2018 Annual Sisterhood Gathering at Avebury
This is an informal gathering of like minded women, not just from our own base area in Sussex, but from any location - all welcome.
As it's such a lovely place to go and such a long way to travel for some, we make the actual gathering afternoon only, which allows time to explore the other places; West Kennet Long Barrow, Silbury Hill, The Sanctuary etc.
There are a few local facilities such as the Red Lion which has a restaurant, there are a couple of little shops, a coffee shop that serves cakes, sandwiches etc, and a National Trust house and museum to visit should you wish to. There are public toilets just down from the Red Lion and another set of public toilets behind the museum near the coffee shop. There is a public car park for the site, this does carry a charge but I don't know how much it is, as we joined the National Trust and oarking is then free. http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/avebury/
We will all meet at 12noon outside the Red Lion, some women plan to eat at the Red Lion, others of us will be having a picnic in the centre circle (subject to weather), you are welcome to join in either place to eat together. Watch out for myself and our logo (pictures of both below). Ritual at 3.30pm.
Set for another annual Sisterhood meet.
At 1pm, we will all gather together in the centre of the Stone Circle (through the gate opposite the Red Lion).
Here we can do drumming, chanting, soul searching, getting to know each other, meditate if it's quiet enough, or whatever anyone chooses to offer or wants to do. We can get up and dance and sing if we want to - it's OUR Goddess Day!!! Please also bring a drum/guitar whatever if you have one. If it is particularly hot or rainy, we may move under the beautiful tree just off the centre circle after we have gathered together.
We shall be there anyway, but please remember this is an outdoor event so wear/bring appropriate clothing for rain or shine.
If you want my phone number so you have a contact when you get there, please email me via the contact form and I will send it to you.
We all look forward to seeing old friends and new at our 7th Annual Avebury Sisterhood Gathering on Saturday 7th July 2018.
Peace and blessings
After years talking about arranging a trip to Avebury, we decided to make it happen for the first time in 2012 – it is now an Annual Event. Instead of just making it a trip with our local friends, we decided to 'put it out there' and see if we could make it a real Sisterhood Gathering, the first of many over future years.
We were ecstatic to get women arrive from Bedford, Milton Keynes, Greenwich, Swindon, Haslemere, Bournemouth, Battle, Avebury and of course ourselves from Littlehampton. We had some wonderful good wishes from many women in Glastonbury who sadly couldn't make this event, but invited The Goddess Foundation to go to Glastonbury to meet up with them when we can.
After a bit of a late start, some arrived late (including us due to the Goodwood traffic), and a mix up over the meeting point, we started with introductions and a scrummy shared picnic. The weather started off being a bit blowy but warmed up as we moved to the centre circle where the sun was brighter. By this time we had got to know each other a little more, and made ourselves a circle. After a bit more chat we started off with some soul searching work in pairs followed by our Global Sisterhood Meditation. This brought about some wonderful results with women sensing female relatives who had moved on, the colours on the hill being auras rather than colour of clothes, and several women sensing all around us in circles far reaching behind us, circles of our ancestors; Mothers, Grandmothers, Sisters, Aunties and those from generations long past. The fact that many women sensed the same thing, and at this most amazing of sacred sites, was truly wonderful.
We were then on a high so continued with drumming, chanting, singing and dancing. All of this attracting much attention from passers by, so much so that we were expecting to see ourselves on You Tube with the many videos we had taken of us ! As was the idea, we didn't have a set plan just a general outline of what we could do, this allows for a diversity from women who may come from different spiritual beliefs to teach us their activities and ideas. It was wonderful that the women there shared their ideas for the chants to sing, the drumming and how to use the energy we raised. The Global Sisterhood Meditation is about sending feminine energies out to Sisters around the globe and healing Mother Earth. Someone suggested as we did one chant, with much drumming and dancing, that we raised the energy to give back to Avebury as a thank you to this magnificent sacred site.
After all agreeing to 'meet up' in the women's forum on the website, we finished the day with a photoshoot (results on this page), lots of hugs and chanting the final chant.........
May the circle be open
yet forever unbroken
May the love of the Goddess
be forever in our hearts
Merry meet, and merry part
And merry meet again.
Everyone agreed it had been a wonderful day, and all very much looking forward to meeting up again, hopefully before our 2nd Annual Sisterhood Gathering at Avebury Stone Circle in the first weekend of July 2013.
The Goddess Foundation
7th Annual Sisterhood Gathering
Avebury Stone Circle, Wiltshire Objectives
Saturday 7th July 2018
Avebury is a Neolithic henge monument containing three stone circles, around the village of Avebury in Wiltshire, in southwest England. Unique amongst megalithic monuments, Avebury contains the largest stone circle in Europe, and is one of the best known prehistoric sites in Britain. It is both a tourist attraction and a place of religious importance to contemporary Pagans.
Constructed around 2600 BCE, during the Neolithic, or 'New Stone Age', the monument comprises a large henge that is, a bank and a ditch. Inside this henge is a large outer stone circle, with two separate smaller stone circles situated inside the centre of the monument. Its original purpose is unknown, although archaeologists believe that it was most likely used for some form of ritual or ceremony. The Avebury monument was a part of a larger prehistoric landscape containing several older monuments nearby, including West Kennet Long Barrow and Silbury Hill.
By the Iron Age, the site had been effectively abandoned, with some evidence of human activity on the site during the Roman occupation. During the Early Mediaeval, a village first began to be built around the monument, which eventually extended into it. In the Late Mediaeval and Early Modern periods, locals destroyed many of the standing stones around the henge, both for religious and practical reasons. The antiquarians John Aubrey and William Stukeley however took an interest in Avebury during the 17th century, and recorded much of the site before its destruction. Archaeological investigation followed in the 20th century, led primarily by Alexander Keiller, who oversaw a project of reconstructing much of the monument.
Copy courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org
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