2020 Webinars, Workshops and Conferences
Calling the four directions or four elements is a practice shared by many traditional cultures around the world. In this workshop we will trace the European elemental system and how it developed over time, in an effort to understand what a revival of these practices can look like for people who seek to connect with their European ancestry. We will also explore European-based traditions for purifying sacred space, as non-appropriative alternatives to the Lakota practice of “smudging” with white sage.
Join us for an exploration of our connections with plant and animal teachers, with an intention to avoid the cultural appropriation that often creeps into such practices. We will trace pre-christian European sources of knowledge about these techniques, and explore language that allows us to strengthen our practices without co-opting language from the sacred indigenous traditions of colonized peoples.
2019 Webinars, Workshops and Conferences
Like us, plants and animals inhabit the physical realm. We connect with flora and fauna through our five senses — touch, taste, sight, smell and hearing. This ability for connection makes nature a powerful ally for personal growth. But how do we build and maintain relationships with flora and fauna that are mutually beneficial, based in devotion, rather than naively one-sided?
Using the Welsh story of Blodeuwedd as a framework, we’ll open to the call of our own wild, holy wisdom and explore methods for living in spiritual companionship with the natural world. We’ll also touch on the power of the sacred hunt, and introduce nuanced ways to describe these essential relationships without defaulting to culturally appropriated terms.
Brought to you by Way of the Weaver: a unique, nine-month journey of magical study and community building. Our circle embraces adults of all backgrounds and genders who are ready to learn a powerful skill set for spiritual transformation and growth. The Way of the Weaver is rooted in the values of service, inclusive community, critical analysis of the oppressions that bewitch our society (capitalism, colonialism, racism, etc.), and deep respect for ancestral spiritual traditions from around the world.
Branwen: Queen of Two Islands
Underlying the fantastical tale that comprises the second branch of the Mabinogion are vital lessons on personal sovereignty, shadow work in both the micro and macrocosmic realms, and unification of one’s Whole Self. In this presentation, we’ll examine Branwen’s tale for these traces of embedded wisdom, as well as discuss how we might invoke the animals and plants mentioned in her myth as allies in this important work. This presentation will also feature select readings from Jamie’s work-in-progress Branwen novel, tentatively titled Daughter of Llyr.
The Shadow aspects of our personality can sometimes be scary: here live our deeply-held fears, anxieties, and outmoded beliefs. But here, too, lie hidden gems and treasure chests of personal empowerment. How do we learn to sift the wheat from the chaff to find what nourishes our soul? How do we safely deepen into Shadow, and who are the allies that can aid our quest? How do we protect and ward our own spirits against the chaotic energy that can arise as the people around us struggle with their own shadows?
Join us for an overview discussion of Shadow work, its natural ebb and flow in the darker half of the year, how to identify your personal allies when walking the Shadow realms, and how Shadow work ties into the important tasks of land and ancestral healing.
A strong energetic body is just as important as a healthy physical body. In this workshop, learn how to ground yourself in stressful situations, increase your psychic self-protection skills, ward your personal space and home against unhelpful energies, and mindfully interact with the world from a place of healthy autonomy and resilience.