: 015242 22214
Jill: 01524   64183

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GreenSpirit is an official supporter of this event and will be there with a stall:

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Plant Consciousness 2016 

Regent's University London

1st and 2nd October 2016

An event that is revolutionising our relationship with plants

Our disconnect from the natural world has led to the disastrous situation that we now find ourselves in on planet Earth, yet our deep feelings for nature form part of our spiritual longing. The Plant Consciousness 2016 event will demonstrate in dynamic ways the intelligence of the hedgerows and fields outside of the forest, before venturing ever deeper into the Enchanted Woodland where we will learn how to cultivate and nurture our own 'Inner Forest' and why it is essential for the development of consciousness and the well-being of the planet that we do.

We can learn so much from the inherent qualities of the plant kingdom and if we look even closer, from the intelligence that lies behind it. Bringing together the values of plant neurobiology, deep-ecology, eco-psychology, sacred plant medicine, shamanism and herbalism you will discover a deeper understanding and a new harmony with plants and with your place in the biosphere of life on this planet.


* John Perkins - Author, Activist ~ How the Plants are guiding us to a New Consciousness
* Michael Dunning - Yew Shaman ~ Yew - Tree of Eternity
* Robin Harford - Forager, EatWeeds ~ Contemplating Plants: Coming to your Senses
* Judy McAllister - Findhorn Association ~ The Voice of the Forest
* Karen Lawton & Fiona Heckles - The Seed Sistas, Sensory Solutions, Hedgewitches ~ Voices from the Hedgerow
* Kay Haw - Woodland Trust Conservation Advisor ~ Ecology & Conservation
* Jonathon Code - Biodynamic Association ~ Encountering Yarrow: A Miracle of Creation
* Carolyn Hillyer & Nigel Shaw - Seventh Wave ~ Echoes of the Ancient Forest

To find out more and to book tickets, go to:

And here is a video What is Plant Consciousness?

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GreenSpirit Calendar 2017

The GreenSpirit Calendar 2017 is now available to buy - full details here:

The 2017 GreenSpirit Calendar has beautiful photographs and inspirational quotations from contemporary and past masters of spiritual wisdom, including Thomas Berry, Rumi and John O'Dononhue. For each month there is a page with a picture and inspirational quote. And a calendar page with a box for each day of the month (the weeks start on a Monday) to write your own notes.

Price £8.99 (UK) / $9.99 (USD) plus local tax and p&p. (Please note that for 1 calendar in the UK - that can come out to £14.38 but if you buy more than 1 calendar, the cost for each calendar comes down. For instance, 4 calendars cost about £12.59 each in the UK).

Click here for a flyer for the calendar which you can print off and pass around to friends etc.

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GreenSpirit Wild Week in Wales 2016

The GreenSpirit Wild Week in Wales at Cae Mabon went very well. Above is a photo of the centre-piece for the closing ritual.

If you would like to see more photos from the Wild Week and you are a GreenSpirit member, go to the GreenSpirit Members Facebook page by clicking here. (Or if you are a member of GreenSpirit and want to join the group, click on the 'join' button in the group page).

If you want to join GreenSpirit, click here.

Other News

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Sacred Clown Workshops and Performance in September

with Rachel Caine, (aka "Doris Eagle Feather Duster")

"Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand" ~ Mark Twain

Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th September 2016
10.30am to 5pm both days
"Magical Awakening"   The Path of the Sacred Clown
The Avalon Community Centre
King Street, Glastonbury, BA6 9JX
Price: 120 pounds, concessions 100 pounds
Contact Elsa Malpas by email to:
For further information about this workshop, click here to download the full details.
Rachel Caine is an award-winning Sacred Clown activist, Medicine trickster, Shamanka healer, performer and teacher who has clowned throughout Europe for twenty five years. She has performed in circus, hospitals, hospices, prison, theatre and street festivals and taught hundreds of clowns in the UK, Spain and Greece, inspiring the creation of Clown Doctor projects and community clown activism. She also performs as "Doris the new age guru", Holy Fool, Wise Woman and Celebrant who leads ceremonies of enlightenment to the funny side of life. She is passionate about creating communities of love, life and laughter.

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Environment Matters

Come and Give Earth a Chance

~ at a sharing day ~


Saturday 8th October
10:00am for 10:30am - 4:00pm

Bexhill Friends Meeting House
Albert Road (opposite De la Warr Pavilion car park)

Morning: short presentations by a variety of environmental organisations and an exhibition.

Afternoon: Earth Cafe - sharing with 6 speakers in small groups for positive ways forward locally.

For more details, please phone 01424 214327.

Supported by Bexhill Quakers and Bexhill Environmental Group.

OSA One Spirit Summit 2016

New Story New Era
Responding together to the call of spirit

Saturday, 17th September. 10.30 - 5.15
at the Brahma Kumaris Global Co-operation House,
65-69 Pound Lane, London NW10 2HH

  • Ursula King - The Rise of the Spirit in an Evolutionary Universe
  • Richard Olivier - Hamlet's Journey - discovering the spirit inspired leader in us all
  • Neville Hodgkinson - The Emergence of the New Science
  • David Cadman - The Importance of Story - the Between Times
  • Sister Jayanti - Living the Values Now of the New Story: New Era
  • Prof. June Boyce-Tillman - Singing the New Story into Being

St James's Piccadilly Eco Fun Palace

Sunday 2nd October 2016, 9.15am - 7.00pm


'Everyone an artist, everyone a scientist'

What is a Fun Palace? A campaign for culture at the heart of community - an annual weekend of arts and science events created by, for and with local people.

What do 'local' and 'community' mean at St James's? We have an amazing range of science and arts organisations very close by, and many talented individuals and groups in our geographically dispersed community.

Why an Eco Fun Palace? To celebrate planet Earth on Harvest Sunday through cultural engagement with the natural world. St. James's recently achieved an Eco Church Bronze Award, and our Eco Fun Palace launches us on the road to Gold.

What's happening? Pavement geology; drumming; minibeast hunts; dance; DNA science and conservation activities; singing; the Universe Story; competitions; community artwork; labyrinth walking; bio-media meltdown; fossils; knitting and much more as the programme develops. What can you offer?

Who's it for? Everybody!

Click here to find out more. 
Get in touch at: 
Follow us on Twitter: @SJPEcoFunPalace
Visit our website:

The Way of the Buzzard

~ treading the path of our ancestors, reconnecting with the spirit of our land ~

British shamanism in the northwest of England: Raising our consciousness by treading the paths of our ancient ancestors and reconnecting with our land. Please visit our website for details of workshops, retreats, drumming circles, full moon and sabbat celebrations, 121 healing sessions, drum birthing, ceremonies, festivals, blogs, book reviews and more. 

For full details of future workshops go to:

~ Sharing the best in contemporary spirituality ~

Inaugural event with Alastair McIntosh

We are delighted to welcome Alastair to initiate the NLights programme. Alastair is acclaimed author of Soil and Soul. People versus corporate Power and Spiritual Activism. Leadership as Service, chosen by Jonathon Porritt as his book of 2015. This summer he will publish Poacher's Pilgrimage an island journeyAlastair lectures extensively as well as continuing to play an active role in his local Glasgow community. More about his work at

Both events will take place at St Agnes Church Tapestry, St Agnes Street, Reddish SK5 6RA.

Monday 12th September 2016
Lecture and discussion:
Spiritual Activism in the Modern World
7.15 - 9.30pm preceded by a soup supper from 6.30pm included in cost
Cost £10 (pre agreed concessions £8)

Tuesday 13th September 2016
Workshop, including buffet lunch:
Pilgrimage, Spirit & Activism
10.00 - 4.00, arrival from 9.30am
Cost £40 (pre agreed concessions £30)

Further details of the programme at
Contact us: (e-mail) (tel) 07789915263

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Archetype Events


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Entering Nature's Universe - Becoming Our True Selves

1 Day Shamanic Workshop with Pachamama Alliance Co-Founder and Activist 

John Perkins

Monday 3rd October 2016
10am - 5pm
Rudolph Steiner House Theatre, London, NW1 6XT

And click on the link below for an interview with John Perkins:

Activist & Author, John Perkins with Plant Consciousness

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The Yew Mysteries with Yew Shaman Michael Dunning 
- Introduction to The Yew

Saturday, October 15, 2016
9:30 AM to 6:00 PM
The Art Shop & Chapel
8 Cross Street, NP75EH, Abergavenny 

The Yew Mysteries Continued - Essence of The Five Trees

Click here for full information.

Day 2
Yew Mysteries Continued - The Essence of the Five Trees
Sunday 16th Oct 9:30am-6pm, Abergavenny, Wales

Click here for full information.

And click on the image below for an interview with Michael Dunning

Michael Dunning, The Yew Shaman Interview

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Hazel Hill Wood

Conservation Woodland Retreat Centre in Wiltshire

September 30 - 2 October, Friday 7pm - Sunday 3pm.

This weekend combines the satisfaction of outdoor physical activity with the restorative effect of relaxing in a serene woodland environment. Over two days and two nights at Hazel Hill, you will get the chance to try your hand at a range of conservation activities that are helping to turn this piece of important woodland into a resilient environment for the future. Led by our experienced conservation team, you'll get involved with activities such as tree-planting, restoring butterfly habitat and thinning thickets. There'll be optional sessions on forest ecosystems and eco-buildings. And when it's time to down tools, there are plenty of ways to relax: wander through the wood; soak in the outdoor hot tub; relax in the wood-fired sauna; do some stretching in the woods; sing songs around the campfire and share delicious food. 

Click here for full information.

Natural Happiness: The Gardener's Way 

with Alan Heeks

10am - 5pm, Saturday October 29th.

Explore how to cultivate your wellbeing as a gardener tends a garden in this one-day workshop. Gardening methods like composting and crop rotation have parallels for people, and can help us grow our own happiness. Bridport. See or contact Alan Heeks, 07976 602787.

Click here for full information.

Meditation through Angels

a « Spirit and Art » workshop

led by Carol Baker and Charlotte Illingworth


Saturday 24th September 2016
at the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN
10.30 to 12.30; arrivals from 10 am

How can angels transform our spiritual lives? In the course of a quiet morning, we will look at how angels have been depicted in the past and how this might connect with our personal experience. There will be time to connect deeply with wonderful art works, through silence, simple creative activities, sharing and fellowship. No artistic experience needed.

Materials will be provided, but you are encouraged to bring a sketchbook or journal and/or coloured pencils, if you have them.

Free: Advance booking essential.
Bookings and enquiries: (07968902331)
or (07808553641)
Please mention any special needs when booking.
Meet at the main entrance to the Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery.
Registration from 10am. You are invited to join us for lunch afterwards.

Click here for full details.

Resurgence 50: One Earth, One Humanity, One Future

Three-day special event celebrating Resurgence magazine's 50th anniversary.

Thursday 22nd - Sunday 25th September 2016

Centred around the unifying vision of the event's title, speakers, performers and attendees are invited to celebrate Resurgence's 50 years at the forefront of the green movement, and to look forward to the half century to come. The programme for the event, packed with a fantastic line up of international speakers, promises to be extremely popular, so you'd be wise to put these dates in your diary now!

Full details and how to book at:

My Green Pod

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New IUCN Red List shows four out of six great apes one step away from extinction

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Cycle off on your very own bamboo bike - built with your own hands!

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PEA Awards

 People Environment Achievement

will be on 7th October in Brighton - details here:

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In Brief

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For Local Books Sellers

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Matthew Fox Calendar

Click here for Matthew's calendar - he will be in Italy and the USA in the coming months.

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Schumacher College

 25-year celebration

with Charles Eisenstein, Pat McCabe, Bruce Lipton, Satish Kumar and more!

Tuesday 27th September: Totnes, Devon.

Click here to find out more.

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2016 Convention of Alternative Archaeology and Earth Mysteries

Sunday 2nd October 2016: Bouverie Hall, Pewsey, Wiltshire

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Resurgence Poetry Prize 2016

Deadline - 1st October 2016

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Climate Change

Week of Action: 8th - 16th October

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Launch of:

Experiencing Music - Restoring the Spiritual: Music as Wellbeing 

by Rev Dr June Boyce-Tillman

25th September at St James' Piccadilly, London. 

More information at:

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A Deep Inquiry in Nature

With Jonathon Porritt, Kate Rawles and Andrew Raingold

Friday 16th September - Sunday 18th September


Full details at:

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5 Charts Show Clean Power Can't Be Stopped by Cheap Oil

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