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Piker Inspired Outdoor Play with Rosie Stocks

Pikler Inspired Outdoor Play with Rosie Stocks
For parents & caregivers with little ones under 3yrs 
I invite you to join me on Monday mornings during term time at 10.00 am until midday at Temple Druid Roundhouse site.
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At 10.00am we will meet in the parking area and walk together up a grassy path to the space above and behind the Roundhouse. Here we will spend the morning together.
To begin we will sit and share some tea and healthy snacks.
As we feel refreshed and settled, play will naturally begin. I will act as your guide and support you to enable your child to discover themselves and their environment through self initiated and undisturbed play. It’s really helpful if you can leave toys at home /in the car and arrange care for your dog.
I ask you to remain responsible for your child throughout the session.
We will be outside for the whole session (what ever the weather) so it is really important that you and your child are comfortably dressed to meet the weather conditions. I will bring herbal tea. Please can you bring something healthy to eat and cups for morning snack time and everything you need for nappies /changes of clothes. There is a compost toilet here however please be able to take any disposable nappies home.
£6.00 per family per session/ £5.00 per session ‘block booked’
Contact: Rosie Stocks 07807376294 or naturalbabyways@gmail.com

Join our Seasonal Celebrate Days!

Celebrate the Seasons at Temple Druid. Sponsored by the National Lottery

Temple Druid is nestled into the foot hills of the Preseli Hills, near to the village of Maenclochog. With the support of the Big Lottery Fund, we are hosting three celebration days for the community. These days will be completely free for all to attend and will have a selection of workshops, fun and games for the whole family to enjoy.

Initially we will be running a competition for the children in the community to design the pictures for the posters.

Spring Celebrate 11th March 2017 11am – 3pm

Join us for a fun day of workshops and games celebrating the arrival of spring! You can plant some seeds to take away and grow, plant a tree on the land, explore the nature trail, listen to a story from Welsh folk lore, watch a puppet show or just join in some of the games and fun!

Summer Celebrate 8th July 2017 11am – 3pm

Herald the summer’s arrival with a fantastic fun packed day! Go on a foraging walk and learn what plants you can eat from the land, make some lovely healthy snacks in our cooks workshop, build a den and learn how to leave a trail or follow a track! Make a bow and arrow and have a go at archery. Climb the stack! Stories, games and much more!

Autumn Celebrate 16 September 2017 11-3pm

As the days grow shorter we celebrate the harvest and the coming of autumn. Come and join our ‘jam packed’ day of fun! Weave your own small basket and use it to help bring in the harvest of blackberry’s! Help save the willow dragon! Try your skills at making a healthy jam. Learn about bee’s and why they are important. Stories, games and more!

Autumn reflections…Temple Druid Newsletter

The end of September and throughout October we were blessed with some lovely Autumnal weather! It actually stopped raining for weeks at a time and the sun shone beautifully in the blue skies.

This meant that we could really crack on with some outdoor work on the house and land and with our amazing band of volunteers a number of jobs got done.

Thanks to craftsman and volunteer Jason and his trusty assistant James, the beautiful new log burner was installed in the snug. This was was possible with a generous donation from Mike and our thanks goes to him, Jason, James and everyone who helped!

The house as a whole also got a little face life. Rachael and Jules balanced on the scaffolding in the dusk for a few evenings to remove the bee’s nest in the eves. This was fairly dangerous work, but they were determined to move the bee’s in as gentle way as was possible. Doing this at dusk meant the bees were less aggressive. The next day however the remaining bee’s swarmed and nearly went down the chimney to make a new nest! With a little magic and a lot of luck, the bee’s were somehow persuaded by Jules to put themselves into a box on the floor! What a result! They were then relocated to the top field!

Tom and James also got to grips with the entrance restoring it to is former glory. The scaffold allowed the team to get on with restoring and repairing guttering, fascias as well as getting a wonderful view of the land!

Many of the downstairs windows are in need of extensive repair and as the house is listed we did not have time to overall them properly. This will be part of the restoration work bid that we are preparing for the Heritage Lottery Fund. We did however, ensure that they were treated to stop any further deterioration and smartened up to match the rest of the tidy house!

Our willing workers in October were blessed with sunshine rays as they worked tirelessly with the TD team to clear the kitchen garden, bring in the corn,apple and raspberry harvest, clear the small poly tunnel, mend the track to the house and trim the extensive hedge and tree line on the drive. The fountain was also cleared and tidied.

As we move into November James and Tom have got to grips with the back wall of the house and they are filling the gaps with Lime plaster before it gets a paint.

Wood chopping, collection and storage is a massive priority here as we head to winter. A group of us were able to get up to the large barn and begin to cut and stack wood to season. This is a job that is continuous throughout the year and its amazing how a few people working together for a few hours can make great inroads into this task!

It is also important to acknowledge all that goes on behind the scenes. A lot of writing bids, running the database and emails, banking and generally organising stuff. Shona has been particularly involved with the Heritage Lottery Bid and managed to get a first section actioned! (see more below)

As a group we have only owned the house for a few months and at times it doesn’t seem that we are making much progress. However, when we look back at the photos and remember what has been achieved this year, we feel very thankful to all those that have come and lent a hand, made donations or just sent their heart felt good wishes to us which helps us to keep going.
Blackberry Open Day!

In September we held a community blackberry day. We opened the top area to visitors. We were blessed with lovely weather as we served refreshments and watched the children play handstands, chase and hide and seek. Next year we hope to run more open days, and have put a bid into the community ‘Celebrate’ lottery fund. Lets keep our fingers crossed in the hope we are successful!

Gnirob Krowrepap

No it wasn’t a mistake, its just the editors strange sense of humour about paperwork! See if you can work out the title of this piece! (answers by email please!)

As the days get shorter, usually a time of rest can be had. We however need to turn on our lights and computers and start writing a range of bids to further our vision. We have allocated different tasks in the group, but we would always welcome help and advice from those who are experienced in this kind of work. If you have any ideas or think you can help, we would love to hear from you!

We are currently focusing on: Heritage Lottery Funding Bid for the house and barn refurbishment and One Planet Permissions.

We have internet so Skype, email and phone support is welcomed! Please consider this, as it may well mean we can emerge next spring from the paper pile!
Animal Antics!

Late summer and autumn has brought some funny antics from the animals here. Many of you like to know what they have been doing so we thought we would bring you up to date!

Poor Masie fell over and hit her face resulting in four teeth being lost. Some fell straight out, the others were unfortunately flapping in her mouth and needed the vet to visit (not a happy bunny!) She has recovered well however, and seems not to mind munching on the toothy side! Branwen didnt want to be outdone so she decided that she would begin to jump over 4 foot clean out of the goat pen and walk along the wall to eat all the yummy branches normally out of reach.

Our bantam hen didn’t manage to hatch the eggs she had, despite her best efforts (probably not fertilised) so we bought her some day old chicks and she adopted them instantly! They are a bigger breed than she is and right now they are growing taller than her! The other small bantam hen got a fracture, but after looking on the internet, Jules found that she could splint her leg and it would mend brilliantly!

The local cow herd surprised us one day by managing to escape in to our top fields, resulting in a few of them frolicking in the meadow for a while!

And last but not least, a stray cat gave birth on a beam high in the barn. One kitten dropped from the beam before she moved the other three to lower ground. Fortunately the little black kitten was found as it was mewing weakly and due to the gentle care and healing from those that were around, it became strong enough to join its mum and siblings! We temporarily named that one Lucky of course!
Volunteer Weekends 2017
Thank you to all those who have given time to help us over the past year. We have had a lot of fun and met a wide range of lovely people of all ages. If you are interested in volunteering for a weekend with us, send an email to info@templedruid.org.

We have yet to decide on the dates for next year, but if you feel inspired, look out for the next email or check in with the website in a few weeks!

http://www.templedruid.org/live-volunteer-here/volunteer-here/
Retreats & Workshops 2017

There are a number of retreats and workshops being planned for 2017. Please click on a link for more information:

Thirteen moons journey
http://www.rachaelhertogs.co.uk/thirteen-moons-journey/
Weekend Retreats
Six individual weekend retreats covering a wide range of subjects with Jules and Jimmi from April – September.
More info click here! http://replenish.me.uk/
Red Tent Events
with Rachael
http://www.rachaelhertogs.co.uk/red-tent/

Meditation Retreat at Temple Druid

 

Meditation Retreat Aug 16Meditation Retreat

1 ~ 5 August 2016

This retreat will offer each participant an opportunity to develop their practice at a pace that is right for them. This retreat is based on Buddhist principles, but does not require participants to be Buddhist or convert from their own religious/spiritual beliefs. All spiritual backgrounds or none are very welcome and we positively encourage discussion in these areas.

To book on or for further info, contact Jules julia3636@sky.com or call 01437 532957

There will be opportunities for 1-1 sessions through out the week if participants feel they need to think through and discuss any issues that are arising in their practice.

Liquid refreshments are available throughout the day along with 3 vegetarian meals. Please feel free to bring along cakes, snacks and fruit to share.

Monday 1st August

  • noon arrival, refreshments & settling in

  • 14.00 program outline, discussion and land walk

  • 15.00 meditation session

  • 18.30 evening meal & clear up

  • 20.00 meditation session

  • 21.00 fire and discussion – the noble eightfold path

Tuesday 2nd August

(introspection – the six sense doors & three feeling tones)

  • 07.00 morning meditation

  • 08.30 breakfast

  • 10.00 discussion ~ introspection and senses

  • 10.30 meditation session

  • 12.30 lunch

  • 14.00 meditation session

  • 16.00 refreshment break

  • 16.30 silent guided walk

  • 18.00 silent meal in the Zen tradition

  • 20.00 evening meditation

  • 21.30 fire & discussion

Wednesday 3rd August

(roots of mind & five precepts)

  • 07.00 morning meditation

  • 08.30 breakfast

  • 10.00 discussion ~ roots of mind & five precepts

  • 10.30 meditation session

  • 12.30 lunch

  • 14.00 meditation session

  • 16.00 refreshment break

  • 16.30 self reflective practice

  • 18.00 evening meal

  • 20.00 evening meditation

  • 21.30 fire & discussion

Thursday 4th August

(four noble truths & four metta phases)

  • 07.00 morning meditation

  • 08.30 breakfast

  • 10.00 discussion ~ 4 noble truths & 4 metta phases

  • 11.00 meditation session

  • 12.30 lunch

  • 14.00 meditation session

  • 16.00 refreshment break

  • 16.30 meditation session

  • 18.00 evening meal

  • 20.00 meditation session

  • 21.30 fire & discussion

Friday 5th August

(the eight vicissitudes)

  • 07.00 morning meditation

  • 08.30 breakfast

  • 10.00 discussion ~ the eight vicissitudes

  • 11.00 meditation session

  • 12.30 lunch

  • 14.00 closing discussion, evaluation and meditation

Wisdom Within Retreat At Temple Druid

Wisdom WithinWisdom Within Retreat

This retreat is set over 4 days, in the grounds of Temple Druid, Pembrokeshire. The programme is designed to support each participant to discover their own strengths and challenges from past lives and bring the knowledge to this life. Understanding your whole self, can bring new energy and focus to this life, enabling you to break free from old cycles or patterns and feel more connected and confident to move forward with new ideas and challenges.

To book on or for further info, contact Jules julia3636@sky.com or call 01437 532957


Accommodation
is provided in tents, however you are very welcome to bring your own tipi, yurt, bender, tent, caravan or other!

Food & refreshments are provided throughout the retreat. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be ample vegetarian feasts with tea, coffee and other beverages available throughout the day.

Toilets & Showers will be rustic! We have a beautiful compost toilet and are hoping to construct a shower/bathing amenity in time for the retreat!

Travel & parking. You are welcome to drive to within 100 mtrs of the venue. Please be aware that access is by a steep slate track, and parking is on site. You can also travel by train and pick up from Clunderwen station will be available.

Programe

Throughout the 4 days there will be opportunity for both self reflection and group discussion. You will be encouraged to keep your own journal of discovery over the weekend.

Friday 22nd July (Arrive from noon onwards)

The beginning’

  • 16.00 ~ bespoke 1-1 past life sessions begin

  • 18.00 ~ evening meal

  • 19.30 ~ the journey unveiled – opening ceremony,

discussion, questions and answers, initial teaching of the connective movement practice.

Saturday 23rd July

Unveiling the light’

  • 08.00 ~ connective movement practice

  • 08.15 ~ breakfast

  • 09.30 ~ morning guided meditation

  • 10.30 ~ refreshment break

  • 11.00 ~ shamanic journey

  • 13.00 ~ lunch

  • 14.30 ~ questioned reflective space/walk

  • 16.00 ~ group reflective discussion

  • 18.00 ~ dinner

  • 20.00 ~ fire meditation

Sunday 24th July

Embracing the dark’

  • 08.00 ~ connective movement practice

  • 08.30 ~ breakfast

  • 10.00 ~ guided meditation

  • 11.00 ~ questioned reflective space/walk

  • 12.30 ~ lunch

  • 13.30 ~ beach experience/ exploring our dark side

  • 18.00 ~ dinner

  • 19.30 ~ fire and reflective discussion

Monday 25th July

Yin & Yang circle’

  • 08.00 ~ connective movement practice

  • 08.30 ~ breakfast

  • 10.00 ~ shamanic journey – making a whole

  • 11.30 ~ refreshment break

  • 12.00 ~ reflective group

  • 13.00 ~ lunch

  • 14.00 ~ closing ceremony

Pikler Inspired Outdoor Play Sessions

Pikler Inspired Outdoor Play with Rosie Stocks
For parents & caregivers with little ones under 3yrs 
I invite you to join me on Monday mornings during term time at 10.00 am until midday at Temple Druid Roundhouse site.
2015-04-21 15.41.02

At 10.00am we will meet in the parking area and walk together up a grassy path to the space above and behind the Roundhouse. Here we will spend the morning together.
To begin we will sit and share some tea and healthy snacks.
As we feel refreshed and settled, play will naturally begin. I will act as your guide and support you to enable your child to discover themselves and their environment through self initiated and undisturbed play. It’s really helpful if you can leave toys at home /in the car and arrange care for your dog.
I ask you to remain responsible for your child throughout the session.
We will be outside for the whole session (what ever the weather) so it is really important that you and your child are comfortably dressed to meet the weather conditions. I will bring herbal tea. Please can you bring something healthy to eat and cups for morning snack time and everything you need for nappies /changes of clothes. There is a compost toilet here however please be able to take any disposable nappies home.
£6.00 per family per session/ £5.00 per session ‘block booked’
Contact:Rosie Stocks 07807376294naturalbabyways@gmail.com

Temple Druid Poem

Temple Druid.
A shrine? Yes the word ‘temple’ certainly merits such a link. A shrine to the past.
And ‘Druid’ – a person of mystery, of magical powers, of art, of culture, of the power of the human mind to encompass the range of emotions and states that make the man and the woman. Especially in Wales: that land of green valleys, black mountains, gouged slate quarries, distant views across torrid water, dark scudding clouds and a character that cries out for release from tyranny.

He had been there before. He had felt the majesty of the memories and the moments when as a tiny child, he had been closest to the man who was his father: but whom he had never known. Visits made that gulf even more distressing, for what might have been.

He was there on this occasion to help others, as that man had been, cast out by a system and made to fend for themselves. Not from the scourge of Nazi but from the failure of procedures and the errors of human at Chernobyl. The explosion had created a legacy, for which man would pay for millennium The effect on a child: loss of the body’s ability to defend itself, loss of energy, loss of a future unless the State recognized its role and paid to take that responsibility. But…it now had no means: all had been used in foolish fantasy, preparing for conflict that could not be ‘won’ and would have resulted in disease and destruction to make the present and recent accident look mild.

The space, the grounds, the house itself-all needing care and attention, but at least a start was in prospect. The couple who cared: who worked to weave their spell upon broken places and minds: to match the needs with the action. To clear, to plant, to nurture the soil and the trees, to bring up their children and others who came with love and affection.

One evening they had sat, almost silently after supper: drinking the red wine of a continent the opposite side of the world, savoring the time and the place and the company. One had asked if the spirits of those who had taken refuge in the house before were with them: and all had hoped that was the case. Particularly one.

He had walked through the same woods where he must have walked, crossed the same fields, stood and watched the same views, seen the same light of dawn and day and sunset, felt the same rain, heard the same breeze in youthful trees, crossed a bridge, passed by cottage, railway, village and shop, garage and grocer. Seeking a sign, a motion of branch, a passage of thought through time which might say:
‘I am here, I was here, look after my world and I wish you well in yours.’

Who knows, who can say: who ought to say: who would wish it otherwise.

Temple –yes it is.
Druid- yes he was.
MJB

“The author of this piece, Michael Blamey, was, as a two-year old, at Temple Druid during 1943: His father, John Thomas Blamey (formerly with His Majesties Weezers and Dodgers (Special Weapons Section) as a civilian attached to the Royal Navy worked with amongst others Nevil Shute Norway [A Town like Alice, On the beach, Requiem for a Wren, No Highway] who also enjoyed Rest and recreation at Temple Druid. The house was owned by another author, Leo Walmsley and Michael believes that his family’s time at the house was arranged by Shute. Sadly, John Blamey was very ill: and after a few months they left. He died weeks later in November 1943.
Michael has been a ‘friend’ of the Estate for some 10 years: He and a team of Engineers, friends and family, refurbished the Water Wheel some 5 years ago: and seek a continuing link to a place which holds a strong place in the thoughts and minds of all who visit her. Temple Druid

Clearing up….

We had such a great day together today clearing the overgrown and ‘trash’ dumped part of the entrance to make a space for visitors to our ‘new members open day’.

We asked the land to help our endeavours, thanked the nettles for giving their energy and chanted the appropriate mantras for each area. The rain held off mostly and the brambles yealded with little resistance. Nettles were gathered for soup and drying and more for the compost. Old cuttings from the previous clearing of the drive were also gathered and we were able to burn these with some other old bits and bobs. We discovered that previously someone had left a rather large pile of clippings over which the brambles had grown. These have now been sorted too with perhaps some lovely charcoal made from some of the slowly cooked wood!

Lastly we gave thanks to nature & spirits for such a rewarding day and tomorrow on the full moon we will make offerings to the land and any sprits that may have been disturbed.

Beltane Celebrations!

We celebrated Beltane with a dance around the maypole, then a roaring fire, throwing logs in to “let go” of what no longer serves us, tying wish ribbons on the Hawthorne tree, sharing food and then later there was some jumping over the fire! What a lovely evening!