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Druid College - Year Two


Shapeshifting, Healing, and the Arts of Transformation

Sweat lodge - Casco Maine

Having journeyed a full year reweaving our connection to Nature, rooting ourselves in the land, year two leaps into realms of myth and transformation. We dive head-long into "Cerridwen's cauldron", so to speak. This is a year of working with energy, the unseen as we learn to build bridges between us, our ancestors, and the spirits of nature. This is a year of deeply shamanic exploration, learning the arts of transformation and "shapeshifting" - essential tools for priests of Nature.

 

The use of ritual and trance is heavily emphasized in year two. Where year one was about finding our selves, working to understand edges and boundaries, year two is about crafting flexible boundaries, so that we may change and shift them as needed. Exploring potentiality, possibility and prophecy, year two is about letting go into the darkness, seeking inspiration without limits.

 

In year two we learn about integration, allowing growth for the "I" without the "me" getting in the way.  We learn to let our edges soften, becoming one with the landscape, allowing our souls the opportunity for immersion with the natural world around us.  We learn our own importance without being self-important, and we learn the importance and sacredness of all existence.

 

This is the work of year two, bringing into balance our needs for grounded focused presence and our need for letting go of the self, and finding our place in the moment where edges all disappear. Ultimately there is no difference between these two. We learn to shift as needed based on the relationship of the moment.

 

Year two also focuses on developing teachers (if one chooses this role). The goal isn't simply to provide experiences for the apprentice to do their own work. We are dedicated to true equality. We train apprentices, not students. Therefore we teach people how to facilitate these same practices and sacred rites for their own students and apprentices.

 

Year two is very much about leadership and responsibility. Having journeyed through light and dark, through myth and metaphor, rooted firmly in the Earth, supported by our ancestors and having crafted true intimate connection with the gods, we are able to take on the role of priest, as Druid, as Shaman, Witch, whatever the appropriate name for our work. At the centre of all of this is walking with the wisdom of Nature, fed by Nature, taught by Nature, healed by Nature. Having done this work, we have the skills and potential to lead others back into the forest of great learning and wisdom.

 

Dates for Year Two:
22-23 October 2016
21-22 January 2017
22-23 April 2017
22-23 July 2017

 

Year two studies include:

The Awakened Life; Ritual Trance Induction, Crafting Sacred Ritual; Healing; Prophecy and the Seer; Defining what is meant by Applied Inspiration in Service; Ethical Leadership; Bridge-building as Peacework; Justice and Permaculture; Philosophy; Nature and Relationship to Consumption; Preparations for Declaring your “Chair”