APPLICATIONS for the 2020 entry open on 6th Jan 2020
Please note that because of COVID-19 the arrangements have had to change – see the relevant pages for details.
It’s a good idea to read some of my books before deciding whether to apply. Elen of the Ways is a good place to begin with me, The Celtic Chakras and Trees of the Goddess will also show you a lot about our Old Ways; reading these books may well help you decide if what I have is what you want. You might also find it helpful to sign up for my seasonal newsletter as that will show you more about me too.
As Ursula le Guin said in Left Hand of Darkness, It’s good to have an end to journey to but it’s the journey that matters in the end.
The apprenticeship begins you along a journey, the path to knowing yourself and so to knowing the universe – for this is indeed what the Old Ways teach you. It’s a strange path that turns you inside-out and upside-down, difficult at time because it challenges all your current belief systems and takes you way out of your comfort zone. It’s about learning to reconnect with all the worlds within we which live although we may not realise or know it, all the seen and unseen. Reconnecting introduces you to the realm of the Faer and offers you the opportunity to learn to talk-with and work in partnership with the Faer Folk, the Tylwyth Teg as we call them, as colleagues, co-workers. I liken it to the journey of that of the caterpillar to become the butterfly where all that s/he was dissolves to become Butterfly Soup … then it all re-solves to become a butterfly. This is what can happen for you.
The application process begins on 6th Jan and ends at 31st July.
Completing the application form and sending it to me begins a conversation where we both get to know each other. The process may take a while as we walk and talk together slowly, exploring each other, beginning to get to know each other – this way you can feel into whether what I have is what you want. Some students find it useful, during the application process, to come and do some 1-1 Work on Zoom with me before making up their minds to sign on. Contact me if you’d like to do this.
The work includes eight seasonal lessons, one for each of the 8 seasons of the Celtic year, a pre-course weekend, 3 further weekends, a 5-day workshop and monthly meetings – all on Zoom.
The work begins with your application, things begin to change and grow as soon as you do this; they continue to grow as you work with the pre-course notes. Two weeks before Samhain (31st Oct) you get your first lesson. You work with this for the following 7 weeks and send me your homework by Midwinter (20th Dec).
You get Lesson 2 at Midwinter too. You work with it for the following 6 weeks until Imbolc (31st Jan). You send me your homework and get Lesson 3 at Imbolc. And so on through the year. Don’t send your work in early, you really do need all the season to allow yourself to absorb and digest everything otherworld will give you. It’s all about exchange so it’s important to give and spend time working with the work, with otherworld, and with yourself.
The 8 seasons are made up of the 4 Sun-fests, midwinter, spring equinox, midsummer and autumn equinox: and 4 Earth-fests, Samhain, Imbolc, Beltane and Lammas. You’ll notice there 7 weeks from an Earth-fest to a Sun-fest, and 6 weeks from a Sun-fest to an Earth-fest.
The lessons are very experiential, but there is some reading work too. They’re about you doing things, doing exercises and daydreams – what we call journeying – not just reading them. I ask you to do as much of the work as you can outside. Being physically out in nature, amongst the wildlife, really makes difference; it helps you reconnect with all the non-human world for all of the denizens of the natural world are our Elders from who we can, and should, learn. This in its turn this helps you reconnect with your spirit-self.
The work is about immersing yourself in otherworld. as well as experiential it’s also playful. Play and laughter are vital parts of our Old Ways and of how to learn them; otherworld has a great, and often wicked, sense of humour 😊. Through the year, you learn how to integrate and include your everyday life into your work with spirit rather than separate yourself from it when you do magical work. You find that spirit truly is everywhere and in everything.
The Old Ways are about inclusiveness, an and/and universe, not our usual either/or separation. Otherworld wants us to be part of them and they want to be part of us; they don’t want to be shut away in a cupboard, taken out at weekends or when we go to a workshop.
Facebook – I set up a secret Facebook group for each year’s apprenticeship. It’s a place we can all meet, chat, share thoughts and questions, delights and discoveries. I also post documents on the page that help show you the work and how to do it.
Zoom – as it says at the top of this page, COVID-19 has changed the way we work. In fact, it seems to have changed things for the better, the change has deepened the work and helped students to get closer and more intimate with otherworld. All the meetings and the workshop now happen on Zoom. I’m already working this way with the current apprentices and they tell me it’s helping them enormously.
You can also book 1-1 work with me on Zoom. Student rate is £75.
Students who have done the apprenticeship may continue onto the 3-year advanced training, Rainbow Warriors. We talk about this (if you wish) at the end of the year.
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