Facing Fear With The Silent Eye, Part 4 – Life and Death ~ Helen Jones

Helen Jones continues the tale of her weekend with The Silent Eye in Derbyshire…

I recently attended a workshop with The Silent Eye about Facing Our Fears, an extraordinary weekend spent among the hills and grey stone villages of the Peak District. It’s taken me a little while, as it usually does, to process everything that happened. Once again there was history and mystery, good company and tasty food, old friends greeted and new friends made. And, as always, revelations.This is part four of my account, parts one, two and three can be found here…

(Apologies for the slight delay between posts – I had a project that needed finishing and another that needed starting, so have been focusing on those for the past few days. However, let’s now head back to Derbyshire and the next stop on my journey…)

Continue reading at Helen Jones’ blog.

Leaf and Flame: Getting started

imbolc fox weekend 0071A pre-panic lunch at the Queen Anne is traditional. By this point in the proceedings, however,  some stomachs are not at all cooperative, only being willing to be fed out of necessity. Food is not really the focus, though….it is at the Queen Anne that the team gather and early arrivals know where to find us. Once we are in the Nightingale Centre, we are less easy to pin down, but can usually be identified as the set of frazzled whirlwinds… the storm before the calm.

It is in the low-beamed inn that the first hugs of the day are exchanged as old friends arrive, fortify themselves and roll up their sleeves to help us set up the place of working for the ritual drama. Our temple is a simple place, a circular mat with the School’s version of the enneagram forms a central space around which the Companions will work. In the East, a symbolic altar marks the focus of our sacred intent and it is by this that the room becomes, through presence, a sacred space. It is the hearts of the people who work there, not the trappings, that sanctifies any Temple of the Mysteries.

Having said that, the details do help to create the right atmosphere… a kind of window dressing for the soul. The space is arranged and dressed with small touches to suggest a mood, a time or an era… and we had a few other things lined up to encourage that ‘willing suspension of disbelief ‘ that brings a ritual drama to life.

The team set to work and had the Temple readied and the room for the welcome arranged… then it was time to play with the props and effects we hoped would work.  Having a giant beheaded is no easy feat without proper lighting, special effects and/or CGI. Especially when, according to the ancient tale, that giant then has to saunter back through the Court of King Arthur headless and mocking…

We did have a few ideas though… it remained to see if they would work.

The afternoon sped by. The once-tidy bedroom was a bombsite.  Swords, bow and axe bristled from piles of silk and velvet, staffs leaned against the wall and the fabled ‘instruments of torture’ littered the chest of drawers. There was just time for a quick gulp of coffee… then it was time to welcome the Companions who had gathered from so far away. Old friends, new faces… no-one a stranger for long… and smiles bright enough to melt any heart. A brief tour of the working space… then time to change. Jeans and sweaters were replaced by the knightly robes and shimmering gowns of Camelot… and the clock turned back to an earlier time in the halls of Arthur and Guinevere…

The story was about to begin.




I need a man.

Well, actually, I could do with a couple… but let’s not be greedy.

What I really need is a knight…with or without the shining armour. I can manage either way. Noble, courteous, good sense of humour, handy with a can opener… you know the type.

What do I have to offer such a paragon?

I can promise high adventure, magic and mystery, a knightly quest… the odd giant…and a damsel in dire need of his services. Or you can bring your own, if you prefer.



Applicants need only avail themselves of the booking form for Leaf and Flame: The Foliate Man.

The Silent Eye’s annual workshop is set, this year, at the court of King Arthur, in the Derbyshire village of Great Hucklow. This residential weekend will work with some of the best loved stories of Arthurian myth, to uncover their inner meaning.

Come and join us for the weekend of 22-24 April, 2016.

Accommodation is provided full board at the Nightingale Centre with inclusive prices for the weekend from £220 – £245 per person.

Come and join us for the weekend and discover why spirituality should be fun.

Leaf and Flame…

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As we move towards the changing of the seasons and the turning of the year, we are turning our thoughts towards the Silent Eye Annual Workshop in April. It is as the year turns that King Arthur bids his knights join him in celebration. Shadowy figures move outside the circle of light, playing with lives as pawns in a game…A challenge is issued, and accepted… a neck is laid bare to the blade… yet will the victor survive to find the meaning of this strange, otherworldly meeting?

Come and join Gawain and King Arthur’s court on their quest

and find out who you can Be.


Bookings are now being taken for

Leaf and Flame: The Foliate Man

The interwoven stories of Sir Gawain’s legendary encounters with the Green Knight and Dame Ragnell will form the basis of  a weekend of ritual drama.

This residential weekend will be held at the Nightingale Centre in Great Hucklow, Derbyshire, England. Gathering on the afternoon Friday 22nd till Sunday 24th April, companions on this journey through legend will each play a fully scripted role throughout the five acts of a ritual drama exploring the the enigmatic symbol of the Green Man. There will be talks on related subjects led by some of our companions on the weekend, as well as plenty of time to relax in the lounge or at the Queen Anne pub next door.


Click here to download a pdf booking form

2​Ritual One:“…Any Card.” 
In which Mordred and Morgause trade evil smiles and determine to corrupt the Table Round and the Knights in that round are confronted by the Foliate Man…

​Ritual Two: Hart to Heart “In which Gawain enters the Enchanted Forest in pursuit of the hart…”

​Ritual Three: La Belle Dame Sans Merci“ In which the quest for the riddle of the heart fails and Gawain sets out to meet his doom at the Green Chapel…en route he comes across the ‘Castille Diablo’ deep in the heart of the Green-Wood and there the mysterious Lord and Lady Verdant involve him in another three-fold game…” 4

Ritual Four: La Chapelle Verte “In which Dame Ragnell reveals the true answer to the riddle of a woman’s heart, Merlin and the Lady unleash the animate soul of the Greenwood and Sir Gawain strides forward to meet his Doom…”

Ritual Five: Heaven in Earth

“In which Dame Ragnell claims her due at Camelot and the Company of the Table Round enjoy the festivities of the King.”

 Book early to reserve your place!