Druid College NYC opens October 6 & 7, 2017, accepting 8 students in its First Year Program.
The College meets Fridays and Saturdays on the first weekends of October, November, January, February, March, April, May and June, and then takes the rest of the summer off.
We meet on Friday evenings and Saturdays (not Sundays), concluding with a ritual related to the season.
Each of the weekend meetings emphasizes direct experiences with nature, organizes teaching around five elements (earth, air, fire, water and mist), and–for reasons of establishing priority relationship with nature–gradually introduces and teaches ritual, its components, its purposes, inspiration and leadership skills.
This course is an earth-centered spirituality based in place (“spirits of place”), so it will look closely at Druidry from an urban perspective. We will discuss the standard three levels of Druidry (Bard, Ovate and Druid), with special emphasis in the first year on the role of the Bard and the bard’s special understanding of inspiration rising from Awen
leading to service.
The teacher is an Animist Druid Priest. He is co-founder of the Druid College in Maine and collaborator with our third Druid College in England.
Total cost for the 8 weekends is $1600.
Please note that once enrolled students are expected to attend every class as scheduled. So, please clear your schedules for this course. Due to wild scheduling issues and many other opportunities in urban settings, make-up sessions are just about impossible. The teacher is available for conversation and deepening teachings in between class meetings as needed.
The word “college” is used in its original meaning of students meeting with the teacher wherever appropriate. Most of the times we meet at a private studio on the east side of Manhattan (E. 73rd St.), but field trips can be expected, such as to Central Park for direct experiences with nature. There will be homework that will be described at the time.
To contact the teacher to express interest and to set up an initial interview, please contact James Lawer at email@example.com.