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Autumn

September 20, 2018

Autumn begins on Sunday, it feels like it has already arrived.

The Harvest Moon is on Monday. Our full moon this month feels auspicious, we’ve made our way through the majority of 2018. What a strange and complicated year it has been.

Earlier this week I was blessed with feedback in the form of a review from Linda Pottinger, who began attending my Full Moon Meditation workshops earlier this year.

“I first met John Harrigan when a friend treated me to a Full Moon meditation workshop at Hitchin Lavender in June 2018. I had never meditated before in my life. John’s guidance turned the individuals present into a community to embrace and share in this experience, made all the more pleasurable by the wonderful surrounding landscape of the lavender fields.

I have been to every Full Moon meditation since and find I learn more about myself with each session. Having been under relentless stress for some twelve years, life had become totally disjointed for me. I had lost my way, been damaging myself in ways I had yet to recognise and really didn’t know how to get my life back in balance. I felt totally broken.

I saw that John offered one-to-one tuition, which is tailored to meet the specific needs of each individual. Believing in divine providence, I knew intuitively that I needed this man’s help and thus signed up for the service.

It has proved to be a most wise decision. John is passionate about people, their story and their own place in this world. Having furnished him with some background about me, my life and the troubles I was encountering he set tasks for me. They have been personally very challenging and have required commitment, yet by following his guidance and instruction and with his continued support and encouragement I have reached a place in my life where I know that the opportunities lying ahead for me are limitless. As a writer, John used this avenue as a vehicle for me to work through my specific problems. In doing so I have banished some truly awful ghosts, re-discovered myself and come through this with a self-belief that I have never had before.

John is an inspirational presence; he has great instincts and allows you space to trust your own intuition, to have faith in yourself and grow.
I attended one of John’s creative writing workshops, mainly as a spectator. I could immediately feel how all those in the class were connected and could immediately sense John’s influence at work.

Who would have thought I could possibly stand and read a script of the darkest moment in my life to a room full of strangers at a recent literary event? I most certainly wouldn’t have without John’s persuasion and faith in me.

I personally cannot thank John enough for his work with me and for his patience and attentiveness in answering any concerns or queries, without judgement or criticism.

If you need to climb back out of the ditch and back on your true path then I suggest John is the man to help you. I am attending his Theatre of Manifestations course on 13th/14th October this year and am excited to see how this will challenge me further. From being stuck at the crossroads, clueless as to which way to turn, I now have a world of possibilities – all of them good!”  Linda Pottinger

It’s difficult to quantify how this makes me feel, the main emotion is gratitude that my path has lead me to meet people like Linda and everyone (Both past and present) who has attended my classes and workshops. I’m thankful to each and everyone of you. It has been one of the most profound experiences to share in your journey. The most exciting and empowering aspect of my work is meeting you all.

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The demands placed upon us have never been greater. How close are you to mental or physical exhaustion?
It’s a common question that we tackle over and over, throughout the course of our lives. Providing the correct level of self care is perhaps the most important task we ever face, yet we often don’t look after ourselves adequately and we’re made to feel guilty if we attempt to claim time for ourselves.

It can feel almost impossible. We don’t have the time. We don’t have the support. We don’t like ourselves and believe we’re not worthy of kindness, even from our own hands.

It’s not true.

Self care is a basic human right.

Often it’s when we’re in crisis or survival mode that we’re forced to confront the true cost of ignoring our most basic mental and physical needs.

Self care is the essence of being in survival mode. Often the body or mind takes over and shuts down, forcing us to rest, because we can’t do anything else but experience the true state of our health.

We owe it to ourselves and our loved ones, we must engage in an ongoing assessment of how we’re managing our health.

This can be done in all kinds of ways, but the most simple and effective manner is through a daily meditation practice. Meditation offers clarity and healing, aiding us to ease mental stress and clear anxieties, so we can clearly acknowledge how our actions are impacting our physical and mental health.

Over time, meditation helps us to release pain and suffering. This leads to a decrease in behaviours that impact us negatively and stop us from seeing the true picture.

It’s common for people who meditate to report that addictive behaviours diminish, as the quick fix coping strategies we once used when stressed or feeling anxious (such as eating or drinking too much) are no longer required. They’re replaced by the equilibrium that meditation offers.

Meditation offers us the space to cultivate vitality and strength. So we can fully appreciate the journey we’re on.

My next Salt Cave Meditation Workshops take place on the 3rd and 31st of August.
The restorative power of meditation combined with the healing effects of halo therapy heals body and mind. Salt Therapy aka Halotherapy, is a powerful and natural treatment of respiratory and skin conditions.

Location and setting is an important part of each Moon Meditation session, we will explore the history of salt as a purifying and healing mineral. This hour long class teaches you how to meditate, embrace positivity and reduce stress using various visualisations, exercises and meditations. The session will aid you to refocus for the month ahead and is suitable for all levels of experience.

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The July Full Moon is very special, on Friday the 27th of July there will be a total lunar eclipse which will cause the Moon to appear Red in colour.

Join us and experience a unique and powerful meditation workshop under the spectacular Blood Moon.

Prepare your mind, will and intent for all that 2018 will offer in an energising meditation workshop under the full moon. We will explore how the full moon can be utilised to initiate powerful change. This workshop will enable you to relax, de-stress, embrace positivity and focus your will and intent for the coming month.

Over half the places have been taken for our Blood Moon Workshop, so please book soon if you’d like to join us.

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Join me tomorrow at Hitchin Lavender for my weekly meditation class. The lavender is almost in full bloom.

Find peace and clarity in the beautiful surroundings of the Lavender Fields. This hour long class will teach you how to meditate, aid you to relax, embrace positivity and banish anxiety and stress. This class is suitable for all levels of experience.

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Have a wonderful month and take care of yourself. You’re more important than you realise.

John

We’ve arrived at the end of the first third of the year. If you’ve had anything like the journey I’ve had, it’s been quite the ride. Rewarding, intense and often challenging.

The task of maintaining focus on what you hope to achieve across the whole of a year is difficult. Time moves at an ever increasing rate, further demands are placed on our lives and relationships.

We lose the thread, the map becomes torn, the way is shrouded in fog.

Patience is a virtue when we can find ourselves lost. Self care, kindness and a refocus on our own needs is vital. Respect for our own existence is a skill that needs to be maintained and practiced in a culture that only focuses on the surface layers of experience.

Meditation and creativity enable us to refocus on what exists within our subconscious. They offer tools to release the trauma and pain we have experienced on our life journey, aiding us to slowly and calmly find our way once again.

This is traditionally a time when we plant seeds, a period where we cultivate and nurture, so we might reap and harvest later in the year. Now is the moment to contemplate how we wish to proceed into the next stage of 2018.

Over the coming weekend, I have three workshops that each offer a different space and perspective for reflection.

On Friday I’m teaching the Salt Cave Meditation Workshop at Twinwoods in Bedford. This workshop combines the healing and restorative power of Meditation with Salt Therapy aka Halotherapy a powerful, natural treatment of respiratory and skin conditions. This workshop focuses on body and mind. 

On Saturday I return to Hitchin Lavender for my weekly 9am morning meditation class. The landscape at Hitchin Lavender Farm is changing as spring takes hold. New life is everywhere. After a busy week, this group meditation class is a way for you to begin the weekend with positivity, peace and tranquility.

The end of the first third of 2018 is marked by a Full Moon. This Sunday 29th April at 7pm I will be facilitating the Full Moon Meditation Workshop at Hitchin Lavender. This meditation workshop utilises the light of the full Moon to illuminate the next stage of 2018. We’re almost fully booked, six places are left.

Chapter One

On the 7th May my Chapter One creative writing workshop takes place at Hitchin Lavender.

The Chapter One monthly creative writing workshop launched last year at David’s Bookshop to great success. This year, the Chapter One creative writing workshops return at our new home Hitchin Lavender Farm. Writers thrive when they have the opportunity to share their experiences, have exposure to different styles and genres and gain access to support from peers and professional writers who offer quality constructive and non judgemental feedback.

This aim of this workshop is to empower, motivate and teach you new skills and tools that you can use in your writing to attain a greater sense of achievement and wellbeing in your creative practice.

Theatre of Manifestation

On the 8th of May I begin teaching the ‘Theatre of Manifestation’ course at the Clophill Centre. This series of workshops teaches the foundations of Theatre of Manifestation. A working practice of ritual art developed over the last twenty eight years with my work as a founder at FoolishPeople.org. Theatre of Manifestation has its roots in shamanism, storytelling and ritual art and enables you to gain control over all aspects of your life story.

Over four weeks, you will be taught techniques that will enable you to overcome fear, address emotional blocks and effectively control stress so you are ultimately free to explore your own path and journey in life.

This aim of this month long course is to initiate and unlock the truth of your own path in life, via a powerful four week ritual, that will empower, teach you new skills and tools that you can use in everyday life to attain a greater sense of wellbeing, happiness and peace.

You can find my timetable of classes and workshops and booking details at JohnHarrigan.net

If you’re a previous participant of my classes/workshops and would like further guidance or support, please drop me a line.

Take care of yourself.

Happy Spring Equinox

March 20, 2018

This is the day of year when darkness recedes and gives way to light. Spring has returned.

I’m very pleased to share the news that I will be returning to Hitchin Lavender for my Saturday Morning Meditation classes each week, commencing on the 14th of April from 9am – 10am. The response to the return of this class has been overwhelming, the first week has almost sold out.

In March and April I’m at the Salt Cave in Bedford, every second Friday from 7pm – 8pm for my very popular Salt Cave Meditation Workshop.

On the 31st of March on the Sap/Blue Moon, we have our first spring full moon meditation workshop at Hitchin Lavender. Last month was very cold, but as many of you know, a large part of our work is connecting to the healing nature of the landscape at Hitchin Lavender and it felt right to be there during the snow. It was breathtaking.

On April the 9th at 7pm ‘Chapter One’ a six month creative writing course, begins for the 2018 season. Chapter One launched last year to great success at David’s Bookshop and this year we will be at Hitchin Lavender. What’s even more exciting is that Chapter One is part of a series of literary events that I will be co-hosting over the summer in 2018 with Hitchin Lavender. If you’ve ever wanted to write creatively or would like to take your work further, please do join us in April.

In May I will be facilitating a ‘Theatre of Manifestation’ course over four weeks at the wonderful Clophill Centre.

I’m very excited about this course and if any of you have the desire to explore shamanism and connect with the power of ritual and nature, then this is the course for you. This workshop will aid you to find the truth of your story in a safe, supportive and creative space. You can book a place by contacting the Clophil Centre on 01525 862278 or by contacting me.

I have a number of private clients who prefer to meet me for one to one meditation classes and guidance. Each session is based on the specific needs of the client, and each year I only take on a maximum of five clients. I have just had an opening, so if you’re interested in booking a one to one class, please do drop me a line.

Thank you to those of you who have already booked places on my workshops and classes this year. I’m looking forward to seeing you soon and continuing our journey together.

John Harrigan
20th March 2018

 

How are you?

Did you have a good holiday period?

One of the most interesting aspects of each New Year, is the manner in which we’re offered the opportunity to refocus and begin again. We can often feel overwhelmed after the holiday season, I know I did.

January is a new start. There are many positives, but it can (sometimes) feel like there are negatives too.

Many demands are placed upon us and our time in January. We’re pressured to become fit and super healthy within the first few weeks of the year. Quick fixes are everywhere, new mindfulness apps or the latest in diet or exercise regimes.  It’s no wonder we expect miracles to occur.

Real and authentic change takes time and steadfast commitment, not just to yourself, but the world and story you exist within. We begin by learning to be kind to ourselves. A foundation must exist if we are to find peace, tranquility and the power of lasting transformation.

If you’ve attended my classes or workshops, you know how important it is for me to assist others to make this transformation. We find happiness and peace when we have the bravery to manifest our truth. Witnessing this happen is an incredible experience to behold.

Weekly Moon Meditation classes at Hitchin Town Hall continue every Thursday in January at the earlier time of 7pm. The aim of each class is to use group meditation to increase peace and reduce anxiety and stress, helping participants to foster a deeper connection with their intuition.


I’m also facilitating classes every two weeks at the Salt Cave in Bedford on Friday evenings and Saturday Mornings. This is a powerful space and Halotherapy offers many benefits to your health. It’s especially useful to meditate in the Salt Cave at this time of year, when so many people are suffering from colds and viruses. They’re on different dates each month, so make sure you check the timetable and book your space in advance.

On the 31st of January there is an auspicious Royal Blue Blood Supermoon. I will be facilitating a very special Full Moon Meditation workshop to mark this rare occasion, at Hitchin Lavender, where we will work with ritual to engage the revitalising and focusing power of this powerful Super Moon.

I hope to see you before the end of January. Please feel free to email or call if you have any questions about Moon Meditation and your daily meditation practice.

Agape

John Harrigan