Journey on the Sacred Path

with
Patrick McCollum

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS:

Willow Wand
Willow Wand handcrafted in the "Old Ways"
Sacred Wand Intensive
Coming in February 2009
3 Day Workshop Check back later this year for more information.


Chalice Workshop
Learn how to create your own Magical Chalice!

3 Day Workshop Will open to the public in 2009. Check back for more information.


Brigid's forge in background and particpant blacksmithing her blade
Athame Workshop 2007 - Ritual Preparations & Forging the Magical Blade
Athame Intensive
Part I: Learn how to create your own Magical Blade!

May 23 - May 27, 2009
Time : 4pm May 23 til Noon May 27
Location : Moraga, CA

Registration Deadline : March 21st

This is a five day, hands-on, overnight workshop where participants learn the full history of the sacred blade and how to perform the rituals surrounding its creation. Utilizing age old blacksmithing techniques, each attendee will hand forge their own Athame in the "Old Way," using iron, hammer, anvil, meteorites, and a magically charged, willow charcoal driven forge in combination with personal creative vision. The workshop will conclude with a group ritual using the herbs and lore which were studied while wildcrafting in the woods over the course of the weekend. All participants will leave the workshop with a fully charged magical blade and further instruction on how to perfect its completion through continued work on the handle and hilt. All this leading to the next step: consecrating your blade's use in the name of the Goddess at Samhain (see Athame Intensive Part II: includes Creating the Sacred Oil).

Participants should plan to arrive the evening of May 23rd.
Cost: $550-$750 (Sliding Scale) Currently only available in San Francisco, CA.
Price includes: Group-prepared family-style meals, rustic accommodations, and use of forge, tools, Athame-crafting materials, and equipment.
Non-refundable Deposit: $225 due March 21st (with registration)
Final balance due April 24, 2009.

Print one of our downloadable registration forms here:
Athame_RegistrationForm.pdf
Athame_RegistrationForm.doc

Mail completed registration form and deposit check (payable to Patrick McCollum) to:

Athame Intensive
Attn: Venée Call-Ferrer
2410 Byron Street
Berkeley CA 94702

Any questions? Contact Venée Call-Ferrer at (510) 410-3770 or by email at venee@courtingthelady.com



Athame Intensive
Part II: Consecrating your Magical Blade
[includes Creating the Sacred Oil]

Oct 24 -Oct 26, 2009 (tenative dates)
Time : 8am-10pm each day
Location : Moraga, CA

Registration Deadline : August 21, 2009

This is a three day, hands-on, overnight workshop where previous Athame Intensive I workshop participants and newcomers prepare the Sacred Oil in celebration of Samhain, so that all can feast with the living and those who have passed. Patrick will reveal some of his history with those who have walked the Path before him, and continue with his education in herb lore and magick. Participants will join in preparations for Samhain and the rituals dedicated to this season, and also perform rites specific to consecrating attendee's newly created magical blades.

Cost: $300-$450 (Sliding Scale) Currently only available in San Francisco, CA.
Price includes: Group-prepared family-style meals, Lodging/Camping, and use of forge, tools, Athame-crafting materials, and equipment.

Non-refundable Deposit: $200 due August 21st (with registration)
Final balance due September 24, 2009.

Print one of our downloadable registration forms here:
Athame_RegistrationForm.pdf
Athame_RegistrationForm.doc

Mail completed registration form and deposit check (payable to Patrick McCollum) to:

Athame Intensive
Attn: Venée Call-Ferrer
2410 Byron Street
Berkeley CA 94702

Any questions? Call Venée Call-Ferrer at (510) 410-3770, or email us at info@courtingthelady.com



Creating the Sacred Oil: A journey into the past

A full day hands-on workshop where participants create the Magical Oil passed down for centuries on the Sacred Path. Participants will journey into the forest and learn to identify and harvest the necessary plants and herbs. Attendees will learn and perform all of the appropriate rituals and steps to creating the oil. The real joy of the workshop ends with everyone taking a small jar home with them, so they too can pass the tradition on to others.

Date : Oct/Nov 2009 - Exact day TBA
Time : 8am-10pm
Location : Moraga, CA

Registration Deadline : August 21, 2009

Cost: $175-$250 (Sliding Scale)
Currently only available in San Francisco and Los Angeles, CA.

Registration Form: Coming soon!

Any questions? E-mail us at info@courtingthelady.com

Persons or organizations interested in having Patrick teach at other locations should e-mail Patrick directly at ourladyofthewels@aol.com



Passing on the Magic

Have you ever wondered why Witches cast a circle and acknowledge the four directions and the four elements, Fire, Water, Earth and Air, or why they use a wand or the Athame'?

This full-day, hands-on workshop, covers the origins of the Circle, the Wand and the Athame'. This presentation utilizes items collected from ancient sacred sites, photos, and authentic ritual tools, combined with Pagan myths told in the old (shanu) oral tradition style, to reveal the complex origins and the underlying secrets contained within the creation of the Sacred Circle, the Wand, and the sacred blade called Athame'.

In addition to the presentations, there will be lots of open discussion and ample time for questions and answers.

Passing On The Magic is the extended version of the workshop presented at Pagan festivals across the country, and delves far deeper into the mysteries presented.

Cost: $75-$100 (Sliding Scale)
By appointment.
Currently only available in San Francisco, CA.
For more information email us at info@courtingthelady.com

Persons or organizations interested in having Patrick teach at other locations please e-mail Patrick directly at ourladyofthewels@aol.com