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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. My 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 in the west of Ireland, and browse occasional retreats, workshops and speaking events in Britain, 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 traditions of the British Isles and Ireland. 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.
If I’m passionate about any one thing, I’m passionate about transformation. 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 personal calling, to uncover the unique gift that we each 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.
Courting the World Soul
This unique eight-part online program 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 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.
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 life, weave ourselves back into the land where our feet are planted, and come to feel a sense of belonging to this beautiful, animate Earth in which we’re so deeply enmeshed.
This Mythic Life is a unique, ongoing monthly membership program and virtual learning space which guides you to revive these old enchantments, to unlock the magic of the everyday, and which supports you while you’re delving deep into the mysteries of wild psyche.
Each month, I’ll challenge you to focus in deeply on a particular aspect of cultivating the mythic imagination. During the first few months we’ll be working on living with the Trickster archetype as it appears in our lives; an introduction to archetypal astrology and the nature of synchronicity; the psychology of alchemy and the nature of transformation; conversations with the Shadow; a deep dive into ‘The Handless Maiden’ story and the concept of ‘severance’; a guide for navigating midlife transitions, and a revisioning of the Post-Heroic Journey.
Part mystery school, part hedge school, but above all a journey to personal transformation, This Mythic Life is coming soon. Find out if it is for you …
OTHER ONLINE COURSES
SISTERS OF ROCK AND ROOT
Sisters of Rock and Root is a year-long, on-demand self-study experience for women who want to delve deeply into the wild Western European stories and myths which have women at their centre. We’ll explore a range of female archetypes, and harness their wisdom to help us connect in a grounded, rooted way with the cycles and seasons of the year. Join this course to explore the themes associated with these stories as they arise in the cycles and seasons of your own life.
COMING NOVEMBER 2019
THE VOICES OF THE WELLS
In this on-demand self-study course, we’ll take a deep dive into the well of womanhood in the ancient traditions of Britain and the Celtic nations. We’ll understand how and why women were viewed both as voices of the land, and voices of that Otherworld which is so perfectly entangled with this one. How can these old stories help us on our journey to restore the Wasteland both inside and outside of ourselves? And what does it mean for women to reclaim our voices, in these ever-more challenging times?
COMING SEPTEMBER 2020
THE FOOL’S JOURNEY
This six-month-long interactive course will explore the Fool’s Journey – a rich and profoundly archetypal 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 with narratives and imagery from British and Irish folklore and mythology. Join me for this long-promised deep dive into the mystery of the ancient symbolic soul-language of tarot.
NEXT INTAKE MAY 2020
MYTH AND TRADITION
Are you interested in studying accurate and up-to-date information about the native myths and traditions of Ireland, Wales, Scotland and the other Celtic nations – including ‘Celtic’ Britain? 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.
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
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
What Ails Thee? Myth, Fairy Tales and the Post-Heroic Journey. A workshop at Hollyhock, Cortes Island, British Columbia, Canada. Find out more, and register here.