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Awakening: The Celtic Fire Festival of Imbolc

The Monastery

february, 2024

sun04feb2:00 pm4:00 pmAwakening: The Celtic Fire Festival of ImbolcJoin the Way of the Buzzard to celebrate the Celtic festival of awakening and mark the first day of spring2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

imbolc at Manchester monastery

Event Details

Celebrate Imbolc: the ancient Celtic fire festival 2024 at the Monastery, Manchester

2-4pm, Sunday, 4th February, 2024

With the change in bird song and the first spring flowers blooming, nature is slowly emerging from the depths of winter. New shoots are pushing through, and the snowdrops are showing their faces through the darkness of the soil. We are reminded that the light is returning once again. Yet below the frozen ground, there is much work being undertaken as life once again stirs into being.

What is Imbolc?

Imbolc is the festival of awakening and marks the first day of spring. It’s time to take early steps towards your upcoming plans, breathe some life into them and bring them into being. Remember though, there is no rush. Go with nature’s pace and take your time to emerge. Allow the stirrings of excitement as you think of what seeds you want to plant.

What can I expect?

Join us for this Imbolc celebration led by Nicola & Jason from The Way of the Buzzard as we celebrate the return of the light. Drop into nature’s pace, take your time to emerge into the warmer months and allow the stirrings of excitement as you think of what seeds you want to plant. During our time together, there will be moments for connection, reflection and sharing, as well as singing and drumming together in community.

  • Immerse in the energies of Imbolc and celebrate the first day of spring
  • Connect with nature’s rhythms, and align with the natural world’s stillness
  • Tap into an ancient way of being with like-minded people to tune into your spiritual guidance

Who should attend?

This celebration is perfect if you:

  • Are looking to align yourself more with the natural cycles of nature
  • Would like to deepen your experience working with the shamanic and nature connection toolkit
  • Are an ‘old hand’ at all of this but would like to celebrate Imbolc with likeminded folk
  • Are a first-timer and keen to give it a go

Do I need any special clothing or equipment?

  • You don’t need any experience in anything whatsoever to take part
  • If you have a drum or rattle, bring it along with you
  • Bring your journal or notepad and something to write with

A few words from your hosts

“We, Jason and Nicola Smalley, are edge dwellers and Shamanic Practitioners living in the Silverdale AONB in the northwest of England.

For the past twenty years, we have been individually seeking a spiritual connection that is aligned with our core beliefs and values. This search led us to discover shamanism, and ultimately to each other. The Way of the Buzzard became our voice in the World.

Over recent years we have taught thousands of people the power of the shamanic toolkit and nature connection. We support others on their healing journey to find their purpose and their path through online courses, retreats, monthly shamanic journey circles, nature connection films and sacred tools.

When we aren’t working, we can both be found roaming the local crags, coast, woodlands and meadows in our locale.

Our passion is anything connected to nature and the mysteries of the Earth.”

To find out more about The Way of the Buzzard please visit the website.

How much does it cost to take part?

General entry to the ceremony for adults is £20.

*This subsidised ticket price helps the Monastery’s Charitable Trust to cover some of the costs associated with hosting this event. We do, however, have a limited amount of complimentary passes for those who’d like to attend but are unable to make a contribution at this time. If this is you, please contact us directly explaining your circumstances and we’ll be glad to help.

Do I need to book in advance?

Yes, advance booking is advised. You can reserve your place online by clicking here or directly from the Monastery reception (no booking fee).

Directions to the Monastery here.


(Sunday) 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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