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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.


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 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

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.