Earth Day 2017:  An Eco-magical gathering in Trent park, London (22April 2017)

Earth Day 2017: An Eco-magical gathering in Trent park, London (22April 2017)

22nd April is  `Earth Day’  – every year!

So join us on this special day..  for a family friendly social, picnic, drums, dances, facepaints..and that all important Eco-ceremony !   Takes place in Trent Park- one of London’s biggest woodland areas open to all..  with acres of space, free car park, cafe, toilet facilities.   We are usually within easy reach, at our `usual spot’ to the left open ground area of the `Cockfosters Gate entrance!

Time: 1pm onwards (car park gate shuts at 5pm..but people can stay much later).

Venue: Trent Park, Cockfosters (Piccadilly line, north London)

Meeting Point: Trent Park Cafe, Barnet EN4 0JY, UK.

Google map link for meeting pointhttps://goo.gl/maps/NJwkrwNDMiF2

Facilities: There is a proper toilet & cafe and car parks. Children can play in play area.Location: From Cockfosters tube, the `Cocfosters Gate of Trent park is only 5 minutes walk. We will be in the field immediately to the right..when you enter the park.. Cafe etc is further ahead.Event details

Our Activities  (tbc) :

• Drumming, Chanting & dancing

• Family Picnic (bring own food or bring some to share)

•  Face painting (for kids and adults !)  need reliable volunteer !! or bring own paints & share/ create activity

• Earth-Healing /  Eco-ceremony

Please Bring:

• Drums & Musical instruments

• Bring family & friends (all religions welcome. This is about Earth).

• Bring eco-magical banners & posters to showcase and charge up with energy for your campaigns

• Bring crystals & ritual items for altar

• Bring plenty of Food & Drinks to share

• Bring ground sheet / blanket or folding stool (for yourself)

What you can do:Please share this event and promote Earth day & Eco-Activities.

Weather: We can’t predict the weather  but we’ve  always carried an event, no matter what nature decides to do on that day. We will have some cover 🙂

History: Earth Day  22nd April- has been celebrated and marked by people of the world for over 40 years (since 1971). It provides a focus for hundreds of initiatives and activities.. from Eco-based fundraising, environmental campaigns, creating educational activities for those unaware of Earth’s  ecological & environmental problems.. to magical or spiritual ceremonies to connect with Gaia“ the earth goddess/ spirit!

– Mani Navasothy

International Peace Day : Ceremony & candle-lit picnic in London (at Peace Pagoda, Battersea Park) 21sept16

For the past 3-4 years, we have been gathering on 21st September- International Peace Day – to mark this day, do a small ceremony, and have a social/ picnic.  This time we are meeting by the `Peace Pagoda’ in Battersea Park, London.

As it’s a weekday, we’ll gather from 6pm onwards.

After initial meet & greets, and settling,  we’ll set up sacred space with consecrations, purification, calling elemental quarters – then – do a 10 minutes of `Om’ chanting  for World Peace.    Our magical work will culminate with a combined effort to create a piece of  eco-art or mandala, with whatever objects/ sacred items we  can individually bring…lit by a circle of candles in lanterns / jam jars (no naked candles please…for safety reasons).

Please note:   So we shall create a free-flow eco-art / mandala of our own design .

Details:    wednesday 21st September 2016.     Gather from 6pm…for ceremony/ Om chat at 7pm.  Socials & candle-lit picnic afterwards.   venue:   Meet by the Peace Pagoda, Battersea park, south london.    We’ll be on the grass area besides it..

What to bring: 

  • -Food and drinks to share.
  • -Ground sheets / cushions
  • -Candles in Lanterns only please
  • -Magical items / crystals/ talismans to add to a peace mandala (you can take your magical items back).

** Note:  we are NOT playing any drums/ musical instruments**

More details of this event nearer the time.

Bright Blessings

-Mani  Navasothy

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 Peace Day background: 

Few years ago I met Jeremy Gilley at a London Entrepreneur Meeting (He had just 5 minutes to tell everyone all about it. It turns out, he founded a non-profit organisation `Peace One Day’ in 1999, and campaigned for just 1 day of peace in war zones. In 2001, United Nations formally adopted the first ever annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence. So inspired by this – and having never heard of it till that moment, I decided to hold `Peace Day Picnics’ in London.. and have been doing son for few years now..)

Peace day info: http://www.peaceoneday.org/welcome


Link to meetup event 

International Peace Day : Ceremony & candle-lit picnic – Peace Pagoda, Battersea

Wednesday, Sep 21, 2016, 6:00 PM

Peace Pagoda. Battersea Park
Battersea Park London, GB

5 London Woodland Pagans Attending

For the past 3-4 years, we have been gathering on 21st September- International Peace Day – to mark this day, do a small ceremony, and have a social/ picnic.  This time we are meeting by the `Peace Pagoda’ in Battersea Park, London.As it’s a weekday, we’ll gather from 6pm onwards.After initial meet & greets, and settling,  we’ll set up sacred spa…

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Ganesh in the Water Ceremony (Ganesh Chathurthi)- sept2016

Ganesh Chathurthi is a special festival that honors the birth of the Hindu elephant-headed god, Lord Ganesha (Ganapathy, Vinayagar). He is said to remove obstacles and bring good fortune.

Ananta Chaturdashi is the 10th and penultimate day of the great Ganesha Utsav or festival that begins with  Vinayaka Chathurthi. At the end of this day, Lord Ganesh is given a grand farewell and the idols that were installed for the festival are carried to the nearby river, lake or sea front and immersed with a lot of devotion and fanfare.

a-ganapathy-ritual-2016

I first did this ceremony last year (in 2015) by the river Thames, in Richmond, London, UK.  There were about 5 of us.   And a photojournalist friend.   And to our pleasant surprise, we found that nearby (about 10 metres away)..a local Hindu community was also doing a much bigger scaled version ..immersing their Ganapathy statue in the Thames.

We waited till they had done their ceremony, then went to the water and immersed our Ganapathy.

So come join us this year (tomorrow).

  • Date: Thursday 15th September 2016
  • Time: 7pm to about 9pm
  • Place: Terrace Garden area, Richmond, London

Here is a map of the area where we will be.

a-terrace-gardens-map

Best wishes

-Mani Navasothy

meetup link for this event.

Ganesh in the Water Ceremony (Ganesh Chathurthi)

Thursday, Sep 15, 2016, 7:00 PM

Terrace Gardens (Richmond)
Terrace Gardens, Greater London Richmond, GB

9 London Woodland Pagans Attending

Ganesh Chathurthi is a special festival that honors the birth of the Hindu elephant-headed god, Lord Ganesha (Ganapathy, Vinayagar). He is said to remove obstacles and bring good fortune.Ananta Chaturdashi is the 10th and penultimate day of the great Ganesha Utsav or festival that begins with  Vinayaka Chathurthi. At the end of this day, Lord Gane…

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River Thames Blessing Ceremony (3rd Jan2016)

Dear all.. Happy New Year!
Let’s start the year with a bang.. some magical work for the City, and then a jolly celebration!!

This is a blend of 2 events – my own `River Thames Blessing’ (literally by the river banks..) and then, attending the Lions Part annual event `12th Night Celebrations’.

1. Blessing of the Thames   (12pm to about 1.30pm)

We’ve been dong river-thames based rituals since 2006 (check our www.Tamesa.info for records). In 2015, we did NOT do the `Tamesa River of Souls Halloween’ (but did do the Isis rituals earlier).
I wanted to shift the emphasis…and decided that `Blessing the river’ is the way to go…for us Londoners.. cos the `River runs through our city’ 🙂 So join me around 12noon….for a very friendly and short `river blessing ceremony’ –

Details: Please get to Millennium Bridge (St.Pauls side).. and meet us ..at the beginning of the Millennium Bridge (end of `Peter’s Hill’). We’ll then walk down to the river banks (slippery… so do this at your own risk) for the ceremony.

ps.  Low tide is at 1.33pm..  so we’ll be perfectly safe on the river banks just before that..!

Directions:

Nearest tube:  BlackFriars station or Mansion House. Then walk about 10minutes along Queen Victoria Street (one comes from left, other from right) to `Peter’s Hill’ (name of a small road).  and head to Millennium Bridge.

2. Bankside 12th Night Celebrations.   (2pm onwards)

This is an annual event facilitated by the Theatre company `Lionspart’ (in Autumn they run the `October plenty’ where we actually get to go into Shakespear’s Globe Theatre!).

Here’s some extracts about this event..
1. Holly Man arrives by boat along Thames.
2. The Ban Wassails – various blessings
3. The Mummers play (in the street )
4. Then then “lead the people in procession through the streets to the historic George Inn in Borough High Street for a fine warming up with Storytelling, the Kissing Wishing Tree and more Dancing.”

It’s all friendly and great fun.. (Just wrap up very warm..and bring raincoat in case in is a bit wet! This is England!!).

If you are joining only for this..(it’s a public event.. we are just attending it..) you can go ahead to the Globe Theatre area..or join us for river Blessing..and then continue to hang out with us..

Best wishes
-Mani

Link to my meetup event

River Thames Blessing Ceremony & visit to Bankside 12th Night Celebrations

Sunday, Jan 3, 2016, 12:00 PM

Millennium Bridge- North end
Peter’s Hill, EC4V London, GB

20 London Outdoor Pagans Attending

Dear all.. Happy New Year! Let’s start the year with a bang..  some magical work for the City, and then a jolly celebration!!This is a blend of 2 events – our very own `River Thames Blessing’ (literally by the river banks..) and then,  attending the Lions Part annual event `12th Night Celebrations’.1. Blessing of the Thames   (12pm to about 1.3…

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Woodland Midsummer Ritual – 20th June 2015 (South London)

Join us for a woodland Midsummer Open Ritual..in the woods near Croydon… to mark the height of the Sun in its journey through the skies. Is it all downhill from here onwards? No.. Midsummer celebrates the culmination of our personal energies.. the charging up of them..so that our inner wisdom and light can illuminate us through the coming autumn & winter months.

HT Midsummer 20June2015

In this simple yet deep magical woodland ceremony, we will create sacred space & altar in the name of Cernunnos – Lord of the Wild Beasts… weave the powers of the 4 elements (Air, Fire, Water & Earth).. work with some power (Solar) Runes to create talismans for personal use…and then join in some merriment, feasting, drumming & socials.

• All welcome..

• No previous Ritual/pagan experience needed.

Meeting arrangements:

Tram Stop: Coombe Lane. Please travel to East Croydon.. Then take the Tram to Coombe Lane.. Alight there and wait. We’ll come collect you and take you to a part of the woods where ritual will take place. (the spot may vary on the day..so please wait at the tram stop..Thanks).

Safety:  Please note the woodland path is NOT smooth..and has steep sections.. This is not suitable for anyone with bad backs, walking difficulty etc. There are no toilets/ cafes/ car parks.. So bring anything you will need..

Bring personal comfy items.. blankets/ rain coat/ cushion to sit on/ a small plastic or picnic ground sheet to sit on (if floor is cold/ wet).

Hern’s Tribe was founded in 2004 and has been doing these woodland rituals regularly. This Midsummer ritual marks a big turning point.. as we conclude an era of woodland seasonal rituals…and open the ways to other more unique monthly rituals & magical explorations..

May Hern protect us.
-Mani

Woodland SPRING EQUINOX 2015 Ritual Gathering in Richmond Park – London (21st March 2015)

Hi All, here is the Spring Event that I will be personally facilitating, with Hern’s Tribe (woodland ritual group I founded some 11 yrs ago).    So come Join us for the the afternoon/ evening in Richmond Great Park, where the Deer roams freely (living symbol of Hern the Horned God).. for celebrate Spring Equinox. It’s when the daylight hours equal the night hours… time of balance.. and when the Sun enters Aries – first sign of the Zodiac. We’ll be marking these magically in our ceremony, and do empowering magical work for the coming year!! – Bright Spring Blessings. – Mani

Woodland Spring Equinox 2015

Woodland Spring Equinox 2015

Date: Saturday 21st March 2015
Venue: Richmond Great Park.
Time: Meet-up by Richmond Gate (entrance to Richmond Park) by 2 pm.   (post code : TW10 6RR)

Google map link:   https://www.google.com/maps/@51.4504099,-0.2953595,18z?hl=en

Transport:
Please get to Richmond Station (British Rail / Tube). Outside the station, take the bus 371 (going towards Richmond Hill). This goes past Richmond Gate/ Star & Garter Home. After about 10 minutes in bus, get down at the `American University’ stop…and walk forward (5 mins) to Richmond Gate..

Those driving by car can park inside the park (closest car park to Richmond Gate). It’s free parking. Then walk back to the gate and meet us.

Duration: 

Hern’s Tribe woodland rituals are `gatherings’ and generally organic. It’s best to arrive and flow with events..or even go exploring the woods. It is best to allow 4-5 hours for these events, so that you can have the best magical & communal experience.

WHAT HAPPENS – General details for HT events   (some changes occur for specific events/ venues).

We’ll have the usual combination of social, setting up altar/ sacred space, seasonal ritual, chants & Drumming, magical work (including eco-magic and sometimes healing work). -Experienced HT members set up altar/ quarters, some prep for ritual fire, any cover sheets (if raining).
-You can ask to help.. 🙂

RITUAL  (this will be adapted for individual events):

Basic format——-

-Generally, we begin with clearing the space (sweeping, tidying up)
-Hern Call (chanting `Hern’ nine times)
-Shamanic consecrations (Incense, rattle, drums, salt-water, essential oil)
-Creating magical circle (words/ wand/ staff)
-Calling of Elements & animal quarters / spirits.
-Invoking Horned God / Goddess energies
-Variation of seasonal myth (sometimes)
-Magical work ( group work, personal, eco, healing etc)
-Blessing of Food & Drinks
-Feasting & Socials.
– Drumming & Chants & Dancing
-Any trance work (this is unpredictable.)

RITUAL items to bring:
– Your ritual cloths/ robes/ cloaks
– Staff / wands / antlers / tribal masks
– Drums & musical instruments
– Lanterns / candles / lighter
– Crystals / runes / divination tools
-Poetry / invocations (learnt or to read)

** Please make sure you take these back immediately after ritual is over, so they don’t get misplaced in the dark
** Items placed on altar may get handled or photographed by others. Plans for 2015—
In the past we have ritually explored various myths & legends. In 2015, we’ll continue this – by working with various Horned Gods & Goddesses, woodland spirits etc.

ALL WELCOME:
-All Pagans of any spiritual are welcome..
-Non-pagans, friends/ families & children of pagans are welcome.

FOOD & DRINKS TO SHARE:
Here are some suggestions–

-Home made/ baked items are exceptionally welcome (Bread, cakes, buns, salads, soup, pre-cooked potatoes).
-Wine & Mead are popular for the pre-ritual social and for feasting & socials afterwards!
– shop-bought items (sausage rolls, short-eats).
-Cheese / ham/ butter/ crisps/ dips
-Chicken (cooked pieces)
– Water / soft drinks/ tea & coffee in flasks
-vegetarian food/ vegan food
(Basically any items that add towards a sensible feast/ meal).
BE MINDFUL / Interruptions / Phone calls:
-At all times, we ask you to be mindful of any serious ceremony / meditation/ trance/ healing/ magical works going on, and not interrupt or be intrusive.
-Please don’t use mobile phones etc during ritual. (may not work in woods anyway!)

PHOTOS/ Recordings:
-These are semi-private events (even though they are in public woods/Park).
-Not everyone may like being photographed by a stranger!!
-No recording during ritual please.
-Feel free to take pics of altar, of your self in ritual setting, and of your friends there.. (If you are going to put them in blogs/ facebook etc..ask others in them..before tagging anyone you are not too familiar with.. It’s basic privacy etiquette!)

OUTDOOR PREP:
Please see our website  for guidelines on what to bring, how to be prepared for outdoor rituals in woodlands, and some health & safety instructions.

BAGS in the Park :
-Please keep space tidy.. and your own belongings/ bags at a suitable place. It gets dark.. So ensure you can find them easily afterwards. But also ensure they are not in the way that others may trample over it in the dark!
-If you put anything on the altar, please remember to take it back..(and not anyone else’s item by mistake).
-Please don’t leave things behind.. we don;t always find them..when tidying up in dark..

HELP with tidying up/ taking rubbish back to  bins is greatly appreciated.

CLOTHES / BLANKETS / SEATS:
-Please wear sensible outdoor cloths…waterproof is better..and good shoes (always) to walk in slippery or muddy surface. If you have a walking stick/ Magical Staff, do bring it, as it helps with walking in the woods – and you can use it in the ritual..!!
-Feel free to bring picnic blankets/ sheets to sit on (ground may be wet)
-Bring small light camping-style stool or chair to sit on (be mindful of carrying bulky objects while walking up slopes/ wet ground).

-Mani Navasothy
(Founder/ Hern’s Tribe)

Link

Hern’s Tribe –  www.Hern-Tribe.org

Meetup:  London Woodland Witches, Druids, Outdoor Pagans

Earth Hour 2015 – Eco Ceremony & Candle-lit Social in London (28th March’15)

Our annual eco-event in  London to observe Earth Hour! The idea is to switch off all non-essential electric appliances, lights..  So what better than to get to the park…some green space..and be in candle-light…with like-minded friends? !!

Earth Hour 2015 – Eco-Ceremony & Candle-lit social in Central London (28March2015)

 

In the past we have facilitated a Candle-lit walk along the river Thames. This time, we are planning to gather in a local park – and have a circle of Candles around us, as we observe Earth Hour.

So come and join me and my Eco-friends ..from about 7.3pm onwards.. for meeting & greeting..and socialising. And around 8.30pm, when the actual Earth Hour begins.. we will gently go into a small meditation, followed by an Eco-Ceremony (may last abut 20-3omins). Then we shall continue with socials, an outdoor Picnic and merriment..

Venue: St.James Royal Park  (open to public till 12 midnight!)

Transport: see park info : https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/st-jamess-park/visitor-information/opening-times-and-getting-here

Meeting point:   `Inn the Park’ (outside this Restaurant in St.James Park).

Meeting time:   Please be outside the `Inn the Park’ by 7.30pm, so we can gather walk up to a suitable spot in the park and do the eco-ceremony at 8.30pm.   After that we can socialise (candle-lit picnic!!)

Earth Hour Shield( - created in 2014 for rituals (c) Mani Navasothy 2014

It is important, that while so many of us care about the Earth and eco-causes, and fight ever day to resolve make the problems of our World, we also must create time for being Happy, to connect with like-minded humans, strengthen our ties, power up one another’s motivations and spread hope – that the World will get better!!

Those will be the focus of the Ceremony. So people of any and all religions & faiths welcome.

There are no protests, no campaigns…no slogans.. Only a few evening hours of total positivity & peace.

All I ask is that those who come do so with an open & tolerant mind, and with peace & harmony in their hearts.

This is a family-friendly event. So do bring your small children .(wrap up warm though! It gets cold by the open spaces of the river Thames).

Do bring picnic food & drinks to share ..:-)

-Mani Navasothy

 

Links

Gaian Times Eco-Spiritual Magazine (free online)

London Woodland Witches Druids Eco-Magicians & Outdoor Pagans (Meetup group)