East London

East London2018-11-15T22:10:58+00:00

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.

Next Meetings:

Sunday November 25th 2018 6.45 for 7pm

Working with Light in Meditation

at Hilary’s 33 Park Road Stratford, London E15 3QP

 

Saturday December 22nd 2018 6.30pm onwards

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 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 during the coming spring. We will share food and drink. Please bring a song, poem, reading or something you’d like to share and some seasonal foliage or food. Thanks!

Contact Hilary if nec. (02084703365 33 Park Rd, E15 3QP)

 

More Details later:

Our Imbolc Celebration.   Sunday evening Feb 3rd 2019 venue TBC
Looking forward to the increasing return of light to this part of our planet  we will meet for a vegetarian supper and a Candlemass candle-lit ritual to remember that this is the Celtic festival of Imbolc a time of lambing, snowdrops and the first promises of Spring.

 

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

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 Solstice
We 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.
Our Spring Equinox meeting was  on Sunday March 19th 2017  
Spring Equinox celebrates the renewed life of the Earth that comes with the warming of 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  will start with Ikebana, the Japanese art of arranging flowers and foliage meditatively. Bring budding twigs, flowers, willow catkins, sprouting bulbs, and your poems by nature poets like John Clare, Blake, Wordsworth, Thomas Traherne and others.
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
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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