Since 2019 we have been hosting outdoor Tai Chi with Forest Chi, the financial support through Active Devon’s Connecting Actively with Nature programme helped us get this off the ground. As the changes came along in 2020 so did the demand for outdoor well-being activities. Pretty soon we were working with other well-being groups, such as, Okehampton Community Wellbeing, Meditations in Nature and other individual instructors covering drumming workshops and sound bath meditations as well crystal healing workshops.

Drumming Circle with Rowena Hillier of The Oak Therapy Room

Drumming has a long history in ceremonies and rituals, but more recent research indicates that drumming accelerates physical healing, boosts the immune system, produces feelings of well-being, and helps release emotional trauma. Drumming also induces deep relaxation, lowers blood pressure, and reduces stress. 

At the community garden we now hold monthly, full moon drumming sessions around a small fire pit. Anyone is welcome to come along and join in, we have spare drums for people to borrow.

Storytelling with katy cawkwell of artemis

Katy offered to come along and do two shows in the community garden at the end of June. Katy was a warm reminder of the lost art of storytelling, everyone loved her show.

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