Cosmos Connections and Contemplations (cancelled)

Cosmos Connections and Contemplations (cancelled)

Saturday 11th November 2023 from 17:00pm to 21:00pm

Tokes Farm
Tokes Lane, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 9AP

Updated 07/11/23 unfortunately this event has been cancelled.

Enjoy an evening of Mindful Stargazing with Mark Westmoquette.

When was the last time you paused and looked up at the night sky with wide-eyed curiosity, appreciating the magic and awe of the stars? The practice of mindful stargazing is about slowing down and immersing yourself in the experience of the night time and contemplating what it is to be a human in this vast cosmos. It helps us developing a first-hand, experiential knowledge of what it is, not to look at the Universe, but to be in the Universe.

During the evening we’ll be exploring a variety of mindful stargazing practices, focussing on contemplating our place within the cosmos and our connections to it – scientifically, energetically and spiritually. Before going outside, we’ll practice a cosmic body scan, sensing different parts of our body and how they’re made of stuff that was produced in stars billions of years ago. Then as we go outdoors, we’ll spend some time immersing ourselves in the experience of the night sky as it is (clear or cloudy), and explore how we can feel part of the cosmos, at home in this vast universe of ours. We’ll finish by contemplating some amazing images of space and exploring some of the myths and stories associated with the constellations.

Hearty supper and hot drinks included. Note the event will go ahead whatever the weather.

Please note that this has already taken place on 11/11/2023

Event organiser

Mark Westmoquette

Mark Westmoquette is organising this event

Please contact Mark Westmoquette directly for more details regarding this event or, if appropriate, contact the event venue.

Event booking

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Event darkness

The Moon has a big impact on the visibility of celestial bodies in the night sky. Try to plan your stargazing when there is no bright Moon at night as this is when the skies will be at their darkest.

The below chart shows if and when the skies will be at their darkest during this event. Moonlight is shown in light yellow and the Sun's twilight in light blue. Midnight on the date shown is shown as a white line with sunset to the left and sunrise the next morning to the right. A black background with stars shows the best times for stargazing.

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