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Working Magic in the City
Full Day Workshop – Julian Vayne
The landscape, be it urban or rural, contains signs, hauntings, and echoes which leave traces to discover. This full day grounds participants in psychogeography, the art of transforming one’s experience of everyday world into something rich and strange. Julian Vayne will teach methods for encountering the spirits of place, and for re-enchanting your own landscape. The day will include inner exercises, talks, a short walk, interactive workings and simple ritual. The methods learnt can be applied in your own life, and can be personalised to your own magical practice. This workshop has been so popular in the past that we’ve been asked to host again this Spring; the last two times we ran it, it sold out in record time.
Shamanism in Land of the Red Dragon
Both Nikki and Julian will be leading a workshop on shamanism in Wales on Saturday 23rd March.
This is the year of Breaking Convention, one of the biggest and best conferences on psychedelics in the known multiverse. Details of tickets can be found here along with how to submit a paper, performance, workshop etc as well as information on volunteering opportunities. This is going to be an amazing event with over 1500 people taking part! 16-18th August @ The University of Greenwich.
September 13-14th will see the second Trance-States Conference in sunny Northampton at the University. If you fancy a comprehensive download from the leading edge of occulture is the place to be.
The Glastonbury Occult Conference is on the 23-24th February and both Nikki and Julian will be there speaking independently and providing a workshop together on Sunday.
Next month:There are still a couple of places available on Julian’s workshop on Queer Magic at Treadwell’s Books on Saturday 9th March in London.
Deep Magic Bright Spring Retreat
St Nectan’s Glen, Cornwall – February 2019
THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED.
Please contact us if you would like to hear about future retreats, workshops, etc.
Magical Mushroom Ceremony
It’s mushroom season so let’s celebrate!
This psychedelic ritual and immersive workshop will take participants through the history and culture of magic mushrooms. We will use non-psychoactive mushrooms as a placebo sacrament along with consciousness changing methods including voice, breath work, movement and drumming.
Equipped with these techniques of altering our awareness we will demonstrate how you can create your own psychedelic rituals alone or with friends. This is going to be an amazing, informing and transformative trip!
This experience will be guided by Julian Vayne, author of Getting Higher: The Manual of Psychedelic Ceremony, and Nikki Wyrd, Editor of the Psychedelic Press journal. Both are skilled ritual occultists, with many decades of experience in leading ceremonies.
18 October from 19:00-21:30
458 Hackney Rd, E2 9EG London, United Kingdom
This Event is now SOLD OUT
Full-day Workshop – Julian Vayne
Saturday 20 October @ 11:00 am – 5:30 pm
This full day teaches how to achieve psychedelic states without drugs, using methods including shaking, spinning, dancing, drumming and breathwork. It also shows how to to introduce intentions into these states, to create change in yourself and the world. Combining traditional shamanic knowledge and modern neurological research, this workshop is a highly accessible day of practical technique. It is suitable for both experienced practitioners and people new to exploring altered states of awareness. Small class allows individual attention: max 16 attendees.
Julian Vayne has been practising magic for thirty years. Also a writer, he is best known for his chaos magic writings, most recently Getting Higher: The Manual of Psychedelic Ceremony.
Price: £75 (Deposit £40, balance of £35 due on the day)
Time: Arrive 10.50 for 11 am start. Ends 5.30 pm
Friday 19 October @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Curing, cursing, protecting and banishing: this is the stuff of folk magic with its long history in the Britain. The material culture — the traces left – are collected in museums. Tonight we present a talk on folk magic by Julian Vayne from the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in Boscastle, who will bring and show some actual items from collection, and use these as a starting point to talk about the nitty-gritty of folk magic. Join us for a remarkable talk on the old spell-crafts, from charming to hexing, with a selection of specially-lent museum objects for all to look at close up.
Julian Vayne is a trustee of the Museum. He is a public-engagement professional who also brings over 30 years’ of experience as a magical practitioner.
Time: Arrive 7.15 pm for a 7.30 pm start
This Event is now SOLD OUT
Also last call for this adventure in Cornwall!
Deep Magic Retreat in Cornwall – September 2018
27 September – 1 October
Anál nathrach, orth’ bháis’s bethad, do chél dénmha!
❉ Inspired by the Wisdom of Ancient Cultures ❉
❋ Informed by the Latest Scientific Research ❋
Connect with the land, with others, and with yourself.
This autumnal retreat will focus on the myths and magic of North Cornwall. We will explore the magical words of Merlin, the mythology of the Once and Future King, and the legends of the Fairy Folk. Participants have the opportunity to undertake a silent solitary vigil/vision quest, and to co-create a group ceremony where we will celebrate with poetry and song this magical landscape. This retreat will also include dowsing, psychogeographical and sacred geometry practices in preparation for the stone circle that will be built at St Nectan’s Glen. Come and help us start that process!
I am the Wind on the Sea,
I am the Ocean-wave,
I am the Bull of Seven Fights,
I am the Hawk upon the Cliff,
I am the brightness of the sun,
I am the Fairest of Flowers,
I am a bold wild Boar,
I am a Salmon in a Pool,
I am a Lake upon a Plain,
I am a Word of Skill…
This retreat is a chance to experience an ancient pilgrimage site (http://www.st-nectansglen.co.uk/) as part of a small residential group (maximum 16 people). Daytime activities will explore various artistic, magical and creative processes, while the evenings provide opportunities for shamanic activities at a deeper level. The pace is steady and unhurried, and you are free to choose your own path through the possible events. Techniques we will use include dreamwork, breathwork, accessible body and voice work, drumming, guided imagery and other practices.
Suitable for people wanting to recharge, to explore altered states of awareness, to delve into their own creativity, and enjoy some good company. We take an eclectic, experiential approach, to encourage personal transformation in ways that are meaningful to you, rather than following any particular religion or belief system. Bring your curiosity, your open mind, and a willingness to participate.
Accessible to novices, and beneficial for experienced practitioners, these days of practical deep magic will give you plenty of opportunity for personal transformation, learning and fun.
Nikki Wyrd enjoys helping people explore their worlds. She is the Editor of the Psychedelic Press Journal, Director of Breaking Convention psychedelics conference, Director of The Psychedelic Museum, and works as a freelance copyeditor for a growing list of prestigious clients. She lectures on occult matters and has facilitated a number of highly regarded residential retreats. She is the former British Isles Section Head of the Magical Pact of the Illuminates of Thanateros.
Julian Vayne is an occultist and the author of numerous texts in the academic, popular and underground press. Julian works with people to help develop their curiosity about the world, often in the context of historic buildings, museums, galleries and landscapes. His fascination with altered states has led him to explore techniques of changing consciousness, ranging from the highly formalized ritual drama of Freemasonry, through to the trance methods of witchcraft and the emerging freestyle shamanism of the modern psychedelic age.Julian is a leading contributor to theblogofbaphomet.com. His most recent book is the celebrated Getting Higher: The Manual of Psychedelic Ceremony.
The retreat includes full-board residential accommodation in the heart of this magical valley from Thursday to Monday, and all course fees: £450 (Early Bird price £400 if booked before end of July!). The food is delicious, and all cooked from fresh ingredients by friendly folk at The Cabin, our on-site cafe.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Nikki & Julian
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