Daily Archives: 8th April 2009

Champlain’s Well

I have lived at Champlain’s Well for almost three years now.  It truely is a beautiful place.  It has all the energy of a rural retreat but we are in fact only a few minutes-by car- away from Deal Town centre…perfect.  The house is old and has many stories to tell.  The oldest part is dated 1540 and the most

Champlain's Well from the back garden

modern from the 1950’s.  The picture above is the house viewed from the back garden.

Originally it was two cottages.  The White Cottage to the front and Redberry Cottage with its Dutch gable end, catslide roof and stairwell tower.  As the name suggests there is a well in the garden.  The pictures below are old photos of the cottages before they were joined.

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Great Mongeham has a fascinating history.  We are now a few miles from the sea but in Medieval times there was an inlet  and a dock.  The whole village was involved in supplying the soldiers at the garrison in Calais.  There was a brewery and bakers as well as farms producing food for the army.  Redberry and the White Cottage had orchards and was famous for its strawberries. Of course anyone who knows anything about strawberries realise that Kent grows the best tasting strawberries in the world!  There were also beehives-see picture below-producing apple blossom honey

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Now we grow our own vegetables as well as herbs for healing and smudging.  I have just planted a few strawberry plants this Spring and I am looking forward to the summer to sample home grow berries and cream!

Shamanka-The Ceremonial Way

I just got back from a Dorset weekend-helping out on the Luminous Warrior Course.  The weather was beautiful as warm sun filled Spring days provided the perfect backdrop for a group of wonderful women to continue their Journey into the Mysteries. On my arrival Eliana showed me an article she had written which had been published in the brilliant magazine Sacred Hoop.  It is all about ritual and ceremony and how in the 21st century our lives can become dull and repetitive without it, and even in our darker moments ‘meaningless’.  It is a very interesting piece.

I have been asked  to create  ceremony and ritual for different times.  The most special was a ‘Birthing.’  I was asked by a firend of mine to be present at the birth of her 2nd child, so I could create Sacred Space for her to be born into.  As these traditions of our culture have been lost I Journeyed to speak to my Grandmother and ask her advice.  She was very clear and told me exactly what to do.  I was required to Journey for a Spirit name for the baby which I did, to set up the Space in a specific way and to be there for the Mother and child.  A short time after the baby was born she was given to me and I whispered her Spirit name into her ear.  I felt so honoured.  Later on a we had a naming ceremony for the baby and her family which was so touching and beautiful.  What a difference to re-turn to the Earth plane in such a gentle way rather than be ejected into a hospital room amongst strangers.

So Eliana has now asked me to start running weekend workshops to help people re-introduce ritual and ceremony back into their lives.  So for those of you who are interested I am offering Shamanka-The Ceremonial Way.  No dates yet as my diary is pretty full for this year already…..so watch this blog and as soon as weekend becomes available I’ll let you know.