Forgotten Waters | Apprenticeship | Quick Facts 

Apprenticeship?     Not for the faint of heart.




Jalal ad-Din Rumi

12 month ONLINE Apprenticeship

  • Online / Experiential practice

  • Lead practice events in your local community

  • Begins March 2020

  • 6 hours / week

  • Limited to 25 participants

  • Closely supervised

  • Supportive peer group

  • $2400 CAD equivalent

  • Three payments of $800 CAD

"When lovers of life
get ready to dance,
the earth shakes,
the sky trembles"

The world needs leadership from people who understand traditional knowledge deeply. People who know the language of spirit and are skilled enough to readily adapt that knowledge for real contemporary needs and situations.

Water carriers must span the tension between the traditional instruction and the dictates of their curiosity and talent to discover the unique nature of their destined medicine specialty. Even experienced leaders face this ongoing need for refinement. 

There is a need to be "devotional" to the studies, to learn even the challenging instructions of spirit which invite us to go deeper than we thought possible. This is why teaching, coaching, and a supportive peer group is such a benefit on that kind of journey. You will be held with respect and encouragement.


  • Study, writing, experiential exercises and ritual work

  • 6 hours per week should be scheduled

  • Online group video calls and interaction with your peers

  • Begin offering small experiential events in your community



  • Forming or refining a practice and body of work uniquely yours

  • Introduces you to guest teachers and other traditions

  • Continued cohort interaction and closer coaching

  • Developing the business model of your practice

The overall vision of this program

 The Forgotten Wells apprenticeship is suitable either as an introduction or a professional development for practitioners who are already working with people in varying capacities.

It investigates the question of "What is health and wellness?' from a perspective of traditional knowledge and ritual. The program encourages a radical critique of contemporary society combined with teachings, reflection, practice, coaching, and the development of a strong online peer group.


Participants will develop a skill and knowledge base that is refined and focussed in a practical expression in community by the end of the process, integrating their own unique skills and interests with a knowledge of the deep structure of ritual.

It is informed through a great influence of indigenous traditional knowledge, the oral tradition of myth, ritual sensibility, and a deep emphasis on discernment about the perennial argument between tradition and innovation.

The main metaphor of the apprenticeship is of a journey to recover some of the mythic lost waters of life and waters of death and return them to community as a healing balm.


As the desertificaiton of modernity spreads geographically and philosophically, the diversity of life and culture is under attack. At the same time, the initiated understanding of what death means is no longer a guiding force in a modern world hell bent on consumption. The real medicine for these injuries are peculiar, local, eccentric, and idiosyncratic, and because of this very fact, should rely on a disciplined foundation to activate.

The program is designed to accommodate both newer learners and experienced leaders through the self directed nature of assignments and the ethic of village support.


In the very earliest time,
when both people and
animals lived on the earth,
a person could become an
animal if he wanted to,
and an animal could become
a human being.
Sometimes they were people,
and sometimes animals,
and there was no difference.
All spoke the same language.

Inuit, traditional


The world needs a wide diversity of water carriers.

Your interest is a primary qualification.


Anyone with an interest in healing work or leadership is encouraged to apply after reviewing the relevant materials.

For those new to this kind of work, you will receive a solid foundation of knowledge about working with people through ritual and be introduced to a wealth of mentors, as well as benefitting from the support of your peer group.

For leaders and teachers of dance, movement, community circles, ritual and ceremony, sound healing, or the like, you will find a treasure trove of knowledge to incorporate into your practice.

For counsellors, healers, or coaches, this will introduce you to perspectives beyond individual psychology about sources of anguish and offer tools to broaden your practice to include the village.

For storytellers, an opportunity to see the depth of the true tradition which held that the storyteller is a carrier, with all that implies—knowing how to draw a contemporary ritual from the story and knowing how to work with images in myth to activate healing.

For those being asked for Eldership from their community— a deepening of the answers you offer to impossible questions.


"The shape of an
African Elephant's ear
is the shape of Africa; 
The shape of an
Indian Elephant's ear
is the shape of India . . ." 

Heathcote Wiliams

"Sacred Elephant"

My personal ad hoc board of advisors convened for my support

Dawn Dancing Otter, DD

Founder of The Alchemist's Path​


Howard Eaton, EdM

Principle / CEO Eaton Arrowsmith

Abi Wellness / Watson Brain Health


David Hatfield, MEd Social Ecology, MA Process Work

David Hatfield Leadership Consultant

Chris Ralston BEd Social Studies

Career Counsellor and Teacher (Retired)


David MacMurray Smith 

Fantastic Space Enterprises

Little Woo

Sacred Dream Program School of Enchantment


Malidoma Somé

Dagara Elder and Diviner

Theresa Thomas BA

Initiated Dagara Elder



"If hearts were given to
Doesn’t that prove that
pratfalls are a form of dancing?
Back me up in astonishment,
Don’t let me weep alone with
this beauty
Today might be a North Day,
A Dragon Day
Are you going with me?"

Randy Thomas Jones