Monthly Gatherings

We welcome inspiring local speakers, performers, and artists to come and share their wisdom every month. These gatherings cover a broad range of topics around wisdom and are designed to be a facilitated conversation with practical application to our lives. Our aim is not to persaude or inform but rather to open up a stimulating conversation where we listen respectfully, share our own insights, and deepen our collective wisdom.

These intimate gatherings take place on the first Tuesday of every month in the beautiful surrounds of Little Rituals.  Little Rituals is located in the historic heart of Bradford on Avon and offers ethically sourced speciality coffee, plants and flowers by day. We’re very grateful to Isabelle and Toby for sharing their special space with us.

Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start and finish at 9.30pm. We ask for a suggested minimum donation of £15 (including welcome drink) to keep our events affordable with concessionary spaces available.  

We’re an open-minded and welcoming bunch so whether it’s your first time, or you’re a regular, you’ll leave feeling part of this special community.

Bradford on Avon sunrise

May 2024: “Bringing the sacred into everyday” with Dan Knowlson from Cacao Mastery 

Dan Knowlson

When: Tues 7 May 2024, 7.30-9.30pm

Where: Little Rituals, 7 Silver Street, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1JY

In a world often consumed by busyness and distractions, this event offers a sanctuary for reflection, connection, and spiritual awakening. Through ritual, story and contemplative practice, Dan Knowlson will help us to infuse our daily lives with more intention, mindfulness, and reverence. You’ll discover the transformative power of simple rituals, embrace the sacredness of everyday moments, and unlock a deeper connection with yourself, others, and the world around you

Dan has been on an unfolding exploration of personal healing and growth for more than two decades. Working with cacao since 2010, he makes award-winning raw chocolate, teaches workshops, holds regular cacao & fire ceremonies, and collaborates with musicians and healers. He founded Cacao Mastery in 2020 where he teaches and mentors people around the world to step fully into the role of ceremonial leader, through the path of their heart.

Join us for “Bringing the sacred into everyday” and embark on a journey towards a more meaningful and fulfilling life.

In the intentional repetition of sacred acts, we awaken the deepest parts of ourselves, connecting with the timeless wisdom that resides within.”

Emma Palmer

Jun  2024: “Water’s wisdom & the power of cold water immersion” with the IceBreakers  

IceBreakers

When: Tues 4 June 2024, 7.30-9.30pm

Where: Little Rituals, 7 Silver Street, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1JY

Join us for an adventure as we deep dive into the invigorating world of cold water immersion! Discover the wisdom of ancient practices and unlock the transformative benefits that lie beneath the surface. We’ll explore the physical, mental, and emotional depths unlocked by water as well as the benefits of being in nature in community. From enhanced circulation and immune function to boosted mental resilience and spiritual growth, this event will explore the multitude of benefits that cold water immersion offers. You will also discover the cold water dipping spaces on your doorstep and experience a mini immersion (without needing a swimsuit)!

This event is facilitated by the inspirational team behind IceBreakers. IceBreakers is a community of men who gather for cold water therapy, nature connection, and open conversation. Icebreakers founder, Tim Bowles, also runs Campwell off-grid camps and is the mastermind behind their new wood fired community sauna with cold water option in Winsley.

Whether you’re an experienced, wannabee or reluctant cold water dipper, we’re pretty sure you’ll be jumping into the water by the end of this gathering and you’ll have a community to jump in with!

“In the depths of wild waters, we find solace, rejuvenation, and a profound sense of freedom that restores both body and soul.”

Rebecca Winn

Jul  2024: “Solstice reflections: journalling to unlock the wisdom within” with Michelle & Sue!

Journaling

When: Tues 2 Jul 2024, 7.30-9.30pm

Where: Little Rituals, 7 Silver Street, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1JY

The Solstices offer poignant moments for self-reflection and to align with nature’s rhythms. They occur when the sun reaches its highest or lowest position in the sky, resulting in the longest or shortest day of the year. Each Solstice has its own distinct energies and themes providing natural prompts for contemplation. They also symbolize the interplay between light and dark, growth and decline, and the cyclical nature of existence. In so doing, the Solstices offer a perfect opportunity to journal as we look back over the last six months and set intentions for the months ahead.

This peaceful evening will be facilitated by Michelle & Sue from The Wisdom Space. Using a combination of meditation, silence, journaling and conscious conversation, you will be guided to deepen your inner wisdom within a supportive community. Journaling is a tool with many benefits. It provides a safe space to explore thoughts and process emotions, helping us to raise consciousness and support our emotional well-being.

Whether you are new to journaling, a seasoned wordsmith, or even prefer to draw, this event is accessible to all. So grab your favourite journal and pen (or two!) and join us on a transformative journey of self-reflection and seasonal awareness.

“In the depths of wild waters, we find solace, rejuJournaling is like whispering to one’s self and listening at the same time.”
Mina Murray

Sept 2024: “So, how does Astrology work?” with Sue Brayne, D.F.Astrol.S

Sue Brayne Astrologer

When: Tues 3 Sept 2024, 7.30-9.30pm

Where: Little Rituals, 7 Silver Street, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1JY

Come and have your mind and imagination stretched and challenged with Sue Brayne, D.F.Astrol.S. Member of Association of Professional Astrologers (APAI).

During the session Sue will be exploring how nine master astrologers she has interviewed for The Astrological Journal, including Rick Levine, Steven Forrest, Steve Judd, and Judith Hill, believe that astrology works. It promises to be a fascinating evening delving into incredibly exciting discoveries that have been made with quantum wave particles involving quarks (basic building blocks of matter). These particles appear to connect everything in the Universe through hydrogen atoms. And, as all of life throughout the Universe is formed energetically by cycles and circles (including our own molecules and atoms, photons, and protons), it suggests that we pick up astrological imprints of the planets and stars as we go about our daily lives. This gathering is not to be missed!

Our cells are made of the exact same components of the stars and the planets. It’s like a kaleidoscope which is constantly shifting, and we are part of its colours and dimensions. We are not separate from it in anyway. I think of our cells as stars. We are stars!’
Amanda Walsh, CEO of the Astrology Hubs

Oct 2024: “Finding balance through breath” with Lyndsey Marriott

Lyndsey Marriott breathwork

When: Tues 1 Oct 2024, 7.30-9.30pm

Where: Little Rituals, 7 Silver Street, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1JY

As we cross over the threshold of the Autumn Equinox – a point of balance between light and dark – we invite you to join us for an evening of restorative breathwork to help bring more balance into our own lives.  Breathwork is a practice rooted in ancient traditions which has gained widespread recognition for its profound ability to calm the mind, reduce stress, control our immune system, and restore equilibrium.

During this informative and experiential gathering, Lyndsey Marriott from Bristol Breathwork will explain the science behind breathwork, guide us through different techniques, and invite us to experience functional and coherent breathing. Lyndsey is trained in Conscious Connected Breathwork and functional breathing and has explored many different healing approaches, including; other types of breathwork, Network Spinal Analysis, Quantum Touch, TRE, holistic massage and Neuroaffective Touch, and the psychotherapeutic approaches of Gabor Maté, Janina Fisher and Deb Dana.

Whether you’re new to breathwork or seeking to deepen your existing practice, this event offers a supportive and nurturing environment to explore its benefits for balanced and healthy living.

The mind controls the body, but the breath controls the mind” 
Iyengar

Nov 2024: “Navigating the road ahead” with Dr. Jo and Dr. Simon Walker

Dr Jo Walker and Dr Simon Walker

When: Tues 5 Nov 2024, 7.30-9.30pm

Where: Little Rituals, 7 Silver Street, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1JY

Join us for another transformative evening as we delve into the art of navigating life’s transitions, inspired by the profound wisdom of the late John O’Donohue- a renowned poet, philosopher, and spiritual guide. In a world where change is the only constant and where the pace of change is faster than ever before, this gathering offers a sanctuary for those seeking solace, understanding, and empowerment amidst life’s shifting tides. 

Through reflective discussion, experiential exercises and story, Dr. Jo and Dr. Simon Walker will guide us through the concept of developing our inner space as means of navigating the road ahead of us.  This will especially focus on our role as Elders in the community in supporting young people to navigate the road in a time when many traditional signposts and boundaries have been lost. 

Jo and Simon are founders and directors of Steer Education based on Bradford on Avon. Steer Education has worked with schools globally for over 10 years to help young people develop the skills they need to thrive in life.

Whatever your stage of life or family circumstances, this event promises to illuminate your path and awaken the wisdom within. 

“I would love to live

Like a river flows,

Carried by the surprise

Of its own unfolding.”
John O’Donohue

Dec  2024: “Solstice reflections: journalling to unlock the wisdom within” with Michelle & Sue!

Journaling

When: Tues 3 Dec 2024, 7.30-9.30pm

Where: Little Rituals, 7 Silver Street, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1JY

The Solstices offer poignant moments for self-reflection and to align with nature’s rhythms. They occur when the sun reaches its highest or lowest position in the sky, resulting in the longest or shortest day of the year. Each Solstice has its own distinct energies and themes providing natural prompts for contemplation. They also symbolize the interplay between light and dark, growth and decline, and the cyclical nature of existence. In so doing, the Solstices offer a perfect opportunity to journal as we look back over the last six months and set intentions for the months ahead.

This peaceful evening will be facilitated by Michelle & Sue from The Wisdom Space. Using a combination of meditation, silence, journaling and conscious conversation, you will be guided to deepen your inner wisdom within a supportive community. Journaling is a tool with many benefits. It provides a safe space to explore thoughts and process emotions, helping us to raise consciousness and support our emotional well-being.

Whether you are new to journaling, a seasoned wordsmith, or even prefer to draw, this event is accessible to all. So grab your favourite journal and pen (or two!) and join us on a transformative journey of self-reflection and seasonal awareness.

“In the depths of wild waters, we find solace, rejuJournaling is like whispering to one’s self and listening at the same time.”
Mina Murray

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