Midsummer solstice

Celebrate the Summer Solstice

Dilston Physic Garden

Saturday 24th June 5.00pm – 8.00pm

The Summer Solstice marks the time when the sun is at the height of its power – and nature’s response is a splendid display of colour and fragrance. This time is known in contemporary druidry as ‘Alban Hefin’ which means ‘Light of the Summer Shore’.

Midsummer is the time when the tide of light has reached its high water mark – the time of greatest light. This event, though, is also tinged with some sadness because from now on the sun’s strength will begin to ebb as we enter the waning year.

Facilitated by local members of Druids, this midsummer ceremony celebrates – in symbolic form – the power of light and love in our lives.

For information on this or any any other of Druid celebrations at the physic garden please email

celticspiritualitygroup@yahoogroups.com

 

At the Spring Equinox, day and night are – once again – equal and balanced. We now cross the threshold into the light of summer. It is now that the sun rises due east, and the Spring Equinox has long been associated with dawn, youth and the morning star. Led by local members of Druids, celebrate – in symbolic form – the mystery and miracle of birth and rebirth.

There is no admission charge; however, a donation towards hire of physic garden would be much appreciated.

For information, and to register your interest, please email celticspiritualitygroup@yahoogroups.com

 

Spring Celebration

Sunday 5th February 3.00pm – 7.00pm

Today, we’ll celebrate the growing power of the sun and connect with the ancient traditions of Imbolc. This day honoured the goddess Brigit, revered by the northern tribes of Celtic Britain, such as those living along the Tyne valley. Brigit is the goddess of creativity and healing – in the Christian calendar, her festival became ‘Candlemas’, when candles are lit in honour of the mother of Christ. This continued the tradition of marking the returning light.

Led by local members of the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids, our Spring festival will celebrate – in symbolic form – the waning of winter’s power as the light of spring starts to increase.

For information, and to register your interest, please email

celticspiritualitygroup@yahoogroups.com

Welcome and Wassail – Saturday 7 January

We invite you to join in an event which continues an ancient tradition while planting a legacy for the future.
The physic garden is open from 12 noon – 2pm. Please feel free to bring snacks and sandwiches.
From 1pm – 2pm, join in song and ceremony to toast our orchard trees.
Wassail is an Old English word meaning ‘be healthy’ or ‘be whole’ – ‘hale and hearty’. Wassailing the trees in the orchard wakes them up from their winter sleep and ensures that the next season’s crop of fruit will be bountiful. Like many ancient traditions, wassailing recognizes the importance of our relationship to nature.
Members of the local druid grove will ‘toast’ a chosen fruit tree and pour an offering of cider on its roots. This is followed by a sharing of the wassail bowl, and the singing of carols, led by members of the local community choir. We encourage the making of much noise by all present! Come in costume if you wish.
Transition Tynedale provide the cider from recent apple pressing days.
From 2-3pm, you can join in a (weather dependent) walk through Dukeshouse Woods to Hexham Middle School, where tree planting takes place from 3pm. The tree planting is led by the Transition Tynedale team.

Participation in all activities is at the individual’s own risk

Celebrate the Winter Solstice Sunday 18th December 3.00pm – 8.00pm

From the earliest times, our ancestors have welcomed the rebirth of the sun at the darkest point of the year. In this same spirit, we gather at first to mourn the death of the sun, and to let go of that which is fading and dying.

We will then symbolically enact the turning of the year from darkness to light, in celebration that life will ever spring up in a new dawn.

This gathering is facilitated by members of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids.

For information and to register your interest please email celticspiritualitygroup@yahoogroups.com

While the event is free, please consider making a donation to Dilston physic garden, which is a small, local charity. Registered Charity 1120141

Samhain Ceremony in the Physic Garden: Sunday 30th October 3.00pm – 7.00pm

Samhain (summer’s end) is a festival of remembrance and honouring of our ancestors. It is said that at Samhain the veil that separates the worlds is at its thinnest. So our world, and that of the dead, blend as one. On this night of wonder and magic, the spirits of the otherworld are invited to join us in a sacred feast, and we may meet (if we so wish) those friends and family members who have passed over.

As the cold of winter begins to strip the leaves from the trees, a meditation on what is passing and what, in our lives, we need to let go of, is an important preparation for this deep ceremony.

Facilitated by local members of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, our festival will celebrate the mystery and miracle of transformation.
For information and to register your interest please email celticspiritualitygroup@yahoogroups.com

Commission: Eavesdropping on Medicinal Plants

Physic Garden Commission: Eavesdropping on Medicinal Plants

The Person

We are looking for someone with electronic, electrical and musical expertise – and loads of enthusiasm and initiative.

The Project

Creating an electrical machine that will record changing electrical potentials on parts of plants in the Physic Garden.

Requirements: attachment leads, instrument conversion to readout as visual waves and audible response (could be converted to musical notes). Needs to be waterproof, portable, powered by mains and with rechargeable batteries .

Further info on machines that listen to plants is readily available online e.g. goo.gl/efPCiz

The Parameters

Completion by the spring of 2017

Funding – approx £2,000, dependent on provision of a warranty and follow up support

Contact: Elaine.perry@ncl.ac.uk

 

Dilston Dispensary of Herbal Medicines at Dilston Physic Garden

Bottles | Dilston Physic Garden | May 2016

Bottles | Dilston Physic Garden | May 2016

Dilston Dispensary of Herbal Medicines at Dilston Physic Garden

This is your herbal pharmacy, the first UK herbal dispensary situated in a medicinal herb garden, led by registered medical herbalists Ross Menzies and Davina Hopkinson. Both have many years of clinical experience prescribing effective remedies to patients.

This is a place where you can discuss a minor ailment, receive the best professional recommendations and have your tailor made remedy mixed in front of you. For more complex ailments, Ross or Davina can arrange an in depth consultation with you.

No need to make an appointment, just come along to the Dilston Dispensary of Herbal Medicines situated in The Physic Shop between 2pm and 4pm every Saturday* this summer.

“For many health issues, you’d normally visit a high street chemist. Now, it’s possible to consult a qualified medical herbalist and obtain an individually blended natural alternative” Ross Menzies, registered UK medical herbalist

Also in The Physic Shop we stock organic or wild crafted teas, tinctures, creams and many other herbal formulations.
* Dilston Dispensary of Herbal Medicines runs every Saturday this summer.  Don’t forget to enjoy the Physic Garden while you’re there – please note Physic Garden admission charges do not apply if you’re just visiting the dispensary.  If you’d like to visit the Physic Garden too, entrance is just £4 and our Season Pass only £10.

Midsummer Celebration in the Garden

Sunday 26 June   2pm – 6pm
The Summer Solstice marks the time when the sun is at the height of its power – and nature’s response is an awesome display of colour and fragrance. This time is known in contemporary Druidry as ‘Alban Hefin’ – ‘Light of the Summer Shore’.
Midsummer is the time when the light is at its strongest – the time when the Solar God is crowned by the Goddess as the King of Summer. This event, though, is also tinged with some sadness – from now on the Sun’s strength will begin to ebb as we enter the waning year.
Facilitated by local members of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, this Midsummer event will celebrate – in symbolic form – the power of light and love in our lives.
Free event, but donations to the Garden and contributions of food to share are welcome.

Any questions? Please email the organisers: celticspiritualitygroup@yahoo.co.uk

Beltane Gathering

You’re invited to join us on Sunday 8th May 6.00 pm – 9.00 pm in the Physic Garden for an early summer celebration.
Beltane is a festival which marks our entry into the bright half of the year – a festival of creativity and abundance, when the “bel-fire” is lit in honour of the sun god Belinus on the occasion of his marriage to the Flower Maiden.
This event is independently facilitated by local members of Bards, Ovates and Druids to celebrate the flowering of creativity in our lives.
The celebration has been created in response to visitor requests. It is free, but donations are most welcome.
To register your interest, or for further information, please email celticspiritualitygroup@yahoogroups.com

The image of primroses has been provided by David Taylor Photography.  www.davidtaylorphotography.co.uk

Primrose – science

Clinically proven in a placebo controlled trial to treat symptoms of bronchitis.

Primrose – folklore
If a rock is touched by the flowers, it allows you to see fairies.