Dark Rainforest Path

Enter the Otherworld

Ancient Animism of the
British Isles Immersion Program



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Healing 

Did you know there are about 70 million people in the British Isles, and yet approximately 200 million British and Irish descendants around the rest of the globe?

 

It's important to recognize that our work of ancestral reconnection as the diaspora is a unique process, because it looks very different if we are not living among those cultures and ecologies today.

 

How do we connect to the ancestral cosmologies we are descended from when we are not directly a part of the living continuation of these cultures today?

 

As someone who was born and raised in Britain and later moved to Canada, and with a background in earth ritual practices and socio-ecological justice, I have spent the best part of the last 15 years navigating this question and all of the complexities it entails.

 

Now, I am offering this program in answer.

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Enter the Otherworld

A 6-month program to explore the ancient spiritual traditions of Britain and Ireland from the perspective of the diaspora (offered both in-person in B.C. and online).

 

Our focus is three-fold:

1. We explore ancient British and Irish animist practice, through languages, lore, cosmology, and historical finds from 13,000 years ago until today (with a focus on the Insular Celtic cultures).

 2. We navigate how to integrate fragmented history into relevant and meaningful earth, soul, and ancestor-tending ritual practices in our lives today.

 

3. We engage with the unique perspective of learning these traditions while living in distant, stolen lands.

"The Otherworld is a core concept that allows us to experience and understand the animist knowledge and practices of the ancient Britain Isles"

*Completion of this program is a prerequisite for year 2 of going deeper into this material.

This 6-month Program Offers:

Insular Celtic Cosmology

Teachings from a study of British and Irish histories and cultural worldviews, with an emphasis on accurate sources and thorough research.

We take a look at the entire British Isles, understanding that while the nations existing today are individual and distinct, there is also a lot of crossover in stories, cultural knowledge, ritual practice, sacred sites, and geographical migration over time, and that it can be incredibly helpful to look at each of these nations to get a fuller picture of our area of study.

We start with the understanding that these cultures are still living and thriving today, and that there is no static snapshot of Celticity. To support this, songs and stories from these cultures will be offered in each class, plus a plethora of other native resources.

Personal Intuitive Growth

Intuitive skill development and safe ritual practice to ground your unique path of learning into an embodied connection to culture. 

We look at how modern knowledge of plant/tree intelligence, heart awareness, trance visioning, energetic healing and other areas of nature connection and intuitive knowing can be informed by what the ancients knew. 

A core guiding principle is that connecting to ancestral ways is an invitation to actualize wisdom-keeping in our own lives. We do not pursue a purely academic approach, but instead strengthen our ability to engage in direct relationship with the natural world, ancestral spirits, and ritual practice. 

Cultural Repair Work

We explore how we can come into relationship with ancestral identity as the diaspora, and how this restoration can be a source of healing in today's world. 

We also navigate the complexities of relating to living Celtic cultures that have been fragmented and colonized over millennia, especially when we are far removed.

We walk with the question of how to rebuild ancestral connection while on another land, and why this is necessarily very different than reclaiming traditions while on our homelands. 

We explore the importance of language, art, and story in cultural reclamation, and how to respectfully practice these traditions on Indigenous land

"You don't need to do what your ancestors did, but seek what they sought"

Program Outline
(Headings in Scots Gaelic):

Dùthchas:

Relationship between Community,  ancestry, and ECOLOGY

May

We begin with an orientation to the field, exploring relevant concepts, and situating ourselves in the work and addressing cultural migration across time.

We learn about understanding these cultures as living, what it means to be the diaspora, and how these influence our practice. Thoughts on reliable source material, separating fact from fiction, and the role of unverified personal gnosis (UPG) are all considered. 

The class also contains a brief overview of the history and geography of the Isles and key cultural concepts that guide us into connection, helping to break down the oftentimes overwhelming amount of information.

Embodied practice includes establishing safe ritual processes and supports in the Otherworld.

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Sìthean: 
Dwelling of Fairies


June

We look at the cultural idea of the Otherworld, related inhabitants, and how it can be accessed for creativity, inspiration, and wisdom. Although the faeries/sìth will be considered here, we do not directly engage as this is traditionally dangerous. We discuss localized faery lore and their potential origins, poetry, and inspiration.

Story time with the Seal Woman (Scottish).

Nature connection and animism are also core areas of this class, as we learn how our direct perception of the consciousness of nature is a way to access the Otherworld, plus reciprocity and the importance of offerings.

Our embodied practice for this month includes intuitive nature communication for guidance and relationship.

Brìgh:
Essence, Meaning


July

We explore foundational cosmology of working with energy for healing, omens, and protection. We also meet Brighid, a vital presence in our field.

We connect with fire and water as important elements.

Story time with Finn and the Salmon of Wisdom (Irish).

Embodied practice includes energy work with ourselves, nature, and the elements.

Cave
Remote Lake

Bile:
Sacred Tree

August

Exploration of the importance and symbolism of trees in Gaelic culture. We look at the World Tree, the Fortingall Yew, the Ogham (and why this is not a "tree alphabet"!), the Nemeton, and explore personal connections to trees. We learn how tree symbolism and knowledge holds many keys to understanding the cultures.

We take deeper dives into animism as seen throughout the relationship between land and culture in the Isles across different periods of time.

Embodied practice includes learning from trees and beginning a relationship with the Ogham.

Dàn:
Destiny, Fate


September

This month's focus is on our personal power, gifts, abilities, and path in this work. We get clear about who we are in relation to the material, and how our future practice can integrate these ways. We look at old stories as our teachers, and touch on the question of Druidic practice.

Story-time with Elen of the Ways (Welsh).

Embodied practice involves intuitive connection to purpose and gifts, and animals.

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Sinnsearan:
Ancestors

October

We explore the evidence for ancestral reverence practice in the British Isles, and the ideas of death and reincarnation in Insular Celtic cultures. We continue our study of intuitive perception in relationship with ancestors and spirits.

 

We also learn about the Cailleach through the creation story of Scotland.

 

Embodied practice involves connecting to ancestors and building our own ancestral tending relationships.

ONLINE GUEST SPEAKER:
ASHA FROST

I am absolutely honoured to introduce Asha Frost, Indigenous (Ojibwe) Medicine person, mentor, space holder, and seer as our guest speaker for this program.

Through an online gathering of around 1.5 hours, Asha will guide us through a transformative experience and hold space as we navigate the complexities of respectful practice on Indigenous land. 

Online, August 10th, 1 pm EST/​10 am PST

Recording available

Learn more about Asha's incredible work here,

and check out her new book!

 

The following pieces are also interwoven throughout the program:

 

- Seasonal festivals and customs across time

- Some language (Scottish Gaelic, Irish + Welsh)

- Personal gifts and insights into the self

- Animism

- Music, poetry, and stories

- Geography and sense of place

- Historic finds, archaeological evidence, and interpretation of history

- How living on Indigenous land influences our practice

 

Participants are encouraged to choose a particular cultural aspect to study and work with individually throughout the program, with personalized support from Robyn.

Reliable resources will be offered for students to follow-up on specific areas of interest. 

Note: My particular area of knowledge is Gaelic Scottish and what is now England. 

It should also be understood that this program is an overview of various concepts and practices, and is in no way a complete compendium of the material - such a thing would take lifetimes of study and practice! Instead, this is curated material based on what has been most useful and connective for me in my years of learning and practice in the field.

Ultimately, we are collectively helping each other to find our way in adapting ancient fragments of cultures into our current cosmology and spiritual practice. 

Locations & Dates 2022

There are 2 options to take this program:

1. Online:

3 hour class, 12 pm - 3 pm EST, Wednesdays:

May 25th

June 22nd

July 27th

*Aug 10th: Gathering with Asha Frost

Aug 24th

Sept 21st

Oct 26th

2. In-person, Gambier Island, British Columbia: a condensed version of this course over a full weekend, August 5th-7th. Learn more here.

Hills and Valleys
Day Trip

The online 6-month course includes:

- 6 x 3 hours classes over 6 months

- Resources and curated material through an online portal to support and deepen our inquiry

 

- Some personal support and guidance from Robyn between classes via email and/or FB group

- 50% off any additional 1-on-1 sessions with Robyn for the duration of the program

Online Investment:

 

$397

 

*BIPOC Offering in acknowledgment of intergenerational trauma and systemic inequalities: $180

British Columbia Investment:

Learn more here

 

 

 

 

Payment Plans are also available, please get in touch for us to create a plan that works for you - I am committed to making this accessible, so send me a note at sacredearthgrove@gmail.com and we'll figure it out.

 

Meet Robyn

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Creator and Instructor at Sacred Earth Grove

How did I come to create this program? 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 spent a lot of time in the NW highlands of Scotland which is where much of dad’s family is from. I have a strong personal and family connection to this part of the world. Then, after having my three daughters, the importance of knowing where we come from became even 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 - furthermore, so much of learning starts out as unlearning, because the old Celtic traditions have been mixed with so much misinformation and fantasy over the past few centuries.

 

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 approach for adapting ancient knowledge into ritual practice for today's world.

 

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 European cultures.

 

And this is really what this program addresses: how to learn ancestral traditions when we are not on our ancestral homelands. I hope it answers some of the many questions I had when I started this journey, and brings you a sense of homecoming.

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“Robyn is a powerful eloquent & knowledgable speaker. She led us through a magical & transformative experience with integrity & grace. I felt so safe during this guided process and it was a truly meaningful experience. Thank you Robyn” 

Teresa W

Robyn is very knowledgeable and provides very detailed information, to assist me on my spiritual journey. Everytime I notice she has a workshop I just have to attend.  I appreciate all that Robyn does, very highly recommended

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Teresa W

Robyn is very knowledgeable and provides very detailed information, to assist me on my spiritual journey. Everytime I notice she has a workshop I just have to attend.  I appreciate all that Robyn does, very highly recommended

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Since the first night I met you, you gave me that clarity of my own path. You lead me to my metaphorical “home” so thank you!