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Light into Dark – Finding Balance

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Friday 21st September – Sunday 23rd September 2018

At The Nightingale Centre, Great Hucklow, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 8RH

The Autumn Equinox is a time when light and dark are balanced just before we start moving towards shorter days and the longer nights of winter. At this weekend we will honour the harvest and fruitfulness of the summer as we also enjoy the crispness in the air and the changing colours of autumn trees. We will focus on the need for balancing the opposite energies of light and dark by talking together, listening to our speaker, creating some short rituals and devotions, being led in creative activities, workshops and a walk in the glorious scenery of the Peak District.

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Main Speaker – Dr Vivianne Crowley

~ Journeying inward with the Divine Feminine at Autumn Equinox ~

Autumn Equinox marks the transition from summer’s light to winter’s darkness. The symbolism of the opposites in balance – of dark and light, female and male, Goddess and God, contemplation and action – is a powerful one at this time of the season’s change. This illustrated talk will explore in particular the association of the Great Mother Goddess and the Divine Feminine with the Earth and of how honouring the Divine Feminine can be a balancing antidote to an ‘otherworldly’ focus in religion that de-emphasises the importance of our connection to the natural world and to our mother Gaia.

The talk will be followed by a meditation and guided visualization to commune with the Divine Feminine and to explore how she can inspire and bring insight to our lives.

Dr Vivianne Crowley is a Wiccan High Priestess and the author of many books on Paganism and spiritual psychology. She was formerly Lecturer in Psychology of Religion at the Theology and Religious Studies Department, King’s College London. She now lectures in Psychology of Religion at Nottingham Trent University, England, and at Cherry Hill Seminary, South Carolina. She sits on the Pagan Studies Program Committee of the American Academy of Religion. She is a Chartered Psychologist and practises as a mindfulness teacher and transpersonal counsellor.

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More details about the weekend

All food during the weekend will be vegetarian and special diets can be catered for.

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, creative activities/workshop, meditations, some walking, ritual, the AGM and making our own entertainment on the Saturday evening.