Contemporary Animism: The Power of Place


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An apprenticeship into animistic magical practice

With Colin Campbell, Angharad Wynne and special guests

26th February - 26th February Contemporary Animism Annual Confluence - Sharon Blackie, Philip Shepherd, Naomi Lewis, Stephan Harding, Andy Letcher, Angharad Wynne and Colin Campbell A full day of talks and workshops
26 February 2022
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21st July - 27th February Contemporary Animism - The Power of Place Book Now

Is this for you?

What has become of the alchemists? – the rainmakers, the ancient oracles and voices of the wells, the medieval magicians?

They knew that by working with the force of nature, that which resides in the very matter of the universe, in the blades of grass, in the winds that blow, that they could change the world. At this moment of great change for us, as we stand on the very edge of what is possible for the human species, perhaps there is something important we have forgotten. What is it that we have lost that has allowed the great mystery of life on earth to flee from our lives. Where does magic now reside in the world and how can we possibly bring it back?

“Magic is what happens when you are fully embodied in nature”David Abram, author of Spell of the Sensuous

In this apprenticeship you will be standing on the shoulders of the old magical traditions as you connect back to the creative and intelligent force within nature itself – the same force that runs through all of us and is our birth-rite to know.

This is the animating force that binds us to place, to the earth, to the land we stand upon and the more than human-world around us, the force that allows us to communicate with it and feel our belonging with it, the lost language of the soul of the world.

By being resonant with it, with all that is, by knowing the names of things, by offering libation to the ancestors and spirits of place, we aim to learn the old ways of working with the world, to make the changes it is asking of us. If we are truly inside something bigger than ourselves, and everything around us is alive, then it is time to tune back in, because our very future as humans depends on it.

Animism is the belief that we are one small part of a greater intelligent whole and within this whole we all have a part to play. This is a belief shared by our ancestors for thousands of years and with indigenous traditions around the world.

What would it mean for us to believe again?

Key information:

DATES:
APPRENTICESHIP:
July 2022 – February 2023
Two residential weeks at Embercombe combined with a monthly online programme and mentoring

  • Residential 1: 21 – 25 July 2022
  • Residential 2: 22 – 27 Feb 2023

ONLINE PROGRAMME:
June 2022 – March 2023
(8 online sessions)

LOCATION:
Based online and in Devon, at Embercombe

ACCOMODATION:
The residential components at Embercombe will be fully catered (plant-based menu) in simple, shared, back-to-nature accommodation.

FEE:
Apprenticeship £1,495
We are able to offer a limited number of bursaries at £1120 to make this apprenticeship accessible for as many people as possible. To apply for a bursary please fill in the application form.

Contemporary Animism Confluance

Core Facilitators

The lead facilitators for this apprenticeship are Colin Campbell and Angharad Wynne.

Their intention is to go deep, to explore, to exhume, to piece together the bones of a magical tradition that is fit for the 21st Century, that will lead us back into relationship with the natural world itself. Colin works with the wisdom traditions of South Africa, specifically those that are based on our relationships with the ancestors and spirits of nature. He looks at where these ancient indigenous practices collide and coalesce with the knowledge and belief systems of the west. Angharad teaches from the old Brethonic tradition of the British Isles, the spirit ways of the ancestors of this land, and how we can recover and remember them to help us restore balance in ourselves and with the world around us.

They will be joined along the way by special guests who will bring together old traditions and new insights to create ways of thinking and practising that will serve you regardless of your place and context. Last year’s guests included Sharon Blackie, Carolyn Hillyer, David Abram, Stephan Harding, Andy Letcher – this years to be confirmed soon.

Colin Campbell

Colin Campbell

Colin Campbell grew up in rural southeastern Botswana, the son of a renowned anthropologist and a creative healing mother. He is currently a practitioner of traditional African medicine, based in Cape Town, South Africa and the UK. He receives clients from all over the world, and facilitates international group processes relating to natural law, transformation, healing & personal power, sacred sites, and cross-cultural cosmology. His work bridges major world cities with ancestral homelands and forgotten wilderness, taking him from the Amazon Basin to Los Angeles, the sacred sites of Venda to the urban grit of Johannesburg, and remote Ethiopia to the City of London. Colin co-founded and co-runs a training school in Botswana for traditional doctors and sangomas with his brother Niall Campbell. He is also a lifelong artist and musician, his style once again bridging the traditional with the contemporary, the timeless with the timely, and the sounds of the sacred with the lyricism of electric rocking funk.

Angharad Wynne

Angharad Wynne

Angharad spent much of her youth exploring her Welsh homeland by foot and delving deeply into the western magic, healing and spiritual traditions in order to piece together the lost parts of her own indigenous culture. Connection and dialogue with with nature and landscape is central to her work as is the magic of everyday, the creation for meaningful ceremony for our lives today and sharing the spirituality and mythology of her homeland with others. A published author and poet, Angharad is also a storyteller who uses story as the starting point for deep enquiry and a source of timeless wisdom and healing. She regularly runs spiritual and creative retreats including the Return to Centre series for women, In the Footsteps of Ancestors, an annual pilgrimage following ‘Songlines’ across the sacred landscapes of Britain, and Dreaming the Land. She speaks widely about finding ‘the dreaming’ of place; of working with intuition, knowledge and landscape to draw together threads of spiritual practice which are connected and meaningful to and arise from specific geographical and cultural landscapes.

Visiting Facilitators

Last year’s guests included Sharon Blackie, Carolyn Hillyer, David Abram, Stephan Harding, Andy Letcher – this years to be confirmed soon.


Upcoming Dates & Booking

26th February - 26th February Contemporary Animism Annual Confluence - Sharon Blackie, Philip Shepherd, Naomi Lewis, Stephan Harding, Andy Letcher, Angharad Wynne and Colin Campbell A full day of talks and workshops
26 February 2022
Book Now
21st July - 27th February Contemporary Animism - The Power of Place Book Now


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