Yvonne Ryves

Forest Bathing

Sep 29th, 2018 | By

I have been doing a lot of walking in forests recently. Where I live the ‘forests’ have very limited species, consisting of a lot of quick growing pine. This I am sure has its place but for me forests should be home to many varieties of native trees and so when I am in need

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What are you doing for Summer Solstice / Alban Hefin?

Jun 20th, 2018 | By

  I am never sure what will happen at Summer Solstice / Alban Hefin as although ahead of there day itself, I often have great ideas about what I might do, something often happens and I end up spending it alone and in the rain at that. As an OBOD Bard I took my guide’s

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On Being Still and Waiting

May 28th, 2018 | By

Before I went on holiday in April I was busy with work, busier than I have been for a long time; courses almost weekly, clients in between and very little time to be still. Since returning from holiday it has been a completely different story. For the last few weeks I have been without work

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Growth Under the Snow

Mar 6th, 2018 | By

A week ago we had snow, not the usual wet, gone in a day stuff but real snow, dry, deep snow, the kind you can make into igloos and snow sculptures. This is really unusual for us and we are not geared up for it in any way. So unusual was it for it to

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February

Feb 4th, 2018 | By

  Winter is never my favourite season mainly due to the fact that I don’t like the cold and damp, so I can always be relied upon to be a bit biased but this year Winter already seems so long. January seemed to last forever for some reason and I know from conversations with people

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Brigid and Brigid’s Cross

Jan 23rd, 2018 | By

One of the first things that I learnt to do when I moved to Ireland was to make a St Brigid’s cross. I hadn’t heard of them at all before I moved and had to be taught not only how to make it but also what to do with it when it was made. Describing

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A Winter Solstice Signs and Omens Drive

Dec 22nd, 2017 | By

Winter Solstice didn’t go quite as I expected this year. I had intended to watch the live link from Newgrange and then take some time to sit in the stillness to reflect on what I was ready to let go of. I then wanted to make a Despacho, a form of prayer bundle, before lighting

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Winter Solstice Video Link from Newgrange

Dec 18th, 2017 | By

Although I live in Ireland I am sadly the other end of the country from the Megalithic Passage Tomb at Newgrange where hundreds gather for the sunrise of Winter Solstice. Those few lucky people enough to be able to enter the tomb gather in the darkness to await the rays of the sun which light up

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The Holiday Tree

Dec 16th, 2017 | By

This might look like a Christmas tree and most people who call to us would say that’s what it is but if they look closely they will see that it really isn’t. Ok, we have lights, a few baubles and the odd Santa but almost all of the decorations on our tree have been brought

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Eggs in Shamanic Healing

Nov 21st, 2017 | By

  I love the idea that something we use in our kitchens can also be a tool in our healing. I know this isn’t confined to shamanic work but sometimes the kitchen gets overlooked by those of use working shamanically. We often think of things in the garden, that which we find in nature such

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