November 2019 events

Samhain Circle Gathering

Saturday, 2 November 2019 from 11:00-14:00

Hosted by Roots and Resonance

The Festival of the Ancestors & Letting-go, this experiential workshop honours the Celtic festival of Samhain (the roots of modern-day Halloween!) – the final of 3 harvest festivals that make up the 8-festivals of Northern Wheel of the Year. Find connection, peace & wildness whilst honouring the ancestors during this ancient autumnal festival.

Guided by Sarah Fay, Ancient Ways Practitioner & Seer, using practices grounded in local landscape & seasonal folklore. This ceremonially-held workshop will include: co-creation of Altar for The Ancestors (human, animal, ecological), rhythm-making with percussion and a guided drum-led inward journey for self-discovery and deep relaxation.

We will encounter The Shadow through ecstatic movement & dance in darkness, to an atmospheric playlist. This will allow you to release what moves through the body in a sensory (accessible) journey, with no experience necessary. The movement / dance will be of a improvised nature, in a nurturing atmospheric space for you to move as little or as much as you feel. This is an ancient practice that will be supported by ceremony and the music. You will “dance in the darkness” to experience sensory enhancement (with a blindfold and safe space to move in), to honour the turn of the wheel into the darker time of the year.

Whether you seek magic, mystery, wildness or release with a nurturing gentle pace – all is welcome and will be safely guided.

Booking: **please email Sarah to book your place via payment**
Investment: £25 / £15 low-income (limited allocations)
Venue: the downstairs yoga Studio at the Birchcliffe Centre, Hebden Bridge.
**Refund policy: refunds are unavailable after the 20th October, as places are limited for these popular circles**

Once booked and paid, you will receive an email indicating how best to prepare for these circles and venue logistics, what to bring etc.

Alongside the above, this circle includes:

Co-created inclusive sacred space. Use of sound & gentle movement to alter consciousness and bring us into the present moment. The ancient practice of a guided drum-led inner journey, for personal insight, healing and deep relaxation. Optional and respectfully-held sharing in small groups, alongside time for personal journalling / reflection

Light refreshments & seasonal herbal teas and a beautiful comfortable venue with blankets & yoga mats available…

These circles are a celebration of collective & individual diversity of life experience and beliefs. This includes and celebrates folks of all genders including women, men, gender fluid, trans and LGBTQI+ folk, adults of all ages and heritages, individuals with varied abilities (please let me know of any access requirements or sensory needs I can support you with before the event), those with religious beliefs or spiritual practices – and those with none. Please note my low-income allocations and email if you would like one, or have concerns around personal finance and are drawn to this experience.

I welcome questions around accessibility or how to make the venue and experience comfortable for individual needs. Please email me any questions or suggestions:

“I am so close I may look distant. so completely mixed with you, I may look separate. So out in the open, I appear hidden. So silent, because I am constantly talking with you.
– Rumi

An evening of intergenerational and inclusive contemporary dance performances by professional artists and local community dance groups. Buy a ticket to support the work of Sara Carter, Eve Wagster and Revival Dance Company. Support us to keep dance practice alive within Hebden Bridge! Tickets are £8 and can be booked at Hebden Bridge Town Hall or can be purchased on the night.

An afternoon celebrating friendship and harmony between communities through sharing Indian dance/stories culture is being organised at Birchcliffe Centre, Hebden Bridge by Calderdale based Annapurna Indian Dance on 17th November from 12.00 noon till 3.00 PM .

The event will celebrate colourful DIWALI INDIAN FESTIVAL of Lights and Tickets priced £8.00 for adults and £4.00 for children can be purchased at the door on the day which includes vegetarian lunch . (Tickets can also be bought at the Birchcliffe Centre or at Hebden Bridge Post Office in advance ) All are welcome.

The afternoon will present vibrant dance performances involving regional and national dancers with a dance workshop for all to join. Highlight of the afternoon will present a new choreographic dance work from dancer Mathangi Kehsavan based in London. Her project titled “FUNFAIR BHARATANATYAM AFFAIR” has been supported by Arts Council England.

Annapurna is the only dance company in Calderdale with a vision to connect communities together through sharing the rich cultural heritage and philosophical ideas from India through their vibrant dance projects. The company ‘s work contributes to creating a more inclusive society and committed to working with people of all ages and abilities.

For more information please contact

Annapurna Dance on 07737759783

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