In six retreats over three years we will journey through the development of human consciousness here in Britain, aiming to piece together fragments of spiritual practice and belief from each period. To these layers we will apply our insights and intuition to create a living indigenous spiritual tradition that is right for our time, rooted in this land and connected to that ancient, enduring spiritual thread. We'll journey together into the ‘dreaming’ of Britain to discover how best to meet the universe on this holy ground. We will make magic, take strides of soul and, in our final gathering, consider how to use our understanding to make a positive impact on today’s world.
Each of our six retreats will include these elements:
Body-Voice-Mind-Intuition – practices that form a foundation for this work, ways of centering, grounding, energising, deepening.
Creative improvisation through song, dance, making, writing, trusting to spontaneity and imagination.
Pilgrimage along dream paths, across mythically and spiritually rich landscapes, developing intimacy with nature, exulting in wild adventure.
Deep listening to help open the intuitive mind, work with the subconscious, with spirit and ancestral guides as a source of guidance
Experimentation around the subject matters of each retreat, and feedback
Sharing of myths, legends, poetry and song around a fire, celebrating the rich tapestry of lore and legend in this land
Circle time to check in, share, support and deepen with each other
Ceremony that arises from the matter of the retreat, the land and our combined creativity.
Additionally, each of the six retreats will focus on two GATEWAYS of enquiry and learning:
BEDROCK - foundations, ways of working, philosophy and guidelines for practice. Historic and archaeological context from the stone people to now, getting to know each other, building trust, deepening into group mind. New, old ways of knowing and perceiving the world. How values around intuition v fact have changed.
LORE - an examination of lore contained in ancient texts and mythology of Britain, and the tradition of the Cyfarwydd, in which myth is medicine. A closer look at the deities that have been revered in this land, the archetypes they represent and the mark they have left in our landscape and lore. We’ll also undertake some deep work with native archetypes.
ANIMAL - totemic animals and the animal kingdom as guides and cohabiters on this earth. An exploration of our extraordinary human animal, leading to a re-wilding of ourselves. Becoming aware of our interconnections and potential, purpose and responsibility. An enquiry into consciousness, and what that means.
DIVINATION - an exploration of the word of symbol, meaning and the mythic imagination as well as a deep dive into the art of divination and what it might mean for us today.
ANCESTORS - how we are who we are, working with ancestors and ancestral places. Working with guardians of place, encountering genius loci.
RITUAL – exploring the purpose of ritual, the rituals of life, death and rebirth. Creating clear intention for ritual work. Learning to co-create and hold ceremony in the landscape for our communities and our time now.
OTHERWORLD - Traditions, superstitions, the Fair Folk and elementals. What is the otherworld? How does it relate to our day to day reality? How can we pierce the veil to learn its teachings and wisdom? We’ll also learn basic journeying and trance as part of this enquiry.
KNOWING - an exploration of the ancient divinatory traditions of Britain and prophecy. An exploration of subtle earth energies and alignments.
PLANT MEDICINE - spirit medicine plants, nourishing plants, native herbal traditions and how we can work with them. An exploration of native plant medicine, its properties, uses, teachings and ritual use.
JOURNEY – an exploration of the eternal self. Life purpose, overcoming death by embracing life fully. Being present. What next, embedded practice, sharing knowledge, connecting to land, loving ourselves, each other and the earth.
HEALING - working with intention, love and clear purpose. The ethics of healing
Participants will gather for each retreat by 6pm on Wednesday. Each retreat will end by 2.30pm on Sunday.
Participants must commit to attend ALL SIX retreats over the three years. The first three retreats are in the main a taught programme providing a strong foundation and basis in the spiritual traditions of Britain. The final three retreats are by invitation and a deeper dive, exploration and experimentation to work with the learning and traditions and embed a living practice for today.
WE'LL BE CONVENING A NEW GROUP IN OCTOBER 2023 TO BEGIN IN SPRING 2024.