Trust knows no address. It is not addressed. Trust is an inner quality. If it is there, it is there. It is like you bring a light, you bring a lamp into the room. Now the light will not fall only on the table, it will fall on the chair too. And it will not fall only on the chair, it will fall on the walls too, and on the paintings hanging on the walls. It will not fall only on the walls, it will fall on the floor and on the roof too. When you bring light into the room, light simply falls on everything that is there. So is trust. It is a light. If trust is kindled in your heart, then it makes no difference… You trust nature, you trust death, you trust insecurity. In short, you simply trust.
–Osho, I say unto you, Vol 2, talk #9 (Picture from the Osho Zen Tarot Pack)
Imbolc 2017 marked a big change for Celtic Tantra Gateway workshops. It was our last workshop at Hazel Hill Wood. Hazel Hill had been an inspiring home for our work for over 15 years, and we have loved developing site-specific workshops there. But recent changes in how the Wood is run, arising from its new charity status, have meant that we can no longer teach Tantra openly there. So with great gratitude for the many years we have worked there, we have now taken our leave — leaving behind us, we hope, the imprint of some of our deepest work embedded in its earth, and still spoken of among its whispering groves.
Facing all the uncertainties of a sudden leave-taking, we chose Imbolc as the most auspicious time for our exodus. Imbolc is the time of “Brigit’s fire” –the spark in the dark that triggers the very first promise of new beginnings among the snowdrops. We have received that spark in innocence and trust, and our intention is to take our Gateway workshops to such fresh woods as this time now presents to us, and where this work is welcomed. In the words of John Milton, “Tomorrow to fresh woods and pastures new.”
Plans for the Remainder of the Gateway Workshops in 2017
In this first year of our exodus, we are exploring a variety of new venues, some outside traditional workshop spaces, and including private woods, private fields, country retreats, and a variety of regions. We ourselves shall continue to observe all of the eight Gateways this year, but not all will be in advertised locations. Do write and let us know if you would like to join us for any of the cycle that is not yet advertised in our calendar, or to help us find a suitable venue.
We have already found new dates and locations for Spring Equinox, Beltane, and Lammas, and are currently looking into locations for Summer Solstice, Samhain, Autumn Equinox and Winter Solstice.
We welcome all suggestions and offers of help in finding places in which to celebrate this year, and ensuring that the work does not die.
Do contact us if you have any thoughts to offer or help to give in adding your spark to the process of renewal.
Robert & Marta