|Connecting with the Sacred in Animals, Nature and You|| April 27, 2010|
Billie Dean's Animal Whispers
I mentioned this is my last newsletter, but I wanted to highlight it because I'm so excited about it:
The Irish-Celtic shamans are coming! And I can't wait. Please help us spread the word so that others can take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. (You can use the Forward button at the top.)
Andrew and I are hosting Karen Ward and John Cantwell for six glorious days here at Ballyoncree, and two days up in Sydney. The six days are the Irish-Celtic Winster Solstic Gathering, which starts with a three-day Open Solstice Gathering for everybody, and then continues with a three-day Advanced Gathering Drawn from Medicine Ways of the Irish Lineage for those who feel called to delve deeper into the deep waters of Irish-Celtic spirituality and shamanism. The dates are June 18 - 20 and June 21 - 23.
I met John and Karen when I was doing my studies with the Four Winds, and we have been friends and colleagues ever since. John and Karen are both in our film This Sacred Earth: The 2012 Phenomenon, and so many people have made a point of commenting to us about their engaging humour and wisdom. John and Karen bring a fantastic knowledge to their teaching, as well as fun. In other words, we are going to learn a lot in these courses, and they are going to be a hoot.
Details about the Gathering are below and on my web site.
The two days in Sydney are an Introductory Course in Celtic Spirituality and Shamanism, and is aimed at people who would like something a bit more introductory. Again, details are below and on my web site. That will be July 3 - 4.
John and Karen have kindly agreed to do a free teleseminar with us called Pathway of the Heart. I do hope you join us for that on May 11th. Details here or you can go straight to the registration page.
And there's still time to take advantage of our Mothers Day Bundles. Bring a smile to Mum's face (or your own if you are the mum) with the best value offering we have ever made on our products. Details here.
Happy reading, and until next time -- keep laughing and loving!
With lots of love, light and laughter,
Billie and all of us here at Ballyoncree and Wild Pure Heart
PO Box 61
Braidwood, NSW 2622 Australia
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|Earthkeeper's Intensive Retreat
, featuring all nine rites of the Munay-Ki, April
30 - May 5, Braidwood, NSW.
Free Teleseminar: Pathway of the Heart
, with Irish Shamans Karen Ward
and John Cantwell, May 11, 2010Irish-Celtic Winter Solstice Gathering
, with Karen Ward and John
Cantwell, June 18 - 20 and June 21 - 23, Braidwood, NSW. Introduction to Celtic Spirituality and Shamanism
, with Karen
Ward and John Cantwell, July 3rd - 4th, Sydney.
| Irish-Celtic Winter Solstice Gathering
(See this on Billie's web site
If you are Irish-Celtic in blood or spiritual lineage (or are just drawn to it), then you will love the ancient wisdoms come alive through Irish-Celtic shamans Karen Ward and John Cantwell. In these two lively workshops, you will come to a deeper understanding of Mother Earth and the fae through ceremony, storytelling, and practical work. This is a workshop like no other, with authentic Irish-Celtic tradtions and ancient truths.
"When showing us the Irish sacred site of Tara, I realised how blessed I was to have Karen and John as my guides, introducing me to a magical Otherworld of an ancient site I just would never have found on my own.
"When Karen and John spoke of the Old Ways, their words sent shivers - I knew it was truth and that at some point in my life, that truth had been mine."
-- Billie Dean
Message from Karen Ward and John Cantwell
An Spiorad dhuitse ár
chairde, ("Great Spirit be with you, friends"),
Join us along with our dear
hosts Billie Deanand
Andrew Einspruch as we call in a tuatha naofa ("a sacred
tribe") to adventure into connection with Danú (Great Mother
Earth), Daghda (Great Father Sky) and Dia (Great
Spirit) at the poignant time of Winter Solstice.
Our Irish tradition holds
great store in the meitheal ("a collective gathering") that
arises from many individuals hearing the call of community. Having
contributed the blessing of the talents of all talent, there was reward
in the shared feast and the celebration of togetherness. What was
created belonged to the tuatha.
We drum our bodhrán to
invite your heart to lead you for a journey along ancient Celtic
trackways. This will be a time for deep personal transformation, for
alignment with the energies of mid-Winter and for consolidation of the
dream we hold as the children of Danú, Daghda.
Step into a cherished time dedicated
to the holding and honouring of your heart. There will be Irish-Celtic
ritual and ceremony and invocations to the magic and wildness of an
Sí (the Faerie Folk). As we say in Ireland, we will have "a time", a
wonder journey into sacred energies that promises and yields expansion
and growth. We call this place The Otherworld, the land of alchemy that
lies beyond ordinary time and space.
The space we will
hold for you will be one of warmth, compassion and trust. We know that
healing takes place only when our hearts are held with unconditional
acceptance. We look forward to bringing that space to you.
-- Karen and John
Open Winter Solstice Gathering
June 18 - June 20, 2010
Our Journey Together Will
Solstice Fulacht Fia. A
ritualistic opening of the Earth, a sacred pit to place our prayers and
harvest the blessings of the darkest night and the rebirth of the Sun.
Danú - Daghda - Dia.
Celtic honouring of our universal sacred Mother and sacred Father
as parental composites of Great Spirit for their weaving through us in
the darkness and returning light of Solstice.
Voyage", journeying to realms of The Otherworld on the bodhrán drum.
Faerie Rites. Energetic
transmissions to awaken consciousness and integration with An Sí, The
Step Into Our Ancestors. A
ritual for deep connection to those who lived so that we have life
principle of "Soul Friendship".
The Tree People. The
Irish-Celtic shamanic tradition is held and organised by the spirits of
Celtic Myths, Stories and
Poetry. A sharing of tales and rhymes that offer stepping
stones and guidance for our journey at this seasonal time.
Earth, Water, Air and
Fire. Embracing the four elements for personal and collective
balance and alchemy.
the honoured Celtic vessel for harmony and transformation.
Time In Nature. We
gather not to be "on the land", but "in the land".
Medicine Bundles, Solstice
Wreaths &Totems. Looking to our sacred, personal power
items during our journey and making traditional Celtic Solstice prayer
artefacts to honour our personal rebirth at this time.
only translation is another Gaelic word, craic. A letting go
into our innate wildness, opening the Celtic heart to release the
Advanced Gathering Drawn from Medicine Ways of the Irish
June 21 - June 23, 2010
Together Will Include:
ancient Irish word for divination. The Winter Solstice is an auspicious
time for opening awareness and envisaging our journey forward. We will
work with revered, traditional methods of screeing.
Heartline. Exploring the luminous thread between two ancient
lands as an energy meridian connecting hemispheres, that calls us to
harvest from what is known and unknown of this artery of Light.
Healing With An Sí.
Developing a healing relationship with the Faeries for
oneself and as a power ally for your healing of others.
The Sacred Tree.
Navigating the Lower World, the Middle and Upper World along pre-Celtic
and Celtic maps. Here, we will connect with archetypes revered for
their power and wisdom.
Tuatha De Danann.
Bringing an understanding of the myth of 'the tribe of Mother Earth'
to the literal level of our lives.
Immrama To An
Cailleach. Translating as the 'hag', 'crone' or 'witch', an
Cailleach as a seasonal and location bound personification of Danú,
the Cailleach is a powerful teacher for us particularly
at this time of year.
The Irish Lineage and
Sacred Time. We will embrace mythic maps, archetypal energies
and wisdom teachings to support our grounding, understanding and vision
during the cycles of change to 2012 and beyond.
The Seven Doors. How
the ancient Irish concept of what we commonly call the "chakras" can
develop our understanding of personal energy fields and transformation
(.pdf, 438kb)Participants Information Sheet
(.pdf, 91kb)Course Registration Form
(.doc, 36kb)Application for Advanced Gathering
Winter Solstice Gathering
To Nourish Your Soul
Winter Solstice Gathering
June 18th (12 pm) - Sunday, June 20th (5 pm)
Gathering Drawn from Medicine Ways of the Irish Lineage
June 21st (1 pm) - Wednesday, June 23rd (5 pm)
"Ballyoncree", Braidwood, NSW 2622
please email Andrew on info [at] wildpureheart.com, or
phone 0409 609 428
$695 for the Open Solstice Gathering
$695 for the Advanced Gathering Drawn from Medicine
Ways of the Irish Lineage
A deposit of $200 holds your place. Payment plans
| Introductory Course in Celtic Spirituality and Shamanism
(See this on Billie's web site
If you are interested in Irish Celtic
spirituality and shamanism, then join John and Karen
for a two-day workshop in Sydney which will be perfect for anyone for
whom shamanism and Celtic ways are new. This workshop is for beginners
and people who would like to tip their toes into the deep, pure waters
of Celtic spirituality.
to Celtic Spirituality and Shamanism
Dates: July 3 -
4, 2010 from 9:30 to 5:00
Balmain Town Hall, Sydney, NSW
To book for the course,
please email Andrew on andrew [at] wildpureheart.com
or phone 0409 609 428.
|Urgent Animal Information and Actions to Take|
A couple of animal pieces for you this time. First, apparently there is a push to vaccinate horses for EI, and a somewhat predicatable backlash. This came across my desk:
And this, even though the date mentioned has passed:
New Equine Influenza Threat - from Heath
Do you realise there is a new
equine influenza (EI) threat to Australia and in my opinion we all need
to do something about it whether we are Pony Clubbers, part-time
breeders, recreational riders, competition riders or just horse-lovers.
before have I released my column in The Horse Magazine prior to
publication but this is the first time and only time it will happen
simply because by the time it is available in the news-stands some
critical dates will have passed. So the early-release of the May edition
of "Ryans Rave" is available right now click here
And finally, if anyone feels moved, as I did, to write protesting the possum abattoir in Tasmania, you can send a letter to:
Thank you for
assisting us fight against the TB industries voluntarily vaccinating
against EI, there is no point we don't have EI and if they do vaccinate
it only increases the risk of re-entry. Please either email or post your
letters but they must reach the Minister's offices by the 19th April.
If it makes it easier for your contacts:
we have set up an online voting page
at the Eques site.
There's an article here about it.
The Director -Wildlife Trade
Assessments Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts
Canberra ACT 2601
Until next time!
Happy dancing, laughing and loving.
Email: billie [at] billiedean.com
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