Seiðr Initiation Intensive
October 17th – 21st, 2018
Registration Deadline: September 26th.
Participants will be introduced to the history, cosmology, and modern practice of seiðr – an ancient oracular trance-mediumship practice from the Germanic/Norse regions of Europe. In particular we will approach seiðr from a mystical standpoint – that of engaging and exploring aspects of universal spirit presented through a Nordic framework. This intensive, like all my offerings, is open to people of all backgrounds.
Participants will take initiatory journeys to Yggdrasil and the most compassionate aspects of Freya, Hella, Odin, and the Norns, and will be initiated into High Seat practice. We will explore the use of the staff as a medicine ally, song as a trance-journey method, and how to apply seiðr practice in service to our communities. Initiates will be able to incorporate seiðr methods into existing spiritual practices and, potentially, serve as practitioners on community High Seats. Additional practices include galðr and sitting out (útiseta).
As part of this initiation we will cover some essential elements of trance-mediumship. Mediumship is a practice of merging with other forms of consciousness, in this case the most compassionate aspects of the deities of seiðr and the ancestral Völur (staff-carrying seers). We will practice conscious, consent-driven mediumship. Practitioners will be expected to maintain personal sovereignty and accountability at all times.
Prerequisites: This is not a course for those new to spiritual practice. Participants should have proficiency with entering altered states of consciousness (journey methods, active dreaming, ceremony, meditation, etc.) and spiritual protection and containment practices. Participants must also have a strong connection to their core self and be in good mental health.
Participants should have at least one well ancestral lineage complete (specifically through Daniel Foor’s method, see the ancestral lineage healing page on my website). Having at least one lineage fully well will provide participants with increased anchoring skills, protection, and energy field clarity essential for mediumship practice. It will also enable participants to receive personalized information from their ancestors as these initiations bring forward remembrances of ancient templates. We will be connecting with the well and wise ancestors (from any nationality) in session to ask for their support and contributions.
If you’re interested in this intensive and don’t have the prerequisites, or aren’t sure if you qualify for this one, you can email me for assessment and suggestions for how to prepare.
See FAQs below for more info, or contact me directly.
Wednesday night – 7:00pm – 8:45pm
Thursday through Sunday – 9:30am – 5:30pm, with a possible additional evening session TBD
Location: Grants Pass, Oregon (Current location has two cats.)
Class Size: 12 participants
Food, transportation, and lodging are not included.
I can facilitate communication with people who may want to share a hotel room or vacation rental; there are some very inexpensive vacation rentals in the area.
The registration deadline is September 26th.
1. Fill out a Seiðr Initiation Intensive Application.
2. Once you have received a reply, schedule a free 30 minute interview session.
3. If your application is accepted, send a $100 deposit to reserve your spot. Deposits are non-refundable after September 1, 2018. The remainder will be due at the retreat – cash or check appreciated.
Questions? Contact Maris
Frequently Asked Questions
When you say this is not for beginners what does that mean?
This intensive is designed to initiate people into self-directed practice. It is not an on-going training, so it doesn’t not cover all the skills that would be beneficial for a beginner to learn and develop, and it doesn’t provide on-going support. Considerations in deciding if it is for you include: How comfortable do you feel interfacing with the spirit world on your own? How good are your boundaries? While it’s always useful to have good mentoring, are you dependent on mentoring or are you solid on your own?
If you’re not yet solid on your own, it may be recommended that you do private mentoring and work on your ancestral lineage healing as that process includes the development of foundational skills.
If you’re not sure if you qualify and feel called to do this, fill out the application and schedule a 30-minute consultation with me (free for this), and we can do further assessment.
I have done ancestral healing through other methods, do I still have to do Daniel Foor’s method?
Yes. I have done quite a bit of healing for myself and others through other methods and I don’t find the effects comparable. Other work that can improve the state of the lineages and can get you in touch with well individual ancestors is useful but typically not comprehensive. Daniel Foor’s method is about getting entire lineages well, making entire lineages into positive resources, and tapping into the wisdom and protection of the well ancestral collective. This work creates the energetic environment that I’m looking for as a prerequisite; it improves the energetic ecosystem we will be working in and gets the ancestors on board with the work.
What do you mean “only the most compassionate aspects” of the deities?
To answer this question it is helpful to explain a distinction found in mediumship work (more on mediumship below). This is a distinction between what may be called the pure essence of something, and the field of something. The field of something, in this case a deity, includes the essence of the deity plus all of the projections and associations made by humans about the deity. So if we take Odin for example, the field of Odin includes all the ways he has been portrayed in literature and by various cultures and people over time. The pure essence of Odin, his most compassionate aspect, does not include the input of the broader field. So we’re filtering out the human projections and other human contributions to the field.
When working with deities, we can work with “only the most compassionate aspects” of them in order to get the most beneficial representation of their energies. The most compassionate aspect of deities also do not impinge on our sovereignty and can be tough but not negative. This in no way waters down the input from the deities. It makes them safe to interact with.
I’m familiar with mediumship as talking to dead people. Is that what this is?
No. Mediumship in this case is the sharing of conscious space with other conscious beings or energy fields. Mediumship as it is known through mainstream culture is usually more akin to psychic reading techniques.
In this retreat you learn what we call conscious mediumship, which means that you learn to share your conscious space with the Norse deities while remaining conscious yourself. This way you maintain sovereignty and personal accountability, and benefit from the wisdom and blessings that come through. It is also consent-based meaning the deities will respect your personal boundaries and will leave when asked. And it is a relationship between allies, not subordination to the will of a deity.