Voice of Spirit: staff and song
Recreating old forms requires spinning through the centre of the Web and going out upon the Strands of Time. To birth something new with roots grounded firmly in Mother Earth. How to have the journey sing through us or we sing the journey? We explore how to bring Voice and the Shamanic Journey into a specific way of working with Spirit, Voice and Staff including the communal Nordic Seidr.
Learning to work with your staff, the land, your voice and always with your helping spirits and clear intent is the place of beginning and we explore the energy of this way of Seidr inspired shamanic work. We trace the path of the Volva, the Seer(ess): the prophetic one, the emblazoner of straight words, honeyed truths, and magical healing chants and songs. Through the Singing Voice, the Seidr ceremony of high (hjell) seat and staff we work with being the hollow bone, opening to our helping spirits and Community to heal through the practise of Seidr.
Much time will be spent in Nature as this is a source of knowing and flowing. Work with the Staff, found in many cultures, will be a beloved companion and guide in awakening Voice and singing the Journey.
This Seidr is based on the amazing historical and practical work of Annette Høst. Annette was my first teacher on new Seidr back in early 90s.*
This is an advanced workshop. A basic workshop in shamanic journeying is necessary. Good connection with your Spirit Helpers. Please no drugs, alcohol. No singing experience necessary.
Five day/four night workshop.
*Annette Høst https://www.shamanism.dk/library#nordic is for me the godmother of returning Seidr (new Seidr) and the Staff to the present as practised in the Scandic lands. She began her work in Nature, with the Spirits, grounding her teachings and in-depth historical research of the tradition of Seidr and the Volva back in the mid 80s. Her current book (JORDEN SYNGER (2005; 2nd edition 2014) explores the roots of shamanism in Nordic spiritual traditions, myth and nature. (It is in Danish, and can be read by both Norwegians and Swedes.)
Visit Annette’s YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfgfjfS3huQ5mtaaZhsZDAg for a series of teachings on Seidr which is available to all as well as recorded Q&A videos thru donation. Annette was one of my first guides-teachers on this shamanic path. She is companion and heart-friend.