RIVER AND MOON
A celebration of water and light
Full moon, AUGUST 25 Saturday and 26 Sunday, 6pm to midnight
Hosted by CAROLYN HILLYER and NIGEL SHAW at Lower Merripit Farm on Dartmoor
This summer we are creating two very special evenings on Dartmoor where mystic music, spun tales, night rituals and nature art will be swirled together into a glorious honouring of wild waters and moon tides. In preparation for this, we have begun work on extending the ritual landscape on the farm, clearing silted waterways for the first time in a hundred years and creating a new pilgrimage path that connects the web of streams from well to willow pool. There will be two fires burning throughout these nights of celebration: in the ancestral roundhouse and outside in the ritual circle.
RIVER (Saturday) will feature flowing music from Nigel Shaw and Carolyn Hillyer, watery stories, fluid images and a twilight ceremony called Weaving the Water. There will also be stunning presentations from other musicians and artists (details to be announced soon).
MOON (Sunday) is a night of ancient and Celtic magic with exquisite soul-filled music. As well as Nigel and Carolyn there will be a twilight ceremony called Touching the Moon and beautiful performances, moon dances and strange tales offered by special guest musicians and artists (details to be announced soon).
Tickets: £25 for one night, £45 for both nights, £20 concession (please email to request), £10 child. We want the weekend to feel intimate and the land to be softly held so we are limiting the number of tickets to 150 each day. Tickets are available to buy now: they willbe sent out from the end of February.
Food: We will be serving delicious vegetarian pie suppers, delicacies from the cakesmiths (including vegan and gluten free) and a range of drinks from hot teas to cold ales.
Accommodation: We are not offering or arranging any accommodation during this weekend but there are places to stay locally if you would like to spend the whole weekend on Dartmoor. Nearby Runnage Camping Barns and camping field are already fully booked and have no additional spaces for the bank holiday weekend. Therefore we recommend a beautiful wild camping site at Brimpts Farm (15 minutes drive), great family and group rooms near the forest YHA hostel in Bellever (5 minutes drive, best to book early) plus local B&B options (email us for a list).
Parking: We have limited parking at the farm (70 spaces) so we will be using Postbridge Village Hall car park as an overspill. Each ticket will come with a voucher specifying farm or village parking. The farm spaces will be allocated to those who book first but with some priority spaces reserved for the disabled, elderly and parents with young children; when booking your ticket please email us if you need priority on-site parking. The car park is only about 7 minutes walk but we will also be running a landrover shuttle service for some of the evening.
Artists: We will be creating nine small water shrines beside the streams on this farm and are inviting artists, sculptors and crafts people to contribute a piece of work; there are nine places available, one for each shrine. The art should be made of natural materials (no plastic!) and able to withstand damp or rain for a few days. It should be large enough to hold the energy of the shrine but small enough to sit gently in the landscape. In exchange we will give you a ticket for the weekend, advertise your information and make your piece available for sale if you wish. Please email us for a submission form – email@example.com
Volunteers: We always need crew members to help set up, pack up, serve food, tend fires and generally care for the people and the land. We especially welcome students and young people with restricted income, but anyone with a keen spirit, strong arms or kind manner is invited to get in touch. We exchange with your ticket, dinners and drinks, plus camping place on the farm – firstname.lastname@example.org