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There are changes afoot at Eastcott Barn.

As a family we have lived at Eastcott since 1975. Our house and smallholding has adapted over the years to the different needs of us all. In 2005 we began a major building project that enabled two of my daughters, their partners and children to move back to Eastcott and for me to begin to develop the retreat centre that I had held as a fantasy for many years. In 2008 I was able to extend activities at the Barn, with the addition of the two big rooms – the Blackbird room and the Gym. The latter doubled as both a gym run by one of my daughters and a spiritual space which has held labyrinth meditations, sacred dance, yoga, sound healing, ceremonies and rituals, Chi Gung, singing, laughter and much more.

But the needs of the family are changing once again. My grandchildren are all teenagers now and the families are outgrowing their shared space in the Big House. One Daughter wants to focus more of her energy on her Gym business. My Mother who lives next door, in the house across the field, has had two recent hospital admissions and at 96 has reached a point where she needs more help.

Eastcott LodgeSo I will be moving to her house – The Lodge.  One family will move to The Barn. My Mother will move to the Barn with them where she can have a bedroom, bathroom and sitting room on one level with no stairs. My eldest daughter and family will stay in the Big House.  And my “retreat centre” – Eastcott Barn is coming with me to the Lodge, where I think it will become known as Eastcott Lodge.

It has been a long and challenging process to get to this point. The Lodge is a two bedroomed cottage which has planning permission (and foundations) for an extension to include another sitting room and an ensuite bedroom. In addition we have made a planning application for a large extension at the back which will include a kitchen big enough for an aga and shared meals round the table, an entrance hall and a large group room/therapy space. Eastcott Lodge plans The Lodge has a big garden and a small field that backs directly on to Sheldon Forest – acres of largely untended woodland, home to Deer, Badgers, Bluebells and Owls.

I have part of the planning permission but not all and some of the money needed for the build  but not enough but such concerns did not stop me when I was adding on the two big rooms at   the Barn.Eastcott Lodge plans
When in doubt now, I remember the definition of Intention that hangs on my kitchen cupboard “A purposeful plan to perform an action that will lead to the required outcome”. This quote from The Intention Experiment by Lynne McTaggart inspired me in the creation of Eastcott Barn. I put out the intention, visualised it “as having already occurred when in a concentrated state of hyperawareness” and then let it go in the trust that it would happen – and it did!

But there is something very different about this move. Eastcott Barn as a “place where people could come to find what they needed” was developed by myself as an individual ( though of course with help from the great beyond). Now it seems that there is a community involved in the move and recreation of Eastcott Barn at the Lodge. The energy that all of you, in different ways, have built up over recent years at Eastcott Barn has been important to so many people and this energy will form and enhance the beginnings of the new.

My sense of the support, (shock) and interest of people when they heard about the proposed move has been so helpful and I am inspired by the decision of others to mark the move with the help of the Eastcott community.
 
So a date for your diary if you would like and are able to join in the moving movement – Saturday 7th January 2017

At the recent Winter Gathering, Karen led an amazing shamanic drumming session which culminated in a very loud, energetic, wonderful drum of all rooms at Eastcott Barn, a sort of celebration and appreciation of the Barn and all that it has held and an intention that this energy should be carried up to the new abode at the Lodge. This provided the inspiration to drum me up the road on the moving day. 

Jenny and Sue
The ideas for the inspiration as seen below, originated with Sue. She has developed the original plans with suggestions from others. Here is the programme. If you have anything you would like to add, do let me know.



Eastcott Barn Moving Day

Plans for the day - 10.30-2.00

 From 10.15: Meet at Eastcott Barn.

 10.30: Poem written and read by Viv to inaugurate the proceedings.

Walk, with Jenny at the centre, from Eastcott Barn to Eastcott Lodge (a short walk to cottage on the bend before Eastcott) accompanied by drumming - some spare drums and rattles will be available.

Enter the Lodge over a threshold made by Sue, of leaves and herbs with particular relevance to shifts, transformation and new beginnings.

Drumming through each room in the house and around where the new rooms will be.

Back to Eastcott Barn to collect an item which has had meaning for you – for example this might be a pillow or throw to represent a gong bath you have enjoyed, a dish to represent some of the many delicious meals we have shared, tea bags, a plant, a log for the fire, a book or something else which is symbolic of what you have enjoyed or gained in this place.

We will then walk back up to Eastcott Lodge and place them there, looking forward to the time when once again these things will happen.

 12.00   Buffet at Eastcott Barn – yes please, to anyone who would like to bring something to share.

 11.00-2.00  Throughout the time there will be a piece of felt in the Blackbird Room and a selection of threads. The idea is to consider an intention for what Eastcott Lodge will become and thread this through the felt – absolutely no sewing skills required – just thread in and out along the felt.

Also a Visitors’ Book for Eastcott Lodge will be started and if there is anything you wish to write, draw or stick into it, this will be available in the Blackbird room at the Barn. 

 I know there are many who will be unable to join us but if you have a mind to, send us thoughts and blessings on the day and we will send thoughts and blessings to you who have been part of Eastcott Barn – lights all over the world.

Apologies as this has all been a lot of reading matter and I want to add more because I cannot leave the Winter Gathering unmentioned. Held the last weekend in November, this was the fourth Winter Gathering at Eastcott Barn and it was so interesting, joyous and delicious, full of the generosity of people that has typified these gatherings.Talk with Sagara We had talks by Gordon on Trees, Springs and Energy Walking Sticks, by Sagara on the developments in his Forest Garden, healing sessions offered by Ali, Clare, Lesley and Sue, shared meals, many, many conversations round the fire. Kerry Anne illustrated her talk of the charity she is involved with, through slides of children in Malawi. Geraldine and Ali were as usual, busy with their colourful knitting and creativity. There was laughter, washing up with the Marigold gloves, the beautiful singing of Rachel, David with his guitar, Kundalini Yoga with Cassandra, shamanic drumming with Karen.  Rosie came from Scotland, Ali from Norfolk,  Rachel from Salisbury and many others from the Blackdowns, Devon and Somerset.Labyrinth

On the Saturday night we once more walked the Labyrinth devised by Sagara.  It is always different and always deeply moving and relevant.

Thank you to everyone who brought themselves and their offerings.

Winter Solstice
The last event officially held at Eastcott Barn was a special “Preparing for the Winter Solstice/ Going to the Cave of the Winter Bear” evening of Reflection, Visualisation, Gong Bath, Sausages (meat, gluten free and vegetarian!) and mince pies – the food delicacies eaten while crammed around the kitchen table with much conversation and merriment. What a lovely evening and what a celebration of the time at Eastcott Barn.
Merriment round the table


Thank you so very much to everyone who has been to Eastcott Barn over the years, to those who have offered encouragement, brought interesting and meaningful workshops, taken part in events and offered of yourselves in so many myriad ways.

Watch this space for news of Eastcott Lodge and maybe see you there one day before too long. I have ideas for things that might happen there!
 
I will finish with some words for the Winter Solstice from Luna Moon Hare by Wendy Andrew :

“ The longest night is done, the sun is born and the wheel turns’.
She stretches out her arm and it makes a path to forever...
‘This is the magical way,
As you carry the crown through night and day;
The season’s song will shift and change.
All elements will rearrange.
My path is neither short nor long,
For how can you measure the tune of a song?
Dance the path in step with your heart.
And by the end you’ll be ready to start....”
Yuletide Greetings from Eastcott Barn With Yuletide Blessings, Jenny   

 


 

 


Winter Gathering 2016 Programme

A programme for the coming weekend has/is emerging - as it always does!

Thank you so much to everyone who has offered, said they would come or plan to come.

The times are approximate but give a rough guide to what's happening when.

Satuday 26th Nov 2016

During the morning there will be time for conversations and coffee (or tea of course), setting out the Labyrinth and healing sessions, with thanks to:

Lesley Rogan for Reiki Healing

Ali Lloyd-Jones for Cosmic Healing

Clare Viner for Reflexology

Sue Edwards for Reconnective Healing

There is limited availability as I want the Healers to also have their own time, so if there is something you feel particularly drawn to, let me or the person know asap.

Shared lunch together

Saturday afternoon, two talks:

Approx 2.30pm Kerry Ann will give a short talk about her connection and work with a charity in Malawi. For those who know Sagara, it will be a particular pleasure to meet his special friend Kerry Ann.

Approx 3.00pm Gordon Field will  fascinate us once again, as he talks about his latest work resulting from dousing and subsequent connection to Trees.

Approx 4.30pm Soup,tea, cakes etc

The evening will start at about 6 - 6.30ish with another special Labyrinth walk, devised by Sagara - but please could he have lots of help with setting it up - so many small pieces of white card to set out in the spiral.

This will be followed by music and the beautiful singing/chanting of Rachel to her Indian instruments - and probably joined by David on (one of )his guitars. Their spontaneous offering last year was so special.

If anyone else would like to bring instruments/voices and join in, you would be welcomed.

 

Sunday 27th November.

10.30am Cassandra will be offering a session of Kundalini Yoga. This will be followed immediately by a short Gong Bath of about 15minutes. We are very fortunate in Sheldon as when our Yoga teacher of 10 great  years, left the village, we were able to find Cassandra who had recently moved to the area from South Africa. She has taken on the teaching in our Yoga group and brings a very special spiritual element.

Approx 11.45 A slide show with Sagara - his Forest Garden and Buddhafield experiences. Sagara has formed part of the backbone of previous Winter Gatherings and is always an inspiration to listen to. 

Shared Lunch

Approx 2.30pm Biodanza in the gym with Jill Goodwin. Jill runs regular Biodanza groups in the Blackdown and Taunton areas. It is a treat to have Jill offering a session once again at the Winter Gathering.

Followed by "Connection and Laughter" with Freya Hartley, who felt that.the world needs a bit more of both at the moment.

And then Shamanic drumming with Karen Stead-Dexter. Many people will know Karen who runs many spiritual, esoteric and healing groups and activities in the area. Her drumming session at last year's Winter Gathering was another very special event.

At some point towards the end of the afternoon, we will share something to eat/drink and then see what happens in the evening. If it feels appropriate I could do a Gong Bath or maybe we will make music in some other way.

I look forward to seeing as many who are able to come as possible. Please park as neatly as you are able, in the drive or orchard area if there is room but if on the road, make sure it is safe for passing traffic.

Another year, another Winter Gathering around the fire!

 


Winter Gathering 2016

The annual Winter Gathering will take place on the weekend of November 26th and 27th.

As usual, come and find what you need and offer what you will. Come for each day or drop in for a while. No charge - you will be welcome.

The programme tends to take shape in the last week - because it is not planned in the usual manner but arises out of generosity.

However so far, there are have been several offers including Gordon talking about his latest experience with trees, Rachel and her beautiful voice (probaly Sat evening) Jill and Biodanza (Sunday), Freya - connection and laughter (Sunday), Cassandra- Kundalini Yoga followed by a short Gong Bath with Jenny, Karen S-D - Shamanic Drumming (Sunday) and Lesley and Ali who have both offered healing sessions.

Watch this space!

 


Eastcott Barn Spring newsletter of 2016

Welcome to the Eastcott Barn Spring newsletter of 2016. Outside, as I write, the familiar sounds of wind and rain but the chicks we hatched last year have found a way of keeping their feet dry.

The Autumn  shift I was experiencing as a result of pulling back, giving space for reflection and trusting the process, is emerging as more of my own work, particularly  with Gongs and Sound. In January I held a day called Entering into Sound but even before that had happened, I knew I wanted to follow up the first one with a series(  see below for further information). It seems to make such a difference when one allows the initiative to come from within, rather than as a result of thinking, deciding, planning. Of course all these are necessary parts of any process. The difficulty is that we tend to start there, instead of making space for what wants to emerge, to come to light. It comes back to the vital relevance of present moment. The ongoing process is then a to and fro between listening and action.

                     

The Winter Gathering was, as always a rich and fulfilling weekend, made so by the presence and contribution of all who took part. It is so interesting to see people deep in conversation and know they only met half an hour beforehand. Such a generosity of spirit and intent. Spontaneity too – as when David’s skill on the guitar joined  Rachel’s beautiful voice. 

The weekend culminated in Sagara’s magical labyrinth. Each year the experience takes on a new and profound meaning, deepened by the co-creation.

               

Summer Gathering 2016

This year, by popular request, there is also to be a Summer Gathering on the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd July.

The focus will be on healing, in whatever sense – individual sessions, group experiences, talks, workshops and just being together in the Blackdown Hills. If you have something you would like to contribute and/or receive, please email  or ring me. The weekend will also be supported by the Heart and Soul group of Blackdown Hills Transition.

Entering into Sound

A series of days at Eastcott Barn, with Jennifer Ash, deepening connection to ourselves, the natural world and others, using the five senses as a focus. In January the sense of hearing was the focus. The days will include a Gong Bath, helping us to deepen that connection.

Each day will be complete in itself or you can choose to follow the theme by coming to all of the days. They run from 10am – 4.30pm with a cost of £60 a day (early bird £50) to include lunch and refreshments.

If you live too far away to come for a day or maybe if you would just like to use the whole weekend as a retreat, it is possible to book for B and B at Eastcott Barn.

Saturday 19th March 2016

This is the time of the Spring Equinox, when day and night are equally balanced.

In Chinese Medicine, the Spring is associated with the liver and the eyes, so this seems a good opportunity to focus on sight/vision, sight with eyes open and sight behind the eyes with lids closed. Observing with awareness, seeing with attention, feeling the effects of the sights of freshly opening Spring.   (Early Bird 13.3.16)

Saturday 21st May 2016

Early summer and the feel of warm sun on our skin. We will have recently passed through the Celtic festival of Beltain, with its emphasis on sensuality. On this day we will focus on touch - the   touch of a breeze, sun on our face, clothes against the skin, a warm drink on our lips, the chair we're sitting on, another's hand in ours, the grass beneath our feet. (Early Bird 1.5.16)

Saturday 16th July 2016

In Chinese medicine, summer is linked to the heart and fire. The sound is laughing, the strain is in too much activity and excess. The heart nourishes blood and the blood vessels and opens into the tongue. The focus will be the sense of taste, sweet, sour, summer fruit, chocolate, a refreshing drink, the taste of anticipation, aftertaste.   (Early Bird 1.7.16

Saturday 24th September 2016

Autumn Equinox when our Earth is once more balanced between night and day. Noticing our own sense of balance, being inspired by Nature to support our sense of balance. The Chinese system of Medical Qi Gong links Autumn with the lungs which connect to the nose, so the sense of focus this time will be smell. A wonderful time of year for scents - ripe fruit, chrysanthemums, garden bonfires, that smell of Autumn.   (Early Bird 1.9.16)

Gong Baths

The photo shows Vanessa and her new baby, beautiful  Luca, after their Gong Bath. Vanessa had been to some of the Gong Baths while pregnant and found it a good experience, so she was keen to bring Luca after his birth. They both lay absolutely still and peaceful throughout the whole hour. Luca, at the breast stirred briefly, just once. A profound experience, I think for all three of us

Gong Baths can be arranged individually or for small private groups.

There is also a monthly Gong Bath, usually held on the third Friday of the month (but see dates below).

March 18th

April 22nd

May 20th

June 17th

July 15th

Anyone is welcome but please let me know if you are coming so that I can set the room out appropriately.  The Gong Bath lasts for approximately an hour, followed by cup of tea etc.

Please bring a pillow/cushion and a blanket.

Booking essential. Cost £7.50.

Arrive 7.15pm for 7.30 start

The Heart of Silence

On a final note I am a member of the Association of Core Process Psychotherapists and we are holding a two day conference exploring the place of Silence in Society and our World, as well as within psychotherapy.

It promises to be a very interesting and experiential two days for anyone concerned with how we can live our lives more fully, more consciously.

Open to all.

We are very fortunate to have Brian Keenan as the Keynote Speaker.

16/17th April 2016 Regent’s University, Regent’s Park, London.

Organised by The Association of Core Process Psychotherapists

For all further information visit the conference website: www.theheartofsilence.co.uk

Contact Details

If you would like to book or discuss any of the events listed above, please either email or phone me. I look forward to hearing from you. Jenny

 

 

 


Groups and Gong Baths

Dates for the Entering into Sound days: (See news item of 11.2.16)

Sat 19.3.16

Sat 21.5.16

Sat 16.7.16

Sat 24.9.16

Monthly Gong Bath dates:

Fri 18.3.16

Fri 22.4.16

Fri 20.5.16

Fri 17.6.16

Fri 15.7.16

 


Summer Gathering

The Winter Gatherings are always so enjoyable. Consquently, after comments from several people, I have decided to hold a Summer Gathering too.

It will be at Easctott Barn as usual, on the weekend of 2nd and 3rd July.

The focus will be on healing in whatever sense - individual sessions, group experiences, talks and just being together in the Blackdown Hills. Food will be to share and there will be no charges.The weekend will be on a give and receive basis.

If you have somehting you would like to contribute and/or receive, please email or phone me. The weekend will also be supported by the Herat and Soul group of Blackdown HillsTransition.

 


Gong Baths

The next Gong Bath is on Friday 19th February 2016, 7.30pm.

Please contact me if you are interested in coming.

Gong Baths are held on the third Friday evening of the month.

Cost 7.50.

 


Entering into Sound

I am running a new series of groups, each of which will include a Gong Bath. The theme of the days is Connection - connection first of all to our individual selves, then connection to nature and the natural world and thirdly to one another in the group and thus connecting to theworld outside of us. Of course it is only our perception that thinks the world is outside - we are all part of an interconnecting stream of life.

So the theme is connection, the access is aided through Sound and the Gongs and each day will have as its focus one of the senses. In January the focus was on hearing. The next four groups will be held at two monthly intervals and will each focus on another of the senses - March's day will be on sight/vision.

Each day will be complete in itself or you can choose to follow the theme by coming to all of the days.

The cost per day is £60 or early bird £50. Timing: 10am- 4.30pm.

Please contact me to discuss further or to book.

Saturday 19th March 2016

This is the time of the Spring Equinox, when day and night are equally balanced. In Chinese Medicine, the Spring is associated with the liver and the eyes, so this seems a good opportunity to focus on sight/vision, sight with eyes open and sight behind the eyes with lids closed. Observing with awareness, seeing with attention, feeling the effects of the sights of freshly opening Spring.

Saturday 21st May 2016

Early summer and the feel of warm sun on our skin. We will have recently passed through the Celtic festival of Beltain, with its emphasis on sensuality. On this day we will focus on touch - the touch of a breeze, sun on our face, clothes against the skin, a warm drink on our lips, the chair we're sitting on, another's hand in ours, the grass beneath our feet.

Saturday 16th July 2016

In Chinese medicine, summer is linked to the heart and fire. The sound is laughing, the strain is in too much activity and excess. The heart nourishes blood and the blood vessels and opens into the tongue. The focus will be the sense of taste, sweet, sour, summer fruit, chocolate, a refreshing drink, the taste of anticipation, aftertaste.

Saturday 24th September 2016

Autumn Equinox when our Earth is once more balanced between night and day. Noticing our own sense of balance, being inspired by Nature to support our sense of balance. The Chinese system of Medical Qi Gong links Autumn with the lungs which connect to the nose, so the sense of focus this time will be smell. A wonderful time of year for scents - ripe fruit, chrysanthemums, garden bonfires, that smell of Autumn in the air.

So do let me know if any or all of these days appeal to you and just for now may you feel the blessings of Imbolc (usually celebrated on the 2nd Feb). It is the time when Brigid, the goddess associated with this festival, walks over the frozen ground with her strong footfalls and the dormant seedlings, the roots deep under the Earth, hear her and begin to stir and swell and and move with anticipation towards Spring.

It is a time for early new beginnings, when the "plan" is not necessarily evident, a time to trust what has been harvested from the last year and nurtured in the deep of winter. Brigid is a maiden goddess of inspiration, she is the patron of poets, blacksmiths and creativity, her creature is the Swan and the dainty Snowdrop piercing the cold earth shows her strength and helps us to remember to trust the journey of life. This is a fire festival and she is a fire goddess, not fire as in the heat of summer but the flames of new beginnings stirring deep underground.

 


Winter Gathering programme 2015

 Saturday and Sunday 28th and 29th November

 

This is the fourth year of the Winter Gathering, the time when we can gather round the fire to share conversations and eat together, talk, listen, receive healing, take part in activities. As in previous years, there is no charge – offer what you will and receive what you need.  Anyone is welcome.

Below is an outline of the weekend :

Satuirday 28th November

10am onwards.You are welcome to come for coffee, tea, toast, conversations, biscuits, croissants, sitting round the fire or table.

11.00Shamanic Drumming with Karen Stead-Dexter

1pmLunch

2.30pmSagara with an update on his Forest Garden

5.30pmSupper

Evening. Rachel Irvine-Fortescue will lead us in Chanting, accompanied by her on the Harmonium and Tampura

 

Sunday 29th November

10 am onwards– more chatting over an extended breakfast.

11amGordon Field on his continuing exploration and relationship with trees ( and now also water)

1.0         Lunch

Afternoon

5.30Supper

Evening   Deepening, connecting and ceremony led by Freya Hartley and including another of Sagara’s beautiful Labyrinth walks.

 

Plus Healing sessions: Ali Lloyd-Jones has offered Crystal Healing and Emma Finch has two, one hour individual Reflexology sessions to give. Please let me know if you would like to receive either of these gifts.

And on an informal level, Millie Emmett will be talking around the fire about her art and plans for new creativity now that she has completed her Phd.

 

There is room on the programme for more offerings. All will be exactly as it is meant to be.

Please note, the programme is flexible. This Website will include any up to date information or ring me on 01404 841 450 or email jennyash26@hotmail.com

 


Gong Baths and The Winter Gathering

My "Sabbatical Summer" has given me space to explore the way forward for myself and Eastcott Barn and now with Samahain approaching and the beginning of the Celtic New Year, it seems appropriate to be reaching out once again.

The monthly Gong Baths have continued through the year. They are usually held on the third Friday of each mmonth. However I shall be away on this date in November, so for the month of November the Gong Bath will be held on Friday 27th.Please email me if you would like to come.

The December Gong Bath will be different. It is an all night event! We will have the Gong Bath as usual but then settle back down on mattresses or settees for the night. I will play the Gongs quietly for a while and again in the morning as we gradually awaken. Then we can share our experiences if that feels appropriate, followed by a jolly breakfast! This will be held on Friday December 18th, just before the Winter Solstice. Introductory cost for this new event £20. Previous experience of a Gong Bath is necessary and booking essential.

The annual Winter Gathering will this year be held on the weekend of 28th -29th November. More details to follow but please do contact me if you would like more information about the Gathering which is free and run on a give and receive basis. . 

 


Breakfast in the Blackbird Room

 


Completion of our Retreat's new Group Room and Gym

Our wonderful Builders have now completed the two beautiful additional rooms to our Retreat Centre, giving a large sitting/group room and a fully equipped gymnasium. Both look out over the trees to the valley and fields beyond - a typical view of the Blackdown Hills.

 


Photo - view from Chapel Field.

View from Chapel field as Summer comes to an end.

 


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