The Power of Reflective Practice

The Power of Reflective Practice

Take a brief moment. Just a short pause. Reflect upon the year, considering the central themes that have unfolded through your experiences. The surprises and glimmers of hope. The mazes, detours and the dead ends.

All of it. The entire journey so far through 2023.

How have you been treated?

How have you treated yourself?

If you had to clarify, explain, and delve into the nature of what you have experienced, what would you focus on, applying what you have discovered and learned? The wisdom that has taken hold of you and is now urging you to act in a manner that will help you attain a state of peace and balance, even as you progress towards your goals.

And what about those goals? Are they aligned with your essence, or are they arbitrary and disconnected from the truth of your life and how it relates to the sacred path that only you can tread?

We all experience moments of becoming lost; it's a part of the journey. What is crucial in those instances when it feels like we can't find our footing or stand back up is to honour ourselves and the gift we have been given by offering ourselves kindness and support and It might also mean we need to seek out allies who can support us as we move onto the path once again.

If you feel adrift and no longer have clear access to your intuition, it's important to create the space and time to explore what needs to be relinquished across various aspects of your life. This pertains to how you care for your body and mind, both independently and within the various systems that influence you. It can also involve how trauma, grief, and loss are hindering our connection to the greater story that we're all a part of.

Three key facts need to be remembered when we're called upon to break the surface of the maelstrom that threatens to overwhelm us:

  1. You are sovereign, and your life is your own.
  2. You are not alone; there are many forces working to assist you, and you just need to know how to access your allies.
  3. You are more powerful than you can imagine. It's time to allow the inherent strength that flows beneath the surface of your life to rise up, so you can care for and protect yourself as you realign with the truth of your story.

These facts are irrefutable and although they are often not even close to how we feel, it is important to reflect often on who we really are, beneath the surface of the confusions and pain and suffering and recall what we came here to do.

And if you need further advice or support, I am always here and can be reached at

The following offerings connect directly to the above and offer a space for you to explore your story with support, respect, kindness, love, honesty and authenticity that we all require and desire.

Your ancestors strived and survived across Millenia to ensure their lineage would continue to play its part in the tale of the human species. You are a miracle. The truth you hold within your heart is forever attempting to unfold, yet the power of our stories are often occluded by pain and suffering and the impact of exisiting within systems that attempt to disempower and negate the highest aspirations of our imagination and true will.

Sacred Magic and the two fold path offers us a methodology through which we can explore the wonder and beauty of our existence, in collaboration with the sacred and divine.

"This is the aim of sacred magic; it is nothing other than to give the freedom to see, to hear, to walk, to live, to follow an ideal and to be truely oneself" - Valentin Tomberg

This weekend of wonder, ritual and storytelling will offer participants full immersion in the wonders and deep truth of Sacred Magic. Through group work, you will explore the essence of your true story and engage in powerful ceremonies and rituals to unlock the inherent gifts that existence has provided to you whilst exploring:

  • Communion with spirit
  • The imaginal as a landscape of truth.
  • The two fold sincerity.
  • Navigating Fate
  • Ritual and ceremony as language
  • Transformation of trauma.
  • The Wilderness as portal to numinous encounters
  • Love as anchor point
  • Punk Magick
  • Ancestral medicine
  • Freedom

Over the last thirty five years of work, John Harrigan's practice has focused on the sacred and divine, engaging in exploration of landscapes of wonder through his work as a writer, filmmaker, artist, magician and ritualist. This weekend workshop will offer participants a deep dive into the development of John's work and the commencement in a new stage in his life as an artist and magician.


"Having so far attended two of John Harrigan’s Sacred Magick workshops, I think John has created a unique offering in the realm of self development, utilising his skills as a powerful ritual creator, director, performer and storyteller. He has great story-telling charisma, contagious enthusiasm, and displays a highly dedicated approach towards psycho-spiritual health and individuation. The energy was high. He doesn’t do things by halves, and I greatly admire his ability to stay with a process, encouraging participants to embrace their instincts in the face of the unknown. From these workshops I have developed self knowledge through ritual writing and spontaneous physical ritual-making, seen myself reflected in esoteric stories, practiced meeting people on a very raw and real level, and had the pleasure of energetically holding and being held by others in a creative, magickal space. In the most recent workshop I participated in, the group gelled very quickly, and that we were able to form that trust so quickly is a credit to John’s facilitation skills. Trust is so important for this work, and John makes people aware he is available post-workshop for follow up questions and help. If you get the chance to do his four week written ritual, which he sometimes teaches during the Sacred Magic workshops, my recommendation is to go for it! That practice in particular has the power to change life in positive, profound, and uncanny ways."~Steph K.
"When I was training to become a Dramatherapist and as a result becoming whatever it is that is still weaving in the world, I experienced myth, ritual and role from the place of being in the moment, as well as a trainee part watching too, making notes. To be fully immersed in ritial however, is a thing of such reverance, that's its almost beyond words. I had known of the work of John Harrigan through people I knew and I saw with delight his bringing together of ritual and theatre, which which was way before my training even began. I kept it in mind to train with him at some point. A few weeks ago, me and others gathered and were led through the most profound witnessing and ritual work I have ever experienced, and I was brought up a Catholic! The power of being witnessed, in my absolute pain of aloneness and being fully validated was unbelievable. Imagine you're a therapist and you are without family and close relationships, how difficult it could be to admit the aloneness, because sometimes as a therapist you are expected to be able to do something about it. Not only could I share exactly where I was in the world but this became part of a personal ritual where my story was held by John and the group. It felt like years of talking therapy happened in a weekend, but in this distanced, safe way through which I was able to express years of suffering. I am profoundly moved by my experience and so thankful to have met my group and to have worked with an incredible teacher, who is fully human and understands the systems and constructs that can prevent our healing. I also want to mention his name and work because I believe we should big up the people who help us and it was due to people talking about him years ago that I was able to find his work. You may want to join his meditation in a lavender field, (which is incredible!), or join his workshop or contact him about running workshops." - Susan Jackson - Dramatherapist and Counsellor on her experience of attending the last Sacred Magic Weekend Workshop.


Saturday the 30th of September and Sunday 1st of October - Hitchin, Hertfordshire. Thirty minutes outside of London. Direct line from London Kings Cross.

The Sacred Magic workshop standard rate is £200 inc. VAT per person, though discounts are available:

  • Book two spaces and the third is free.
  • (Alumni: a discount of 30% is available to participants who have previously attended)

Personalised Guidance for Personal Growth, Creativity, and Spiritual Well-being

Discover the power of personalised guidance with private 1:1 consultation sessions, tailored to support your unique journey of personal growth, creativity, and spiritual development. John Harrigan, an award-winning writer, artist, and storyteller, offers online or in-person sessions to help you unlock your full potential and overcome the challenges you face in life.

John's approach, rooted in ritual, meditation, and over thirty years of experience as a spiritual teacher and storyteller, empowers you to explore the landscape of your story and develop a deeper understanding of your life's purpose. Each hour-long session is customized to address your individual needs and goals, ensuring a transformative and meaningful experience.

In addition to individual sessions, John offers partner sessions at a discounted rate. Bring a friend, partner, or anyone in your support network, and embark on a journey of growth and self-discovery together.

What can you expect from a private 1:1 consultation session?

  1. A safe and supportive environment to discuss your personal goals, challenges, and aspirations.
  2. Personalised guidance and insights from John Harrigan, based on his expertise in creativity, storytelling, meditation, and spirituality.
  3. A unique blend of meditation, ritual, and creative exercises designed to nurture your personal growth and self-awareness.
  4. Concrete strategies and tools to help you overcome obstacles, develop fidelity to your ideas, and strengthen your connection to your inner wisdom.
  5. Ongoing support and encouragement as you progress along your personal journey of growth and self-discovery.