Feb 022012

We now have a new online magazine called Ashoroak to promote issues that we feel are important. Each update will feature a wide range of subjects close to our hearts. You are also encouraged to submit material for possible inclusion in future issues.

This is an exciting new project, and we highly recommend that you take a look. If you like what you find, and we are sure that you will, please share it with your friends.

If you want more information please visit the website.


 Posted by at 12:55 pm
Jul 292010

The author of this fascinating and unique publication, Alan R Phillips, has generously made a limited number of copies available for sale at this heavily discounted price for members and friends of Wild Wood Ways as a donation to the project group, which he has already been kind enough to support in other ways with gifts of his time and his wide-ranging knowledge of history, mythology and Isle of Wight folklore. We are, as ever, very grateful to Alan – who is donating all profits from sales at this special low price to the Wild Wood Ways project – for his freely offered support for this worthwhile cause.

See the flyer above for details of where extracts from the book can be read and the e-mail address for further information or orders.

 Posted by at 2:12 pm
Jun 092010

The first edition of Wild Wood Ways’ ‘ad hoc’ Duir magazine is now available!

The title word, ‘Duir’, represents the letter D in the ancient Ogham tree alphabet and is associated with the oak, favoured grove tree of the ancient Druids, which supports more life in and on it than any other tree. As a living ecosystem in itself, this is a fine symbol of what Wild Wood Ways stands for.

Articles in the first edition include items on the Spirit of Trees, the Summer Solstice, Vibrational Tree Essences, Walking wakefully in the wild, Island Myth and Magick, The Way of the Bard and more, including a poetry page.

Duir is available for only £1.95, subject to availability.

 Posted by at 3:28 pm
May 272010

WELCOME to the online home of Wild Wood Ways, a project established on the Isle of Wight, UK, for the benefit of all those who honour the Earth and the natural world.

Our Mission: To honour and share the knowledge and harmony of the land

For a number of years, many Islanders have dreamed of having a plot of land, preferably with some woodland and perhaps even a stream or spring, on which to celebrate the turning of the seasons in their own way, in harmony with the natural world and its rhythms.

Another key motivation is to preserve at least some small part of the Island’s unique natural beauty in perpetuity from the demands and ravages of an ever-growing population.

But perhaps the most important objective of all is to be able to set aside and care for a natural Island environment in which to offer education and teaching, to adults as well as to our children, in the ways of the natural world and in the arts and crafts of our ancestors and elders, to bring a new appreciation of all the many delights and joys the natural world has to offer, to future generations and to our contemporaries, who have sadly now become so detached and insulated from the Old Ways through the conveniences and demands of modern living.

Now a small team has been formed with the long-term aim of bringing this dream to fruition, with the help and support of a large and diverse band of friends and like-minded people.

This is Wild Wood Ways.

Please bookmark this page and return often to follow the further development of this site and keep up to date with the fun, intriguing and useful events we are organising.

 Posted by at 3:16 pm
May 162010


by Mitch

Within the vastly huge area of the ancient Parkhurst Forest on the Isle of Wight, there lies a secret. It is a tiny copse within a huge area of deciduous and evergreens. The secret will be revealed to those who hear the trees talking, guiding and cajoling them towards a little miracle that is as huge as the biggest ocean.

The text books will tell you that beech and oak, in many aspects, grow differently, at vastly different rates and are not at all compatible. But then this was written by the hand of man, who has himself grown so far away from the Mother’s heartbeat, as to be deaf as well as blind. He only has his opinions left! Perceptions that can be dissolved in the blinking of an eye.

And in the blinking of an eye, this little beech and oak copse handed up a miracle of loving union, that at once stills the “monkey brain”, opens the heart chakra and definitely brings a lump to the throat chakra. It is simply beautiful.

For the oak and beech, these two old trees, the mother and father of all the small and growing beech and oak in this copse, have joined together, psychically, at root and branch, intertwining, wrapping their branches around each other in the most beautiful embrace I have ever witnessed. It is breathtaking what these two have accomplished.

Like the seahorse, who spend hours in loving ritual, and will alter their psychical appearance to blend in with their partner, these two “incompatible” trees have changed themselves to unite together, forever! The oak has grown to envelope the beech branch and she has grown to support a huge oak branch in a v shape, that holds their union in a strong grasp.

There is a small gap in between these two, just enough for an average human to join the party, for a little while. We travel so fast through their world, we are like flashes of colour speeding past them. It is to our detriment that we ignore them. They wish us to stop and stand still, slow our heart and minds to link in with theirs. For they have never abandoned their contract, their guardianship of us humans. It is we that abandoned them.

If you ask permission you can stand a while with them. As you stand in the gap between these two lover trees, the most powerful healing energy comes around you.

And a teaching :

In our human world, woman and man are destined to be in union, better loving than in hate. But as we are now, more violent damage is being done to woman and also to man, every single day, in most parts of the world. Children are permanently harmed, and destined to repeat the pattern.

Imagine that we married for at least two hundred years! With no get out clauses. We all celebrate those rare couples who make it to their platinum celebration. Somewhere inside of most of us , there is the great desire to achieve that kind of loyalty, commitment and especially devotion.

Devotion to each other, is what the oak and beech are teaching anyone who visits them. To hear the heartbeat of a tree is to know they are conscious, living, sentient beings, who see us and want us to know them also.

It was in this gap, between these two trees, that the Wihtyar essence was laid with pure island spring water and a rare island turtle fossil, the very oldest crystal of the Earth. And this essence bubbled with energy when the time came to bottle and preserve. Hanging essences in the branches were also laid to keep the sacred hoop of tree energy intact.

As you walk on a little way you will see the children of the oak and beech, all around you. Much younger trees have grown together, root and branch, as if the very seed, borne by the birds and squirrels, carry the gene pattern of union.

“Do not walk past our children”: these words came in very strong. And the next teaching became clear:

This little copse was an extended family. Just like humans, the trees are a community. A huge living breathing loving entity. And there are children, with young energy, but older wisdom.

An essence was made with the younger oak and beech trees, for our children, who need healing from the ravishes human adults reap upon them.

The trees are teaching that full comprehensive healing is there for the asking: but we do need to ask!

Blessed be


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