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.
Our home base for DADENI will be beautiful Cae Mabon retreat centre. Set in an oak forest clearing by a rushing river, near the lake at the foot of Snowdon, it will be the perfect base and crucible for this work . At its heart is a thatched Celtic Roundhouse, home to many convivial evenings of fireside story and song. Circling this hub-hearth is a family of seven hand made dwellings made from strawbales, cedar logs, cob, stone, thatch, turf, timber and hempcrete. Together they accommodate up to 30 people. A renovated barn contains a fully equipped kitchen and a large room to eat and meet. There is a composting loo, washroom, thatched shower hut and luxurious hot tub for relaxation beneath the stars at the end of each day. For more information about Cae Mabon, please visit the centre's website www.caemabon.co.uk
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 the fire, celebrating the rich tapestry of lore and legend in this land
Circle time to check in, share, support and deepen with each other
Co-created ceremony that arises from the matter of the retreat, the land and our personal passions and creativity.
Additionally, each of the six retreats will focus on two GATEWAYS of enquiry and learning:
RETREAT 1: (3 -7 October, 2018) Angharad & Eric with Gwilym Morus-Baird
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.
RETREAT 2: (SPRING 2019) Angharad & Eric with Gwilym Morus - Baird
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.
INSPIRATION - poetry, chant, songs and singing traditions for expression, ceremony, ritual and acts of devotion. Opening to creativity, creativity as sacred expression.
RETREAT 3: (AUTUMN 2019) Angharad & Eric and William Ayot
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.
RETREAT 4: (SPRING 2020) Angharad & Eric with Emma Orbach & Gwyn Edwards
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.
RETREAT 5: (AUTUMN 2020) Angharad & Eric with guest Elder (tbc) & Dr Andy Letcher
EARTH – exploring the wisdom and rituals of other global indigenous traditions, listening to the wisdom of global indigenous elders and their traditions to understand which pieces might be missing or lost from our practice, and how some spiritual elements seem universal. Becoming aware of the ‘whole earth’, Gaia. Developing earth empathy, and action.
PLANTS - 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.
RETREAT 6: (SPRING 2021) Angharad & Eric with Jules Cooper & guest tutor TBC
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 at Cae Mabon for each retreat by 6pm on Wednesday. Each retreat will end by 2.30pm on Sunday. The nearest rail station to Cae Mabon is Bangor Station.
Participants must commit to attend ALL SIX retreats over the three years.
WE'LL BE CONVENING A NEW GROUP IN 2021 TO BEGIN IN 2022.