In this six week class we will be opening or deepening our personal relationship with the runes, creating a dedicated rune practice, connecting with our ancestors, dísir, nornir and other helping spirits to support our runic work and working with ritual to find our methods of rune divination and direct gnosis, all in supported community.
Every year I encounter people longing to connect with the runes. Some have childhood encounters with them, some see them in nature, others have them appearing in dreams, or have worked with them in the past but only peripherally, many are drawn to the runes with a deep feeling of knowing/remembering, regardless of their lineage or background. All wish to know how to begin.
This class is meant to be an answer to that longing, an exploration of shared paths and the development or deepening of a personal rune practice rooted in animist consciousness, lore and history, archaeology and the feminine powers of Northern European cosmology.
At the root of this course is the belief that the runes are not just an alphabet, not only symbols of divinatory significance, but living beings, pieces of the web of wyrd connecting all existence. The intention is to develop respectful, reciprocal relationships with these ancient forms on a journey of ancestral magic.
This class will prepare you to undertake the thirty-three week self-study rune practice, included in the Wild Soul Runes book, and support you in creating or continuing a live gnosis group to deepen your practice in community.
We will meet four times through the class in live gnosis groups to help structure and inspire our practice and build confidence in our rune work. Gnosis groups will be recorded, and those who can't attend live will be invited to share their gnosis in the class forum. Participants will also have access to the Runic Feminine practice classroom, where the Wild Soul Runes process began, with bonus resources, art, and meditations, recordings of previous gnosis groups, and more.
The class has six weeks of course materials and four live gnosis groups.
Four Live Gnosis Group Meetings Thursdays June 24-July 22 at 12 pm PST, 90 minute meetings will be recorded and posted to the classroom, open to a moderated forum for questions and sharing.
June 17 Week 1 Opening: Walking the Rune Path, Introductions
June 24 Week 2: Ritual Practice, Journey Work and Visioning, Meeting the Runes
July 1 Week 3: The Runic Feminine, The Wyrd, The Norns, Rune Altars and Earth Rhythms, Toning and Galdr
July 8 Week 4: Deepening With the Runes, Translation as a Spirit Path, Runic Archaeology, Natural Connections and Place-Based Rune Work
July 15 Week 5: Runic Divination, Rune Web Workshop, Reading for Others, Listening for Your Method
July 22 Week 6 Closing: Forward and Back, Embodied Rune Ceremony, Gnosis Sharing, Continuing the Practice
We will be working with my book, Wild Soul Runes: Reawakening the Ancestral Feminine, copies are included in the cost of the class for synchronous US residents.
Self-study and international students will have access to downloadable excerpts and can elect to purchase the book separately.
This class has a suggested donation of $180, which includes the six week long Wild Soul Runes Class, a copy of the Wild Soul Runes book (US residents only), four live gnosis group meetings, plus the thirty-three week Runic Feminine self-study practice with access to a private online classroom, additional resources, meditations and instruction.
Your donation supports the work of Wild Soul Runes and the Wild Soul School.
You may donate as a one-time gift, or with a payment plan through Wild Soul School--just click either of the suggested donation or payment plan buttons and check out here.
(Please note: live classes are not included in patron Coven Invisible membership, but Coven members receive 50% off of live class tuition and open access to ALL self-study Wild Soul School courses. To become a patron and receive a coupon for 50% off the live course, click here.)
If you have financial limitations that prevent a monetary contribution, please contact me at [email protected] to arrange a non-monetary trade as reciprocity.
Whatever you choose, please know your contribution helps me to work sustainably with the cycles of my disability, supporting embodied difference. Please note that due to my chronic illness sometimes classes need to be canceled or rescheduled. Because of this I cannot offer refunds. This course is a gift, your contribution is a gift, and we agree to this exchange without expectations. Thank you, and welcome to the community. With love--Lara
I'm a storyteller, artist and educator transforming a path of dís-ability into initiation, healing and community. My research interests include folk spirituality, ancestral lifeways, mythology, ritual and the sacred creative. I am the author of The Moon Divas Guidebook: Spirited Self-Care for Women in Transition, The Moon Divas Oracle Book and Card Deck, and Wild Soul Runes: Reawakening the Ancestral Feminine. The Wild Soul School was founded in 2014 as a supplementary space to live courses. I was a university professor of English and Writing, creating programs in Civic Engagement and Community Storytelling before I became severely ill in 2016. Chronic illness has been a transforming rite of passage, and in that time the school also transformed to hold a creative sharing, a mythic journey. For more information visit laravesta.co, or become a patron and help support this work in community: https://www.patreon.com/laraveledavesta
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StartHow to Create a Daily Practice
StartDeceptive Simplicity (9:33)
StartBooks I Love (Northern/Runic) (20:15)
StartMeeting the Dísir
StartOur Wyrd Journey (6:19)
StartMaking a Rune Set
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StartWeaving Wyrd: Journeying and Protection (9:24)
StartCeremony for Meeting the Runes: Dinner With the Ancestors (6:21)
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