“In order to connect to what was before,” says Christopher Juul,” you have to disconnect from what is now.”
THE GREAT INVISIBLE
The invasions and decimation of the landscapes of others has created an invisibility, an obfuscation, of the heritage of vast cultures of species. Not just human. We are one single branch of an unprecedented network of primordial depths. Death and decay, our family. Absorbed back into mother earth. It is that simple and that profound. Unless the forest is destroyed.
Colonization has, for 2,000 of the estimated 4.2 billion years of life as earth, decimated us all in what is called, by scholars, the era of the 6th mass extinction.
So we, who can, wake up. We cannot fear anymore. We had to hide. We have had to play along. We were not told. We were taught we are complicit in the destruction. We are not. We refuse this. We reclaim and rewild. While we can.
kernunnos. Yannick Germain
“The earliest known evidence of human presence in the area now known as England was that of Homo antecessor, dating to approximately 780,000 years ago. The oldest proto-human bones discovered in England date from 500,000 years ago…”
I am a twig upon a vast tree within that forest. A medicine woman in this body, I re-skin your bones in my one way. Ancestral way. I am Celt. A priteni person whose ancient lineage is a thick, gnarled tap-root, unbroken through the ages, beyond bus drivers, and women institutionalized for speaking their spells, from workers dying of the lung disease from the linen factories, or the coal mines, to tillers-of-the-soil and landed gentry through necessity and greed. Down the roots of the blood in my veins, like the spiders in the caves beneath the World Tree, to warriors defending a way of life doomed because people mattered: my ancient father, of whom I am both proud and shadowed, Caradoc ap Cunobellinus, at the time of the 2nd invasion of the landscape now titled the British Isles (erroneously named Caratacus by the Romans). I am also Brittany and Paris and my living relatives of my father’s lineage, who found me through ancestry.com, are both Irish and English ‘gypsies’.
I am Ireland and Alba. I am also fungus within the old growth conifer forests of the Víkingur landscapes, and along the shoreline of Faxaflói. Nothing of anyone else has been uncovered. So I sit with one story. The colour of the skin of my mothers, pale as the fog misting in from the sea, dyed silver and blue with woad and bear fat, inked with the soot of the bone fire.
We now take you through the roots of Yggdrasil, or the oak, or the ash, or our forests, call them what you may, on Inis Mȏn (the isle of druids), or ripped from Irish soil to make English warships, to the actual experiences of these invasions. So that you can experience the initiation that only happens with a lived trauma. It is not easy. But it will change you.
Based on over 40 years research, and conjured into a three hour experience of full immersion, RIVERS IN THE SKIN – Severance of Tribal Celtic Britons from Ourselves, within a current landscape either here in Australia and New Zealand or the northern lands below the Arctic Circle.
For cultural medicine, research only (I take no personal responsibility for your opinion of the following):