TENDING THE WATERS, HUSBANDING THE LAND
a week of explorations, conversations & guided tasks in the company of wild nature, deep ecology, depth psychology
with this very experienced tutor
NB I’ve decided to postpone this course until further notice as it now seems important that I have a male co-facilitator for this work, since I want to work with women and men in conversation. I’ve some ideas but nothing certain yet. I may well offer it as a distance learning course, however, alongside my new book. Updates to come…
Centuries ago, the path of the heart & the way of the soul were forgotten. In the Grail myths, as I wrote in my first book in 1993 & have taught in various workshops since 1991, the well-maiden guardians were raped, the waters poisoned, the land laid waste.
Given the environmental, climate, land use & species loss crises in our times, we are again, or still, experiencing what it means to live in a wasteland. Our societies are on the whole (if not entirely) still patriarchal: we’ve inherited a worldview biased towards warfare, conquest, individualism, logic & the rational mind, & the qualities often traditionally associated with the feminine principle, such as relatedness, intuition, community (including with other species, & the earth itself) & the feeling nature have not been sufficiently valued. For a healthy culture & planet we need both perspectives to work in harmony.
Myth can show us the way forward, even as it records a time of loss & destruction. Through the lens of archetypal psychology & myth, especially Y Mabinogi, the classic Welsh text known as The Mabinogion in English) and the succeeding Grail legends (both of which which were my primary subject of study in their original languages of mediaeval French & Old Welsh at Cambridge University in the 70s), we will explore a different way to be alive, with our unique gifts, in the world: a conscious way that can heal our own wounds & contribute something positive, healing, to the web of being in which we all exist.
As we explore the archetypal & mythic phases (as I wrote of it in my book mentioned below, further adapted for this century & its troubles) of this journey in relation to our own lives, we will each also be writing vignettes from the book of our individual life. Call it narrative eco-therapy, personal mythology, or soulwork. Or all three & more.
Roselle has a counselling qualification, has been exploring this psychospiritual journey via the Celtic & other wisdom traditions for over 40 years & teaching it for 30, & was commissioned to write a book about it in 1993: ‘RIDING THE DRAGON – myth & the inner journey’, Element Books.
NB the year-long course, begun in January 2017, was for a private closed group of women only. However, I’ve rethought it as a result of an inspiring experience with that group, & have decided I very much want to have men & women working together.
In the future I shall be offering it as a weeklong residential for women & men working together, with outdoor work, practical & inner tasks, and a co-created conversation & discussion on the changes we might all make.
Later, I shall offer it as an online course. If you’d be interested to join a group in the future (the groups are kept small, for depth and individual attention), please register your interest via the Contact form.
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