November 2023 🍂 Warmest Greetings 🍂  “In November, the earth is growing quiet. It is making its bed, a winter bed for flowers and small creatures. The bed is white and silent, and much life can hide beneath its blankets.”
Cynthia Rylant
I too am very likely to be found under a blanket in November!
Slowly we move from Autumn into the darker days of Winter, in the UK our clocks will be put back, nights are drawing in, arriving at Samhain known also as November Eve.  Samhain is observed from sunset on October 31st to sunset on November 1st. It is the celebration that is the origin of Halloween.

Nature is turning inwards, bare trees stand empty of leaves, saving their energy, but under the ground their roots continue to grow, retaining nutrients in order to survive the winter ahead.November – A time to pause, tune inwards and rest in darkness, deepen your roots, before the welcomed return of the light at Winter Solstice in December.October regularly monthly sessions, three opportunities to collaborate, sharing passions, creating beautiful offerings and building a sense of community with Lisa & Marc at Deer Wood, Georgina Gentle Yoga and Emma known as the Pilates Lady, with super feedback all to be repeated. Plus some stunning Retreat bookings, thank you Yoga Field & Sea & Simply Soulful Yoga, an honour and joy to share Sound Journey’s for you. 

The increase of booking from children’s settings, sewing mindful meditation seeds, at Malborough PreSchool, Aveton Gifford Primary for their Spiritual Day and the joy of following The Wheel of the Year with Sound Meditation for a Home Ed Group. 

 I love this Thich Nhat Hanh quote – “Please do not think we must be solemn in order to meditate. In fact, to meditate well, we have to smile a lot.” Which is rather wonderful as these sessions smiles and children’s enthusiasm were boundless.

One more session to bring October to a close
Friday 27th 7-8pm Sounds by the Sea
Thrilled to be returning, to offer my monthly sound journey / gong bath for relaxation, at the beautiful yoga studio, by the sea. £15 Booking essential
Just 3 spaces now available Thank you to all who have connected, joined sessions in October,  pressing pause on busyness to Journey inwards to a place of rest, soft stillness and hopefully inner peace.Wednesday 1st Nov 10am -12 Deer Wood Loddiswell
 Sounds in the Woods 
This was the most celebrated festival by our ancestors, marking the Celtic New Year a time to honour our ancestors, our loved ones and our selves.  The woods are showing us their beauty as the leaves cover the floor, trees becoming bare. A time to pause, tune inwards and rest in darkness , before the welcomed return of the sun at Winter Solstice.
Join me in the Woods for a fireside Sound Journey set in the beautiful shelter amongst the trees, followed by tea and sweet treats. £38

Friday 3rd Nov  7- 8pm Plymouth Wellbeing Centre  Start the month relaxed.  
Looking forward to returning to offer a Sound Journey (First Friday monthly) come and be immersed in the beautiful sounds of the Hang Drum, Gongs, Singing Bowls and Native Flute, snuggle down, relax and journey to stillness and deep rest ~ a time just for you £15 
 Sunday 5th Nov 10-12.30 Samhain Circle & Sound collaboration with Katie, following the Wheel of the Year, combining of Women’s Circle, Journalling, Ritual and Sound Journey, tea, sweet treats, connection and community. 
A new peaceful venue, with large area for free parking surrounded by beautiful countryside.
Carswell Farm Holbeton PL8 1HH 
Booking  £40 via Eventbrite please click link🎶 Monday Monday 🎶
Start the week relaxed!
Monday 6th Nov 1- 2pm​ Kingsbridge
Lunchtime Lie Down
 – Harbour House. 
(First Monday Monthly)
An invitation to connect with deep stillness and simply be, using different world instruments known for their frequency and vibrational qualities to lead you on a sound journey to a place of relaxation.  £12/£15Monday 6th Nov  Modbury Therapy Centre
Two sessions
5.30 – 6.30pm Spaces available

7-8pm – NOW FULL thank you 
(First Monday Monthly)
Sound Journey / Gong Bath to connect to Stillness at Modbury Therapy Centres beautiful Yoga Barn. The perfect way to relax, unwind, let go of any stress or tension and connect to body, mind and spirit. Journey with sounds to a place of deep relaxation and rest. £15Sunday 12th Nov 10am – 11am Soothing Sunday Sounds at beautiful Dartmoor Reach Alpaca Farm.  A time to press pause, to snuggle down under blankets and journey with sounds to stillness.  Stay for a cuppa after and who knows an Alpaca may wander over to say hello! £15
Future Dates at Dartmoor Reach 
3rd December – Soothing Sunday Sounds

Friday 22nd Dec Festive Special Yin & Sounds with Natalie (Love Yoga Tree) and owner of beautiful Dartmoor Reach.

Sunday 12th Nov  3-5pm Sounds in the Woods  Come and experience an outdoor Sound Journey Meditation in the most beautiful setting Deer Wood, Loddiswell Come and settle by the fire, in the beautiful shelter, amongst the trees, safely held by the Earth, ready to be immersed in the sounds of Gong, Hang Drum, Crystal & Tibetan Singing Bowls and Native Flute, gently allowing the sound vibrations to relax, release and restore, ending with silence as we lay to absorb the nurturing energy and witness the beauty of nature in these serene surroundings.
2 hr sessions to relax, unwind and connect with nature. Followed  by Tea & Sweet treat before making our way back through the woods. £38
Future dates ~ Fireside Sounds in the Woods 
Wednesday 20th December Winter Solstice in the Woods 10am – 12 

Wednesday 15th Nov back at Deer Woods for our second 
Raising Energies through Voice & Drum with Lisa, Marc & Helen, an informal gathering by the fire. It is an opportunity to come together in community in this beautiful natural environment.
COST – A donation is gratefully received. (All proceeds go towards the conservation & social outreach programmes at Deer Wood.)
Booking for this via Lisa:[email protected]Wednesday 22nd Nov 6.30-7.30pm
Little Dartmouth justbpilates Studio 

Thrilled to be bring Sound Journey Meditation to Justine’s beautiful new studio, set in the most stunning location, just outside Dartmouth.  
Join me by the log burner to Journey gently with Sounds to a place of stillness and rest. 
Booking via Justine  You’ll need to scroll down to 22nd November.

Friday 24th Nov 7-8pm  – Sounds by the Sea
Start Bay Studio, Torcross.  Last Friday Monthly Sound Journey / Gong Bath for relaxation, connecting to our breath and letting thoughts, like waves, come and go, immersed in sounds at the beautiful yoga studio, by the sea. £15 

Monday 27th Nov 7-8.30pm
Modbury Therapy Centre – Attic Room
You, Me, Books & Tea​
 – Moment Meditation Book Circle : A Journey of Self-Discovery Exploring books providing valuable life lessons for mindfulness, happiness and reflection. Falling on the Full Moon, what books, poems on the moon inspire you. 
(pay what you can/feel £5-£20)

November 30th – Dec 4th Healthy Minds Haven Retreat with Sally Potter and Dartmoor Larder looking forward to sharing Sound Journey Meditation at this super nourishing retreat for further details contact Sally  Sound Meditation JournalThe beauty of journaling is that there’s no right or wrong way to do it. It’s a deeply personal practice that can have many benefits.Many regulars say they journal about their Sound Journey experiences, I certainly do. Chatting to my son, a while ago, recently he presented me with my own Sound Meditation Journal, he so kindly created and now is available to buy on Amazon, I do have some copies available I can bring to sessions £5If you would like to join a session but are experiencing financial difficulties please do get in touch. I am happy to offer reduced rates for my solo sessions, for those who need it.  

Please note
I strive to be as inclusive as possible however, gong baths are not advised for- first trimester of pregnancy – epilepsy -pacemaker.
By attending events you are confirming that you are fit, well and take full responsibility for your health and wellbeing, during and post event.Just wanted to add, as I was recently asked, apart from Circle & Sound collaborations with Katie, all other sessions are open to all genders, plus there has been a number of requests from teenagers to attend with their adults and are most welcome.

SO Much gratitude to everyone who join sessions, collaborations and private bookings in October.
To honour everyone who attends and to give something back to our beautiful earth, I started to plant trees, through  
So thrilled that my ‘SoundForest’ is growing, 217 trees added this October – a total of 3289 trees now planted x Thank you x. 
From Ecologi – Together we are stronger, that’s why we believe in collective action – Share this special link with your friends and if they sign up, you’ll both receive 30sparkly trees! time of the year gets busy!
December Specials  ~ Dates for Diary’s 
The Winter Solstice is a beautiful celebration marking the return of the light, in the darker days of the year. A time to reflect on your own light and life, to celebrate you and gift yourself rest, relaxation and nourishment in the busyness of December and the run up to Christmas.Sunday 10th Winter Wellness Day Retreat with Chloe Wild Earth Yoga, Kingsbridge, last years was such a beautiful nourishing day, with some wonderful workshops, delicious vegan lunch and loveliness.

Wednesday 13th 7-8.15pm Zest Yoga & Sound Looking forward to joining Kirsty atThe Flavel Art Centre Dartmouth for a festive relaxing session,  booking via 

Thursday 14th 7-8pm Heartfulness Festive Yoga & Sounds Join Georgina & I for our regular relaxation session with some extra sparkle.  Sherford Village Hall, Kingsbridge Sunday 17th 10am-12.30pm Winter Solstice Circle & Sound with Katie, we are so looking forward to returning to delightful Angel Hall, Totnes for a morning of meditation, women’s circle, energy talk, journaling and Sound Journey. Those of you who follow the Wheel of the Year with us know how beautiful this venue and Solstice celebration is.Sunday 17th A Special Sound Experience  
with the Hang, Hand Pans & Gongs collaboration with the wonderfully talented Olivia The Yoki Tree 
Dartington Village Hall 5pm-6.30pm 
booking via link 
(scroll to Dec 17th to book) Wednesday 20th 10am -12 Fireside Sounds in the Woods at Deer Wood Loddiswell, to celebrate the Solstice, connecting to nature and oneself as we welcome the return of the light, by the fire, in the shelter amongst the trees.Friday 22nd 4pm Festive Yin & Soothing Sounds  Natalie -Love Yoga Tree, will guide you gently and slowly into nourishing yin postures, accompanied by a restorative healing sound bath. Snuggle down by the log burner twinkling lights, candles and scents for total relaxation at Dartmoor Reach Alpaca Farm, followed by refreshments. A perfect start to the Weekend, to book your space, contact
[email protected]May the sun bring you new energy by day, may the moon softly restore you by night, may the rain wash away your worries, may the breeze blow new strength into your being, may you walk gently through the world and know it’s beauty all the days of your lifeAPACHE BLESSING 

Hope you find time to rest, reflect and nourish yourself this November. 
Warmest Wishes 
💕 Helen 

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