May 2016 –
We have been celebrating the miracle of birth and the arrival of our beautiful baby girl Tara Skye … During late pregnancy she taught me about patience and surrender … during the birth about vulnerability and also about strength … during her first weeks, about absolute trust and unconditional love .. Our children are such bright stars (Tara means star in Sanskrit), with so much to teach us if we are willing to slow down and learn … I love to watch Kai, our toddler, entering fully into life. His whole being lights up with joy when he spots a bus from the car window or hops like a frog across the floor .. and he melts so freely into tears at the end of a long day, releasing all the stress and frustration and reaching a place of calm and clarity …
We are excited to be reopening – after a short break for Tara’s birth – on Saturday 18th June. We will be celebrating the Winter Solstice with a special celebration event with Wendy Young – including labyrinth walk, hatha yoga, chanting of the Gayatri mantra, gratitude ceremony and Ayurvedic, vegan lunch in the riverside teahouse. The solstice marks the shortest day and longest night of the year, when the sun is at its lowest arc in the sky. One ancient definition of the winter solstice is ‘standing still sun.’ The solstice is a time to slow down and turn inward, a time to tune into a deep sense of intuition and learning to trust your inner voice, a time of feeling your way in the dark when you cannot see where you are going. The solstice is also a magical time to celebrate the rebirth of the sun which symbolises the Light of Consciousness.
Walking the Labyrinth is a powerful practice to awaken the guidance of our inner Knowing and to surrender to the mysteries and miracles of Life. Slow and deep hatha yoga practice with focussed intention on micro movements will continue to deepen our inward journey of listening. The Gayatri mantra – a highly revered mantra from the Vedas – is associated with the third eye chakra which is the seat of wisdom and intuition, and when chanted it creates the vibration to activate this centre. Finally, by offering up gratitude for the gifts in our lives and the coming of the Light, and setting an intention to live joyfully and light-heartedly, we invite the Light into our hearts. Please see sidebar for more details.
18th June also marks the launch of our winter warming menu. Ayurveda teaches us to eat in accordance with the seasons, and our winter menu includes warming, healing spices such as cayenne, cloves, ginger and nutmeg. Come and enjoy a warm sweet potato and red pepper or carrot and ginger soup, roasted red pepper, chickpea and spinach curry or roast vegetables with spicy rice … We’ll be serving a special spicy chai all winter and with the wood-burning stove and plenty of blankets available, the riverside teahouse is warm and cosy while still offering an outdoor experience amid the sounds and smells of nature. It’s beautiful during winter to get out of the house and out of town to enjoy the crisp sunny days and fresh air – and our labyrinth, river and garden walks offer plenty of opportunity to get some exercise as well! Please remember we require pre-booking for lunches; drop-ins for juices, teas and to enjoy the retreat are welcome.
Please do continue to let us know your feedback, thoughts and ideas for events and future development so we can continue to develop The Garden as a beautiful sanctuary for us all.