And there I stood on the Isle of Wight in this beautiful old railway station of Shanklin after a journey of 9 hours with bus, train, plane, train, fast cat and a very old slow train who has for many years runs the route underground in a mine.
At last I would meet my good friend Chuck Derby, a Native American. It was a long time since we met and I was really looking forward to that! It also was in this weekend that Chuck would awakening the Holy Pipes I’ve made so I could use them in the future for every days praying and ceremonies.
Down the stairs, to the right and then a ten minutes walk to Landguard Manor’s camping ground and so I arrived and met with Chuck and Gloria. The welcome was very hearty, warm and overwhelming and meeting them made my heart sing of joy!
In this weekend there would be given several workshops and ceremonies which I intended to follow and so I met Llawendryad, also a Holy Pipe Carrier who would give the workshops about Tree and Crystal Essences.
From the beginning I can say there was a good connection between Jan and me and I guess that was to her credit. Normally I’m not usually so quickly impressed by a person but this was different. Her softness, kindness, openness and knowledge on the subject she was talking about was impressive and so real that it was a pleasure to spend time with her. Quickly I recognised that there was something special about her and this became reality when I took her workshops.
Unfortunately for different reasons there wasn’t the public the organisation of this festival had hoped for but how lucky for me and Jean, the other participant in the workshop, it was indeed. With the two of us we had Jan completely to ourselves!
The first day of the workshop was theoretical and Jan’s explanation about the Tree essences and the working of it on the mind and body was clear and very easy to follow. Her enthusiasm is infectious and it became clear that she is an authority about this item by her own experiences she has had through the years. It really amazed me how much she knew about the trees. I myself am working with healing herbs making tinctures and salves so I’m familiar working with plants. Working with the leaves of a tree was completely new for me but made a link to the Bach blossoms therapy. Time was passing by so quickly that after the workshop I could not believe it took a whole day!
The second day we went into the beautiful environment of Landguard Manor for the practical part of the workshop. And just being in this serene park with a lot of ancient trees together with Jan and Jean was wonderful, absorbing and exciting! Walking from tree to tree Jan explained about the history of some trees and also how to make the essence of the leaves.
And then she asked us to choose our “own” tree and start making essence of the leaves by our selves. So we ended up that day with our own essence and a lot of information given by Jan.
Later in the evening I had a chat with Gloria and she told me that this was Jan’s first workshop she’d given and I could not believe this. The way she has done it was so professional and without any hesitation it had looked like she had done this for years!
I was amazed and I really would end this writing with a word to Jan.
Thank you for all you have given us. Your knowledge about the trees and working with them but most of all thanks for being so open and showing yourself to us!