Events & Workshops
8-11 in FROME
14-17 in Ulverston
Rites of Passage
with Gilly Adams & Sue Gill
Rites of Passage Autumn Schools 2023
with GILLY ADAMS and SUE GILL
Friday, September 8th – Monday, September 11 th
East Woodlands Village Hall, Frome, Somerset BA11 5LQ
Thursday September 14th– Sunday 17th
The Malt Kiln, Bardsea, LA12 9QT near Ulverston
For artists, teachers, community activists, arts workers, storytellers and anyone with a creative interest in acquiring the skills to make and lead ritual and ceremony.
Years of austerity and the resulting sense that our society is falling apart, coupled with the experience of Coronavirus and Lockdown, have thrown into relief the pain caused by the lost opportunities to mourn lives that have been lost, our fear and impotence in the face of climate change, the plight of so many refugees and the terrible war in Ukraine, as well as grinding poverty and the loss of faith in the future.
In this context, the challenge is to find transformative ways of working that can move us from impotence to collaborative action and from despair to hope. This is where the creation of new and appropriate ceremonies and rites of passage, both public and domestic, involving not just family and friends but the wider community, can help us to make sense of the world.
This will be the starting point for both intensive 4 day workshops, which will focus on the Hows and Whys of ceremony and celebration in a practical and experiential way, and in particular on what is needed now. We will investigate how both positive and negative life events can be distilled into myth and poetry and create meaningful rituals to contain them.
Crucially, the workshops will be shaped to fulfil the needs and aspirations of participants so there will be plenty of opportunity to learn and practise different aspects of the art of creating both large and small ceremonies in a safe environment.
Gilly Adams and Sue Gill have been working together for more than twenty-five years, first as part of Welfare State International and latterly under the banner of Dead Good Guides. They will share their experience of working as independent, secular celebrants, guiding families and individuals to create their own distinctive ceremonies.
It was one of the best trainings I have done with a great balance of teaching and direct experience that kept me active, immersed and reflective throughout. Laughter, tears, community, landscape, sacredness and plenty of profanity – marvellous. I will carry the experience with me for a very long time.
Michael Harvey, Storyteller
Frome Workshop = £550
Bardsea Workshop = £500
The fee includes tuition, materials, 4 (vegetarian) lunches, refreshments and 1 evening meal, but does not include accommodation. There are 12 places available for each workshop and a non-refundable deposit of £75 secures a place, (although we will make a full refund if we are obliged to cancel for any reason). The balance is due two weeks before the start of the workshop and may be paid in instalments, if necessary
……. IN THIS BRIEF BUT PERFECT TIME ……
… From the four corners of the Isle they had come held by the land, held by each other
as they surrendered to the inevitable threshold they would cross together.
Majestic mountains, clear cool lakes, warm sun, salty air.
Gently guided by wise elders
they slowly peeled back the layers
revealing generously tender and loving hearts.
In celebration of all that is raw and real …….
Su Squire, Storyteller and Theatre maker.