The training starts with the apprenticeship which is 1yr long and begins at Samhain each year, 31st Oct.
Before that you will have gone through the application conversations with me and so know more about what you’re going in for. And there are the pre-course notes which I try to get to students at least by Autumn Equinox so they can work themselves in with the exercises before the actual course begins.
The work is done largely online and alone as the point is to enable you to make your relationship with otherworld, being on your own for this really helps otherwise we all tend to talk to and rely on our friends on the workshop and so lose concentration on what we’re really doing :-). The apprenticeship is about learning how our worlds – both spirit and matter – are constructed and how they work together to form one whole. We’re a very inclusive, and/and, lot in the old ways here, we do spirit-and-matter not spirit-or-matter.
Students usually want to come and work with me a couple or so times during the year, sometimes alone and sometimes as a group – this may be everyone but is usually 2 or 3 who have similar questions. We arrange this on an ad-hoc basis.
Then there is the 5-day workshop in March after the first 3 lessons. It happens in the wilds of Exmoor. We stay in a very comfy cottage, down narrow lanes and far from anywhere. We walk out onto the moor from our doorstep, into moorland and woods with Bronze Age barrows, red deer come on the grass in front of the cottage windows along with foxes, ravens, hawks and falcons and everything else that lives all around us. You visit ancient sites and work at them, walk the ancient paths and sing them, and sing the streams and rivers too. The first day we spend around the cottage, working, doing exercises, and discussing the work you’ll do over the next 4 days, and planning your first solo walks. We also do some drumming, maybe dancing and singing too. Days 2, 3 and 4, you go out walking alone on the moor for several hours, this gives you the opportunity to listen to and speak with the spirits of place and the Lady of the land as well as all the other spirits who will come if you ask them. The final day we spend around the cottage again, doing a daydream-journey to the Lord of the Land and thanking him, and the Lady, for all they’ve taught us over the workshop time. We finish the day with a feast.
The course shows you how to journey, how to work with you Familiar spirit(s) and your Teacher, and how to work with the Ancestors. Most of all, it shows you how to work with yourself and enable yourself to tune in … and know when it’s really happening and when you’re kidding yourself :-). Without this knowing (we call it kenning) you won’t manage to walk between the worlds without crashing.
The whole process of the apprenticeship is to learn how to work with otherworld without needing any props, plants, regalia, or anything but what you stand up in and (to quote Gollum) what you have in your pocketses :-). This is how the shaman, the awenydd, works – knowing that everything she or he may need will always be there at the moment when it’s needed. As you may imagine, this is quite a big leap for most people but the year’s training does work.
With regard to fees, I’m happy to do instalments for the training and the workshop if this is easier.
Students who have done the apprenticeship may then choose to continue onto the 3-year advanced training, Rainbow Warriors.