Three Kings Celebrations - 6th January
Hugo Erbe (1885-1965) created the Three Kings Preparation as a result of his work as a bio-dynamic farmer in Germany. It was after the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 that he experienced a deep wound inflicted on the earth and in order to restore healing, he developed a preparation made from the gifts of the Three Kings.
Gold the symbol of wisdom, growth of the physical body
Frankincense representing spiritual intuition, sacramental offering and development of the harmonious soul
Myrrh the symbol of dying, the earthly in order that the higher may come to life and enhancement of spiritual development
All three are ground together for one hour to form a paste which is then added to warm water. The stirring process represents restoring the elemental forces back into the water which is then sprayed around the boundary in an outward direction to act as protection. These three holy substances can serve as gifts to the earth and the elemental world. Amongst the chaos of the festive season of consumption, gift giving etc, it's good to pause and give thanks to the land and our environment for sustaining us throughout the year.
Burns Night Supper - 25th January
The Main Hall is decorated for the annual Burn's Supper, with the tables laid out, candles trimmed with tartan and the walls draped in tartan fabric. Everyone filters in, taking their seats ready for the celebrations to begin.
The sound of bagpipes comes up the hall followed by one of Corbenic's residents, carrying the signature 'haggis'.
The Master of Ceremonies, opens the evening with a Burn's poem delivered in their best thick Scottish accent. We sing songs and feast on haggis, neeps n tatties washed down with Irn Bru.
The evening is topped off with an amazing homemade Cranachan and a cheery rendition of Auld Lang Syne, sang hand in hand.
Candlemas - 2nd February
'When Candlesmas day is bright with sun, then the winters but half begun, but when Candlemas day is cold with rain then winters power is on the wane''
Candlemas, also known as the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is a Christian holiday commemorating the presentation of Jesus at the Temple. It falls on the 2nd February, which is traditionally the 40th day of the Christmas-Epiphany season. While it is customary for Christians in some countries to remove their Christmas decorations on Twelfth Night (Epiphany Eve), those in other Christian countries historically remove them on Candlemas.
Shrove Tuesday/Carnival - February
It's tradition at Corbenic to have a pancake race outside every year to mark the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, then to end the celebrations on Shrove Tuesday, there is a Carnival held in the Main Hall. Every year there is a different theme and everyone enjoys getting dressed up!
Holy Week (Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday)
Corbenic's Holy week celebration starts the week running up to Good Friday. This week is always marked with a different Tableau Vivant everyday.
Palm Sunday is a Christian feast that falls on the Sunday before Easter. The Corbenic Community commence this special week with a boundary walk, marking the territory with crosses topped with bread shaped roosters, a tradition from the Netherlands.
The procession meandering along the Poetry Path could be likened to the crowd that gathered to lay palm branches, a symbol of triumph and victory on the ground in anticipation of Jesus triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
On Easter Sunday, we have our annual Easter egg hunt and rolling. It is a day when families join and over 100 eggs are shared amongst everyone.
Easter Monday in the Western Christian Liturgical calendar is the second day of Eastertide, sometimes referred to as 'Bright Monday. To celebrate this special time, we have a day trip to the beach.
Ascension Day occurs on the Thursday 40 days after Easter and is the celebration of Christ ascending into heaven after His death, burial and resurrection.
To celebrate this, at Corbenic we board a coach and spend the day climbing a hill in the Scottish countryside, enjoying a picnic lunch and hoping for good weather!
Whitsun, or 'White Sunday' is the 7th Sunday after Easter, the day of Pentecost telling the story of the Holy Spirit's appearance to the Apostles. The Biblical account tells how they were gathered to celebrate the Jewish Harvest Festival and began to speak in Foreign Languages.
At Corbenic, we have lots of volunteers from all over the world, speaking many 'foreign' languages. To celebrate Whitsun, we have 'International Day'. It's a time to share our culture, our food, our language, what makes us individual and yet unites us as we live and work together with a shared purpose, under the greater 'Camphill Community umbrella'.
Family Weekend - June
The 24th June in the Christian calendar is more commonly known as St John's Day. A marker of the life of John the Baptist to "prepare ye the way of the Lord".
A short talk from Luke is given about taking time to reflect, getting rid of the old in preparation for the new. The metaphorical takes the form of a literal lighting of a huge bonfire. It is a touching moment to observe sons and daughters with their families connecting with one another as the fire blazes.
The rest of the day is spent singing songs, reciting poetry and having a BBQ for the whole community and their families.
Michaelmas - 29th September
Michaelmas Day, traditionally celebrated on 29th September, is the feast of Saint Michael the Archangel, the angel who hurled Lucifer down from heaven. It used to be said that harvest had to be completed by Michaelmas, a marking of the end of the productive season and the beginning of the new cycle. It is also an indication of darker nights and colder days - a time when defences need to be strengthened.
Here at Corbenic, as per tradition, we fortify ourselves with a hearty meal using the fruits and vegetables harvested by the community from the Corbenic gardens.
Halloween - 31st October
The spooky fun begins with a Scary Walk through one of the houses. Beware signs, spiders and cobwebs lined the entrance as we are guided through the passageway. It weaves past faceless zombie types and scary witches all subtly lit for effect.Then it is a walk in the dark to the Main Hall for a party.
There are creative costumes, music and a great night for all!
Advent Market - Last Saturday of November
Our annual Advent Market is open to the public and there is something for everyone; beautiful crafts, bread boards, wreaths, mulled wine, handmade soups and cakes, storytelling, poetry and so much more, all created in our workshops by our community.
St Andrew's Day - 30th November
Saint Andrew’s Day is celebrated every 30th November in Scotland and is marked by a Bank Holiday. The day celebrates St Andrew who is the Patron Saint of Scotland and it is also considered Scotland’s National Day.
Christmas - 24th - 26th December