The Beltane camp was a double challenge this year. The first of the Magic Hat camps, and more worrying the threat of Foot and Mouth disease hanging over us all. Not an easy decision, but after much talking and heart searching the decision was made to go for it.
Beltane at Teddy's was blessed with good weather, apart
from the mud at the start... it was a chilled vibe, quiet, spread out,
but not isolated, there was a family feel to the camp.
Unfortunately I could not attend all of it, as Gemma continued to go to school in Glastonbury, so it was a bit tiring for me and I missed some of the more magical ceremonies, but was told how beautiful they were, being smaller you could hear all of the words etc. and everyone seemed especially moved by the maypole ritual...
Merlin was great and bold at holding the ceremonies, my favourite was the 'laughing labyrinth' (spelling?) it was such fun to be involved in the making of it and a real laugh when we 'opened' it with us all finally cramming into the middle to chant and chuckle...
I was also impressed that we kept up three circles a day, the morning one saw us pass the talking stick around three times, before 'business' of the day i.e. whose cooking?... then a lunch circle and evening meal circle, with us serving to each other... mmmm I enjoyed Mandy and Merlin's 'into the flow' space, an excellent place to meditate or receive healing... and Ian and Kats crystals and healing pyramid - brilliant... and as usual at our Beltane celebrations the music was of high standard... including the drummers, straight back from Africa, sharing their new rhythms and fire at night - pumping, and pulled in the fire twirlers a treat...
There were a few issues, (e.g. how do we police unrealistic policies), and learnings galore, I learnt that the new circle is globular, and have been having visions of liquid mercury everywhere... and confirmed my belief that even if you don't plan structured workshops, it doesn't mean that they aren't going to happen.
I also spent some quiet moments in the big lodge and am grateful to Tom for his quiet words of wisdom at the right times, as well as his famous tobacco workshops... thanx tom xxx
Well its late (again and I could go on, especially about the wonderful meetings with friends old and new, and the magic of the full moon, the trees, the sun, the bees, the kids parade, the cabaret, Captain Jim in the cafe, indoor table tennis with florescent balls! and Saturday market with colourful stalls...... and many many thanks to the people who dared to share, care and be there... and to all those who couldn't make it, looking forward to hugs, laughter and sunshine at the summer camp....
Just before I sign off, Benson asked me to send a message to everyone saying what a wonderful camp he had had and asks 'everyone' to 'come back' with forgiveness and love, we are one family....
Touch the Tipi to go home