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 )

Next Meetings:

 ANAM CARA

on most Monday evenings (except bank holidays) at 7pm

A gathering of souls who sense they are on a journey; for companionship and support.
We begin the session with a check-in and the creation of sacred space, (with meditation, a reading or silence). Then, maybe with the help of some questions we will share from our hearts and witness the sharing of others.

Meeting ID: 840 7941 4983
Passcode: 413541

Lammas Celebration

(also known as Lughnasadh)

Monday August 2nd 2021 7pm

At Lammas summer days are at their hottest and our countryside can be parched and dry. Many flowers have been and gone, leaving behind seed heads and fruit. The colours of the countryside are the browns of dried grasses, dotted with mourning purples, whites and blood scarlet poppies.  The days are noticeably shorter; although the weather may still be hot and the time of year means “holidays” for many people, the Sun is dropping and the year is beginning to die.  Fruits and berries are ripening, and the first of the corn is being cut. Lammas is the time of the first harvest.
Our Ancestors would have celebrated the beginning of the harvest season, and so we too, though not so closely in touch with the countryside, will meet to declare our gratitude for the sustenance of the Earth. Please bring a seasonal reading, song, poem, story, or recipe…  and if you are growing herbs, fruit, vegetables etc. tell us about your produce. Have a candle to light to open sacred space and wear something colourful if you wish.
Meeting ID: 840 7941 4983
Passcode: 413541
Save the dates:  
Autumn Equinox Celebration September 19th 2021 at 7pm, more details to follow

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Below are details of some of the meetings we have had over the last year.

Chocolate, cacao, and ceremony for wellbeing during covid

SOLD OUT* Gong Meditation & Sacred Cacao Ceremony - Funzing
A 40-minute participatory event designed to support your health, increase your resilience, and help you feel better during these challenging covid times. With Richard Adams, herbalist.
• Take in some history about this special plant and it’s uses.
• Enjoy together the feel-good effects of making and drinking chocolate with cacao solids.
• share just how you feel it is benefitting you and others.
A cacao ceremony allows for open communication and connectedness. Before consuming cacao, people usually set an intention. These intentions are something they want to make happen or let go of in their lives. Cacao ceremonies are thought to calm and empower you increasing your clarity and understanding.
Together we can help each other for the benefit of all.
In advance:
To prepare for the ceremony you will need some cacao but if you can’t get that, have some dark chocolate as pure as possible (90%) https://ritualcacao.co.uk/
https://www.hollandandbarrett.com/
https://www.buywholefoodsonline.co.uk/
Prepare your drink in beforehand (maybe keep it in a thermos flask)
You can think about your intention as well.

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.
We can’t meet in person, but let’s meet virtually to remember how & why our ancestors celebrated this time of the year.

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.

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Spring Equinox Celebration

Just as night and day are connected through dawn and dusk, so both halves of our year are linked by the equinoxes They are moments for centering ourselves between our own light and darkness, understanding joy and grief, happiness and sadness as two sides of our experiences, intrinsically woven within us and through our journey in this life. This time at the beginning of spring is a powerful time to examine balance in your own life. Where do you feel balanced? Where do you feel out of balance? The spiritual journey of the Spring Equinox is one of discovering balance on all levels. With gratitude for rain showers and warming sun, blossom and shoots on trees, colourful flowers, spring lambs, nesting birds, fragrant shrubs, we meet together to make sacred and special that which we expect every year but always delight in.

Welcome to the Light!

Imbolc, also known as Candlemas, occurs at the beginning of February. It marks the middle of Winter and 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 warmth and new life.

We will celebrate Imbolc on January 31st 2021 at 7pm on Zoom with lighting candles to represent our intentions and desires for the coming year, and offerings to Brigid, the Goddess of our Hearths.

Please bring any readings, songs, seasonal foliage and a candle.

Advent Quiet Time on Zoom

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 holy month of December, which holds the promise of returning light no matter how dark, empty or cold it gets.

This is a time for meditation and sharing our deep hearts at this time of hibernation as the wheel turns for Yule.

Please bring us readings for the season and/or news of your projects, small & large, the plans you are feeding with your thoughts and love to bring to fruition later in the spring.

If you wish bring some garden clippings to create either some winter incense or smudge sticks. If you want to join in, bring some string (for smudge sticks) or a jar (for incense) and clippings of evergreens, pine, rosemary, lavender, fir, juniper, balsam, cedar.) (more info in the discussion for this event)

Winter Solstice Zoom meeting

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. We usually sit around a bonfire to share the things we love about this season and cast into the fire things we want to leave behind. This year we will light candles to symbolize fire and tell each other about the things we want to bring to fruition as spring approaches. Because it is on Zoom please bring a song, poem, reading or something you’d like to share and maybe show us or wear some seasonal foliage. 🙂

Wisdom Keepers  “Connecting with the Other” 

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

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!!

(Nearly) every Wednesday  at 8.30 a.m we get together for some meditation. 33 Park Road, Stratford, E15 3QP (Hilary 07957318501)

Exploring Healing

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]

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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.

Wisdom Keepers :Re-enchanting Life  7pm August 10th 2020 on Zoom

Introduction to a Plant Based Lifestyle 7pm August 19th.

What is GreenSpirituality? 7pm  August 24th

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.

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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.
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Samhain
Celebration and connection with the Ancestors with divination

Harvest and Autumn Equinox,

Spring Equinox

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 🙂
Beltane Celebration
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.
Robert Frost
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