January 18 @ 4:55 pm

Facilitated and hosted on Dartmoor by CAROLYN HILLYER

We are finally managing to gather together on Dartmoor for this beautiful and empowering celebration of wild land, ancient magic and sisterhood. The Confluence (or kombero) 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.


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. 

Carolyn will anchor the programme of the day with four workshop presentations ~
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

There will be a weave of inspiring presentations from Braided River sisters ~
From Ocean to River
rom Hill Stream to Pool
A Song of Seven Sisters
The Journeys of Ancient Trout

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

Creating with wise hands ~ Encircling Sisterhood

Women’s art and craft market ~ The Riverbank

Delicious supper provided by Earthwise Kitchen

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, bursary places available for women on low income benefits and students; vegan supper, hot drinks and cakes included in your ticket, bring your own packed lunch; B&B accommodation may be booked locally; 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. 40 places




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


Carolyn Hillyer

(+44) 01822 880301

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