14/02/2012

TWO YEAR PRIEST/ESS OF BRIGHDE TRAINING


c. Wendy Andrew

TWO YEAR 

PRIESTESS/PRIEST of 

BRIGHDE TRAINING 2015/2016

by 

Marion Brigantia van Eupen

in association with the Glastonbury Goddess Temple


Brighde is the ancient Goddess of Brigit’s Isles, where She is Bridie, Bride, Brid, Bree, Brue, Brigit, Brigid and Bridget, Lady of Fire, of the Sun and Moon, of the Springs and Wells, of the Four Directions, the Divine Midwife, Bride of the Isles, Bride of the Fair Palms, Mary of the Gael.

Brighde has the strength and power to bring light to the dark places inside our lives. She inspires and transforms us, by challenging us to be true to ourselves. She has the ability to awaken the Alchemy of our Soul! Through her healing fires she reaches out to our hearts and shows us how to burn through our dross, and clear out the old patterns and ways, so that our soul can come through with more light, bringing gifts of inspiration and creativity!

Her green cloak covers all the land that belongs to Her. As Goddess of the land She gives Her name to the ancient land of Brigantia and to our tutelary (guardian) Goddess Britannia. Once Bride was well known in these lands as the Great Goddess, ruling the land and all the seasons. Now She is mistakenly just honoured at Imbolc in Her Maiden form. But She is the Wheel, Her energy is tangible through the whole year, in every season, in every element in every phase in our lives.

In Glastonbury we recognise Brighde in the landscape as Her Sacred Swan stretching Her long neck along Weary All Hill and spreading Her wings over the Glastonbury town hills. She flows in the waters of the sacred wells and the river Brue, which is called after Her. But foremost She is revered on Brides Mound (part of The Beckery) where St. Bridget stayed at a little monastery which was then dedicated to Mary Magdalene. Later on a chapel dedicated to St. Bridget was built on Brides Mound.

Becoming a Priestess or Priest of Brighde is a journey of healing, connecting and walking with Her animals, the Swan, the Snake, the Cow, the Wolf and the magical Unicorn and Phoenix. It is expressing Her energy through poetry, songs and creativity, weaving your soul’s desire into being. It is experiencing Her fire and shining Her light out into the world. 

 
The first year you will journey with Her to feel Her inside you and connect deeply with all Her aspects of the Wheel. At the end of this year you will be able to dedicate as a daughter/son of Brighde, confirming this connection and your ongoing journey with Her.


The second year you will deepen your understanding of how Brighde’s energy can work for you and others. You will learn how to be Her priest/ess and explore and touch on different aspects of Brighde as She is experienced in our world, by co-teachings of experts in that specific field. At the end of this year you will be able to initiate as a Priest/ess of Brighde.

 

 TRAINING WEEKENDS


First Year


14/15 February 2015
The Maiden Bridie; Brighde of Fire

During this first weekend we will familiarise ourselves with Brighde in the (Avalonian) Wheel of the year. We will connect with Bridie the Maiden, Her innocent, pure Unicorn energy, make Bridie Dolls, walk to Brides Mound and birth our intentions and dreams through guided visualisation and ceremony. Connecting with Brighde’s Triple Flame, Her sacred Fire of Alchemy, Inspiration and Healing, we will be touched by the healing fire of the hearth, fill ourselves with Her fire of creativity and work with the alchemical energy of the Phoenix.  


16/17 May 2015
The Lover Bride; Brighde of Water
At the time of Beltane we will meet Brighde in Her form as the Bride, the Lover: the energy of empowering self love and healing. This energy will flow over in the energetic connection with Brighde’s healing waters. Her Wells, Springs We will explore the sacred waters of Brighde as Moon Goddess. We will connect with our healing powers and make a Crios Brighde, a sacred healing girdle.


15/16 August 2015
The Mother Bridget; Brighde of Earth
This weekend will be about connecting with the Mother energy of Brighde, Her unconditional love and protection. We will experience how She works through us by creating ceremony. We will weave in Her protection and celebrate and share the abundance She brings us. As the days shorten we will retreat with Brighde in Her healing Earth. We will work with Her blessings of grounding and wisdom. We will walk on Her sacred land, and work with Her green Mantle of protection, connect with Her in a sacred circle of drums and feel the rhythm of our heartbeat.


14/15 November 2015
The Crone Brighid; Brighde of Air
At the Celtic New Year time of Samhain, we will meet Brighde as Her Crone self, the Lady of death and rebirth. We will explore the challenges of letting go. We will journey between the worlds, with Her white Wolf, travel into Her Forge of deep transformation, meeting Her as Grandmother. We will be connecting with the ancients through the silence of Air, finding our soul song in the Cave of the ancestors, speaking words of deep and healing truth from the depths of our souls, preparing ourselves for our initiations / dedications.


16/17 January 2016
Dedication weekend
During this weekend we will travel inwards, touching
on our connection with Brighde in the whole of the Wheel and finally meeting Brighde in the centre during
a ceremony of dedication and listen to the words
She sends us about how step out into the world
as a Daughter or Son of Brighde.

NB. This weekend includes the Saturday evening!




Second Year

Bridie’s Forging Energy
 9/10 April 2016
Saturday we will explore paths to take as
a Priest/ess of Brighde in the outside world.
Sunday will be a day in which we will work with 
the Forging energy and skills of Brighde


Bride’s Healing Energy
2/3 July 2016
Saturday we will practice creating and holding energy 
for specific ceremonies, like handfasting etc.
Sunday we will work with the healing and 
comforting qualities of Brighde’s Herbs.


Bridget’s Creative Energy
1/2 October 2016 
Saturday we will learn how to trust and follow
Her guidance and how to use your inner voice.
Sunday we will explore the lore of Storytelling
and the power of myth and legend.


Brighid’s Tranformative Energy
10/11 December 2016
Saturday we will be practicing oracling and embodiment. Sunday we will work with Soul Midwifery and the 
spaces of life, death and rebirth.


Brighde’s Initiating Energy
14/15 January 2017
Saturday we will connect with each other and Her land, followed by an evening long ceremony of initiation and dedication. Sunday you will declare yourself  Her Priest/ess in a self designed ceremony!







Venue: all training weekends take place in
The Camino Centre Glastonbury.
The training is non-residential.

When: Saturday and Sunday 10am – 5pm
with breaks for lunch and refreshments.

Fee: The training is set up as a two year training to 
become a Priest/ess of Brighde. It is however possible 
to pay separately for the two training years or to pay 
in installments:

The options are:
£ 950 when paid in full
£ 1000 when paid each year separately
£ 1080 when paid in installments

(more information about the ways of payment will be provided on the application form)
 


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 ***NEW***


SECOND YEAR 
PRIEST/ESS OF BRIGHDE TRAINING

I am very pleased and proud to announce the dates of the Second Year Priest/ess of Brighde training!
There will be four weekends in which we will practice and explore the practical skills of a priest/ess of Brighde.
The Saturday of the weekends will be in a closed group as partof the ungoing Priest/ess of Brighde training, run by me solely. The Sunday will be in a day open to others who want to work with Brighde in cooperation with another teacher with specific Brighde related skills:

Bridie’s Forging Energy
 11/12 April 2015
Saturday we will explore paths to take as
a Priest/ess of Brighde in the outside world.
Sunday will be a day in which we will work with 
the Forging energy and skills of Brighde
 in cooperation of Blacksmith Dean from Meadow Forge http://www.meadowforge.co.uk/


Bride’s Healing Energy
2/3 July 2016 
 Saturday we will practice creating and holding energy for specific ceremonies, like handfasting etc.
Sunday we will work with the healing and 
comforting qualities of Brighde’s Herbs
 in cooperation with herbalist Bett Partridge http://www.herbalpartridge.co.uk/

Bridget’s Creative Energy
 3/4 October 2015 
Saturday we will learn how to trust and follow
Her guidance and how to use your inner voice.
Sunday we will explore the lore of Storytelling
and the power of myth and legend
 in cooperation with storyteller and author Sharon Jackties http://www.sfs.org.uk/storytellers/sharon-jacksties

Brighid’s Tranformative Energy
 12/13 December 2015
Saturday we will be practicing oracling and embodiment. Sunday we will work with Soul Midwifery and the 
spaces of life, death and rebirth
 in cooperation with doula and priestess Katinka Soetens http://soetens.wix.com/katinka


Brighde’s Initiating Energy
16/17 January 2016
Saturday we will connect with each other and Her land, followed by an evening long ceremony of initiation and dedication. Sunday you will declare yourself  Her Priest/ess in a self designed ceremony!


To enter the second year you will have to have completed the first year of the Brighde training with either myself or via another Priest/ess of Brighde training. However the second day of the weekend will be a very special day for who is interested in working with Brighde's energy in these specific fields (this applies only if there are spaces available).

I feel that to make this the deepening year it is intended to be, there will be a maximum for 12 places available. 

The training will take place in The Camino Centre in Glastonbury, UK.

Costs for the training are £ 450
(£500 when paid in 4 monthly installments)

I'm feeling very inspired, blessed and excited about this deepening of our connection with Brighid! If you feel the same, please contact me so I can send you  

an application form.



TESTIMONIALS



Marion's training is unexpectedly hard core. Her soft and gentle approach doesn't prepare you for the transformational and challenging experience that the Priest(ess) of Brighde training can be. A quiet question, a moment of reflection, a meditation and your laboriously built defenses have been swept away. Marion is a loving and gentle person with an earthy sense of humour and a vocation for the Goddess. She is no airy-fairy, crystal hugging wisp of chiffon. She is strong, funny, human and warm. She is also a great teacher who knows when to guide and when to let you follow your own path to see where it leads. Be prepared for tears and laughter, music and silence, walks and biscuits. Wear good boots!
Paul Brady, Priest(ess) of Brighde Training 2012-2013


 With her deep passion and love for Mother Nature, Marion was a valuable teacher to me in the period I took my first steps on my way to the Goddess. Inspired by her loving and gentle presence, her lessons meant an unforgettable experience to me. I will never forget the moment I recognized the playfulness of Brighde in the character of Marion...
In a very natural way Marion brings her wisdom and knowledge to the people who want to learn about the Goddess.
Lenneke: Priestess Training and Brigida Retreat, The Netherlands


Marion van Eupen is a wonderful facilitator. Her gentle manner is empowering and comes from a deep rich resource of Priestesshood. Her spiritual and light touch delivery makes concepts accessible and recognisable to one's own experience. She will lead you on a wonderful journey!
Sarah; Brighde Retreat 2011



I experienced Marion as a wise teacher. She lives and works from the heart, which I found very inspirational. Her Link with Bridget is a visable, continual well of love for her, which she spreads through her presence.
Thuya; Priestess training, The Netherlands

Undertaking a Brighde Priestess retreat is extremely fulfilling and touches you on a very deep level. was very inpsired by Marion's guidance during the retreat, and dedication to Brighde's flame and memory.Thoroughly recommend this course.
Mona; Brighde Retreat 2011

 I feel blessed to have met Marion on the Goddess Brighde Retreat in February. Marion encompasses all aspects of Brighde's energy, using her own knowledge and gentle nature, as well as respect for the individual's own journey to create a truly special experience. I feel as if I have not only met a priestess, but a true friend as well.
Joy; Brighde Retreat 2011

  BRITANNIA 
© Marion van Eupen