Forgotten Waters | Apprenticeship | Consider

An alchemical procedure of initiatory transformation.



“Don’t tell me women
are not the stuff of heroes
I alone
rode over the East Sea’s winds
for ten thousand leagues.”

Qiu Jin

"Capping Rhymes with Sir Ishii From Sun's Root Land"

Professionally delivered and professional expectations

Consider seriously the amount of time and energy you will invest in this process. To make it worthwhile, your course work and the many practical exercises must be done faithfully. You must battle the confusion it always causes to deal with real people in the real world. Remember that you are on a learning curve, and play the "long game." Resilience and persistence will be good personal resources. The work is done so you can offer it to community; the bumps on the road are part and parcel of the process.

Having said that, events in life do come up, and every effort can be made for accommodations to genuine extenuating circumstances. In no way is the process certified by any official agency, it is authorized by self authorization and the intrinsic value of the work. I fully expect that your knowledge will speak for itself in offering your work to your community, and it is my intention to offer a strong endorsement, which I will do upon successful completion of the work assigned.


I expect meeting times to be kept well, whether with myself or other members of the cohort, or with mentors I recommend for you. I expect honesty about your challenges, and then I will be able to extend generosity for accommodation needs. Financial obligations should be kept on schedule.

This is a non-prejudiced environment and more is expected than simple tolerance for diversity. There will not only be an absence of discrimination on the basis or age, skin colour, cultural background, gender, sexual orientation but also an active pursuit of uncovering privilege, hidden and overt, in service of the task of leadership in this context, which, in part, is to recognize wisdom and leadership, even under circumstances when it has been marginalized to the edge.



"Who would linger over
small ponds and reservoirs?
I care neither for
Ganges nor Jamna—
I am making my way to the sea."


Time, Tech, Health, Language, Money


During the study focus in the first three semesters, there will be reading and writing, as well as our online group meetings. Depending upon where you are geographically located, some of the times may be inconvenient, so you will have to decide to either miss some of them live, and watch later, or be there anyway. There will be a practical exercise to do every week, and then as the program develops, there will be some organizing to do to get people to come to your "test events."

As the course continues, expect about the same amount of time to be spent regularly, though we will have a break in December, as that is often a busy enough time already. For the semester breaks, you can self manage how diligent you are at keeping your practices going. My goal is to make sure you are exposed to a wide variety of perspectives and knowledge areas so you can begin the journey of having an "informed opinion" on the many topics we will cover.


You will need a good internet connection, and a computer modern enough to handle the video calls.


You need to be of basically sound mental, physical and emotional health to withstand the rigours of this program. Having said that, accommodations may be possible, depending upon individual circumstances. Please feel free to discuss with me.


The language of instruction is English, and the reading will be at a university level, so basic proficiency is necessary.

MONEY Payments are set three times a year at set times.

Year 1


Feb 4, 2019

March 4 2019

June 4, 2019

October 4, 2019

Year 2 a similar format.

$700 CAD (30 days in advance)

Program Begins

$700 CAD

$700 CAD



"I sat on the throne drinking
nectar with allah
I got hot and sent an ice age to europe
to control my thirst
My oldest daughter is nefertiti
The tears from my birth pains
created the nile
I am a beautiful woman"

Nicki Giovanni

"Ego Tripping"

A step by step process, not a rush process

There is no rush sales pitch here. I want you to be fully committed should your application be accepted. 

The application process itself is meant to give you value by making you reflect on some aspects of life from an interesting angle. 

Put some effort in to do a stellar job on your application presentation. Show me some of your grit and your guile and quirky genius. Get help if you need it from someone who is knowledgeable about document presentation. You can be creative alongside being clear.

If your application is complete, we will set up a 30 minute interview over Skype. We will get to know each other a bit, and decide if we want to proceed.​

The online tribe is already available to join, and I encourage you to do so. There will be a separate area for members of the apprenticeship cohort to communicate in confidence.

I do look forward to making your acquaintance, and to serving for a time as your leader, and as long as I draw breath as a mentor. 


Randy Jones

Forgotten Water

September 2018



Then animals long believed gone
crept down 
From trees.
We took new stock of one another. 
We wept to be reminded of such color.

Tracy K Smith

"An Old Story"

Guidelines for the operation of the program


The best practice for ethics statements is called a Living Document. This means that the document can change and develop through time and experience in response to emerging circumstances.

Follow this link to see the current iteration. 


Participants are expected to plan for and meet the financial obligations with due diligence.


Disputes will be handled initially through discussion (see the code of ethics above) and then by consultation with the ad hoc board of advisors, and finally by mediation with a mutually approved moderator.


Members of the cohort are expected to comport themselves with respectful behaviour and remain worthy of the appellation "in good standing." (see the code of ethics)