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Thursday, August 18, 2011

13th & 14th August 2011 - Healing Festival, Ventnor Botanical Gardens.

On 13th and 14th August Green Gym were represented at the first Healing Festival. It was held at Ventnor Botanical Gardens and was a huge success; two days of fun, fantasy and fresh air. The atmosphere was lovely and there were circus things for everyone to try out - Bobby and Abigail were very good at twirling the plates on sticks - I couldn't even get mine to go round more than twice and Bobby wiggled those hips to get the hula hoop going.
Elspeth and her daughter Anna built an amazing mini-willow dome which was used all weekend by children of all ages, even tiny tots were toddling inside to hide, it was admired by all, while Roger sat and looked bemused or amused at their efforts. The grandchildren Maisie and Raf together with Abs took colouring books inside and made the most of the shade and privacy in their new den.
Mark and Colin put up the stakes for the willow hurdle and we invited all comers to add a few willow wands, and many people came and had a go and were interested in what GG does. Mark showed how he missed his vocation as a very good instructor.
I did some willow circles which were very popular especially on Saturday and people were walking around with them on their heads like crowns, looked good. Bobby did a larger one to show what could be done and several people did some to use at xmas as the base for festive wreaths. We used several large piles of willow and ended up cutting some from the gardens as our own supplies ran down [with permission of course].
Angela and Pete came along on Sunday to help mind the stall and with us and Bobby to pack up, a big thank you to all. I don't think any of us expected it to be such a success with many hundreds of people visiting the festival and lots of therapies available to try out. We have been invited back next year and look forward to going again - if only to get another henna tattoo!

Many thanks to June for the above.

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