Celtic Shaman Weekend 4

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So we’ve just completed our fourth weekend session.

It was a shame that Eileen was poorly (get well soon) and we missed Sue who has been on holiday with her sons – so the rest of use had to eat the fine feast that was provided by the other members of the group. Jacket Potatoes, Brocolli and Blue Cheese Quiche, Chilli. Lemon Posett, meringue and Summer Berries… yummy

The yellow posett marked (yellow for air) mixed with the red berries (fire) marked the transition between the elements – a point which was only made after the ‘yums’ and ‘ohhs’ of gastronomic wonder were silenced.

For those interested in the structure of this course and might like to think about joining the next one, perhaps an outline of what we do on these weekends would be interesting.

All weekend sessions are accompanies by a 100 + page book. These books contain the reference material for the Bardic Course.

Week 1 : The Concrete Shaman – Perspectives and ideas about Shamanism

Week 2 : Locating Yourself within the Mystic – from Pythagoras to the Celts via Sumeria

Week 3 : Britons, Bards and Druids – the history of the British people and the Bardic Traditio

Week 4 : The Welsh Tradition – The Mabinogion, The house of Llyr and the house of Don

Week 5 : The Irish Tradition – The Irish Cycles

Week 6 : The Cornish and Scottish Tradition

Week 7 : The Arthurian Cycle

Week 8 : Being a Bard – creating and writing

Week 9 : Oracles and Oracular Methods

Weeek 10 : Initiations

During each weekend we include talks and discussions, meditations and practical applications.

So in Week 2 we visited places which would link with The Elements

In Week 3 we started exploring the element of Air, which led to a consideration of listening and thinking skills

Week 4 consolidated Air n terms of  shamanic practice and introduced Fire Рthe element of motivation and direction

Week 5 will be about Water and the oracular traditions

Week 6 will focus on Earth and practical considerations

And so on…

The purpose of the course is to allow for a connection to nature through philosophical and reflective considerations. The idea is to prepare those on the course to take an active community role as explorers of tradition and cultural architects; as people supporters and weavers of tales.

The course is built upon the three layers of Mind, Body and Magic (Spirit) and so inspires critical thinking; empowers personal development and develops  environmental awareness.

So far the weekend feedback as been very positive and the discussions whilst challenging, have allowed for the development of a personal magical-spiritual philosophy grounded in Druidic re-constructionism and recreation.

All members of the group are founder members of the Druid Clan of Celliwig (affiliated with the Reformed Druids of Gaia and listed on the British Druid Order website).

If you want to know more, why not drop us an email : alan@aljones.net

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