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Open Hearth

August 19 @ 4:00 pm - August 21 @ 3:00 pm

£15.00 – £160.00

The Circle of Belonging

Do you notice the birdsong when going to work or popping to the shop for a loaf of bread ?
Do you allow moments to take in the beauty of the natural world around you ?

 

What sustains us in troubled times ?

From early spring to Autumn we are living outdoors here on the land at EarthHeart, around the fire and in the company of nature and kindred spirits of the human kind.

I have been blessed with the gift of befriending a little Robin and I feel so grateful and deeply honoured. I noticed that he came closer and closer eat day to where are are sleeping and when I sat still enough and waited, one day he hopped onto the table. I sat as still as I could and just let my heart feel open so he could feel safe. He now comes at 7am regular as clockwork and eats seeds out of my hand. It brings me to tears often, the trust, the beauty and the moment of intimacy with this more than human life. And the teachings that are here are profound in something as simple as this. Such vulnerability, such bravery, such trust.

In the evening the fire is our entertainment with it’s many tales to tell and in the day the view is an ever changing Kaleidoscope of nature exploding into unapologetic expression. So much life is happening and the bluebells invite us into a realm of some kind of liminal space. Laying in them at dusk seems to be their most potent time, somehow the veil between worlds becomes thin and they open realms that seem inaccessible in the bright midday sun.
 
Making a new world
It’s simple acts like this that keep us sane in a world that is becoming more and more insane. It’s simple things like the dew on the morning grass, a cobweb being caught in the light of the morning sunrise, a weed finding it’s way through a crack in the concrete, or the sound of the owls at night calling to each other across the tree tops in the surrounding forest. I know of nothing else that calls me back to what really matters in life than these simple things. 
 
Our lives have been reduced to a series of basic survival protocols and a level of stress that is simply unsustainable. Deep deep change is needed. It’s not enough to get a reduction in the annual price of our gas or phone bill. It’s not enough to have one more day off if we are lucky. DEEP deep change is needed at a visioning and design level for humanity about how we live on the earth, in harmony with all life and what it really means to sustain life, ours and all of it.
 

 

You are welcome here ...
Ive spent most of my life with the enquiry of what is it that really sustains us, gives our life meaning and the reason we are here. These enquiries come to me in the quiet still moment by the fire under the stars of the morning with the Robin as he goes about his daily tasks or before the busyness kicks in and the call to earn a crust pulls me out of my bed and into the day.
 
I have spent most of my life living with a fire as my hearth. The fire is my anchor, my home, my compass, the place I return to, company for my Soul. The stars remind me not to get to egotistical and to big for my boots. I believe the only way forwards is to return ourselves to living in an interdependent way embedded in community. And I don’t mean community of the old 1970’s model, I think we all know that does not work !!
 
We need to move beyond the old narrative that we must aspire to being self sufficient unto ourselves and that we must not have any needs or reliance on other people for our wellbeing. The truth is is deeply deeply need each other and we need this entire web of life to thrive if we are to thrive, so to cut ourselves off from this web is to sever our own arteries. We will kill ourselves slowly but surely.
 
I believe what we ache for is an experience of Belonging and our modern structures could not take us further away from that – it is a beautiful design to facilitate isolation, disempowerment and disconnection. I believe that we need to create community which in turn creates an experience of belonging.
If any of this speaks to you please join me around the hearth fire for the weekend to explore being deep hearted and wild together here on the land with the fire, with kindred souls searching also for a sense of meaning and belonging.
 
Come and gather with us round the fire

Come and experience the beauty of EarthHeart. Now is the time of mending and tending the broken threads of our world and creating the world we long for. We welcome you no matter who you are and where you come from. Couples, men, women and all human beings no matter how you identify: our hearth is open, the circle awaits, the fire is burning and the forest calls your Soul to rest.

The weekend will include experiential explorations of what is needed for each of us to return to ourselves and to find pathways into the experience of Belonging.

Logistics

Dates:
19 – 21 August 2022 

Timings:
Arrival –  Friday 4pm
Depart – Sunday 3pm

Staying with us 
We have a beautiful eco campsite, compost toilets with a view to die for, hot showers and beautiful facilities. All surrounded by wild and ancient forest with all that you need for easy outdoor living. You can either bring your own tent and camp or we have space for a few campervans.

Meals
We will be offering home made vegan soup and bread for your arrival on Friday evening as well as a hearty meal (which will be vegan and wheat free) for you on Saturday evening. Please bring breakfast and lunch with you. We have a fully fitted field kitchen with all you need to take care of yourself and or/ share, make and eat food.

Testimonials

“Thank you for holding such a beautiful space to let me break open. I actually do not know what would have become of me if I hadn’t been given the space to be. So much gratitude from the bottom of my heart for your love” Leah, Open Hearth 2021

“Amazing space, amazing food, amazing work, extremely powerful working in mixed groups and profoundly moving in many ways” Earthheart workshop participant, 2018

“If you want to feel some healing and grow your confidence, this is the best gift you can give yourself. I love Jewels’ work so much, it’s emotional healing at its best. We are not alone” Jenny L

“It’s a place where I can be vulnerable, open and real. With no judgement, I’m accepted as I am – in my entirety. It’s a place to expand, to share, to nurture, to learn and to grow. A place nature holds you. A place to find yourself. A place to be inspired. A place to find peace. A place to breathe. A place to feel alive. A place to rest.” Gaye Williams, Initiation 2018 participant

Investment

This event is a ‘NOT FOR PROFIT EVENT’ please pay what you can. All prices include camping in tents on the eco-campsite with hot showers and toilets and fully equipped field kitchen for communal use. Lower rate prices are limited and are on a first come basis.

£95 – low income / concession price
£160 – regular price

Campervans
We have space for a limited number of small campervans. There is a supplement of £30 for the weekend for this option.

For disability and the vulnerable
If camping would prevent you from participating  (e.g. due to a health issue or physical disability) we offer a limited number of indoor spaces in the communal cabin which accommodates up to 4 people. Please contact us if this is something you may need support with. This is offered as part of our air B&B offering which can be booked through the air B&B website 

Covid 19 protocol
We want you to feel safe and cared for when you come to EarthHeart, both in terms of the inner work we will be doing and also with your physical wellbeing and health. We follow government guidelines on the advised protocol for Covid19 and whatever the situation is at the time of the workshop we will implement this on site.

We are able to create a lot of personal spacing (aka social distancing) during our workshops as they take place on the land and outdoors. You can bring your own food if you wish and camp in a tent also. We keep levels of hygiene to the best of our ability and encourage this among all those present. 

Booking policy

We request that you take the time to read our
 cancellation and booking policy before purchasing your ticket.

We ask this so you can be sure you’re making an informed choice about your ticket purchase as we do not make exceptions to the policy.
This is important to us and we thank you in advance for taking the time. 

 

Details

Start:
August 19 @ 4:00 pm
End:
August 21 @ 3:00 pm
Cost:
£15.00 – £160.00

Venue

EarthHeart
Puzzle House
EarthHeart, Gloucestershire GL14 3JQ United Kingdom
Website:
https://jewelswingfield.com/earth-heart/getting-to-earthheart/

Tickets

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Concession / low income
£ 95.00
10 available
Regular Price
£ 160.00
Unlimited
Campervan
Add-on to your ticket if you are bringing a campervan (no caravans sorry)
£ 15.00
10 available
Special Diet
£ 25.00
Unlimited