A practical year long course exploring our spiritual connection to plant spirits of the British countryside within the Lake District National Park with Rob Wilson

What will I learn?

There will be eight practical workshops based around the eight festivals of the Celtic year, where you will learn, through ritual, mediation, shamanic journeying and physical interaction with plants, how to connect and interact with the spirits of these plants to inspire, grow, heal and deepen your connection to self and nature. Through practical techniques and ritual, you will encounter a variety of British plants and their spiritual essence, their magic, their healing, allowing the plants to carry you on a journey to truth, wisdom, insight and learning. These workshops will include basic plant identification, foraging techniques and shamanic techniques to harness the power of these plants. You will also craft a 12inch deer skin foragers drum, an offering pouch and silver branch (a bardic 'rattle').

What level of experience is needed?

You'll need at the very least, a basic understanding of shamanic journeying and/or meditating. Openness and willingness to work with plant spirits, the spirits of nature within a British pagan/shamanic context. A clean record of behaviour in class: meaning that you need to have a handle on your own issues and triggers and be willing to share time, space and resources in such a way that everyone gets the most from profound druid/animist/shamanic group process.

What are “rules of engagement and contract”?

Years of teaching courses in various locations has taught me to offer the rules of engagement in the form of a written contract that all participants and I myself will sign. (This will be sent to you as a document separate from this course description). Those contracts will be kept in a box in the work room, when inside)

People from different walks of life bring very different life experiences, perceptions and expectations to a course like this. To guard the best interests of everyone gathering on this study group, I will be very explicit about what the rules of engagement are and what happens if anyone breaks those rules or affects others in the group in adverse ways. I will issue warnings and reminders as and when needed (but I would rather not!)

In case of extreme circumstances (or disruptive/disrespectful behaviour), I reserve the right at all times to release participants from a course with immediate effect. As the teacher and facilitator, I am the person who sets the boundaries for acceptable behaviour and makes those decisions.

My aim will always be to create a safe and harmonious environment for optimal learning and powerful experiences on ancient land for everyone. I will offer a very high quality course and all participants will operate reciprocity by bringing the very best of themselves (and a high level of self-reflection and self-containment) to this program!

If you feel this is too formal, harsh or even draconian then this study group is not for you

When does it run?

Commencing Spring Equinox - Saturday 14 – Sunday 15 March 2020

Beltane - Saturday 30 – Sunday 31 May 2020

Summer Solstice – Saturday 27 – Sunday 28 June 2020

Lughnasadh - Saturday 8 – Sunday 9 August 2020

Autumn Equinox - Saturday 26 – Sunday 27 September 2020

Samhain - Saturday 24 October – Sunday 25 October 2020

Winter Solstice – Saturday 12 – Sunday 13 December 2020

Imbolc – Saturday 6 – Sunday 7 February 2021

The Cost

£350 per person (£100 non-refundable deposit required no later than 28 February 2020 to secure your place)

Includes crafting your very own 12inch skin foraging drum, offering pouch and Silver branch as well as eight practical workshops with all other materials and herbs/plant supplied.

The Venue

Indoor workshop and private farmlands, in Lake District National Park, near Broughton-in-Furness.

The course is non-residential but there are B&B’s and Campsites (with all year round accommodation) nearby, please ask for details if required.


Booking is essential as there is limited space to ensure quality one-to-one style teaching.

You'll are asked to write a page of introduction, experience of shamanism and reasons for wanting to join the course. Acceptance on the course is at Rob's discretion, not all applications may be accepted and you will be asked to complete a ‘rules of engagement and contract’ so that you are fully aware of my expectations on behaviour, work required and dealing with any issues that may arise during the course. Please email your introduction to rob@woodspirit.org.uk

Please be aware that while there are elements of the course that will be held indoors as well as outside in Lake District National Park.   You will also need to be in good health and reasonable level of fitness; standing, sitting or exploring woodlands, hills and valleys for long periods. If you suffer from a mental illness, heart, kidney, liver problems please discuss this with me first.