10th July 2021 – Ceremony and Ritual

Ceremony and Ritual run by Shenoah and Julia Crabtree on Zoom

Information that was circulated
Ceremony and ritual are an important part of human existence. At this meeting will explore the essence of ceremony and ritual and how they can support us in our lives

First Journey
I am going on a journey to ask what is it important for me to know about creating and offering ritual. Please give me a simple ritual to help me in my life
20 minute drum journey

Second Journey
I am going on a journey to ask for a simple ritual to help (insert partners name) in their life
In partners – 15 minute drum journey

Third Journey – this meeting fell on a new moon
I am going on a journey to ask my spirits for part of the ceremony to honour the beginnings the new moon brings
15 minute rattle journey
We each shared what we were shown to do and put them into the order that felt right for the ceremony. We then all performed the ceremony together with each person leading the part they were shown in their journey. This included lighting a candle to start, songs, words of dedication and gratitude, and movements aligned with specific intentions.

12th June 2021 – The Spirit of Play

The Spirits of Play – run by Shenoah on Zoom

Information that was circulated
At this months meeting we will explore the spirit of play.
“Life’s meaning is lost without the spirit of play. In play all that is gay, lovely and soaring in the human spirit strives to find expression. To play is to yield oneself to a kind of magic. In play the mind is prepared to accept the unimagined and incredible, to enter a world where different laws apply, to be free, unfettered and divine”
Eileen Agar, Painter and Photographer  (1899 – 1991)

First Journey
Going on a journey to experience the essence of the spirit of play
while on the journey ask to be shown images of shapes that carry the essence of the spirit fo play
Rattle and sung journey
When the drums slow down come part way back and draw / colour / cut out the images shown

Second Journey
Free Jouney
20 minute drum journey
in partners help each other come to an intention that is a follow on from the previous journey, possible example
What are my next steps to integrate play into my life
Help to fully embrace playfullness
What kind of play will bring me joy
Show me how to be more playful
Healing for what stops me being playful
or anything else that arises from the journey

Third Journey
Going on a walking journey to ask for help to keep connected to the spirit of play.
While on the joureny ask for an object to help and bring it back
If unable to do this in the garden or outside can do it indoors

End with a thank you song

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old
We grow old because we stop playing”




8th May 2021 – The Elements Within

The Elements Within – run by Shenoah on Zoom

Information that was circulated
The elements are all around us and within us, they give life and they are life. At this months meeting we will explore how working with the elements deepen our understanding and appreciation of nature and ourselves. 

First Journey
Going on a middle world journey to meet the element that can best deepen my connection to the flow of life at this time.
Rattle journey

Second Journey
Going on a middle world journey to merge with (insert element from first journey) to experience being part of the cycles of nature 
30 minute drum journey

Third Journey
Going on a middle world journey to ask (insert element from first journey) to show me the way forward to my being in balance in the world
20 minute drum journey

Fourth Journey
Going on an acted out journey to do a ceremony to honour the element of ….. (insert element from first journey)
Free style journey to drumming

10th April 2021 – Power and Renewal

Power and Renewal
Run by Shenoah on Zoom

Information that was Circulated
While we continue to witness the new growth that comes with spring this powerful renewal has its roots in the autumn and the winter. At this months meeting we will connect with the power and process that brings renewal, resources and transformation to our lives.

First Journey
Going on a journey to deepen my roots and merge with the transformational power of the earth
Drum journey

Second Journey
Going on an acted out journey to Sense and acknowledge the light & break the shell (of the seed)
Drum Journey

Third Journey
Going on a journey to Transform power into new life through vulnerability
Rattle and sung journey

Fourth Journey
With videos and microphones on everyone asks for a blessing for themselves and others to support the work from today

13th March 2021- The Gifts of Spring

The Gifts of Spring
Run by Shenoah on Zoom

Information that was Circulated
Each season brings its own gifts and springtime brings longer days as the light continues to return and plants and trees are blossoming with new life.  We will explore how the energy of spring can guide and support us to grow into our own lives.

First Journey
(inspired by a meeting about Imoblc from 2016 run by Pamela E)
Going on a journey to the seeds of the earth to ask for a teaching about strengthening hope and trust.
Drum Journey

Second Journey
Going on a journey to ask what is ready to be awakened within me
Rattle and singing journey

Third Journey
Going on a journey to meet the spirit of spring to ge shown how what is awakening within me can emerge
Acted out Journey

Fourth Journey
In 2 groups. First group have videos on to receive, 2nd group ask the spririts for what is needed to support the awakening, deliver it with song and rattle. Then swap over


13th February 2021 – Deepening Spirit Connection

Deepening Connection with Power Animals
Run by Shenoah on Zoom

Information that was circulated
As we receive the help, healing and guidance requested from our spirits we become more ourselves and live more fully in the world. This month we will be working with Deepening Connections to our spirits. We will offer our thanks and gratitude for all their support and ask what we can do in return to honour all they do for us.

First Journey
Going on a journey to ask my Power animal how can I honour you in return for all your help and guidance
Drum / sung / rattle journey

Second Journey
Going on a journey to ask to see myself through my Power Animals eyes
Merge with Power anmimal on the journey, unmerge once completed
Drum journey 

Third Journey – Power animal dancing
I am going on a journey to shapeshift into my …….. and dance together
calling Power anmial to us and merging together in this reality. Remember to unmerge when the journey is finished
Drum journey

Fourth Journey
Going on a journey to the LODG altar to Drum / rattle / sing gratitude to my power animal and each other
Drum journey – everyone drumming / rattling / singing


9th January 2021 – Insights for the coming year

Insights for the coming year
Run by Shenoah on Zoom

Information that was circulated
With so much uncertainty in the world the first LODG meeting of 2021 will focus on how we can best move through the coming year. We will ask for insights to enable us to live as fully as possible and be in the flow of life no matter what may be going on around us.

First Journey
Going on a journey to the lower world to ask for the comfort and support I need to move through these uncertain times.
This journey may bring you healing for what has gone before as well as what is needed in the future.

Second Journey
Going on an acted out journey to ask what is it important for me to pay attention to in the next 3 months

Third JourneyIn pairs 
Going on a journey to ask what gifts …… carries to bring into the world in the coming year. Rattle self on journey and speak it out loud
1st person rattles themselves on the journey and speaks out loud what is happening
swap

Fourth Journey – group blessing|
We Perceived us all standing together in a circle and asked for blessings for us all for the coming year


12th December 2020 – Gifts of Winter

The gifts of the winter season
Run by Shenoah on Zoom

Information that was circulated|
Although we are unable to have our traditional ‘Winter Feast’ we will join with each other in the virtual LODG altar room to feast and celebrate.  We will receive a gift from the spirits to sustain us through the winter months and explore the true essence of giving and receiving.

First Journey`
I am going on an acted out journey to ask for a teaching about the true essence of giving and receiving and to ask what can I gift my community in the coming year

Your community can be family, friendship group, community project, local group etc, let the spirits decide which community and what the gift will be. Gift it in the journey – but it is also to do in ordinary reality

Second Journey
I an going on a journey to the lodg altar to take part in the winter feast and to receive a gift that will support me through the winter  – and to put a gift on the lodg altar for the group for the coming year

3rd Journey
In 2 groups. First group have videos on to receive the blessing, 2nd group offer the blessing. Ask for the spirits for those in the centre to be blessed with the resources they need for the winter season for those in the centre and deliver it with song and rattle. Then swap over

Possible follow up journeys
Walking journey in your local area to ask for the gifts of this season
 If you are unable to go out go to your local area on a journey to ask for the gifts of this season
Journey to ask what you can offer a specific community you want to support
Journey to ask what you can gift yourself



14th November 2020 – The Staff and the Song

Working with Seidr
Run by Shenoah on Zoom

Information that was circulated
Seidr is an oracular tradition that uses the staff, the song and a raised seat as key elements in its ritual.  It is a Viking shamanic tradition which was practised in this country so also belongs to the ancestors of this land. Journeying on song and with a staff is a focussed and power filled way of working that offers a different experience than journeying with the drum.   At this meeting we will explore different ways of using the song and the staff to deepen our personal practice and working with others. We will also work together in a community seidr ceremony. Although the seidr tradition uses song being able to sing in tune is not important.  

First Journey Intention – singing self on journey with staff
For those new to Seidr – I am going on a journey to meet the spirit of my staff to ask how we can work together

For those who have worked with Seidr before – I am going on a journey to meet Seidr workers from my lineage to ask for their insights about the craft of Seidr.
if you are told you do not have seidr workers in your lineage ask to meet the first Völva.
n.b – Völva is an old norse term for someone who practices Seidr.

Second journey intention – journey in pairs
Sung journey to ask for the help your partner needs at this time with an issue of their choice

1st person tells their partner what they want help with and sings them on the journey. Once the partner is in the journey with their spirits they give a predermined signal and the 1st person stops singing. The partner sings everything that is happening on the journey. When it is completed they ask to be sung home.
Swap

Third Activity – Seidr Ceremony to ‘strengthen the web of life for the best outcome for all’
A discussion took place with all 25 participants until we came to an intention that everyone could stand for. Three people were on the Hjel (raised seat where the seidr work takes place) doing the work with their spirits on behalf of the group. The group sung them on the journey sending power to enable them to do the work. On their return from the journey they recounted what had been done.

You can read about Seidr in these articles by Annette Host
The legacy of Seidr – history, experiences and the path ahead http://www.shamanism.dk/legacyofseidr.htm
Songs of enchantment – the legacy of the Seidr tradition  – http://www.shamanism.dk/songsofenchantment.htm
Keep it close to Nature – an interview on the tradition of Seidr – http://www.shamanism.dk/closetonature.htm

5th October 2020 – Our Gifts for the World

Exploring the gifts we bring to the world
Run by Shenoah on Zoom

Information that was circulated
During these past months our lives have changed in ways we could never have imagined and we have had to adapt and find new ways of being in the world. At this meeting we will work with the spirits and each other explore what gifts we carry within us that we can bring to the world at this time.

1st Journey Intention – I am going on a journey to the upper world to ask my spirits what gift do I carry that I can offer to the world in the coming year that will make a difference

‘make a difference’ does not mean change the world. May be told to look after yourself, do something simple, embark on a project.

2nd Journey intention – Going on a journey to ask what is it that would stop me offering the gift of (insert the gift shown in the previous journey) to the world in the coming year

3rd Journey – Healing in Pairs
1st person tells their partner what they were told would stop them sharing their gifts. The partner asks for the healing that is needed to clear the way to enable (insert name) to offer their gift of (insert gift) to the world
Swap

4th Journey – with rattle – journey to ask for an image to keep you connected to your gift – once you have receivecd the image come half way back and draw it.