Shamanic Practitioner, Celebrant & Ceremonialist
Welcome to the Mistdancer, the website of Christine Cleere. Here we will take a trip to the wild edges, where Shamanism meets the old traditons, animism and spirits of Britain and Ireland to create an ecstatic practice that contains elements of both yet is uniquely itself. It is rich, deep, earthy and utterly real, grounded in the land and the ancestors. May you find something here to inspire you.
Spreading our Wings March 2019. Full details to follow. Please contact me for further information.
More details can be found on my Workshops and Training page.
Dreaming the circle,
Dreaming the land,
Weaving the web,
Singing the stories,
Singing the dead,
Spinning the spiral,
Spinning it round.
I am a shamanic practitioner, ceremonialist and celebrant, working within the old traditions of the Islands of Britain and Ireland. Inspired by the spirits of the land on which I live and by my Irish ancestors, I run courses and workshops on shamanism, offer shamanic healing and divination and am an experienced ceremonialist and celebrant.
Hidden away within the traditions, myths, and stories of these islands – both Britain and Ireland – like pathways in the mist, are the old shamanic and magical understandings of this land. They can feel like a riddle within a puzzle wrapped up in a conundrum that defies logic and rational understanding; yet read with a ‘shamanic’ eye they reveal a rich and complex shamanic practice that was once indigenous to these islands, but had been lost. Now, with the help and inspiration of those who work with unbroken shamanic practices from around the world, it is being rediscovered and brought to consciousness in a form that is wholly practical and relevant to us in the present day.
Shamanism is an ancient spiritual practice, and is as old as humanity itself. It is known by many different names across the world, and is practiced in many different forms, yet it has some strong commonalities too. All shamans work by entering a trance state called journeying – usually by use of a drum-beat or rattle – to contact their spirit guides and helpers, who give the shaman advice on whatever question it is they have asked; it is a dream-like state where our intention guides what form the journey takes and what answers are received from our guides.
When you ask me as a shamanic practitioner for help my job is to bring healing, balance and well-being to your life through individual healing sessions enabling you to follow your own personal spiritual and healing path to wholeness and integration.
Teaching and Mentoring
I offer workshops on shamanism and Pagan* spirituality, based not just on our mythic imagination but on scholarly study of what it was that our ancestors practiced. From my introductory one day workshops to more advanced courses each workshop can be taken as a standalone learning event or, when taken in order and throughout the whole cycle, they can become a stepping stone to a deeper understanding of your own shamanic practice as well as seeking to understand how our ancestors spirituality may have looked. I also teach on a one-to-one basis for those who seek such mentoring on a deeper more personal level. In order to ensure I can always give each student the time and attention they deserve I never take on more than four such students at any one time.
I am a fully trained and highly experienced ceremonialist and celebrant, with almost 20 years experience in crafting and holding ceremony and sacred space for all significant moments in our lives from birth to death, including baby naming, house moving, handfastings and weddings, coming of age, menarche, croning, funerals and almost any other event you can think of.
Recent events and news
Join us for our 2018 Open Lammas Ceremony, where we will give thanks for the bounty of the time of year and recognise our own harvest in gentle and informal ceremony. We will meet at the main Uffington White Horse car park at 1:30 pm on Saturday, 4th August 2018. Bring wheat or wild
Saturday 5th May 2018, 7pm East Lockinge, near Wantage Come celebrate the turning of the wheel and the time of Beltaine, the greening of the wild and the time of the May blossom. Celebrate this time of rising sap, longer days, new growth and fertility. Dress as the May Queen or the Green Man, or
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*I use the modern convention of using a capital ‘P’ to indicate current Pagan practices, and a lower case ‘p’ when it relates directly to the practices of our ancestors.