Welcome to Sacred Earth Grove
At Sacred Earth Grove we are relearning what it means to walk in balance with the earth through programs and ritual circles steeped in ancient British animism.
In the west, we have become deeply disconnected from our wisdom traditions. We have forgotten how to honour the sacred and make meaning out of our lives, relate to nature and her cycles, honour the dead, and practice the old ways. (Click to learn more about what I mean by Wisdom Keeping)
In short, we have forgotten how to become wisdom keepers.
The classes, programs, and events offered through Sacred Earth Grove seek to meet this challenge and offer a way forward.
More specifically, the work is directed at guiding people in North America to engage with the ancient British cosmology of many of our ancestors. When it comes to walking in balance with nature, creating earth ritual, and engaging in spiritual practice, it is vital that we turn to ancient ancestral traditions that have paved the way for thousands of years.
Maybe a personal story will help illustrate this…
Hi, I'm Robyn
Founder and Teacher at Sacred Earth Grove
How did I come to be here? Well, in 2005, I emigrated from East Anglia, England, where I had been born and raised for the first 20 years of my life. From here, I moved to the west coast of Canada and have been living in Canada for the past 15 years. Spiritual seeking has been a core part of my life and growth since a young age, and although it has taken a lot of twists and turns, I have consistently made a practice of tracking the meaning of my life experiences.
Several years ago, after many years of dabbling, I began to make a serious study of the Insular Celtic traditions of my Scottish Gaelic ancestors, and the ancient cultures of Britain and Ireland in general (this spans approx. 13,000 years, so it’s no small endeavour - the more I know, the more I realise I don’t know). Ancestral connection was profoundly potent in deepening my practice, and it took my spirituality to greater depths than I could have previously imagined.
This study and practice was also steeped in grief for my homelands. Growing up, I had spent a lot of time in the NW highlands of Scotland which is where much of dad’s family is from, and I have a strong family connection to this part of the world. After also having my three daughters, the importance of knowing where we come from became stronger and stronger. Learning my traditions has helped me navigate the grief of losing them and deepen my relationship to where I come from.
More recently, I started to realise that I was not alone in this longing. Through my early classes on spirituality here in Ontario, I noticed that people are absolutely craving connection to their ancestral wisdom traditions and heritage, and yet, they don’t know where to look to find it.
Even though I am far from an expert, I have still enough years of study and practice under my belt to be able to offer a coherent framework for learning traditions as a diaspora, and a solid foundation for learning Insular Celtic cosmology.
Having had the perspective of both growing up on my ancestral lands, and then moving far away, has illuminated for me that relearning cultural traditions looks very different depending on where you are. Practising my traditions on my homelands is a very, very different thing than it is practising them here, on traditional Indigenous lands in what is now Canada. The two require a different approach, and it’s very easy for people in North America to feel disconnected and lost when it comes to connecting to British/Irish cultures.
This is really what my work addresses: how to learn Insular Celtic cosmology when we are not on Insular Celtic lands.
If you see yourself in this and would like to learn more, please check out my classes and events! Although what I offer is generally aimed at people who are interested in Insular Celtic traditions living in North America, you do not have to have to be of Irish or British descent and/or living in North America to benefit from this work. It is open to anyone who would find it beneficial. Learn more about me here.