Celtic Quest on the Pilgrimage to Soul
Where Ancestral Celts Walked
Lerags Glen, Nr Oban, Argyll, Scotland
Saturday 24 July – Tuesday 3 August
Guide: Wendy Robertson Fyfe
Song of Amergin
I am the wind on the sea
I am the stormy wave
I am the sound of the ocean
I am the bull with seven horns
I am the hawk on the cliff face
I am the sun’s tear
I am the beautiful flower
I am the boar on the rampage
I am the salmon in the pool
I am the lake on the plain
I am the defiant word
I am the spear charging into battle
I am the god who put fire in your head
Who made the trails through stone mountains
Who knows the age of the moon
Who knows where the setting sun rests
Who took the cattle from the house of the warcrow
Who pleases the warcrow’s cattle
What bull, what god created the mountain skyline
The cutting word, the cold word.
said to be written 500BC
Here is an opportunity to come home to remembering our truest purpose on the descent to soul and soul initiation in this Celtic embodiment of an ancient pan-cultural vision fast ceremony being offered in West Coast, Scotland. We will meet in Lerags (Larches) Glen over the cusp between Bealtainn and Lughansadh offering ourselves as way to bring forth the gifts we are born to bring for these times in harvest for the Earth in the great tangling forgetting and the great remembering holy knotwork hologram.
We will make ourselves an emptying delicious offering from who we perceive ourselves to be as defined by the many distorted, broken mirrors that have us contorting into survival shapes within an unhealthy Earth destroying culture. We will wander in the liminal places falling into cracks in grief longing love. We will have with us a basket of practices and invitations honing our Earth body’s sensing, smelling, feeling, touching, listening, tracking and more. We will open to the possibility of a grander, deeper mythic underworld in conversation with an animate Earth Community where soul encounter and initiation is being called, sung, and, should we be blessed, responded with. This is a place in Earth where Ancient Celts participated with their wise knowing of life’s entangling reciprocity.
In the liminal spaces between stories we will listen to and participate with the voices, images, sounds and movements with ‘the others’ where we might remember:
“Our love was born outside the walls,
in the wind, in the night, in the earth,
and that’s why the clay and the flower,
the mud and the roots, know your name.”
We will open ourselves as much as possible to all the voices by being outside as much as possible, sleeping under canvas/tents at night too so that the Earth ‘has her way with us’. We will be living by sun, moon, stars, tide, wind, insect, heather, stone, animal and ancestral enchantments; that these ones have their way with us.
We will be listening for the songs, movements, poetry, images, beings, dreams, and more who may surprise you. In this enchanted land of curving pebble inlets, storied stone and weathered tree where land and Firth of Lorne/An Linne Latharnach) meet and greet we will have ample time to wander on the land, in the deep imagination and dream of Earth.
We will be in deeper conversation with soft feather-winged and attentive owl eye, alert nose-sniffing red fox, fur antler growing highland deer, heather, bracken, and magical wet moss fall water dips; an Atlantic multitude of wind and rain names, sunshine, rainbow and cloud moving conversations. If we are blessed even further we might meet an eagle perched as we round a curving rock, or surprise an otter scampering amongst glistening sealeave treasures on the shore, or glimpse dolphins curving through water. From higher land we will most certainly see across the Firth to the Isles of Mull and Kerrara, and to Ben Cruachan, seat of the Cailleach to the East. Maybe we will meet the mysterious mysts where veils can lift to revelation.
You might find it’s you being broken wide open to a holy primordial call to remember your particular entwining conversation and place serving Earth in a unique way; a call that is different from current everyday stories of 'normsl' CV, consumption, extraction, domination, victim. Oh, human kin, we are way off course and out of alignment. Here is a call to re-alignment.
begins to take form.
Within my hands
She becomes tangible,
an invisible vessel
Her breath l trust
as she weaves her way
into and through
the lungs of all life,
I now know in my bones,
l am from Her,
that She is with whom l breathe.
I believe in Her.
Wendy Robertson Fyfe
A Vision Quest, or Fast, is a pan-cultural ceremony enabling our identity to shift from an ego or eco-centred identification to one being rooted in a soul-centric mythopoetic identity where ego becomes in service of soul. Soul here is defined by Bill Plotkin as an ecological concept (rather than spiritual or psychological) relating to our unique place, or niche, in the larger Earth Community. A place different than the current human-centric culture. The Vision Fast enables a way of shifting consciousness into a new way called for by Earth herself in these end days of the current culture.
Mystery deems us ready for the descent to soul such as when some of the following questions are living you:
*Are you hearing/feeling a call to/hunger for the depth of Mystery
*Are you wondering what your true purpose is in this “one wild and precious life” (Oliver), or who is the one l am born to live into?’
*Are you feeling a deep grief for our Earth and a longing pain to ask for a vision for our future ones and Earth.
*Are you longing for a deep dive into your soul conversation with an animate Earth Community in intimate holographic reciprocity?
*Have you achieved a certain cultural authenticity and success in a number of ways?
*Have you already explored levels of your own healing so that you are aware of ‘hooks’ that might ‘abduct’ you.
*Are you feeling you ‘have it all…and yet something missing’?
*Is your ‘neat’ life of ‘success’ already beginning to unravel no matter what you do to try stop it, life is being dismembered, in crisis (often mistaken as ‘failure’, ‘depression’, ‘shameful’ and more)?
* Are you willing to surrender to Earth’s Wisdom, be curious?
If a number of these questions sing you, it may be a clue that you are ripe for this Holy Ceremony in the Descent to Soul.
A Flicker In The Heart
a flicker becoming spark
becomes a fire
in the heart.
It can take a lifetime and
more to feed a fire to
burn with such ferocity that it
doesn’t matter what you put
on her; the flames
do not expire
though even her bones do.
That’s where the true
treasure of your life lies;
from where your
unique offering to
The Beloved is gifted.
Be sure to feed the flicker of your life
before your bones go out.
Wendy Robertson Fyfe
During our time together we will be drawing upon the work of Bill Plotkin and the Animas Valley Institute; see ie ‘The Journey of Soul Initiation; A Field Guide for Visionaries, Evolutionaries, and Revolutionaries’ through offering:
* Preparation: when we cultivate self healing and wholeness, explore the places that need further strengthening, calling home the ones who have been keeping you small that you might stay in the old 'safe' story.
* Severance: cutting the knot/dying from these old stories who are now keeping us from courage to live into different kinds of conversations.
* Soul Encounter: Liminal space where we wander ‘not knowing’ wth open curiosity longing for a vision for who we truly are; a vision that is likely way beyond what we can imagine and surely cannot make up. There are 4 days fasting (with water) including 3 days solo time on wild land. The last night of the fast will fall on Lughnasadh.
* Metamorphosis: speaking our mythic story allowing our myth to have her/his/their way with us as ego transforms into the ways of and in service of soul. We begin to re-entangle/knot in healthy alignment with our “truth at the centre of the image we were born with” (Whyte).
* Enactment: living fully our gifts we were born to live into the world in service to Earth Community and Cosmos. We begin the steps to enactment.
We will draw upon the following practices towards opening to shapeshifting, aligning conversations with the ‘more-than-human’ world:
4 Cardinal Directions - Self-Healing and Wholing
Sacred Speech Council
Crossing into the Mysteries between and Nature and Psyche
Befriending the Dark
3 days solo
4 days fasting – with water
Wandering with the Ancestors
Listening for Earthsongs
Making Holy reciprocity offerings
Sacred Conversations with the ‘more-than-human world’
“Wendy is a true Elder. Her deep connection to the natural world and her profound respect for and celebration of all life is the ground from which she draws her wisdom and experience. She has a deep commitment to helping those she guides and mentors to develop their inner knowing and to strengthen their life of soul. She has a wide knowledge of the human psyche and experienced in the path of soul initiation. She is wise, funny, insightful, thoughtful, intuitive - all this and much more she brings into the sessions she offers to individuals and groups. I found her attentive listening, her thoughtful enquiry and her creative invitations challenging, grounding and life-giving. I am inspired by her passionate fealty to the songs of the Earth. I believe that those people privileged to work with her will cherish the experience.” Jenni (Australia)
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The Cost of this wild immersion is £1,143.00 - £1,500 includes camping, organic locally sourced (where possible) breakfast and dinner (bring your own lunches), and depth nature-based soulcentric guiding in service to the Descent to Soul including a mentoring session pre or post Vision Fast. Places can be secured by a £250 non-returnable deposit (unless cancelled due to renewed Covid restrictons)
Some scholarships are available. Contact Wendy for further information.
Expressions of interest and applications to be received by 30 June.
Small group. If you would like to inquire further about this opportunity, request an application, have any questions or/and and would like to talk about participating in this Vision Fast, you are welcome to contact Wendy below.
Wendy has been wandering in the lands of Earth’s songs and dreaming lands listening attentively, seeing in sacred withness, responding, participating, and becoming evermore deeply entangled for over 30 years. She has been following what the Celtic Saints, Poets, Musicians, Artists, Seers and Prophets followed in deep holy reciprocity. Wendy has found this work to be deeply experiential, in so many ways not something that we can ‘think’ but rather give ourselves over to. In leaving her life of academia research and teaching she returned to the mountains of Scotland first meeting Pan in the forests (now deforested) in 1991. She is becoming evermore entangled into her unique place in a Celtic Knotwork, or eco niche. Whilst she now brings her work to these particular Celtic lands of Alba/Scotland, her mythos ancestry is also entangled with certain songland canyons of Turtle Island/USA and rainforests of Eastern Australia. In the lands of the deep imagination Wendy participates in re-entangling Earth’s Dreaming ozone within a Cosmic song with Cailleach’s Eye. She guides from this mythic place providing wild invitations and clear mirrors on the Pilgrimage to Soul. She apprenticed Vision Quest guiding with Bill Plotkin and the Animas Valley Institute in Colorado.
In these Covid years Wendy is looking forward to and hoping we can meet together in person through camping in the outdoors. Current legal restrictions will be offered as monitored. To protect the health of us all meantime you are encouraged to arrive separately to the programme. If you are flying or arriving by ferry from abroad there is currently a 10 quarantine on arrival in Scotland. This may change in June. You are asked to be particularly careful about Covid in the few weeks before this Quest. Further information will be sent nearer the time.