Friday 11th October – Sunday 13th October at Trigonos, North Wales.

We were able to relax with beautiful surroundings and we had time to connect with each other and the land.

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A walk on Saturday afternoon took us around a lake and by a disused quarry.

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Eric Maddern of Cae Mabon gave a talk about myth, magic and the local area including. We were asked,  what makes magic happen? We came up with this list:

* belief – faith – trust
* something needed – a crisis
* surrender – openness – letting go of control
* mindfulness – stillness
* extra-ordinary
* space for dreams/imagination/mystery
* happenstance – eye of the beholder
* asking – unconscious desire
* taking a risk, improvise, spontaneity
* in tune with the place – blessing of wildlife
* magical things can happen when we have feelings of authenticity, excitement, expansiveness

and a magical experience can happen without any of these.

eric-maddernEric Maddern

 

On the Saturday afternoon, we had creative workshops. This Celtic letter was created during the art workshop by Alan:

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We also created our own evening entertainment, had home groups, our AGM and more.

Finally, here is a Celtic Blessing that was written during the writing workshop and was included in the closing ritual. It draws from our experiences during the weekend.

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May the spirit of Nantlle be with you,
This Autumn day.

May the flow of stream be with you,
Passing obstacles on its way,
And falling into the ever present lake.

May the decay of quarry be with you,
Crumbling its old, worn structures,
Into the holding Earth.

May the magic of myth be with you,
Transforming all that is within,
Into an alchemy of gold.

May the strength of the hills hold you,
Through sun and rain, wind and storm,
Until you are ready to tread your path again.

And may you feel the presence of all of the Earth around you.
Brightness of sun.
Silence of moon,
Breath of trees,
This day,
Until your journeys end.

 

© Ian Mowll

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