2019 APPLICATIONS open on 7th January 2019 and close on 1 July. See Application Form & Fees for more on how to apply.
In the meantime … I thoroughly recommend you investigate the courses and workshops run by my colleagues Fiona Dove and Kevin Ashby. Both of them trained with me some years back and have gone on to work in their own manner with the old ways.
Fiona’s 4 Elements weekend workshop is a really good beginning for this work. It’s held in Aberdeenshire. You spend the weekend outdoors, working but you don’t have to sleep out there, there’s lots of good B&B nearby. You spend the time connecting with, understanding and working more deeply with the four Elements – Earth, Air, Fire and Water. The workshop culminates with a unique group ritual in a bronze-age recumbent stone circle, enabling students to integrate their new knowledge and embed it more deeply in memory through practice. This course is limited to a maximum of 4 students. Contact Fiona at email@example.com
Kevin does a lot of his work through walking, he calls it Bone Walking. He lives near Stroud in gloucestershire and knows all the old ways there intimately. The Five Valleys around Stroud, like everywhere else, are full of Spirits that hallow the living land. Our Old Ways connect with them. Kevin offers individual and group walks in the Five Valleys — the dragon-paths, spirit-homes, energy-spots close to where I live. The work is outside, combining two to three hours attentive walking with inner work and journeying. Each walk introduces you to some of the Old Ones (perhaps Gywn, perhaps Elen of the Ways, perhaps Rhiannon) — and to whoever turns up on the way: trolls, river-spirits, the World-Tree … You learn to make contact, play, and to give and receive. Learn to hearken to their Song and the song of your own Soul. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The apprenticeship lasts a year and begins on 31st October each year. It leads you onto the path of following the deer trods for yourself, giving you the underlying precepts and settling you into good working habits. The work is done on-line and comes to you, each season, as an email attachment in a Word document, and you send your homework back to me as a Word document. I read it and send it back to you, annotated with my feedback, again in Word.
There is the opportunity to spend time working with me at my house, during the year. Students can arrange visits as a group or 1-1, see the Fees page. During this time we often go out to work at local sacred sites, of which there are quite a few within 15 miles of me, as well as working at home and in the garden. My home is on a major ley line which connects with the Michael-Mary and the Belenius lines.
Apprentice Workshop: The 5-day workshop on Exmoor is in March each year and you will find it very valuable. It’s your chance to learn-by-doing, as I did in my childhood, and share the experience with your fellow students – and I’m there to guide and help. We spend 5 days together in a comfortable cottage high up (1300 feet) in the heart of the Moor and a mile away from any other human habitation. My assistant does the cooking and you do the washing up with the aid of a dishwasher if you like :-). You need a car to get to the Moor and to sites and walks.
You are out in the wilds of Exmoor in the early spring, after Imbolc when the land is coming awake again, it’s very beautiful. As the land awakens, she helps you awaken yourself, climb out of the box you’ve lived in all your life up to now, and so be able to go forward into the rest of the year feeling much stronger. The work with the land, here on Exmoor, helps you know-in-your-bones how to work-with the spirits of nature, of place, of the land and of the Earth herself, you become friends.
You discover and learn by going out walking completely alone. This helps you learn how to be with and listen to the land without the distraction of other humans. You’ll meet deer, Exmoor ponies, birds, raptors, foxes, badgers, rabbits, hares, all sorts of critters. You can be out for 5 whole hours and not see another human at all – that is such a wonderful experience and teaches you so much. You can also go out at night if you wish, even camp out not far from the cottage and experience being alone outside under the stars. That’s amazing too, a whole different way of journeying with the Earth and her creatures. We do some daydream-work, drumming, dancing, and singing in the cottage and its garden too. And there’s plenty of time to yourself, to absorb and digest what you’ve done, as well as to chat with your fellow students.
After completing the apprenticeship you may choose to go on to the advanced 3-year training, Rainbow Warriors. We can discuss this towards the end of your apprenticeship year.
Here’s what some of the students have said about the apprenticeship …
Elizabeth Neagle, Manager in the corporate world and budding soil farmer If you’re interested in a bolt-on approach to shamanism grounded in the beliefs and lives of other cultures, then look away. If you’re drawn to a way of being that grounds you in the earth and mysteries of these isles, then get curious. Elen provides an opening, which, should you choose it, wakes you up. I have found that I’m slowly getting familiar with “kenning” or “knowing”; an art lost to me for most of my life. I am changed, and continue to change. I feel different and approach life differently. I feel found and part of a much wider community, made up of a myriad of creatures and friends. I urge you to explore further.
Julie Wood, MNIMH Herbalist. Elen Sentier’s Awenydd Apprenticeship has opened all my senses to co-creation with spiritworld. Learning Celtic shamanic practice with Elen has been an amazing experience so far but it comes with a word of warning â€“ sheâ€™ll stretch you in new ways, make you question “normality” and you’ll be changed for sure! Very exciting stuff!
Kathryn Byrd, Singer & Song Writer with Devonbird: The Apprentice Course was quite literally a life changing year for me having been on several courses before and always searching this course delivered above and beyond. You are taught by the excellent Elen Sentier‚ who provides support and teachings along the way and guides you to embrace the spiritual and shamanic Celtic practices into your everyday life. It’s your journey so your uniqueness and path becomes clear along an amazing year. It’s difficult to explain but Elen teaches the old learning of spirituality being part of your life not something that is separate it really is a revelation and I highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to learn more about Celtic shamanic practices their purpose and themselves. I cannot thank Elen enough for the support this year has quite literally changed my life !! I am now on the next course Rainbow Warriors fantastic !!
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