intermediate workshop is taught by Crow and
is an introduction to the sacred, spiritual
aspects of pig/human relationships. Strong
journeying skills with active connections in
both Lower and Upper Worlds are required.
Many cultures around the ancient
and many tribal peoples honoured the shamanic
and sacred power of the pig.
Today, some of us share their respect for this
power – though we may not know
quite why – but few of us have made the
spiritual contact necessary to
understand their feelings or ours. Using your
journeying skills in this
workshop you have the opportunity to meet the
Sacred Sow, the Shamanic Boar,
learn of their power and discover how you may
best bring it into your own life.
You will develop a very helpful relationship in
Spirit with a creature which
has supported humankind as companion,
inspiration and food for at least 6000
Through reading and discussion many
of the known facts and opinions about human
relationships with pigs will be
shared (bring your own pig tales). We will also
honour this magical creature
with ritual and ceremony including sharing its
essence as food. The Romans had
a special dish they called the Trojan Hog!
This workshop was inspired by Lyall Watson’s Whole Hog, Marija Gimbutas’ The
Goddesses and Gods of Old Europe, and
Robert Graves’ The White Goddess. Terry
Pratchett’s Hogfather is an old favourite.
Reading any and all of these before
the workshop will deepen the experience for you.
Most are available through the
Athens Public Library and the Church of Earth
For this two day weekend
workshop the cost is $165 including tea and
coffee if booked at least 30 days
in advance; $185, two weeks in advance; $200
during the last week, if there is
will be a potluck feast on Saturday evening
honouring the best of pork. Lunches
and snacks are also potluck and may or may not
contain pork. (Anybody know a source
of good, authentic
not suited to vegans, vegetarians or anyone
else having an aversion to pork.
Ritual eating of the sacrificed creature is
an essential part of the weekend’s
spiritual experience. Even the ancient Jews
sacrificed and ate pigs on one
special ceremonial day of the year.