Our Sacred work is guided by the intention to seek, in friendship, connection to the energy of the River Medway — to both listen and to remember the deep wisdom that flows within her waters so that we might be informed by them and respond to them with our guardianship and loving care.
The ancient peoples of these lands once had a vibrant relationship with the river and to them water was not only life but was also alive - they revered the river as a sacred being flowing in a living and sacred landscape.
These communities lived in far greater unity with each other and with the natural world around them than our communities of today – seeing all human life as being within a greater unity of the living body of their world. Everything had a place in the destiny of all and nothing could exist without everything else. They understood that how we treat something outside of our own self is indicative of how we treat ourselves and our loved ones.
All water sites, whether natural springs, lakes or rivers were held in loving sacredness and gratitude by the people, and they were tended and celebrated throughout the solar year in ceremony and in festival.
In our modern world, until recently, water, like so much of the living body of the earth, has come to be regarded as just another resource separate from our own selves to be used at will and available on tap. We have become disconnected from the source and the flow of these water bodies and have moved into an overall separateness from our living environment.
Now as we all begin to realise how our own and previous generations actions have affected the waters of the planet and the waters within our own community, we can feel within ourselves an inner urging to take action. Friends of the River Medway has come into being in response to this growing feeling and we seek to both support and enable all those who wish to return to loving care and guardianship of the great treasure that is this magnificent body of water.
Understanding that there has not been an environment that supports this in our modern culture, we seek to remember and revive the ancient ways in which humans interacted, listened and gave thanks in celebration of the waters, and recognise that there is a deep need within many to return to the loving guardianship, honouring and recognition of our waterways. We seek to reinstate these ways as the norm, nurturing a relationship based on connection, reverence and gratitude.
Photo credit: Dan Leak
Ceremony & Festivals
Through gentle ceremony and practice, we offer a place where individuals can learn how to listen, remember, and connect to the waters. These ceremonies are also a space for people to delve into their unique gifts, discovering how these can be brought forward into the world as a means of service, support and healing.
We offer and encourage a place to share personal interactions and experiences with the waters through creative expression. This may include written word, art, film, music or any other medium that celebrates the sacred essence of rivers.
Demonstrations and Workshops
We offer demonstrations and workshops to facilitate connection with the waters, but also greater understanding of how our own energy and consciousness can work for the betterment of rivers and the natural environment.
In line with the traditions of our ancestors, we will organise festivals that celebrate and honour different water sites. These celebrations are intended to invoke joy, gratitude and a deeper relationship with the sacred waters.
We invite everyone who has a feeling, a calling, or a connection to the sacredness of the waters of the River Medway to participate in service and connection to the Waters regardless of background, faith, age, or ability. We seek to support everyone to find what it is that sparks the sacred within them, what sparks loving awareness, and what inspires loving care for our waters and our planet, as it is each of our unique abilities that will manifest real and effective change. In this, we offer a focal point of warm inclusion where all, including the quiet, retiring, solitary and those who work in the ‘quiet ways’, can be an integral part of our work through intention, prayer and practice.