We invite you to join Andreas Kornevall for our first Academy class to be taught from Europe - The Grove Of Hidden Roots - a unique offering which will explore the Northern European oracular traditions through the esoteric mythos, lore, and praxis of Rune and Sigil Craft.
The Lineage of study is called Forn Sed, which is the old custom of Northern European fairy tale and folk traditions.
Stories and myths will be investigated throughout the course, and we will be studying The Eddas (ancient Norse poetry), fairytale traditions, and Skaldic Poetic Metre. Underscored here will be relationships, initiations and how to shape old stories into ceremonies for mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and coming of age which are applicable in our modern times.
This is a hands-on course with practical and applicable methodology in crafting talismans, bead work, and pottery for offerings and the consecration of sacred objects. Craft-work can be worked on in between the zoom meetings, especially in making and blessing your own runes.
Techniques and practices such as light trance and Orcaular speech will also be explored and experienced as we journey through the Nordic realms of creation, up and down the Tree of Life, to reveal the hidden meanings and messages of the Runes.
Students will also learn about the traditional High Seat ceremony (how to lead and how to partake). A ceremony such as a High Seat is a community event and held by a group of people, it can be arguably described as the oldest Seidr (Shamanic for lack of better word) ceremony there is an account of in Northern Europe.
Andreas Kornevall is a Swedish storyteller, independent scholar of Norse Mythology, writer and ecologist. He has done live storytelling for BBC radio, worked with the archaeological society Sussex Past to revive the ancient Pagan Anglo-Saxon Creation Myth, and he regularly works with the National Trust in the UK in re-storying the landscape of the South Downs, as well as delivering lectures on Norse myth in universities across the UK and other educational centres world-wide.
He is a teacher at the Wyrd School in Ireland, the Clophill Shamanic Centre and the Centre for Psychic Studies founded in 1884 in London. He holds a regular writing column called Time and Tides with the current affairs Perspective Magazine.
Andreas is an active member of the ‘Forn Sed’ (Old Customs Association) in Sweden which works closely with ancient Norse culture, traditions and spirituality, unearthing old legends, forgotten folklore and endangered Norse languages. He also acts as a Blot-Godi and leads BLOT ceremonies (Blessings) where he lives in England, keeping an ancient practice alive.
He is also a musician and devoted to the Kokle and Kantele instruments, especially when lore telling, both are ancient baltic psaltery and have been used as storytelling aid for thousands of years.