A walk into the future ... Rewilding Your Heart in the Old Ways
The Awenydd Apprenticeship is about becoming the real, authentic You.
The old British word Awenydd means "one who knows, one who keeps spirit". Knowing and Keeping spirit are about being the real, authentic person you truly are inside. You reclaim your power, become truly wild at heart. The awenydd apprenticeship shows you how to do this, reclaim your own power, be wild at heart, be the real, true, authentic person your spirit is inside.
Once you begin living your life from your own authentic centre everything becomes so much easier. You know who you are. You can say “No” or "Yes" when you wish. The apprenticeship helps you do that.
This is real wilding ... you rewild yourself into the old ways. If this appeals to you email me so we can being our conversation about how best to help you rewild yourself …
ABOUT THE APPRENTICESHIP
As Ursula le Guin says 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.
It’s good to read some of my books and my seasonal newsletter to help you decide if what I have is what you want.
A Journey …
The apprenticeship is a journey. It’s a path to knowing yourself and through that to knowing the universe. That's walking between the worlds.
It’s a strange and crooked path that weaves its way into and through your whole life and turns you inside-out and upside-down in the process, taking you way out of your comfort zone. I liken it to the caterpillar’s journey to become the butterfly, where s/he dissolves into Butterfly Soup … then re-solves to become the butterfly. The apprenticeship will do this for you.
It’s about learning to reconnect with all the seen and unseen worlds within which we live although we may not yet know them. It’s about reconnecting to the realm of the Faer Folk, the Tylwyth Teg, and learning to work as colleagues and co-workers with them.
The work runs to the timetable of the eight Celtic seasons, you get one lesson each season and have that whole season to work-with it. Time – giving and spending time with otherworld, your allies, guides, teachers and spirit group – is an essential part of following the deer trods in the old ways. we process and progress, hardly ever hurry, and spend lots of time being-with the work, allowing it to percolate through us. You need all this time to absorb it and digest it, get it into your bones.
The lessons are very experiential, lots of doing, some reading too. I ask you to work outside as much as you can. Being physically out in nature, amongst the wildlife, makes an enormous difference and helps you reconnect with all the non-human world, physical and non-physical. All of the denizens of the natural world are our Elders, far older than us humans, so we can and should learn from them.
You come to reconnect with your true spirit-self, and to integrate this work into your everyday life rather than separating them. It’s only humans who separate spirit from matter, everything else knows spirit is everywhere and part of everything. The Old Ways, following the deer trods, are about inclusiveness, an and/and universe, not our usual either/or of separation. Otherworld wants us to be part of them and they want to be part of us, not shut away in a cupboard, only taken out at weekends or when we go to a workshop.
I’ve done the Apprenticeship using Zoom since 2019 and students find it very helpful and productive. They say doing the work in their own surroundings really brings home to them they can do this work without being physically with me. They quickly come to know everywhere is sacred, find otherworldly beings really do permeate everything and are everywhere, and they can talk with them anywhere. They tell me they’re no longer afraid they’ll fail when they go home. This is just what Otherworld need!
The end-of-season Zoom workshops run from Fri night to Sun afternoon. You do exercises and journey work at your own home, craft it into a mind map and share on Zoom on the Sunday. After Imbolc, you learn to taleweave into a story to share on the Sunday Zoom. Stories have always been the way we gift our work to our people in the old ways.
When it’s safe, I’ll reintroduce the 5-day residential Gathers at my home here in Shropshire.
You’ll be part of a private Facebook group – only your year-colleagues, myself and my colleague Fiona Dove are members. We use the group to share work, get and give feedback, share thoughts, mind maps and pictures with your colleagues. Everyone benefits hugely from this.
What may come after …
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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Course dates ...
Applications close: 1 Aug
Pre-course work begins: 22 Aug
Full course begins: 17 Oct
Work Process ...
The pre-course work - from mid Aug to mid-Oct - runs on fortnightly modules of 2hr Zoom session with students working alone and on FB in between. Times are agreed by students and me at the beginning of the pre-course sessions.
At the end of each season we have a w/end w/s, Fri-Sun, with zooms at 7pm on each evening where we discuss the work you've done over the weekend. The w/ends are, again, agreed during the pre-course work. We are usually able to be flexible if something important comes up for anyone.
All the zooms are recorded and go up onto the private/secret FB group so everyone can look back as they need.
There are 8 lesson modules, each one arriving at the beginning of each Celtic season, beginning at Samhain. The Celtic seasons are 6 or 7 weeks long so you have all that time to do the work, share and discuss with your colleagues and me through FB. There are two 2hr zooms fortnightly through the season, times agreed by students and me during the pre-course work. Usually they follow on from what we've agreed for that.
The year-long Apprenticeship starts you on your journey into the Old Ways, to become one of Mother Earth's Spirit Keepers.
Copy-n-Paste the application form below into a Word doc, complete it and send it to me to begin a conversation between us so you can discover if what I have is what you want.
Applications for 2022/23 close 1 Aug 2022
Copy & paste the Application Form into Word, complete it and email it to me as an attachment.
• telephone number [including Country Code]
• web site
Your gender – how you see your orientation, so I know how to speak with you
Your age & date of birth
Are you married, living with a partner?
Do you have children?
Are you reasonably fit? Tell me about any chronic illness; smoking; breathing difficulties or asthma; epilepsy; heart condition; any drugs, e.g. steroids for arthritis, insulin for diabetes or other medication; any complimentary therapy. All of these things can very much affect how you are able to work – I need to know how you find they affect you.
Please note – people with psychological or psychiatric trauma, chronic depression and related conditions will not find this course suitable to them.
What does shamanism mean for you?
Do you want to be of service to Mother Earth?
How you see yourself, and human beings, in relation to the other kingdoms of nature.
Are you willing to learn what Mother Earth and the other kingdoms want you to do?
What is your experience with animals? The Old Ways have a deep and respectful relationship with animals.
During the course you may find a real-live Familiar comes to live with you. If you are averse to sharing your life with animals this course won’t be for you.
What is your experience in working with –
• Plants, trees, gardening
• Birds & air creatures
• Water creatures
Please show me how you feel and work with the other nature kingdoms.
What is it that attracts you to the old ways of Britain?
• We are/were Celts but the old British ways are very little known except amongst those of us who follow them. Celtic often means the Irish Gaelic because this has been extensively written about since the 1980s/90s. We are Brythonic people and follow old Brythonic ways and stories.
Is what I have what you’re looking for? The teaching I offer comes from the ways I was brought up, from my parents and the elders of the villages where I grew up who were all Cunning folk. It does not come from core shamanism and indeed is different in many ways. We British who follow the old ways have been in hiding for over 2000 years now so we’re very good at it – even other British people don’t notice us most of the time!
Have you trained with any other shamanic tradition?
What experience do you have of Journeying ?
Have you any other esoteric or spiritual practice or training? If so, where were you taught and by whom?
• It’s not necessary to have any such experience but if you have any please tell me about it.
Do you have any skills in complimentary/alternative therapies? Again, not necessary but do tell me.
Do you record your dreams? If so, how long have you done this? Do you draw them as well as write?
Please list, in order, your ten most favourite books. What turns you on? Fiction and non-fiction, biography, text books, religious, whatever. Please don’t get stuck in offering me “Celtic” books. If you like Star Trek, Jane Austin, Agatha Christie, Dashiel Hammet, Dickens, Tolstoy, Asimov, particle physics, history, medical law or computer science. I'd love to know know what you really like 😎.
Looking forward to beginning a conversation with you 😎
A non-returnable deposit of £190 reserves your place
Cancellations after 31st Aug liable for the whole fee
Places for up to 6-8 students
The fee covers all tuition, pre-course notes, access to the video library, feedback, fortnightly Zoom meetings, the 8 end-of-season Zoom weekend workshops, and the 5-day summer Gather - COVID permitting.
I’m always contactable via Messenger, Zoom and email for personal help.
There’s a plan if you need to pay by instalments
£190 non-returnable deposit
£190 for 9 months beginning 1 Sep ending 1 May
UK Payments are made by BACS directly to my bank account
Overseas payments are made through PayPal