Wed 27th October
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A Circle of Honouring:
Nature’s Cycles, Our Loved Ones, Our Ancestors, Ourselves

As the veil between the worlds grows thinner and the hearth fires are lit, gather your cloaks and dress finely to gather together in circle to honour the season and one another, the letting go of the year, and to remember our ancestors and loved ones in Spirit.
 
A celebration of the end of the harvest and in the Northern hemisphere and the start of the coldest half of the year, Samhain time is also celebrated as the beginning of the spiritual new year. In ancient Paganism it was believed to be the time when the veil between the worlds of life and death was lifted and the spirits of the dead could mingle with the living. Loved ones who had recently passed to Spirit were remembered and their spirits often invited to join in the celebratory feast.
 
Whatever our beliefs, most of us will agree that October’s shift into lower temperatures, it’s darkening evenings, mists and the scent of damp leaves and wood smoke create a feeling of magic and mystery in the air.
 
Each year in our home we choose this time to remember those friends, relatives and animal companions who have passed, as well as our ancestors – those who have laid paths through generations in which we have inherited both gifts and perhaps patterns to which we can bring consciousness and healing. We light a specially prepared candle upon a beautiful seasonal nature altar, and we take time to centre and to connect in with ourselves. We then turn our thoughts to prayer and remembrance of those who have been a part of our life’s journey.
 
Tonight we would like to invite you to share this precious evening with us in the magnificent Abbey House, situated on The Mary Line and close to the Abbey’s Great Altar.

At 6.30pm we will open the front door to the Abbey House and serve hot tea while we create the altar with the nature items we have all brought. It will be twilight into darkness by this time and we will walk together into the garden to ground ourselves in nature and to tune in. Please wear warm clothes. We will then walk indoors and spend an evening sharing in meditation, connection, loving prayer and peace.

The evening will be a group creation so if you have a story, a sharing, a poem or a song, please bring it along. This is a circle of creation between everyone present.
 
Bring leaves, flowers, or other nature items from your garden if you would like to. Alternatively you might like to bring a painting you have made, a collage, or something else symbolising autumn and the turning of the year.

We invite you to bring a photo or photos of those you would like to remember tonight or an object that is a reminder. You can hold the photo/object during the evening or you may place it on the altar.

Please dress finely, appropriately for the occasion: deep colours, your finest Samhain Season fabrics.

Doors will open from 6.30pm for start at 7pm.

Those of you wishing to spend a little time in the garden in meditation/contemplation before the doors are open are welcome to join Dave for sunset Agnihotra fire cermony. Sunset is at exactly 5:53pm, therefore arrive a little before this if so and walk around to the rear of the house. Because the doors open at 6.30pm, you will need to make sure that you are warm enough and prepared to sit outdoors until this time if you are arriving early.*

*Walking in the garden in the evening is entirely at your own risk and responsibility of self care. Please tread extremely carefully and watch for any badger holes on the grass, overhanging tree branches & rose bushes, garden furniture, and note that there is both a short steep bank and steps which could be slippery.

DUE TO SPACE WE MAY POTENTIALLY NEED TO LIMIT NUMBERS. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND, PLEASE EMAIL US AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO CONFIRM, AT LEAST SEVERAL HOURS BEFORE THE START.

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IMPORTANT:
We ask you to attend only if you are completely well and are prepared to look after by every means, our more vulnerable attendees. We wish to take care to make sure that everyone at the group feels and is safe as far as possible. Therefore we ask that each of you please take full responsibility for both yourself, your own wellbeing and safety, and to consider others with the greatest of care.

If you feel unwell or have ANY symptoms of a cold or a cough AT ALL – even if you feel that it is “just” a cough or cold – or if you have been around anyone with a virus or children who have outbreaks at school, please come along on an occasion when you are 100% confident that you are fully well and will not be putting anyone vulnerable at risk.
If you are very eager to come along to this or any other specific evening but are not feeling well, we would much rather that you please contact us and we will be very happy to consider together if we can create a similar event on another occasion soon so that you can attend then instead.

While we realise that general mild coughs and colds are common, we feel that it is not appropriate to attend a public group if you are carrying any form of virus, even more so under current circumstances. A regular cold tends to be contagious while symptoms are still present. It is a myth that it is not contagious after a few days. It is contagious for a few days before it breaks out and can be contagious for two weeks or sometimes longer. The topical virus talked about in the media can be contagious for at least ten days or for much longer in some cases. Flu is longer as well, at least three weeks generally. Anyone displaying symptoms of any kind will be asked to leave.

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