Living with the Heartbeat of the Land: a year’s journey celebrating and marking the Celtic festivals and learning from the magic at Hazel Hill Wood.
For over two decades we have been listening deeply to the rhythms and the heartbeat of Hazel Hill Wood, a magical 70-acre woodland south-east of Salisbury, and are delighted to offer this journey of events, celebrating ancient traditional festivals which mark the rhythm of the Wheel of the Year.
Our intention is to create space where you can learn to live with the heartbeat of the land. These landmarks following the Dance of the Earth around the Sun date back to prehistoric times and mark the seasons on our Land; they are often referred to as Celtic Festivals. While we honour that tradition at Hazel Hill Wood, we like to follow the 8 festivals like the unfolding journey of manifesting a yearly Dream.
That´s Salisbury TV came to visit us at the wood and asked Marcos and Daniel about the programme. Check out the video…
Thursday 20 – 21 December 2018 Conservation Day followed by Supper and Songs. Charley Miller and Clare Chitty
On December 21st, the sun reaches its furthest point in the Southern hemisphere; there it pauses on its course before it starts moving Northward again. This pause is called “solstice” from the Latin words “sol” meaning sun, and “sisto” meaning stop.
Like the tide at the point when it is neither in nor out with the sea, there is this moment a few days around the Solstice when the sun doesn’t move. For us this time calls for stillness also, as we observe and experience nature hibernating. To reach this state, we attempt to slow down our human activities consciously from the previous festival (Samhain) throughout the Autumn months. Invited by the natural rhythm of the wood which seems to be falling asleep, we watched the leaves steadily fall down and slowly dissolve into the ground as the rain and the cold settle and the days become shorter.
Symbolically we have looked within and attempted to let go of what’s no longer serving us: attachments to old habits, patterns of behaviour, grudges etc. So, when Solstice arrives there is a sense of a turning point. We have come to a place called the Static Feminine: apparently doing nothing, yet restoring the vital nutrients provided by our inner process to prepare for the New Year, the New Dream.
Like in the very old days, at Hazel Hill Wood we call the Sun back to our Land with celebrations of songs and dances. We prepare to receive the New Seed of the New Dream, a journey that will unfold through the year to come.
To celebrate this time at Hazel Hill Wood we are offering a range of activities, you can join in with all of them or just some of them. Here is an idea of the experience you could have;
10am – 3pm: Conservation activities with the option to stay on for the evening and overnight. Please bring food to contribute to supper and DIY breakfast if staying overnight.
3.30pm: Singing and Supper participants arrive for the evening. Please bring food to contribute to supper and DIY breakfast if staying overnight.
4.00pm – 5.00pm: Solstice gathering round the campfire with an invitation for participants to make an offering to the fire, and/or to speak their intentions for the new seed of the new dream for the year to come, or simply to sit in silence around the fire.
5.00pm – 6.00pm: Preparation and layout table for shared supper.
7.00pm-9.00pm: Singing, dancing and storytelling. £8 suggested donation
9.00pm onwards: Optional overnight stay £15 suggested donation
7.00am – 8.00am: optional dawn chorus walk
9.30 – 10.30am: wash-up, clean-up and close
*Details of 2019 Celtic Festivals coming soon*
1st – 3rd November Samhain