It’s Day Two and my heart is cracked open. I wake up feeling a little tender and am grateful for the warm breakfast and fresh fruit. The program at WitchCamp is bountiful. Path in the morning, optional offerings in the afternoon and ritual. Each moment intrinsically linked to the next via our camp theme. The energy that is held and anchored in the space grounds the work as I step into (or is it onto??) the Primal Witch Path.
The circle is cast and once again the drum beats its primordial rhythm, calling us in. There’s less talk today and I have a sense we’ll be going deeper into nature, though as I look outside and see the relentless rain (seriously though – what else would you expect in the underworld), it doesn’t look like we’ll be able to venture out. It feels disappointing to not be able to put our feet on the earth and sit directly in nature, and part of me wonders how we’ll maintain a connection whilst not being able to directly touch, feel, sense and smell the land.
As Sue continues to drum she is joined by others in our group as we move and dance. We settle in and Riyana invites us to ground and remember what the sensation of connect and disconnect feels like in ourselves. I feel like I am learning a new language. That word ‘remember’ hits home. As with most of my practice, I feel it’s the ‘remembering’ that brings me closer to a balance. We deepen our remembering by breathing with the plants and I feel myself relax into the trance of the offering.
Today we’re dropping into the mycelial network via breath, sound and movement … and tea! Our experience in circle is a divine blend of herby wisdom and an encounter with matter itself. I learn about medicinal mushrooms (not psychotropics) and how they work within my body to build resilience. I learn we are like the fungal web itself. Our spirit and how it is fed and grows influences the spirit of the collective.
Medicinal mushrooms are adaptogens and when used in daily practice, repatterning and rewiring occur. I am aware my repatterning is all about ‘doing’ my daily practice, including embodied movement, deep rest and tea. To take this small amount of time each day to connect into the rhythm of nature and listen.
Today’s Path and the mycelium network reminds me of one of the Permaculture Principles … Small Slow Solutions. I remember to be gentle and vow to settle into some radical self-care.