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Expert Teachers

Since 2000, Elen Sentier & Fiona Dove have been teaching innovative, life-changing, forward-looking and unconventional courses in the old magical ways of Britain.

The Old Ways would elsewhere be called shamanism but here we call it Being Awenydd - that's pronounced ah-when-ith and the plural is Awenyddion. Awenydd is an ancient British (Brythonic) word still used in Wales that  means spirit-keeper and one-who-knows. The much better-known name of shaman also means one-who-knows.


The old ways of Britain have similarities with those of other lands but also differences that come out of the Spirit of Place that is the island Britain.

Elen and Fiona teach courses at the Novice, Intermediate and Advanced levels – you’ll find them all here. 


Explore and Enjoy …

The Silver Tools Cave gives you the basic skills you need to go forward into the deeper Deer Trods work. All the courses are built on these.
The Gold Skills Cave gives you skills to help you go deeper into the work and expand your knowing further.
The Advanced Courses take you much deeper and give you a very sold base from which to move on.
All these courses you can do at your own pace, and get feedback and group Zoom meets through the private Students' Facebook page.
After working with these courses, you may want to apply for the 1-year Apprenticeship. That course takes you very deep into the Old Ways & the Deer Trods.
If you're still hungry after the Apprenticeship you may like to ask about the 3-year Rainbow Warriors course. but you must do the Apprenticeship first.
All the courses involve experiential work

Gold Members get discounts on these 

Tree Magic - work with the Ogham & the Celtic Moons

Enchanted Forest - journey to find your true, authentic self 

Awenydd Apprenticeship - begin a lifetime as a co-worker with Otherworld. Apply now.

It can be followed by the 3yr graduate course Rainbow Warriors

Basic Runework - learn how to work-with the Elder Futharc, and the  Anglo-Saxon rune row, the Futhork

Advanced Runework - an experiential course which will require you to craft your own rune staff, rune wand, bind runes, healing, crafting and ritual

Animal Shamans - working directly with Animals who are  Shamans - this course will come at Spring 2021.

Working with the Elements - 2-day wildcamping weekend in Scotland that immerses you deep into your connections with the 4 Elements

A 20th century British native shaman

Ted Hughes was was was an English poet, translator, and children's writer. Appointed Poet Laureate of Britain from 1984-2008 when he died, he was ranked one of the best poets of the twentieth century.

Hughes was born in Mytholmroyd in the ancient British kingdom of Elmet in what is now Yorkshire. Hughes was mentored and encouraged to write by his sister Olwyn, who was well versed in poetry, and by his teachers at Mexborough Grammar School. By the age of By 16, he had no other thought than being a poet.

He won an open exhibition in English at Pembroke College, Cambridge, but felt stifled by literary academia and the "terrible, suffocating, maternal octopus" of literary tradition. In his third year, he transferred to anthropology and archaeology, both of which would later inform his poetry. In this video he tells how the change came about and how he became a poet.

It's a shamanic dream, where his Familiar comes to him, shows an tells him what is happening "to us" - to Hughes and his Familiar Spirit ...  we call ourselves awenydd

Ted Hughes

Born: 17 August 1930, Mytholmroyd, Yorkshire

Died: 28 October 1998, North Tawton, Dartmoor


jl Canada

Over the last 8 years I’ve been meandering thro your Elen books & Trees of the Goddess … you show that Elen offers us a path, a way of BEING in the world, which requires body / mind / spirit / intuition / ordinary senses & subtle senses, all in tandem.  It’s about the Wild, the unexpected, and yet the natural. About humility.  As for Elen … well, one could study Elen forever & never know it all. Thank you, for all the richness shared, personal stories gifted so liberally, old ways kept alive & most of all, for holding true to your genuine experience ... 

Kathryn Bird: Exeter, Devon UK

If you are thinking about starting a course which will change your life you are in the right place!!Elen and Fiona’s courses are exciting inspirational, fun and fantastic and will give you insight into native Celtic shamanism in a unique way you won’t find with other courses. These courses provide a safe and supportive environment for your journey on the path of self-discovery with the opportunity to progress on to more advanced training I found everything I was looking for. It’s a 5 star course with a no nonsense approach to working with the otherworld. More than recommended !!!