Weaving the dance of Land, Sea, and Sky
Welcome to the Mistdancer, the website of Christine Cleere. Here we will take a trip to the wild edges, where the old traditions, animism and the spirits of Britain and Ireland meet core shamanic practice, rekindling a native spirituality of these islands to create an ecstatic practice that contains elements of each 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.
Spinning the spiral,
Spinning it round,
Weaving the web,
Dreaming the circle,
Dreaming the land,
Singing the stories,
Singing the dead.
Spreading our Wings Spreading our Wings
9th March 2019 Venue: Uffington Village Hall, near Faringdon, Oxon
We will work with the element of Air and using our shamanic journeying skills we will learn to recognise the causes and symptoms of spirit intrusions and how to clear them. Working closely with our teachers and helping spirits, we will be learning powerful techniques to enable us to seek and begin to understand our deepest fears and what it is that holds us back. We will explore the power of voice and song, story and myth.
Please contact me for further information.
More details can be found on my Workshops and Training page.
I am an animist, a spirit walker, 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 the ancient spirituality of these islands, animism, and core shamanism. I offer healing and divination sessions 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 ‘mythopoetic’ eye they reveal a rich and complex spiritual practice that was once indigenous to these islands but has been lost. Now, with the help and inspiration of those who study the myths and history of these islands, together with those peoples 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 the 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.
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For the last 40 years I have been involved with one form or another of esoteric practice and for the last 20 years or so I’ve been deeply involved in all things Celtic and with the practice of modern Druidry. It was never my intention to be out in the public eye teaching these practices,
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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.