Cauldron of Plenty
26th - 30th August 2021
Festival Tickets include all meals and teas:
Kids between 5 and 14 yrs: £50
Kids under 5 yrs: Free
The seeds of sacred community are being wildly sown,
whoever you are; bring your face to the feast and the light.
Walk into the Company of Lovers while there is still time.
Expect the usual intoxicating brew of teachers, workshops, occasional divine appearances and the often hugely unexpected gesture from you, yourself.
A Thousand Welcomes
The Cauldron of Plenty - Village Heart Gathering - is the most relaxed and easy going event in our busy calendar of ritual gatherings, spiritual retreats, men's and women's lodges and community events.
This is our annual community get together - come and join us! Bring the whole family, your friends, or come on your own! You will be welcomed! There is something for everyone, young or old!
A huge ceremonial welcome that starts at the car park leads into four days of a tribal overflowing cornucopia of exuberance with every kind of performance and expression to entertain the gods and you - performance, dancing, singing, storytelling, together with fiercely humorous encouragement to live and be who you are and to relax and let go on deep levels.
Invitations abound to join in and be part of the attempt to recreate a village, a culture and a way of life worth living - full of praise and style and verve. There are peaceful wild nooks in all directions to wander off and dream in.
We are rebuilding the ancient home from memory. Come sit with us. You have no idea how much you are needed and your place has been prepared before you were born.
What To Expect?
Spontaneous workshops. performances, bonfires and a lot of drumming and acoustic improvisation.
We do not hire bands, acts or traders like most festivals do but if you are interested in being involved in someway please contact us.
The Ceilidh: an open stage to encourage the performer in YOU!
The extravagant masked dance, dancing to the mad Gods, fires and drums.
A Community Ritual bringing all the generations together, in a fun, easy yet profound and moving way that feeds the Spirit of the Earth Goddess.
There is a welcome circle on the Friday morning and a leaving circle on the Monday morning.
Our highly praised kitchen will be serving delicious, wholesome meals throughout the week-end, alternatively you are welcome to bring your own supplies and cooking equipment, taking your favourites snacks to share or if you get hungry between meals can be nice too.
We cater for vegetarian and non-vegetarian, vegan as well as gluten free diets.
The Cauldron of Plenty is an amazing and wonderful experience for children and teenagers, who are all very much welcome and a central part of the tribe.
At "The Cauldron of Plenty" we make provision to look after the children within the Children's Circle, but parents must come prepared to look after their own children and take full responsibility for them.
The Children's Circle has their own dedicated space in a Yurt or Bedouin tent. The aim of the Children's Circle is to encourage children in a sensitive and supportive way, to have their own experience in their own circle.
Please note, all our other events (unless specified) are not suitable for children. And there usually is a separate scene for older children and teenagers.
Workshop Leaders Testimonial
Our beloved Fiona Collins held the Children's Circle for many many years, who has now passed this responsibility onto Leila who has taught for many years in Steina education. Fiona is also a very talented storyteller, author and welsh speaker. Here is Fiona's account of The Children's Circle:
"The Children's Circle is open to all babies, children and young people. We welcome back children who have been coming to the valley since birth, and honour new children, whether last year's babies tasting independence, or others, of any age, coming for the first time.
Each morning and afternoon for two hours, and for about an hour of Evening Storytelling, the Circle offers a space for the children to be together without their parents - though adults are welcome, by the children's invitation. It is not a creche, and exists to benefit the children, rather than their parents.
Our guiding principles are these: the valley itself is our plaything, and we trust the children to know their own limits. What does this mean in practice?
We play in and by the river, across the slopes and on the valley floor. We tell and act out stories both inside and out: sometimes Nature herself contributes, as when a flock of ravens flew over as I told 'The Seven Ravens'. We use river clay for modelling; meadow plants for decorating dolls, hangings, masks and prayer bundles; stones from the riverbed as jewels and decorations for our tent. Adults and young people help the children to light and tend candles and fires safely or use knives to shape wood. It is a very harmonious place.
Of course, we do have quarrels, unkindness and the occasional accident, but the children can often sort out such problems themselves. Where they cannot, wonders can be worked by an ear which truly listens, and a cuddle which really embraces.
Our Opening Circle draws nearly all the children, and may hold more than forty young people. Later in the camp, older children help little ones; teenagers share their skills, or just join us for fun. Sometimes the Children's Circle may hold only a group of the tiniest children, for others are busy with their own adventures, or visiting each other's tents to share secrets and sweets, chat and giggle.
The Evening Story Circles attract a wide age range, and sometimes it feels hard to choose the right story. However, I have seen at Spirit Horse how children take what they need from a story. Younger children will listen contentedly to a story that seems too 'difficult' for them, remembering some apparently small detail and glossing over what might have been expected to trouble them. Similarly, older children will enjoy something babyish once reassured that it is 'for the little ones', and there will be a story 'for them' afterwards.
I tell traditional tales of all kinds, both in the Evening Story Circles, and as a frame to focus or reflect on our craftwork, expeditions and interactions. I share stories of Wales, in English and Welsh, to give the children a sense of the mythology and geography of their surroundings; tales of young people setting out into the world; stories which address issues troubling the group, such as rivalry between siblings, so the children can draw on the wisdom of stories. I tell animal tales to encourage the children to think about all the beings who share the Earth with us, and stories of gods and goddesses from many cultures, so they can hear different ways of understanding the world. Other storytellers also tell, and of course the children themselves tell stories of their own adventures or their own imagined heroes and heroines. When we discuss stories, in formal Talking Circles or individual conversations, the children's ideas are always accorded respect. We also explore stories physically, so we can take them into our bodies, acting or dancing them, or choosing places in the valley to be their setting.
Bookings and Cancellations Policy
It is really helpful for us when running courses if you book in advance.
If we have to cancel an event, we will provide you a full refund without question.
If you need to cancel your booking, you can carry the value of your booking over to another event (subject to availability) or pay £100 admin fee.
We are working as flexibly as possible to make some amazing experiences work within the restrictions, and spaces are limited. In light of this, we ask that you commit to coming to Spirit Horse when you book to avoid disappointment for others who would like to come and unnecessary admin fees.