The Feathered Seer

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The Clan of the Raven has withdrawn to the hills.

They have withdrawn to a high place in the sacred lands, nearer the heart…

Their fires are dead, their hearths are cold and the hilltop is now silent under the moon.

Others come, others who are not known to the Gods, others who would abuse the knowledge and the power of this sacred place.

Their camp fires burn beyond the far hill, a day’s sight from here, they herald both an ending and a beginning.

Within the walls of this highest place, where the Raven Folk have lived in peace, lie deep secrets…

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“In a time before memory…when the land was yet young and Albion unborn,

I dreamed the stars of a time yet to be.

I dreamed your becoming.

…I see you.

I called and you have come.

The time is now.”

Join us as we journey back beyond recorded history to a time known only in dreams and a place that still casts its shadow in stone upon our landscape. It is a time of peace and bright learning, a time when wisdom flourishes in the sacred colleges and a young Seer is nearing the end of her training. They came with sword and spear, raveners of the land, seeking to pervert and destroy the Keepers of Wisdom. Torches in the night… a world forever changed…

The Feathered Seer is a fully scripted, residential workshop using the ancient vehicle of ritual drama to explore the human psyche and the journey of the soul towards awareness of its true nature and potential. Taking our inspiration from the ancient, sacred sites of the area, each companion will play a part in a magical re-enactment of an age-old tale.No previous experience is needed, the workshop is open to all.

You can read about last year’s Leaf and Flame workshop here and by typing ‘Leaf and Flame’ into the Search Bar to get a feel for what to expect.

The weekend is held in the Derbyshire Dales. Accommodation is provided, fully catered, at the Nightingale Centre. Prices for the weekend range from £245 – £265 per person, depending on the accomodation package selected. Most rooms are en suite and all meals are included.

Dates: Weekend of 21-23 April 2017

Location:  Great Hucklow, Derbyshire Dales. England.

Click here to download a pdf Booking Form for The Feathered Seer

For further details email: rivingtide@gmail.com

Wanted…

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I need a man.

Well, actually, I could do with a couple… but let’s not be greedy.

What I really need is a knight…with or without the shining armour. I can manage either way. Noble, courteous, good sense of humour, handy with a can opener… you know the type.

What do I have to offer such a paragon?

I can promise high adventure, magic and mystery, a knightly quest… the odd giant…and a damsel in dire need of his services. Or you can bring your own, if you prefer.

Tempted?

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Applicants need only avail themselves of the booking form for Leaf and Flame: The Foliate Man.

The Silent Eye’s annual workshop is set, this year, at the court of King Arthur, in the Derbyshire village of Great Hucklow. This residential weekend will work with some of the best loved stories of Arthurian myth, to uncover their inner meaning.

Come and join us for the weekend of 22-24 April, 2016.

Accommodation is provided full board at the Nightingale Centre with inclusive prices for the weekend from £220 – £245 per person.

Come and join us for the weekend and discover why spirituality should be fun.

Journeying

Photograph by Matt Baldwin-Ives
Photograph by Matt Baldwin-Ives

You have to start somewhere. Sometimes you don’t even know where you are going, only that there is a road that is calling your name. You may have no idea where it will lead, nor what the journey may entail, but its pull is insistent and nags at your feet until you make a start. It is not an easy choice to make, that decision to set out into the unknown. It may mean letting go of much that you have held dear, yet sometimes, you just know somehow that it is the right thing to do… and sometimes it is a leap of faith taken in trust.

Four years ago, we started with a small workshop to bring the Silent Eye into the world. It had been brewing for some time… for Steve, it had been years. Stuart was already working with him. For me, it was a new adventure that I embraced after much soul searching. It was a big step and I needed to be sure… as sure as you can ever be when you step into the unknown… that I was going where I had to be. Becoming part of the foundations of a new School meant that doors would close behind us, leaving us little choice but to move forward with the tide. While it was with a sense of immense excitement that we set out on the journey, there was sadness too. We knew that some we loved would not understand the decision to ‘leave home’ and build something new. But sometimes the tide is so strong that it becomes an imperative… and its waves caught our feet and carried us forward.

That April saw the first of our annual workshops. We had to start that somewhere too… and in a daring move, considering my distinct lack of talent in that area, Steve decided that, as we were to use the story of a pair of Troubadours as the basis for the ritual weekend, he and I should start the workshop singing. Now I may have perfect pitch in my head, but it never made it as far as my vocal cords. Grown men have been known to cringe… though nowhere near as much as I. Yet, as he began to play, the tide caught us again and the song came out in tune… and in harmony.

Photograph by Matt Baldwin-Ives
Photograph by Matt Baldwin-Ives

We were carried through that weekend, surrounded by old friends and new. People had come from across the planet to share that moment as we dipped our toes in the waters, not knowing where they would take us. We worked, we laughed, people danced, talked and made music, made art and shared the moment. The whole weekend went by in a blur of emotion and activity… and in my mind it shone like a newly lit beacon.

Others saw the light of that flame and, over the new few years, would attend the workshops and events, or join the Silent Eye… and it now feels as though we have a global family, with hands stretched out in friendship across the world.

This year the workshop in April will take us back to Arthurian Britain, with a tapestry woven of myth and legend to explore, where Knights and their Ladies undertake a quest, seeking the answer to an eternal mystery. Once again, our companions will travel from as far afield as Europe and America to join us… and I cannot express how amazing that feels except to further abuse the word ‘awesome’. Yet it is no abuse, as there is a true sense of awe in knowing that what we do has reached hearts and minds around the entire world.

You have to start somewhere. A journey is begun with the first tentative step, but until you take it you are going nowhere. Until you take it, you have no idea where the road might lead… all you can do is trust your feet to the road… or give yourself to the wave that laps around your ankles and see where the current may carry you. Unknown adventures are waiting on the horizon… but only those who start the journey will find them and the journey will be different… a unique quest for all who undertake it. I can only speak for myself, knowing that in ‘leaving home’, I found myself going Home.

Photograph by Matt Baldwin-Ives
Photograph by Matt Baldwin-Ives

 

 

Would you like a Free place at our workshop this weekend?

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One Free place available

Would YOU like to join us for the Silent Eye Workshop in Derbyshire this weekend?

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One of our Companions is too ill to attend and has generously donated his place to anyone who would like to attend in his stead but cannot afford to do so.

At such short notice and with our Companion’s blessing, we decided to throw this to the winds and see if anyone would like to attend. The free place includes the weekend workshop, room and all meals throughout the weekend.

Interested?

You can read more about this magical workshop by clicking the link here.

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 River of the Sun Derbyshire, 24-26 April, 2015.

Full brochure, prices and booking form can be downloaded here. Remember, we have one free place available:

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If you would like to be a part of the workshop and spend a relaxed and interesting weekend in the Derbyshire dales… please email us at rivingtide@gmail.com

There is only one FREE place available, but there is still time to join the fun!

Wish you were coming?

 River of the Sun Derbyshire, 24-26 April, 2015.

Full brochure, prices and booking form can be downloaded here:

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