Sacred Journeys –
Wild Church and Workshops
“The real alchemy is transforming the base self into gold or into spiritual awareness. That’s really what new alchemy’s all about.”
Fred Alan Wolf
All sacred journeys – wild church and workshop events and dates are currently in revision/cancellation due to Covid 19 (Coronavirus). I will keep you updated on any revised schedules. Please contact me for any further info by email or phone.
There is a strong emphasis on the natural world in my workshops. Because now, more than ever, as we are attempting to pull our world back from climate crisis, I feel that it is vital that we revitalise our connection to the world around us with respect and awe. Spirituality and beauty are all around us – even as we walk along urban pavements – and I would love to share the wonder of this with you.
In my workshops I try to combine my interfaith ministry with my background knowledge as a qualified medical herbalist and tour guide. So, I offer short and longer workshops to offer different perspectives on encountering ‘spiritual landscapes’.
The Wandering: A journey to connect heart and soul
Saturday 23rd May – Half day
Join Kim Atherton-Dow and Jean Atherton-Dow to investigate the deeply amazing links between neural body systems and our heart’s purpose. A workshop which will appeal to those who want to know more about how our physical self truly links to our soul. A day covering everything from scientific discoveries to singing.
A Day with Herbs: Practically, Magically, Spiritually
Saturday 12th September –
A full day workshop
Immerse yourself in the world of herbs: Investigate their beauty, practical healing properties and their magical and spiritual essences. A workshop run by Rev Kim Atherton-Dow (Interfaith Minister) and Jean Atherton- Dow (Herbalist). Come and join us for a full day of encounters with the herbal world. This day will include:
local herb walk
learning how to make your own herbal preparations from scratch
learning about herbal histories and some uses in magical traditions
working with herbs to create spiritually enriching ceremonies
Dancing the Wild Herb Garden
An event for Interfaith Week 2020
Sunday 15th November 2020 3.30-7.30pm
A workshop in the beautiful surroundings of the Sanctuary within the Augustine United Church, right in the heart of the Old Town of Edinburgh. This event is facilitated by Kim Atherton-Dow & the wonderful Louise de Caux. This workshop will give participants the chance to work closely with herbs – learning about their histories, qualities and magic and encourage an opportunity to express our human relationship with these wonders of nature by connecting to their spirits through dance. Come along on this afternoon and evening of fun exploration when the Super New Moon of November hangs in the sky. No experience of absolutely anything necessary!
Location: Augustine United Church, 41-43 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EL.
On the 22nd April 2020, at 6pm to 7pm (UK time), I will be launching Wisewood Wild Church. Wild Church is an opportunity to fully engage with the ‘church of the wild’. A place to encounter and share the wisdom of the natural world, share poems, prayers, readings, guided meditations, sacred saunters and take time to breathe…and understand our reciprocal healing relationship with the wild world around us.
I have chosen to launch Wisewood on this particular day (even though it has to be digitally!), as 22nd April is the 50th anniversary of the annual Earth Day. If you wish to join us, find the Wisewood Wild Church Group page on Facebook. Once joined up to the group page, a Zoom link will be sent out to everyone who wishes to attend the Zoom on the day. If you are not on Facebook, please email me at the address on this website and I can send out Zoom links separately if necessary.
Once we are out of lockdown, regular outdoor meetings for those able to attend will be held and there will also be a continuation of regular online Zooms. So please stay tuned to all things Wisewood. Hope to see you with us on 22nd April at 6pm if you can make it.