CELTIC STUDIES: MYTH AND TRADITION
The 2019 course has now begun and enrolment is closed.
Enrolment will open January 2020 to begin in May 2020.
Are you interested in studying accurate and up-to-date information about the native myths and traditions of Ireland and the other Celtic nations?
And are you interested in exploring what an authentic contemporary spirituality – one which has its roots in the old traditions of those countries, but which makes sense in a very different world – might look like in the context of this knowledge?
If you are, then this unique, year-long, interactive distance-learning course is for you.
ABOUT THE COURSE
Much of the available information about Celtic mythology, especially on the web, is either profoundly inaccurate, poorly researched, or outdated by several decades. And so ‘Celtic Studies: Myth and Tradition’ provides a sound and up-to-date introduction to Celtic myth and the folk tradition, and explores their relevance to our lives and practices today.
This course derives from my Master’s-level education in Celtic Studies and doctorate-level training in Psychology. It is founded on an up-to-date understanding of research from several inter-related disciplines, including Classical and indigenous literature, history, archaeology, and folklore. It includes material from all six Celtic nations (Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany, the Isle of Man, and Cornwall) but focuses primarily on the Irish and Welsh traditions, where there is a greater abundance of material.
Although it’s based on academic material and research, the course materials will be perfectly accessible to all interested students. The course will be of interest to anyone who has a Celtic heritage, or who is fascinated by the old native cultures of the Celtic lands. And if your spiritual practice is based on Celtic traditions, or if you would like to develop one which is, then the course will offer you firm and authentic foundations on which to build.
What do we know about how our ancestors lived, and the nature of their spiritual practice. Can any of this help us in our search for authentic contemporary practice?
HOW IT WORKS
This is a self-study course, without assignments. The course is taught through twelve monthly written Modules, and access to a private, independent discussion forum.
Access to the materials
When you sign up to Celtic Studies: Myth and Tradition, you’ll be prompted to create a login which will allow you access to the ‘Membership’ section of my website. Each month, for the duration of the course, you will receive an email requesting you to log in and view the new course material, which you can download and work through in your own time, as your schedule permits.
Reading lists and other resources are provided throughout the year, and selected academic articles and book chapters that are relevant to monthly Module content may also be downloaded from the website.
Participants are able to use a private online forum (which is quite independent of Facebook or other social media) for ongoing discussions with other participants, and to ask me questions about the course material and to discuss its relevance to our lives today. To aid reflection, discussion questions relating to each month’s material will be posted on the forum each month. (You may undertake the course without participating in the forum, but much of the value will be lost.)
Because this is a self-study course, and because everyone will come to it with different skill sets and learning methods, it’s really not possible to sensibly estimate the time commitment required. It’s very much up to you how you approach it, and how deeply you explore the various threads and participate in the forum.
ENROL FOR THE COURSE
Enrolment for 2019 is closed; the next intake will be May 2020, and enrolment for this intake will open in January 2020.
The course fee is 195 euros.
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