Imbolc Immersion

03 Feb 2023—06 Feb 2023

Residential

Imbolc is a time on the cusp between winter easing her squeeze and spring whispering of new blossoms and stirring seeds, yet still in the gifts of dreaming through longer nights of darkness. It’s that last stage of our gestation, where we might linger longer and navigate more cautiously the quickening of spring. It’ll be a good time to gather close in that wintery way one more time, bring our voices as seeds and listen to the land and her inhabitants… What would she have us hear as another season approaches? What griefs of these strange times we’re steeped in might we metabolise with song and poetry, to offer up as fertiliser and cultivate a little human-scale beauty to feed life into an unfurling year of uncertainties?

As well as abundance of song and harmony, this is a wonderful chance to share with you some of the delicious cultural practices of animacy which shape the particular ecosystem of singing which you know me by. From morning sun greetings to evenings of myth, music and moon gazing, there’ll be a weave to the days, dancing into life’s sweet embrace.

If you don’t know me, I begin with the premise that our voices are valuable, a part of the diverse mystery and expression of life. Through my work and practice, I strive to untangle our inheritances of ways of thinking and living which presume unworthiness and separation from our multitude relationships with life. I seek to connect us with a deeper longing for belonging and enough-ness, and to re-engage and celebrate the many cultural threads we may still have access to, to move closer into relationship again. Over the past 15-20 years I’ve experienced group singing to be a profound and effective vessel to explore this with. A tangible experience of the reciprocal nourishment and beauty growing from mutual engagement and collaboration in place of the pursuit for individual prowess.

To join me in this way, no musical training or prior harmony singing experience is necessary, while all previous experience is also very much welcome. My teaching is clear and all songs are taught by ear and through repetition, so very accessible to all.

Largely, song content will be of Albion origin. Where I share songs from wider regions and languages, I’m careful to give context to people, histories and cultures, to check permissions and work with untangling extractive and appropriative tendencies of the dominant culture we’re familiar with. This also applies to my animist practices. Please contact me if you’d like more clarification.

There’ll be two focused singing sessions Saturday and Sunday, as well as a Friday evening gathering-in sing. There’ll be a stretch in the afternoons to carry our voices and listening, our words and actions of loving and gratitude, out onto the land. Evenings can unfold into sharings of favourite songs, poems, stories and all kinds unknown delights amidst the group we turn out to be. I’m also a folk fiddler so a wee spontaneous Trad Sesh is always a delight when other instruments turn up!

Denmark Farm conservation centre will be our host, nestled in the foothills of the Cambrian mountains. For 35 years a the Shared Earth Trust have been dedicated to the restoration of her habitats and biodiversity. Across the 40 acres there are soft, rugged meadows, young broadleaf woodland, a little lake with a nature-watch hide.

There’s accommodation to suit different needs and budgets, from shared dormitory space to deluxe ecolodges with options of twin, triple and double rooms. It may be possible to accommodate single rooms at a higher fee.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, teas coffees and snacks are provided, as much as possible organic and locally sourced. Meals will be vegetarian; additional dietary needs catered for.

 

Places are limited so please book early. A deposit of £50 secures your place. There are some limited places for locals to come on a meals (lunch and dinner) and activities basis without accommodation.

Financial hindrances: It’s incredibly difficult to gauge the costs of hosting this and factoring living wages. I never want finances to be an impediment to the work I offer. I have tried to price in a way that covers my team’s needs and allows a buffer for those who cannot fully share the distribution of costs. I warmly invite dialogue from you if you’re unable to attend based on the costs listed above – let’s explore what’s possible.

Event details

Date

03 Feb 2023—06 Feb 2023

Time

All day/more than one day

Address

Denmark Farm Conservation Centre
Betws Bledrws
LAMPETER
Ceredigion
SA48 8PB

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Cost

Earlybird Ecolodge £340; full rate £420. Earlybird Dorm £220; full rate £260. Earlybird price must be paid in full by Dec 21. Non-residential Earlybird £70 per day; full rate £95; Earlybird full weekend £115; full rate £160.

Booking information

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