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The Twelve Doorways of the Soul: A Practical Introduction

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Date(s) - 06/10/2017 - 08/10/2017
All Day

Wild Ways


This weekend is designed to introduce the principles underlying an ancient Celtic therapeutic system called the Twelve Doorways of the Soul® and to gain initial experience in using it for healing the self and others.
The system is based on a 15th century manuscript called the Judgements of Dian Cécht, held in the National Library of Ireland. One passage in it begins, “There are twelve doorways of the soul® that are in the human body,” and then lists them. Dian Cécht is an ancient Irish god of healing, one of the family of gods known as the Tuatha dé Danaan, the clan of the goddess Danu. As is the case in most Indo-European languages, the Irish word anma, translated as ‘soul,’ also means ‘breath.’ So the Twelve Doorways of the Soul® are a gift of the gods, a gift of spiritual and physical healing in which breath plays an important part.
Philip Shallcrass, a.k.a. Greywolf, writer, musician and chief of the British Druid Order, began the task of reconstructing the native holistic healing system of which the Twelve Doorways are a part. This involved studying related medical traditions across Europe and Asia. Amanda Foale-Hart brings thirty years of clinical training and practice to the process, as well as knowledge of a wide range of alternative therapies.
There are several ways of working with the Twelve Doorways, including meditation, spiritual healing, massage and various ‘shamanic’ (i.e. Druidic in Britain and Ireland) techniques. In this weekend, we will be working with the first two of these.
Our venue is Wild Ways, a craft and retreat centre in rural Shropshire, set among forty acres of beautiful woodland with a brook, stone circle, Iron Age roundhouse, sauna, showers, etc. Accommodation is communal and indoors. Mattresses are provided, but you’ll need to bring your own bedding and towels. Or, if you prefer, you can bring your own tent.
This event will be fully catered with fresh vegetarian food.
The cost for the whole weekend is £195 per person.
Booking requires payment of a £50 deposit with the balance payable by September 6th, 2017.
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