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Elemental, Mythic & Ritual Literacy
Bridging
Wild Genius to Community 

A Teaching Healing Initiation Hut

Map, Compass, and Practice in the Realm of the Sacred

The Modern Trouble:

A poisonous storm—feelings of exile, confused purpose, overwhelming grief and disintegrated lineages—forcing an endless, ineffective, crisis of reaction.

The Indigenous Remedy:

A personal and cultural revivalof discerning intimacy, initiated purpose, emotional affirmation, ancestral support and response-ability to our time.

Medicine Without an Expiry Date:

An ancient map:  The Elements

An unlikely compass:  Myth

A storm worthy practice:  Ritual

As if we might really be "All Relations."

This site is best viewed on computer.

 

5 Journeys (What is offered here):

 

Advanced Work

GATEKEEPER

Americas | AUS

Apprenticeship

in

Ritual Leadership

Weekly Zoom + 1 on 1
Cohort maximum 20
Limited Travel

$200-$300 CAD/m
$165-250 USD/m
Immersion | Initiation

 

Intermediate Work

 

STORYCARRIER

Europe | Americas

Mentorship

in

Myth & Ritual

Monthly Zoom + 1 on 1
Cohort maximum 20
Limited Travel

€300 EURO 3 months
$445 CAD / 3 months
Ancient | Emergent

 

All Levels Welcome

RITUALS

Europe | CA | AUS

Gatherings

for

Healing & Village

Residential
Evening, Day, Weekend
In person, Residential

Tuition varies
Experiential | Healing
Food & Accommodation

 

All Levels Welcome

 

WORKSHOPS

Everywhere

5 Week Courses

with

Mentoring Guide

5 weeks x 2 hour Zoom
Cohorts maximum 20
At Home

$250 CAD equivalent
€170 EURO
Practical | Support

 

Beginner Suitable

RESEARCHER

Everywhere

Independent

and

Self Guided

 5 Weeks Online or Independent Study
Free or Zoom

~ 2 hours per week
GIFT or $250 CAD
Introduction | Elements

5 Elements Medicine (Map of Trials and Blessings): The Grit, The Grace & The Guile

 

EARTH

Boundaries

&

Welcoming

Intimacy

 

MINERAL

 

Separation

&

Life Purpose

Initiation

 

WATER

Grief Listening

&

Praise Talk

Affirmation

 

FIRE

Injured Lineage

&

Mythic Allies

Intuition

 

NATURE

Reaction

&

Response

Eco-logic

Greeting (a courteous welcome and short introduction to this work):

GREETING

Glad you dropped by!  You probably want to see if this is relevant to you. Then you’ll want to check out the credibility and the value of the work. I've done my best to answer those questions immediately. Your next best step should feel right—and also suit your own sense of style.

 

If you feel this calling you in a good way, welcome.

 

If you decide something else is closer to your needs, I wish you the best, safety on the road, strong allies, long days.

In this section:
  • Is this the Journey that brought you Here?
  • Keep Going. Your work is Needed
  • The World, and our Lives, are Burning
  • What People Say about the Facilitator

Is this the Journey that brought you Here?

Healing has many facets. We know that it is related to our emotions, community, spirit, embodiment, ancestors, nature. Are you at the point of wanting a context that includes it all? One that will speak to the Grit as well as the Grace? One that reconnects you to the natural wisdom and Guile of your indigenous soul? One that demands including the "Other-than-Human"?

We were never meant to travel this journey alone.

Do you have the sensitive heart of an artist? Maybe you have been the black sheep, living on the edge. You have managed to escape being completely taken over by the modern world. You know something is desperately, fundamentally, wrong with the way humanity has been destroying the complexity of the world. You have worked on healing enough to understand that there are layers.

 

At first, it was perhaps to help yourself. But your exploration didn't stop there. It became a path. You read more books, took more courses, started piecing modalities together in your own understanding. Maybe you are now teaching. Even so, no matter your human age, you are headed toward leadership, Eldership.

 

For you, the path is not the good work of activism, or a specialization in permaculture, or the dream of green technologies. Your path is the activism of healing. Your path is the permaculture of resilient culture. Your path is the green technology of ritual. Your path is the work of the soul, maybe through ritual.

This much we know . . . might be true.

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Medicine Without

an Expiry Date:

Indigenous Remedy for Modern Trouble

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Keep Going. Your Work is Needed in the World.

Wherever you have arrived from, whatever you have been through, I know the road has been hard. Wherever you are going, there will be challenges ahead.

This place is for the "mad ones" as Jack Kerouac called us, the ones full of passion and willing to live life alive. William Stafford admonished:

"It is important that awake people be awake . . .

the darkness around us is deep."

Thank you for doing what it took for you to arrive at this place and time to consider conversation about Grit,  Grace & Guile. Maybe this will suit your style.

On the site, you'll find much to consider:

 

For a full introduction, continue reading this page.

Quick facts and figures about our programs here

Free excerpts from my book Résumé | Book

Free introductory course (or supported version on Zoom) about ritual, cosmology, and mythic imagination here

Testimonials here

 

NAVIGATION

 

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Find main pages through the top menu (25 of them)

Page sections through footer menu (desk top only).

Site Map is located here

 

Thanks for stopping by.

 

Keep Going. Your work is needed in the world.

If you feel this might be your gang  . . . welcome, read on.

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The world, and our lives, are burning.

Myth instructs us that there are two types of water to apply to calm inferno—the waters of death and the waters of life. These are the spiritual Grit and Grace required in this time. They are needed medicines.

The unhealed trauma of previous generations is passed down when the waters of death are not applied through grieving. Unexpressed grief becomes hungry ghosts that devour nature and culture. The waters of life evaporate too. It calls for some Guile to retrieve those waters.

Each generation, medicine-carriers quest and retrieve all of the age old medicines of culture and dispense them during wild and embodied ritual—a practice that bring humans into conversation with cosmology and mythology for a moment.

  • Indigenous Cosmology provides our Map.

  • Mythic Imagination is our life saving Compass.

  • Ritual is our ongoing conversation and Practice.

The Wild is a given—you are made of that. You have a Genius—your own peculiarity. The  storms of the times call for a robust container—wild ritual—nice ceremony won't do the job of the healing that needs to be done.

 

Medicine carriers get trained to withstand the wind—one foot in the trouble, one in the blessings, map held close, an eye on the compass. They know fortitude.

 

Time again for the rituals that make life jump up alive.

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What People Say About the Facilitator

One of the most brilliant healers I know trustworthy he can articulate the heartbeat of the Holy haven't laughed that long or hard in a long time the most interesting divination session I have ever attended a guide through the wild spaces reminded me of my wild expressive ability a unique and astounding ability to conceptualize and organize free-flowing ideas the Listener and the Translator stands onside with the natural authority of elemental forces wisdom humor experience and compassion shares his own expression my authentic power and natural intelligence are coming online an expert at guiding others through their confusing experiences of grief anger ecstasy and the whole array of human emotion.

PRINCIPLES

Wild Genius | Welcome | Principles

In brief:

Conditions of modernity create systemic illnesses of the soul. They present in various ways. Feeling out of place, not in touch with life purpose, an overwhelm of grief, feeling unsupported, reacting without responding—all of these are disorienting. This section makes the case for working with the ancient methods of cosmology, myth, and ritual. These are the ingredients of a healing balm for the modern troubles of feeling out of place, lack of purpose, grief without meaning, disconnection from supportive lineages, the endless crisis of reactivity.

In this section—Key Principles of the Point of View here:
  • Map of the Elements: Grit, Grace and Guile
  • Compass of Myth and Story: Direction Finding
  • Practice  of Ritual "Technology of Community"
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Map of the Elements: Grit, Grace and Guile

A cosmology is a world view, a way of seeing that includes both the tangible and the intangible. The many human versions of cosmology are a human inheritance. Indigenous cosmologies can connect us to sources of timeless wisdom. In the West African cosmology that has been shared by the Dagara people, Elements define the mythic cosmology.

 

The Dagara, through ritual work, find healing instructions hidden in Earth, Stone & Bone, Water, Fire and Nature herself. Through ritual, they engage in a living conversation between "This world" and "The Other World," what we could also call archetype or the mythic.

​The teachings associated with the Eldership of the Elements are traditional, yet get renewed with the experience of each generation. The people currently alive face the task of