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Harmony in Nature March Issue - Spring Awakening

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During March, we can look forward to extended daylight and the awakening of nature everywhere. As well as new green buds sprouting on the trees, we start to see new growth at ground level, with a plethora of camelias, crocuses, hellabores,daffodils, narcissi, hyacinths and daphne; some with a lovely subtle fragrance. Where trees have fallen during the colder, windy weather we can observe the speed with which new saplings appear to fill the spaces.

The month of March was named after the Roman God of War, Mars, and their calendar originally started in March. To the Anglo-Saxons, March was called 'Hrēðmonath', named after a pagan fertility Goddess called 'Hreða' (also known as Rheda).

March is also a month for celebrating women in the modern calendar, with International Women’s Day (8th) and Mothering Sunday (26th). If an outdoor nature experience rather than physical items would appeal to someone in your life, Harmony In Nature vouchers are available in the Harmony shop.

According to author Robert Graves, our month of March bridges two Celtic moon months (named after the Celts 'ogham' tree alphabet: the Ash moon (Feb 18th-March 17th) and the Alder moon (March 18th-April 14th). The Ash was the Norse 'world tree', Yggdrasil, and one of three trees (with oak and thorn) considered sacred to the Druids. Ash month is good for working on the self, and alder is a good month for making spiritual choices and getting in touch with your own intuitive processes.

University of Derby study findings 

Harmony In Nature was recently involved in running one of the six-week courses for mental health and other supportive charities, through The Forest Bathing Institute. Self-assessed questionnaires were completed before and after each session. Of the 10 participants in our group, nine completed the course and five came to all six sessions, which was apparently very unusual for the charity. Fellow guides ran various other charity sessions with different groups, and the initial results are very exciting.

Dr Kirsten McEwan, Associate Professor and a Forest Bathing guide colleague, notes:

"The greatest improvements were as follows: in week 2, nature connection increased by 89%, anxiety reduced by 69%, and a health measure which assesses mobility, self care, anxiety, depression and pain reduced by 35%. In week 1, health improved by a massive 412%, and by week 5 social connection had increased by 50%."

This is all a wonderful boost to understanding why we feel better in nature, and is more data to add to build the case for integrating forest bathing into the NHS.

Bluebell Sessions
We have a busy schedule coming up, incuding the rare chance to thread our way through the carpet of bluebells at Harry Edwards in April and May (the exact duration of these being nature's surprise). We have earmarked some dates for private sessions.

If you have a group of friends or colleagues who would enjoy this uniquely seasonal experience, we suggest you secure one of the below dates, especially as we are offering 3 hour sessions for up to 10 participants for just £300 for this year only. See Harry Edwards section below.

Rate Increase
From 1st April our rates will be increasing to £40 for 3-hour sessions.

Harmony in Nature Events in Surrey/London

Our nature immersion sessions involve a leisurely amble through woodland, observing and connecting with nature as it awakens to spring: see the subtle movements and patterns, smell the daffodils, stroke the bark, listen to the birds.  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.

All our venues are available for private bookings, themed events and corporate sessions, so do enquire for details. 

We have Forest Bathing events scheduled this month on the 18th at Harry Edwards, Shere (Surrey) and the 21st, which is also the International Day of Forests, at Cannon Hill Common, London SW20. See below for details.

☕ 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. Even longer if we take a hot drink and a snack to warm us up!

 
 
Forest Bathing at Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary, SurreyHarry Edwards Healing Sanctuary, Burrows Lea (near Shere) 

We will take you on a mindful 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. With spring in the air, we revert to 3-hour events here in March.  Though nature can be unpredictable, typically this site is carpeted with daffodils in March and bluebells in April/May.
 
Rates are increasing to £40 per session in April.

Saturday 18th March, 11am - 2pm, £35.
Sunday 2nd April, 11am - 2pm, £40.
Wednesday 19th April, 11-2pm, £40
Sunday 14th May, 11am - 2pm, £40.
Sunday 11th June, 11am - 2pm, £40.
Sunday 2nd July, 11am - 2pm, £40.
Saturday 29th July, 11am - 2pm, £40.
Book any of the above sessions at the Harmony Shop 

Private Bluebell Sessions
£300 for up to 10 participants
£350 for up to 12 participant
Suggested timings below may be flexible, call us with queries

Saturday 15th April, 2-5pm
Tuesday 25th April, 11-2pm

Sunday 30th April, 11-2pm or 3-6pm
Tuesday 9th May, 11-2pm
Monday 22nd May, 11-2pm
Book any of these bluebell sessions at the Harmony Shop

This and our other venues are also available for private bookings, themed events and/or corporate sessions. For a private session with friends or colleagues amongst the glorious bluebells, book soon to reserve your date ...

 
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 of Raynes Park and Morden, in the south western corner of Merton. 
 
Tuesday 21st March, 11am - 1.30pm, £35.
International Day of Forests
Book at the Harmony Shop.
 
This venue is also available for private bookings and/or corporate sessions.
 
 
Kosmon Sanctuary, Walton-on-the-HiIl, Tadworth (nr Epsom/Dorking)

Kosmon light and shadeWe will take you on a 2½-hour journey through the private ancient woodland of the charming Kosmon Sanctuary. Covering 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.
 
This venue is available for private bookings, themed events and/or corporate sessions, and the fragrant bluebell season is approaching. See 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, this venue is available for private bookings and/or corporate sessions. More details at the Harmony Shop.
 
  • For our full range of Harmony in Nature therapeutic sessions, see www.harmonyinnature.uk  (currently hosted on harmonyhealing.co.uk) 

 

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 Tuesday 7th, with the Worm Moon, £20.

Katie has a few 1:1 places for 2023 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 £366, half days available on request. Message Katie on 07596 830910 to discuss your ideal day retreat and possible dates.

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Celestial Forecasts

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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