Welcome to the East London GreenSpirit webpage.
We meet near Stratford, East London for rituals and more during the year. For information about upcoming events, click here to see past GreenSpirit eNewsletters (go to the “Local Groups” section) or contact Hilary Norton, email: hapn(at)greenspirit.org.uk tel: 0208 470 3365.
Meeting details can be found: (GreenSpirit members page) and (East London GreenSpirit Page )
Wisdom Keepers “Connecting with the Other” October 15th 7pm
Prayer, invocation, co-creation, setting intentions, creative visualisation, sending blessings/healing, supplication, affirmations, ritual…..
Many of us in GreenSpirit have a spiritual practice and want to creatively influence our world for good. Many of us pray or meditate, set intentions etc
It would be great to hear what works for you and discuss the difference between approaches. We will have a short introduction to review the possibilities. If you wish please bring examples of something you have tried which you would like to tell us about.
We may have the chance to try out one or two techniques.
Samhain October 31st 6pm on ZOOM
We celebrate the increasing darkness of the Autumn and honour our Ancestors, those who have gone before. Bring photos of folks/beings you particularly want to remember.
We will have a short ritual and connect with the “other-wordly” and our intuition using some divination at a time when the veil between worlds is thinner.
Samhain IN PERSON on October 31st 8pm (depending on Covid restrictions)
Meeting around a fire in Hilary’s garden. Let us know if you fancy coming… as things stand at the moment we need to keep it to 6 people maximum… that might change!!
Dates for your diaries.
Advent Quiet Time on Zoom
Thursday 3rd December
Winter Solstice Zoom meeting
Sunday evening 20th December 7pm
(not happening in person because of coronavirus)
(Nearly) every Wednesday at 8.30 a.m we get together for some meditation. 33 Park Road, Stratford, E15 3QP (Hilary 07957318501)
Exploring Healing May or June 2020
It seems that human beings are capable of far more than most of us previously realised. Some of us are exploring self healing and healing others using energy, touch, intention. (Influenced by Joe Dispenza, Jean Houston, Sue Morter, Lynne McTaggart, Richard Gordon, Dawson Church and others…. ) Some of us (East London, UK) are meeting together sometimes …..to see what we have experienced and know about healing like: self-care, listening to the body, self-limiting beliefs, nutrition, plant medicine, cutting ties, energy (inc sound scents and colours) forgiveness, setting intentions, and maybe create intentions, try some hands on healing
Dawn Walk and breakfast Easter Sunday cancelled
Silver Tent meetings
Some of us older women in East London meet up roughly monthly. We are mostly over 55 and meet to offer each other support and spiritual companionship, also to work together to encourage and nurture the younger people in our lives on their spiritual journeys.
Next meeting Silver Tent is in May 2020 date TBC
Contact Hilary if nec. (33 Park Rd, E15 3QP 02084703365)
Red Tent meetings. Some of us women go along to a local Red Tent meeting in East Ham. Contact Anne if you want to join us. Anne 07720841826 / [email protected]
Below are details of some of the meetings we have had over the last year.
Autumn Equinox, Harvest, Mabon September 22nd 2020 7pm
Here is another point of perfect balance on the journey through the Wheel of the Year, (like Ostara/Spring Equinox). Night and day are again of equal length and in perfect equilibrium – dark and light, masculine and feminine, inner and outer, in balance. We are on the cusp of transition and from now the year now begins to wane and darkness begins to defeat the light.
As the harvest is safely gathered in from Lammas and reaches completion, we enjoy the abundance of fruit and vegetables at this time. We thank the waning Sun for the wealth of harvest bestowed upon us. Please bring any readings, poems songs you would like to share.
Our first Zoom meeting was to celebrate the Spring. Then, we shared a Beltane celebration and the summer Sosltice. I’m usually at a folk festival for High Summer so usually miss the Lammas celebration. This year it was lovely to celebrate Lammas: the harvest and the sacrifice of John Barleycorn on July 31st 2020. On each of these occasions people are asked to share a poem/song/story or tune etc.
April 15th 2020 4pm-5pm
Coronavirus: From Fear to Love
A chance to meet (online) with others and reflect consciously on what the coronavirus means for the Earth and for us. We will use simple meditations to invite in our inner observer to witness and describe our thoughts and feelings. Mindful questioning will enable us to dig deeper and derive meaning. More questions may be generated to provide more ground to search and explore. How does it make me feel? What can I learn from this situation? What can I bring to this situation?
This gathering is not meant to be a psycho-therapeutic exercise or analytical discussion but more of slow immersive group exploration in the here and now. Throughout the contemplative experience we will undertake to attend to each other kindly and respectfully.
April 21st 2020 7pm-8pm
What Does Green Spirituality Mean to Me? (by zoom)
How we can be inspired to live sustainably and with compassion for the Earth and all living beings? What do we mean by spirituality and how can this be an agent for change and transformation?
Ian Mowll will give his presentation on this topic for 10-15 minutes followed by an open discussion where you can give your responses and let us know what Green Spirituality means to you.
Ian Mowll is the Coordinator of GreenSpirit with over 15 years’ experience of working in the eco-spiritual world. He is also an Interfaith Minister and he conducts ceremonies for people of all faiths and none.
April 30th 7pm-8pm Beltane Celebration
Summer is on its way! Everywhere is vibrant with colour and growth. Beltane, the beginning of summer, is a time for new growth and energy, births and abundance.
The quarantine means we can’t meet in person, but let’s meet virtually to remember how & why our ancestors celebrated this time of the year. If you can, bring a candle (& something to light it with) and a glass/bottle of water that we can infuse with our best desires, prayers and intentions for the planet. We will share some meditation and some divination using cards.
If you wish, bring a seasonal story/ poem/ song/ tune to share.
You may want to prepare by collecting some twigs or flowers for a vase /Beltane altar, or even some vines& ribbons woven into May crown/wreath/garland.
Imbolc, also known as Candlemas, occurs at the beginning of February. It still feels like the middle of Winter but holds the promise of Spring.
The days are suddenly getting longer. At this time of the returning of the light our ancestors lit bonfires and candles to celebrate the rebirth of the land. With the coming of the light we look forward to and hope for warmth and new life.
We will celebrate Imbolc with candles and offerings to Brigid, the Goddess of our Hearths.
We will have some simple food together before our celebration. Please bring any readings, songs, seasonal foliage or offerings for our Imbolc Hearth.
Please let us know by Friday 31st Jan. if you are coming for food (for catering purposes) 02084703365
Celebrating the Winter Solstice
At the time of early nightfall and dark crisp mornings when leaf-bare trees are silhouetted against the skies, we turn inwards to tune into the magic and beauty of this season of reflection and renewal. Round a bonfire we will share the things we love about this season and cast into the fire things we want to leave behind. We will light candles to symbolise the things we want to bring to fruition as spring approaches. Please bring a song, poem, reading or something you’d like to share and some seasonal foliage or food. Children welcome.
Saturday evening December 21st 6pm onwards.
Celebration and connection with the Ancestors with divination
Harvest and Autumn Equinox,
Beltane, the beginning of summer, is a time for new growth and energy, births and abundance.
Please bring some twigs, flowers, ribbons and vines if you have them to weave into May wreaths.
We will share a devotional practice of Ikebana (the Japanese art of flower arranging). Ikebana strives for harmony with nature, and our arrangements will be a way of expressing the balance at this time of the sun’s yearly cycle. (Please bring a vase/container if you want to take your arrangement home afterwards)
Ian performed The UNIVERSE Story in East Ham at the Urban Yurt. Great Storytelling!
Winter Solstice Celebration
At the time of early nightfall and dark crisp mornings when leaf-bare trees are silhouetted against the skies, we turned inwards to tune into the magic and beauty of this season of reflection and renewal. Round a bonfire we shared the things we love about this season and cast into the fire things we want to leave behind. We lit candles to symbolise the things we want to bring to fruition during the coming spring. We shared food and drink.
We celebrated the increasing darkness of the Autumn and honoured our Ancestors, those who have gone before. Some brought photos of folks/beings they particularly liked to remember.
We had a short ritual and connected with the “other-wordly” and our intuition using some divination at a time when the veil between worlds is thinner.
To celebrate the Summer Solstice we celebrated the great bounty of this time of year and the FIRE that energises and feeds us, and around a garden bonfire (if weather ok) we sang some songs, heard some poems and stories and made our own ritual. We will have food and drink to celebrate the turning of the Wheel of the Year.
Relaxation and Guided Meditation for Personal and Planetary Healing
A small group spending some time in guided meditation for our own healing and the healing of our planet.
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Some of us love singing and we meet to sing songs and chants, mostly from the GreenSpirit song book, all about our relationship with the Earth and the other beings living here. Bring any instruments you want to bring and your voice 🙂
We learnt about how and why our ancestors celebrated this time of the year, and between candles representing the May fires we asked for blessings and purification. We shared some singing, a meditation, some divination and making merry. We dressed our May tree with ribbons and Hawthorn.
Dawn Walk at Easter. We rose early to greet the dawn in Wanstead Park on Sunday April 1st Afterwards we enjoyed a cooked breakfast together.
We celebrated Easter and the renewal of life with a dawn walk.
The dawn, when the night’s darkness begins to dissolve and give way to another day with its new possibilities, is a wonderful time to walk. At that time of day, even in the city, it is the sky that becomes a changing landscape. We watched the mists rising from the grass and the lake, heard the dawn chorus and greeted the rising sun at 6:36am
Spring Equinox meeting Thursday March 22nd 2018
Spring Equinox celebrates the renewed life of the Earth that comes with the Spring. It is a solar festival, celebrated when the length of the day and the night are equal (this happens twice a year, at spring and autumn equinox). To celebrate the spring, we started with Ikebana, the Japanese art of arranging flowers and foliage meditatively. With budding twigs, flowers, willow catkins, sprouting bulbs, and our favourite poems by nature poets like John Clare, Blake, Wordsworth, Thomas Traherne and others.
October 7th 2018 “Using Tarot cards to aid Meditation”
The Tarot deck can take you on a journey to discover your inner intuition and knowledge. Using Tarot cards to aid meditation is one way of being able to reflect on your life, thoughts and decisions.
On Sunday October 29th 2017 we celebrated Samhain; the time to remember our ANCESTORS. We did a short ritual which connected us to our ancestors, both human and beyond. We shared simple hot food.On Wednesday June 21st 2017 we celebrated the Summer SolsticeWe gathered together for a summer solstice celebration to honour the longest day of the year.Many ancient cultures marked the summer solstice with rites and rituals honouring the sun. We had a small bonfire and celebrate the significance of Midsummer with a nature meditation, poems and stories that recognized the sun and its magnificent power.
Relaxation and Guided Meditation for Personal and Planetary Healing A small group spending some time in guided meditation for our own healing and the healing of our planet.
A Prayer in Spring
Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.
Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.
And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.
For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfil.
Winter Solstice Ritual and Celebration
On December 21st 2016 we celebrated the Winter Solstice We gathered together for a short midwinter ritual to honour the shortest day of the year: the dark, scarcity, the dormancy of life before the great turn when the days begin to longer and light returns. we lit a small fire in the garden. Then we feasted with mulled wine and seasonal food. Folk brought a song, story, poem or seasonal foliage and some food to share.
Pilgrimage for Gaia: grounding the other-than-human in human community
Helena Kettleborourgh and Phil Barton have been working with faith communities in Manchester, bearing witness to the sixth great extinction unfolding before us and working on active communal and individual responses to empower participants.
They joined the East London GreenSpirit group on Thursday 14th July 2016 to explore these issues in a workshop which was stimulating, positive and action orientated.
At the end of January we celebrated Imbolc
Welcome to the Light!
After a time of drawing in energies and shortness of days, we’re looking forward to the increasing return of light to this part of our planet. After a vegetarian supper we shared a Candlemass candle-lit ritual to remember that this is the Celtic festival of Imbolc.
GreenSpirit East London Easter Dawn Walk Sunday morning – 27th March 2016 We celebrated Easter (or Eostre – the Great Mother Goddess of the Saxons) and the renewal of life with a dawn walk on Easter Sunday. The dawn, when the night’s darkness begins to dissolve and give way to another day with its new possibilities, is a wonderful time to walk. At that time of day, even in the city, it is the sky that becomes a changing landscape. We walked in Wanstead Park, watched the mists rising, heard the dawn chorus and greeted the rising sun at 6:46am.
Afterwards, Ian hosted a vegetarian breakfast .
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