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Confirm your unique leadership voice and style.

A dynamic equilibrium between scholarship, practice, and integration

There is a hunger for a return of natural wildness reflected in the great interest in indigenous teachings and such phenomenon as the rewilding and permaculture movements. Intrinsic to this is an necessary inclusion of rewilding our relationship to the sacred. Dagara Elder Malidoma Somé has called ritual a "technology of the sacred." It is the social component of permaculture and the soul component of rewilding.

 

Storytelling, dance, music, ceremony, healing work—all of these are in the realm of ritual. This scholarship, including theory, and especially praxis, is meant to both extend your knowledge as a generalist and to confirm the unique character of your own style as it refines.

Spoken of from the perspective of the Dagara elements, it is meant to revive and reinforce a robust sensibility about home and welcome, myth and wild genius, grief and reconciliation, ancestors and creativity, trickster wisdom and healing. These correspond to the five Dagara elements of Earth, Mineral, Water, Fire and Nature.

You're invited to join a fellowship. As Seth Godin notes, "It's hard to imagine something more reassuring, challenging, an productive all at once. The reassuring is the confirmation of sacred education as a process that reawakens what has been called "the knowledge in your bones." Challenge, there will be plenty enough of—it is intrinsic to the ongoing emergence of the wild genius. And productive, well . . .

Producing ritual programs that you will also be participants in, gatekeepers to, and initiates of will put you into the awkwardness that well reflects the liminal nature of wild ritual. The test of "productivity" here means an increasing state of resourcefulness, sustainability, agility. It is meant to be practical. It is meant to make your life "larger," as one of my wise teachers once said.

THE STORY

The world is so big—
Perhaps we could
volunteer . . . 
To step off the edge
 

What is covered in the course of the study?

The curriculum delivery reflects a tension between "principle centred" and "curiosity driven." What this means in practice is that it is able to respond with appropriate agility to the real circumstances of participant's lives and the promptings of the spirit world while simultaneously building the foundational blocks of knowledge.

Below are some of the touch points, and also topics will emerge as needed as well.

Undertaking the Funeral of Trailblazing​

The Knowledge of Protection and Talismanic Medicine

Helpers from the Other World: Totems Allies and Ancestors

Panpsychism in a Cosmos of Elements

 

The Singular Hero and the Dreamtime of Communitas

Trancing in and Trancing out: Consciousness and the Apparent

Mythic Nature and the Living World: Archetypes, Gods and Giants

 

Civilization, Agriculture, Empire and Colonization

Welcoming Medicine and the Earth Spirits

Anatomy of a Ritual

The Lost Forever Dragon and the Wellspring of Sorrow

Emotional Navigation: Complexes, Neurosis, Desire, Longing

Grief and Praise: Poetry, Oratory,

Logos, Eros, Feminine, Masculine

 

Cultural Appropriation, Cultural Emergency, Cultural Legacy

Wild Genius and the Problem with Daimons

Divination, Navigation, Feeding the Holy

 

Waters of Life and Waters of Death

Royalty, Warriors, Lovers and the Lost Forever Dragon

Taboos, Allegiances, Meaning and Freedom

 

Reweaving the Tapestry of Wilderness

 

Vision, Current Reality, Creative Process, Art

Slow Self Care and Urgent Boundaries

Choreography, Movement, Complexity, Homeostasis

 

Edges, Centres, Squircles and the Authority of Initiation

Resume of the Spirit, Resume of the Soul

Earning and Claiming Territory

 

Opportunistic Facilitation and Emergent Curriculum

Group Dynamics and Keeping Tabs in High Tolerance Arenas 

Trickster Wisdom and the Necessity of Humour

CURRICULUM

"Because one day you turned
Towards the centre
Which was not you
And you planted
Some seeds
Sang songs for the Holy"

Rachelle Lamb

"Rickety Spoke"

 

A multi-faceted experiential and theoretical investigation of the sacred

Group

Thursdays | 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm

GMT +8 | Australian Western Standard Time

  • Approximately 40 calls

  • Check-in

  • Reading Discussion

  • Event Development

  • Personal coaching

  • Group discussion

  • Weekly shared practice

Mentor

Your one-on-one coaching time

  • Approximately 10 calls

  • Booked on line

  • Confidential

Study

  • Reading approximately 1 hour per week

  • Personal practice approximately 1 hour per week

  • Journalling and notes recommended

Praxis

Ritual Planning, Community Outreach, Delivery

  • Understand the structure of rituals

  • Participate as initiates and gatekeepers

  • Practice communicating about ritual

  • Organizing ritual is a key element of ritual

  • Tuition is subsidized by this commitment

Rituals

Included in tuition is attendance, food and accommodation for the following events

NOTE: In Person Events on Hold

  • Dancing on the Broken Edge of Forever

Nature — [1 day]

  • Honeyed Tears and Warning Growls

Water — [Weekend]

  • Ancestors, Roots, Identity

Fire — [1 day]

  • Foxes Leaping in Our Eyes

Mineral – [Weekend]

  • Mysteries of the Ground Under Our Feet​

Earth Initiation – [4 days—see below]

Initiation

The focus of the year is the 4 day Earth Initiation:

Mysteries of the Ground Under Our Feet

  • Understand the structure of deep ritual

  • Participate as initiates and gatekeepers

  • Practice communicating about ritual

  • Radical Earth Healing and Initiation Ritual

ACTIVITIES

Oh muse,
Must you strike
in morning rush hour?
In the midst of pancakes
cooking . . . school
lunches packing
lego pieces finding
Could you not come in the
quiet
Moments of the day
to whisper in my ear
your sweet kisses?

Rowena Coshan

 

What can delivering water look like as vocation and service?

Some of many possible examples of subjects to work with:

EARTH — issues of welcoming, abundance, and community.

MINERAL — working with life purpose, myth, and storytelling.

WATER — movement, emotion, grief, attention, relating.

FIRE — ancestors, boundaries, ceremony, traditional knowledge.

NATURE — initiation, play, totems, nature immersion, ritual.

Applying the knowledge of water carrying means bringing back something meaningful to community.

 

A leader, healer, or facilitator of "sacred space" events can (and must!) apply the traditional cultural understandings of the above issues in their own way, suited to their own proclivities and community sensibilities. We are not after some kind of "purity," rather, meaningful application and change that is helpful to actual people.

Because a foundational principle is the idea that each person has their own unique connection with the Other World and nature, the idea is that unique forms of practice and work will emerge or refine from the process, incorporating particular influences and talents. 

There can't be bland promises of success and accomplishment. We will encounter trouble and setbacks.

 

But it will be worthy. We'll jump up alive.

OUTCOMES

 
"Life is sculpting you with 
Tender
brutal
hands of Love
 
This is the pathless path
This is the journey
into the Wild"

Maya Luna

"Into the Wild"