Welcome to the East London GreenSpirit webpage.
We meet near Stratford, East London for rituals and more during the year. For information about upcoming events, click here to see past GreenSpirit eNewsletters (go to the “Local Groups” section) or contact Hilary Norton, email: hapn(at)greenspirit.org.uk tel: 0208 470 3365.
This year is reaching its close and the last harvest has been reaped. Crops have been harvested and stored. Nuts are ripe and the leaves & last fruits are falling. Animals are storing food for hibernation, or else migrating. At this time, we think about those who have gone before us, many cultures have a way of remembering the ancestors.
On Sunday October 29th 2017 we will celebrate Samhain, the time to remember our ANCESTORS. We will do a short ritual which will connect us to our ancestors, both human and beyond. Do come at 6pm for some simple hot food and we will have our ritual at about 7.30pm. Please feel free to bring a reading / story / seasonal foliage / food to share and also a picture/photo of anyone you particularly want to remember at this time.
We will meet at 33 Park Road, E15 3QP.
020 8470 3365
Celebrating the Winter Solstice
We have come to the time of early nightfall and dark crisp mornings. Leaf-bare trees are silhouetted against the skies. We turn inwards during these darker months and stay at home more, sleep longer. We will meet together to celebrate the Winter Solstice and tune into the magic and beauty of this season of reflection and renewal. Creating a meaningful celebration of winter will help us deepen our connection to nature and family and all the things that matter most to us. Winter is a time of feeding the spirit and nurturing the soul.
We will meet on Thursday 21st December for a midwinter ritual and party. Do come anytime after 6.30 and you may want to bring seasonal foliage, food to share, poems, readings or songs. We will have our ritual at 7pm and make our festive celebrations afterwards.
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Below are details of some of the meetings we have had over the last year.
We gathered together for a summer solstice celebration to honour the longest day of the year.
Many ancient cultures marked the summer solstice with rites and rituals honouring the sun. We had a small bonfire and celebrate the significance of Midsummer with a nature meditation, poems and stories that recognized the sun and its magnificent power.
A small group spending some time in guided meditation for our own healing and the healing of our planet.
Our Spring Equinox meeting was on Sunday March 19th 2017
Spring Equinox celebrates the renewed life of the Earth that comes with the warming of Spring. It is a solar festival, celebrated when the length of the day and the night are equal (this happens twice a year, at spring and autumn equinox). To celebrate the spring, we will start with Ikebana, the Japanese art of arranging flowers and foliage meditatively. Bring budding twigs, flowers, willow catkins, sprouting bulbs, and your poems by nature poets like John Clare, Blake, Wordsworth, Thomas Traherne and others.
Do come for some food beforehand at about 6pm
A Prayer in Spring
Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.
Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.
And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.
For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfil.
Winter Solstice Ritual and Celebration
On December 21st 2016 we celebrated the Winter Solstice
We gathered together for a short midwinter ritual to honour the shortest day of the year: the dark, scarcity, the dormancy of life before the great turn when the days begin to longer and light returns. we lit a small fire in the garden. Then we feasted with mulled wine and seasonal food. Folk brought a song, story, poem or seasonal foliage and some food to share.
In October we remembered our Ancestors. We had a fire in the garden and joined in a ritual connecting us to our ancestors, both human and beyond.
Pilgrimage for Gaia: grounding the other-than-human in human community
Helena Kettleborourgh and Phil Barton have been working with faith communities in Manchester, bearing witness to the sixth great extinction unfolding before us and working on active communal and individual responses to empower participants.
They joined the East London GreenSpirit group on Thursday 14th July 2016 to explore these issues in a workshop which was stimulating, positive and action orientated.
At the end of January we celebrated Imbolc
After a time of drawing in energies and shortness of days, we’re looking forward to the increasing return of light to this part of our planet.
After a vegetarian supper we shared a Candlemass candle-lit ritual to remember that this is the Celtic festival of Imbolc.
GreenSpirit East London Easter Dawn Walk
Sunday morning – 27th March 2016
We celebrated Easter (or Eostre – the Great Mother Goddess of the Saxons) and the renewal of life with a dawn walk on Easter Sunday.
The dawn, when the night’s darkness begins to dissolve and give way to another day with its new possibilities, is a wonderful time to walk. At that time of day, even in the city, it is the sky that becomes a changing landscape. We walked in Wanstead Park, watched the mists rising, heard the dawn chorus and greeted the rising sun at 6:46am.
Afterwards, Ian hosted a vegetarian breakfast .
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