Group Talks

Please contact us via the website if you wish to arrange a talk on one of the following topics
for your group


The Psychology of Smell - Carole Carlton



Smell is one of the most undervalued of the senses, yet withour it our world and our lives would be much poorer. This talk explores the value of smell, its powerful effect on the brain and how it is ultimately able to affect our mood and emotions.
Please note: As there will be the opportunity to inhale different essential oils during the talk, please take care if you suffer from asthma.





Tea - The Great British Cure for all Ills - Carole Carlton


Discover the wonder of tea, from its discovery hundreds of years ago by a Chinese Emperor, to it being the cause of both the Opium wars and the American War of Independance. In ths workshop we explore the niceties of the Japanese tea ceremony to the delights of taking afternoon tea in civilized society. We also discover a myriad of health benefits attributed to this unassuming plant and take time to explore and inhale the aromas of several different teas.





Moon Mysteries - Carole Carlton


There are very few people who can stand beneath the light of a full fat  moon and fail to be bewitched. The moon is our only satellite, here on earth and without her, the earth would be a very different place. This talk looks at the many roles of the moon and its effects here oupon the earth. We also investigate whether the moon is capable of affecting our moods and behaviour and discover how I personally became entranced by the moon through the teachings of Mrs Darley.


 



Hunting the Witch - Carole Carlton



Imagine the horror of being accused of a crime you know nothing of, where torture was a given and death the only means of escape. This talk brings to life one of the most harrowing, brutal and degrading periods of religious persecution in both Britain and Europe.




Seasonal Wheel Talks - Carole Carlton


Discover the history, folklore and myth behind our well known annual festivals as the seasonal wheel turns. Choose from the following talks:
 
1. Candalmas (Imbolc) to Easter (Ostara or the Spring Equinox)
2. May Day (Beltane) to the festival of St John (Summer Solstice)
3. Harvest (Lughnasadh or Lammas) to Halloween (Samhain)
4. Christmas (Yuletide or the Winter Solstice) to Epiphany (Twelfth Night)





Mrs Darley, Paganism and Me - Carole Carlton

I was a strange child, having always had a fascination with different religions, albeit I was brought up with a strong sense of Methodist values. 
My life was very orderly - I was a devout Sunday School pupil who went on to study O level and A level Religious Education and my subsequent chosen career led me to become an assistant bank manager with a good salary and a company car.
So what was the catalyst that made me turn my back on it all? Who was Mrs Darley? How did we meet? And why did she have such a huge impact on my life? Discover how my life changed from following a very orthodox and organised path, to one of magick, mystery and sheer delight.





 
January 2019

With the festive season past, our thoughts turn to the new year, healthy pursuits and the awakening of nature from her winter slumber. This is what the custom of January Wassailing is all about. The word means 'good health' or 'be whole' and this is what we wish for ourselves and each other. In addition this is the time when we sally forth into our orchards to awaken the apple trees, to chase away the dark spirits of winter and to bless them as the year opens up. If you don't have access to an orchard, place an apple somewhere you can dance around it, make lots of noise, have a drink of apple juice or cider and enjoy.
On the 4th in the heavens, the Quadrantids meteor shower becomes visible, whilst on the 6th we welcome in the new Wolf Moon along with a partial solar eclipse. This Moon waxes full on the 21st where we will also be able to witness from the UK a total lunar eclipse between 2.37GMT and 7.48GMT. Worth setting your alarm around 5am to see it in its totality. It is also a supermoon, so definitely a sight not to be missed.
Planets visible this month include Mars in the evening sky and Venus, Jupiter and Saturn in the morning sky from mid month.
May the increasing light bring you many blessings and Wassail.