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Blossom and Fragrance

HiN June issueJune is the start of British summertime. The roses bloom, imprinting their perfumed scent into the air of the extended evenings, leading to the astronomical marking of the first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, also the longest day, by the Summer Solstice on the 21st, which is 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!

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.

Joanna's Full Moon Online Guided Meditation is 7.30-9.30pm UK time on Saturday 3rd June.

For those who celebrate the chance to get outdoors, we have the Bootid Meteor shower visible 21st June - 2nd July, peaking around 23rd June. We have one Nature Connection Forest Bathing event at Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary, near Shere (Surrey) on Sunday 11th June and one in SW20 Wednesday 28th June.

According to author Robert Graves, the month of June bridges two Celtic moon months, named after the Celts 'ogham' tree alphabet: the Hawthorn moon (May 13th - June 9th) and the Oak Moon (June 10th – July 7th). The Hawthorn Moon period emphases fire, fertility, and masculine energy. This is considered a good time for making business connections and decisions, and conceiving a child. The hawthorn may be used in magic rituals to celebrate the power of the masculine element. The Oak Moon arrives as the trees are nearing their fullest, and the oak was one of the Druids’ sacred trees.

This strong, powerful tree was, unsurprisingly, connected with spells for protection and strength, but also for fertility, good fortune and success. Two ways the oak could help with this are by taking an acorn with you to an important meeting for good luck, and by catching a falling oak leaf before it hits the ground, which will bring good health for the year.

Forest Bathing Research

Charity week 1 line up NC March 2023Harmony In Nature’s involvement in a series of six weekly events for a combined large group from three different charities, through The Forest Bathing Institute (TFBI) put us in touch with the lovely Katt, a research student from UCL. We are very excited to be going to the presentation of her Masters research at UCL on 6th June.

While we know what participants said to us, we don’t know what they said to Katt’s research questionnaires and interviews, so we’re keen to find out! Forest Bathing Guide training interview


Forest Bathing Video as part of a series on Healing Modalities

Nadege's video May 2023

Last week, Joanna and Katie were interviewed by Nadege in the grounds of Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary as part of her series on healing modalities.

The footage is currently in the editing stage so we will post the link in next month's Harmony in Nature update.

We had great fun crafting a Forest Bathing microphone stand out of a stick and, after a couple of trial takes to check the set up, we are delighted to say the whole video was filmed in one continuous take. 

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. We see the subtle movements and patterns of nature, smell the bluebells, stroke the bark and 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.

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

We have our public Forest Bathing events scheduled this month on Sunday 11th at Harry Edwards, Shere (Surrey) and Wednesday 28th at London SW20. 

☕ 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!

Private and Corporate Sessions

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

 
Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary, Burrows Lea (near Shere) 

HiN Apr issue Bluebells at Harry Edwards
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.
 
Sunday 11th June, 11am - 2pm, £39.77
Sunday 2nd July, 11am - 2pm, £39.77
Sunday 30th July, 11am - 2pm, £39.77
Book any of the above sessions at the Harmony Shop 

Private Sessions
£333 for up to 10 participants
£377 for up to 12 participants
£597 for up to 20 participants
Suggested timings are 11am - 2pm, but may be flexible, call us with queries

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, book soon to reserve your date ... 

 
Cannon Hill Common (SW20)

Cannon Hill Common undatedWe 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. 
 
Wednesday 28th June, 11am - 1.30pm, £39.77
Book at the Harmony Shop.
 
This venue is also available for private bookings and/or corporate sessions.
 
 

Other venues available

Several 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. See the Harmony Shop for further details. 

 
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.
 
Kosmon Sanctuary, Walton-on-the-HiIl, Tadworth (nr Epsom/Dorking)

Kosmon light and shadeJourney 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 venue is available for private bookings, themed events and/or corporate sessions, and the fragrant bluebell season is abundant at this venue. 
 
  • 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 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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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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