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Using a Dowsing Crystal – with Susan Royle

We asked Sue Royle from Tranquility Time Retreats about dowsing.

Choosing your Crystal

Let your crystal choose you.  It’s best to shop in person rather than online if buying for yourself but receiving one as a gift is excellent!   If you’re shopping, ask the shop if you can hold each crystal pendulum.  Hold it gently by entwining the chain/string/ribbon that it’s held on around your fingers.  Does it feel nice?  Does it spin or rock from side to side, or is it totally still?

It might be that you choose a pretty colour with your eyes but once you’ve held a few then you change your mind, choose slowly and wisely – your dowsing crystal will choose you.  There’s lots of choice, from rose quartz, clear quartz, amethyst and many, many more – you might not find the right one for you on your first shopping trip.

Cleansing your Crystal

You can cleanse a dowsing crystal in the same way you cleanse all your other crystals; placing under the moonlight of the full moon, rinsing in a fast flowing stream, leaving in sand, using a smudge stick etc..

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Using your Crystal

Once you’ve cleansed your crystal you can start to use it, hold the chain lightly in your nondominant hand, and wait for the crystal to hold still.  Ask it a question to which you know the answer, such as ‘Is my name Sue?’  Your dowsing crystal may turn clockwise, anti-clockwise, of swing from side to side – continue to ask it questions and note down what happens.  This will let you ascertain what it does for a YES and what it does for a NO.  Use your pendulum often and get to know how it likes you to phrase a question to get the best results.

What can you do?

Now the fun can start!  You can ask your pendulum anything you like!  Use it to find lost items by asking yes or no answerable questions, use it to ask life questions and see what you think to the answers it gives you.  Use it to hover over your essential oils to see which ones you need that day.  The list is endless!  Use your dowsing pendulum wisely.


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Tranquility Time Retreats – brings you ” The Self Care Space “

Tranquility Time Retreats – brings you ” The Self Care Space “

I went down to the woods yesterday, not to see the Teddy Bear’s Picnic, although it wouldn’t have surprised me!  I went to see The Self Care Space (from Tranquility Time), and it truly is just that!

Tranquility Time Retreats - brings you " The Self Care Space "

On arrival….

Welcomed by Sue Royle and Claire Bogust in their little patch of tranquility near Sharnbrook (just the other side of Rushden) the first thing on my self care list was to sit and have a warm drink with them, we were outside and enjoying the birdsong whilst filling in the regulation health forms before beginning.

No one had their camera ready but we had a wonderful visit by a baby rabbit, hopping to within a metre of my hand to say hello.  I chose from their menu of self care items. I began with a mediation, in which I had messages deleivered to me, hen Sue took me through a 121 yoga session.  You can do yoga, have more meditation and mindfulness, sit and chat your worries away, or even just be left alone to chill for half an hour – the choice is yours!

I then had an oracle card reading, which again was very apt and full of messages…

After a short glass of water (and nip the the toilet) break I went to see Claire, who gave me a wonderful reflexology treatment.  For those who believe we were certain I had my late father in the room with me, he joined in listening the bird song and admiring the roses.

The treatment was hugely relaxing and clearing.  We were visited by a gentle honeybee who popped in, had a look around the room and hummed off into the distance.

I could honestly describe morning as magical and Disney would make a good job popping it into cartoon form.

The Self Care Space is quirky and peaceful and just what I needed yesterday – I was rushed, stressed and having to make some tough decisions on work – my readings, cleared head and quiet helped those decisions along their natural path.

I chose my morning but you can also turn up and chat to Sue and Claire and they will work instinctively to offer you what you need that day.

I left with a feeling of peace, a clear head, plus my crystal and other gifts from Tranquility Time Retreats.

Tranquility Time Retreats - brings you " The Self Care Space "

To Book

Monday Massage & Meditation Tranquility Time Mini Retreat
Tranquility Time Self Care for your mind Body & Souls 1 hour session

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Book your Self Care Space with Tranquility Time

I’m booked in at The Self Care Space next Monday, based in Sharnbrook, take a turn which says ‘art gallery’ and find a little oasis of calm; artists, a café where you can play games, therapists and more….plus….

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The Self Care Space brought to you by Tranquility Time Retreats

The space is a cosy room for guided meditations, yoga, workshops and more.  Currently open for one on one sessions and household/bubble groups of five or less, and as Covid allows the space will be opened to small groups multi household then larger ones.The Self Care Space brought to you by Tranquility Time Retreats

The space is so welcoming and calm, the whole area is exactly where I feel at home.  Outside lots to look at and explore – random Objet D’art hidden amongst the trees and bushes. As the summer arrives it has become an explosion of colour and scents.   I’m sure it’s a place where fairies may reside, why not go and see for yourself…

You can book 45 minute or 90 minute sessions and tailor them to your needs from the ‘menu’ which includes; massage, yoga of varying types, meditation, guided relaxation and more…. along with angel card mini readings to finish your session, plus there’s often a little gift for you too…..Call Sue Royle and book your slot with her….

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Telephone: 07738 095089



East Northamptonshire Champions Celebrated

cafe @25

The Chairman of East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) has officially crowned the recipients of an award scheme set up to recognise the unsung heroes of the district.

The East Northants Chairman Champions awards were launched in August 2020 and Cllr Helen Howell, ENC’s final Chairman, has now had phone and Zoom calls with all the recipients of awards to congratulate them and find out more about the work they have been doing.


The winners of the awards in each of the categories are:


  • Cafe@25, Irthlingborough
  • The Woodpecker, Raunds


Community Organiser

  • Rob Giddings
  • Anne Gilbert
  • Linda Gretton
  • Mike Herring
  • Camilla Sherwin
  • Charles Tomalin


Good Neighbour

  • Colin Godfrey


Helping in the Community

  • Cathryn Brightwell
  • Tarot Crick
  • Richard Lattimore
  • Florence Muzvaba
  • Cheryl Tompkins
  • Joanne Vissian
  • John Wooding


Voluntary Group

  • 1st Raunds Scout Group
  • East Northants First Responders
  • Raunds and Thrapston Area Volunteers
  • Support@Titchmarsh



  • Damian Stiles
  • Katie Sorrell


Young Person

  • Lily & Maisie Howe


Cllr Helen Howell said:

“When I originally launched the awards, I hoped we would be able to meet in person to hand over the awards, but sadly this couldn’t happen. However I was delighted to still be able to congratulate the recipients of my Chairman’s Champions awards, some via Zoom and some on the phone.


“I was truly inspired by their commitment to this community, its environment, and the ways they have provided support, mentoring and companionship throughout the pandemic and before.”


To find out more about the awards and the winners, please visit