Women Rising Rooted
With Sharon Blackie and Pat McCabe
Date: 4th – 8th July
Fee: £595 (bursary places £350 on application)
Living indigenous traditions show us ways of living and being which are rooted in a profound sense of belonging to and responsibility for our places, and to the wider Earth in which we all participate. Although such traditions seem to have been lost to us in the West, strong traces remain. In this workshop, we’ll bring together two ancient traditions which reveal to us the importance of the feminine principle in shaping and upholding Creation.
The ancient, pre-Christian mythologies and philosophies of the West – from the magical stories of Celtic Ireland, the beautiful poetic sagas of Finland, to the soul-centred mythtellings of Plato in ancient Greece – are rich and complex and beautiful. They offer up a world in which everything is not only alive, but has a purpose of its own. Where each incarnated soul chooses to come, for a reason, to fulfil its own unique calling and to offer up its own unique gift to the world. Here, we’ll focus our attention on the Celtic worldview, in which divine women are portrayed as local representations, or personifications, of the soul of the world: the guardians of the Sovereignty of the land, the keepers of the Grail, and the Voices of the Wells.
We will contrast this portrayal of women to that of the Native American traditions, separated by geography but deeply connected in their wisdom and knowledge. Here we will look to understand aspects of the divine feminine and divine masculine and how these can be brought together, both intellectually and ceremonially, with the intention of supporting ‘Thriving Life’ for all.
Is This For You?
This workshop is for women who would like to delve into their own Earth-centred ancestral lineages, and explore authentic ways of weaving them into a living tradition for today.
What You Can Expect
During the course of the weekend, we’ll delve deeply into what these traditions can teach us about finding a deeper connection to the living soul of our own places, and through them, to the soul of this beautiful, animate Earth.
- Which are the stories women need to guide us in these mythic times? – stories which are life-enhancing, rather than soul-destroying?
- What do those stories tell us about the essence of women’s power and creativity?
- How do our old native myths and stories help us uncover more balanced ways to live on this earth?
- How do we begin to re-imagine ancient indigenous traditions, rituals and ceremonies for today’s world?
- How do we find a greater sense of belonging to our places?
- How do we take responsibility for our own choices, assume our ancient roles as guardians and protectors of the land, and begin to create genuine, authentic, and lasting change – from the individual, to the social?
Pat McCabe (Weyakpa Najin Win, Woman Stands Shining) is a Diné (Navajo) mother, grandmother, activist, artist, writer, ceremonial leader, and international speaker. She is a voice for global peace, and her paintings are created as tools for individual, earth and global healing. She draws upon the Indigenous sciences of Thriving Life to reframe questions about sustainability and balance, and she is devoted to supporting the next generations, Women’s Nation and Men’s Nation, in being functional members of the “Hoop of Life” and upholding the honour of being human.
Dr. Sharon Blackie is an award-winning writer and international teacher whose work sits at the interface of psychology, mythology and ecology. Her highly acclaimed books, courses, lectures and workshops are focused on the development of the mythic imagination, and on the relevance of our native myths, fairy tales and folk traditions to the personal, social and environmental problems we face today. www.sharonblackie.net