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Ancient Roots Development Course 2020

  • The Quiet View 146 The Street Canterbury, England, CT4 6JQ United Kingdom (map)

For many whose spiritual path calls them to connect with the spirits of the land, and with the wisdom of the ancestors, this course will teach you ways to build your relationship with spirit guides and learn practices that will help you go out and connect with the spirits of the land around us.

Ancient Roots

This course will be practical and experiential and grounded very much in your own journey, your own growth and your own healing. It is not a theoretical course, though we will look at these practices in their wider context, and while it can lead on to other training for working on others, it is primarily about working with these practices on a deep level for yourself. 

On this course, you will be learning and working with traditions and practices that are rooted in those of the ancestors of this land, along with an understanding of contemporary shamanic practices. With the glimpses we have into the magical practices of ancient Britain, we can see that they lived with a respect and appreciation for the living spirit of the land, and of the wild places, and held the land sacred, and we can see that they knew how to communicate with these spirits and seek their guidance and strength in this life. This course will teach how we can reawaken these ancient practices to enhance our connection and relationship with spirit in our lives.

What will this course cover?

The topics that will be explored on this course include: Shamanic Journeying and working with different States of Consciousness, working with Altars, building relationship with Spirit guides/allies, using and creating Ceremonial Smudge incenses, Grounding and Protections practices, Sacred Crafting, Offering Ceremonies, Spirit Songs, Shamanic Healing, Creating Ceremony and Ceremonies to the Ancestors, all working in line with the seasons and connecting us with the Wheel of the Year.

The workshops will include time in circle as well as time out on the land. There will be practices and exercises to continue between the weekends and an opportunity to share and reflect on experiences with the group throughout the year. 

Each of the workshop weekends will be connected with its season, to help us reflect on the wisdom and medicine of where we are on the wheel of the year, as well as connected with its corresponding element.

Who is this course for?

This course has been put together for those who wish to explore how to bring shamanic practices into their lives, to develop the practices that can help them connect with and learn from the spirits, and to work with this in a way that supports their own spiritual growth and personal development. 

I have been sharing these practices and ceremonies with groups and on practitioners courses and retreats for a number of years, and am experienced in working with beginners and those who have more experience.

To book on this course, please complete the form at the bottom of this page.

Some feedback from previous courses

I can’t express how fulfilling this experience has been! Quite simply the most nourishing, informative, spiritually awakening, transformative and grounding journey I’ve ever made
— Amanda Hatter, 2019
Jonathan is the most gentle teacher giving a beautiful space for these learnings. I have learnt a lot about myself during these weekends dedicated to the seasons and elements. Simply the most rewarding course
— Claire Rose, 2019
It’s been an amazing journey, Jonathan holds space beautifully and has a wealth of knowledge. I have found each of the weekends informative and transformative.
— Jenny Luddington, 2019
Had an amazing workshop weekend with Jonathan - can’t wait for the next! Your heart is SO in the right place; so positive, so inspiring, so patient. No amount of words could do your workshops justice. I keep recommending you!
— SB
Thanks so much for the wonderful workshop in Edinburgh. I really like your unique soft style of supporting people to get as much out of the workshop as possible. I loved every minute of it!. Great drumming, chanting, journeying and supportive chats. Really hope to get to another of your workshops in the near future.
— Edel Sheridan, 2014

Workshop Dates and Timings

The workshops will take place over four weekends, from 10am to 5pm each day. The four weekends are:

Winter: Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th February

Spring: Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th April

Summer: Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th July

Autumn: Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th October

Course Fees

The cost of the course is £585, and covers all tuition and materials needed during the workshop weekends, as well as ongoing support with practices between workshop weekends.

Places are held with a non-refundable deposit of £185, and the remainder can be paid in monthly installments or in full, with the full cost of the course is paid before the commencement of the first workshop weekend.

Early bird price - £500 if booked and paid for by 30th November 2019.

Concessions are available for those on low earnings. If you wish to apply for a concessionary rate, please give a statement in your application as to why you would be eligible.

Course Venue

The workshop weekends will be held at the Quiet View, 146 The St, Kingston, Canterbury CT4 6JQ.

This spiritual centre is set within an area of outstanding natural beauty, with rolling hills and woodland all around. As well as in the large Yurt, where a lot of teaching will happen around the log fire, we will be taking our practice out into the 2 acre garden of sacred trees, and out to the nearby woodlands.

Local Hotels and B&Bs

The workshop venue is just 2 miles from Canterbury City Centre. Canterbury has many local hotels, B&Bs, and rooms available on AirBnB. I have listed below the details for a couple of the nearest places to stay, however I recommend a quick internet search, as well, to compare prices and check that the places are suitable for you.

Nearest Accommodation:

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Booking Conditions *
Booking Conditions 1. Deposits are non refundable and non transferable. 2. Full Payment must be paid before the commencement of the course. 3. In the unlikely event of me (Jonathan Weekes) having to cancel the course, I will arrange to refund any money paid for an advance booking of this course. 4. In the unlikely event of me (Jonathan Weekes) having to postpone any of the individual workshop weekends, I will look to reschedule these dates for the earliest possible time and give as much notice as possible. 5. All places advertised are subject to availability, and your place on the course is held only by your deposit payment. 6. Insurance: It is your responsibility to ensure that you have adequate travel insurance to cover any travel or accommodation arrangements for your booking. 7. Cancellation of booking: Should you be forced to cancel, you must confirm this in writing or by email. Cancellation of your place on the course is not effective until this has been received. If less than two weeks’ notice is given before the start of the course, we have the right to retain the course fee.