Cassandra and I were invited to organize a Yuletide workshop at MMW at Revolver Newquay. Michelle has a unique shop selling clothes, jewellery and other interesting items that are rustic with a classic presentation.
It was the first time we tried a winter workshop as they are usually in the Spring and Summer months.
On our arrival we were greeted by our marvellous host Michelle with a glass of champagne from a HUGE bottle along with exotic refreshments.
Cassandra began with a talk on ‘Old Christmas’ and how the Yuletide symbolism of long ago connects with modern-day celebrations.
The talk continued for 30 minutes so that there was plenty of time for questions from her audience.
We brought with us a box of wooden decorative stars, reflective baubles, ribbons, holly, ivy, mistletoe, rowan twigs, pine cones and coloured twine, so that the group could construct their own seasonal charms.
I explained the process to them and the focus required for construction. We then left them to it, intrigued to see the results.
The charms were beautifully made and it was obvious that a considerable amount of thought and intent had gone into the construction. When they were complete, I set up an altar and demonstrated the blessing of a charm. I then guided each person through the process with their personal charm. It was emotional for some and a profound experience for all, especially when the group joined together to raise energy.
They left us late that evening, delighted with the experience and their personal charms to include within their own seasonal decorations.
Cassandra assisted our host Michelle in constructing a rowan cross.
A special thank you to Michelle for hosting the workshop. We both had a wonderful time and worked with a lovely group of people. A huge thank you to John Isaac also for his assistance.
Yuletide blessings to you all and a happy and prosperous 2018 ahead!
“Thank you so much for coming to Newquay , it was an amazing experience and we all had a wonderful evening ! Michelle.”
“It was lovely to meet the both of you last night and I enjoyed it. Will see you again soon, many blessings M”. (This lady travelled from Exeter!)
“I feel a bit bad for being a bit antisocial whilst making the charms. I wanted to see if I could block out the surroundings and focus on what I was doing even in a room full of people. I also didn’t want to waste the beautiful natural things you gathered so wanted to do it properly. It was definitely a good learning curve for me! G”