The latest edition of The Green Parent has just landed on my desk – it has a gorgeous fresh cover and plenty of enticing cover lines. Jez and I are really pleased with how it’s come out and want to say a big thank you to everyone involved in our forty sixth issue! This is a our Natural Home special; inside there’s article on going off-grid, clearing clutter and how to make space for learning at home. Other exciting features include Claire Ashbourne on how to heal your children’s teeth, Lisa Hassan Scott on Awareness Parenting and Sally Butcher on jewel-like edible delights from the Middle East. Tasty!
An interesting book also arrived this week – Moontimes by Lucy Pearce takes a look at the menstrual cycle and explores ways in which we can celebrate each part of the process from ovulation through to our blood time. There are some great ideas for tuning into the body and a wealth of heartwarming information that I needed to read on the Crazy Woman time of the month! I particularly enjoyed the section on creating a menarche ceremony, written by Rachel Hertogs. Her story was inspired by many years of planning and co-ordinating these ceremonies at the Sacred Arts Camp, which takes place every spring in Oxfordshire.
Talking of camps, whispers of festival plans have been heard in the office this week. We’re planning our Family Festival Guide, which will be free with issue 47 (out on 11th May) and we’ve enjoyed the first burst of spring-like weather, prompting us to think about plans for the summer. A favourite and annual treat is Sunrise Celebration in Somerset, which this year will be held on the Solstice. Jez and I will have just put an issue to bed as the gates open to this marvellous event so we’ll be there as soon as we can after finishing. I expect the actual Solstice will be spent by the sea in Sussex, getting creative, making fire, night swimming and enjoying the company of friends and family.
Another festival that we’d love to be part of this year is Buddhafield. We had such a magical time last year. There was a real sense of love and heart centre expansion during the festival, which lasted long after we had left the beautiful wooded site near Taunton. I’d like to go back and allow each of us to experience the freedom and joy that we enjoyed last year. I had hoped to teach yoga here but spaces get booked up almost before they become available. Maybe in 2013?
Our enewsletter is going out tomorrow with some juicy content. You’ll be able to read about ways to celebrate Spring Equinox with your family, get some knitting inspiration and explore a month of meat free meals. It’s free to sign up.
Have a great week!
PS: Great pic for this week’s post features the treehouse at Bewilderwood in Norfolk, featured in our Green Holidays on the Coast article in the current edition.
We’re off to Big Chill in the morning so I thought I’d post a quick update before we go. Had an amazing time last year and am looking forward to experiencing some more good stuff this weekend.
Last year we cried to Lamb, discovered Steve Judd, watched a crystal healing and contemplated whether the sun is a conscious being. Other highlights were of course Orbital, the healing space and magical ambient tent hidden in a woody clearing.
The lowlights were mainly the loos, which were quite disappointing after a weekend at Sunrise Celebration and even Camp Bestival, both fully equipped with compost toilets. Perhaps they’ll have upped the green ante for 2010. On their website the green section suggests taking a coach as the cleanest method of transport closely followed by a carful of people, which is greener than a train, and advises festival goers to purchase a tent from the green tent company (Or perhaps borrow one off your mate).
Have had a great day finishing off sections of the Oct/Nov edition of The Green Parent and starting to take a look at new publication Green Events, which Jez and I are now officially the publishers of – woohoo! For the next edition of TGP we are doing a readers tried and tested with raw chocolate and we have been sent some to photograph for the feature from the lovely Jennie at Detox Your World, Lisa at the Raw Chocolate Company and also Emma at Consious Chocolate (my favouritest favourite of all raw choc bars ever!) so our office smells absolutely out of this world divine. It’s a hard knock life! Actually it’s blissful and lush and I’m loving it right now. So a big thank you to the ladies that have aided and abetted my wallowing in raw chocolate state.
Interested what the food will be like at Big Chill – have packed some superfood crackers and a basket of fruit to take with us and after that it’s pretty much what’s available on the stands – so let’s hope there are lots of adventurous vegan chefs who like experimenting with raw food. In a couple of weeks time we are going to Sunrise Off-Grid, which promises the Buddhafield Cafe and Pachamamas. Then in September we are going to Out of the Ordinary, which is just down the road from us.
I also really fancy Rivenstone on Dartmoor at the beginning of September with the lush and super earthy Carolyn Hillyer and also a yoga festival that I just got wind of around the Equinox, called the Yoga Groove Festival, which is based in Seaford, East Sussex.
So anyway, better go and pack some festival kit. Where are you off to this summer? Share your favourite festivals here…
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