This ceremonial workshop is offered to those who wish to deepen their relationship with plants and in this case, with Hawthorn. Hawthorn is a Plant Ally who offers wisdom and healing for the heart on a physical level, emotional level and metaphysical level. During the day as we diet with Hawthorn in a ceremonial way, we shall each find out how Hawthorn can help us as individuals.
A plant diet is an old traditional way to create a deep friendship with one plant. During this diet we will enjoy a Hawthorn Elixir ceremonially during the day while fasting from other foods and drinks. This “diet” allows the plant to travel deeply within our body, our psyche and our spirit to bring the healing and wisdom we each need.
Throughout the day we will work with Hawthorn in various ways and journey to the spirit of the plant using the drum. There will be stories and music, ceremony, folklore and crafting – all of which will bring us into a deeper relationship with this amazing plant.
If you are interested in attending this workshop it is important to do some preparation leading up to it. Starting the week before the workshop it will be necessary to cut out all meat. For at least three days before the workshop, reduce animal fats, spicy foods and tea and coffee. Actually, reducing your intake of tea and coffee over the course of a few days is very important as suddenly cutting these out on the day of the Diet can lead to headaches and nausea and will spoil the experience for you. Cut down gradually the week before so that your body does not go into shock. For the day or two before the workshop it would be ideal if you just enjoyed vegetarian or vegan food and avoided caffeine and alcohol. The Diet will commence at 9pm the night before. (18th September) During the Diet, it is hoped that people will be able to fast and take in only the Hawthorn Elixir. For some people this may be difficult and so if necessary, it will be possible to eat portions of apple and drink Hawthorn tea.
When applying for a place at this ceremonial workshop, please let me know if you have any health or dietary issues.
As this is a Diet, lunch will not be provided. A vegetarian meal will be enjoyed when we break our fast and everyone is encouraged to bring something small to share at the meal.