In the Heart of the Goddess
Priestess and Priest of Avalon Training
2019-20 Spiral One
Course start date:
Saturday 26th – Sunday 27th October 2019
In Spiral One of the Priest/ess of Avalon Training students journey together through a teaching and ceremonial cycle learning what it means to become a true Heart Sister or Brother of Avalon, the ancient and present day land of Goddess. Students experience the many different faces of our indigenous British Goddess as She expresses Herself through the cycle of Her seasons. You learn about Bridannia, Britannia, Brigit-Ana, the tutelary/guardian Goddess of Brigit’s Isles, and about other indigenous British Goddesses – Brighde, Artha, Rhiannon, Blodeuwedd, Domnu, Madron, Ker, Banbha, Brigantia, Keridwen, Sheela na Gig, Danu, Arianrhod, the Nine Morgens and the Lady of Avalon. You learn who the ancient yet ever-living Goddess is in this land and how you can apply Her wisdom in your own life, community, culture and landscapes. Your personal connection to Goddess expands and deepens and a process of personal transformation begins.
Each teaching Circle includes ceremony, teaching, creativity, walking and being in the sacred landscape of Avalon. Glastonbury is the Outerworld counterpart to the Innerworld of the Isle of Avalon. To truly become a Sister/Brother or Priestess/Priest of Avalon it is important to become familiar with the actual physical and spiritual landscape of Glastonbury Avalon, as the land is the gateway to knowledge of the Lady and Her mysteries. You need to be physically fit and capable of walking easily up and down hills as time is spent walking on the land during each Circle.
During the course you are encouraged to put your learning into practice in your life. You are expected to enhance your personal connection to Goddess through daily prayer, journaling, by creating personal ceremonies, making a Goddess altar and by visiting sacred sites of the Goddess. Between Circles trainees receive several hours of homework, which requires time, application and commitment. Completion of all homework on time is a course requirement. There may be fines for late homework.
There are also sometimes additional, optional Goddess events held on the Friday evening before the weekend trainings, or on the Saturday evening. You will be informed in advance when they are happening.
The First Spiral of the Priestess and Priest of Avalon training is experiential and will involve you in personal change and Self-development. The Goddess’s touch is transformative. As personal issues arise which need extra support you may be required to seek psychotherapeutic help in order to continue with the course.
2018 – 19 Spiral One
All students within the Priest/ess of Avalon Training programme who complete the First Spiral must sign the Orchard of Avalon Code of Conduct in order to Self-dedicate within this training programme.
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Times of Circles
Sunday: 9.30am – 6.00pm
What to bring
Course outline & dates: 2019-20
Meeting the Morgens – Coming face to face with the Dark Goddess
Priestess of Avalon Spiral One: Circle One
Saturday 26th – Sunday 27th October 2019
Opening our circle we prepare for the coming year. We create a ritual space and altar to the Goddesses on Britannia’s Wheel. We let go of the old and plant seeds of intention for the year we will spend together. We journey to meet the Morgens, the Nine Sisters who dwell on the Isle of Avalon and drink from the Cauldron of Transformation.
Danu’s Dreaming Womb – Air Initiation
Priestess of Avalon Spiral One: Circle Two
Saturday 21st – Sunday 22nd December 2019
In the stillness of winter we create ceremonies honouring Danu, ancient Goddess of Air and the Winter Solstice, and walk with the Ancestors on the land. We learn how to cleanse and protect ourselves and others, and make smudge fans.
Brighde the Maiden – Quickening the Seeds of Inspiration
Priestess of Avalon Spiral One: Circle Three
Saturday 1st – Sunday 2nd February 2020
We make Brighde Dolls in honour of the Maiden Goddess of healing, poetry and smithcraft and praise Her in our poetry and songs at Bride’s Mound. We ask that the seeds of intent which we planted at Samhain are quickened by the touch of Her White Rod.
Artha’s Fire Initiation – Taking our Power
Priestess of Avalon Spiral One: Circle Four
Saturday 21st – Sunday 22nd March 2020
At the Spring Equinox we connect to the cosmic fire of Artha the Great She Bear in the heavens. We make a powerful ceremonial journey into the Labrynth and honour the springtime of the Goddess’s bounteous Nature. We explore empowerment in our own lives and make ourselves a Magic Wand.
Riding with Rhiannon – Journeying between the Worlds
Priestess of Avalon Spiral One: Circle Five
Saturday 2nd – Sunday 3rd May 2020
At Beltane when the veils are thin in Avalon, we learn to travel with Lover Goddess Rhiannon between the worlds. We discuss the power of our sexual natures. We learn of women’s Blood Mysteries and men’s Mysteries in relation to Goddess.
The Lady of the Lake – Initiation of the Sacred Waters
Priestess of Avalon Spiral One: Circle Six
Saturday 20th – Sunday 21st June 2020
At the height of the summer we open our hearts to receive the Chalice of the Goddess, Her Grail of Initiation, connecting to the Lady of the Lake, Lady of the Summerland. Beside the sacred springs of Avalon we learn to use our Chalice and travel to the Lady of the Well for healing. Planning for group ceremonies at the Goddess Conference.
Great Mother Initiation – Bringing our desires to fruition
Priestess of Avalon Spiral One: Circle Seven
Saturday 25th – Sunday 26th July 2020
We express our gratitude to Madron the Mother Goddess and Ker the Grain Goddess, giving thanks to the Lammas Mother for all that She gives us. We learn of Her abundant nature and how to make our dreams come true. We decorate the Goddess Temple and prepare for our Goddess Conference ceremony.
Isle of Avalon – Dedication to the Goddess
Priestess of Avalon Spiral One: Circle Eight
Saturday 19th – Sunday 20th September 2020
On this final circle of the First Spiral we will be grounding all that we have learned and experienced together in the sacred landscape of Avalon. We experience a powerful evening Ceremony in which participants dedicate their lives to the Goddess, becoming Sisters or Brothers of Avalon.
Course Fee payments
Sliding Scale fees for Priestess of Avalon First Spiral 2019-20
|Household Income below £18,000 per annum||£ 960|
|Household Income between £18,000 – £27,999 per annum||£1,056|
|Household Income above £28,000 per annum||£1,152|
|We hold to a policy of honesty|
|Payments by instalment attract a £36 administration fee|
|Including the £36 admin fee, the payments will be (depending on your household income):|
|Household Income below £18,000 per annum||Deposit of £100 plus 8 monthly payments of £112 beginning 4th Nov 2019|
|Household Income between £18,000-£27,999 per annum||Deposit of £100 plus 8 monthly payments of £124 beginning 4th Nov 2019|
|Household Income above £28,000 per annum||Deposit of £100 plus 8 monthly payments of £136 beginning 4th Nov 2019|
Please note that the non-refundable deposit of £100 must be paid by 14th October 2019.
If you’re paying by monthly instalments, the remainder will be due at monthly intervals thereafter, so eight monthly payments, starting on 4th November 2019, 4th December 2019 and so on until the final instalment, due 4th June 2020.