Reading – Calendar

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Welcome to GreenSpirit Reading 2018

 

Dwell on the beauty of Life.

Watch the stars,

And see yourself running with them.                             Marcus Aurelius

 

GreenSpirit Reading was formed around the year 2000. We celebrate the eight earth-based festivals of our Celtic ancestors when we share food, poetry, story, music, chanting, meditation and ritual to reconnect with the cycles and seasons of the Earth. Meetings are hosted mostly in our own homes on Sunday evenings. Walks, talks or screenings are offered in addition at public venues throughout the year. We respectfully request that you make first contact via one of our public events. We look forward to meeting you.

Contact Debbie: tel 0118 9352169              readingGreenSpirit@outlook.com

 

CELEBRATING THE EARTH

Philip Carr-Gomm, “Druid Mysteries”

The Eight-fold Wheel (of the year)..is based upon the deep and mysterious connection between the source of our individual lives and the source of the life of the planet, and it recognizes eight particular times during the yearly cycle which are significant and which are marked by special observances… Together..the..festivals represent our complete inter-connectedness with the earth, the moon and the sun, and the animal and plant realms.

 

IMBOLC AWAKENING  4th February

Earth stirs as the power of the sun returns to the northern hemisphere. Candles are lit to celebrate inspiration and truth. This is a festival of beginnings as tiny buds and shoots of life emerge. We herald the coming of spring.

Meeting held at a member’s home – see contact details above

 

Braziers Park Snowdrop Walk ~ Saturday 10th February 10am -4pm

We will catch the X39 bus (Thames Travel Reading to Oxford) at 10.15 from Reading. We will walk around the area for about 2 hours, have lunch (bring own food) and stop at Braziers Park  for tea and cake. We anticipate returning by the 15.10 bus.

 

SPRING EQUINOX  18th March

Day and night equalise all over the planet as this festival balances light with darkness. Spring brings high tides and rainbows. Blossom and catkins festoon the trees and fledglings are hatching out.

 

The Divine within Creation   Sun 18th March 6-8.45pm

St James Church, Abbey Ruins, Reading RG1 3FD

We celebrate Spring Equinox this year by inviting Brendan James – former educator and holistic therapist with a Masters in Spirituality – to speak to us on the divine within creation. We will reflect on an ancient mystical tradition known as the Cosmic Christ and consider how it can help prevent our planet plunging towards what some predict to be a sixth mass extinction.

GreenSpirit bookstall available.

6pm – please bring vegetarian food to share – 7pm talk and shared reflections.

 

The Ecophilosophical Journey    Sunday 22nd April 6-8.30pm

RISC 35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS

Tanja Rebel is a teacher of Philosophy and Religious Studies with a Masters in Ethics, Religion and Society. We invite Tanja to give a talk comparing our current human-centred outlook on nature with the emerging eco-centric view.

GreenSpirit bookstall available

 

BELTAIN GREENING  6th May

Beltane is for magic, mystery and growing things. This is a celebration of zest for life when nature is rampant in a rush of blossom and greenery. May we blossom and grow fruitful.

 

Healing Herbs Walk with medical herbalist Anna Cannon  ~ Sunday 6th May at 2pm

Meet at Goring Station car park ~ bring a picnic (weather permitting)

 

SUMMER SOLSTICE  24th  June

Ancient stone circles aligned to the solstice sunrise on this festival celebrate the turning of the cosmic wheel. Nature flourishes in all her floral finery. May we shine brilliantly like the summer sun!

Meeting held at a member’s home ~ see contact details above

 

LAMMAS HARVEST  5th August

This is a festival of plenty as we celebrate the season of harvest and the coming of autumn. First fruits are ripe and first nuts are falling. May the blessings of Lammas come to fruition for us all!

Meeting held at a member’s home ~ see contact details above

 

AUTUMN EQUINOX  23th  September

With the harvest gathered in this festival brings a chance for rest. As the sun enters Libra day and night are once more in balance all over the planet. We give thanks for the year’s abundance.

Meeting held at a member’s home ~ see contact details above

 

SAMHAIN STILLNESS  3rd November

Leaves are falling, birds are migrating, animals are going into hibernation, frosts are coming. This is the festival at the threshold of winter affirming rebirth amidst death, decay and darkness.

Dancing into Darkness ~ Saturday 3rd November 2-5pm

Watlington House, Reading RG1 4RJ

Circle dance teacher Lynn Francis will lead us in a workshop celebrating the meaning of the festival of Samhain. Beginners welcome.

refreshments provided ~ suggested donation £3

 

WINTER SOLSTICE  23rd December

The Earth has withdrawn deep within herself for the festival of the longest night. Megalithic monuments capture the rebirth of the midwinter sun. The wheel of the solar year begins and ends.

Meeting held at a member’s home ~ see contact details above

 

From Grace Blindell’s The Via Trasformativa

As the new story penetrates our consciousness we see ourselves no longer as consumers but as partakers… A partaker shares, aware of mutual interdependence, a partaker takes only what is fair and just…The awareness of our total dependence upon our planet and our interconnectedness will transform us from detached observers to participants. A participant, as with a partaker, comes from within not without, as a member of the earth community. Active, responsible, compassionate and involved.