MEN'S SPIRITUAL RETREAT
Hosted by Adrian Rooke, Richard Bennett & Daru Mcaleece
What does it mean to be men in the 21st century?
Have you found the cultural stereotypes of masculinity to be lacking?
Have you felt disconnected from your sense of self as a man & longed for a depth of connection with other men?
Throughout the year, you can join us for Body painting weekends, Dance workshops, Roundhouse-building, Teaching, both spiritual and practical, Seasonal celebrations, Handfastings, Rites of passage, Meditational retreats, Camps, Group gatherings, Craft and Woodland workshops, and much more. Some are open events, while others are private bookings .
For more information about events or to book Wild Ways for your own events, Please contact Elaine and Garth via the Contact page.
As an artist and a Druid, Elaine has long been interested in the transformative power of body painting and adornment. These weekends offer a unique opportunity to explore who you are, how you see yourself and the images you project to the world by radically altering your body image through paint and decoration. Elaine and other photographers are on hand to capture the results against the beautiful background of Wild Ways. You will receive a disc of digital images to keep as a reminder of an amazing and potentially life-changing experience.
First-timer? For further details and booking phone Elaine on 01746 861992
WILD HEART DANCE WORKSHOPS
5Rhythms Dance workshops throughout the year. Join us for Dance, community, celebration and personal development on the land at Wildways in Shropshire.
For details, dates and booking, visit the Wild Heart Dance website or contact Neil 07761 856154
WHITE HORSE CAMPS
We meet as a spiritual community, to practice OBOD druidry, living on the land as we celebrate the four seasonal fire festivals of Samhain, Imbolc, Beltane and Lughnasadh. We can offer initiations into the OBOD grades for OBOD members. Above all we have fun and enjoy companionship.
Imbolc: January - Febuary (Shropshire)
Beltane: April –May (Shropshire)
All members of OBOD and partners/significant others are welcome.
HAND FASTING, BABY NAMING, BLESSINGS FOR A SAFE BIRTH, RITES INTO MANHOOD AND WOMANHOOD & FUNERAL RITES
You will see these under types of event. A Handfasting is a Rite of Passage. That is, it is a transitsion point/a point of change. Some people like to have a Civil Wedding and then have a Handfasting, which is a couple-led ceremony, blending the necessary with the personal wishes of the couple.
Here, at Wild Ways, we can provide you with the ceremony you would like, either around the Stone Circle, in whichever flower meadow is out at the time, or in the Henge Yurt if it decides to rain. We can officiate the ceremony for you or you can bring your own celebrant in. We can also put you in touch with an Interfaith Minister who provides Handfastings. We are able to help with other Rites of Passage such as Baby Namings and Blessing for safe birth. Other types of passage markers are young men and young women's rites of manhood and womanhood. Funeral Rites are also important – perhaps the most important as one only gets one chance.
BRITISH DRUID ORDER
Rekindling the sacred fires of Druidry as a living, breathing, Earth-honouring, life-affirming spirituality for the 21st century, drawing inspiration from the threefold stream of Awen’s flow from its source, the Cauldron of the goddess Ceridwen.
These two groups are held in house at Wild Ways. They are being set up to enable women to work together and learn with and from each other. We take it in turns to co-ordinate a chosen theme. Whilst the subjects are serious we also have lots of fun during the process. We aim to foster an awareness of women all over the world – especially those who have very different and difficult lives. Whilst unfolding our own issues, we also honour the men in our lives. If you use facebook, the two groups have pages and you can request to join, or contact Elaine via this site. See 'Events' for topics of the next two groups. These are Friday to Sunday/weekend Groups.
For further details and booking phone Elaine on 01746 861992
Wild Ways host regular celebrations of the festival cycle of the year, from first stirrings of spring at Imbolc (early February), through the spring equinox, May Day and Midsummer, to the harvest time of Lammas, the autumn equinox and the fires of Samhain (Hallowe'en), through to the feasting of Midwinter. As well as these seasonal rites, folk also celebrate rites of passage such as baby namings, handfastings (weddings), and funerals amidst the peace and beauty of Wild Ways. Regular men's and women's groups also meet there. These are mainly closed events, organised by particular groups or individuals, though some may be open.