Myth & Medicine
Since 2018 I’ve had the privilege of working with author and mythologist Sharon Blackie. Her work had already been an integral part in helping me to re-weave my own story and reconnect with my own Celtic traditions. Co-writing this course with her over the course of a year not only helped me to deepen my relationship to my seasonal practices, but to my own earthspace and the green allies that surround and sustain me.
ROOTING YOURSELF IN THE CYCLES OF THE LIVING LAND
‘Sisters of Rock and Root’ is organised around the eight seasonal festivals which many of us in Britain, Ireland, and other Celtic countries still acknowledge. The Winter and Summer Solstices, and the Spring and Autumn Equinoxes, are focused on astronomical events and so are relevant to anyone, no matter where you live. The other four, which are sometimes called ‘cross-quarter festivals’ (Imbolc, Bealtaine, Lughnasa and Samhain), have specific connotations in this part of the world, but the themes which we will work with during these times are sufficiently universal and archetypal that they will resonate with anyone interested in grounding themselves in the cycles and seasons of the year.
‘Sisters of Rock and Root’ is not about practicing any particular brand of spirituality; it is about deepening your relationship with the land you occupy, using the eight festivals as anchor points. From this grounding, ‘Sisters of Rock and Root’ offers you ways of carrying forward the lessons that you’ll learn here into your own unique journey through life.
“Ruthie’s beautiful, heartfelt, and grounded contribution to this popular, long-running course has deepened and enlivened it, offering participants new and transformative ways of working with the medicine of the land, as well as the medicine of myth.”
– Sharon Blackie, writer, psychologist, mythologist, and author of If Women Rose Rooted