Druidry College-An Craodh Airgid
Our Druidry course is called An Craobh Airgid - The Silver Branch.
There are many mythological stories about the Silver Branch—in all of them the silver branch assists us to see non-ordinary reality behind the ordinary. The Druidry course will be held over 4 residential weekends per year for three years. The first year concentrates on the Bardic experience. We invite you to an exploration in a small group while holding beliefs lightly.
This course will include experience of:
· the sacred grove,
· the natural world, e.g., trees, the elements, the seasons,
· journeying/guided imagery,
· working with dreams,
· the arts, story-telling & mythology,
· philosophies of science, religion & spirituality,
· exploring our ancestry.
Those who wish may continue into a second year to explore the File experience. Followed by a third year exploring the Druid experience.
The Bard holds the strands of story-telling, mythology & history seeking. All the arts can be engaged in this work. Exploration of deep meaning is the intention though entertainment is also found on the way.
The File (Poet Seer) holds the healing strand engaging curiosity, divining with intuition and chance events. These attitudes & skills can be added to various modalities of therapy such as herbalism, homoeopathy, acupuncture, nutritional suggestions, medicine & psychotherapy. The File’s intention is towards a holistic approach to healing.
The Ollamh (Druid) holds the strand of ritual, philosophy & ethics. Opening & holding a ritual space increases the special-ness of the work to follow. Philosophy is the love of thinking including rationality which balances the mystical. The ethical approach is expressed in the Druid’s prayer. For example, in the part that speaks to " the love of all existences". The druidic way is to explore each strand of experience along a continuum from the most intuitive & mystical to the most rational & material, e.g., ancestry & history can be explored using imagination & intuition as well as DNA studies & study of contemporary sources.
Cost: €260 per weekend. Total: €1040 per year. (Payment plan available). Booking deposit €150. Places are limited so early booking is advised. This includes accommodation and all meals and refreshments, which will be organic vegetarian food.
Starting time: 6.30pm on the Friday night. Ending time: 4.30pm Sunday
Dates for next Bardic Intake:
February 12th - 14th 2016
April 22nd - 24th 2016
July 15th - 17th 2016
October 21st - 23rd 2016