Seiðr Practitioner Training Retreat
Next Offered: prospective dates May 13 – 17, 2020 pending confirmation
Registration Deadline: March 14
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 – engaging and exploring aspects of universal spirit presented through a Nordic framework. This training, like all my offerings, is open to people of all ancestral 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. Participants will be able to incorporate seiðr methods into existing spirit practices and, potentially, serve as practitioners on community High Seats. Additional practices, time permitting, include aspects of galðr (giving voice to spirit) and útiseta (sitting out in nature).
As part of this training 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, consensual mediumship. Practitioners will be expected to maintain personal sovereignty and accountability at all times. The relationships we will foster with the deities are ones of respectful and reciprocal partnership.
Prerequisites: This is not a training for those new to spirit 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. Ancestral lineage healing is recommended as it clears and strengthens the ancestral field, making your ancestors a supporting and potentially knowledgeable addition to your practice.
If you’re interested in this training and don’t have the prerequisites, or aren’t sure if you qualify, follow steps one and two for applying below and we can discuss what may be needed for you to qualify.
Questions? See FAQs below for more info, or contact me directly.
Starting Wednesday at 7pm, then Thursday through Sunday 9:30am to approximately 6:00pm.
Location: Prospective location: Pacifica Historic Pond House in Williams, OR, managed by the non-profit Pacifica: A Garden in the Siskiyous. Pacifica is 420 acres of trails, pastures, and developing gardens located in the beautiful Applegate Valley of Oregon.
Air Travel: The nearest airport is Medford, a 45 minute drive from site.
Lodging: Participants will be staying at the Pacifica Pond House, a large and quirky house with five bedroom areas, a large kitchen, porch, and living areas. There are eight regular beds, one futon, and one sofa bed. Rooms have variable degrees of privacy. One room is completely private with a bath, all other rooms and bathrooms are shared. The Pacifica property is public and other events, in particular weddings on the weekend, may be held on the property during this retreat. The noise curfew for events is 10pm. This will be my first time renting this property and I think the advantage of including low-cost housing as well as the special location make it worth a try. We will have a beautiful and cozy place to meet and learn seiðr, as well as plenty of land to do sitting-out practice. Participants can further reduce cost by making food on-site. For those who want to go into town, Grants Pass has several good restaurants about 20 minutes away.
The house will be rented Wednesday through Monday, so participants can stay the night Sunday before traveling. Check-in time is 4pm. Participants should plan to arrive with enough time to be ready to start at 7pm Wednesday.
Number of Participants: 10 residential participants with possible openings for 2 additional non-residential participants
Rate: $500 for the training, plus variable rates for five nights of residential housing from $150 – $300 total. A deposit of $250 holds your place in the training.
Registration Deadline: March 14. All interviews must be completed and deposits submitted by this date. Deposits are non-refundable or transferable after this date. If a minimum registration isn’t met by this date, this event may be cancelled and rescheduled. If the minimum registration has been met and openings remain, applications can be submitted after this date.
1. Fill out and submit a Seiðr Practitioner Training Application.
2. If I have questions about your application I may request a 30-minute video conference. Applicants are also welcome to schedule an interview session to ask me questions about the retreat. Schedule a free 30 minute interview session.
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 without the need for additional support or supervision. It assumes basic proficiency with using altered states of consciousness for visioning purposes, and the ability to maintain healthy boundaries.
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 with a refundable deposit), and we can do further assessment.
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) between the pure essence of something and the field of something. The field of a deity includes the essence of the deity plus all of the projections and associations made by humans about the deity. So 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 when we access “only the most compassionate aspect” of Odin 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, and the aspects of the deities that are most invested in helping us here in the middle world. This in no way waters down the input from the deities; it makes them safe and healthy 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 a specific type of psychic reading, though they are not mutually exclusive.
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. The relationship we develop is one of allies and not subordination to the will of a deity.
This form of mediumship is based on principles of resonance and attunement. You can, for example, be a medium for the quality of objectivity; you can attune your conscious field to resonate with objectivity thereby enhancing your ability to be objective. When you attune mediumistically to a deity you resonate with the qualities of that deity and amplify those qualities within yourself; another reason why it is important to interact with only the most compassionate aspect of the deity.