GreenSpirit Reading

Green spirituality rekindles our deepest connection with the Earth and seeks inspiration to live sustainably with compassion for all that is.  We follow the Wheel of the Year through solstices, equinoxes and the fire festivals Samhain, Imbolc, Beltane and Lammas. Our group meets mostly on Sundays. We share vegetarian food, music and poetry, meditation and ritual to reconnect with the cycles and seasons of the Earth. In spring we head off into the landscape for a snowdrop walk, in summer we are often guided on a Healing Herbs walk and come autumn we participate in Reading International Festival.

CONTACT  Debbie:  0118 9352169

  readingGreenSpirit@outlook.com

Future generations, if there is a liveable world for them, will look back on this epochal transition we are making to a life-affirming society. And they may well call this the time of THE GREAT TURNING. It is happening now.

Joanna Macy

 

SOME PAST EVENTS:

Braziers Park Snowdrop Walk

Dancing into Darkness

a celebration of Samhain through circle dance

What is Green Spirituality?

Green spirituality is about our connection with the planet Earth, how we can be inspired to live sustainably and with compassion for all living beings. This form of spirituality is vital for out times of environmental challenges.

Ian Mowll

Calendar of Meetings 2022

(subject to Covid 19 rules)

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…Together..the..festivals represent our complete inter-connectedness with the earth, the moon and the sun, and the animal and plant realms.

Philip Car-Gomm

Imbolc Awakening  30 January 10 am

Earth stirs as the power of the sun returns to the northern hemisphere. Candles are lit to celebrate inspiration and truth.

Meeting online

Braziers Park Snowdrop Walk  tbc

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 home-made cake. We anticipate returning by the 15.10 bus.

 

Spring Equinox 20 March 10 am

Spring brings rainbows and fledglings are hatching out. Day and night equalise all over the planet balancing darkness with light.

Meeting online

 

Beltane Greening 1 May 11 am

Beltane is for magic, mystery and growing things. We celebrate zest for life as nature is rampant in a rush of blossom and greenery.

Meeting on-line

 

Summer Solstice 19 or 26 June 

Ancient stone circles aligned to the solstice sunrise celebrate the turning of the cosmic wheel. Nature is in all her floral finery.

Medical Herbalist Anna Cannon of Caversham Herbs will join us to lead a local HEALING HERBS WALK. We are reserving 19th and 26th June so that we can walk on the first fine weather Sunday of these dates. Details will be confirmed in June but we usually start around 2pm and end with a Summer Solstice ritual. Contact Debbie or Reading GreenSpirit@outlook.com

 

Lammas Harvest 31 July or 13 August

We celebrate the season of harvest and the coming of autumn. First fruits ripen, first nuts are falling, first bread is baked.

Meeting in Michael’s garden  3-5pm ~ contact Debbie or readinggreenspirit@outlook.com

Lammas on the Lawn at Michael’s – we will meet on first date to have fine weather forecast  – 31 July or 13 August

Hester and Debbie will lead easy circle dancing on the lawn – we will break for refreshments and close with our ritual – If you wish to bake and share something small to celebrate the grain harvest that would be lovely

 

Autumn Equinox 25 September

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 online

 

Samhain Stillness 30 October

Leaves are falling, birds are migrating, animals are going into hibernation, frosts are coming. We affirm rebirth amidst death, decay and darkness.

Meeting online

 

Winter Solstice 18 December

The Earth has withdrawn deep within herself for the festival of the longest night. The wheel of the year ends and begins.

Meeting online

 

We came whirling out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust…the stars made a circle and in the middle we dance

Rumi