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A yoga class to celebrate the festival of Lammas

Come join us to give thanks for the abundance of the summer and the abundance in our lives with a class to celebrate Lammas (see more on Lammas below) in my parents’ garden (or in their industrial-sized greenhouse if it is raining) so that we may practice close to the earth, 6.15-7.30pm, £7 adults and £5 students/children, all welcome, please bring a mat. Directions below.

On the basis the weather is dry, then I’d be delighted if you’d like to stay on and join me at our stone circle for a 10 minute silent meditation sitting on the earth, angel cards and chatter (you may like to bring along a blanket and flask of tea/snack). 

About Lammas - At Lammas on 1 August 2016, the hot days of August are upon us, apples are beginning to ripen and our summer vegetables are being picked. Now is the time to begin reaping what we have sown, and gathering up the first harvests of grain, wheat, oats and more. This day can be celebrated as a way to celebrate the harvest.

In early Ireland, it was a bad idea to harvest your grain any time before Lammas – it meant that the previous year’s harvest had run out early, and that was a serious failing in agricultural communities. However, the first sheaves of grain were cut by the farmer, and by nightfall his wife had made the first loaves of bread of the season.

These days, it's often easy to forget the trials and tribulations our ancestors had to endure. For us, if we need a loaf of bread we simply drive to a shop and buy a few bags of pre-packaged bread. If we run out, it's no big deal, we just go and get more. When our ancestors lived, the harvesting and processing of grain was crucial. If crops were left in the fields too long, or the bread not baked in time, families could starve. Taking care of one's crops meant the difference between life and death.

By celebrating Lammas as a harvest festival we honour our ancestors and the hard work they must have had to do in order to survive. This is a good time to give thanks for the abundance we have in our lives, and to be grateful for the food on our tables. Lammas is a time of transformation, of rebirth and new beginnings.

Directions - Turn inland opposite Vazon slipway onto Le Gele Road. At the T-junction take the first turning on your right onto La Mare Road. Drive past Elim Pentecostal Church on your right, and you will then notice the pavement ending. The road then sweeps to the left and on that sweeping left bend you will see a granite cottage with a green door and immediately after then is a track with a sign reading “La Niche Vinery”, this is us! Please drive up here and follow up to the house or park on the grass in front of the greenhouse.