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November in Britain, with the clocks having gone back, features darker, colder nights, but is peppered with the explosive lights, sounds and smells of bonfires and fireworks, as Guy Fawkes Night (following Diwali, usually in October) is celebrated. Many animals, such as the hedgehog, start to hibernate for the winter.  Sometimes we humans feel like hibernating too, and in times past we would naturally have made changes to our daily lives. The magic touch of frost on the winter landscape can be utterly charming and provide a different kind of light.

This year in the UK, autumn has felt mild, and there’s still plenty of greenery about, along with the traditional colours of purple, brown, red and golden yellow, which will mostly be shed this month. Seed heads from 'old man's beard' in the hedgerows look magical as they catch the low sunlight and the morning dew. Seasonal in the kitchen this month we have Jerusalem artichokes, leeks, carrots, beetroots, parsnips, Brussels sprouts, kale, potatoes and winter squash  It remains good for harvesting chestnuts, hazelnuts and walnuts (particularly prolific this year) plus late-fruiting apples and pears, with a plethora of fungi, for those who know the edible from the ones best avoided.

The month of November was named after 'novem' meaning 9th in Latin, as November was the 9th month when the year started in March. To the Anglo-Saxons, November was called Blotmoneth, meaning “blood month” as this was traditionally the month of slaughtering and preserving meat to last through the winter.  It was also a month of feasting, as all the meat cuts which couldn’t be preserved were cooked up, making it a bountiful month, and helping folks keep warm.

During November, as well as Guy Fawkes Night, we can also look forward to the British Celtic Festival (specifically Irish, apparently) of Samhain (Celtic New Year = 1st November), which was a feast spread across three days, including bonfires representing the sun, and marking the start of the dark or winter period of the year, or Samonios. While Samhain marks the end of harvest and nature dying back, nature needs rest and renewal time, ready to burst out again in spring. For us, it is about nurturing ourselves, completing projects, and thinking about which aspects we want to bring forth in spring. 

Joanna's Full Moon Meditation takes place 7.30-9.30pm (UK time) on Tuesday 8thwith the Beaver Moon peaking at 11:02. We also have the Leonid Meteor Shower peaking 17th/18th. We have Forest Bathing vouchers available as Christmas gifts.

Harmony in Nature Forest Bathing Events in Surrey/London

Despite the title, forest ‘bathing’ only involves water if it rains. We will be immersing ourselves in the woodland atmosphere, taking our senses for a meander among trees. You will learn how to enhance your perceptions and slow down, through the therapeutic benefits of guided mindful sensory activities with fellow nature lovers, becoming aware of what could easily be missed. We end with a ‘treelaxation’and 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 afterwards, as well as improved sleep.

We tend to offer fewer public sessions in the winter, although all our venues are available for private bookings, themed events and/or corporate sessions, so do enquire for details. 

We have nature connection forest bathing events on Sunday 13th November (Shere), and Thursday 29th November (London SW20). See below for details.

🍏🥕☕ When we have the right clothing and footwear, usually plenty of layers, and a spare, we can happily stay outdoors for hours. Even longer if we take a hot drink and a snack!

 
Our Forest Bathing for the rest of 2022 (listed separately by venue below):
 
Forest Bathing at Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary, SurreyHarry Edwards Healing Sanctuary, Burrows Lea (near Shere) 

We will take you on a 3-hour journey through the private semi-ancient woodland of the lovely Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary. 
Immerse yourself in the healing elements of nature and connect deeply with all your senses.

Sunday 13th November, 1am - 2pm, £35.
Book at the Harmony Shop 

Sunday 4th December, 1am - 2pm, £35.
Book at the Harmony Shop 

This venue is also available for private bookings, themed events and/or corporate sessions, enquire for details.

 
Cannon Hill Common undatedCannon Hill Common (SW20)

We will take you on a 2½-hour journey through this little known London conservation park area. Cannon Hill is located between the town centres Raynes Park and Morden, in the south western corner of Merton. 
 
Tuesday 29th November, 12-2.30pm, £35
Book at the Harmony Shop
 
Our next public session will likely be spring 2023, but this venue is also available for private bookings, themed events and/or corporate sessions, enquire for details. 
 
 
Kosmon Sanctuary, Walton-on-the-HiIl, Tadworth (nr Epsom/Dorking)
Kosmon light and shade
We will take you on a 2½-hour journey through the private ancient woodland of the charming Kosmon Sanctuary. Featuring 22 acres of private woodland, the undulating ground and rich variety of trees in the beautiful ancient woodland offers ever changing vistas and surprises. 
This is a new venue for us.
 
Immerse yourself in the healing elements of nature and connect deeply with all your senses.
 
Our next public session will likely be spring 2023, but this venue is also available for private bookings, themed events and/or corporate sessions, enquire for details. More details at the Harmony Shop.
 
 
 
Horsell Common, Horsell, Woking
forest bathing horsell common woking
Horsell Common has a mixed woodland of silver birch, pine and some oak, adjoining heathland, which is one of the most endangered habits in our country. Spanning 152 hectares this is a biological Site of Special Scientific Interest and part of the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area.
 
Whilst we don't hold regular public sessions at Horsell Common, the venue is available for private bookings, themed events and/or corporate sessions, enquire for details. More details at the Harmony Shop.
  
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⚖ To book our 'harmony in nature' therapeutic sessions see www.harmonyinnature.uk  (currently hosted on harmonyhealing.co.uk).
 
 
🐕    To find out how it differs from a dog walk or stroll in the woods, see our recent Blog https://bit.ly/WhyForestBathe 
 

Other Offerings from Jo and Katie

Through Harmony Healing, Joanna runs other online esoteric/energy healing practitioner and self-empowerment courses Joanna's November Full Moon Meditation takes place 7.30-9.30pm (UK time) on Tuesday 8th, with the Beaver Moon peaking at 11:02. Also, for those who feel an affinity with the moon, following the moon cycle is very therapeutic, and Joanna's New Year, New Moon, New Vision: Moon Alignment Course runs for a full lunar cycle from New Moon on 21st January to New Moon on 20th February 2023. Cost is £177.

Katie has five 1:1 places left this year 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 and nature through sensory nature connection practices outdoors, ending, naturally, with a forest bathing session. Whole day for £488. Message Katie on 07596 830910 to discuss your ideal day retreat and possible dates.

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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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