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Contemporary Animism:
An Apprenticeship

July 2023 – March 2024

With Colin Campbell, Angharad Wynne, Sharon Blackie, Sicelo Mbatha and Rachel Fleming

Special guest contributors to be announced.

(last year these included: Chris Bache, David Abram, Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Andy Letcher, Nathaniel Hughes, Pat McCabe)

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Course Structure & Fees

There are two levels of engagement with this programme: as an Online Programme or as an Apprenticeship.

Online Programme

8 online speaker sessions, July 2023 – March 2024 (see below)
8 sharing group – dates arranged by group
+ 1 Annual Confluence

Online Sessions Times: 7pm – 9.30pm UK time (Recordings will be available)

12 July 2023 – Introduction
16 August 2023
13 September 2023
18 October 2023
16 November 2023
14 December 2023
18 January 2024
15 February 2024
15 March 2024
+ 19 April 2024 – Annual Confluence

Fee: Online  Programme £700

We are able to offer a limited number of bursaries at £445 to make this online programme accessible for as many people as possible. To apply for a bursary please fill in the application form.


8 online speaker sessions, July 2023 – March 2024 (see dates above)
8 online sharing groups – dates arranged in group
+ 1 Annual Confluence
Residential 1: 17 – 21 July 2023
Residential 2: 26 February – 1 March 2024
Group mentoring

Location: We spend our residential time together at a beautiful venue on the shores of Loweswater in the English Lake District.

Our online session will take place on zoom. 

Accommodation: Our residentials are fully catered with a home-cooked plant-based menu and you will be staying in simple, shared, back-to-nature accommodation in some of the wildest, most beautiful and soul-filled places in the UK

Fee: Apprenticeship £1,810 *monthly installment plan available: deposit of £452.50 + 6 payments of £226.25. Please secure your place by paying the deposit, then click here to set up your payment plan.

We are able to offer a limited number of bursaries at £1255. To apply for a bursary please fill in the application form.

We have an early bird price for the apprenticeship programme at £1355 if you are able to book by 1st February 2023.

An Invitation

As a species we are becoming more and more cut off from the natural world, to the point of our own extinction. What will it take for us to reweave ourselves back into interconnection, into a story bigger than ourselves, into a world that is alive and ensouled?

In this 9 month programme, we will guide you through a deep magical process that allows you to experience, to exhume and piece back together the beliefs and practices of an animist worldview for the 21st century, a worldview and a set of practices that will lead you back into relationship with the natural world itself.

We will be putting together the fragments of nature-based magical practice, myth and story from ancestral traditions in the west, together with those from animistic traditions still alive in communities around the world. We will be using ritual, ceremony and dream, divination and vigil time in nature, together with movement, mediation, gratitude and prayer to explore what supports each of us in deepening our relationship with an animate earth.

This is a conversation that is in its third year of exploration. Within it we bring together traditions and insights from Africa, America and the British Isles, as well as hearing from pioneering practitioners around the world. We have a mix of in-person ceremony and practice, with online speaking events and sharing circles, plus recorded material from previous years.

By taking part in this process you will join a life-long community of explorers, looking at how we understand and actively practice animism in the 21st century – what it is and why we need it in these times. Through it you will be equipped to create your own practice for experiencing the more-than-human world around you in a very different way, and learn how to live a more expanded, embodied life of meaning, belonging and purpose.

We would love you to Join Us.

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Is this for you?

This is for anyone who believes that there is more magic and soul in the world than we are able to remember or locate in our daily lives. This is for those who feel that the natural world and its denizens are trying to communicate with us, and urging our species to remember something. This is for those who feel the need to belong, to dream, to act, to create, to believe … in a thriving life and future for all.
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Your Guides

The lead guides of this apprenticeship are Colin Campbell, Angharad Wynne and Rachel Fleming.

Colin works with the wisdom traditions of South Africa, specifically those that are based on our relationships with the ancestors and spirits of nature. He looks at where these ancient indigenous practices collide and coalesce with the knowledge and belief systems of the west.

Angharad teaches from the old Brythonic tradition of the British Isles, the spirit ways of the ancestors of this land, and how we can recover and remember them to help us restore balance in ourselves and with the world around us.

Rachel has worked with animist education for many years, designing and delivering educational programmes for Schumacher College, University of Wales Trinity St Davids, Lampeter and Embercombe, with a focus on the meeting point between ecology and ‘spirituality’.

They will be joined by leading practitioners from around the world and you, as you bring your own experiences and explorations to share.

Sharon Blackie

Sharon Blackie

Dr. Sharon Blackie is an award-winning writer and international teacher whose work sits at the interface of psychology, mythology and ecology. Her highly acclaimed books, courses, lectures and workshops are focused on the development of the mythic imagination, and on the relevance of our native myths, fairy tales and folk traditions to the personal, social and environmental problems we face today. www.sharonblackie.net


Sicelo Mbatha

Sicelo Mbatha

Sicelo is a wilderness guide who shares lessons learnt from a lifetime’s intimate association with Africa’s wildest nature through his organisation Umkhiwane Sacred Pathways. Drawing from his Zulu culture and his own yearning to better understand human’s relationship to nature, Sicelo has forged a new path, disrupting the conventional approach to nature with an immersive, respectful and transformative way of being in the wilderness.

Previous Guest Contributors

Sharon Blackie

Sharon Blackie

Tiokasin Ghosthorse

Tiokasin Ghosthorse

Carolyn Hillyer

Carolyn Hillyer

Philip Shepherd

Phillip Shepherd

Chris Bache

Chris Bache

Pat McCabe

Pat McCabe