Beltane Circle: Embodied Pleasure & Self-Care

“Just living is not enough” said the butterfly, “one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.”

– Hans Christian Andersen

*This Circle takes place online through Zoom. If you are new to the Hearthfire Circles, please learn more here.

Beltane is a Gaelic fire festival of fertility, cleansing and protection. In Wales it is called Calan Mai. It was customary to cleanse and protect cattle by running them through two bonfires as they go out into the fields. Sacred fires and ash were used to bless and protect crops for the coming summer season.

This is considered the beginning of summer in the UK traditions and a time when the faeries are out, causing mischief, hence the need for protection and appeasing them. In England, Germany and throughout Europe the beginning of May is a time of celebration and fertility, including dancing around the Maypole, decorating with flowers, honoring love, beauty and growth.

Here in Canada, we are seeing the first of the tulips and budding of trees. As the sun is now in the earth sign of Taurus, security, stability, beauty, fertility and sensuality come to the fore. It is a wonderful time to get in touch with our body, go outside, remember what brings us pleasure and connect with nature, beauty and love!

After the dynamic, fast paced season of Aries, we may feel the need to slow down and become more receptive, embodying the wisdom of the earth itself. It is an opportunity to bring more care, sensuality and tenderness into our lives.

Questions we may ask ourselves now are:

What does my body need and what feels good?

How can I bring more pleasure and enjoyment into my day?

How does love wish to flow through me?

Can I receive love too?

In this circle, we will explore several embodied practices to help ground and centre us, as well as invite more pleasure into our life.

  • We will go on a guided meditation journey to our inner Temple of Pleasure to restore our energy and reconnect with our ability to receive.
  • We will explore the colours, textures, smells and sounds our senses enjoy and do a simple practice to use when tired, overworked or stressed to immediately ground and revitalise in mind and body.
  • We will also explore some easeful, restorative movement to support the nervous system that can be done seated and is accessible for all bodies and abilities.
  • There is opportunity to share, connect and find community with like-minded souls!

I bring my extensive background and many years of experience teaching Yoga, Trauma-Informed Yoga & movement, ritual and energy healing facilitation into this circle.

* In the online circles, I try to hold a similar space as the in-person ones. So, I keep the group small and encourage some participation, sharing and connection. However, you don’t need to share anything if you don’t wish to of course.

Space is limited for quality purposes and not recorded for confidentiality. All genders and paths welcome, no witchy experience is necessary!

Circle Info & Registration:

This Beltane Circle takes place on Zoom- Friday, May 12th 7pm-9:15pm EDT.

If you’d like to join, simply contact me.

Once I confirm there is space, I will ask you to send an e-transfer for PWYC $25. (non-refundable). Zoom link will then be sent. If it’s your first time, it’s FREE!

*if you sign up, you are saving your spot in an event with limited space. If you are a no-show to your first circle, the next one you sign up for must be paid.

All cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance.

Please feel free to ask me any questions you may have! You can also learn more about the Hearthfire Circles here.

I hope to see you soon!

Blessings, Serena

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As a Witch who makes her home and practice in Tkaronto (Toronto) Ontario, I deeply thank the original stewards of this land: The Mississaugas of the Credit, Mississaugas of Scugog, Alderville, Hiawatha & Curve Lake; The Chippewas of Beausoleil, Rama & Georgina island, the Haudenosaunee and Wendat nations. I acknowledge the resilience of the First Nation, Inuit and Metis people who live and work here in the present, in a system of inequity and oppression. I am working on uncolonising my own practice, amplifying Indigenous voices, addressing cultural appropriation in pagan communities and supporting Indigenous communities in whatever way I can.