Year one of the two year program.
Session 1: May 8-12, 2019 • Session 2: August 8-11, 2019
Session 3: July 8-12, 2020 • Session 4: September 9-13, 2020
Instructor: Steven Martyn
The Sacred Gardener School is for those inspired to move into a deeper level of being; to live in a connected, sustainable and soulfully present way with the Earth. The school will foster your growth over time, enabling you to embody the living skills and ceremony needed to engage the larger spirit and ecology of the Earth, so She may bless and redirect our collective and personal path.
Many pieces must be in place for these teachings to unfold within us. To move into this deeper sacred space and then to be able to carry the knowledge in our life, takes years of personal work, a supportive community and guidance from elders who have gone through the transformation. The continuance of the Sacred Gardener School will afford our soul these gifts. The School and land Herself give students safety and nourishment to grow into a thick grape vine, that flows up, through and over the spiny armature of our life, bringing beauty and bearing heavy fruit.
At The Sacred Gardener we teach these skills and practices, not in an abstract detached way, but experientially, as we live them. Through these experiences, the culture of these arts inoculates the student. These arts, these cultures want to grow again, they want to be fed. When we connect with the Earth through them, they are being fed, and we in turn get fed, sheltered, clothed and healed. It’s a good deal for everyone.
These old arts are living beings that can open the way back to our ancestry and our mythic roots. They are mysterious gifts that lay at the foundation of our civilization. But these mysteries that we wed long ago, must be practiced within a sacred context or they lose their magic and become just another commodity, collecting dust with our other badges and trophies on a shelf in our mind.
At the Sacred Gardener we will help these living beings claim you, help you and them find a home again. These arts are an essential part of our humanity, and they are our inheritance. Handed down from our ancestors, these ancient ways form a chalice for us to carry the ‘holy’ to the next generation; and for us to sustain our soul. When we claim back these rites, we drink deeply from the holy and the wild elixir turns our life into art; into ceremony to feed the deep unnamable mystery that sustains us each moment.
Simply said, these sacred arts and practices ground, transform and elevate our daily routines. So, while we might have felt lost in the daily “grind”, we feel a daily rite of passage that keeps us aligned and connected with our soul, our ancestors and the spirit of the land.
Through the continued guidance and community of the school, through the nourishment to our wild soul, our spirit will rise up from the deepest spring of our being into wholeness, and pour out over the walls of our heart-well in wisdom and gratitude.
What would the time in the school look like, relative to a workshop?
The workshops the Sacred Gardener offers are intensives, and so, for the most part while many “spiritual teachings” are shared, there is only time for physical activities, for learning the work and arts of homesteading and healing. But the harvesting and crafting are only a part of the circle we must practice to become whole human beings. The other primary piece is in the giving. And in hosting the full-emptiness of meditative perception, that is able to receive the blessings, grace and wisdom of Nature.
The school will afford us the time to offer sweet smoke to our Grandfather Sun, to help Him cross the sky, time to pour out milk and blood to feed the Moon and Earth. Time to offer mead, bread and fruit to the happy ancestors, and to the ghosts that haunt our life for want of food. All walking side by side with learning the traditional living skills and crafts.
In the school, I will endeavour to bring you with me; to bring you to a place where you can divine the present and future through the flight birds, where our thoughts are answered by a movement of Wind. Where the ancestors speak to you, laughing back from the coals of the fire. Where we court the Earth with art and She reveals Her wishes to us, and we have the ability to manifest Her dream through our skill. Where Her plants whisper their healing secrets to us in the twilight dew, and for our devotion and prayers She offers Herself to nourish us. Where we take the time to watch and learn from the animals, our older brothers and sisters how to build, craft and live in a good way with the Earth.
When we are with the Earth in this way She is constantly informing us, personally, locally and globally. A thousand messengers pour through our senses, the birds, animals, mist, fire, or dancing moonlight in a midnight forest. Like us, all these living beings hold information and want to whisper their secret knowings into an open ear, and open heart.