Creative Practices for Spring Renewal – Guest Post by Artist and Yogi Louisa Clark
SPRING IS IN MANY WAYS THE MOST CREATIVE TIME IN NATURE. IT IS WHEN COLOUR RETURNS THROUGH GREEN BUDS ON TREES AND THE FIRST FLOWERS BLOOMING, WHEN MANY ANIMALS TAKE A FRESH BREATH AFTER HIBERNATION AND SURVIVING THE WINTER TO MAKE NEW LIFE, AND WHEN THE INCREASED SUNSHINE WARMS US ALL AND ENCOURAGES SPRING CLEANING ON ALL LEVELS – SHEDDING THE OLD TO MAKE WAY FOR THE NEW.
Many cultures practice rituals and hold festivals to celebrate this transformative season, focusing on fertility, the fire element, and gratitude for warmer weather to grow food and for easier living. May Day, or Beltane, is the Pagan spring festival, honouring Life and marking the peak of spring and the beginning of summer. The creation of foods to share and crafts, such as the May Pole, weaving ribbons and making flower crowns are central practices of this season.
On the 29th and 30th of April, Alice and I will be sharing seasonal creative practices as part of our Women’s Wellbeing Retreat at Monkton Wyld Court near Bridport, Dorset. As a circle of women, we will revel and rest in our feminine creative essence, taking inspiration from these beautiful crafts and creating our own natural flower crowns or wreaths, as well as supporting bringing our inner dreams into being through tying ribbons onto a tree outside and honouring our wishes and hopes. Here, we can marry our creativity with nature, where magic can really happen! We will create, meditate, move, restore and most of all have fun sharing in this celebration of the feminine!
Our weekend also offers nourishing yoga sessions, energising movement meditations, delicious vegetarian food and comfortable accommodation in a beautiful country house near the Jurassic coast in Dorset. To find out more, visit the event page here. Alternatively, connect with us on Facebook or call myself on 07870 596608 or Alice on 07398 665212. Booking is essential as spaces are limited to ensure a sacred and nurturing circle for our time together.
Louisa ‘Luna’ Clark is an arts educator, workshop facilitator, and yoga teacher based in Dorset. Working in community arts and natural healing for the past 15 years, she aims to help increase wellbeing and connection through creativity. Louisa is also passionate about the healing power of nature, inspiring studies in Herbalism & indigenous cultures. She is the co-creator of ‘Wild Soul’ and ‘Wild Kids’, which offer nature retreats and events for adults and children, see details at www.facebook.com/wildsouluk /www.louisaclarkartsed.co.uk