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The Path of Pollen

Workshops & Trainings

The Path of Pollen is a vibrant and vital gynocentric shamanic tradition that works with the honeybee and the hive as its central motif and living glyph. Due to its gynocentricity, all the teaching events offered are taught for women, by women.

These courses are progressive, and those women wishing to undertake any of the advanced Path of Pollen courses must first complete The Way of the Melissae workshop which is typically offered twice each year.  These advanced courses cover diverse bodies of teaching and include The Trembling Veil & The Roar of the Roses, The Lyceum of the Lower Mouth and Secret Sister & Spirit Spouse.  In 2012 a ten day Path of Pollen retreat – Melissae Lyceum Lectorum – was added to the curriculum which is open by invitation, with the one-year training Arte Triptych Melissae being open by application. Those women who complete the one-year training may also apply to undertake an advanced three year training, Return of the Pythoness.

 

Working with Naomi and Kate on the Path of Pollen trainings has been the most extraordinary and transformative journey in my life. These women are truly amazing. Their loving presence; along with gentleness, strength and sheer truth shine forth and encourage all in their presence to be the best person they can be at any given moment.
Lisa Tolland

The Way of the Melissae

with Naomi Lewis , India Rose Waters and Deborah Willimott

The Way of the Melissae is a well-trodden path for distaff members of the European shamanic tradition known as The Path of Pollen. This workshop offers a rare opportunity to work directly with women from The Path of Pollen who will be sharing teachings that have traditionally been passed down ‘from mouth to ear’.

The work itself harks back to a time when the guiding lore of the feminine principle lay at the heart of all things, and as an underground current it continues to inspire new pathways down which a woman may walk today, embodying this age-old knowledge and transforming it into the ever-new. Those women who walk this indefinitely ancient path carry particular bodies of teaching, orientated towards encouraging the student to become both the flower, the flow-er and the pollinator of honeyed wisdoms, a vital salve for the fragile and delicate times we live in, and a calling to women to change the face of the world through the facets of her own body.  We will excavate aspects of the feminine principle that have become buried and then balance them alongside the divine masculine, seeking equanimity and the fluid movement of both within.

The work will include a pattern of praxes that will guide each woman as deeply along this path as she wishes to go.  These forms can be worked with for a lifetime to unlock the secrets of ourselves, and the extraordinary prima materia that is woman herself.

DATES

The next opportunities to undertake this workshop are:

VENUE
The Sacred Trust Teaching Centre

FEE
£725 inc VAT (fully residential; fee includes accommodation, food and tuition)

Maximum number of participants: 22

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Please Note: The Way of the Melissae workshop is the prerequisite for all other Path of Pollen courses & trainings.

Arte Triptych Melissae

with India Rose Waters and Deborah Willimott

Arte Triptych Melissae is a private, three-part training for women in the ways of the distaff members of The Path of Pollen, the Melissae. The Melissae draw their inspiration from a different spring than most: it is an arcane discipline, a vein, an underground working – difficult to trace but easy to recognise once encountered. The training itself is imparted in three folds, each educating the participant in the ways and wiles of one of the three sisterhoods associated with the Pollen Way.

Here, specific meditations and ceremonial practices that revolve around the Lemniscatic Volatus – the Dance of Infinite Flight – are imparted and utilised to move between worlds and step outside and beyond the circles of time. Students will be stretched so that they might reach through the surface of the tradition, accessing practical applications of the work to be applied to themselves and others. Within these practices and accompanying ceremonial work and ritual action, a path is laid leading to physical and metaphysical health and simultaneously a pilgrimage is made towards a vital and radiant life and the tableaux of honey and sting.

This training is being led by Sacred Trust faculty members India Rose Waters and Deborah Willimott

This training is by application only and enquires should be directed to India Rose Waters & Deborah Willimott at mail@sacredtrust.org. Applications for 2020 are now being considered.

Please Note: To attend this training you must have completed the The Way of the Melissae workshop.

Return of the Pythoness

with Naomi Lewis and Deborah Willimott

I am that serpent-haunted cave
Whose navel breeds the fate of men.
All wisdom issues from a hole in the earth:
The gods form in my darkness, and dissolve again

The Pythoness, Kathleen Raine

Together with the bee, the serpent is the oldest of the known symbols of female power, and the serpent priestess – the Pythoness – is a mortal embodiment of this power of plenty, affording what the alchemists of old referred to as regessus ad uterum or ‘the return into the uterus’. This training will be a pythonic endeavour aimed at deepening ones engagement with the uttering’s from the uterus – an organ that has long been seen as separate & sentient in folklore and superstition. For those who walk the pollen way it is known to hold a shrouded script that gives rise to the mantic voice of the vulvic vate. Each student will be led across a verdurous yet barely perceptible landscape to the pythonisms of the Mossy Hole leading to the Golden Flower and it is here that the hidden script – the manifesto of exulted living, exiled from our current view and essential for out times – will be resurrected anew.

This six-fold, three year Pythoness training will embrace expressive and explosive practices that draw out the specific dialect of each of our Lower Mouth voices, leading to a collective yonic choir that offers itself forward in service of the feminine, masculine and androgynous principles and a more balanced horizon for all. These actions demand courage and the entertainment of risk. The rewards can be ecstatic, the aphrodisiacs of awe and wonder impelling us to change our shape and return the Pythoness to her rightful place. Now, more than ever, we need to issue forth new creation myths, from the coils and dark places of our serpentine selves, translating them into our relationship with all life.

Over the three years we will move in serpentine fashion through the following bodies of work:

  • Becoming pythonic in the expression of ourselves and our lives, and in this endeavour identifying our holy work and how we plan to offer it out to others and Our Earth. Each woman will be mentored throughout this process by the facilitators and the group, with the intent of arriving at clarity and purposeful direction on how to manifest her particular weave.
  • Deepening into and becoming artificers and practitioners of the sacred tools of these ways in such a way that a healing practice may be offered to clients. This will include training in The Pollen Method.
  • Tutoring in an immersive approach towards the art of mistressing and administering the nektars, employing them as meaningful salves, ichor’s and liquid wisdoms for self, others and the Earth.

Return of the Pythoness will be taught by Naomi Lewis and is strictly limited to 18 places. It is open only to those women who have completed Arte Triptych Melissae. Those women interested in attending should in the first instance make their interest known to Naomi Lewis at nl@sacredtrust.org

Each fold will take place over seven days and the training will also include a 60 minute mid-year skype mentoring session for each participant with Naomi Lewis, to evaluate each woman’s journey to that point and next steps.

This training will be taking place at The Sacred Trust Teaching Centre in Dorset and is a fully residential training.

Applications for 2020 are now being considered

The Trembling Veil & The Roar of the Roses

with Naomi Lewis and India Rose Waters

There is a pythoness in every one of us, and a Delphic cavern,
namely our imagination, into which we must retire if we
are to accomplish anything of worth.
JFC FULLER

Within the Path of Pollen the expression ‘The Trembling Veil’ refers not only to the diaphanous liminal divide that exists between the physical and non-physical supernal worlds, but also to the metaphysical or spiritual hymen that dwells within all women, irregardless of their sexual standing, be they maiden or menarche, crone or scarlet woman. Comprehending and engaging with a living knowledge of this interior veil allows any woman to step into the status of virgin (‘innocent one’) repeatedly. Journeying into this visceral knowing is initiated by undertaking an especial ceremony of womb sanctification and sacred reclamation of the distaff Cavern of Creation; which – once embraced and completed — brings about a ‘roar’ from the attendant interior stars or roses, as they are referred to in this context.

Each woman attending will engage with the central ceremony of womb empowerment, purification & blessing, together with other practices from the Path of Pollen that have not been previously shared outside the tradition, all of which will be woven together lemniscatically as we continue to traverse this funambulatory path.

VENUE
The Sacred Trust Teaching Centre

FEE
£585 inc VAT (fully residential; fee includes accommodation, food and tuition)

Maximum number of participants: 22

Please Note: To attend this workshop you must have completed the The Way of the Melissae workshop.

Secret Sister & Spirit Spouse

with Naomi Lewis and India Rose Waters

SS-type

VENUE
The Sacred Trust Teaching Centre

FEE
£585 inc VAT (fully residential; fee includes accommodation, food and tuition)

Maximum number of participants: 22

Please Note: To attend this training you must have completed the The Way of the Melissae workshop.

Lyceum of the Lower Mouth

with Naomi Lewis and Kate Shela

llm-type

VENUE
Bath Function Rooms, Bath

FEE
£345 inc VAT

Maximum number of participants: 50

Please Note: To attend this training you must have completed the The Way of the Melissae workshop.

Melissae Lyceum Lectorum

A Ten-day Immersion Retreat for Women

This ten day training retreat is designed to allow participants to experience an in-depth immersion into the distaff line of the Path of Pollen over an extended period of days and nights. Unlike other Path of Pollen workshops and trainings, it offers the opportunity for participants to live, move and have their beings in a similar fashion to the classical model and manner of the Melissae when residing together as a ‘cell’.

On this immersion training, there will be three cells of six women, each being looked over and guided by an initiate of the Path of Pollen. Each day will carry a precise ritual order to it, weaving together three aspects or ‘rays’ that hold particular import within the bee tradition namely: Love, Power and Wisdom. Each day will commence with prayer, followed at midday and evening when certain salutations to the hidden teachers are offered.

Each of the ten days will also have as part of its focus one of the Ten Nektars of the Flow-er, moving up to and beyond what flows on from the Tenth Nektar, being the abditory teachings regarding miraculous birth or parthenogenesis. The work will include healing practices, working with the hives, labiomancy and lampadomancy as well as initiatory work using the oniricell, being a hexagonal structure used for merging and dreaming work.

This immersion retreat calls for a high level of commitment, and we therefore call only to those women who consider themselves ready for the metamorphosis that will carry them ever deeper into a life lived passing back and forth through the golden and honeyed veils.

This retreat is open by invitation only and enquires should be directed to Naomi Lewis at The Sacred Trust.

Please Note: To attend this training you must have completed the The Way of the Melissae workshop.