It is now only just over a month until Dragonrise Witchcamp begins. I spent some time earlier this evening talking and planning with my fellow Path teachers Elinor and Shira, amongst other things deciding on chants we will use. We are teaching 'The Waters of the World' Path and it is shaping up to be something wonderful. The camp itself is working around a wonderful folk story from Shropshire about three sisters who are rivers, and their father, a mountain.
This is from the Dragonrise website:
Come sing with us, sing with the rivers, with the mountain, wrap your arms around the land and feel your home.
Together, as we find our path, the rivers of the land are our teachers and allies, empowering us to step into our birthright.
All is alive.
Join us in rural Shropshire, as we journey with the sister-rivers, Severn, Wye and Rheidol, and their father, the mountain Plynlimon.
We will work and play with the story of how the rivers came to leave their father, each following her very own, unique path from mountain to sea, to step into her birthright.
As the rivers wend their ways to the ocean, with their support, we too will find our own paths through and with our more-than-human world.
The Wild Mystic Path
with Cypress Fey and Raven Wolfsister
Deep in our bones we know we are connected to the Earth.
Deep in our intuitive souls we know the Earth can hear us.
Deep in our history, our ancestors honoured the Spirits of the Land
High above the stars circle
High above the winds blow
High above the birds call greeting to the dawn.
Here in the middle we stand at the crossroads
Here in the middle we can dare intimacy with something greater
Here in the middle we can stop and touch the earth.
Earth Mystics seek the language spoken by birds, trees, and soil.
Earth Mystics embrace the values of intuition, stillness, and observation.
Earth Mystics run with the spirits, knowing that the land is alive, accessible, and conscious.
The Wild Mystic Path will focus on the learning the language of birds, and recognition of the life that surround us.
We will learn the skill of crafting our energy ‘profile’, so we are no longer outsiders, but are an integral part of the whole.
We will open our eyes and hearts to the wild and mysterious all around us, honoring them as companions and powerful allies.
Through the workings of this path we will hone our inherent skills and deepen our knowledge and connection with the natural world.
We will sing, journey, hold silence, and experience the joy and wonder of knowing we are not alone.
This path is open to adults who have a previous grounding in the tradition of Reclaiming.
It is an all weather path. We suggest you bring comfy shoes, raincoat, sunblock and hat as well as a journal and water bottle.
Persons interested in this path should be prepared for moderate activity.
Waters of the World Path
with Susan Moonroot, Shira, and Elinor Prędota
Come dance with the Waters of the World in all their manifestations: enter into and understand your relationship with water.
In this path, we will connect with and come to understand more deeply how water flows in our lives both as a magical element and a practical reality: how it affects us, and how we affect it.
We will work with the water cycle in its many forms, experiencing the different aspects of water in a hands on way, from rain to spring to stream to the sea and back again.
We will touch water, sing to it, pour it, and let it move both our bodies and our souls.
This path is suitable for all ages, and all levels of magical experience and skill. Some of our time will be spent outdoors, so please bring appropriate clothing and supplies.
If you would like to join us on this exciting journey, see the Dragonrise website for more details, or you can download a booking form here.