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The Yew Tree Mysteries

with Michael Dunning

We are very happy to announce that Michael Dunning will be offering an evening talk and 2 one-day workshops at State Theta Galleries.
The workshops can be attended individual or together.

The Yew Mysteries were centered on the Yew tree (Taxus Baccatta) as the original Tree of Life. Many scholars now believe that the Norse World Tree, Yggdrasil was a yew and not an Ash, as had previously been assumed.

An Ash tree is neither evergreen nor long- lived. A Yew on the other hand is most certainly evergreen and can live for several thousands of years, if not eternally!

The oldest known word for the yew, Eya ( Hittite 1750BCE) means ‘eternity’ or ‘to be touched by eternity’. In the 15th century Irish Book of Lismore the age of the earth is linked to the Yew tree:

-- Three lifetimes of the yew for the world from its beginning to its end.

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Venue: State Theta Galleries

Evening Talk

Title: The Yew Tree Mysteries. (An introduction)
Date: Friday 21st October
Time: 7.30 - 9pm
Cost: £10 / £8 (concession). Free if attending a workshop.

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Workshop 1

Title: The Yew Mysteries – Deepening into the Yew Tree Mysteries.
Date: Saturday 22nd October
Time: 10am - 5.30pm
Cost: £70 / £60 (student/conc)
Evening Talk + Workshop 1 + Workshop 2: £120

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Workshop 2

Title: Craniosacral Therapy and the Yew Mysteries - The Tide & The Tree of Life
if you feel drawn to attend this second day and are not experienced in cranial work, please do still get in touch we are open to supporting a field of enquiry.
Date: Sunday 23rd October
Time: 10am - 5.30pm
Cost: £70 / £60 (student/conc)
Evening Talk + Workshop 1 + Workshop 2: £120

 

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Workshop Details

Workshop 1

The Yew Mysteries – an introduction to The Yew Mysteries with Michael Dunning

This 1 day workshop includes:

  • Yew Mysteries - Origin, meaning and practice.
  • Yew Seership- How to ‘disenchant’ perception
  • The Dragon Body - Key practice of the Ancient Yew Mysteries
  • Encountering the Yew and the Yew Beings
  • Practical sessions outside working with 2000 year old Yews

The Yew Mysteries first appeared at the end of the Atlantean era in the region of the British Isles. Greek historians made reference to these mysteries as early as the third century BCE. At the heart of these mysteries is the sacred Yew tree – the original Tree of Life!

By 4th century CE the yew mysteries had apparently been destroyed along with countless other so-called pagan heresies. However, a mystery tradition can only be said to be truly lost when the last living ‘being’ holding the keys to that tradition has ceased to be. Throughout the British Isles today we see many vibrant living beings – the ancient yew trees themselves - who yet hold the keys to a profound mystery teaching!

Do we have the courage to learn from these wise beings?
What might they teach us about ourselves, about our future and about the future of our planet?

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Workshop 2

Craniosacral Therapy and the Yew Mysteries
The Tide & The Tree of Life

if you feel drawn to attend this second day and are not experienced in cranial work, please do still get in touch we are open to supporting a field of enquiry.

In this unique and deeply experiential one- day workshop Michael will seek to explore the connections between the ancient practices of the Yew Mysteries and the craniosacral model, focusing on A.T. Still’s Biogen and Sutherland’s understanding of the liquid light in the cerebrospinal fluid, as well as the therapeutic agency of the Tide.

This day will be a rare and precious opportunity to explore how we can bring the depth of these ancient mysteries into our awareness, and allow them to nourish and inform our biodynamic craniosacral work'

 

 

Facilitator

Michael Dunning.
For the last 20 years Michael has been developing an approach to craniosacral work that combines biodynamic principles with an ancient western, and largely forgotten mystery knowledge that he refers to as the Yew Mysteries.
Michael now lives in USA where he has been teaching both biodynamic cransiosacral and the Yew Mysteries since 2003. He has written about his experieces with the yew tree in the book Soul Companions and has contributed articles to various shamanic publications including Sacred Hoop and the Journal for Contemporary Shamanism. Michael is also a regular guest on spirituality and health themed radio shows through the USA. www.yewmysteries.com

 

 

Further Information

The Yew Mysteries originated many thousands of years ago in the lands that we know of today as the British Isles. These mysteries gave rise to much of what we refer to as Druidism. That these mysteries were widely practiced throughout Europe can be evidenced by the large number of place names derived from the yew. York, for example is derived from the yew as is Yeavering Bell while Yevre le Chateau in France, Yverdon in Switzerland and Iburg in Germany are all yew derived names.

During the late 1980’s Michael was very ill and close to death. In the early 1990’s he was drawn to an ancient female yew tree near Edinburgh that was to heal him and to lead him, over a nine year period, to the rediscovery of a method of perception and a knowledge of healing that he now refers to as the Yew Mysteries. Around the same time Michael was led to study cranioscaral therapy in Edinburgh with Donald Howitt. Based on his experiences at the yew he began to realize that many of the principles at the heart of cranisoaral work were deeply resonant and may therefore have emerged from a similar root in the ancient mysteries. When one looks carefully at the writings and language of A.T. Still or Sutherland it is obvious that these men were well versed in much older traditions of western esoteric mystery knowledge.

 

 

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