Mike Barron

Quest Programme     Autumn -Winter 2015 – Bishops Castle

Third Mondays (apart from December 14th) 7.30pm

Hello and welcome to the new season of talks. Please pass this on to anyone you know who might be interested in any of these events – come and bring a friend!

September 21st

Poetry:  Ekphrasis: Writing Inspired by Art with  Bethany Rivers M.A.

Bethany will give a reading from her own art-inspired poems and  will run a short workshop on how to use paintings and postcards as jumping off points for poems and short stories.

Ekphrasis (Greek for ‘speak out’) is a very long-standing tradition, dating back to Homer. Poetry and painting have always been sister arts. Bethany has had many ekphrastic poems published in various magazines, in the UK and in America.

The workshop will offer opportunities to explore different themes and provide some tools for your personal writing-kit, in order to enhance your writing technique.

Bethany has taught creative writing for ten years and runs poetry-therapy retreats and CPD sessions for counsellors who wish to use poetry as an aid.

October 19th Sacred Drumming / Drum Journey with Mike Barron

Mike BarronMike has been working with Drum in his Sound Healing practice for over 10  yrs. Giving Soul Retrievals and Drum Journeys for the return of peoples energy , and to make connections to ancestral information. Mike is the current Vice Chair of the  www.collegeofsoundhealing.co.uk .

Mike will give us a walk through the many uses of Drum for healing and will then offer the chance to journey for self healing    Bring a mat and blanket and pillow.

mike.barron3@btinternet.com     www.mikebarron.co.uk  01588620572

(Mike has given us at Quest  a gong bath bath and a talk about Pyramids.)

November 16th      Meditation and Life Skills with Diane Millbery

As an introduction to Pure Meditation as a way towards Self Realisation, Diane offers several ways to get the most out of life in an enriching balanced way. It includes practical ‘tools’ to bring stillness and focus to one’s mind and being.

Her talk and work locally give the opportunity to experience positive healing and to develop oneself; thus helping others as a natural progression of this in life. Diane is an associate of The Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre;www.selfrealizationcentres.org/


November 14th  Aluna (DVD)

ALUNA is made by and with the KOGI, a genuine lost civilization hidden in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia, nearly five miles high, on the Colombian-Caribbean coast. The Kogi say that without thought, nothing could exist. This is a problem, because we are not just plundering the world, we are dumbing it down, destroying both the physical structure and the thought underpinning existence. The Kogi believe that they live in order to care for the world and keep its natural order functioning, but they recognized some years ago that this task was being made impossible by our mining and deforestation. In 1990 they emerged to work with Alan Ereira, making a film for BBC1 in which they dramatically warned of our need to change course. This film had a stunning global impact, and is now probably the most celebrated film ever made about a tribal people.    Aluna is the second film

All Quest meetings are at Grange Road Community Centre,

Bishops Castle SY9 5AW      7.30pm

From the church at the bottom of town, take Kerry Lane, then take 2nd road on the left: Grange Road. The Community Centre is on the corner of Drews Leasowe, and looks like the first 2-storey house on the left.  Parking behind Centre or on road.

Refreshments provided.   Entrance: £5 for talks; other events by donation.

For more information about Quest, please ring 01588 630648

E:  rosabloom@izun.co.uk

Other events:  singing, stories and silence….

Singing with Sue Harris

Castle Voices has evolved to a new time and place and singing leader whom I can highly recommend…. If you like to sing with others, come join us. No need to read music

Wednesdays 7:00 – 8:30pm. Starting on 16th September at the Cadet hall (at the end of New St, opposite Enterprise House).

(Also Thursdays 10- 11.30am  in Clun) E: sumarieharris@btinternet.com

Michaelmas Fair on  Saturday 19th September in BC

Bishops Castle Storytelling Series

All at Bishops Castle Town Hall   Doors open at 7.30 for start at 8.00pm.                 Bar available.  Tickets are £7.00, or £20 group ticket for up to 4 people.
Friday 11th September – Wild Edric Still Rides   Amy Douglas and Lucy Wells

The cry of a horn, the trample of hooves, Wild Edric rides over mynd and mountain.A tangled story of love and war, loss and redemption. Storytelling, song and music combine to tell a story intrinsically linked with South Shropshire that still resonates in the bones of the land.

Friday 9th October – Sugar Skulls and Love Spoons     June Peters
A magical evening of tales about memory and identity, death and rebirth, love and knitting, June Peters’ new show interweaves traditional tales from Africa, Mexico and Wales with personal stories from her own life. An uplifting and interactive performance that will engage, move and inspire you to re-member those who gave you life and identity.

Friday 20th November –The Eye of the Beholder    Sharon Jacksties   In the days before photoshop, how will the ugliest get a look in? In the days before internet dating how will the most talented find their equal? Discover how the ugliest man in the world eventually finds true love!

Friday 11thDecember – The Golden Keys: Tales of Hidden Bulgaria A Spell In Time   In a magical winter world, two golden keys are forged to unlock the secrets of heaven and earth. Wolves howl and evil spirits prowl but gold shines bright in the darkest of nights. Interweaving storytelling, ritual and evocative music, A Spell In Time presents glorious winter tales and blessings from the heart of Bulgarian myth and folklore.

There are still some places left for the next ‘From the Garden’ Herb Workshop –

Herbs for Common Winter Ailments

with Claire Prescott – at Bryn Mawr Farm, near Clun on Saturday October 3rd.

10am – 4pm and costs £ 45 to include all materials.

The workshops take place in a lovely eco straw bale building with lots

of work tables, cooking facilities and  a cosy, Clear View wood burning

stove where we will enjoy a practical day making some herbal vinegar,

cordial, gargle etc to help keep healthy through the winter months.

I will bring a tasty, warming herb and vegetable soup and herby butter

for lunch  plus there will be tea / coffee and herbal drinks available

throughout the day.

Anyone booking onto the workshop is invited to bring along a dish to

share for lunch so that we can have a real feast!

This is one of a series of workshops which take place in a beautiful,

peaceful location with stunning views and are a practical, fun day with

the aim of using the herbs we grow and incorporating them into our daily

life.  From the Garden   01588 630 367 claire@delite.me.uk

Silent Presence Retreats

With Jenny Brooke and  Jo Roberts

Would you like to take time and space to just   BE?

Join us on a  SILENT   PRESENCE   RETREAT where we spend  time in SILENCE  –  Sitting, Walking, Breathing

Open to the Joy of BEING

Relax into a deeper connection with yourself as you cultivate STILLNESS.

There is a still, silent place within each one of us – beyond the chatter and drama of our everyday lives –

A place of   PEACE  from which new inspirations can flow.

Our next fully residential Retreat

Saturday 26th September (4pm) to Wednesday 30th (4pm)

At Noddfa,


  1. Wales

Cost £325 ( or £290 if booked by 1st August.)


Contact and booking, Jenny Brooke 01743 884963

e-mail: jj.beloved@btinternet.com

A £50 non refundable deposit secures your place.

to Jenny Brooke, 26 Hinwood Road, Westbury, Shrewsbury,


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