Co-Led together with Gem Kennedy
Time: Arrival from 9.30am for a 10am start. Workshop runs 10am – 4pm
Date: Saturday 21st January, 2023
Location: Meesden Village Hall, Meesden, Hertfordshire, SG9 0BD
Juicy Magick is a consent-based, self-directed, queer- and feminist-friendly space, supporting people who know they would like to have a magical practice with getting started.
We hear from lots of people that they’d love to develop a regular practice, whether as a solitary witch or with others, and so we set up this workshop to support you in just that!
On the day, you will have the opportunity to experience the following things:
- Connecting with your witchy identity
- Setting up and tuning in to a magickal space
- Using cards for divination
- Observing a magickal practice
- Experimentation space to try things out for yourself
For more details and to book, click here.
Soul Fire Writing Retreat
Dates: 14th-16th April 2023
Location: Bore Place, Edenbridge, Kent, UK
The Soul Fire writers meet again! This time we are exploring Story – personal stories and activist fictions, and their power to inspire and affect change.
For more info and to book, click here.
Wild Power, Pride and Prejudice
Date: Saturday, 10th June
Location: near Laughton, East Sussex, UK
This day is about you. And me. And us. And them.
People. We are all so diverse and yet there is a deep human desire to connect, to belong, and to be together. We are social beings. We seek out attachments. We meet in groups. We look for community.
- Have you ever been in a group where you have felt invisible to the facilitator, to your peers, or even to yourself?
- Have you facilitated a group and worried that you have inadvertently excluded someone, or been concerned that your own social and cultural background limited your capacity to connect with others?
- Have you ever been in a group where you’ve felt more influenced by group dynamics and peer pressure and facilitator expectations than your own inner knowing and needs?
- Have you ever facilitated a group and in hindsight wondered about how consensual or ethical your practice was?
This day is for you.
We will start by discussing the underlying problem of how to effectively hold space for everyone within a group, which means diving into some issues connected to power, patriarchy and social injustice. We will not, however, spend too long marinading in the problem as we want to focus our attention on exploring some radical and transformative ways of positively disrupting the status quo. For this, we will turn our attention to the natural world.
Human beings are part of the natural world. Can we assume, therefore, that the way that we organise ourselves is also ‘natural’. Can we assume that the patriarchal, hierarchical, and competitive cultures that we have created are somehow mirroring the wild? We cannot.
These assumptions are biased and inaccurate. They are – in themselves – framed by the very people who cannot see the world in any other way. Penguins, seahorses, clown fish, scarab beetles, spider monkeys, deer, bats … these creatures all exhibit queer and gender non-conforming behaviour. In fact, there is evidence of same-sex behaviour, including co-parenting, in over 1000 species. Similarly, there is evidence of dozens of ways of leading and organising social and survival dynamics within the wild which are not hierarchical or male dominated. As queer facilitators, this is interesting to us and inspires us to find non-normative examples as ways of understanding the world differently.
What then, for you? What does this mean for who you are and how you see the world?
Gender, sexuality, ethnicity, disability, age, social class and background, health status, family constellation, identity … areas of life where we might feel alienated at one time or another. It does not have to be that way, and in our work in the wild we can influence this.
By using the wild world as a backdrop, we will explore some liberatory and inclusive ways of leading and facilitating groups. We will talk about consent-based practice as a way of overcoming patriarchal power dynamics and advancing social justice. We will ‘queer our work’ by looking to new networks of elders, teachers, and guides. We will find ways to counter our own fears and prejudices and to work from a place of pride in all that we are and all that we bring. We will invite you to bring your experiences from your own lives and work to these discussions.
To book on to Wild Power, Pride and Prejudice, click here.