Priestess of Cerridwen

Two Year, Two Spiral Training

with Bee Helygen, Priestess of Cerridwen, Priestess of Avalon

Meeting the Goddess of  the Cauldron of Testing, Transformation and Rebirth

Course Start Date: 8th – 10th November 2019

Amazing Cerridwen mural in Goddess House by Suzy "Goose" Edwards

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.

Lake Bala - photo: Daniela Seefelder

Venue

Five 3-day weekends take place in the Avalon Room, the Courtyard, Glastonbury Experience, 2-4 High Street, Glastonbury BA6 9DU. The final weekends of Spirals One and Two are held at Lake Bala.

Training weekends are non-residential.

Please note: accommodation at Bala is NOT included in the price of the course.  However, each person’s contribution to the weekend for food and accommodation is normally around £80 and, if you wish, can be paid by instalments during the course year.

Times of Circles

10am – 5pm each day

Course outline & dates: 2019-20

Cauldron Cycle One: 8th – 10th November 2019

Initiatrix – Seeking the Cauldron of Wisdom
Practical: Mask Making for Release Ceremony

Diving into the deep dark womb cauldron of the Dark Mother, where we face our shadows, admit our failings and find their cause, forgive ourselves and others. Self-awareness is key to the process of releasing old ballast. Learning healthy ways of engaging with destructive patterns, we face the Cauldron of Testing, guarded by the 9 (naw) morwynion – the original nine maidens, keepers of truth and justice. Are you worthy to walk the path? Are you strong enough in your devotion? Using psychotherapeutic/spiritual counselling tools for uncovering unhelpful behaviour patterns rooted in old wounds.

Cauldron Cycle Two: 10th – 12th January 2020

Mam Ysbrydoliaeth – Mother of the Awen/Inspiration.
Practical: Smudge Fan

Using the power of breath to cleanse and clear blockages, exploring the power of the mind, of intuition and insight into the hidden realms. Healing with meditation and stillness, mindfulness and silence, with sound. Introducing dream interpretation and its connection with our unconscious self.

Morwyn y Awyr – Maiden of Air

Breath of Life, soft caressing breeze, mystery of the winds, whispering amongst the leaves of Cerridwen’s trees. In the howling gales of life, tempestuously ripping us out of our comfort zones, our spirit allies guide us through the dark wild forest. We listen for the whispers on the wind, to the soothing words of others’ and to our own hearts to find our joy.

Cauldron Cycle Three: 6th – 8th March 2020

Swynwraig – Wise Medicine Woman – Spell Song Singer:
Practical: Herb Lore and Potion Making

Learning about the wisdom of healing with tree & plant spirits, herb lore, the subtle bodies and energy fields. All existences on this earth have nwyfre – life force and are ensouled. We acknowledge, become familiar, and work with them to the highest good of all.  With great knowledge comes great responsibility. The spell song singer is a healer of great capability and power. Stepping into her realm may be your soul’s journey?

Morwyn y Dan – Maiden of Fire
Practical: Ogham Divination Tool

All things fiery and flaming, fire in our hearts, minds, souls and sacral spaces. Find what fires your imagination and creativity. Feel where your cauldron fire burns brightly, where it is subdued. How do we rekindle our Flame of Passion for Creativity and Innovation, Warmth and Belonging? Fire under the cauldron – the ancient Welsh spell of Making.

Cauldron Cycle Four: 8th – 10th May 2020

Calon o Gariad – Heart of Love

Practical: Creating a physical representation of a heart union

From self love to love for others. Finding and living with our heart companions, calling

in or strengthening a relationship. Soul mates – twin flames, soft touch, gentle connection, heart to heart – soul to soul. Love knows no distance – once a soul connection has been made, it lies within you. What if it needs dissolving? You learn the art of gentle letting go and of guiding others through the process.

The most successful love story of the Welsh myths shows us the path to truly balanced and supportive relationship. All we need is love. How do we honour ourselves so that we may invite true & lasting love into our life?

Morwyn y LLyn – Lady of the Lake
Practical: Creating your own cauldron

Visiting and holding ceremony at the sacred wells of Avalon.

Water, magical component of our story, life giving elixir, washing us clean, inside and out, washing away pain and sorrow. Cerridwen, quintessential Lady of the Lake, ancient, ever present, rising from the magic mists of Lake Bala, what are Her gifts for you? Water bodies are the portals to the Otherworld in the Celtic tradition, betwixt and between are the shores, where we step through the veil and find a mirror image of our reality. Threshold guardian, Morwyn y Ddwr, greets us with a riddle and a challenge. Are we worthy of Her life giving womb waters? Can we travel beyond the Ninth Wave of Celtic mythology, to reach the realm of the Andedion?

Cauldron Five: 10th – 12th July 2020

Creatrix – Great Mother of us all
Practical: Poppets and Fith-Fath magic

Dark Mother, fierce mother of shadow, nurturing mother, a blessing to us all. Learning about the importance of being mothered, of giving and receiving gracefully, of mothering others.  Who is our MotherLine? What were we gifted from them. Denial, blaming and resistance can mar our lives till we leave this earth, time to work on forgiveness and letting go of old hurts. The inner child will have its say, whether you grant them space & time or not. Acknowledging their existence, allowing and witnessing their anger, pain and frustration, and finding a healthy way of facilitating release and healing is a step towards self-knowledge and self-care. A journey hard won and long walked.

Sofran y Tyr – Sovereign of the Land- Sorceress of the Crystal Caves

Earth, Standing Stones, Trees, Caves of Mystery and Magic, Dragon Lines, the healing power of Crystals, healing earth, nurturing, grounding, Hiraeth – homeland. Rooted beings rise to protect and guard. Are you a committed guardian of the Earth? Do you feel our friends, the Tylwyth Teg, the Shining Ones? Long feared by those who wish to harm and harvest the earth for their greed and will to power, we learn their secret presence and enter into sacred relationship with the earth guardians.

Cauldron Cycle Six: 10th – 13th September 2020

4 Days Llyn Tegid, Bala
Brenhines y Andedion – Queen of the Otherworld

Now is the time to take stock. Are you ready to surrender to Her wise counsel and move forward into Her Priest-esshood? At the end of the first spiral we retreat beside the beautiful Llyn Tegid, where we walk the land, immerse ourselves into Her waters, climb into Her body, to meet our Goddess. You discover and submit to your purpose on this journey into Her mysteries. Are you Queen/King of your own realm, self governing? Or are you yet beholden and bound to others? Only if you are truly free and standing in your own power, can you step into the role of community leader, of advocate for those who are not heard, witness for those who are harmed. Are you dedicated to our Goddess, ready to name yourself Sister/Brother of Cerridwen, step forward without fear and make your vow of alliance? Now is the time, now is the hour, to step into your sacred power.

Course fee payments

Course Fees for 6 weekends:

Full Fee: £900 paid in full at the beginning of the course – £150 deposit payable by 8th October 2019. Balance of £750 payable by 8th November 2019.

Payment by instalments: £936 (includes £36 admin fee). £150 deposit  payable by 8th October 2019, plus six monthly instalments of £131, beginning 15th November 2019, by standing order or online by Paypal.

How to apply for the course

You can find everything you need to apply for the course here.

Lake Bala - photo: Daniela Seefelder