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Autumn Treasure Hunt

autumn-leavesThis is the activity I have planned for out Mabon Meet up.  I’m going to send groups of kids out into the woods with a mobile phone / tablet (and an adult to supervise at a distance) to see how many of this list the kids can find and photograph.  Chocolate prizes will be given (probably to all) with great ceremony afterwards.

Wishing you all a Marvellous Mabon

Sam x

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Blogs talking about bodies and consent

I realised as I was researching and writing the article for Beltane 16 Pagan Dawn that how we talk to our children about bodies and sex and how we SHOW our children what we think about bodies and sex is a HUGE topic.  Far more than one page in a magazine.

To start with I would like to share with you some of the blog posts and web sites that have helped me to think about my parenting and to shape the way I respond to my children.   Continue reading

A warm welcome from the Children and Families team.

We are a new and developing team within the PD family and hope to grow over the coming seasons.  We would like to share with you the kind of things that are going on in our homes and forests as we celebrate our paths with our children.  Hopefully you will take some inspiration from us, whether you are parents or carers yourself, as we explore the world and our spirituality through the experiences of our children.

Beltane – May Day – This is the most beautiful time of year.

hawthorn 2The birds are singing, there is a hint of warmth in the air and all the hedgerows seem to be bursting with new life. The hedgerow is a place of infinite possibility at this time of year, if you make a trip to the countryside you will witness the capacity of our hedgerows to be habitat, boundary, larder, shelter, and a place of wonder for all manner of creatures, insects and spirits.

This is also the only time you can bring May (Hawthorne) blossom into the house without risking the hostility of the Gentle Folk! My (Hannah’s) boys have been fascinated with Maying traditions – and the idea that there is a flower that can only be brought to the house one time a year is so potent to them, that on May morning they want to go cut the May and attach it to the door before breakfast! We bring the may blossom from the Hawthorne to bless the house, using it to sprinkle water around the boundary and often we use it to decorate a wreath that will hang on our door across the Beltane period. Further, we build an altar to the Sidhe at this time, and honor the great powerful spirits that roam our land.  Fairies are not small fluffy things with wings I remind them, but the great and gracious spirits of the places we live in and as such deserve the honouring at Maytime, with bud and blossom and thorn.

Morning blessings are really lovely to use on spring morning:

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Poetry Competition.

Hannah has written a beautiful Pagan A to Z, which you can read here, and it got us thinking that there had to be tons of talented children out there.  Sam’s daughter has just finished reading a fantastic series of books based on Druid principles and full of magic and adventure.  Golden AcornYou can read a review of the books by Raven here.  However, we would love to share the first book of the series with a lucky child and think a poetry competition would be the perfect way to find that child.  If Awen finds you before Summer solstice, please email Sam with your poem, your name address and age and the best poem will win a paperback copy of “The Golden Acorn” by Catherine Cooper.

Terms and Conditions

Entrants must be under 16 on 21st June 2015.

Entries should be emailed to children.families@paganfederation.co.uk by June 21st 2015, with the child’s name, age, postal address and the name and contact phone number of a parent or carer.

Entries will be judged by Sam & Hannah and the winner will be notified by the July 15th 2015. The prize is one paperback copy of The Golden Acorn by Catherine Cooper, no alternative prize is available.

By entering the competition you are giving permission for the Pagan Federation to publish the poem and the first name of the poet (and their age) both online and in print.  Copyright for the poem remains with the poet.