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Blue Jewel in the Sky

January 15th, 2022

Just replying to an email from Áine Furey who has kindly allowed her music to be in the Order’s Bardic course. I googled her music, and have found this stirring song she has recorded with her dad. This is a great track with powerful moving footage and the song’s message is as urgent as ever it could be. Thank you Finbar and Áine for making this!

The Final Broadcast of Tea with Druids

January 7th, 2022

Just after Christmas, I felt it was time to finish, at least for the moment, the weekly broadcasts I and colleagues have been doing under the banner of Tea with a Druid/Tea with Druids for the last four years.

Here’s the final Tea, and you can find all 203 previous broadcasts on a playlist on my Youtube channel here.

My friend the novelist L.R.Fredericks suggested the Teas could be used as an oracular system by writing the numbers 1 to 203 on scraps of paper which are then held in a bag or hat. When you feel in need of a tea, you pull out a number and watch that episode!

Solstice Blessings!

December 21st, 2021

May this Solstice bring you joy, peace and blessings! /|\

From Despair to Awe

December 2nd, 2021

Just after Samhain is a good time to look back on the year that has been, and in doing this I’d like to pay tribute to a colleague whom I’ve had the privilege of working with. Just after Samhain last year, Dr Rosalind Watts invited me to join her team which included psychologists and ecotherapists who were working with some of the participants of the Imperial College trials of the psychedelic drug psilocybin. These trials explored the potential benefits of psilocybin for those with treatment-resistant depression, and the work we have done as a team over the last year has been designed to help participants integrate their experiences and support any transformations or insights obtained during the trials. This has included running fortnightly support groups and monthly workshops devised by Rosalind using the Ogham trees as guides.

It has been incredibly exciting to be combining psychotherapeutic work with an appreciation of the power of nature, and of trees in particular, to bring healing. Rosalind brings a great depth of understanding to this work, combined with the ability to articulate complex ideas clearly and directly, and she has kindly agreed to contribute a paper to the Order’s Mt Haemus collection about this topic, and will be joining us at next Summer’s Glastonbury celebrations to share some of her work.

In the following video, you can hear her speak about ‘Nature’s Codes’. Beneath that, you can hear a beautiful section of John Hopkin’s music, with the words of Ram Dass, from the album ‘Music For Psychedelic Therapy.’

Deeper than Yoga Nidra?

November 18th, 2021

When it comes to inner journeys, there are all sorts of ways to go deep and far. Having tried lots of methods over the years, I have found Yoga Nidra to be one of the most effective.
But I have also found a way that takes me even deeper. It involves combining a little bit of sophrology, with the use of a particular kind of guided visualization based on an ancient Sufi story of the soul’s journey back to Paradise. And all this supported by some very special music. With the help of Nick Gent from the Mind Orchestra, who provided the music, and RoMa Johnson who created the script, we’ve recorded this journey so you can take it as often as you like, and then I’ve written up the research involved in working with this method, recorded a webinar about it, and if you enrol we also post you a beautiful little book: The Seven Valleys.
Take a peek here.