We’re travelling again, happy days

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This was home for the last lockdown, today we got back to cruising, will slowly be heading to The Thames, cruising through Great Bedwyn, Hungerford, Newbury and Reading.    We are grateful that we got to stay here for so long, a peaceful place with healing vibrations, a place where we could connect internally and connect with nature. We need to be in Reading Berkshire for July.  We’ll have a short stay in Reading before heading back on to the Kennet & Avon Canal, I estimate that we’ll be East of the Kennet & Avon Canal, up until about September, (Reading – Newbury – Hungerford – Great Bedwyn).  Anyone wishing to book for locks maintenance or installing fresh locks and would like to take advantage of Berkshire and West Berkshire locations, please get in touch as soon as possible.

Visits from woodland critters

 

One of the magical privileges living earth way, is when we get critters visiting our home. Problem is they don’t stay still long enough to get a photo.  Anyway here are three visitors I managed to catch with the camera.  First pic was a domestic duck gone feral, she stayed close by for several weeks, often helping herself up the gang plank. The second a beautiful bumble bee and third a baby rabbit, both safely caught and released.
 
Obviously we are surrounded by wildlife and on privileged occasions, we get to witness them wandering by.  Deer, fox and water vole are frequent, many birds, especially kingfisher, owls, woodpeckers, cranes and cuckoos.  A special treat, later in the day, we have otters swimming and frolicking about the boat, only had a glimpse of them tho.  
 
These are just some of the wonders travelling the waterways, I love this life.

Our dreadlock services now cover, Berkshire, Wiltshire and Somerset

We are travellers, living on a widebeam canal boat.  Since 2018 we have been cruising the Kennet & Avon Canal between Reading Berkshire and Bristol Somerset.  During that time we’ve had many visitors from far and wide, requiring lock maintenance or wanting fresh locks installed, we are grateful to each and everyone for their trust and friendships.

How and why anyone chooses to lock their hair is a personal choice.  However, if one chooses to come to us to have their hair locked, then please note, we won’t get involved with any extending or filling methods of locking, be it synthetic or human hair.  However, should one of your locks break away, as long as the lock is your hair, I am happy to re-attach it.  Please understand, we regard that locking hair is a spiritual process, extending or filling methods, using synthetic or human hair, contradicts Dharma ~ the virtue that supports our spiritual commitments.  I would like to add that the human Hair Extension Industry, is not ethically regulated in protecting adults and children from human exploitation.  For more information please check out my blog post ‘Hair Extension Industry – Human Exploitation

We use the crochet method of locking, we do not use rubber bands, waxes or any fixing agents, everything is natural and has to be your own hair.

We lock up all hair types using the above method.

I can also give maintenance, repair and rescue to locks in any condition, I’ve seen it all, nothing is too much trouble.  So please trust me and bring to me your natty messes.

We have chosen to live, as best we can, within the earthway cycle of the lands that are our home.  Not only the area we are living in at the moment do we consider our home, we consider the entire island to be our home and so we travel the waterways, within the limits of our boat, so that we can experience this beautiful, fertile and historically ancient land.

We’re also keen, on learning more about ancient cultures, especially as ancient cultures from all over the globe, would have been worlds apart but spiritually similar; take for example, historically, the locking of hair, something that ancient cultures around the world, have done. There is also the simplicity of ancient lives, their relationship with nature and the responsibility of their existence, which attracts and inspires us to be responsible for our existence, for us to cultivate a deep relationship with nature and to live simply.

We struggle with society, the materialism, the sensory overload, and the afflictions of choice and convenience.   Plus, we’re conscious of our impact on the ecology of the miracle of this planet, and so we decided to step away from urban living and live a more isolated, self reliant and off grid lifestyle.  Our home is approximately 80% self sustaining and we’re about 95% off grid.  However, there is always room for improvement, so when we can do better, we will do better.

As I already mentioned, we are interested and inspired by ancient cultures.  My partner is experienced in Eastern traditions and practices, he is experienced in and has a keen interest in the cultures of The First Nations People of North America and he is interested in finding out more about the original ancient tribes, (pre Roman) that existed here in United Kingdom.

I’ve been practicing Yoga since around about 2002 and in 2014, began taking a deeper path through Yoga, studying its ancient psychology through Sanskrit text.  This study has lead me toward Transcendental Psychology which is a self-enquiry into Consciousness.  In October 2021, I begin a 3 year academic course, in Bristol, to study Psychotherapeutic Counselling.

Between ourselves, our home and the nature around us, we offer a place of peace and healing to those who are seeking to have their hair lock-up.

Opening Wednesday 12th May 2021

We already have a priority bookings waiting list, which we will honour first. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please email or message me.

Covid precautions, wearing a mask and hand sanitation will continue for the foreseeable future. We will supply everyone with a fresh mask, before entering our home.

For updates of where we are located please check out the Contact page.

Stay safe and please keep others safe.

We are temporarily closed due to increase of COVID-19 infections.

I would like to begin this blog entry with many thanks to those who are supporting our decision, during these unprecedented times, to close our services for the second time,

It is with heavy heart, that I have decided to shut down JātaDreads with immediate effect. Due to the rise in new infections and now more people are having to go to hospital, I feel it is my responsibility to be a part of the solution to this situation and help stop the further spread of COVID-19. Should humanity collectively act with compassion towards each other and effectively adapt to the necessary changes required to dramatically decrease the spread of the virus, then, I will consider re-opening JātaDreads.

In the meantime, my advice to you is to learn how to lock your own hair, and become self-sufficient in your quest towards self expression. Cultivating self-sufficiency, ie independent discipline, is a fundamental step that gives rise to integrity in the true essence of spiritual devotion.

We wish you all well and please act safely.

Anna-Marie and Philip

Tidy Up Sun 9th Aug ’20

Started these baby locks in March ’20 just before the COVID lockdown, so today was the first tidy up.  Thank you Mark, for trusting me to start these locks for you and with your loyalty to my regular maintenance of them, especially as these locks are symbol of something special to you.

Tidy Up Fri 7th Aug ’20

I started these locks 21 months ago, they have matured so well.  A joy to work on them today.

Tidy Up 4th Aug ’20

Today’s tidy up. Wonderful afternoon spent outside on the stern, Tom watching fish swimming at the water surface and spotting Kingfisher darting about the bank. Great to catch up with this top chap.

Summer Boat Life

 

 

Beautiful hot summer’s day, rude not to enjoy being outdoors.  Nature on the canal giving Emma and ourselves a meaninful experience for her locks tidy up.

First JātaDreads Client COVID Precautions

 

Beautiful summer’s day, helping to give Nancy and us, the meaningful experience that we aim to achieve, when one chooses us to have their fresh locks installed or maturing locks maintained.  We are grateful to Nancy for her patience, as we meticulously followed the Government guidelines in providing our services.

Aboard our home, a widebeam canal boat, cruising the Kennet & Avon canal, basing ourselves in the ancient lands of Wiltshire.  The room at the bow, where we practice and study the ancient teachings of Yoga, making it a sacred space.  The room opens up into the countryside and through the french doors, there is a seated outdoor space, where one can take time out for refreshments, to connect with nature, soak up her peace and enjoy the canal.

Today was Philip’s first time locking hair for someone other than myself, he did amazingly well.  It won’t be long before he is cool to go solo.

Yogashanti