Poised in balance of dark and light we can really appreciate our place in the universe. At this time, I would like to share Virasana, a pose used for meditation. As we practice we can pause and bring balance to our own lives.
The photo was taken at a friend’s house in Kerala, India, on a recent trip, but my daily practice was always indoors, on a firm floor. I only practice some seated postures outdoors due to the unevenness of ground generally.
- Refreshes and relaxes tired leg
- Stretches feet and ankles
- Helpful for seated meditation
- Works the shoulders and arms
- Opens the chest and rib cage
- Aids digestion
- Sit on a folded blanket or a block to lift the lower back and make the legs comfortable
- Place a folded towel behind the knees to ease any strain
- If the feet or ankles are stiff, kneel on blankets with the feet over the edge
Start kneeling up. With the fingers draw the calf muscles from the backs of the knees towards the feet.
Sit between the legs, toes pointing back and touching the floor. Knees together.
Rotate shoulders, turn the arms out and place the hands on the feet, fingers on the toes.*(*Or just rest the wrists on the knees, palms facing up.)
Lift the trunk evenly on both sides and lengthen the spine upwards.
Look straight ahead with soft eyes, breathe evenly, and take the attention inwards.
Stay for up to 5 or 10 minutes.
To finish, rest the palms on the knees for a few moments. (At this point you can also interlock the fingers and stretch arms over the head, palms up, repeating with the opposite interlock.)
Straighten the legs slowly.
All sessions are personalised to the client’s needs and aspirations.
I love this time of year as the wheel turns away from the darkness of winter into springtime, when I wake up in the morning and its light, so I don’t have to get up in the dark anymore. I look forward to changing the clocks to BST and once more enjoying those light evenings and as the warmth returns, I can take out the garden chairs from their hibernation ready to enjoy peaceful moments in my garden where I can inhale that smell of spring in the air.
All around now are the blossoms that precede the foliage on the trees displaying their pastel shades and delicate shapes, their stamens offering the dear pollinators delicious pollens and nectar. At this beautiful time, the great rite of Nature gently beckons playful participation in the early greening of spring. The pastel tones of yellow, pink and mauve of crocus, daffodil, hyacinth and narcissus releasing exquisite subtle aromas into the air around.
Ostara is here, dancing her way through the land, the streets and playgrounds that are now coming alive with the sounds of children’s play (if they only free themselves from their Nintendo’s). And with her return, we too feel as if we are coming back to life, unfurling ourselves from winter coats, hats, gloves and thick boots. How we yearn to be free of all that restriction so that we may walk unhindered and literally put spring back into our steps.
And as we loosen all the winter hibernatory coverings from bodies it’s time to think about refreshing them so that we may feel that we too are blossoming, fresh and revitalised, as we prepare ourselves for the activity of the warmer months. Skin brushing and salt scrubs are great to bring our skin back to life, exfoliating accumulated dead skin cells, opening the pores, stimulating the lymphatic system, releasing toxins and bringing glow to our skin’s tone. Salt scrubs also add oil and other added nutrients to the cleansing process. Our systems can become sluggish during the winter months so waking them up with the addition of citrus oils, such as Sweet Orange, Bergamot, Lime or Grapefruit, to the scrub brings the benefits of giving us a bit of a kickstart.
Angie Twydall is a Priestess Therapist, Healer, Yoga Teacher, Doula, and Sacred Bee Priestess with over 18 years’ healing experience. She blends together the combination of practical and grounded life skills with a magical, liminal life of living as a Priestess.
This year she is running a 9 day Teacher Training in Womb Awakening on Exmoor, working as an Certified Teacher Trainer for the Fountain of Life. Angie also teaches the Sacred Art of Priestess Healing and Sacred Bee Keeping in Glastonbury and Europe.
Anna-Saqqara Price is a Priestess of Avalon, Rhiannon and SoulStar Priestess of Isis (Esa Esa); she loves to work bringing the healing love of the Goddess through in your healing. She is a experienced Priestess, ceremonialist and healer, working for many years at the Goddess Temple Ceremonial, New moon and Embodiment healing days, and at the annual Goddess conference.
She is professionally trained in I.T.E.C Aromatherapy and Swedish Massage, a Reiki Master healer/teacher, Intuitive and Isis lotus healer. She studied counselling and expressive arts therapy. Her own healing journey through Fibromyalgia lead her to explore Soul development ,working with trance medium/Priestess Sally Pullinger and her ascended guide Chung Fu since 2009. In 2012 she qualified as a Soul Support Systems UK Facilitator with Flo Aevia Magdalena. She is currently training in equine-assisted human development and learning verbal therapy working with horses, and runs Spirit Horse events.
Ann has a long-standing fascination with Chinese medicine and its strong connection to nature and the symbiosis of body-mind-spirit. She is professionally qualified in Tui Na massage, Acupuncture and Tibetan Foot Soaks. Whether you have acute pain, chronic illness or want to maintain wellness, she is dedicated to assist you in coming back to yourself, with heaven and earth restored.
Our bodies hold electromagnetic energy that circulates along energetic pathways. Many different factors (life!) can cause these pathways to become blocked. By inserting hair-thin needles into specific points on the body, acupuncture stimulates the nervous system and connective tissue, activating the body’s natural ability to heal itself. During treatment, you commonly experience a pleasant feeling of relaxation. Acupuncture is most effective when applied as a course of treatments, and we explore the condition of your entire being during the first appointment, so we can reach beyond symptom management and address the root of any health issue.
Bee Helygen is a Priestess of Avalon and Cerridwen, an Awenydd (Inspirer), a Swynwraig (Wise Woman) and OBOD Ovate (Druidic Healer).
She is an experienced ceremonialist and celebrant, who works with groups of visitors here in Avalon and as Priestess at the annual Goddess Conference.
Chrystėle is offering Swedish Massage, Indian Head Massage, Lymphatic Drainage and Reiki. Chrystėle is a therapist, healer and Sacred Bee Priestess, who trained with Angie Twydall. She sees Bees as amazing creatures on so many levels and they inspire her work to give gentle and nurturing holistic treatments.
Sacred Sound Baths for Soul Healing
A deep immersion into harmonic resonance and healing frequencies… drift and dream to the sounds of Crystal and Tibetan bowls, Ocean Drum, Koshi Chimes and haunting voice… a sound massage for the soul.
Come and have a Goddess intuitive Oracling card reading with Estelle, where you will experience the Goddess talking to you and guiding you on your spiritual path. Come and let your soul speak to you about what it wants for you. Hear about the gifts you have and how your special combination of personality and your karmic journey could bring you happiness and fulfilment in this life time. Estelle is a Priestess of the Goddess as well as an integrative psychotherapist who is in training to become a sexologist and couple’s therapist. She offers individual and couple’s psychotherapist sessions in the lovely surroundings of the Goddess House and through facetime. She is experienced in offering healing through personalised bespoke ceremonies that are designed to mark your healing and your significant life events. People who have had Goddess intuitive Oracling card readings with Estelle in the past, report their lives and understanding of themselves have been significantly changed through what they have experienced during their readings. Please feel free to contact Estelle to discuss the ways in which she maybe able to support you in your personal journey.
My name is Iona and I am a Healer, an Aromatherapist, a Massage Therapist and a Reflexologist. I am a mother, a sister and soul friend to many. I love my work. I love working energetically with people. I love giving deep, intuitive therapies from the heart.
I am also the Wedding Planner for Sacred Weddings in the Goddess Temple and I enjoy creating Healing Events, such as: Glastonbury Pamper Nights, The Coventina Spa at the Goddess Conference, Healing Circles and Yoga Retreats.
Louise offers Sound Healing with Tibetan Singing Bowls, Therapeutic Massage, Indian Head Massage, Deep Tissue, Reiki Healing and 1:1 private yoga tuition in the Iyengar method.
Louise has more than 20 years’ experience as therapist and teacher, and is able to personalise every treatment and session to suit the client’s specific needs. She is inspired by her chosen healing paths and loves how they flow alongside each other, intersect and unite. She loves to creatively combine her therapies when appropriate to make a real difference to clients’ wellness and well being.
Sound Healing with Tibetan Bowls works on a cellular level to clear the energy channels and auric field, release mental and physical stress and treat a range of conditions. Clients can enjoy deeply relaxed and meditative states and re-harmonisation of mind and body. With bowls placed either directly on or around the body, the sound energy penetrates the physical self and works at a deep level to root out pain, anxiety and old patterns of being as the cells start to vibrate at a rejuvenated frequency.
Combined with brain wave relaxation, clients can choose therapies including mind detox (to eliminate negative thought and conditioning), aura cleansing and strengthening, hand and foot reflex zones (to treat organs linked to the reflexology points) and treatment of specific physical ailments such as hip, knee and shoulder pain, neck tension, migraine and digestive disorders. This ancient healing process is completely safe for all to enjoy as it deals with sound energy which resonates naturally with the cells of the body and the 70% water of which we are made.
Mandie is qualified in Hopi ear candling with a sinus massage, Reflexology, Indian head massage and Soul healing and is also a Reiki master-healer, a priestess of Avalon, and a priestess healer.
She also serves as a temple Melissa, a temple dresser, and as part of the temple embodiment team and on ceremonial healing days.
Mandie is also part of the Goddess House continuing development team.
I am a Priestess of Avalon and Brighid, serving Goddess and trained to be a channel for Her in many ways.
My work ‘Priestessing for You!’ is all about being in service to Goddess as well to the people who come to her to make a deeper connection with Goddess; in the land, in themselves and in relationship with others.
In this way, I wish to bring Her love and light, wisdom, healing and abundance (back) into the world and into people’s lives.
Marisa Picardo is Priestess of Rhiannon, a therapist, healer, Soul Midwife/End of life Doula and celebrant. She walks Rhiannon’s path of love. She is a Temple Melissa and Temple Drummer and holds Sacred Sound Baths and Song Circles. She regularly Priestesses in the Temple Seasonal Ceremonies. She has been a Circle Priestess for the Conference; previously she has enjoyed the ‘love in action’ role of a Melissa.
Marisa is trained in many different lineages. Her healing work is supported by teachings from hypnosis, NLP, cognitive therapy, reiki, the shamanic medicine wheel, Thich Nhat Hanh teachings and sexual and emotional healing. She worked as a Registered Mental Health nurse for 28 years and now focuses predominantly on her priestessing and healing roles.
Mary is an award-winning member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists. She is trained in both medical and plant sciences offering a reassuring, holistic approach to your healthcare using effective and safe medicinal herbs. Mary is a Priestess of Avalon, Soul Healer and Morgen Sister offering Morgen Transformational Healing and Soul Healing.
Herbal Medicine is appropriate for most of the concerns that you would take to your GP. A detailed medical case history, health screen, blood pressure and pulse will enable me to provide an individual herbal prescription specific to you and your needs. Dietary and lifestyle advice is also available. My approach is to look for the cause of your health problem. Herbal Medicine is well tolerated and can provide long-term relief from imbalances of the mind and body. Your herbal medicine will be prepared in my dispensary from a wide range of sustainable, quality herbs. It will be available for you to collect or have delivered (charges apply) the next day. Your herbs will cost around £5 per week for teas and creams, £10 per week for tinctures and syrups. Payment for your herbs by cash, cheque or BACS to Mary Bruce is due at the time of prescription. Repeats carry a £5 dispensing fee.
Nandini Gibbins is a Tutor, Priestess of Brighde, Healer and Complementary Therapist for over 15 years.
At Goddess House, Nandini offers a variety of therapies: Aromatherapy, Holistic Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Hot Bamboo Massage, Reflexology, Indian Head Massage and Bach Flower Remedies and the healing arts of Reiki, Bridgit Healing, Goddess Healing and Card Readings.
Rachel is happy to offer Intuitive Soul Readings and Healing, Mediumship and Goddess-centred healing. Speaking about her work, Rachel says, “Through me, Spirit reconnects you to your own unbounded soul and intuition. I pass along healing energy with my hands and messages from Goddesses, Archangels, Ascended Masters and your own team of angels, guides and departed loved ones so you can heal yourself and reveal what has always been there: your bright shiny soul!”
Stephanie Mathivet is a Priestess of the Goddess and an experienced massage therapist. She works with plant aromas to create individual blends to deepen the massage experience for the client. She creates ambient space aromas that resonate with Goddess energies or for use as aura sprays during treatment. She offers holistic massage, Lomi Lomi and hot stone treatments, with or without essential oils blends. As a pre-massage treatment, Stephanie offers dry skin brushing, exfoliating scrubs and back masques. Stephanie’s facial treatments are performed with organic products as well as prescription masques and scrubs incorporating aromatic hydrolats, fruit powders and clays. Facial treatments or massage can also include Natural Lift face massage with a blended facial oil or Indian Head Massage. Working with the element of earth, Stephanie offers a foot care package that can include salt scrub, nail care and hard skin treatment, aromatic clay masques and Thai Foot Massage. Stephanie’s de-luxe Goddess packages can be devised to connect the therapy of your choice to a Goddess of the Avalonian Wheel and will include a special prayer, healing or embodiment.
Zindra is a Priestess of Avalon and of Freya. She is a healer, shamanic practitioner, course founder and tutor of the Goddess Temple training: The Way of The Völva. Zindra moved here from Sweden to live a life as a Priestess in service.
Zindra has worked with Norse shamanism for many years exploring the old ways of knowledge. She does drum and guided journeys into the otherworld. She holds workshops and trainings in Glastonbury and abroad, wishing to help others to transform and find Self-love. Many years ago she learned from the old spirit and Esoteric teacher Ambres. She is still using knowledge and tools given from this long ago Egyptian hierophant.
Zindra is a certified Soul Healer and Indian Massage therapist. She works with transformative trauma release caused by past life experiences. She is also happy to offer all kind of Priestess work such as energetic clearing, chakra balancing and Goddess blessings.
To book your session with Zindra, contact the Goddess House.