GreenSpirit Annual Gathering 2021:
Thresholds of Autumn
24th – 26th September 2021
Shallowford House, Shallowford, Stone, Staffs. ST15 0NZ
Our Annual Gatherings are a great time for green spirited people to get together for friendship, networking, inspiration and fun. We have a pre-breakfast meditation together (guided/walking/silent/body prayer depending on who is “leading”) some creative workshops (like making mandalas, nature photography or writing poetry) This year the weekend (from just before Friday dinner to just after Sunday lunch) will include a workshop and evening concert with Carolyn Hillyer and Nigel Shaw; as well as the GreenSpirit AGM on Sunday morning.
Everyone is welcome, GreenSpirit members and non-members, whether you consider yourself to be a beginner or experienced. All food will be vegetarian. Vegans and those needing a special diet for medical reasons can be catered for.
We are delighted to have Carolyn Hillyer and Nigel Shaw to lead us on a journey through our sacred landscape into autumn:
OUR PRAYER BONES TAP SOFTLY ON THE HARVEST DRUM
Our prayer bones tap softly on the harvest drum
we are pinned through our memory to its wild raw song…
As we move through the autumn towards the threshold into the darker months, we will share a journey (with drum, flute, song, mythic tale, the work of our wise hands and simple ceremony) around the edges of the primordial vessel of ancient wisdom that sits within our collective care. The harvest drum is born from our dreaming, our remembering and our honouring of the sacred landscape and the vibrant trails where our ancestor people have set their feet. Together we will set down prayer bones, exploring the story of the harvest drum as we unfurl our own stories of courage and power in the mending and re-weaving of our earth.
And on Saturday evening a concert with Carolyn and Nigel:
THIS REMEMBERED EARTH
A concert of music and songs in lament, honouring and celebration of this earth. Their live performances are a magical tapestry of ancient instruments, delicate soul-filled flute melodies, deep raw chants, strong earth songs and powerful tribal dance rhythms. They make most of the instruments with which they perform. Nigel carves flutes using woods that are indigenous to Dartmoor including oak, yew, birch, ash and thorn; Carolyn creates drums from the skins of red deer, reindeer, wild horse and salmon.
Bookings for the evening concert have now closed. Details of the evening concert are here.
CAROLYN HILLYER AND NIGEL SHAW are internationally renowned musicians & artists who live and work on a 1000-year old farm in the wild centre of Dartmoor, southwest England. Their creative output ranges from over 30 music albums to paintings, woodcarvings, traditional flute and drum making, writings, workshops, art installations and the creation of sacred spaces. The inspiration for their work comes from the raw power and beauty, hidden spirit and deep memory of the ancestral land. They run many events and workshops on their farm, where they have built a large ceremonial ancestral roundhouse using granite stone, oak timber and water reed thatch. They travel widely with their work; recent tours include concerts with reindeer-herding tribal singers of the Siberian Arctic tundra, along the northwest Pacific Ocean rim and in the burning heart of the Negev Desert.
CAROLYN sings and writes about ancient spirit, ancestral roots and the deep experience of women in the weaving of courageous life paths. She paints life-size images of archetypal and mythological women: the sacred landscape in human form. She contributed her work to an exhibition of women’s shamanic drums at the Sàmi Culture Museum in the Swedish Arctic. Over the last 30 years she has been teaching a series of powerful workshop journeys for women, and her books (The Weavers’ Oracle, Sacred House, Book of Hag, Her Bone Bundle) have become classic works within the field of women’s mysticism.
NIGEL has produced a renowned and diverse collection of recordings over the last 35 years, mostly instrumental works that have come to define his unique approach to sacred sound. He works with piano, keyboards and sound recordings gathered from nature, as well as many ancient instruments including wooden, bone and clay flutes, traditional whistles and recorders, smallpipes, overtone flutes, drums and percussion. His most recent albums are the tender instrumental composition Flow and, with Carolyn, Nine Prayers North, songs inspired by wisdom and loss, resolution and return.
We will inform you if this event needs to be adapted if new Covid restrictions come into force.