Report on Bewildercamp 2016

Report on Bewildercamp 2016

Bewildercamp came about as a collaboration between druidry and bushcraft. In one weekend, devoid if timepieces and interruptions, the idea was to allow the pace of life to return back to a natural rhythm, and with it to re-introduce people to a deep connection with Nature. This June five brave souls joined Lewis Herridge and me at the Wild Man Spa – a secluded and generous woodland space in the heart of Cheshire. Between us all we had a lovely balance of men and women, and a good range of ages. This seemed to match the balance of rain and sun that switched places regularly during the weekend. Thanks to Lewis’ well thought-out permanent camp area we barely noticed the occasional shower. We started with a walk down to the beautiful river side by some...

Summer Solstice 2016 – Brimham Rocks

Summer Solstice 2016 – Brimham Rocks

It’s as close as I wanted to get to the Summer Solstice. You know that I’m not a fan of the peak of the male energy spectrum, yet it must be recognised. So, I have made arrangements with the wonderful meditator John David Kirby and the delightfully deep Deborah Delglyn, Shaman Priestess of South Manchester. We are heading for Brimham Rocks in North Yorkshire. It’s only when you travel there that you realise how big Yorkshire is. Even though we set off in the early morning we don’t arrive until lunch time. As we arrive a crow swoops the car. I take this as a sign of You-Know-Who being around. He’s bound to be. It was his favourite time of the year. He was certainly on my mind. We quickly find a convenient parking spot away from the...

Shamanic Lands 4 – Working with Elementals

This is the second of the posts about the presentation given by the very knowledgeable Dr.Patrick MacManaway at the Shamanic Lands event at the Conway Hall in London. In this second post I will recount the information that he gave relating to working with dragons and specifically with the various elementals. Elementals are the spirits of the earth, fire, water and air which play a large part in mediating and harmonising the subtle energies which operate in an area. Working with Elementals Patrick talked about bringing your brain into the right state of mind in order to communicate with the Elementals. He showed us diagrams of the brain states: Alpha waves for relaxation, and Theta waves for the meditative state. As plants work in the Alpha and Theta range, so we...

Shamanic Lands 3 – The Energy of Dragons

Shamanic Lands 3 – The Energy of Dragons

This is part one of two posts describing the information that Dr.Patrick MacManaway presented at Shamanic Lands this year. I took so many notes that I could barely keep up and I had to take several photos of the screens because there was so much information on them! It was by no means a “dry” presentation though – far from it. Patrick is engaging and amusing, and he delivered his information with the authority that comes from hard-won practical experience married with a keen intellect. Here are some of the main points that Patrick raised in his presentation. European Magic and Shamanism He began the talk by introducing the purposes of European magic and shamanic practise. He stated they were for:- personal evolution landscape fertility personal,...

Shamanic Lands 2 – The Colour of the Winds

Shamanic Lands 2 – The Colour of the Winds

In this second part of Caithlin Matthews‘ talk at Shamanic Lands this June I will recount how she described the colour of the winds. This was the heart of her talk and as well as describing their colour (from which their attributes can be surmised) we did a practical discovery session where we were asked to detect the direction of the wind which was blowing on the day of our birth. Another attribute to add to the more usual zodiacal associations that we tend to use. I hope my hurried notes do justice to this fascinating talk, but what can’t be transmitted are her confident manner born of deep study, her ability to switch between erudite detail, incisive analysis and pertinent collation, then burst into song to illustrate an aspect or bring a point to...

Shamanic Lands 1 – Discovering the Twelve Winds

Shamanic Lands 1 – Discovering the Twelve Winds

At the beginning of June I was privileged to attend one of the most inspirational and heart-warming, not to mention educational and amusing weekends I have ever known. Shamanic Lands is a series of seminars which seemed custom-made for me. Not only was it centred upon the notion of recovering the shamanic teachings of our own lands, but it also sought to reach out to other shamanic cultures to allow for a comparison of practise and belief. The icing on the cake was that three of the speakers whom I have been trying to get to see individually would all be there in one place. I would get to see Philip Carr-Gomm, Caitlin Matthews and Patrick MacManaway all speak at the same event. Despite being in London – not a place I associate immediately with shamanic work...

Return of the Spirit of Creation

Return of the Spirit of Creation

Any creative act can have its moments of high intensity, and then some lulls. When you have a creative project under way the lulls are like having a headache – you don’t really want them and you feel as though they are somewhat forced upon you. So it was that this month “real life events” began to get in the way of some writing that I am doing, just as the speed of the work had reached a manageable and satisfying pace. Some of the events were very mundane, but in a twist of The Wheel of Fortune the other event was something which would, once again, inspire me to pick up where I left off, and indeed to accelerate the work. I find myself in a London hotel room near to Euston Station. Hardly an inspiring location, except that I have a small...

Foraging in Spring

Foraging in Spring

M always knows the right gift to get me for special occasions. This year she had bought a day course in foraging with a gentleman called Richard Prideaux at Rhewl in North Wales. It was an excellent choice. On first meeting Richard he oozed confidence in his information – it was information borne of of a passion which was both studied and experienced. Our small group soon began a journey into the beautiful Spring countryside where edible wonders awaited. Here is a list of all the different things we discovered we could eat when walking no more than a couple of miles of country track:- Young Beech and Hawthorn leaves Opposite-leaved Golden Saxifrage Dock leaves and Nettle tips Wild Garlic and Hedge Garlic Wood Sorrel – tasty, and safe in small...

BeWilderCamp – June 25-26th 2016

BeWilderCamp – June 25-26th 2016

Is it time you got away and went a little deeper into Nature? I have teamed up with a friend who is expert in outdoor skills and together we have devised “BeWilderCamp“. It is an opportunity for you to be wilder, more in tune with Nature, and to do some deep meditation to reveal your spiritual connection with the force of the world around you. If you’re interested, call Lewis Herridge on 07880 506 466 and he’ll book you in and answer any questions you...

Yellowmead and the Labyrinth – Beltane 2016 P3

Yellowmead and the Labyrinth – Beltane 2016 P3

The scene is this: Beltane. Dartmoor. Dense mist. Two figures are seen stumbling about through moss-dressed old trees, and clambering up hills, heading towards an unseen destination. The impartial observer would wonder why they were bothering, as they don’t seem to be walking a dog. But the impartial observer wouldn’t realise that the two figures had no choice – it was destined, and their bodies were merely aligning them with the inevitable conjunction of time and space. M and I felt like we were the only people on the moor. It was mid-morning and since leaving Down Tor we had not seen a soul.  It was entirely possible we were the last people left alive after an apocalypse, or we had accidentally stepped into a separate reality where the ghostly...