The Forge @ Newbold House, Forres, Morayshire, Scotland
What does it take to transform?
This is a question that lives implicit within the craft of making a singing bowl.
If you have ever wondered what it is to be in the mystery and awe of creation you may wish to consider participating in this generous space for craft and community. This immersive workshop retreat provides the opportunity for spending five days and nights in a beautiful environment, crafting a singing bowl and experiencing transformation at many levels. In our work, we draw upon the elements of Craft, the Elementals of Nature and our place as co-creators within the circle.
Throughout this week, you will scribe and cut the metal, working closely with the fire and all of the elements to sink and shape a finely crafted sounding vessel. Through fire, water, metal, hammer, hand and heart, sound will be both creator and created. A record keeper and a close ally…sound as a companion and assistanceto the creation of the healing states of harmony, peace andstillness.
“Working with Gabriella, Heather and Quentin has been the deepest and most profound experience of transformation for me. Never before have I felt so safe in a workshop. My process with my bowl was tough at times, and always - like a miracle - one of these three beautiful enablers showed up to be with me. Sometimes to support me in the handling of the tools, sometimes to listen, sometimes to just be in silence together for a while, sometimes to ask this one question that allowed me to move on. Three souls who can hold the rim of the circle in wondrous ways…each bringing a unique voice to the whole. They co-create a sacred vessel - a healing sanctuary. Forging my own singing bowl has allowed me to re-connect with the elemental energies.” Michaela Sieh, Brussels, Belgium
What an amazing grace to be with Heather, Gabriella and Q on Iona last September on our singing bowl retreat – so many firsts for me all coincided in the most splendid week that I have spent in a very long time – visiting Iona which called me, and the time was ripe last year…and likewise wanting to make my first singing bowl – again, right time, right place. What do I remember: oh so many things – an amazing train journey from the very south of England, and boy what an incredible experience as we got into the highlands – and then Mull (stunning) and then the final boat trip to Iona – on a gorgeous evening crossing the water - sunny, bright, vivid. And then on the workshop, one on my abiding memories is sitting on the grass in the garden, with my evolving bowl – softly getting into the sense of what question was emerging, whilst hammering, filing or putting the bowl into the fire, watching its colours change in the flame. And one of the great qualities that the H, Q & G brought was this very uncomplicated way of just wandering between us all, just a conversation here or there, about the bowl, or about my question I was holding – sharing their experience that ranged from the very practical, to the more esoteric – what might that ridge mean have symbolised for me being at the very near edge of my bowl that I found so difficult to beat out and smoothen on the second day? Or watching the rain drops dance and spit in the how bowl as it cooled and I prayed for my inner wish to deepen along with the softening metal. I certainly found the ‘work’ on the bowl an extraordinary journey. And then there were the magical meals that emerged so beautifully, exquisitely nourishing as was the sense of community- some experienced bowl makers, some newbies like me. It truly was a week in which I think I was walking and working in a state of meditation and bliss…Marcos Frangos, Wellspring Change Ltd. England UK
Time: Sunday: Welcome Drinks at 5.00 pm; followed by supper and a Sound Weaving
Monday to Thursday: 9.30 am - 5.30 pm; Friday: 9.30 am - 2.00 pm
Newbold House is an amazing place for our unique retreat time: a beautiful building and a community of people creating a harmonious and supportive presence. Vegetables are grown in the organic garden and the kitchen produces food not only to nourish, but also to delight us. It is part of the wider Findhorn Foundation Community. It is a transformative haven run by a small community of people committed to sustainability.
This retreat is offered as fully residential to allow for deeper immersion not only in the transformative craft of singing bowl forging and birthing but also to allow for the immersion in the wider community and the landscape. The Findhorn Bay area has been a birthing place of new initiatives arising out of the impulse to co-create a new culture for the future. The magic of Findhorn is available to us as we open ourselves to this journey: What comes from the past can be transformed as the rich soil that receives the future in lightness, magic and potency!