Lin Dhu Festival – Lincolnshire August 2012

We set off on Thursday afternoon; tired, grumpy and hungry – all of us sniping at each other, the car rammed full of tents, lanterns, flutes and food. After a 2 hour journey into the bowels of Lincolnshire, we arrived at the venue for Lin Dhu; a farm plonked smack bang in the middle of a beautiful piece of nowhere and set back from the local road by a good half a mile.

The farm had been decked out by the owners and the event organisers in all sorts of festival finery; a meditation zone, medicine wheel, healing area, stalls, a marquee and a barn with a bar. My task? To play the flute in the various areas of the festival and to sell one or two if I could.

Tent building took me over an hour; it’s a big one! Thursday night was quiet beers outside and a provided meal of baked spuds. Friday came and I put out a blanket with my flutes on it, and proceeded to sit and boil quietly while people came and “ooo’d” and “aah’d” at them. I occasionally forayed around the site, playing tunes and (hopefully) making a nice addition to the atmosphere of the event. This is pretty much how it went for the entire weekend; youngest daughter saw more freedom than she’s ever allowed anywhere else, and youngest Son the same. Three flutes found new owners; I really hope they enjoy their new homes and vice versa. The journey home was uneventful and quiet with everyone but me asleep…

This has been the only time I’ve been camping and been completely chilled out the whole time… not a single worry nor a single problem marred the weekend. We made new friends, caught the sun and took some fantastic energies from Lin Dhu.

Thanks to Kevin, to Carolyn, and to all the crew and participants.

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4 Responses to “Lin Dhu Festival – Lincolnshire August 2012”

  1. Kev Barefoot 15/08/2012 at 13:19 Permalink

    Hi Tom,
    I am so pleased you enjoyed the spirit and energies of the Lin Dhu Festival, it really does take some beating! I was helping as a crew member with my lovely partner Sarah and we both commented on how nice it was to hear you wandering around the grounds of the festival playing your flute. It most certainly added to the ambiance of Cabourne Parva. If you happen to have a Facebook Account, I have a lovely photograph of you playing your flute to the Lin Dhu Healing Tree that was planted on Friday after the opening circle. Feel free to add me (Kev Barefoot Fletcher) and take a look, otherwise I could forward you it by email if you prefer.

    Many thanks for helping to make Lin Dhu 2012 a healing and rejuvenating weekend for many. We hope to see more of you and your flutes in the near future.

    Kev B

  2. Jean Cook 15/08/2012 at 14:33 Permalink

    Hi Tom,
    Glad you had such a good time – it was fab, wasn’t it?
    I’m one of the Abus Coritani Group who did the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and planted the Lin Dhu Tree and wondered if you would mind me sharing your picture of you playing the flute for the tree with the group on facebook.

    • StoneLaughter 15/08/2012 at 18:43 Permalink

      Hi Jean!

      Personally I have no problem with you sharing this picture of me; however you should ask Kev Barefoot (above) as he took the photo; the copyright is therefore his 🙂

  3. Kev Barefoot 16/08/2012 at 10:34 Permalink

    Hi Jean,
    Sorry for the delay in replying, my internet connection is letting me down since I returned from the Lin Dhu……
    I’ve no problem at all in anyone sharing my photos. I took them for the pleasure of anyone that wants to enjoy them and I dont believe in ‘copyright’ laws anyway. We were born to this land with nothing material and will leave with nothing, everything inbetween should be enjoyed and shared by all!
    Much love to all, Namaste
    Kev Barefoot