We meet bi-monthly at Sholden Hall and all the women in the Sangha are welcome to join our morning of practice.
This is a friendly, welcoming space where we explore different themes through meditation, talks, creativity and personal sharing.
Our dates for 2023:
December 10th - Restorative Yoga & Soundbath (10:30-12:30PM)
Relax for 1.5 hours of slow-paced relaxation and sound immersion. The nourishing practice of restorative yoga focuses on slowing down and relaxing the body through passive stretching. The postures encourage releasing the muscles rather than engaging them, targeting the connective tissues of the body, which can allow for deep physical and emotional release.
While resting in each posture Laura will play the Himalayan singing bowls, sending their vibrations weaving through the body, promoting relaxation and reduced stress. There will be an extended savasana at the end of the class accompanied by a sound bath. The sound waves from the bowls stimulate the parasympathetic (‘rest and digest’) nervous system and can encourage feelings of increased overall well-being.
All abilities welcome, wear loose and comfortable clothing.
Laura Gilbert is a Mitra from Margate. She has put together this beautiful and restorative morning for us - a perfect offering for this time of year. Laura is just starting to build a business using her training and skills, and we want to support her by suggesting a donation of £10 for the morning; but of course a donation of what you can afford will be good enough.
We can’t think of a better way to be together for the last time this year and hope to see a lot of you there.
Find Laura Gilbert on Instagram - @embodied.offerings
* Have you thought about coming, but don’t know what to expect?
Take a look back:
Sunday 8th October at Sholden Village Hall…
Writing for Wellbeing, hosted by Penny & Rachel
Rachel writes: Writing for wellbeing is a simple, but powerful way of using the written word for self-expression. We used a range of writing prompts to explore the theme of identity and the different roles that we have in our lives.
We used actual hats to help us to think about the different 'hats' that we wear in our lives and to explore the different ways that we see ourselves, and are seen by others. It is gentle work available to us all, but it can also be surprisingly transformative.
We also read a poem together and used it as inspiration for our own writing. It was a very enjoyable and connecting morning for us all.
Sunday 16 April at Sholden Village Hall…
For those of us who were at the last women’s morning - our little female figures have been fired and glazed and are ready to collect. But everyone is welcome to join us this Sunday - even if you weren’t able to make it last time - it will be lovely to be together with you.
We will start with drinks before we meditate together and talk a little together about cultivating gratitude for all that we have.
More highlights from our previous meeting:
Sunday 12 February at Sholden Village Hall
The theme: "The Wisdom of Accepting Ourselves”. So often there is an expectation that we should look a certain way and this can undermine our confidence and our sense of who we are.
Attendees were invited to shape their own clay figurine and share the wisdom of accepting and loving ourselves as who we are. The original tiny figurines were made over 26,000 years ago. There are many interpretations of why they were made but one is that they were an expression of the beauty of the older mature female form.
The following was kindly put together by Ingrid, who is a member of our Sangha.
The Paleolithic Era is the ‘Old Stone Age’ which lasted from around 3 million to 30,000 years ago. Compare the birth of Christ – 2,023 years ago, or indeed the life of the Buddha, 2,500 years ago.
The Paleolithic Era, the age of the Hunter- Gatherers, ended 30,000 years ago. The people of these times wandered the wilds of Northern Europe and Eurasia and did not settle. They followed herds of wild animals. They made tools of stone. They did not build or cultivate. They have left us little statues of mature women and very little else. No men, no nubile virgins, no children.
The ’Paleolithic Venuses’, as they are unsuitably named, began to appear around 40,000 years ago. They are typically only a few inches (< 10”) high. Carved from stone they have protuberant, often pendulous breasts, pronounced (sometimes possibly pregnant) abdomina, and absent, or vestigial faces, hands and feet. Many appear post menopausal. These are clearly not erotica.
Many have holes or loops and could have been worn attached, and all are smooth, as though held and passed on for generations. It seems most likely that they represented not sex symbols (Venus is a misnomer) but the valued, fecund Mother Figure. Perhaps Mother Nature, or Mother Earth, certainly Woman as a symbol of Creativity, the survival of the Race, of Life itself.
They are often found deep in underground caves, where animals and hand prints are also found painted on the walls. The hand prints are found, by measurement of the ratio of finger to palm, to be female hands.
One very famous figurine, The Venus of Willendorf, is especially interesting. She was found in present day Austria, on the banks of the River Danube, and is estimated to be 40,000 years old. She is carved from Oolite – a limestone never found in that area. The nearest source would be by Lake Garda, in Italy, 600 miles away. Who brought her all that way to Austria? And why?
The figurines leave us with unanswered questions… but the one thing they do clearly demonstrate is a deep respect for Mature Womanhood throughout our continent and throughout time.