With summer’s end and as a new celtic year approached at Samhain and All Hallows, seed ideas harvested during the summer began to take form in the autumn soil of Living Spirit. Also, having supervised Beth through her Masters at Schumacher College, I was delighted that she received a well earned distinction and an internship with local charity, Network of Wellbeing. I was also thrilled to have her join us in Living Spirit, assisting with Open Spirit and Wood Sisters.
It’s wonderful to work with a younger person and experience the warmth, energy, honesty and hope that Beth brings to spirituality. In my counselling at Palace Gate in Exeter, I also meet with young people in their twenties and am so inspired by them and also aware of their struggles to feel ok about themselves and the world they are trying to find a meaningful and sustainable way within. At home I come alongside my own sons, each so different and both very dear to me (and also in teens & twenties). Perhaps it’s always been a challenge to grow up but with employment and environmental issues and all kinds of dark and uncertain futures, this really doesn’t feel like an easy time to be beginning as a young adult. Yet our young people are so amazing!
As Advent approached, Beth and I worked together with another new beginning emerging from our work in Open Spirit. So come Christmas, we were not only celebrating the return of the sun and birth of the son of God but also the start of Wild Church. For me this is mostly about celebrating spirit in the way which comes most naturally to me – a mix of silent communion with nature, followed by good conversation over a pint of cider in the pub… All welcome, so do check out our new website here and come along and join us!