27th July 2021 @ 11:18 pm

Created and hosted on Dartmoor by CAROLYN HILLYER

This beautiful and empowering gathering in celebration of wild land, ancient magic and sisterhood will take place over two days in the midst of autumn colour at a secluded location on the moor.

September 11 Saturday: The Braided River Confluence (Wide Kombero) – all women welcome
September 12 Sunday: The Braided River Confluence (Small Kombero) – by invitation

* kombero is the ancient Proto-Celtic word for a gathering of waters and of women, also for prayers made beside the river.


We are hoping that re-anchoring the confluence into this new date will enable us all to gather without restriction and make it more possible for international sisters to attend. Please note that your ticket money will be refunded if this event needs to be cancelled for reasons beyond our control.


Confluence (Wide Kombero) Programme for Saturday


You are invited to join this gathering of sisters to share a braiding of our courage and hope, an infusion of our dreams and clear intent, a confluence of intuitive and wise waters. Our thirteen hour journey together will include presentations, workshops, singing, drumming, dancing, ceremony, mythic tales and a riverbank of women’s craft & art all held within our symbolic and sacred house of rivers. Please note that the programme for the weekend is still being updated so details may change.

Four workshop sessions offered by Carolyn Hillyer ~ Where We are Born (We are Born from the Hollows Smooth and Dark; We are Born from the Waters Wild and Free; We are Born from the Storms and the Rolling Winds; We are Born from the Soul of our Mothers’ Songs)

A weave of presentations from Braided River sisters ~ From Ocean to River to Hill Stream to Pool

Wildsong sessions ~ Sing Out Your Heart, Drum Up A Storm

Creating with wise hands ~ A Land Guardian’s Prayer

Women’s art and craft market ~ The Riverbank

Delicious supper provided by Earthwise Bakery

Evening ceremony ~ Drumming Our Path Through The Heron’s Marsh

African drum rhythms & vibrant dancing with Denis Rowe and The Earth Dance Drummers

Closing concert with Carolyn ~ Wild Litany


Booking Information


The Braided River Wide Kombero September 11 Saturday 9am-10pm, ticket price £88 (with option of paying in two installments), some bursary places available for women on low income benefits and students (please email to apply); vegetarian/vegan supper, hot drinks and cakes included in your ticket, bring your own packed lunch; B&B accommodation may be booked locally, some sleeping spaces in local participants’ homes; lift shares may be arranged onto the moor. 113 places

Confluence (Small Kombero) Programme for Sunday


The second day of the Confluence is for women who have been working within the flow of the braided river: apprenticeship sisters, salmon sisters, creel sister and sisters of the braid. You will have your invitation sent to you, with details of our informal plans for the day, including drum council and co-created rituals. The Braided River Small Kombero September 12 Saturday 10am-6pm, ticket price £48, hot drinks and cakes included in your ticket, bring your own packed lunch, camping and inside accommodation available from Friday to Monday at Lower Merripit Farm for women who are not local (self-catering, donation to cottage of £30, collected at the weekend). 50 places


Come into the water sisters
let the river wash you through…


Carolyn Hillyer

(+44) 01822 880301


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