Daily Archives: April 10, 2017

Field of Sheaves…

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…I have a bad feeling about this place.

But Wen insists, and when Wen insists… not even graphic descriptions of the steepness of the hill itself could deflect her… so here we are… half way up the climb… resting on a convenient wall and even from this point the view is impressive…

I have been up here before and while that is useful because I can sort of remember where to go it is also a part of what is worrying me so much. I have completely blanked the previous trip from my memory, although thin shards of it are now beginning to filter back into my mind, none of it is particularly encouraging, but then it was a long time ago and maybe things have improved since then… Unfortunately I am not terribly good at convincing myself…

When Wen insists…

Thankfully the common ground opens up sooner than I was expecting and although I know this was not the way I previously entered the site, we will doubtless be able to find our way from here.

‘This will do…’

Before we get too much farther into the common ground we come across a pleasant surprise in the form of a recently placed monument to the Brigantes…

It really is quite spectacular and cheers me up no end, reinforcing the notion that things may have improved somewhat up here…

That feeling though does not last long… and one look at Wen when we approach the site proper and I begin to wish that I had been the one doing the insisting…

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Raising awareness

The Silent Eye

In two weeks time we will be in Derbyshire, just a mile or two from this enigmatic valley for the Silent Eye’s annual weekend workshop.

The story we will explore is set within the local landscape and at many of the ancient sites of the area. We work in the landscape for the three other, more informal workshops that we host each year, but for this one, we are bringing the landscape within, to create a sacred space in miniature that echoes the wider world; a microcosm within the macrocosm.

That is part of what is meant by ritual drama. We take a story, drawn from myth, imagination, or even stranger sources, and play it out symbolically. The story always addresses some of the spiritual and psychological principles behind the human journey and, through such rituals, we seek not only to gain a deeper understanding of ourselves and our place…

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