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Invoking Absence - Healing with Nature

An exploration of the Spirits of Place including Cuda our local Cotswolds Goddess and the Cuculatti. When we shed what disconnects us and honour Mother Nature and our Ancestors profound healing takes place.

Workshops and events:

Exhibition opening: Friday 3rd September

3pm-4pm Anna Simson ‘Votive & Figurine Offerings’ with local Chalford clay

4:30pm Opening event: Curator’s talk - Patricia Brien, poetry reading with JLM Morton / votive placing ceremony with Kate Dineen.

Workshops @ Victoria Works Studios (SVA Open Studios) Saturdays 18th & 25th September

In conjunction with the SVA Open Studios and Invoking Absence Exhibition (Hallidays Mill Gallery), artists Anna Simson and Mair Hughes will host Workshops on Saturdays 18th & 25th September @ Victoria Works Studios, London Road, Chalford, Stroud, GL6 8HN

No bookings necessary.

11:30am - 12:30pm Mair Hughes ‘Floating river tributes' with mixed media such as willow, flax string & pine resin.

2pm-3pm Anna Simson ‘Votive & Figurine Offerings’ with local Chalford clay.

Suitable for adults (& accompanied children). Donation suggestion £5.

Sunday 19 September - Guided journey

2pm - Lisa Fullbright Cossey - Guided visualisation journey with drum and chanting, £6. Bookings via email:

Closing ceremony - Sunday 26 September

3 - 5 pm - Kate Dineen Guided practice: 'Connecting with Spirits of this Place - Votive offering Ceremony' - an opportunity to come together and offer gratitude to our local waters, minerals and deities. Healing Self with Nature. £6


Dr Chantal Powell holds a discussion on the ‘Archetypal energy of the Spiral’. This interactive discussion will focus on the mystical traditions, creative energy, dynamic force, and materiality, of spirals (and labyrinths) as guides, meditation motifs and curious phenomena through the ages. (tbc)

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