Ritual is both art and discipline, cultivation of personal intuition and renewal of ancestral knowledge, instinctual and learnable. The styles and approaches to ritual are as diverse as people, human and otherwise, and the only ‘wrong’ ways to approach may be those that become untethered from love, wisdom, and relationality.
In the spirit of kind, inclusive, and non-dogmatic learning, this course is for anyone seeking to strengthen their foundational skills in ritual arts. Course material assumes no prior knowledge. Content may also be useful to priests, educators, and practitioners of diverse traditions in search of fresh ways to transmit basic teachings.
Topics will include relational etiquette, protection, invocation, trance, prayer, offering practice, and a dozen other elements found in many approaches to ritual arts. Participants can expect to learn skills they can apply in everyday devotions as well as one flexible framework with which to share about their experiences and approach to the sacred. Although some material may overlap with teachings found in the Ancestral Lineage Healing and Practical Animism, this shorter course focuses on fundamentals relevant to both of those courses and beyond. For participants in either courses who feel behind the curve with ritual skills, this is also a response to that need.
The approach to ritual arts is animist in that the emphasis is on relationship, and rooted in a feminist, decolonizing, anti-racist, LGBTQI-friendly, class-aware, earth-honoring ethic without being overly intellectual. We’ll proceed in kind and heart-aware ways that seek to meet each participant’s unique life experiences and ancestral storylines.