- APPLICATIONS are now open for the 2018 intake, they close on 31st July. If you’re interested please complete and send the application form then we can begin a conversation.
- There are 4-6 places available each year.
- Applications – in a WORD document – must be with me by 31st July.
You’ll find the videos about two of our famous native shamans on the British Native Shamanism page useful too.
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. 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.
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 after you’ve done the first two lessons, so you now have an idea of what’s going on; after the workshop you will really be able get to grips with how to do the work.
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.
The workshop is based 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, or to arrange car-sharing between you, in order to get to the Moor and for some transport to sites and walks.
Applications for the apprenticeship need to be with me by the end of July, or earlier as this year there are already a couple of students lining themselves up for the 2017 entry and I only take 4-6 apprentices each year. Also, the course begins on 31st October and there is pre-course work for you to do before your first lesson arrives in mid-October. Your application begins a conversation between us which helps you discover if what I have is what you want
- Please complete the Application Form and send it to me as a WORD Doc to Elen Sentier
- for the costs go to Apprenticeship Fees.
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.
©Awenydd Apprenticeship Elen Sentier 2016
Here’s what some of the students have said about the apprenticeship …
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 !!