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Wednesday 29th May, Oak Apple Day in British tradition

29th May Oak Apple DayWednesday 29th May is the English Folk Festival of Oak Apple Day; held in honour of oak trees after Charles II escaped from Cromwell’s army by hiding in an oak tree. Oak leaves are worn until midday.

In May 1660, Oak Apple Day or Royal Oak Day was a declared as a formal public holiday, to be celebrated in England on 29th May to commemorate the restoration of the English Monarchy.

Although it was formally abolished in 1869, until national lockdown, the day was still celebrated in some parts of the country and is alternatively known as Shick Shack Day. Oak and Nettle Day, Yak Bob Day or Arbour tree Day.  

By keeping traditions, communities retain a sense of harmony and connection, thereby bringing balance and harmony into your life.

Harmony Healing activities are aimed at bringing harmony and wellbeing. If you are looking for spiritually enlightening activities which help to connect you with the lunar cycle, we hold monthly Full Moon Guided Healing Meditations. During this session, we connect with other like-minded people and together we work through a mindful chakra balancing process using colours and etheric crystals, with the aim that all participants will experience a degree of unity consciousness. This activity serves as a good taster of my work in general and the virtual format of our Zoom based programme. Book at thHarmony Shop.

Through Harmony Healing, Joanna offers a wide spectrum of events designed to nurture your welbeing and to connect with nature and the moon cycle. We hold monthly Full Moon Guided Healing Meditations, £20. The next one is Thursday 23rd May, book at the Harmony Shop.

Harmony Healing utilises the philosophies of the Ancient Egyptians, in the form of Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Level 1 Egyptian Alchemy Healing. Featuring four online modules of Khemitology (Ancient Egyptology according to the indigenous oral traditions), Violet Flame of Amenti, Mindful Chakra Balancing & Essene Angelology.Missed sessions are fully recorded so that registrations are possible at any time. Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Level 1 costs £266 and run about three times a year. the individual modules are stand-alone and cost either £88 or £66, hence the RSE 1 Package offers a cost saving.

Other services
Within Surrey, via Harmony In Nature, we facilitate Forest Bathing Sessions to help adults reconnect with nature and reap the therapeutic benefits. 

MP3 meditations and distant readings and healings are proving popular and we offer Harmony Healing Vouchers for any value for use on Harmony Healing services and Harmony in Nature vouchers for Forest Bathing vouchers. 

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Harmony in Nature June Solstice Issue - Fragrance & Blossom

Solstice Issue - Fragrance & Blossom

June Solstice Issue HIN

June is the start of British summertime. The roses bloom, imprinting their perfumed scent into the air of the extended evenings.

The astronomical marking of the first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, also the longest day, is on the Summer Solstice, this year on the 20th, celebrated by many cultures around the world. Midsummer’s Day on 24th harks back to an earlier calendar which marked differently.

Garden flowers are colourful, and, depending on your location, wild hedgerows are splendid with hawthorn blossom and elderflower (the basis for elderflower cordial), replacing the departing holly blossom. In the trees, the horse chestnut blossom spires will soon be joined by the scented bracts of lime flower, which you may smell before you see them. Lime flowers, also known as linden blossom, can make a softly aromatic bedtime infusion, which the French have been drinking for centuries, as ‘tilleul’. With so much blossom, combined with warm air, you may well be noticing that smells are stronger at this time of year. Summer berries are abundant, and strawberries are in demand for the picnic season. We hope the warmer weather encourages you to choose to take yourself out into nature more often, whether that be a swift five-minute tea break on a patch of green, to sit by a few plant pots, to picnic in a park, or immerse yourself in some natural beauty for a few hours. As if you needed reminding, on really hot days, the coolest places to be are under a canopy of trees!

Our public event on Saturday 15th June is at Harry Edwards Foundation, near Shere (Surrey), or we currently have a private session slot available on Saturday 29th June.

Monthly Traditions and History 

The month could be named after Juno, the Roman Goddess linked with marriage. To the Anglo-Saxons, it was called sera monath (dry month), which is not necessarily our modern-day experience. 

According to author Robert Graves and 'neo pagans' who follow this tradition, June covers the sixth and seventh moon months in the Celtic calendar: the Hawthorn Moon takes us 13th May-9th June and the Oak Moon is 10th June-7th July. Ref thoughtco.com.

Hawthorn Hin newsletter

The Hawthorn Moon comes soon after Beltane. and was known as Huath (pronounced Hoh-uh). The plant is prickly with pretty blossoms and is associated with masculine energy, fire and fertility; tradition dictating that male potency is high at this time of year.  Hawthorn can be used for magic rituals involving masculine power (it has a raw phallic energy about it), making professional connections and business decisions. The faerie realm are said to like it, with the fae being particularly attracted when Hawthorns grow together with Ash and Oak

Oak MoonThe Oak Moon takes place when the trees are approaching full bloom. The oak signifies strength and power, typically towering over its fellow trees, and was highly sacred to the mightly Druids. The oak is associated with invocations for fertility, strength, power, success and abundance. An acorn is meant to bring luck at interviews or business meetings, whereas catching a falling oak leaf is meant to bring health and wellbeing all year. The Celts called this month Duir, sometimes believed to be the stem word for druid and meaning door.

Meteor Showers & Night Sky

New Moon is Thursday 6th June @ 13:37 (Hawthorn New Moon) and Full Moon is Saturday 22nd June @ 02:07 (Friday night/Saturday morning, Solstice Oak Full Moon), with Joanna's Full Moon Meditation on 22nd June.

We have the Boötids Meteor showervisible 21st June-2nd July, peaking around 23rd June.

Forest Bathing in the News
Excitingly, the Forest Bathing Show Garden won the 'Best in Show' award at last month's Chelsea Flower Show. Designed by first-time exhibitor Ula Maria, the garden was sponsored by Muscular Dystrophy UK.  Ula designed the garden to be accessible and to show-case sensory interaction with nature by featuring a birch grove, with dappled light and running water, woodland flowers and grasses plus wild strawberries. 

Close Encounters of the Animal Kind
The Red Squirrel - our native species

Red Squirrel Image

Last month, Joanna spent a week in Angelsey with her family and visited a red squirrel reserve on the island.

Native to Britain, the red squirrel is one of our iconic species, but has been displaced to a few isolated forest locations, by the larger more distructive North American grey squirrel. Now recognised as an endangered species, red squirrels are protected by UK law, often living in nature reserves.

Red squirrels are great acrobats and swimmers and are ambidextrous. They spend about 70% of their active time foraging in the tree tops. In the autumn they also consume fungi, bury seeds and nuts for the winter and don't hibernate. 

In 1998, they were almost extinct in Angelsey, but a pioneering conservation project means there are now over 500 on the island, the largest population in Wales. In 2008 a few crossed the Menai Strait sea channel and re-colonised the mainland county of Gwynedd!

The squirrel symbolises qualities of resourcefulness, playfulness and preparation. Traditionally, if a red squirrel crosses your path, it could be a reminder to stay positive and not give up.

In Native American lore, the red squirrel is hardworking, nurturing and caring, and is a symbol of trust and thrift.

Harmony In Nature News

Mental Health Awareness Week

May session from MHA weekMental Health Awareness Week was 13th-19th May, and we were involved in three sessions in the Surrey Hills.

On Wednesday 15th, we ran a staff event for a Guildford-based mental health charity at Newlands Corner,.

On Saturday we offered two taster sessions at a wellness event at the Devil's Punch Bowl, curated by a collaboration between Surrey Hills Enterprises and the National Trust.  Despite the session only lasting 45-60 minutes, the sharing amongst participants revealed exceptionally profound effects and realisations.

On Sunday, we ran our monthly public session at the beautiful Harry Edwards Foundation, Shere. We had perfect weather - considerably better than was forecast - and, as usual, the participants started as strangers but by the end felt connected as a group. The image shows Katie leading the group into a mindful tea contemplation. 

Risk Assessment at Marble Hill House, Twickenham

RA at Marble HillIn May, we met up with Anthony Lee, the Community Engagement Officer at Marble Hill, which is an English heritage venue.

Anthony gave us a tour of the sixty acres of riverside parkland featuring restored gardens and reinvigorated woods, in the grounds surrounding a Georgian manor, built by Henrietta Howard.

There are some remarkably large horse chestnut trees with knobbly bark, an old black walnut near the river, as well as an enormous oak with a beautiful shape by the gardens.

We can definitely see this working as a nature connection route, especially with future charity work.

Harmony in Nature Events in Surrey/London - What to Expect

Our nature immersion sessions involve a leisurely amble through woodland, observing and connecting with nature in its current season. Every event is different, though we may see the subtle movements and patterns of nature, smell the scent from vegetation or the earth, touch bark and listen to birds or a breeze.  The session culminates with a treelaxation, our unique nature meditation under the canopy of trees, and an optional woodland tea. We aim to leave you feeling deeply relaxed and rejuvenated.

Forest Bathing is an evidence-based wellbeing activity. Spending time in woodland has been shown to potentially boost our immune system for 2-4 weeks, balance blood pressure, reduce blood sugars, stress and cortisol levels, amongst other benefits. Participants may feel a reduction in anxiety, depression or rumination, and an improvement in concentration, memory and creativity, as well as improved sleep. Connecting with nature has been shown to reconnect us also to ourselves and to others, and this has certainly been our experience.

Several venues are available for private bookings, themed events and corporate sessions, so do enquire for details, and about the possibility of using other venues.

☕ We go out rain or shine, since, with the right clothing and footwear, usually plenty of layers, and a spare, we can happily stay outdoors for hours, especially if we take a hot/cold drink and a snack to sustain us.

Private and Corporate Sessions

If you have a group of friends or colleagues who would enjoy this experience, we are offering 3-hour sessions for up to 10 participants from just £333. See Harry Edwards section below. 

  
Harry Edwards Foundation, Burrows Lea (near Shere)  
 
Forest Bathing at Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary, Surrey
We will take you on a mindful journey through the private semi-ancient woodland of the lovely Harry Edwards Foundation. 
 
Immerse yourself in the healing elements of nature and connect deeply with all your senses. 

Saturday 15th June, 11am-2pm, £39.77
Sunday 21st July, 11am-2pm, £39.77

Book any of the above sessions at the Harmony Shop 


Private Sessions
£333 for up to 10 participants
Contact us for other group sizes and suggested timings.

Saturday 29th June, 11am-2pm

Book these private sessions via the Harmony Shop 

We are taking bookings now for private and corporate sessions during the season (June-October) and beyond, so contact us to discuss dates.

This and our other venues are also available for private bookings, themed events and/or corporate sessions, or ask about a venue of your choosing, subject to having, or us preparing, a suitable route and risk assessment.


Our Other venues

We also arrange private bookings, themed events and/or corporate sessions at a selection of locations in the Surrey Hills (Guildford, Shere, Woking & Epsom) and South London (SW20 and SW14). Contact us for details on

Katies NC picture 27 May 2021

  • For our full range of Harmony in Nature therapeutic sessions, see www.harmonyinnature.uk (currently hosted on harmonyhealing.co.uk)
  • You can find our Forest Bathing and Nature Connection video, on the diverse wellbeing benefits and our experiences with 'green' social prescribing and business events, on Nadege's YouTube Channel

Our Silver Tent TV Wood Wide Web Discussion - now on YouTube

Our recent discussion on YouTube featured the wood wide web, including what it is, how it was discovered and how it works, and how the members of the panel choose to interact with it. 

Silver Tent is an online global community for women over 50 discovering they have wisdom worth sharing. If you meet the criteria, request your group membership at the Facebook Group Page.

Other Offerings from Jo and Katie

Through Harmony Healing, Joanna runs other online esoteric/energy healing practitioner and self-empowerment courses, as well as  1-2-1 energy healing sessions. Joanna holds online monthly Full Moon Meditations which take place 7.30-9.30pm (UK time) and also produces a monthly Celestial Forecast featuring Moon Phases, Asteroid Showers, Ancient & Modern Festivals. 

Katie offers health mentoring as well as 1:1 places for Nurtured by Nature, One-day Reset Retreats (Facebook link), for those needing a complete mind and body reset from their usual work and duties. Individually tailored, depending on what is most helpful for you, these can include a selection from nutrition, breathing, mindful movement, sounding or chanting, essential oils, ‘de-chemicalising’ your lifestyle, natural first aid, Reiki, as well as concluding by reconnecting to ourselves through sensory nature connection forest bathing practises. Whole day for £366, half days available on request. Message Katie on 07596 830910 to discuss your aims for your ideal day retreat.

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Katie Robinson & Joanna Bristow-Watkins
Nature Connection & Forest Bathing Guides
 

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Other Offerings from Jo and Katie

Through Harmony Healing, Joanna runs other online esoteric/energy healing practitioner and self-empowerment courses, as well as 1-2-1 energy healing sessions. Joanna's online monthly Full Moon Meditation takes place 7.30-9.30pm (UK time) on Saturday 3rd June, with the Strawberry Moon, £20. Joanna also produces a monthly Celestial Forecast featuring Moon Phases, Asteroid Showers, Ancient & Modern Festivals. 

Katie offers 1:1 places for Nurtured by Nature, One-day Reset Retreats (Facebook link). Individually tailored, depending on what is most helpful for you, they may include a selection from nutrition, breathing, mindful movement, sounding or chanting, essential oils, ‘de-chemicalising’ your lifestyle, natural first aid, as well as reconnecting to ourselves through sensory nature connection practices. Naturally the day ends with a forest bathing session. Whole day for £366, half days available on request. Message Katie on 07596 830910 to discuss your ideal day retreat and possible dates.

Katie Robinson & Joanna Bristow-Watkins
Nature Connection & Forest Bathing Guides
 

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Friday 24th May, Festival of the Three Marys in France

24 May Festival of the 3 MarysFriday 24th May is the Romani and Christian Festival of the Three Marys at Sainte-Maries-de-la-Mar, on the south coast of France.  Here landed Mary Magdalene, Mary Jacob (the sister of Mother Mary known in the Catholic faith as Our Lady) and Mary Salome (mother of James and John). A local Chieftain, Sara the Kali, had a vision of their arrival and by spreading her cloak over the rough sea ensured their safe arrival.

Sainte-Maries-de-la-Mar (Saint Marys of the Sea) is the capital of the Camargue (Provençal Occitan Camarga) in the south of France. Interestingly, it is noted on the Wikipedia page, that the village was noted as "Ra" in the 4th century AD by the Roman geographer Rufus Festus Avienus. 

Ra being the Ancient Egyptian Deity also known as the Sun God, this could reinforce the idea that Mary Magdalene was actually of Egyptian origin (possibly from the southern area of Nubia, where the native people are very dark skinned) and could also have been the revered Black Madonna.

By keeping traditions, communities in Camargue retain a sense of harmony and connection, thereby bringing balance and wellbeing into their lives.

Harmony Healing activities are aimed at bringing harmony and wellbeing into your life. If you are looking for spiritually enlightening activities which help to connect you with the lunar cycle, we hold monthly Full Moon Guided Healing Meditations. During this session, we connect with other like-minded people and together we work through a mindful chakra balancing process using colours and etheric crystals, with the aim that all participants will experience a degree of unity consciousness. This activity serves as a good taster of my work in general and the virtual format of our Zoom based programme. Book at thHarmony Shop.

Harmony Healing utilises the philosophies of the Ancient Egyptians, in the form of Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Level 1 Egyptian Alchemy Healing. Featuring four online modules of Khemitology (Ancient Egyptology according to the indigenous oral traditions), Violet Flame of Amenti, Mindful Chakra Balancing & Essene Angelology.Missed sessions are fully recorded so that registrations are possible at any time. Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Level 1 costs £266 and run about three times a year. the individual modules are stand-alone and cost either £88 or £66, hence the RSE 1 Package offers a cost saving.

Other services
Within Surrey, via Harmony In Nature, we facilitate Forest Bathing Sessions to help adults reconnect with nature and reap the therapeutic benefits. 

MP3 meditations and distant readings and healings are proving popular and we offer Harmony Healing Vouchers for any value for use on Harmony Healing services and Harmony in Nature vouchers for Forest Bathing vouchers. 

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Thursday 23rd May is Flower Moon @ 14:53 UK time.

Thursday 23rd May is Flower Moon @ 14:53 UK time.

Moon Scarletts shot

Our Full Moon Global & Personal Healing Meditation is Thursday 23rd May, 7.30-9.30pm (UK time = GMT+1), and costs £20. During this session, we connect with other like-minded people and together we work through a mindful chakra balancing process using colours and etheric crystals, with the aim that all participants will experience a degree of unity consciousness. This activity serves as a good taster of my work in general and the virtual format of our Zoom based programme.

Gabriel in corp coloursIf you are an angel fan, the angel of the Moon is Gabriel. See link for instructions on Angela's Angelic Meditation with Gabriel. 

To the left is a beautiful image of Gabriel by Richard Rockwood from my sister Angel McGerr's A Harmony of Angels book (and Harmony Angel Cards). Both are out of print and collectable but we still have a few remaining copies via the Harmony Shop.

At the time of the Full Moon the Sun and Moon are in opposition. The solar (sun) energy influences our masculine/yang archetypal attributes (our outer world) such as strength, courage, identity, self-esteem, expression, conscious beliefs and determination together with our logical outlook.  Whereas the lunar energy (moon) influences our femininely archetypal attributes (our inner world), such as our unconscious beliefs, hidden emotions, nurturing feelings, creativity and intuition. The Full Moon is a powerful and appropriate time to show gratitude for life and the riches and bounty bestowed upon us by Mother Earth (Gaia).

The Native American tribes who named each moon to keep track of the months and seasons. This is the Flower Moon, due to the beautiful blossoms dotting the landscape. There isn't a standardised system however, as some tribes took a year to be 12 moon cycles, whilst others went with 13 moon cycles. Similarly some tribes worked with five seasons per year whereas others went with four. Other tribes knew it as the Corn Planting Moon, Planting Moon and Milk Moon. Some American Farmers have adopted these titles so that they are still used today.ed it the Fish Moon beacuse it's when the shad swimming upstream. Some American Farmers have adopted these titles so that they are still used today.

Although the Celts were believed to have revered nature, the idea that they also had tree names for each Full Moon of the year, is neo-Pagan, having been introduced by Robert Graves in the 1948, which I find rather charming. So, according to Robert Graves's imaginings, this is the Hawthorn Moon, following soon after Beltane. Known as Huath (pronounced Hoh-uh), the plant is prickly with pretty blossoms and is associated masculine energy, fire and fertility; tradition dictating that male potency is high at this time of year.  Hawthorn can be used for magic rituals involving masculine power (it has a raw phallic energy about it), making professional connections and business decisions. The faerie realm are said ti like it, with the fae being particularly attracted when Hawthorns grow together with Ash and Oak. See thoughtco.com.

The time between any Full Moon and the next New Moon is a good time, energetically, to detox the body. I recommend an oil pulling technique, with coconut oil, which must be from a glass container for best taste.

Aligning ourselves with the moon cycle is very therapeutic, hence being aware of the Full Moon (a good time for bringing projects to a conclusion) and the New moon (good for starting new projects) is excellent for bringing balance and wellbeing into our lives. If you are looking for regular spiritually enlightening activities which help to connect you with the lunar cycle, we have our monthly Full Moon Guided Healing Meditations. Participants all receive a deeply healing experience. Cost to participate is £20 or half price to RSE graduates. There are multi-buy packages for regular attendees. Book at the Harmony Shop.

The next lunar cycle alignment study course starts on the 1st October New Moon and costs £188. Included are three Attunements into the sun, moon, earth, plus the zodiacs of Libra, Scorpio and the Chinese Year of the Wood Dragon. This includes guiding you through the creation of a 2024/5 Vision Board with the support of the 28 Moon Mansion angels. More at Harmony Shop.

Harmony Healing utilises the philosophies of the Ancient Egyptians, in the form of Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Level 1 Egyptian Alchemy Healing. Featuring four online modules of Khemitology (Ancient Egyptology according to the indigenous oral traditions), Violet Flame of Amenti, Mindful Chakra Balancing & Essene AngelologyMissed sessions are fully recorded so that registrations are possible at any time. Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Level 1 costs £266 and run about three times a year. The individual modules are stand-alone and cost either £88 or £66, hence the RSE 1 package offers a cost saving.

Other services
Within Surrey, via Harmony In Nature, we facilitate Forest Bathing Sessions to help adults reconnect with nature and reap the therapeutic benefits. 

Currently, MP3 meditations and distant readings and healings are proving popular and we offer Harmony Healing Vouchers for any value for use on Harmony Healing services and Harmony in Nature vouchers for Forest Bathing vouchers.

To receive regular Blog updates (headed with a title detailing the occasion or event so that you can choose whether to open it or not), featuring New and Full Moon, meteor showers, eclipses and other meteorological events, interesting anniversaries, ancient festival dates plus notification of dates of numerological significance, sign up for the Harmony Healing e-newsletters above or at the top of any page of this Harmony Healing website. The nature of the Blog means that whenever there are several key dates in close succession, there will be frequent mailings. The sender e-mail address is  (and the sender will show as Joanna Bristow-Watkins @ Harmony Healing). 

 

Thursday 16th May, Pagan Festival of Lunantisidhe

LunantisidheThursday 16th May is the Night of Lunantisidhe, a Celtic Festival honouring the fairy spirits of blackthorns. 

From a website called selkywolf.com (no longer live), which featured extracts from 'A Witch's Guide to Faery Folk' by Edain McCoy, it seems that Lunantisidhe is a curious blending of the Latin word 'Luna' meaning 'moon' together with the Gaelic 'sidhe' which means 'faery'. They are the guardians of the blackthorn tree from which humans (and Leprechauns!) make shillelaghs, a walking stick indigenous to Ireland

These fairies are - according to an AngelFire site - 'Wizened little stick creatures with long arms and fingers for climbing between the thorns'. Their sole purpose for existing seems to be to protect the blackthorn trees from human encroachment. The only time they approach the tree is to pay homage to the Moon Goddess at the Esbats (a specifc Full Moon Wicca Ceremony which may have it's origins in Celtic folklore), perhaps explaining why their name has a lunar connotation.

According to another very informative site ecoenchantments.co.uk, unlike the majority of great mystic trees, the Blackthorn appears to be revered only in the British Isles (Celtic folklore of both Itish and Scottish tradition) with there being little or no association with the mythical traditions of other ancient civilisations.

The Blackthorn, latin name Prunus Spinosa, is a tree of profound magical lore in the Celtic tradition. It is one of the designated Eight Chieftain Trees on the Ogham Tract, where its name is Straif (strife, said to be where the word came from in the English dictionary) and translates as ‘Increaser of Secrets.’  I feel it brings a whole new meaning to 'trouble and strife' the Cockney rhyming slang for wife!

The Blackthorn is also know as sloe (after its fruit), sloe plum, snag, spiny plum, wishing thorn, faery tree, (dark) mother of the woods, pear hawthorn. Within the UK, the trees are an ancient, native pioneer species, with evidence that the fruits were eaten by early man. Blackthorn was used in Iron Age communities (c3400 yrs ago) as remains have been found, buried in a straw filled pit (believed to be used for ripening and preserving the bitter sloes) near Glastonbury in the Lake Village (recorded in a catalogue of findings by the excavator Arthur Bulleid).

Blackthorn is also wellknown for its medicinal benefits, having been catalogues by both herbalists, John Gerard in 1597:  ‘The juice of sloes do stop the belly, the laske and bloodie fluxe, the inordinate course of womens terms, and all other issues of blood in man or woman.’

Whilst Nicholas Culpeper, in 1653, recommends a decoction of the powdered bark of the roots, or of the fresh or dried berries as a cure for ‘lask of the belly , or stomach, or the bloody flux, and to ease the pains in the sides or bowels.’  He also recommended a distilled liquid of the flowers steeped in a highly honeyed mead, which he described as 'A most certain remedy, tried and approved, to ease all manner of gnawing in the stomach, sides and bowels, or any griping pains in any of them, to drink a small quantity when the extremity of the pain is upon them.’

Undoubtedly Sloe Gin is still enjoyed today (made annually by my husband's Uncle Ron, aged 83, with sloes collected from the countryside). Perhaps the continued popularity is due to its therapeutic benefits.

As part of the Lunantisidhe festivities, holy trees marking sacred places and wells are acknowledged and new scraps of cloth are tied to their branches. 

By keeping traditions, Pagan communities retained a sense of harmony and connection, thereby bringing balance and wellbeing into their lives. 

Through Harmony Healing, Joanna offers a wide spectrum of events designed to nurture your welbeing and to connect with nature and the moon cycle. We hold monthly Full Moon Guided Healing Meditations, £20. The next one is Thursday 23rd May, book at the Harmony Shop.

Harmony Healing utilises the philosophies of the Ancient Egyptians, in the form of Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Level 1 Egyptian Alchemy Healing. Featuring four online modules of Khemitology (Ancient Egyptology according to the indigenous oral traditions), Violet Flame of Amenti, Mindful Chakra Balancing & Essene Angelology.Missed sessions are fully recorded so that registrations are possible at any time. Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Level 1 costs £266 and run about three times a year. the individual modules are stand-alone and cost either £88 or £66, hence the RSE 1 Package offers a cost saving.

Other services
Within Surrey, via Harmony In Nature, we facilitate Forest Bathing Sessions to help adults reconnect with nature and reap the therapeutic benefits. 

MP3 meditations and distant readings and healings are proving popular and we offer Harmony Healing Vouchers for any value for use on Harmony Healing services and Harmony in Nature vouchers for Forest Bathing vouchers. 

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The nature of the Blog means that whenever there are several key dates in close succession, then there will be frequent mailings. 

To receive regular Blog updates (headed with a title detailing the occasion or event so that you can choose whether to open it or not), featuring New and Full Moon, meteor showers, eclipses and other meteorological events, interesting anniversaries, ancient festival dates plus notification of dates of numerological significance, sign up for the Harmony Healing e-newsletters above or at the top of any page of this Harmony Healing website. The nature of the Blog means that whenever there are several key dates in close succession, there will be frequent mailings. The sender e-mail address is (and the sender will show as Joanna Bristow-Watkins @ Harmony Healing). You may need to add this email to your safe list and check your junk filter initially. 

Wednesday 15th May, Roman Festival of Argei

Argei 15 MayWednesday 15th May is the Roman Festival of Argei. At this ceremony, 27 Argei (human-shaped bundles of rushes) are carried counter-clockwise throughout the city in a procession.

In a ritual probably done as a substitute for human sacrifice, the Vestal Virgins then throw the Argei into the Tiber from the Bridge of Sublicius.

By keeping traditions, communities in Ancient Rome retained a sense of harmony and connection, thereby bringing balance and wellbeing into their lives.

Through Harmony Healing, Joanna offers a wide spectrum of events designed to nurture your welbeing and to connect with nature and the moon cycle. We hold monthly Full Moon Guided Healing Meditations, £20. The next one is Thursday 23rd May, book at the Harmony Shop.

Harmony Healing utilises the philosophies of the Ancient Egyptians, in the form of Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Level 1 Egyptian Alchemy Healing. Featuring four online modules of Khemitology (Ancient Egyptology according to the indigenous oral traditions), Violet Flame of Amenti, Mindful Chakra Balancing & Essene Angelology.Missed sessions are fully recorded so that registrations are possible at any time. Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Level 1 costs £266 and run about three times a year. the individual modules are stand-alone and cost either £88 or £66, hence the RSE 1 Package offers a cost saving.

Other services
Within Surrey, via Harmony In Nature, we facilitate Forest Bathing Sessions to help adults reconnect with nature and reap the therapeutic benefits. 

MP3 meditations and distant readings and healings are proving popular and we offer Harmony Healing Vouchers for any value for use on Harmony Healing services and Harmony in Nature vouchers for Forest Bathing vouchers. 

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Forthcoming Events and Workshops

VIRTUAL EVENTS

New Moon New Vision - £177
Lunar Cycle Alignment
Group Mentoring Programme
Starts 29th January 2025
Held remotely on Zoom
Late starts accommodated

Full Moon Guided meditation - £20
7.30-9.30pm UK timings
Saturday 24th February
No live meditation Monday 25 March*
Tuesday 23rd April (Supermoon)
Thursday 23rd May
Friday 21st June (Solstice Full Moon)

Violet Flame of Amenti - £88
(online courses are UK timings)
Level 1 including attunement

30th Nov, 6th &19th Dec
6¾ hours, 3 x 7.30pm-9.45pm (UK time)
Recordings of each Zoom session available
Late registrations accepted


Worth 1 unit towards the RSE Level 1
Held remotely on Zoom

Mindful Chakra Alignment- £66
(online courses are UK timings)

And reconnect with the Earth & Sky

Tuesday 30th April Revision
(1 day - repeaters only) 
7.30pm-9.45pm (UK time)
Full course (when offered):
6¾ hours, 3 x 7.15pm-9.30pm (GMT/UT)
Recordings of each Zoom session available
Late registrations accepted


Worth ½ unit towards the RSE Level 1
Held remotely on Zoom

Introduction to Khemitology - £88
(online courses are UK timings)

Thursday 2nd May Revision
(1 day - repeaters only) 
7.30pm-9.45pm (UK time)
Full course (when offered):
6¾ hours, 3 x 7.30pm-9.45pm (UK time)
Recordings of each Zoom session available
Late registrations accepted


Worth 1 unit towards the RSE Level 1
Held remotely on Zoom

Planetary & Elemental Essene Angels
(online courses are UK timings)
4½ hour course - £66

Thurs 19th Oct & 9th Nov
4½ hrs, 2 x 7.30pm-9.45pm (UK time)
Recordings of each Zoom session available
Late registrations accepted


Worth ½ unit towards the RSE Level 1

Held remotely on Zoom

Forest Bathing Events
For dates, costs and locations of our
Forest Bathing Events, see
Harmony Shop Forest Bathing


New Meditations Since 2020:

555 Spiritual Expansion Meditation
MP3 555 Numerology written for 2021
Created for 5th, 14th & 21st May

Chakra Balancing & Global Healing
MP3 Meditation Recording @ £9.99
or £4.44 to Harmony Healing subscribers

Unity Consciousness plus Axiatonal Alignment
MP3 Meditation Recording @ £9.99
or £4.44 to Harmony Healing subscribers

RSE 2 available as modular units
cost is £330

The following are on hold since lockdown:

Reyad Sekh Em (RSE)
Level 1 - Introduction

Next 2-day Course: TBA
A modular version is available (£266)
as separate units taught virtually 

Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) - £500
1 & 2 Practitioner Intensive

Next 3-day Course: TBA
Withdrawn during Covid restrictions
But a modular version of RSE 1 is 
available as units taught virtually

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