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2-credit course on Ritual Construction

Please note: Until Akamai has a sensible policy in place concerning the use of copyrighted materials in course readers – and an IRB committee in place, this course will be delayed.  You can still speak with Elliot about enrolling when those two things are in place.

L. Kinyon - all rights reserved - 2012

Spiral Path: Sibley Volcanic Preserve – L. Kinyon – all rights reserved – 2012

Announcing! 2-credit course on Ritual Construction at Akamai (a progressive program in Psychology) – CE credits are available. Contact: “Elliot Benjamin” <ben496@_at_prexar(dot)com> for registration details. Ask me about contents. This class is “at-a-distance”, designed for students, but is also useful for the practitioner hoping to hone her/is skills in ritual creation.  (Ecumenical approach, but very Pagan-friendly in its design.)

Course description:  Beginning Ritual Construction (overview) This is an introductory course. (suggested: 6-8 weeks) Fully ecumenical in approach.

What makes for a meaning, beautiful ritual? Creating ritual in a spiritual community is an art form and a life-long learning process.  Different kinds of ritual and ritual events, from a meal blessing or a full moon observance to a large, public event celebrating the equinoxes or solstices to rite of passage have been created with more (and, less) success.  This course proposes to provide an introductory overview for the ritualist-in-training and the practitioner who wishes explore ritual creation in a deeper way.

Theory: Readings in reflection, wisdom, intent, and mindfulness. Practicum: readings and exercises in group dynamics & Human Activity Systems, organizing large & small events. There will be 3 short essays on selected topics a required final project.

We will explore the elements of a successful ritual:

  • Differences & similarities between a ceremony, a liturgy, ritual performance, and a ritual
  • The use of music, poetry, visual art, and dance.
  • Adapting for specific occasions and differing spiritual traditions with some emphasis on weddings/handfasting and other rites-of-passage.
  • Festival rituals for the “casts of thousands”

There will also be an on-line discussion forum for all students enrolled in the course for mutual sharing of knowledge & support.  For SF Bay area students (and those willing to travel) we will meet bi-monthly for hands-on discussion. Those in training in specific Pagan traditions will be required to actively participate in 2 of the 8 major Sabbats, at least one Esbat and present feedback from their respective clergy.  Other students in specific spiritual paths will have an equivalent requirement.

Travel

Yachats Celtic Music Festival– Yachats Oregon.

November 9-11, 2012.  Labyrinth Circle is bringing the “portable labyrinth”.