Shamanic Voices, Cadair Idris Centre for Shamanic Studies and Sulis Shaman Present:
Singing the Spirits Back Home, Singing the Land Awake:
Rewilding the land with staff, song and spirit – the practice of Seiđr in nature
With Jane Shutt, Julia Crabtree, Christine Mark & Shenoah Taylor
13th to 18th May 2022
Frondderw, Llwyngwril, Gwynedd, Wales, LL37 2JQ
If we do not know the paths we have left,
The lands to which we belong,
How will we know the path to take home?
How will we sing our true song?
In the wind, in the seas, in the flowers and leaves,
In your hopes and your love and the sweet, flowing streams.
It all comes together when you lift up your voice.
When you sing, you make sense of Earth’s dreams
Go to the wild-wood and seek out your place
Where you’ll take the first steps on your path.
With staff, song and spirits, trust in the way,
And they’ll lead you home at the last.
From Jane’s spirits, 2021, Amynedd
The practice of Seiđr is deeply woven into nature and while much of our sacred isle has been cultivated, wilderness still lives in the heart of the earth. The magical coast of West Wales allows us to touch easily the essence of the Mountains, Sea, River and Forest and receive wisdom from the spirits of the land.
On this advanced course we will allow songs of power to flow through us as we weave magic and beauty, asking for visions of how we can support the land and how the land can support us. We will explore how we can strengthen our connection to all that is, making the ancient practice of seidr relevant for the times we live in.
Working alone and in community ritual we will explore both the craft and the spiritual basis of the Seiđr tradition with special focus on the relationship between ourselves, nature, the song and the staff.
Working in nature in different locations, as we listen to the voice of the land, the cry of the buzzard, the energy of the waves, they will inform our hearts and voices as we honour the land. We will sing to the earth until our hearts are part of it and it is part of us.
The craft of Seiđr calls for a further deepening of our own spiritual traditions and experiencing the magic and ecstasy of spirit connection. We will take our already honed seidr skills to new levels of understanding and experience with the elements, the land, the rising and setting of the sun, the fullness of the moon and the power and energies of the natural world. We will step through the door into wild connection and discover the treasures and joy the practice of Seiđr offers the modern practitioner of this ancient tradition.
Our chosen venue, Frondderw, is a large and comfortable house in the village of Llwyngwril in the Snowdonia National Park. It is a few minutes’ walk from the sea and also from Amynedd, the home of Christine and Jane, which is nestled at the foot of Cadair Idris Mountain; one of the highest mountains in Wales. Amynedd, which means “Patience”, offers 10 acres of mountain side, woodland, streams and magical places to explore.
The course is fully residential and all meals will be provided. Some of the areas we will be working in are accessed by steep inclines so participants need to be physically active.