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Monday 13th January is Plough Monday in England!  Traditionally Plough Monday (the Monday after Epiphany when The Zoroastrian Magi visited the infant Jesus) is the day for setting aside the remnants and excesses of Christmas and "putting one's hand to the plough"; in other words, starting work on a project of some sort.  

A traditional delicacy from Norfolk, eaten on Plough Monday, is known as 'Plough Pudding', which is a boiled meat, onions and suet pudding.

Plough Monday 12th Night ImageIn some areas of the UK, particularly in Northern and East England, traditionally this was the day folk went back to work after the Christmas festivities. There were regional variations in the customs observed on Plough Monday, but commonly a plough would be hauled in a procession from house to house, collecting money. Musicians, such an old woman or a "Bessy" - a boy dressed as an old woman - with a man playing the role of the "fool" would accompany the plough.  

Image to the right was scanned by Steven J Plunkett (19th century version by Hablot Knight Browne of an earlier "Twelfth Night Merry-Making in Farmer Shakeshaft's Barn", from Ainsworth's Mervyn Clitheroe, by Phiz.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Amongst the more bizarre UK traditions, across the Isles of Scilly (off the Cornish Coast), locals would visit their neighbours, cross-dressed, and make jokes about local events. There would be general revelry and dancing in disguise, which became colloquially known as Guise Dancing or Goose Dancing!

Although Plough Monday customs declined over a hundred years ago, in some areas they are being revived, such as at Malden in Essex where Molly Dancing is carried out.  This seems to have derived from the recent revival by the Cambridge Morris Men, associated with the Whittlesea Straw Festival (held near Peterborough in Camridgeshire) which is also held to honour Plough Monday.

For those living in Surrey, UK, we have a Healing Share, 7.30-10 pm, Walton-on-Thames, KT12 3BH, £10 (advance) £15 (door). Details here.

For a list of Joanna's other forthcoming events, including training courses, mini-workshops and Forest Bathing+ Case Studies, see this January 2020 Harmony Healing Event Update. 

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Virtual Healing Circle
Friday 5th June, 7.30-9.30pm, £11
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Violet Flame of Amenti - £88
(£44 for RSE Graduates) 

Level 1 including attunement
Thursdays 14th, 21st & 28th May
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Mindful Alignment with your Chakras, £44
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Friday 22nd May (New Moon), 10-3pm 
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Theory & Distant Attunements, £250
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Monday 25th May
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Introduction to Khemitology - £88
(£44 for RSE Graduates) 

Level 1 including attunement
Wed 27th May, 10am-4.30pm (UK time)
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Virtual Healing Circle
Friday 5th June, 7.30-9.30pm, £11
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Virtual Healing Circle
Friday 5th July, 7.30-9.30pm, £11
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Chakra Balancing & Global Healing
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The following are on hold during lockdown:

Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) - £450
1 & 2 Practitioner Intensive

Next 3-day Course: TBA

Forest Bathing+ Newlands Corner
11.00 -13.30, £25
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Forest Bathing+ Winkworth Arboretum
10.30-12.30, £25 Session
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