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.
Some of our meetings are in person again, but some of us join in with the zoom meetings that are continuing.
Meeting details can be found: (GreenSpirit members page) and (East London GreenSpirit Page )
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.
Beltane Celebration (in-person)
Thursday, 5 MAY 2022 AT 19:00
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.
Let’s meet 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 our Beltane altar, or even some vines& ribbons woven into May crown/wreath/garland.
If you can’t come in person, we will celebrate Beltane on Zoom on May 2nd at 7 pm https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84079414983…
Meeting ID: 840 7941 4983
Conversations around the Fire
Sat 14th May and Sat 23rd July 7.30 pm
A chance to sit around the fire in the garden (weather permitting) and chat about life, death, and the universe; and our place in the world. Please email hnorton(at)greenspirit.org.uk for the exact address. We’ll have some snacks, you are welcome to bring something to share.
Summer Solstice in person and online
For the Summer Solstice we will celebrate 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 will hear some poems and stories, sing some songs and make our own ritual. We will have food and drink to celebrate the turning of the Wheel of the Year.
Dates posted soon.
Below are details of some of the meetings we have had over the last year.
Dawn Walk on the Spring Equinox 5am at Wanstead Park
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 will watch the mists rising from the grass and the lake, hear the dawn chorus and greet the rising sun
On this day when the light and dark balance Dawn is just past 6 am, so we will meet at the entrance to the park at 5.30 am. We will spend some time in silence but bring poems or other readings, songs or prayers if you wish. We will have breakfast together afterward. Contact Hilary if you want to join us, we will arrange getting to the park. (hnorton(at)greenspirit.org.uk)
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 our own lives. Where do we feel balanced? Where do we 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.
Advent Quiet Time
This is a time for meditation and sharing our deep hearts at this time of hibernation as the wheel turns for Yule.
Winter Solstice Ritual & Celebration
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 will light candles to symbolize fire and tell each other about 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 maybe show us or wear some seasonal foliage.
Hope you can join us in person at 33 Park Road, E15 3QP on Saturday October 30th 2021 for our Samhain Celebration and prepare for the autumnal descent into the winter darkness. (If you can’t join in person we are celebrating online on Sunday 31st October at 7 pm see below.)
6 pm for simple food and 7 pm for the ritual when we will honour our Ancestors, those who have gone before us, hopefully around a fire in the garden if the weather is ok. We will remember our loved ones who have passed away, so maybe bring a photo of someone you would particularly like to remember. For many indigenous traditions this time is when the veil between worlds is thinner and it is the time when ancestors are most present, so we will do some divination, you are welcome to bring your own runes or cards, but I will have some.
If you would like to, bring seasonal food, readings or songs, or foliage for the Ancestor Altar.
Lammas Celebration (also known as Lughnasadh)
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
Chocolate, cacao, and ceremony for wellbeing during covid
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.
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/
Prepare your drink in beforehand (maybe keep it in a thermos flask)
You can think about your intention as well.
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.
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.
(Nearly) every Wednesday at 8.30 a.m we get together for some meditation. 33 Park Road, Stratford, E15 3QP (Hilary 07957318501)
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
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)
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.
Celebration and connection with the Ancestors with divination
Harvest and Autumn 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!
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.