Venue: Embercombe Online
- The Cave - Voices from the Otherworld
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
08/12/2021 - 09/12/2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Cave – Voices from the Otherworld
With Angharad Wynn, Daniel Allison, Carla Stang
For thousands of years our ancestors passed on stories of the ‘otherworld’, gleaned from their deep listening in those places where the boundaries between worlds were thin … the liminal spaces, the altars and sacred places of the natural world, the walls of The Cave.
Is it still possible to hear those voices, those stories, that medicine for the present and visions for the future? How do we approach the otherworld, how should we behave when we are there, and what can it teach us about the world and the times we live in?
Perhaps the best thing we can do is to stop and listen.
Perhaps what we hear will guide our way to a different future.
How do we begin?
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 which she co-runs with partner and collaborator, Eric Maddern. 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.
Carla pursued her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. She has held the positions of Associate Researcher at the University of Sydney and Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, and was awarded the Frank Bell Memorial Prize for Anthropology. Carla’s work explores events of consciousness in different cultures, in particular those of ‘ordinary’ reality, mysticism, ritual and the perception of landscape. She has an abiding interest in wisdom from other times and cultures, especially wisdom about the natural world. Much of this research has concerned the history of alchemy, the Tungus culture of Siberia, and the Mehinaku Indians of the Brazilian Amazon. Based on her fieldwork with the Mehinaku Carla wrote a book called “A Walk to the River in Amazonia”. Together with Martin Shaw and Rachel Fleming she co-created the MA in Mythology and Ecology at Schumacher College, and is the co-founder of the Imaginal Futures project with Emma George and Rachel Fleming.