Lammas (Lughnasadh) 2011 - Avebury and Glastonbury

This page includes reports and photographs from the various events I attended during the season of Lammas/Lughnasadh in 2011. This celebration at 1 August sees the sun heading to its quarter down point, halfway between mid-summer and the autumn equinox. The land is very warm and so the days are still hot even though the sun is in decline. But the decrease in light is already noticeable at the beginning and end of each day. This is the first of three harvest festivals, a time for school and work holidays and of baking bread from the first wheat. The season started with a visit to Glastonbury on 28 July. This was the second full day of the Goddess Conference and I met up with some of my friends in that community. Later I attended the Flash Mob Meditation in Glastonbury High Street. Two days later it was a visit to Avebury and the Free and Open Gorsedd of Caer Abiri. The next day it was down to Glastonbury for the Goddess Conference procession through the town, followed by a fruit feast. The Gorsedd of Bards of Caer Abiri event was taking place in Avebury while I was in Glastonbury. There is reduced coverage this time through contributed photos. The Avebury Lammas Games also took place that afternoon at Avebury and again it is covered by contributed photos. I returned to Glastonbury the next day to collect 195L of water from the red and white springs and to attend the Lammas event at Chalice Well. A return visit to Chalice Well was made on 13 August for the full moon and a concert with Damh The Bard.
Update
15 Aug 2011: Added Goddess Conference montages 25 and 26.
17 Aug 2011: Added Goddess Conference montage 27.
24 Aug 2011: Added Goddess Conference montages 28-30.
8 Sep 2011: Added Goddess Conference montages 31-32.
16 Sep 2011: Added Goddess Conference montages 33-35.
3 Oct 2011: Added Goddess Conference montages 36-37.
10 Mar 2012: Added Goddess Conference montages 38-40.
13 Mar 2012: Added Goddess Conference montages 41-43.

Flash Mob Meditation in Glastonbury High Street (28 Jul 2011)

This event started at 18:30 outside St. John's Church and synchronised with a similar event happening in London. For once this was a Glastonbury event that started on time! Just over 20 of us sat down on the pavement to meditate as the church clock struck the half hour. We continued for 30 minutes before moving into a 10 minute sound toning session. The purpose of the event was to experience group meditation and to expose other people to the art of meditation. Everyone enjoyed themselves and no doubt the event will run again in the future. Thanks to Richard Chisnall for organising this one. A positive use of the currently much criticised 'social media'. I found out about the event the night before from a Facebook wall posting.

The Flash Mob Meditation begins (Photo: mikesey)

Matthew tunes in to the vibrations of Glastonbury High Street (Photo: mikesey)

Photo: mikesey

Photo: mikesey

Photo: mikesey

Photo: mikesey

The Free and Open Gorsedd of Caer Abiri (30 Jul 2011)

The Free and Open Gorsedd of Caer Abiri took place on Saturday 30 July. The group met at the Red Lion and then processed to the Sun Circle. Willth welcomed everyone to the event and immediately performed the Call For Peace. He then asked for each of the four quarters to be opened. Terry took East, with Gordon on South, Merlin on West and Pagan Chef on North. Willth then connected to the ancestors and the three worlds. Terry came into the centre to talk about the season and how druids used to be used as weather forecasters. Robyn y Glas performed his first song and I followed with the first performance of my Lammas poem. Linda came on next with one of her poems and Gordon followed with a talk about the Stag. Jim was back at the Free and Open Gorsedd for the first time in a couple of years and he performed his Drunken Druid song.

Willth asked everyone to link hands to perform three recitals of the Druid Vow and three tones of the Druid Mantra. Terry followed with the Druid Prayer. A healing circle was next. Terry’s staff was passed around as a talking stick and everyone had the chance to introduce themselves and nominate people for healing. Willth blessed the mead and began its circulation around the circle. The group linked hands again and performed three more tones of the Druid Mantra. Robyn y Glas came on again to perform his Silbury song and Jennie performed a new song she’d written a few days earlier. Janet read a poem that had been handed to her at the Red Lion prior to the event. Merlin and Linda then conducted the handfasting of James and Charlotte. Their hands were bound and they were offered bread and mead. They then took the Leap of Faith over a staff and were led around the quarters. Emerald took the remaining bread around the circle and Jim returned with a Waterboys song. Janet was returning to Australia and Willth and Pagan Chef give her a gift to mark her time at Avebury. Willth then began to wind the event down. He thanked the spirits that had graced the circle and asked for the quarters to be closed. The gorsedd was now over.

Montage of the complete event (Photo of Matthew by Jo Arnott)

Meeting up at the Red Lion

Entering the Sun Circle

Willth performs the Call For Peace

Gordon opens the South Quarter

Willth welcomes in the three worlds and ancestors

Terry talks about the season and weather forecasting

Robyn y Glas performs a seasonal song

Matthew performs his Lammas Solstice poem (Photo: Jo Arnott)

Linda performs one of her poems

Gordon talks about the Stag

Jim returns to the Free and Open Gorsedd

Emerald takes the talking stick

Willth blesses the mead

Robyn y Glas performs his Silbury song

Jennie performs a new song

Janet reads a poem that was handed to her at the Red Lion

Merlin and Linda conduct the handfasting of James and Charlotte

James and Charlotte take the leap of faith

Jim returns with a Waterboys song

Emerald takes the bread around the circle

Willth and Pagan Chef give Janet a gift to mark her time at Avebury

Willth begins to wind things down

Gordon closes the South Quarter

Willth declares the event over

Goddess Conference Procession and Fruit Feast (31 Jul 2011)

The Goddess Conference in Glastonbury is now in its 16th year. I joined my friends in this community on the last day of the event for the traditional procession from the Town Hall. The large group formed up inside the building and then gradually emerged on to the street. Unusually the procession turned left and headed along Magdalene Street. The theme this year had been water and events had been held at Chalice Well and the White Spring earlier in the conference. Something new was attempted this time that was still water-related. A water rhyme and Kellianna’s I Walk With The Goddess were chanted for much of the way (and back). The procession went up Fisher's Hill, Hill's Head, the Roman Way and then down into the fields. The group paused for a bit to allow everyone to catch up. It was then onwards through the fields and down to the weir at Clyce Hole. The River Brue drops sharply at this point and takes right-angled bends above and below the weir. A mill stream also comes off at this point, running parallel to the river. The group formed up around the weir and many people took the opportunity to travel down the steep slopes and into the water. Children and dogs included. Chants, songs, waving and splashing took place and the Mermaid figure was taken across the water. The traditional fruit feast took place afterwards back up in the field, before the procession reformed for the journey back to the Town Hall. Below are two videos and a selection of photos.


Processing to the River Brue (Video: mikesey)


At the River Brue, Fruit Feast and returning (Video: mikesey)

The energy begins to build at the Town Hall

The procession emerges out on to the street

The procession emerges out on to the street

The procession emerges out on to the street

The procession is now underway

Unusually the procession heads along Magdalene Street

The procession heads along Magdalene Street

The procession heads along Magdalene Street

The procession heads up Fisher's Hill

The procession now climbs Hill's Head

The procession now climbs Hill's Head

The procession heads down to the Roman Way

The procession heads down to the Roman Way

The procession leaves the Roman Way and heads down to the fields

Waiting for everyone to catch up

The Mermaid arrives

Processing through the fields

Processing through the fields

Processing through the fields

Processing through the fields

At the weir at Clyce Hole

At the weir at Clyce Hole

At the weir at Clyce Hole

At the weir at Clyce Hole (Photo: mikesey)

At the weir at Clyce Hole (Photo: mikesey)

The Mermaid gets a dip before the group leaves

Fruit Feast back in the fields

Fruit Feast back in the fields

Fruit Feast back in the fields

Goddess Conference Montages (27-31 Jul 2011)

Following the success of last year's montages, I've assembled another batch for 2011. The first two are made out of my photos and the other 35 are created out of images kindly supplied by conference attendees. They are held here for the record and additionally have been placed in an album on my Facebook profile for sharing and tagging purposes.

Montage 1 and Photos by Matthew

Montage 2 and Photos by Matthew

Montage 3 by Matthew. Photos kindly supplied by Holly RedFox Owen, Megan Oswold and mikesey

Montage 4 by Matthew. Photos kindly supplied by Holly RedFox Owen and mikesey

Montage 5 by Matthew. Photos kindly supplied by Becky Thomas, Holly RedFox Owen, mikesey, Miriam Raven, Regina Abu-Khadra Minnig and Tina Free

Montage 6 by Matthew. Photos kindly supplied by Holly RedFox Owen, Megan Oswold and mikesey

Montage 7 by Matthew. Photos kindly supplied by Elle Hull, Holly RedFox Owen, Isabel Gomes, Joanne Ashera, Miriam Raven, Susan Brigantia Hawksley and Tina Free

Montage 8 by Matthew. Photos kindly supplied by Elle Hull, Holly RedFox Owen, Isabel Gomes, Joanne Ashera, Susan Brigantia Hawksley and Tina Free

Montage 9 by Matthew. Photos kindly supplied by Holly RedFox Owen, Joanne Ashera, Luna Lou-la Belle Neale, Megan Oswold and Miriam Raven

Montage 10 by Matthew. Photos kindly supplied by Becky Thomas, Holly RedFox Owen, Isabel Gomes, Joanne Ashera, Mabel Brandenburg and Susan Brigantia Hawksley

Montage 11 by Matthew. Photos kindly supplied by Elle Hull, Holly RedFox Owen, Isabel Gomes, Joanne Ashera, Megan Oswold and Tina Free

Montage 12 by Matthew. Photos kindly supplied by Holly RedFox Owen, Isabel Gomes, Janice Moughton and Joanne Ashera

Montage 13 by Matthew. Photos kindly supplied by Holly RedFox Owen, Joanne Ashera, Luna Lou-la Belle Neale and Regina Abu-Khadra Minnig

Montage 14 by Matthew. Photos kindly supplied by Becky Thomas, Elle Hull, Joanne Ashera, Luna Lou-la Belle Neale, Regina Abu-Khadra Minnig and Tina Free

Montage 15 by Matthew. Photos kindly supplied by Holly RedFox Owen, Isabel Gomes, Janice Moughton, Luna Lou-la Belle Neale and Megan Oswold

Montage 16 by Matthew. Photos kindly supplied by Becky Thomas, Holly RedFox Owen, Isabel Gomes, Janice Moughton, Luna Lou-la Belle Neale, Mandy Thorne, Megan Oswold and Tina Free

Montage 17 by Matthew. Photos kindly supplied by Becky Thomas, Holly RedFox Owen, Isabel Gomes, Luna Lou-la Belle Neale, Mandy Thorne and Megan Oswold

Montage 18 by Matthew. Photos kindly supplied by Becky Thomas, Holly RedFox Owen, Janice Moughton, Luna Lou-la Belle Neale and Mandy Thorne

Montage 19 by Matthew. Photos kindly supplied by Becky Thomas, Holly RedFox Owen, Janice Moughton, Luna Lou-la Belle Neale, Mandy Thorne and Megan Oswold

Montage 20 by Matthew. Photos kindly supplied by Holly RedFox Owen, Isabel Gomes, Janice Moughton, Luna Lou-la Belle Neale, Mandy Thorne, Megan Oswold and Tina Free

Montage 21 by Matthew. Photos kindly supplied by Becky Thomas, Isabel Gomes, Luna Lou-la Belle Neale, Mandy Thorne, Megan Oswold and Tina Free

Montage 22 by Matthew. Photos kindly supplied by Holly RedFox Owen and the Terri Fying Dolphin

Montage 23 by Matthew. Photos kindly supplied by Holly RedFox Owen and the Terri Fying Dolphin

Montage 24 by Matthew. Photos kindly supplied by Sarah Perini, Holly RedFox Owen and Tina Free

Montage 25 by Matthew. Photos kindly supplied by Monique Vermeulen

Montage 26 by Matthew. Photos kindly supplied by Monique Vermeulen

Montage 27 by Matthew. Photos kindly supplied by Shoshana Horobin, Monique Vermeulen and mikesey

Montage 28 by Matthew. Photos kindly supplied by Katinka Soetens and Vera Faria Leal

Montage 29 by Matthew. Photos kindly supplied by Katinka Soetens and Vera Faria Leal

Montage 30 by Matthew. Photos kindly supplied by Katinka Soetens, Vera Faria Leal, Shoshana Horobin and Monique Vermeulen

Montage 31 by Matthew. Photos kindly supplied by Jacqueline Woodward-Smith

Montage 32 by Matthew. Photos kindly supplied by Jacqueline Woodward-Smith

Montage 33 by Matthew. Photos kindly supplied by Elen Lopez de Sousa

Montage 34 by Matthew. Photos kindly supplied by Elen Lopez de Sousa

Montage 35 by Matthew. Photos kindly supplied by Elen Lopez de Sousa and Jacqueline Woodward-Smith

Montage 36 by Matthew. Photos kindly supplied by Sarah-Rena Hine

Montage 37 by Matthew. Photos kindly supplied by Sarah-Rena Hine

Montage 38 by Matthew. Photos kindly supplied by Marion van Eupen

Montage 39 by Matthew. Photos kindly supplied by Marion van Eupen

Montage 40 by Matthew. Photos kindly supplied by Marion van Eupen and Irantzu Gonazpi

Montage 41 by Matthew. Photos kindly supplied by Mikesey

Montage 42 by Matthew. Photos kindly supplied by Mikesey

Montage 43 by Matthew. Photos kindly supplied by Mikesey

The Gorsedd of Bards of Caer Abiri (31 Jul 2011)

As I was busy in Glastonbury at this point, we have Dennis Wright and Jo Arnott to thank for having some photos of this event for the record.

Montage of the complete event. (Photos: Dennis Wright and Jo Arnott)

The group makes its way to the entrance stones (Photo: Dennis Wright)

The group makes its way to the entrance stones (Photo: Dennis Wright)

Morgan makes an offering to the Guardian (Photo: Dennis Wright)

Ray makes an offering to the Guardian (Photo: Dennis Wright)

Merlin makes an offering to the Guardian (Photo: Dennis Wright)

The Guardian leads the way (Photo: Dennis Wright)

Processing to the Ringstone (Photo: Dennis Wright)

Setting up the circle (Photo: Dennis Wright)

John Barleycorn (Photo: Dennis Wright)

John Barleycorn must die (Photo: Jo Arnott)

John Barleycorn is no more (Photo: Dennis Wright)

Blessing the bread and mead (Photo: Dennis Wright)

Amanda reads one of her poems (Photo: Dennis Wright)

Another poetry reading (Photo: Dennis Wright)

Jennie sings a song (Photo: Dennis Wright)

Linda performs her poem (Photo: Jo Arnott)

Ray performs his poem (Photo: Jo Arnott)

The Avebury Lammas Games (31 Jul 2011)

Thanks to Dennis Wright and Kate Arbuckle for taking these photos while I was in Glastonbury.

Montage of the complete event (All photos by Dennis Wright)

Photo: Dennis Wright

Photo: Kate Arbuckle

Photo: Kate Arbuckle

Photo: Dennis Wright

Photo: Dennis Wright

Photo: Dennis Wright

Photo: Dennis Wright

Photo: Dennis Wright

Photo: Dennis Wright

Photo: Kate Arbuckle

Photo: Dennis Wright

Photo: Dennis Wright

Photo: Dennis Wright

Photo: Dennis Wright

Photo: Dennis Wright

Photo: Dennis Wright

Photo: Dennis Wright

Photo: Dennis Wright

The new Lammas Champion (Photo: Dennis Wright)

Lammas at Chalice Well (1 Aug 2011)

A group assembled around the wellhead at Chalice Well at midday. Following the silent minute Karin Schlüter Lonegren welcomed everyone and talked about the meaning of the season. She then got everyone to links hands and join her in a short chant. A group silent meditation then took place for about 15 minutes. Once this was over Jacqueline Redmond read out a poem and I followed with a version of my Lammas poem. Other chants and texts followed, several in other languages. Once the performances were over the group re-linked hands and toned three Om sounds. Afterwards there was chat and refreshments in front of a small fire down on the main lawn. As well as the bread and Chalice Well apples that had been at the wellhead.

Montage of the complete event

Gathering around the wellhead

Gathering around the wellhead

In meditation

Linking hands to tone the Om

Conversation Cafe on the lower lawn

Lammas bread and apples from the orchard

Conversation Cafe on the lower lawn

Full Moon at Chalice Well with Damh The Bard (13 Aug 2011)

This was the final Chalice Well Full Moon Evening of the year. And it was graced with the main man himself - Damh The Bard. He played an excellent 90 minute set and had one of the biggest crowds I've seen for one of these evenings. The Vesica Pool and the waterfall in Arthur's Courtyard were illuminated on this night. And refreshments were on sale throughout the event. The dark cloudy sky hid the moon until later in the evening but at least the threatening rain came to very little.

Montage of the complete event

The moon made an appearance later in the evening


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