Diving Into the Deep: Self exploration with Selkies
Asheville, NC. Day workshop ~ Sunday11/15/2015 10.30-6.30
Throughout Scotland, Ireland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands stories are told of the selkies, the seal people. Heads that bob just above the water with huge black eyes which hold the mystery, a scrying pool to peer in and see our wild self reflected back. The seal bobs her head just above the waves, huge dark eyes holding the mystery of the sea. We have entered the dark of the year and so this workshop offers the tools and reflection to tend to our wild self!
The selkie can exist in two worlds, the home of the sea and when she steps out of her sealskin to take human form she can dance on the land under a full moon. While in the water she can live close by the shore but can venture into deep water and listen to the songs of far distant whale travelers.
We shape shift daily often into what other people want us to be and sometimes without knowing. We shape shift into different facets of ourself as it seems easier not to say what we think and to do things for others rather than contemplate what we ourselves want. But where is the real us, when do we tend our selves?
Reclaiming our sealskins
Like the selkie wife who lives life on land, her sealskin stolen to keep her prisoner, she longs for life in the sea. With so many demands on us and the very structure of patriarchy in which we live has robbed women of their sealskins, controlling their attempts at discovering their true selves. Like the selkie yearning to return to the sea we too often have a smoldering yearning! What is it that on a moonlit night as you walk to the top of the hill to watch the mist rolling in from the sea thumps in your heart? What is it, if you could form the words or put into images that you would ask of the vast universe?
Sometimes we can’t name that longing for it’s something we have never experienced. It maybe a hint of something from many generations back that our ancestors lived with
, took great comfort in, the meaning that fueled their lives.
With ancient tools of our ancestors through trance posture & guided meditation, sound and storytelling we will explore what it is we need to be whole, try to add focus to the vision of our yearning.
With all of our impressions gained from trance we will try and turn off that inner critic. Let our body embrace our visions and let our hands work in co-creation with spirit as we create our sacred art a selkie themed wall hanging. The hanging will be a needle felted piece onto which we can sew and stitch on meaningful embellishments with shells and driftwood. Through this work we will reweave our the fragments of our wild selves back into our lives acknowledging at this dark time of the year that we need to take time to step back into our sealskins through hibernation, inspiration and incubating dreams and plans that will lead us to an integrated life.
We will watch the wonderful animation ‘Song of the Sea’ made by the folks that brought us ‘The Secret of Kells’
Click on the above image to watch the trailer to ‘Song of the Sea’