September 7th, 2010
|09:52 am - Initiations and initiatory work in ADF|
As we work toward figuring out how to manage our first set of non-clergy initiatory Candidates within ADF, I've had a few thoughts, with a particular one I'd like to share:
I think that next year, after the current batch of 2-3 Candidates finish the final step in the Initiatory process, it might be time to start having Initiatory Retreats. We have a small number, currently, of students, but the best way to grow that (and to mark it off from the clergy training) is to give it its own space and let it gather its own momentum.
We currently have five initiates (the Archdruids and myself), and I expect that we'll have another three by next year, two of whom are not involved in the Clergy Training Program. At 8 people, we can find dates and times when most of us can travel to a single location to get things moving, even though we're separated by nearly an entire continent in some cases. This would allow us to have a small group who can engage in building up what Initiation means in the wider scheme of ADF, and to do so by doing rather than by talking.
I sort of see a weekend of ritual, discussion, and probably writing, so that we can get some of this back out and into the hands of ADF members.
It would also give us an open space that's already available to allow us to do further Initiations of more Candidates, allowing us to take the pressure to do these at festivals and retreats that have other purposes, and would even allow us to send out fancy invitations to Candidates, which could be kind of cool. Besides, we should really be using that Trout Lake Abbey place for more ADF stuff, since we have access to it, and it's sort of purpose-built.
Anyway, that's my thought on these things.
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: optimistic
Current Music: "Stories We Could Tell", -JB
This is a wonderful idea!
If you're interested, I plan on being done by Summerland 2012 at the latest, but hopefully Wellspring 2012. I have a few more courses to finish up that don't require a journal, and then I am doing an intense, journal-heavy immersion-experience starting some time next spring after I graduate in March. (Yep. If all goes well, I am graduating in absentia from the University of Cincinnati in March, 2011.)
Trout Lake Abby is far, though.
It is far, but it's also ideal, in terms of retreat possibility. Besides, the West Coast could use some representation :)
Oh, and I can maybe talk druidkirk
into letting us use it for cheap. . .
Cheap is good. Where are you with the Nine Woods? :D
Slow but sure. Maybe I'll get more done this weekend. druidkirk
and I have a long time to hash things out as we drive to and from MFF. :)