There are various ways you can participate in the Yew Mysteries 5 Level Training
- Levels must be taken sequentially: for example, students who have not completed levels 1 & 2 cannot register for level 3
- Levels can be taken in sequence at different locations: For example, a student may choose to take levels 1-3 in Scotland and levels 4-5 in Wales
- Students who complete levels 1-3 in USA will be invited to UK to participate in levels 4 & 5: Levels 4 & 5 are not being offered in USA at this time
- Levels 1 & 2 are usually offered together over a weekend or as a two - day workshop (check individual workshop details for exceptions)
- It is highly recommended that students sign up for levels 1-3 when offered together
- In some cases students may repeat a level or multiple levels at a reduced rate if they have previously completed those levels. Prices might vary depending on location
- Students must complete all levels within 5 years. Otherwise students will be required to repeat previous levels
The Yew Mysteries Training — Descriptions
Session One: Introduction to the Yew Mysteries - Origin, Meaning & Practice. Yewshamanism.
Session Two: The Disenchantment of Perception - this involves learning a set of perceptual skills to reignite our capacity for the original or ‘embryonic’ sensing that is necessary in order to approach the yew and yew 'beings' in a receptive state.
Session Three: Yew Seership - we visit local yews and begin to recognize the ‘gestures’ of the yew as they are reflected in ourselves through an awareness of the 'gestures' of our blood and our heart. We learn how to approach the yew trees and to ‘touch’ them perceptually. Eya, an early word for yew means, ‘ to be touched by eternity.’ We learn how to safely move with our perception within the consciousness altering 'space' and landscape of the yew.
Essence of the Five Trees. The student of the Yew Mysteries is led to an experience of the ‘coming into being’ of their physical body through the workings of the four elements and elemental beings in the natural world. Yewshamanic skills here involve the capacity to be able to enter directly into the healing nature of these elemental forces and beings. The student of the Yew Mysteries is then led to a first experience of another 'body' that lives outside of these elemental forces and beings. This body is more peripheral and can be experienced as a breathing skin-like sheath or as a membrane comprised of fine tendrils of light surrounding the body. This is regarded as a powerful healing intelligence within the Yew Mysteries work. For me the experience of the presence of this sheath-like body was awakened within the inner chamber of the yew itself. The shape of this body was identical to the inner space of the yew. Yewshamanic skills at this level involve an ability to sense and expand into this body - to literally begin to live inside of it! This is known as the Underworld (Annwn) of the Yew Mysteries.
The Shining Ones. During this stage the student of the Yew Mysteries learns to work with the forces and beings behind the workings of the elemental world in Nature. This involves a deepening perception of the activities of the Underworld (Annwn) of the Yew Mysteries and with that, the recognition of an etheric ancestor being. This ancestor being is not linked to the human hereditary stream. Its consciousness is of the Shining Ones, sometimes referred to as the Sidhe. It is known that the Tuatha de Dannan of Ireland were deeply linked to the ancient yew trees. The father, brother and sons of Danu, the yew goddess, all possess names derived from the yew such as Eogabal, 'crotch or fork in a yew tree' (suggestive of the yew as a womb) and Fer hI, 'Man of Yew' (the origin of the word Fairy perhaps!) Yewshamanic skills at this level involve developing the ability to align with the spiritual intelligence of this Sidhe ancestor as it relates to the original otherworldly gesture and healing force of the heart. We learn to experience this ancestor being as a key function of our wholeness. This is known as the Embodiment of the Yew Mysteries.
Chambers of the Eternal. At this stage of the Yew Mysteries the student is led to use their senses differently through working with specific ‘chambers’ in the body - what I refer to as the Chambers of the Eternal - including the heart and the third ventricle within the head. These chambers function as doorways into a level of ‘sensing’ that is not coupled to the activity of the physical senses. The student then gains the capacity for an ‘original sensing’ that is brought together with a subtle use of the hands as a healing practice. Within the Yew Mysteries this is known as working with the Original Light.
The Dragon Body. The Dragon Body is the original ‘body’ of a human being. It is not physical in the way that we read the physical world around us. Our senses deepen and become less and less bound to the physical body and its patterned responses as we get reconnected over a period of time to an experience of the original body in Spirit - The Dragon Body. At this level the student begins to have a different experience of the function of the Heart as a spiritual organ. This stage represents what I refer to as the Holy Path of the Dragon - a path that takes us into the livingness of what we call Death. This knowledge was preserved within the Yew Mysteries and involves a body of direct teachings from the Shining Ones. Within the Yew Mysteries this is known as the Shining Land of Death.