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The Story

April 14, 2020

Last week I launched ‘The Story’ a new weekly publication on substack. 

Over the coming year I will be exploring the human story via the prism of spirituality, storytelling and the sacred nature of art. 

My aim is to offer a space to contemplate the challenges and opportunities of our age. 

For £5 a month you will receive a minimum of two letters a month and opportunities to take part in group work. You can take out a year subscription for the reduced cost of £50. 

I’m excited to experience this new endeavour with you.

We are human…

January 10, 2020

I want to take a moment, on this the first full moon of the decade to thank you all, I’m blessed to have each of you in my life. I’m blessed to be able to teach meditation and ritual to a vibrant group of beautiful and unique individuals and be of service to my community.

Last year was intense and at times a major struggle. Releasing a feature film independently while shooting and editing another feature and running my classes and workshops was overwhelming. Time is always mygreatest challenge. I have a young family and no family close by to help with childcare. 

It’s vital I share truthfully, that I also have challenges as you all do. I don’t want anyone to think I have all of the answers. I might have one or two, but I reject the notion of gurus. We need teachers who are honest about the fact that we each hold part of the puzzle. We are all miracles. No one is perfect or infallible.

This year I’ve challenged myself to be even more accessible. I’ll share weekly videos, recorded before or after my classes. I want to complete work on a book that’s very close to my heart. I’m going to share more thoughts and impressions on the crisis humanity faces. Practically I want to role up my sleeves and be of use for whatever time I have left on planet earth.

We are human. We grow. We learn. We live. We die. We hopefully aspire to leave the world a slightly better place.

The first two Ritual Art Workshops of the new decade take place on the 19th of January in Hitchin and on the 2nd of February in Bristol. 

Below are testimonials from participants. They speak eloquently about the work and the results.

I first encountered John Harrigan during an immersive screening of his film Strange Factories. I was transported to another world and the piece blew my mind and opened my heart. I intuitively knew that what I had experienced was more than a viewing of a film and that I had been a part of this and my story had been changed. This Art was theatre of manifestation, it had a strong intention behind it and was thus magic. When I found an opportunity to participate in a ritual art workshop, I immediately felt compelled to participate. I was very ill at the time, had no money and had to travel. I was very anxious and felt like I had no business being there but something other pushed me to attend. 

It was one of the best things I have ever done for myself. I got to connect with people in ways I never thought were possible. I have seen that I was trapped in a story and found the tools and power to actively change the direction of the story of life. I tapped into something other than me, the numinous, the mystery, the unknown and found that this was the source of my strength. Since that first workshop 7 years ago , my life has changed significantly. It is unrecognisable and have found the power and strength to create the life I desire. I have met challenges with integrity and a resilience I didn’t know was possible. I have been in awe of beauty I didn’t know existed. My heart has been opened. 

I have participated in four ritual art workshops since and one of the different aspects of this work to other practices I’ve experienced, is that the workshop takes root. I leave changed and because of the authenticity of the work, it takes a life of its own.

I would recommend this work to anyone who wants to recreate their life and the story they have about themselves. I have a depth of gratitude to John Harrigan and FoolishPeople, that the only way I know how to repay, is to pass it on.

Damien Moran

It has taken almost 2 weeks to fully process the incredible experience of taking part in the Ritual Art Workshop, and it is something that I will remember for the rest of my days. I’ve been lucky enough to have some truly memorable moments through shamanism and other spiritual practices, but nothing on this scale. John is one of the most engaging, passionate and humble people I have ever met and it felt at times like our group coming together was something beyond the synchronistic. 

We deconstructed ourselves, releasing all of the pretence and mirage that sometimes makes life feel like a badly written soap opera. And then we healed, allowing our true selves to finally find a voice. Mine has been stifled for way too long and I’d almost forgotten what it sounded like. A big thank you to John and everyone that took part in our journey that day. If you’re reading this, and you can make it to the next one, keep listening to that part of you that craves the unconventional”

Richard White

I went to John Harrigan’s ritual art workshop with no expectations. I met the most amazing individuals…my voice finally came alive through a song, ‘You are my sunshine’. This song summed up how I felt about my daughter, my mother and being an artist. After the outburst I cried even more because for the first time in my life I felt ‘LIGHT and FREE. I never in a million years thought I would be brave enough to be completely free, but I did that in front of complete strangers. Sunday was by far the best day of my life apart from the birth of my daughter. I now feel anything is possible and I’m ready to begin my new journey. I can’t thank everyone enough for such a life changing experience. You have all changed my life to the better.

Kerry-Ann Waison

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. 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 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.

Linda Pottinger

I feel like I have been through several life times since this journey began. I have only today realised the releasing, healing, and power of this process. Only today am I on the other side understanding what I have cleared and what amazing new creativity has been unleashed. Only today am I lifted from the fog of a dream that felt so real. Today I am saying goodbye to the knot in my stomach that has been tied so tightly since the age of 5. Today I say goodbye to these old emotions that no longer serve me. Today I step back into my power and live the life of my design and not the life that I thought was mine. 

John words cannot express how much this journey has changed my life, so subtly yet so forcefully. Today I am brave, courageous and on the other side of this particular hero journey. Thank you

Kama J Frankling

I was invited to The Ritual Art Workshop by a friend who thought it would be beneficial, but had told me very little about what I was about to experience. My decision to go along and fully immerse myself was one of the best I have made. It was a challenging day emotionally, but the space that John (and the other participants) created made me want to open both heart and mind. I felt changes in myself immediately, and this has continued, sometimes in small and subtle ways, at other times raw and powerful. I feel for the first time in years I have a real connection with me and my story and I am excited for what this brings for the future.

Sarah Lindsey

Those of you who know me well will already be aware of the changes in me since I took part in the first Ritual Art Workshop in June and a subsequent one in July of this year, but I think the difference must be apparent to even those of you who don’t know all of the details.

John Harrigan gave me the tools to free myself when I didn’t even know I was imprisoned, and in doing so has helped me find my way to where I should have been all along. I have so much love for this man and his work.

Karen Mosley


As above, so below.
Weekly meditation classes at Hitchin Lavender will resume in six to eight weeks time. I’m back for the Full Snow Moon on the 9th of February.

See you soon.



I’m very excited to announce that this years first Ritual Art Workshop will take place at the beautiful Ashton Court Mansion in Bristol on the 25th of August.

Places are available to book now.

The May full moon meditation was a wondrous evening, the best part of my work is the participants, and we had lots of new faces. Both the April and May Full Moon Meditation workshops sold out.

We still have places left for the June Full Moon Meditation workshop at Hitchin Lavender.

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Hitchin Lavender.

“Personally, I think the most important benefit of meditation is that it helps participants to find their own truth and direction in life.”

You can read the rest of the interview here.