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Writing and teaching are the warp and weft of my life; the texture of my work comes from the richly woven entanglements of both of these threads. But the writing life leaves little time for travel, and so you’ll find that it’s usually easier to work with me in online settings. Below, you’ll find a variety of offerings, ranging from self-study courses to more interactive, community-based experiences. The forthcoming Courting the World Soul course is the foundation of my core program, offering up practical techniques for cultivating the mythic imagination, and uncovering the mythic threads which are woven through our lives. And I’m excited to announce This Mythic Life, a unique, ongoing monthly membership program which begins January 2020.
If you’d rather find me in person, you can see what’s on at my annual HedgeWise mini-festival here in the west of Ireland, and browse occasional retreats, workshops and speaking events in Europe and North America.
All of my work is grounded in a firm commitment to ongoing academic and professional training in the fields of psychology (with a focus on narrative, depth and transpersonal psychology) and mythology, as well as in my longstanding personal practice and exploration of the native spiritual traditions of Ireland and the British Isles. In order to teach, you need to have learned. And you need to keep on learning. As a teacher and guide, that’s my commitment to you.
It’s only by transforming ourselves that we can hope to transform the world. If we want to change the dominant, life-denying cultural mythology which is failing us and failing the planet, we need to begin by transforming the myths that each one of us chooses to live by. We need to discover our soul’s calling, to uncover the unique gift that we bring to the world at this time – and to understand our own individual mythopoetic journey through this life. That’s the foundation-stone for all of my work.
Change always begins with individuals, and it always begins with imagination. It begins with a different story which succeeds in capturing our imagination more effectively than the now-crumbling old story which has been foisted on us. Different stories which speak to our longing for deeper connection, for deeper meaning. Which reflect the old ways of knowing that are still written in our bones: the knowing that tells us we are part of the great web of life on this planet – that we belong here. My work is designed to help you find those new stories. The stories that sing our souls back home to this beautiful, animate Earth.
Courting the World Soul
This unique eight-week interactive distance learning course which began in October 2019 will be available from mid-December as an on-demand self-study course. In it, you’ll learn the fundamentals of working with the mythic imagination.
You’ll learn a wide range of practical techniques to create a nature-based practice for courting the world soul, for uncovering the mythic themes, patterns and archetypes which are active in your life, and exploring your own unique inner imaginarium.
Founded in authentic scholarship as well as decades of committed, embodied and emplaced practice in the mythopoetic and other creative arts, this program of study is above all about finding our way back into the mystic – about delving into the mysteries of wild psyche, living mythically, and finding a deep, embodied sense of belongingness to this beautiful, animate Earth.
OTHER ONLINE COURSES
SISTERS OF ROCK AND ROOT
Sisters of Rock and Root is a year-long self-study experience for women who want to delve deeply into wild stories, myths and archetypes, and so to connect in a grounded, rooted way with the cycles and seasons of the year. Join us to explore the themes associated with these stories as they arise in the cycles and seasons of your own life.
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 might look like in the context of this knowledge? If you are, then this unique, year-long, interactive distance-learning course is for you.
THE FOOL’S JOURNEY
Coming in September 2020
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This long-promised course will explore the Fool’s Journey – an archetypal life-journey based on the sequence of the Major Arcana of the Tarot – and its expression in your own individual journey of becoming. It’s grounded in archetypal psychology, but we’ll work in the context of mythic narratives and imagery from native British and Irish traditions.
THE VOICES OF THE WELLS
In this 16-week self-study course, we explore old European stories about the Grail, and ask ourselves what the Grail quest – a journey to restore the Wasteland both inside and outside of ourselves – means for women in these ever-more challenging times. It’s a journey that will take us into the creative, generative heart of the Otherworld — the mundus imaginalis of Celtic tradition.
NEW MEMBERSHIP PROGRAMME
As a psychologist specialising in myth and the deep imagination, I’m passionate about helping people to uncover and step into rich new visions for their lives. Our ancient Western wisdom traditions tell us that it’s through exercising the embodied and emplaced imagination – through working with myth, archetypes, dreams, fairy tales, and through exploring creative and expressive practices – that we can come to understand our purpose in this world, and weave ourselves back into the anima mundi – the soul of the world.
This Mythic Life is a unique membership program which guides you to revive these old enchantments, and supports you while you’re delving deep into the mysteries of wild psyche.
Part mystery school, part journey to personal transformation, This Mythic Life is coming soon. Find out if it is for you …
WORKSHOPS & EVENTS
Find out about my occasional retreats and workshops in Europe and North America, as well as forthcoming book events and lectures.
To stay informed about new events as they’re announced, please sign up to my email list at the bottom of the page.
The Burren, Ireland, April 2020
HedgeWise is a 3-day mini-festival in the beautiful landscape of the Burren, in the west of Ireland. During this rich and informal gathering, we’ll explore with our keynote speakers – Sharon Blackie, Pat McCabe (Woman Stands Shining), Manda Scott and Bayo Akomolafe – what it means to reclaim our indigenous roots. Join us for a community-based experiential weekend of myth, wild mind, and enchantment.
A PSYCHE THE SIZE OF THE EARTH
The Burren, Ireland, April 2020
In this 3-day workshop we’ll learn how to fully participate in this beautiful, animate Earth to which we belong. We’ll work with personal myth, fairy-tale narratives and imagery, journeying, dreamwork and land-based practices to deepen our relationship with the soul of this world – the anima mundi – in order to explore our own unique inner imaginarium, and begin to weave together the threads of our calling.
RECLAIMING THE WISE WOMAN
Beara, Ireland, October 2020
Over the course of 6 days, we’ll explore the native Wise Woman stories and traditions of Ireland, Britain and Northern Europe, bringing them alive and making them relevant to the world we live in today. At the heart of this retreat is a deep exploration of skills and practices which will help us develop a rich relationship with the land and the other-than-humans who inhabit it with us.
Other forthcoming events
MARCH 30 – APRIL 2, 2020
A Psyche the Size of Earth: a 3-day workshop in the Burren, Ireland. Details here.
APRIL 2 – 5, 2020
HedgeWise: my annual mini-festival. ‘Reclaiming our Indigenous Roots’, with Sharon Blackie, Manda Scott, Pat McCabe and Bayo Akomolafe. Details here.
OCTOBER 11 – 17, 2020
Reclaiming the Wise Woman: a weeklong retreat for women. Beara peninsula, Ireland. Details here.
April 24 – 26, 2020
Courting the World Soul: a weekend workshop at the Rowe Center, Massachusetts, USA. (This workshop will be followed by a three-day deepener workshop – see below; a discount will be offred to people who take both workshops.) Details to follow.
April 26 – 29, 2020
Speaking the Language of Soul: a three-day workshop at the Rowe Center, Massachusetts,USA. (A discount will be offered to people who take both workshops.) Details to follow.
May 1 – 2, 2020
Facilitator at Spirituality in the 21st Century, Prairiewoods, Iowa, USA. Details to follow.
May 6 – 10, 2020
Workshop at Hollyhock, Cortes Island, British Columbia, Canada. Details to follow.
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