After Lockdown intensity, come and gather around the fire in community!!!
These Fireside Medicine sessions aim to offer a space for all, new and old community members, friends, elders and young people, to gather around the Sacred Fire to explore and reclaim the role of Ritual, Ceremony & Prayer in our life to:
– Nurture our Soul, Mind & Body through sitting in a circle around a central Fire
– Build & strengthen community in a safe space to simply BE and pray together
– Share meaningful and inspiring songs, poems, quotes, sacred texts, writing, life-stories, dances… Anything can be your prayer!
– Witness and be witnessed in our sharing, to build solidarity and heart-connection (and enjoy! )
– Reignite the ancient ways of sharing a ritual space, as well as share cross-cultural indigenous wisdom
– Connect to and acknowledge the mystical side of life, THAT which is ungraspable to the mind and which can enable us to re-connect to the flow and Magic of life.
It is an honour to be start offering these prayers circles on a recurrent base, in the beautiful sanctuary of the Salisbury Centre garden (a community centre for spirituality, creativity and peace)
In these sessions the sacred Fire will be the central focus of our gathering. As “new flames of an ancient fire’, we can all re-learn how to care for a shared flame, as well as how fire as a metaphor can help us understand how to find balance in this life as individual and as a community.
The Fire is a teacher in itself as well as a mysterious ancient portal where, with focussed intention, we can send prayer and receive all the time-less prayers that our ancestors have prayed, sang, danced in that fire before us.
We aim to start promptly and the door will be locked from 19:10 so try to be there by 18:50 – future dates will be communicated on the night and on Facebook group.
Location @ The Salisbury Centre Garden (2 Salisbury Rd, Edinburgh EH16 5AB)
Suggested donation: £ 8- 10
(this will go towards the firewood costs, to support the Salisbury Centre in these difficult times, and the facilitator)
If money is a barrier, please get in touch and we can discuss alternative arrangement as there is scope to help on the night as a part-exchange
Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/281986459779692/
ABOUT THE FACILITATOR/S
Francesco Benvenuti will facilitate these sessions, bringing the wisdom accumulated over his training, travels and adventure across Central & South America, and Australasia, and spending time with Indigenous tribes, numerous teachers and learning how to pray to welcome Magic and flow into our life.
“I have spent much time learning about “Fire-keeping” and ritual spaces and sharing what i have learnt is my duty and honour.”
Francesco is a passionate Shiatsu Massage Practitioner, Movement Instructor, Singing voice facilitator, Ceremonial space holder and a Carrier of the Sacred Fire.He composes his own songs which he loves sharing in a variety of ceremonial settings and festival. (see more about Francesco’s work here : www.resonancetherapies.life )
Occasionally, Francesco’s partner Katie will join these sessions to co-hold a mantra singing prayer space (together Francesco and Katie are part of of a Ceremonial Chanting Duo “The-Inner-Cheile” ( https://www.facebook.com/innercheile/ )
Katie works as a dedicated environmental educator and activist, with a background in eco-therapy, ceremonial work, shamanic training, reiki, poetry and music.
WHAT TO EXPECT AND WHAT IS WELCOME
This will be a safely held Ritual space.
As to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants, you will be asked to respect a loose format and some “guidelines” for the evening, which will be explained on the night.
Differently from any other casual or creative circle of friends around a bonfire, we will focus on re-learning to PRAY together, and we will open and close a ritual space together (so attending the whole session is strongly encouraged)
No previous experience needed except a willingness to respect each other
Bring your open heart, musical instruments (if you have songs/prayers to share or if you can play along), songs, poems, writings, words, tears, laughter, joy, grief. All is welcome.
There’s no need to share anything if you do not want to. You are welcome to come and silently bathe in the reflection of the flames, the shared songs and the warmth of the central fire.
Currently the Salisbury Centre garden can only be accessed with a few steps, and there are no disabled toilets (although one is being built at the moment). Accompanied children are welcome (Please confirm this in your booking email)
People from all walks of life are welcome attend as in diversity we thrive. This includes every ethnicity, social background, religion, gender, age or disability.
BOOKING (LIMITED to 14 MAX)
Due to the coronavirus situation these sessions will be limited to 14
people until the regulations ease so that we can ensure social distancing.
To reserve your place please email: FrancescoBenvenuti.firstname.lastname@example.org (or send a private facebook message through this event page)
!!! IMPORTANT NOTE (in case of adverse weather Conditions) !!!
On the day in case of uncertain weather, please check on the FACEBOOK Event page up to 3 hours before the evening to be aware of possible CANCELLATION/postponing.
Participants who have provided contact details will be informed.
May you wish to double-check please call 07900117836