I’m off today across the channel to attend ‘The Garden of Creation’, a conference organized by the Orthodox Celtic Church and the Network of Sacred Eco-Sites, to explore environmental issues and the Sacred. It will be held in the beautiful and peaceful setting of the Monastery of the Holy Presence in Brittany, where my Druid teacher, Ross Nichols (Nuinn) was ordained as a Deacon almost fifty years ago. If you’d like to see their programme click here. (To download the pdf of the conference programme use the French version and click where it says ‘telecharger’).
Here are photos I took of the monastery in the Spring:
Solar panels at the monastery, which is off the grid
The Awen on the slate cross at the monastery graveyard in the woods
The Church of Ste.Presence & the Monastery of the Orthodox Celtic Church, St.Dolay, Brittany
It has been proposed that Ecocide, the environmental equivalent of genocide, becomes the 5th International Crime Against Peace alongside Genocide itself, Crimes Against Humanity, Crimes of Aggression and War Crimes.
The new law has been proposed to the UN by British Environmental Lawyer, Polly Higgins who proposes that under the new law Heads of States and Directors of Corporations be required to take individual and personal responsibility for their actions.
On September 30th 2011, London’s Supreme Court of the United Kingdom will be the venue for a Mock Trial, played out as though the crime of Ecocide had already been adopted.
Earlier this year a beautiful new tarot set was published, The Wildwood Tarot, created by John Matthews and Mark Ryan, with stunning artwork by Will Worthington. Will has just contacted me to let me know of an exhibition of his artwork for this deck, which is being held at the Atlantis Bookshop in Museum Street London (just by the British Museum) from the 3rd to the 15th October. Will’s been making frames for the paintings, and here’s a photo of one of them. The bookshop’s website is here, with contact details. No details of the exhibition are up yet, but it’s definitely on!
And on 11th October the three creators of the deck will be at nearby Watkins Books, 19-21 Cecil Court, London WC2N 4EZ. The readings will be from 1pm to 5pm, and at 5.30pm John and Mark will give a free talk.
A few years back I was fortunate enough to have been published by an unusual publisher: Reaktion Books in London. Unusual because they focus on original, beautifully designed books they keep in print for a long time. Unusual because they seem more creatively driven than financially driven.
One of their latest projects is called ‘Earth’ and is described as:
EARTH is the fascinating new series from Reaktion Books.
Written by experts who are passionate about their subject, it is the first of its kind to trace the historical significance of natural phenomena and cultural history of natural resources.
By bringing together representations from mythology, religion, art, literature, science, popular culture, cinema and television, the world around around us is explored and explained in an exciting new way.
Chris Street, Druid and author of London’s Ley Lines: Pathways of Enlightenment sent this heart-felt message from a friend of his to all in his Earthstars network. I’m passing on the love! Chris writes: ‘This came through from my friend Madan (Michael) Lloyd. I think it is a fabulously beautiful piece of work. Madan is a Vedic and Druidic Bard who writes from the heart and deserves huge recognition for his talent, insight and for the inspiration he gives others.’
Whatever you may have said or done, I made a conscious decision today to love you anyway.
I’ve decided to forgive you for whatever things you may have said or done that caused me pain, and I’m now asking your forgiveness for all the times I hurt you in any way. I want to make it all ok, and whether you choose to forgive me or not, I’ve decided to always love you anyway.
I’ve been a fool for as long as I can remember, mostly for no good reason at all, but I’ve decided now to be a fool for love and just come right out and say I love you anyway.
I’m not Jesus Christ. When I take a shower there’s only one person whose dirt I can wash away, and that’s mine, but today I want to bathe in the divine ocean of unconditional love by telling you I love you anyway.
It finally dawned on me that someone up there has always loved me and accepted me, just as I am, forgiving all my faults and foolishness and telling me at every moment, in every possible way, that ‘I’ll always love you anyway.’
It’s a debt I know I can’t repay in any other way than by telling every single part of the Supreme Whole, whoever you may be – friend or foe – that I love you anyway.
Actions speak far louder than words, so I’m giving you this gift today that you can take and give to anyone you like and everyone you don’t like as a creative contribution to building a whole new world where Love is the Law; truth, kindness and honesty prevail and where no-one need ever be afraid to say, ‘I love you anyway.’
China’s policy of settling all of 2.25 million Tibetan nomads is a death sentence to the nomadic way of life in Tibet, an intrinsic part of Tibetan culture. History has shown the tragic consequences to communities and traditional ways of life when people are forced off their lands. Stand with Tibetan nomads and tell China to stop forcing nomads off their land.