Cassandra and I were invited to hold a Yuletide workshop at MWM at Revolver in Newquay. Michelle has a unique shop that provides clothes, jewellery and other interesting items which are rustic but with a classic presentation.
It was the first time we had agreed to do a winter workshop as we usually arrange them for Spring and Summer. On arrival we were greeted by our marvellous host Michelle with a glass of champagne from a HUGE bottle along with mince pies, ginger cake and pieces of orange covered in dark chocolate.
Cassandra began the workshop with a talk on Old Christmas and how Yuletide symbolism of long ago connects with modern-day celebrations.
The talk went on for about 30 minutes so that we allowed 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 type of focus required for construction. We then left them to concentrate on their creations.
The charms were all beautifully made and it was obvious that much thought and intent had gone into the construction. When they were complete, I set up an altar and demonstrated the blessing of a charm with the elements. I then guided each person through the process with their personal charm. It was an emotional process for some and a profound experience for all, especially when the group joined together to charge their charms with energy.
They left us late that evening, delighted with the experience and their personal charms which they carried home to display with their 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 met a group of lovely people. A huge thank you to John Isaac for his help.
Yuletide blessings to you all with a happy 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”