Joanna Bristow Watkins

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  • A round-up of December events in the Surrey/Hampshire area, accessible from London

    As Joanna has in-person workshop and book sale events happening in Surrey/Hampshire on 13th, 15th & 21st December, we've decided to do a round-up of activities on offer and include some offered by friends from the local spiritual fraternity; this month featuring Beata Dzwigol from ifeelgoodtherapy.com

    This may become a monthly regular summary; if so, please feel free to pass it onto your interested friends and subscribe at https://bit.ly/SignupHH if you're inspired by the idea. 

    We have a Forest Bathing event on Sunday 4th (11am-2pm at Harry Edwards, Shere) and various angel demos and a book sale on Tuesday 13th (7.30-9.30pm in Ash). Excitingly, we have a couple of in-person events at Harmony Healing in Walton-on-Thames (an easy walk from Hersham or Walton-on-Thames station), on Thursday 15th & Wednesday 21st (Solstice), see below for details. Our Full Moon Meditation takes place 7.30-9.30pm (UK time) on Wednesday 7th, with the Cold Full Moon peaking the following morning at 04:09. Aligning with the moon cycle is very therapeutic, and our next Lunar Alignment Programme commences with the New Moon on 21st January 2023.  We also have the Geminid Meteor Shower peaking 13th/14th.

    We have Forest Bathing and Harmony Healing vouchers available as Christmas gifts.

    In-Person Events (in date order)

    Su17 Oct 21 Harry Edwardsnday 4th December, 11.00am - 2pm, 3-hours Forest Therapy session with Joanna in the beautiful private grounds of the Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary (Shere, near Guildford, Surrey), £35 (+ £1.75 if paid by PayPal). This Winter therapy session will take place in all weathers except 30+mph winds. 

    A deeply relaxing and rejuvenating experience, and which, despite the title forest bathing, does not involve any swimming! Some of the scientifically proven benefits of spending time in woodland include reduced stress levels, stronger immune system response, and a stabilised cortisol cycle.

    Book via our Harmony Healing shop. Email , or amend your suscription via the link at the bottom, to go on our monthly forest therapy update email list. 

    10 Dec Beatas Goddess RetreatSaturday 10th December, 2-7 pm, is Beata's Open Inner Goddess Within & Live Your Magic, at The Bisley Yurt, GU24 9AR. Beata is a founder of the New Earth Goddess Heart Temple. This is a monthly activity, for women only, full of healing, cleansing, letting go, joy, love and liberating on Soul. 

    This New Earth Goddess Temple events feature sacred ceremonial cacao to connect to wisdom of your Soul, to your heart, re-claim your power, let go of the old, welcome the new. It's an interactive 5 hour mini-retreat offering deep powerful healing, full of joy. Each time will be unique, enhanced with a different invited guest (Empowered Women), but always the event will be tailored to the needs of the attending Goddesses. Very limited sacred spaces offered. More at Beata's website.  The next monthly event will be 2-7pm, 14th January.

    Contact Beata on 07731 673759 or via  using the code BEA12, to receive details on how to pay via bank transfer and save the Eventbrite fee.

    heart and soul angel cards angela mcgerr card spreadTuesday 13th December, 7.30-9.30 pm, is Adam Buttery's monthly EnergyWorks gathering at Ash Victoria Hall, 121 Ash Hill Road, Ash, GU12 5DN - parking across the road Joanna will be introducing the work of her sister, Angela McGerr, who has created 10 different Angel Card sets over the years, selling close to a million in total. At Energyworks, Joanna will demonstrate how to invoke Angels in the Essene Angelology system. The Essenes were a spiritual sect based by the Dead Sea around 2,000 years ago). As this event is on a Tuesday, we will invoke Camael (Angelic Guardian of Tuesdays and the planet Mars) and Joanna will demonstrate various ways to develop a closer connection with that Angel.

    There will be new and some pre-loved editions of Angela's angel cards and books for sale even though they have been out of print for years. See the book selection available at the Harmony Shop (costs will be lower on many items at the event). Email .uk in advance if you want a specific publication brought along.

    Other stalls will be available to browse after the presentation. Email Adam on  to find out more, book a stall or to receive regular notification of his events.

    15 Dec angel workshop book saleThursday 15th December,10-1pmAngels are not just for Christmas mini-workshop; a brief introduction to the weekday angels (in the Essene Angelology System) from Joanna and how to work with them, £30 per person - see below for details.
    Thursday 15th December, 2-8pm, angel book sale drop-in at Harmony Healing, Walton-on-Thames, KT12 3BH.

    Starting at 10am there will be a 3-hour workshop introducing the seven weekday angels: Raphael, Gabriel, Camael, Michael, Zadkiel, Haniel, Cassiel plus the patriarchal angel Melchisadec and the Matriarchal angel Pistis Sophia. Each angel will be invoked in turn, introducing their key attributes and how to work with them more closely. A crib sheet for calling on them on a daily basis will be supplied as a handout. We will look at the angel cards and channellings in Angela McGerr's publications (Angela is Joanna's sister) which will also be available for sale (both new and pre-loved editions, making excellent and unusual Christmas gifts) during the course. This will be a deep and cathartic experience to prepare you for the festive season. Book via the Harmony Shop.

    Dec Book SaleIn the afternoon/evening, from 2pm, there will be a drop-in (no need to book but it would be helpful to let me know a rough time) for anyone wanting to purchase angel books and cards but who are not able to attend the morning workshop. An optional one card reading will be available for £5 and it will be possible to book an optional mini-reading (30 mins for £30).

    Only 3 x 30-minute readings will be available at 2pm, 5pm and 7pm - pre-booking essential to guarantee a slot.

    Harmony Healing is an easy walk from Hersham or Walton-on-Thames station, about 30 mins from London Waterloo.

    See Harmony Shop to book the workshop (link disabled after the event has taken place) and/or a personal reading or email 

    Beatas All Night Puja 17 DecSaturday 17th/Sunday 18th December is Beata and Jarek's all night Puja. The Gong Puja lasts about seven and a half hours, which is the equivalent of very gentle 10 x 45-minute Gong Baths. This is a deep anxiety and karma cleansing process.

    You will be immersed in the gentle sound of the gongs, giving your body the opportunity to enter a deep state of relaxation. The vibrations will wash over you, unblocking, cleansing and freeing you from the stresses and strains of everyday life.

    More at Eventbrite. Contact Beata on  or 07731 673759using the code BEA12, to receive details on how to pay via bank transfer and save the Eventbrite fee.

    21 Dec Solstice Chakra eventWednesday 21st December, 10-8 pm, is Joanna's drop-in Solstice event, at Walton-on-Thames, no need to book if arriving after 1pm. 
    Wednesday 21st December,10-1pmchakra balancing solstice meditation, followed by buffet salad lunch (vegetarian/vegan) with £30 per person [£20 to my students or without lunch (you can bring your own)]
    Wednesday 21st December, 2-8pm, angel book sale drop-in at Harmony Healing, Walton-on-Thames, KT12 3BH.

    Starting at 10am there will be a 3-hour workshop featuring a chakra balancing with colours, crystal energy, angels and planets (similar to my monthly Full Moon meditation). We will look at the angel cards and channellings in Angela McGerr's publications (Angela is Joanna's sister) which will also be available for sale (both new and pre-loved editions, making excellent and unusual Christmas gifts) during the course. This will be a very balancing experience to prepare you for the festive season. Book via the Harmony Shop*.

    Dec Book Book Card SaleIn the afternoon/evening (from 2pm) there will be a drop-in (no need to book but it would be helpful to let me know a rough time) for anyone wanting to purchase angel books and cards but who are not able to attend the morning workshop.

    Harmony Healing is an easy walk from Hersham or Walton-on-Thames station, about 30 mins from London Waterloo.

    An optional one card reading will be available for £5 and it will be possible to book an in-person Equilibrium Attunement for £22 at 6pm. Pre-booking essential to guarantee your attunement.

    See Harmony Shop* to book your attunement or email  

    link disabled after the event has taken place.

    Virtual Events

    All you need to take part via Zoom is a computer with a webcam and microphone. It's very easy to download and use. Visit https://zoom.us/ and sign up (Zoom do not charge for this).

    19 Dec Full Moon in DecWednesday 7th December is our Full Moon Unity Consciousness Meditation, 7.30-9.30pm UK time. This is the night before Full Moon peaks at 04:09 on the 8th.

    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. Participants all receive a deeply healing experience. Cost to participate is £20 by online BACS payment (small admin fee added for PayPal). This activity serves as a good taster of Joanna's work in general. For more details and to book, see Harmony Shop.

    If you can't join our virtual healing share, but want to have distant healing sent to you (and/or someone you know would appreciate healing), email  with your name and you will be added to the 'absentee guest list'. 

    Reyad Sekh Em Egyptian Alchemy Healing online Training Series

    If you'd like to learn about ancient Egyptian philosophies, our next interactive training module of Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Level 1 continues 11th January for three consecutive Wednesdays with Mindful Chakra Balancing & Unity Consciousness7.15-9.30pm UK time (GMT).

    Monthly Virtual Full Moon & Unity Consciousness Meditations
    I'll be running my next Full Moon Guided Healing & Unity Consciousness Meditation via Zoom on Wednesday 7th December at 7.30-9.30pm (UK time = GMT). Participants all receive a deeply healing experience. Cost to participate is £20 by online BACS payment (small admin fee added for PayPal) or half price to RSE or Moon Course graduates. See Harmony Shop to book. 

    To fully connect with the moon cycle, our annual New Year New Moon New Vision Lunar  Cycle Alignment Programme (LCAP) will run 21st January - 20th February. It will cost £177, although early bird bookings, made in 2022, will be at the current cost of £155. 

    Other Harmony Healing Services
    Harmony Healing activities are aimed at bringing harmony and wellbeing into your life. Currently, events are virtual, except for Forest Bathing+, hence distant readings and healings are proving popular and we have low cost meditations available as well as distant 1-2-1 readings & healings. Remember that Harmony Healing gift vouchers are available for use against any of our services.

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  • Winter Forest Bathing Activities in Surrey

    December in Britain is the month with the least hours of daylight, but sunlight hours increase from 21st onwards, after the Winter Solstice. The increased daylight - promising optimism - is celebrated as Yule, and here in the UK, Christmas Day on the 25th, which pre-Christianity, in Roman times, was celebrated as the birth date of Sol Invictus (Roman Solar Deity).06 Dec FB HC

    Landscapes and gardens are skeletal now, except for the evergreens, looking charming when snow-covered and laced with spider's webs kissed by frost. Keep the shivers at bay with seasonal soups utilising Jerusalem artichokes, leeks, carrots, beetroot, parsnips, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, potatoes and winter squash. Enjoy nutty snacks from chestnuts, hazelnuts and walnuts. Late fruiting apples, pears and quince also remain plentiful together with mushrooms and black truffles.

    The month of December was named after ''decem' meaning 10th in Latin, as November was the 10th month when the year started in March. To the Anglo-Saxons, December was called Ærra Gēola meaning “before Yule" or "First Yule". 

    During December, we have Solstice Full Moonon Sunday 19th at 04:36 and we have the Geminid Meteor Shower peaking 13th/14th. We have Forest Bathing Gift Vouchers available as seasonal or birthday gifts. see below for what else happens in the December calendar.

    Surrey Forest Bathing Events
    🍏 ☕ 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!

    ❄  Join us for Forest Bathing in December or January (Harry Edwards & Horsell Common will also be offered in Feb, Cannon Hill:SW20 restarts 16th March): -
     
    Saturday 4th December, 10.30am-12.30pm
    Due to increased site hire fees, this is quite possibly our last public session at this stunning AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) location of Ancient Forest.
    Don't miss it, £25
    Book at the Harmony Shop
     
    Monday 6th December, 10.30-1pm
    We will take you on a 2½ hour journey over this historic common land, featured in HG Wells' best selling novel. 
    The area is easily accessible by public transport (Woking station)
    Extended session, £35
    Book at the Harmony Shop
     
    Saturday 11th December, 11am - 1pm
    We will take you on a 2-hour journey through the private semi-ancient woodland of the lovely Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary.
    Our last event of the year, £25
    Book at the Harmony Shop
     
    2022
     
    Sunday 16th January, 11am - 1pm
    We will take you on a 2-hour journey through the private semi-ancient woodland of the lovely Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary.
    Our last event of the year, £25
    Book at the Harmony Shop
     
    Wednesday 19th January, 10.30-1pm
    We will take you on a 2½ hour journey over this historic common land, featured in HG Wells' best selling novel. 
    The area is easily accessible by public transport (Woking station)
    Extended session, £35
    Book at the Harmony Shop
     
     
    🌲  Our Harmony in Nature woodland sessions deliver the restful yet therapeutic benefit of guided mindfulness sensory activities with fellow nature lovers. 
    To book our 'harmony in nature' therapeutic sessions see  www.harmonyinnature.uk (currently hosted on harmonyhealing.co.uk) or, to receive our nature connection mailings, email 💻
    🌲  Forest Bathing (no swimming involved!) is an evidence based wellbeing activity. As well as boosting the immune system for 2-4 weeks, balancing blood pressure and reducing blood sugars, typically participants feel a reduction in anxiety (and rumination) and a sharp improvement in concentration afterwards. 
    🌿  To find out how it differs from a dog walk or stroll in the woods, see our recent Blog https://bit.ly/WhyForestBathe 

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

    Through Harmony Healing, Joanna runs a monthly Full Moon monthly Unity Consciousness Meditation [next one is Saturday 18th December, 7.30-9.30pm (UK time), £20], a Lunar Cycle Alignment Programme [next running 2nd January - 1st February, £155] and other online esoteric/energy healing practitioner and self-empowerment courses.

    December Celestial Forecast is readyThe Celestial Forecast Summary For December 
    During December, we can also look forward to the British Celtic Festival of Yule (Winter Solstice = 21st December) followed by the Christian Festival of Christmas (25th) which is also the Zoroastrian Celebration of Zartosht-no Diso and St Stephens Day/Boxing Day (26th) plus two annual Roman Festivals Bona Dea (3rd) and Saturnalia (17th), and the month culminates with New Year's Eve (31st), celebrated as a two-day festival called Hogmanay in Scotland. We have Forest Bathing events on Saturday 4th (Newlands Corner, Guildford), Monday 6th (Horsell Common, Woking) and Saturday 11th (Harry Edwards, Shere). Our Mindful Chakra Alignment Course runs for three consecutive Wednesday evenings commencing 1st December (see listing below for details and link) and our Full Moon Meditation takes place 7.30-9.30pm (UK time) on Saturday 18th, with the Solstice Full Moon peaking the following morning at 04:36. Aligning with the moon cycle is very therapeutic, and our next Lunar Alignment Programme commences with the New Moon on 2nd January 2022. We also have the Geminid Meteor Shower peaking 13th/14th. We have Forest Bathing and Harmony Healing vouchers available as Christmas gifts. For full details, see December Celestial Forecast.

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