Priestess of Cerridwen
Two Year, Two Spiral Training 2018-2020
with Bee Helygen, Priestess of Cerridwen, Priestess of Avalon
Meeting the Goddess of the Cauldron of Testing, Transformation and Rebirth
Spiral One Course Start Date:
9th/11th November 2018
Allow Cerridwen, the Goddess of Transformation, Surrender, Inspiration and Renewal, to enter your life. Follow Her call and find your highest calling. Becoming Her Priestess or Priest is a most rewarding vocation. In service to Her you will find within yourself a deep caring and love for others. Complete devotion for Cerridwen builds a strong foundation on which you can rely in days of need. She is the presence of support beside you, She holds you whenever you call on Her. When you falter, She is the hand beneath your arm, holding you upright until you are ready to step out strong again and face the world. We call Her ‘our Dark Mother’; there is no greater kindness to be found in this world, or in the Other. In the darkness of Her womb cauldron we lay, sleep, rest, dream and heal, rising more determined each cycle into Her great light, ready to serve all existences when the time is right.
From this powerful connection between the divinity within you to Her, you draw strength for your work. You are Her conduit to those who need Her help and guidance. Her message is one of compassionate caring love for All and complete empathy. Her arrival announces change, a time of spiritual healing and soul expansion, first for yourself and then by assisting others to feel Her solace. By becoming Her Priest-ess you are often called on to facilitate during times of transition and change, using ritual and ceremony, holding sacred space for intense transformational work.
Through the Two Spirals you will learn about:
Cerridwen’s Words – Her origin myth guides our path.
In the Peniarth manuscripts that now reside in the National Library of Wales, are collected the greatest myths and legends of the Brythonic Celts, who once ruled the whole of the Britannic (after the Celtic tribe) Isles. One of those stories, in Llyfr Taliesin, is about Cerridwen. A Lady of the Lake, her story has been told for millennia, and she is called an Enchantress, Sorceress and Swynwraig (magical Herbwise). Cerridwen’s realm lies at Llyn Tegid/Lake Bala in north Wales, which we visit twice during our training, to enter into a transforming relationship with the Goddess. We base our learning in the story of how Taliesin, greatest Bard of Britain, was born from the Goddess Cerridwen after first being chased and swallowed by Her. We will explore the epic poems of The Battle of the Trees, The Spoils of Annwn, and the many poems praising Cerridwen as Moon Goddess, Fertility Goddess and Goddess of Divine Inspiration. Decoding the wisdom of the Triads and the Englynion, spell songs of the Celtic people, we will enter into a deeper understanding of how our ancestors lived and worshipped nature as deity. Some Welsh terms are taught.
Cerridwen’s Power Animals and Shapeshifting
Initiation is facilitated in Her myth by the animals of land, sea and sky, the three sacred realms of the Celtic people. Here we explore all that was considered divine, secret and enchanting. The shape shifting abilities of the Goddess and Her young quarry echo the great age of the tribal Wise Women and Men, who later became Her bards, ovates and druids as described by the Roman historians in their writings. Raven, hawk, hen, otter, salmon, greyhound, hare etc. are part of this extraordinary adventure into the OtherWorld of Magic and Mystery, and we travel with them in this epic journey into us. Their presence in this Her-story evokes the shamanic tradition of the ancient matrilineal people, at a time when there was peace in the world. How much we can learn from them today, if we tune in to our innate ability to hear their teachings.
Crystal Healing – Introduction to the darkbright crystals of Cerridwen and their healing properties. Cerridwen is the mistress of the Crystal Cave. As Her Priest-esses we travel both psychically and physically into Her Cave of healing crystals, deep in the earth, where we become rooted and grow from courage, into a connection with all existences. You will encounter the spirits of the crystals and learn to create a harmonious, mutually beneficial alliance with them to aid you in your work. The care you take in commencing and nurturing that relationship will be reflected in the healing powers conferred upon you by those beings. Includes Mandalas and Crystal Healing grids.
Herbal Lore and Use for Healing – the nine herbs of Cerridwen, their use in modern healing and their practical application: lotions, potions, essences, oils……. You will discover the properties of the herbs, how to identify them in nature, when the best time is to harvest for use, how to connect and communicate with the spirit of the plant to ask for their aid in your work. Then we combine them into alchemical elixirs, incense, teas, decoctions, herbal wraps, poultices and much more. You will experience their potencies in freshly brewed infusions, and in nutritious meals. We are what we eat and imbibe, many people nowadays will need a hand to return to their full potential and herbs open the portal to true wellness.
Tree Spirits and their Healing Power – Introduction to the nine sacred trees of Cerridwen, based on the teachings of the ancient Celtic belief in tree spirits as allies, their guidance and protection. Visiting the trees, learning how to communicate with them, to allow them to heal our subtle bodies and be at peace with the natural world is our aim. Creating your own connection with Her nine trees, asking for a gift of its branches to fashion into a wand, staff and a divination set, so that you may call on your tree spirit ally wherever you are. You learn to trust in the presence and power of their ancient knowledge and wisdom, as we honour our standing sisters and brothers, paying attention to all they wish to teach us.
Serving as a Sacred Listener/Soul Ally – The role of Soul Ally is that of a spiritual companion. First we deal with our own shadow with compassion and self-care, healing old wounds and holding up the dark mirror for self-reflection without fear of repeating harmful behaviour patterns. Only then can we let go of all that stops us from being the best version of our present incarnation and be of service to others. We practice empathy, unconditional positive regard and a loving presence for all, refusing to indulge in judgment and competition. This introduction to Sacred Listening skills can lead to an expansion of your Priestessing skillset into spiritual counselling.
Soul & Death Midwifery – you will work towards understanding and practising the ongoing process of soul retrieval, soul healing & soul expansion. You will learn to aid the long term/terminally sick and their families. From diagnosis, through treatment until full recovery or death, you will be the shoulder to lean on. You work towards being part of a healthcare team, bringing your unique position to supporting all who come into contact with the patient. Taking responsibility for the soul’s transition from the body, caring for the dying is the most sacred priestess service of all. It takes a great soul to be able to do this work.
Funeral Celebrant – dealing with the protocol of the last wishes of the deceased, liaising with their loved ones, supporting them through the days from death leading to the funeral, conducting the internment ceremony and continuing that support until they are ready to let you go. As a death midwife and funeral celebrant you can give all concerned a ‘good death’ experience, a gift that cannot be cherished too highly.
Here’s what some previous students have said about the course:
Bee is an outstanding example of a Priestess of Cerridwen! Her strength, commitment and connection with goddess are a true inspiration and have helped me to build my own connection with Her. ~ Daniela Seefelder
I am immensely grateful to Bee for her engaging enthusiasm as a teacher, mentor and sister. Her deep and infectious connection to Cerridwen is palpable in all that she says, does and believes.
The past two years have literally flown by, and in that time we sisters have ourselves grown in love and deep connection with our Goddess Cerridwen, and our sister Priestesses. We have dived into the dark waters of the Cauldron of Testing, often in fear of what will be revealed, and become stronger as individuals and in sisterhood. In gathering the tools with which to work with Cerridwen’s particular energy, we have each found our strength and gifts to take out into the world as Her Priestesses.
I have adored my time in training, always hungry for more experiential knowledge and ways to grow with Goddess, and I would recommend this course in a heartbeat. ~ Ruth Cogan
The Priestess of Cerridwen course was everything I had dreamt of, hoped for, my expectations were met. Bee’s knowledge was immense, her training and teachings were exemplary. Nature, medicines, herbs, elements, magik, crystal, spirits, music, dance, song, poetry, rituals, celebrations, the moon. I have loved every part of it. ~ Gloria E Mann
Spiral One: Course Information
Five of the Cycle three-day weekends take place in Glastonbury, from 10am – 5pm each day.
The final weekend is held at Lake Bala.
Training weekends are non-residential.
Spiral One – course fees for six three-day weekends
Full fee: £900, paid in full at the beginning of the course – £150 deposit payable by October 9th 2018. Balance of £750 payable by November 9th 2018.
Payment by instalments: £936 (includes £36 admin fee). £150 deposit payable by October 9th 2018, plus six monthly instalments of £131, beginning November 9th 2018, by standing order or online by Paypal.
Spiral Two Information
You can read about the Spiral Two training which begins in Autumn 2018 here. The information about Spiral Two given above refers to the course which begins in Autumn 2019.