Last night, as the clock struck midnight, I finished a final check through booklet 15 of our Druid course, meaning that booklets 13-16 are now ready to go online. Woohoo! And only five days later than planned 🙂
I’m quite proud of booklet 15. I’ve taken a multi-disciplinary approach, combining archaeology, medieval texts, history and folklore to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the British Isles has a tradition of spiritual sweat baths that began in the Neolithic era and continued into the medieval period. Indeed, sweat houses were still used for healing in rural areas into the 19th century.
I’ve capped it off by re-creating a sweat house ceremony based on my own translation of a 12th century Irish text that traces the history of spiritual sweat baths through the whole history of Ireland, linking them with many deities, including the triple goddess, the Morrigan.
It’s the quantity and, I like to think, quality, of original research that’s gone into these courses that’s led to them taking 13 years to complete. I had thought to finish the job completely by midwinter, but now hope to do so by the end of February 2019. It’s been a long road and an immense amount of work, mostly unpaid, but it’s been worth it. We’re setting a new standard for Druid training that’s inspiring students around the world.
The structure of our courses follow the usual Bard-Ovate-Druid progression where students begin at the bardic level and then go on to the ovate and then the druid. This is due to the inescapable fact that we introduce a lot of things in the bardic course that are then referred back to or expanded on in the ovate and Druid courses, so without working through the courses, you wouldn’t have the references or know what it is we’re expanding on. We had the option of either making an integrated set of courses or repeating great chunks of each course in the other courses.
Obviously the first is the only really sensible option, so that’s what we did. They only really work as a set, although, of course, people may be fully satisfied with just the bardic course and stop at the end of it, or find complete fulfilment in the ovate and stop there, either of which is fine.
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