10th April, Some Secret Place: Pagan Ritual Evening
16th April, The Triple Goddess: Her History, Ancient and Modern (talk)
22nd April, Some Secret Place for Blokes: A Night of Pan
At Treadwells, 34 Tavistock St, Covent Garden.
Phone 020 7240 8906 now to book places.
Goddess in Western Art and Culture: She's More than an Allegory
8th April (Wednesday) 7.15 for 7.30 start. £5
A gorgeously sumptuous slide lecture of goddesses of Western art, by a gifted and charismatic lecturer whose devotion to her subject is utterly infectious.
Fleur Shearman has been researching goddesses in the ancient and modern world for over 30 years, during which time she has published articles, led museum tours and lectured to the public as well as private groups. Her sober art historical sensibility coexists with a spiritual appreciation, which makes her lectures both erudite, factually grounded and also wonderfully uplifting.
Some Secret Place: Pagan Ritual Evenings
10th April (Friday), 7.15pm for 7.30pm, £5
These are monthly beginner's pagan ritual evenings, perfect for those starting out on the pagan path, or as solitary witches. Some Secret Place is made up of some talk, some small group discussion on devotion, ceremony, spirituality, and relationship with deity. Most of all, though, it is experiential. It's about doing and feeling rather than theorising. We hope that people who come along will deepen their personal relationship with the pagan gods. This is for people who have done some reading on witchcraft, Wicca and/or paganism, and who are familiar with at least its general theological tenets. We assume you are pagan and want to practice it, but we don't presume you are experienced.
Group size is small - maximum 17 people . The organisers want this to be a gentle, intimate and thoughtful experience. You can come once, come regularly, or come intermittently -- whatever suits you best.
The Triple Goddess: Her History, Ancient and Modern
Prudence Jones. 16th April (Thursday) 7.15 for 7.30 start. £5
When is the earliest appearance of the threefold goddess in history? What does it mean to modern pagans who speak of the Moon, and the Goddess of Nature as 'Maiden, Mother and Crone'? Why should you sing the praises of a Cambridge scholar named Jane Ellen Harrison? Prudence Jones answers these questions and more, in a lively scholarly talk. By the time you leave, you will know why and how the triple goddess lived, and lives again.
Prudence Jones is a writer and commentator on the Pagan traditions of Europe and associated spiritual systems. A History of Pagan Europe, co-written with Nigel Pennick, is a standard textbook in the field. Beginning as an academic philosopher at Cambridge, Prudence later taught there and at the University of Alberta, where her research was in ancient and mediaeval logic. Her interest in other esoteric systems, particularly astrology and Wicca. She is a past President of the Pagan Federation and a past Chair of the Association of Professional Astrologers. She has also contributed to many journals and essay collections over the past three decades.
Some Secret Place for Blokes: A Night of Pan - Men's Pagan Ritual
22 April (Wednesday) 7.15 for 7.30 start. £5
Some Secret Place is a Pagan ritual evening. Tonight's Pan-focussed ritual is one for the chaps. There's discussion, ceremony, and participation. Some Secret Place has been going for a year, and provides a ritual space for people who are pagan, but who may not have much experience in group work. This evening explores male mysteries of Pan - of wildness - of participation in pagan divinity. Of course there will be bloke's mysteries at the pub outing after, too. Peter James, who coordinates this series with Gemma Jones, is a pagan with several years of experience in group workings, and has a commitment to making group ritual both accessible and meaningful. There's also a facebook group for regular attendees.
Reserve your place via Treadwell's by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or by phone, 020 7240 8906. Payment confirms booking. Treadwell's hosts courses and workshops taught by most experienced and gifted practitioners we know -- tutors who are not only advanced in their subjects but are also able to consider their practices thoughtfully and critically. Our aim is to make the study of esoteric disciplines available to thinking, well-read enquirers. You can also get events updates via an RSS Feed (http://www.treadwells-london.com/events.php). We have an archive of past courses (http://www.treadwells-london.com/coursespast.asp), and you can also subscribe to our mailing list (http://www.treadwells-london.com/mailinglist.php).