RITES of PASSAGE SPRING SCHOOL 2020 – postponed due to Covid-19.

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RITES of PASSAGE SPRING SCHOOL 2020 – postponed due to Covid-19.


The rescheduled workshop has new dates, new venue:

Autumn School 2nd - 5th October 2020 at

The Malt Kiln, Bardsea, Ulverston, LA12 South Cumbria.

Practical details, fees, timings same as below.

For artists, teachers, community activists, arts workers, story tellers and anyone with a creative interest in acquiring the skills to make or lead ritual and ceremony.Most of us have a profound need to mark important events in our lives with some kind of ceremony. Frequently these are the occasions that our culture finds easiest to celebrate, like births, marriages and deaths, yet there are many other significant life experiences that demand attention. In our changing social and cultural environment, where confidence in traditional religion has often diminished, the challenge is to create new and appropriate rites of passage that can be witnessed by family and friends.

This challenge will be the starting point for an intensive 4 day workshop, which will focus on the Hows and Whys of ceremony and celebration in a practical and experiential way.  We will investigate how both positive and negative life events can be distilled into myth and poetry and create meaningful rituals to contain them. Crucially, the workshop will be shaped to fulfil the needs and aspirations of participants so there will be plenty of opportunities to learn and practise different aspects of the art of creating both public and private ceremonies, in a safe environment.

Gilly Adams and Sue Gill have been working together for more than twenty years, first as part of Welfare State International and latterly under the banner of Dead Good Guides. They will share their experience of working as independent, secular celebrants, guiding families and individuals to create their own distinctive ceremonies.
It was one of the best trainings I have done with a great balance of teaching and direct experience that kept me active, immersed and reflective throughout. Laughter, tears, community, landscape, sacredness and plenty of profanity - marvellous. I will carry the experience with me for a very long time.
                                                                                                           Michael Harvey, Storyteller

Practical details:

The fee of £420 includes tuition, materials, meals and refreshments, but does not include accommodation. There are 12 places available and a non-refundable deposit of £75 secures one. The balance is due by September 1st 2020 and may be paid in instalments, if necessary. The working day will be from 10am to 9pm except on the last day when we will finish at 2pm.

To book a place and/or for further information contact:

Gilly Adams    gillyadams@tiscali.co.uk  02920 552389


  1. Colleen Dsouza says:

    I’m interested. Please send me mailers

    • foxandgill says:

      Thanks you for getting in touch Colleen and for your interest in our work. I will get my colleague Gilly Adams to respond to you by email.

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