The Glastonbury Goddess Temple Madrons, Melissas and Friends Day - 21 Feb 2016

The 2016 Glastonbury Goddess Temple Madrons, Melissas and Friends Day was held in the Goddess Hall on Sunday 21 February. A group of around 40 people assembled for the day of talks and activities. Please see below for a full report, including a montage plus text and a few photos from each session.

Montage of the day

Anna-Saqqara Price

The 2016 Madron, Melissas and Friends Day was held on Sunday 21 February in the Glastonbury Goddess Hall. Anna-Saqqara was the host this year and she welcomed everyone and immediately asked for volunteers to call in. Anna-Saqqara grounded and centred us and then the full Wheel of Britannia was opened. Lorraine was in pop-up poetry mode on this day. She did her first poem while the room was being set up for the first talk - the Rehab poem.

Anna-Saqqara welcomes everyone

Lorraine reads her first poem

Jana de Madrid

The first talk came from Jana de Madrid and was entitled “Iberia, a Garden of Goddesses”. Jana showed a picture of the district and confirmed that it was a mostly Catholic land. She had originally found Britannia’s Wheel but realised her Goddesses were not present. She discovered her own Goddesses by visiting museums and researching their names in books. She told a story of how a book fell on her head and was found to be open at a page about Goddesses. Jana took us through the Wheel of Iberia, with Carmen distributing the appropriate foods at each stage. The Crone Ataecina is in the North West and was represented here by a nut. Mari is in the North, living in a cave, standing for Justice and represented here by the pine nut. Lara is in the North East, Goddess of the New Moon and represented by the almond. Jana noted that there are 13 Maiden Goddesses in total in this part of the wheel. Argia is in the East, with her Flower of Protection and represented here by blackthorn juice. Epona is in the South East, represented here by the fig, although Jana noted a lack of current imagery for the Lover Goddess. In the South the Water Goddess is Noctiluca, represented here by the hazelnut. The Mother Metragirta in the South West was represented by the olive. Earth and the West is Anu Lur and was represented by grapes (in the form of raisins]. Iberia was shown to be in the Centre. At the end of the talk Michelle said that she had just heard from Luiza in Portugal. She was due back in Glastonbury the following week and had a conference coming up in September.

Jana talks about Goddess in Iberia

Jana talks about Goddess in Iberia

Jana talks about Goddess in Iberia

Jana talks about Goddess in Iberia

Graell Corsini

There was a quick break at this point and then Lorraine popped up again with the poem Wild Geese by Mary Oliver. Graell then came on to talk about the Ashland Goddess Temple. She spoke about the events that led her to where she is now, including the influence of her daughter. She went through the site’s facilities, including its stone circle, the apple island dedicated to Avalon, a stage, camping and glamping. She noted how it was largely deity-free and that celebrations primarily used the four elements. It is open from noon to 7pm. Regular events include a moon lodge, red tent, sweat lodge and ritual theatre. Different activities are run each night - ladies on Mondays, men on Tuesdays, sound healing on Wednesdays, special guests on Thursdays and then retreats and workshops on Friday to Sunday. There can also be spontaneous music. Attendance is normally in the age range 19-35, although the Melissas are aged up to 70. Graell works with other institutions in the area and her facility is open from Spring to Samhain.

Lorraine reads more poetry

Graell talks about the Ashland Goddess Temple

Graell talks about the Ashland Goddess Temple

Graell talks about the Ashland Goddess Temple

Becky Johansson

Lorraine appeared again as things were being packed away and this time it was for The Pheonix at the Bottom of My Wardrobe. Becky then came on to lead a drumming session. She spoke about her drumming workshops and how drumming fits into the Goddess world. Becky runs drumming events on the Tor and also in Cheshire and often finds her groups have at least one person who has never drummed before. The drumming here started with a random beat. Non-drummers were asked to close their eyes to tune in. The drumming gradually built up as more people contributed. Clapping and chanting added to the effect. Everyone was then invited to dance and the activity really raised the energy in the room.

Lorraine reads more poetry

Becks leads a drumming session

Becks leads a drumming session

Becks leads a drumming session

Becks leads a drumming session

Becks leads a drumming session

Lunch

Lorraine returned with Spiritual Chickens by Steven Dobyns and this was followed by a one hour break for lunch. Everyone brought food to share and a nice spread was soon on offer.

Lorraine reads more poetry

The central altar

Shared lunch at the Goddess Hall

Shared lunch at the Goddess Hall

Shared lunch at the Goddess Hall

Me with Miriam before the start of the afternoon session (Photo: Duncan McCauliff)

Joanne's Blueberry Boy with Sharlea

Dorothy Yates

After lunch it was time for Dorothy’s chanting workshop. The room was split into two halves and Dorothy taught them the same chant but sung in a different way. The two groups then took it in turns to walk around the room and chant as the other stayed seated. Eventually everyone was on their feet performing the chant.

Dorothy's chanting workshop

Dorothy's chanting workshop

Dorothy's chanting workshop

Dorothy's chanting workshop

Dorothy's chanting workshop

Dorothy's chanting workshop

Michelle Patten

Lorraine popped up with another couple of poems as Daniel set the room up for the next talk. These were The Orgasm Stone and The Soul Catchers. Michelle then came on to talk about how the first year of Junior Priestess training had gone. She revealed how the training had come about, saying that 14 girls come forward. Not all were from Glastonbury - the other locations included Wells and Frome. We remembered the 2015 Imbolc ceremony in the Hall, where the junior priestesses emerged from the kitchen and embodied Bridget’s animals. Michelle is a Montessori teacher and she used aspects of this education system in this priestess training. She spoke about the life of Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori and showed the principles of its approach. The main learning point was that an age range of 8-14 was too large. Michelle thinks future groups would be better in the range 6-11 and 12-16. Circle size and homework also need to be reconsidered, as does the title of the course. Michelle thinks the demand is there and she hopes the men are able to lay something on for boys in the future. Sharlea has now taken over the course as Michelle gets ready to take over the first spiral Avalon training.

Lorraine reads more poetry

Michelle talks about the Junion Priestesses

Michelle talks about the Junion Priestesses

Michelle talks about the Junion Priestesses

Anna-Saqqara Price

Lorraine returned with The Way It Is by William Stafford and also In My Heart There Is Snow. Following a short break Anna asked everyone to make themselves comfortable as she prepared to take them on a horsey journey to find the nature of their ancestors. The group’s focus was brought back to the Hall with movement and song.

Lorraine reads more poetry

Anna-Saqqara's horsey journey

Anna-Saqqara's horsey journey

Mike and Kathy Jones

Lorraine was back again with a TS Eliot work and Graell shared one of her affirmations. Mike and Kathy then came on to talk about the new Goddess House. The House is near the Abbey and the Goddess community takes it on from early March. It will be used for office space, workshops and therapies. For the first time multiple events will be able to run simultaneously from the same building. Activities such as weddings will also be able to operate on a more professional footing by having their own office. It will also allow the community to expand its work in the important art of healing. Kathy then performed the traditional gift-giving for people who do so much for the Goddess community. The event was nearing its close now and so everyone joined hands for some final words from Kathy.

Lorraine reads more poetry

Graell's affirmation

Mike points to the location of the new Goddess House

Kathy begins to give out the flowers

Melissa Mother Dawn receives her flowers

Kathy rounds off the event


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