Gillian Monks

'Making Fairytales Come True'

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Nearly There!

Our Mountain

My home mountain

This evening, I am celebrating. I have just finished writing the penultimate chapter of my latest book, ‘Spring In Your Step’! I have to say that I am quite glad to be done with Easter now, although I thoroughly enjoyed writing about it… all the beliefs, traditions and lovely foods which surround its celebration!

Finally I can move on to the end of April – and the end of the book – although I am already having ideas about my next venture which might be plunging into summer… or I might take a break and focus on something quite different… we shall have to see!

But for now, I am one happy little bunny!!!

A Gift For You

Melly in dog pool

In peace, harmony and playfulness!

Greetings!

My new Walking With The Goddess monthly digital workshops are going really well, but I am keen to get everyone – at least as absolutely as many as possible – involved in these activities.

The best way to convey exactly how I approach each month’s topics and in what way the energies of each divine archetype is harnessed, let alone how the audio recordings of the guided journeys come across to you, or the challenges and tasks might stimulate and inspire you… gasp! … is to let you actually take a look at the first month, which was February. I do not want you to pay me anything. Just click here for your download.

Please do come and and see for yourself . Try out the suggestions. See how working in this way makes you feel – and how beneficial and healing all round it can be.

I would also welcome any feedback and comments you may care to share. Give it a try. It is truly a good way to work, hands on, in beginning to heal some of the many problems and difficulties which face us in the very near future.

You have nothing to lose and possibly a very great deal to gain. And it is absolutely free… with my love.

Next Instalment of Digital Healing Workshop

january BonfireGreetings for the bright beginnings of a new month!

Just a brief reminder that the next instalment of Walking With The Goddess is now available to purchase.

This is a brilliant opportunity to do something truly different – to heal and be healed – to become increasingly empowered and to reach out to the world around you and make a huge difference.

The focus for March is on the element of fire – the growing light and warmth of the returning spring and the energy which it represents in regrowth throughout the natural world. There is an explanation of the importance of the hearth within the Celtic home and community and how we can discover our own sacred fire. There is an audio recording of a guided journey to the hearth of the goddess Ffraid to find inspiration and healing, whilst the challenges and tasks for the month involve our local communities and the rewilding of our public or neglected places.

There are also weekly distant healing sessions to join in with each Wednesday evening and a Facebook page where you are welcome to ask questions or  share ideas, experiences and encouragement.

It only costs £5 for each monthly module. Come and sample what I am offering for March. For more information or to pay for the next month, click here: https://www.earthwalking.co.uk/walking-with-the-goddess/  This takes you to the Introductory page at the bottom of which you will find the Pay Button to purchase your next month of inspiring experiences and interaction with our amazing world.

Full Steam Ahead!

Flower at BodnantI have suddenly realised that it is several weeks since I last posted here… and the reason why is because I have been working very hard on my next book, ‘Spring In Your Step’!

I have just completed Chapter Seven out if a possible twelve and am around the 47,000 word mark, so I am now ell over half way. More importantly, I am really enjoying what I am writing and am so excited about what I shall eventually be sharing with you all.

The chapter I have just written is all about the ‘Mother’ figure of springtime – and that covers the natural world, our genetic mothers and Mother’s Day/Mothering Sunday and the feminine within us all. In mentioning Lady Day – how many of you know what it actually is? – I found myself attempting to explain the vagaries of the various changes in our calendar over the years. And did you know that the name for ‘simnel cake’ actually stems from the very fine flour with which it was originally made? I was also drawn to share how just nine years ago, at this exact time of year, we came to discover – and eventually purchase – our own little piece of wonderful wilderness at Cae Non.

I am really, really hoping to have this next book finished by sometime in May and out in the shops by October or November – well in time for next Christmas and the following spring, so that you can all join me on the next adventure through a new year and a new season in 2021!

Meanwhile, the spring of 2020 is well and truly upon us, despite the all the wind and water. Birds are singing and nesting, buds are swelling, flowers are blooming.

Wherever you are, I hope that the season is treating you kindly. If the weather is causing you problems and heartache, my love goes out to you.

Onwards and upwards, as the saying goes – here is looking forward to all the new life and new growth which typifies this most beautiful and special time of the year.. with my love.

A New Year… New Decade – Try Something New

Goddess candleDO SOMETHING DIFFERENT!

Positive. Healing. Enjoyable and beneficial. Come Walking With The Goddess! Time to move out of the shade and into the sunlight. Take your life in both of your hands and make a difference… for yourself… for the people around you.. for the natural world.. for the planet. Healing for all the Earth at the deepest, highest level. YOUR world. YOUR choice. Are you ready to dare yourself to meet the challenge? Here is how you can.

This month I am beginning a new on-line series of activities and guided meditations / journeys. I show you how you can access the highest healing energy to make our existence whole again. Introducing archetypes from the Welsh/Celtic pantheon of goddesses, gods and deities I demonstrate how we can ALL take responsibility for the state of our world and make a very real difference.

But I am offering so much more, suggesting many ways in which we can all physically and practically change our day to day lives too. I offer encouragement and support to everyone to make a stand, privately or publicly, in spreading the word throughout your local communities, guiding the attention, activities and responses of our public servants and bringing pressure to bear on businesses, both large and small. I will be facilitating a distance healing group which we can all join with on a weekly basis. There is a Facebook page where we can all share our experiences and findings, suggestions and news, and I will be personally  and privately available to anyone who needs a little extra support and needs to get in touch with me.

Please spread the word and pass this message on to as many people as possible. It is only by coming together and standing up for what is right that we will succeed in mending what we have so thoughtlessly, carelessly and cruelly broken. We have all helped to cause the devastation of our environment. For most of us, it was done in naivety and ignorance, But now we know what we have done, it is time to change our outlook, our way of life, our everyday actions and do something to halt and heal the destruction. This is one of the things that you can do and might be the most important initial action you take.

It only costs £5 for each monthly module. Come and sample what I am offering for February. For more information or to pay for the first month, click here: https://www.earthwalking.co.uk/walking-with-the-goddess/

As always, with my love to you all.

Freeing Black Friday

Me at Book PublicationI detest the warped, avaricious sentiment which drives the ‘Black Friday’ sales! In response, we are giving away 50 electronic copies of ‘The Alternative Advent Calendar’.

Instead of accumulation we are aiming for distribution – expansive liberalism as opposed to money-grabbing profit – generosity in place of narrow-minded self interest!

Come and claim your copy – as always, with my love. 

 

The End Of An Era

Gain perspective by climbing higher.

After much consideration, I have decided that this next cycle of Earthwalking weekends will be the last. My energies are now being called to work in other ways.

If you would like to join us on this last cycle of adventure, there are a couple of places still available. The first gathering is being held on the 26th – 27th October at Cae Non on the Llyn Peninsular and I am still offering this first weekend as a ‘taster session’ – no one needs to decide if they wish to commit to the rest of the cycle until they have actually experienced it.

If anyone would like to know more about Earthwalking, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me for more details – more general information can be found on the Earthwalking website: www.earthwalking.co.uk

It is eleven years since I first guided participants along this path and has been as much an amazing journey for me as it seems to have been for everyone else. But as the saying goes, onwards and upwards… here is to making this final cycle an absolute blast!

Finished!

Book Illustrations

At last, all twenty-six illustrations for my new book, ‘The Alternative Advent Calendar’, are completed! I suppose that twenty-six full-page illustrations is quite a feat… but even more so when you are no artist!!! What a relief, not to mention an achievement.

Perhaps it was just as well that we had to postpone the volunteering weekend originally organised for tomorrow and Sunday (due to key volunteers suddenly being without transport and the threat of bad weather). It has meant that I have been given some time and space to sit down and finish the last three. Oh, the blessings of a stormy, wet morning and some solitude!

Next stop is the book itself!

Hooray!

Title in sandFirst structural edit of ‘The Alternative Advent Calendar’ completed today! Work on the cover is also going ahead. I am beginning to feel very excited! After being cooped up inside all day, we drove down to one of our favourite local beaches this evening and I just couldn’t resit making my mark in the sand… and what else could I possibly write?

I have never felt that I was a terribly maternal person, but I feel that bringing a book into being is very like expecting and then giving birth to a child… and, just like a child, as soon as it has been birthed (published) it instantly begins to develop a character and life of its own. Roll on the ‘christening day’!

The BBC, Talk Radio and the Streets of London

Me at BBCI have just spent the most amazing time in London!

From meeting my wonderful publicist, Debbie, (who has done a really brilliant job of promoting my work!) to all the truly lovely people at Broadcasting House and Talk Radio to all the utterly amazing people I came across in the bustling streets of the city, to having a belated lunch with my very dear editor, Katy, I have been totally blown away! I am still trying to process it all now I am back home this morning!!!

Going to the BBC was an experience in itself… sitting in the Green Room, meeting everyone involved, being in the production room and handing round the tin of home baked Solstice biscuits I had taken with me before I finally went into the studio to talk to Jenny Murray on air. This lovely lady was kindness itself… even when I overran slightly on my last answer!

In one sense I felt slight relief when I re-emerged back into the Green Room – lots of hugs and the taking of photos all round. But then Debbie informed me that Talk Radio had been in touch with her and could I go and chat to them live on air just after lunch? Of course, I jumped at the opportunity! Unfortunately, Debbie had another appointment to go to so couldn’t accompany me but in one sense, that was when my real adventure began…

I was let loose on my own in the main streets of London – my most favourite part of London – Regent Street and the quieter backstreets down to Piccadilly. But I found I could hardly progress along the pavement or enter a shop without causing quite a stir. I had dressed for the occasion of talking on the radio about Christmas and Midwinter and was wearing my long red dress with the white fur collar and the little matching white fur pillbox hat with a seasonal decoration pinned to the side. Everywhere I went I had people calling out Christmas greetings and seasonal compliments and references to Santa Claus and Mrs Christmas. If I mentioned that I was so dressed because I had just been on national radio to talk about my book, everyone wanted to know about it. I found myself holding brief impromptu discussions in cafes, stores and in the middle of the pavement on various aspects of the origins of our Christmas celebrations and what the Solstice actually is.

One delightful lady asked if she could have her photo taken with me to send to her family and went eagerly off in search of ‘Merry Midwinter’.

I began to feel remarkably conspicuous – although everyone was so hugely kind, enthusiastic and interested that it was real pleasure – but it was with a little sigh of relief that I could sink back into the brief anonymity of a black cab for the drive to the Talk Radio studios.

Here, again, I was met with smiles and loads of kindness. Jamie East was wonderfully easy to talk to and I was frankly amazed when the conversation turned away from Midwinter as such to druidry specifically – it was a direction I hadn’t seen coming! What the listeners thought when Jamie began to describe the outfit I was wearing and finished by saying that I smelled gorgeously of mulled wine I have absolutely no idea. I just hope that they assumed I was scented with Christmas spices and not reeking like a brewery – in actual fact it was my favourite perfume, ‘Charlie’!

After that, I met up with my wonderful editor, Katy, of whom I have become immensely fond. She wanted to take me to a late lunch, but by this time I was so awash with excitement and adrenalin  that I was practically hovering at ceiling height! So we settled ourselves in a lovely Turkish restaurant and had a simple selection of starter dishes while I gradually relaxed and drifted back to earth!

And we talked… about possible new projects which I shall begin working on in the new year… if they get approval from my publisher, Unbound. But that is a tale for another day….

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