Ancient Lands, Ancient Lives | 3rd-4th August 2019


The Travelling Shaman Studio, Airlie

Saturday 3rd August | 10 am – 7 pm
Sunday 4th August | 10 am – 2 pm

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This two day advanced course will take you deep into the ancient Pictish lands of Angus where we will connect with ancient sites and work with developing personal ceremony.
Our ancestors who lived on this land before us worked in a deeply ceremonial way, creating a life in harmony with nature and the surrounding landscape. Rituals, ceremonies, stories and song developed spontaneously from the daily interactions between land, animal, plant and people. These relationships and inspirations are as available to us today as they were to those living thousands of years ago. Through a combination of walking, talking, seeing and feeling at two archaeologically important ancient sites we will build a spiritual and mythological bridge between past and present and allow the flow of intuitive ceremony.
From this weekend course you will have deepened your connection to our ancient land, worked with intuitive ceremony and thought about how to weave these learnings into our lives.
To access this course, you will have taken the Introduction to Shamanism (next course date is 25th May 2019), or other beginners course with me. If you have other Shamanic experience please get in touch to discuss.
Saturday 3rd August | 10 am – 7 pm
Sunday 4th August | 10 am – 2 pm
Cost £180 (includes plant based lunch on both days & dinner on Saturday with gluten free/vegan options)
Please bring:
Notebook & Pen
Mat, pillow and blanket for journey work
Good waterproof outdoor walking clothes, boots
A ceremonial costume (details to follow on booking)
This course involves walking to sites so attendees must have a reasonable level of fitness. The sites are close to the road but involve steep hills, and one fence that does not open so will need climbed. If you have any concerns, please get in touch to discuss.
To book and make payments please go to
This is a non-residential course. The nearest town for accommodation is Kirriemuir followed by Alyth.
Please email Rhonda at if you have any questions.
Airlie Souterrain
The monument is a stone-built souterrain, a type of prehistoric underground structure dating probably to the Roman Iron Age (sometime in the first two centuries AD). The souterrain is visible as an underground curving passage, with rubble-built side-walls and a roof of large stone slabs. It is about 20m long, aligned roughly NW-SE, with an entrance at the NW end. Internally it measures about 1.5m wide and stands 1.6m high. One of the roof slabs bears incised decoration of cup-marks and serpent-like motifs.
Barry Hill Pictish Hill Fort
This fort encloses the summit of Barry Hill, a lower isolated hill separated from the Hill of Loyal and the rest of the Hill of Alyth on the W by the steep-sided gully that carries the public road northwards from Alyth into Glen Isla. The defences are evidently complex, but while the innermost enclosure and a substantial outer wall on the E and S might reasonably be presented as the final phase of construction, the extent and overall plan of the earlier circuits is unclear.


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