Rites of Passage Autumn Schools 2022

In all my born days ….
15th September 2021

Rites of Passage Autumn Schools 2022

For artists, teachers, community activists, arts workers, storytellers and anyone with a creative interest in acquiring the skills to make and lead ritual and ceremony. 


Rites of Passage Autumn Schools 2022 

Friday September 9th – Monday September 12th
East Woodlands Village Hall, Frome, Somerset BA11 5LQ


The Malt Kiln, Bardsea, Ulverston LA12 9QT
Thursday September 29th  –  Sunday October 2nd


The experience of Coronavirus and Lockdown has thrown into relief the pain caused by the absence of ceremony and the need to find alternative ways to mourn lives that have been lost, as well as marking more joyful events that have passed uncelebrated. Now more than ever, in this changing social and cultural environment, and in the context of the terrible events in the Ukraine, the challenge is to create new and appropriate rites of passage, both public and domestic, that can be witnessed by family and friends and the wider community and help us to make sense of the world.

This challenge will be the starting point for both of our intensive 4 day workshops, which will focus on the Hows and Whys of ceremony and celebration in a practical and experiential way, and in particular on what is needed now. 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 opportunity to learn and practise different aspects of the art of creating both large and small ceremonies in a safe environment.

Gilly Adams and Sue Gill have been working together for more than 25 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 £500 includes tuition, materials, vegetarian lunches and refreshments, but does not include accommodation. There are 12 places available and a non-refundable deposit of £75 secures a place, [although we will make a full refund if we are obliged to cancel for any reason]. The balance is due two weeks before the start of the workshop and may be paid in instalments, if necessary.

For further information or to book a place, contact: 

Gilly Adams   gillyadams@tiscali.co.uk  02920 552389 / 0781 354 3990

              Sue Gill   gillsue514@gmail.com  01229 869769 / 07544 318 311    

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