The Rose Garden
The Rose Garden is a little way from the bustle of the festival, set next to the Arboretum's beautiful flower gardens. It's the perfect space to learn new skills, meditate, or to discuss a subject dear to your heart.
Timetable for 2018
13:00: Inclusive Rituals, a talk from Alex Bear
People have diverse accessibility needs and it can seem daunting trying to cater for the various needs. Alex will offer some practical ideas to help you make it easy to be inclusive for everyone, whatever their abilities, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
Alex is the Pagan Federation's national LGBTQIA+ officier. Find out more about him on his vlog.
14:00: How to Tame Your Dragon, a talk from Taz Thornton
Fire energy is one of the most potent and cleansing energies we can tap into, but how can we use it safely and cleanly, without burning ourselves or others?
Join Taz Thornton for a journey into the heart of the inferno and connection to some of our most ancient guardians and protectors.
Taz is a shamanic healer and workshop leader, as well as a crafter of sacred ceremonial and medicine pieces. Her talks and workshops have a light-hearted and down to earth feel, despite their powerful messages, and have always proven popular at Pagan Pride UK.
Taz is a member of the Society of Shamanic Practitioners and has presented at the UK shamanic conference many times. Beyond shamanism, she is also trained in Reiki and Neuro Linguistic Programming, as well as being a FIRE Certified Firewalking Instructor. She is a member of the Society of Shamanic Practitioners (SSP) and the International Business and Personal Development Association (IBPDA).
Also meeting at the Rose Garden at 14:00, and then heading off for a walk around the park...
Herb Walk with Katherine Bellchambers-Wilson
Meet at the Rose Garden at 2pm sharp to join medical herbalist Katherine Bellchambers-Wilson on a walk of the arboretum. Learn about the different types of plants found there, their properties in herbal medicine and how they are referenced in folklore.
Katherine Bellchambers is a Herbalist trained to degree level and certified as a GAPS practitioner by Dr Natasha Campbell McBride. As well as being a practicing herbalist she also writes on health, beauty and fertility and serves as a director of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists the largest and oldest professional association of herbalists in the country and possibly the world.
Based in Nottingham she aims to bring the best of scientific research and traditional herbal medicine together in a patient centred practice. You can find out more on her website or find her on Facebook.
15:00: An Introduction to Meditation Techniques for Life and Magic, a workshop with Sam Pearson
Join Sam at the Rose Garden to learn some introductory meditation techniques that may help you both in your magical practice and in everyday life. Beginners welcome!
16:00: How to Stand and Breathe as a Witch, a workshop with Ashley Mortimer and Lesley-anne Brewster
Ashley and Lesley-ann encourage you to join them and participate in a simple daily meditation exercise, to help you find your balance and be happy for the whole day through standing and breathing correctly.
Ashley is a trustee of the Doreen Valiante Foundation and a director of the Centre for Pagan Studies, as well as a member of the Craft. Lesley-anne is a Wiccan high priestess and a former Pagan Federation disabilities officer.
17:00: Come Laugh with Me workshop with Karen Roberts
Laugh Yourself Happy. Join Karen to learn why laughter truly is the best medicine.
Karen is a qualified teacher and certified Laughter Yoga coach. She’s worked in education for many years with both adults and children, at home and abroad.
She’s been practicing holistic therapies for fourteen years, and since she discovered the amazing benefits of laughter in 2009, she’s been using laughter tools in classes and workshops, linking in with energy therapies to help people improve their health, lifestyle and personal development.
Join her for a laughter-filled end to your day at Pagan Pride UK! No sense of humour needed, just the willingness to laugh and laugh and laugh.
Karen is based in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, and you can find out more about her on her website
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