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The darkest hour is just before dawn

Updated: Jun 8, 2019

A magical and thought-provoking workshop - in the middle of the night!

St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace, in the heart of the City of London, invited me to offer a workshop as part of a 12 hour all night peace vigil, that was a fundraising exercise for their work with refugees and spiritual ecology.

The workshop was held in a very unusual Bedouin Tent, in the hour before dawn, and was a guided multi-sensory experience symbolising climate breakdown and the hope of transformation at the last hour.

Participants were blindfolded and led into an unknown space where they were assaulted by the sounds (and smells) of trees being felled by forest clear cutters. This marked the beginning of a unique and imaginative journey taking us from despair and disconnection to hope and belonging. The first moments of daylight were then marked with a human dawn chorus - followed by lots of fresh coffee and a very big breakfast!

"A profound and memorable experience!"

Meg, Peace Vigil participant

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