On Sunday I ran my first workshop from home and it was truly a blessing, of unicorns! A blessing is the collective noun for a group of unicorns. I am in awe at how perfect a description that is for what I have experienced in this work and yesterday in particular.
I’ve worked for years as a facilitator, coach and trainer and mostly in a corporate setting, with teams or individual leaders. Running personal transformation workshops, Find Your Inner Unicorn, is a new venture for me.
Since finding and clarifying my purpose during my transformational adventure, I have wanted to integrate my love of “home” into my work.
Home for me means a safe place in which I can be myself, a space that is both beautiful and functional, relaxing and energising. Sharing my home is something that I have realised I wish to do more of, through the workshops and making my guest bedrooms available through Airbnb.
My unicorn sisters came from afar, Scotland, and not so far, Heaton Moor in Stockport, and a variety of places in between. I wanted them to have a lovely day, to feel nurtured, cared for and pampered, so we started with proper coffee and warm pastries, followed by some energy medicine practice in the garden, underneath the 100 year old poplar tree and clear blue skies.
I used my dining room as our main workshop space. The amazingly talented Heather Linnett from www.eclectic-chair.com recovered my original 50’s dining chairs just in time for them to provide comfy seats for the day in gorgeous velvet and retro fabrics.
Lunch was next door with food by Eddie Shepherd, have a look at www.walledgardensfood.com to see what he does. His purpose, passion and talents to create modern vegetarian food that is both delicious and aesthetically delightful deserves it’s own post as it was a magical experience.
We used my newly built living room for reflective conversations and guided visualisations. Thanks to Mark Roberts and the team for your months of hard labour in the rain, snow, sleet and occasional sunshine, to create this beautiful space that I still can’t quite believe is mine to enjoy on a daily basis. Mark is so busy that the last thing he needs is a website to promote his business!
During the excavation for the foundations, he unearthed a memorial stone for a little girl, Praxedes Hailwood, who died in 1927. Feeling the need to establish whether or not there were graves in my garden, I got my mum on the case with her skills in researching family history. We followed an extraordinary tale that I will share in another blog which culminated in discovering my house is built on the site of a spiritual retreat for women. This had been running for about 100 years until the plot was sold off for development.
Hundreds of women from around the world had come here to find their inner unicorns seeking rest, solace, peace and prayer in my garden .
The alignment I feel around this is so powerful. My purpose is to illuminate the way for those who seek their path to freedom and my work in running the Unicorn courses allows me to live that in every moment.
I have had an strengthening desire to run transformation workshops from home right about the time that little Praxedes came to light. Her name is Greek in origin and means “she who has firm intentions”. That feels like a description of me and I believe I am coming to deeply understand the power of intention-setting achat viagra 10. The blessing of unicorns on Sunday was a manifestation of this.
It was born from a legacy created by women in this place in the last century, which I can feel in the energy and peace of my home. It is my legacy to continue to evolve and develop it, from this home and as my intentions grow , in beautiful and functional spaces around the world. That is what I would love to do, run transformational retreats on a global basis for all those who are seeking their path to freedom.
So these days, when I count my blessings as part of my gratitude practice, I realise I am counting unicorns and that in itself is a blessing.
Thank you to each and every being who has supported me to do this and enabled me to experience the blessing of unicorns. Especially Sarah, Lynn, Val, Wendy, Lesley, Debbie and Vicki who were with me yesterday. I feel truly blessed and as a symbol of the magic, power and beauty that is in each one of us, I feel like a unicorn too.