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Anne Yarwood

No. 19 – Wake Up to A Call for Revolution

By | Wake Up

In the Dalai Lama’s most recent writing, A Call For Revolution published in 2018, he says

“I am calling on you to bring on a cultural revolution of compassion!”

“When I call on you to bring on the Revolution of Compassion, I am calling for the mother of all uprisings to begin.”

Speaking to all humans as Citizens of the Earth, he says,

“The problems facing you, whether to do with climate change, violence in general and terrorism in particular, were not created by God, Buddha or extra-terrestrials. They did not fall from the sky, or rise up from the ground. Humanity is entirely responsible for being at the root of the problems that have caused these crises. Which is good news. Because if we have created these problems, it is logical to believe we have the means to resolve them.”

On March 15th 2019, in 25 countries around the world, an uprising of people from all walks of life began taking non-violent direct action in a bid to save our planet from catastrophe. In London, Waterloo Bridge was turned into a garden, Marble Arch became a campsite and learning centre, Parliament Square an information centre, Oxford Circus a speaker’s platform, Piccadilly Circus a youth centre. Songs from the soul, rhymes of reason, music of love and hope, theatre of passionate pleas were played out through the streets of our capital city.

This rebellion was a culmination of many years of the peaceful work of many individuals and small groups of citizens of this earth, who wish to see her beauty and nature thrive for future generations.

We do not all wish to be rebels, activists or protesters. There are many ways to quietly join with those of like-mind and create change……..

https://britishpilgrimage.org

https://wisdomkeepers.earth

http://lawyersfornature.com

https://shaktisings.org

https://SOULand.org

www.earthlawcantre.org

www.glenniekindred.co.uk

June 2019

 

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The Fellowship of the Spring

By | Blogs

Since time immemorial, people worldwide, including those from our own native wisdom traditions, have held water to be sacrosanct. Humans have long held pilgrimages to sources of streams, doused themselves in holy lakes, made offerings on riverbanks and shores of oceans.

These were not wanton acts of blind worship but reverence to a deeply-known recognition of humanity’s dependence on water and a keenly-felt gratitude for nature’s benevolence. Until quite recently these habits have been forgotten and almost lost.

By resuming these rites, we can start to re-kindle a sense of intimacy with the natural world and an appreciation of the interconnectedness of all life. By deeply caring for and paying attention to our waterways, we grow motivated to defend and protect their right to flow, unimpeded by pollution.

“The way we see our world shapes the way we treat it….if a river is one of the veins of the land, not potential irrigation water…if the planet is our mother, not an opportunity – then we will treat each other with greater respect.”

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IRAQ AND IRAN

By | Gallery / Archive

 IRAQ AND IRAN  

 

Our Gallery displays paintings and photos suggested from our Story contributors:-

IRAQ – Ban Hikmat, Retired Community Dentist

IRAN – Ziba Zarei, Post Mistress, local community shop

IRAQ – Zainab Khan, Events Coordinator, RISC Development Education Centre, Reading

 

Together with a selection of images of wonderful Iranian and Iraqi architecture and art.

 

Other interesting links :-

Jiddoo Mohammad Salih Zaki – Zainab Hikmat, Exhibition in Melbourne, Australia November 2018  – HERE

British Museum Blog ‘Sparking the imagination: the rediscovery of Assyria’s great lost city’ – HERE

Modern and Contemporary Iraqi and Iranian Artists – more information on artists displayed in the Gallery – HERE

 

May 2019

The Iraqi Nights

By | Blogs

In Iraq,
after a thousand and one nights,
someone will talk to someone else.
Markets will open
for regular customers.
Small feet will tickle
the giant feet of the Tigris.
Gulls will spread their wings
and no one will fire at them.
Women will walk the streets
without looking back in fear.
Men will give their real names
without putting their lives at risk.
Children will go to school
and come home again.
Chickens in the villages
won’t peck at human flesh
on the grass.
Disputes will take place
without any explosives.
A cloud will pass over cars
heading to work as usual.
A hand will wave
to someone leaving
or returning.
The sunrise will be the same
for those who wake
and those who never will.
And every moment
something ordinary
will happen
under the sun.

Dunya Mikhail (born 1965 in Baghdad, Iraq) is an Iraqi-American poet based in the United States. In 2001, she was awarded the United Nations Human Rights Award for Freedom of Writing.[HERE)

 

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No. 18 – Wake Up to Iraq and Iran

By | Wake Up
  • Oil reserves in the world 2017 – Iran 4th largest 157.8 billion barrels; Iraq 5th largest 144.2 billion barrels.
  • At the end of the war of invasion 2003 the US formerly ended the occupation of Iraq. Exxon Mobil, BP, Shell remain.
  • Biwater Wood Hybrid scheme for Basra, Southern Iraq includes delivery of potable water for local population and the oil industry. Funded from U.K. by JP Morgan and U.K. Overseas Development investment Fund . §1.45 billion  – SEE HERE 
  • Iranian economy shrunk by 1.5% 2019 …by 3% 2020. Before President Trump extended trade sanctions, IMF predicted 4%.current growth .
  • Brain drain from Iran estimated by IMF to 91 developed & developing countries of educated individuals- 150,000 to 180,000,every year.
  • Iraqi emigres to UK include: Jim Al-Khalili,Professor Theoretic Physics, Charles and Maurice Saatchi, Alan Yentob formerly BBC, architect Zaha Hamid.

May 2019

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CALL TO THE WILD: Images that inspire Kesty Gallery

By | Gallery / Archive

OUR GALLERY PRESENTS INSPIRING WORDS AND IMAGES 

CALL TO THE WILD: Images that inspire Kesty 

 

Paintings and photos which inspire Kesty and shown in the GALLERY come from –

–  Snowdonia – where the Vision Quest took place

–  Young foxes in meadow at Sladebank Woods, the day after Kesty’s return from the mountain

–  Quantock Hills – painting by David Macfarlane 1990, Kesty’s father

–  Wolf & Moon lino cut by Kesty, Sacred Arts Camp May 2018

–  Artwork by local artist, Jaine Rose

–  Rosa Davis, sculptor – ‘ This sculpture was gifted to me by Rosa Davis. I love her, she sings of stone & moss & deep wild nature. Rosa is an inspiring local artist in Stroud who has made figures from a young child’.

–  ‘I have been inspired by Carolyn Hillyer’s writing and songs for many years.  Her book ‘Sacred House’ is a great treasure to me.’

–  Sladebank Woods – photos from the beautiful woods

–  Sleepout Event poster for the Gloucestershire Deaf Association; a fundraising sleepout on 16 March at Sladebank Woods as part of their 100th anniversary celebrations.

–  ‘Mute Appeal’ is Kesty’s journey to find a dog – Remy is her new rescue companion who inspired this poem :-

 

Dog Kills Cat

Snapped up in a chase.

Lengthy strides catch in a flash,

silent paws too slow.

 

Claw pierces dogs ear.

The cat clung on for dear life,

stolen in moments.

 

It was not gory,

just brutally quick, savage,

leaving me shaking.

 

Nature kills easy.

Instinct drives, animal quick.

We think we can tame.

 

Kesty Jakes

March 2019

No.17 – Wake Up to benefits of Forest Schools

By | Wake Up

Being outdoors has huge benefits for children, both physically and mentally, and the growing network of Forest Schools aims to tap into those benefits by educating children in the fresh air.  Forest School and nature based learning has now become very established in the UK with more than 12,00 trained leaders.

Forest School offers children and young adults:

The inspiration to be curious, fascinated, interested and inventive.

The freedom to explore different ways of ‘being’, feeling, behaving and interacting.

The opportunity to:

Experience beauty and wonder in the woodland and become ‘lost in the experience’

Gain confidence through learning new skills

Develop imagination and creativity

Meet challenges and learn to handle risk in safety

Feel relief from stress and anxiety

Develop their spirituality through a sense of awe at the natural environment.

Increase their autonomy and independence

Take responsibility for own learning and building self confidence

Stroud Forest School

Wild Roots Forest School

Forest School: 9 ways children benefit from learning and playing outside

March 2019

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Jumping Mouse

By | Blogs

In Hyemeyohsts Storm’s vision quest story of Jumping Mouse (from book Seven Arrows), the little Mouse meets Frog, who is sitting on a lily pad at the edge of the Sacred River.

This beautiful tale (SEE ELSEWHERE FOR WHOLE TALE)  points to the essential wisdom of the threshold time of the Vision Quest. Prompted by the spirits of Nature, but under our own power, we jump as high as we are able.  Ultimately it is not what we see that transforms us.  It is the act of jumping, of reaching for the Sacred Mountain shining so near yet so far, that defines us and gives direction to our life quest.  If we do not gather all our strength and jump, we will never see further than the end of our nose.  By jumping we transcend our own limitations.  We enlarge the circle of purpose.

Taken from: The Wilderness Quest by Steven Foster & Meredith Little.  A handbook for adults, UK version adapted by Jeremy Thres and Caroline Wood.

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Homes Houses Gallery (February 2019)

By | Gallery / Archive

OUR GALLERY PRESENTS INSPIRING WORDS AND IMAGES 

HOMES HOUSES

 

The Gallery shows different aspects of HOME HOUSES – inspiring in their unique way

 

– Handbuilt tree houses in forests  – HERE 

Tiny Houses – HERE

– Whiskey barrel houses, Eco village in Findhorn, Scotland –  HERE

– Experience a community-driven response to the global migration crisis  – Hyundai Commission: Tania Bruguera: 10,148,451 – Exhibition at Tate Modern  HERE

– Homes in Medellín, Colombia: reinventing the world’s most dangerous city – HERE  and  HERE            Mayor of Medellin  – HERE

– ‘Right To Buy’ your council house HERE

– Squatters – HERE

– Living in a Beirut refugee camp, Lebanon –  HERE

– Homes flooded in Kerala  – HERE

– Houses devastated in Indonesian Tsunami  – HERE

–  See the current Vincent Van Gogh @ Tate – while he was homed in Britain  HERE

 

Anne Yarwood

February 2019

Homes, Houses

By | Blogs

“Hestia: goddess of fire, the hearth”

The first – born of the Olympians; symbol of the home, around whom the newborn child would be carried before being received by the family.

Some years ago a friend Sarah and I painted, every week. Our teacher Becky helped us enter the space of PAINTING FROM MEDITATION; detaching our conscious minds from our painting…inspired by British painter Cecil Collins’ paintings of visionary subjects. Collins attacked the great spiritual betrayal of love and the workings of life by the dominance of the scientific and technical view of life. He was inspired by poet William Blake. I recall my painting of Hestia. Squat figure, enveloped in Cerulean blue cloak, cross- legged on the floor, tending a small fire on the ground before her. I feel her presence now … safe, reliable, a defender.

Ref. Cecil Collins –  HERE

William Blake video ‘Room’ –  HERE

William Blake – Khan gallery –  HERE

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