Dreaming the Land
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Sun, 08 Oct|
DADENI - Applications for next intake OPENS OCTOBER '23
Our next 3 year immersion in the mysteries of Britain 2024-7 . Studying with expert teachers of native plant medicine, ceremony, divination, ancestor connection, dreaming and working with the deep myth and magic, a small group of dedicated seekers will deepen into spirituality native to this land.
Time & Location
08 Oct 2023, 11:00 – 10 Jan 2024, 11:00
About the event
Across our earth, land has inspired many different cultures, languages and spiritual traditions. In Britain our oldest traditions, our earliest cultures, have been buried under many waves of invasion and layers of cultural influence. In looking for authentic traditions it’s easy to turn to surviving cultures elsewhere to feed our spiritual hunger. It is tempting to borrow their practices, plant medicines and rituals but there is a danger we end up consuming other people’s cultures at the cost of overlooking what is left of our own.
DADENI is a call, a howl, a shout-out, to those who want to work spiritually and ritually with the land and connect with the ancient, native spiritual threads of Britain. We believe the best place to look for our deepest root is before Christianity, before the Roman invasion, back even as far as the end of the last Ice Age. We may even find our way back to 31,000 BC when a young man was buried ceremonially in a cave in South Wales. This so-called ‘prehistoric’ period is often overlooked, but contains some of the greatest treasures of these islands.
Our ancestors had no Holy Book, and neither do we, but there are many traces of their lore that have survived into our times. There are a dedicated few who have given their lives to delving into different aspects of our native lore. Some of these will be our DADENI teachers, helping to weave together the tattered fabric of our tradition into a spiritual practice based on the old ways but relevant to now.
The poetry and stories of Wales contain some of the most ancient lore of this land. For many centuries they were borne on the oral tradition before being written down by medieval scribes. They hold the surviving myths and wisdom of the Brythonic people who lived across Britain (south of Scotland) until the Anglo Saxon invasion of the 5th Century.
Our retreats will be based at retreat centres in Wales. Over three years we will deepen into the mythic, spiritual and ritual landscape of the surrounding land and landscape. We will walk songlines and listen deeply at sacred places, respond as ritual arises from the land and is met by our human need for ceremony and the sacred.
Because much of the accessible landscape is still fairly wild and undeveloped, many ancestral traces - standing stones, stone circles, burial chambers, trackways and hillforts - can easily be found. Here is as good a place as any to immerse ourselves in indigenous spirituality.
While DADENI is essentially a ‘spirit school’ it is not about top down learning. The word 'education' has two different Latin roots. They are educare, which means to train or to mould, and educere, meaning to lead out. Both meanings will be present on this programme. Our teachers will share their knowledge as well as help to draw out that deep intuition already slumbering within us. This has been the way of teaching and handing down lore amongst traditional people since time immemorial: learning, practicing, experiencing, intuiting and understanding.
You don’t need to be from this land to do this work. Land calls to us regardless of race or birthplace. Importantly, this programme will provide a framework and set of tools for working with landscapes elsewhere, where other native spiritual traditions have been almost lost or overlooked. Ultimately, this is about using instinct and intuition to connect to an older, wilder way of knowing Land, Nature and Tradition. It’s about learning to deepen into a soulful practice aligned with our corner of the earth.
The programme is presented in two parts. The first three retreats are all about sharing teachings from the Brythonic tradition with the group, through intesnse teaching and experiences, ritual and pilgrimage. This enables the group to arrive at a parity of knowledge and understanding of the tradition and magical practie. The final three retreats will likely involve a smaller group and will take on a sense of apprentership with a high degree of co-creation, collaboration and h based upo the earlier teachings, while still offering expert guidance, teaching and holding.
If your soul is stirred by this call, if you’re ready to commit to three years of spiritual enquiry and growth through learning, ceremony, song, myth, plant spirit medicine, intuition and landscape with a small group of people who will become your dreaming tribe, then please head over to our dedicated DADENI website www.dadeni.org and consider filling in an application and joining us.