Way of the Weaver

The Way of the Weaver is 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. This training 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.

We are the Flow, We are the Ebb
We are the Weavers, We are the Web

Chant by Shekinah Mountainwater

We believe that you are your own spiritual authority, and that by learning ritual skills and sacred technologies together in a space with clear boundaries and ethics, we can tap into our collective power for change. The Way of the Weaver dismisses secrecy, exclusion, and hierarchy. This is not a distinct magical tradition, but rather an open-source skill set with which to develop and/or deepen your own practice based on your background, callings, and ancestry.

What is a Weaver?
Depending on tradition, those who walk the path of the Weaver are sometimes called priestess, priest, priestx, or perhaps witch, wiseone, or shaper: the Weaver is one who is wise in the ways of mending that which is torn, calling forth that which feeds our growth, and creating and holding space for transformation.

To walk as a Weaver is to put yourself in service of balance and growth in the midst of our ever-changing world:

  • First, you will be in service to yourself: exploring that which is sovereign within you, tending your powers of resilience, learning to understand your shadow, and deepening your own well of joy & connection.
  • Second, you will be in service to your community: those near and dear to your heart, your communities, the places where you live, and the wider world.
  • Third, you will be in service to that which is greater: the Gods, the Spirits, the Unseen Ones or Forces that speak to your spirit.

The Way of the Weaver training is for you if:

  • You want the inspiration, companionship, accountability, and fun of a group learning experience to develop daily spiritual practices and ritual facilitation skills.
  • You have some familiarity with aspects of modern pagan practice, and are ready to go beyond “Magic 101” and explore next-level skills like psychic self-protection, aspecting deity, everyday animism, and effective techniques for crafting powerful group rituals. OR you are new to this but excited to jump into an accelerated course of learning, with a little extra homework to catch you up.
  • You are excited to learn from two experienced European-American Weavers who have researched their own spiritual heritage, developed a nuanced analysis of how to avoid cultural appropriation, are seeking ways to dismantle white supremacy and colonizer culture in life and magic, and tithe a percentage of the income from this program to projects led by the indigenous Abenaki people on whose land they teach.
  • You are comfortable learning and growing in a space where all genders are welcome and feminist values such as consent, inclusion, and equity ground all our work. You are ready to communicate your needs and learn new habits that will make our space feel safer for all (such as using people’s correct pronouns).
  • You are able to travel to Central Vermont for our four in-person immersion weekends at lunar Samhain, Imbolc, Beltane, and Lughnasagh, and you have internet access that will allow you to attend our nine remote learning sessions over the Zoom conference platform (you can also attend remote sessions by phone).
  • You are 18+ years of age.
  • You are happy to maintain a sober space during our in-person and online work together.

Join Our Community of Weavers
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2020-2021 Program Curriculum & Dates
The Way of the Weaver training program offers a review of the basics that sustain healthy magical practices (grounding, ethics, shielding); an exploration of the origins of Western esoteric philosophy; advanced magical skills such as psychic self-protection and aspecting the gods; and proven techniques for designing and leading effective, engaging group rituals for your community. We will meet in person for four weekends in Central Vermont (5pm Friday though 12pm on Sunday), and have monthly online learning sessions via Zoom. Our program syllabus includes:

1: “Self-Awareness” Immersion Weekend Oct 30-Nov 1, 2020

  • Answering the Call: What does it mean to be a Weaver? Who is a Weaver?
  • Weaving Our Web: Inclusivity, boundaries, consent, active listening, witnessing
  • Service as Sacrament: Three levels of service (self, community, that which is larger)
  • Energetic Protection: Cleansing, grounding, warding, psychic self-defense
  • Establishing a Trance Practice: Journeys within and beyond ourselves

2: Evening Online Session Nov 9, 2020

  • Showing Up for Magic: Daily practices, building and maintaining meaningful altars
  • (Supplemental Reading: Understanding privilege & avoiding appropriation)

3: Evening Online Session Dec 14, 2020

  • The Elements: Cultural context & advanced magical correspondences
  • (Supplemental Reading: Tracing ancestral magical lineages)

4: Evening Online Session Jan 11, 2021

  • Ecstatic Practices: Storytelling & sound magic
  • (Supplemental Reading: Primary & secondary sources in mythology)

5: “Transformation” Immersion Weekend Jan 22-24, 2021

  • Diving Deep: Shadow work
  • Gathering Insight: Divination and scrying
  • Magical Apothecary: Intuitive esoteric herbalism
  • Charging Our Intentions: Sigils and bindrunes

6: Evening Online Session Feb 8, 2021

  • Devotional Practices: Everyday animism & relationships with deities
  • (Supplemental Reading: Animist theories and philosophies)

7: Evening Online Session Mar 8, 2021

  • Spellwork and Weaving Community Ritual: Ethics, engagement & impact
  • (Supplemental Reading: Ritual structure & ethical frameworks)

8: Evening Online Session Apr 12, 2021

  • Weaver Toolkit: Trauma awareness & compassionate tending in magical space
  • (Guest Speaker: TBA)

9: “Synthesis” Immersion Weekend Apr 23-25, 2021

  • Encountering Deity: Invocation, aspecting and trance possession work
  • Applied Ritual Skills: Co-creating ritual and spellwork in community
  • Wisdom of Numbers and Shapes: Sacred Geometry
  • Courting Allies: Animal spirits & nature omens

10: Evening Online Session May 10, 2021

  • Working Toward Positive Peace: Principles of nonviolent action
  • (Supplemental Reading: Kingian Nonviolence)

11: Evening Online Session Jun 14, 2021

  • Repairing the Web: Transformative and restorative justice
  • (Guest Speaker: TBA)

12: Evening Online Session Jul 12, 2021

  • Student-chosen Topics

13: “Celebration” Immersion Weekend Jul 23-25, 2021

  • Cultivating Magic as Lifestyle: Empathy, trust, and resilience
  • Applied Ethics: Using your ministry skills to empower (not enable)
  • Step into Sovereignty: Final ritual together and blessing of group

About The Instructors
Jamie Michelle Waggoner is an artist and mystic. Her interests center around folk magic, mythology, oracular traditions, trance and ritual arts, and building sacred communities. She believes that magic is real, present all around us, and a profound tool for justice and transformation. Jamie holds a B.A. in philosophy, trained and taught as a priestess with the Sisterhood of Avalon for thirteen years, and now regularly leads independent workshops and rituals across the United States and abroad. Lately Jamie has been greatly influenced by the principles of nonviolent resistance as taught by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as the Poor People’s Campaign and the Death Positive movement. Some of her other spiritual influences include mythologists Drs. Clarissa Pinkola EstésSharon Blackie and Gwilym Morus-Baird, as well as the poetry of Mary Oliver, the tarot teachings of Rachel Pollack, and the paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe. Jamie lives in Alabama, U.S.A., the ancestral homeland of the Creek/Mvskoke (Muscogee) people.

Murphy Robinson is a priestx, wilderness guide, activist, and a student of the sacred hunt. They have been casting circles since they were sixteen years old, and have taught both magic and wilderness skills across the US, and occasionally in Ireland and Sweden. They have pursued special study of spirit journeying, the Norse runes, archery as a magical practice, and meaningful rituals to honor the animals and plants who die to feed us. Their work often serves The Huntress and The Lord of the Dead. As a queer transmasculine priestx, they explore healthy and healing ways to reclaim the sacred masculine. Murphy’s spiritual development has been influenced by the work of Starhawk and the Reclaiming Tradition, Diana Paxson’s work with runes and seidh, and Lyla June’s writings on indigenous European ancestors. Murphy lives on the side of a Vermont mountain at Hunter’s Hollow, the headquarters of Mountainsong Expeditions.

2020 Program Costs and Application Portal
Think the Way of the Weaver is for you? More information on training program costs, frequently asked questions, and our application portal here: www.wayoftheweaver.com.

Thank you for your interest, and blessed be!