Weaver Foundation Year

Way of the Weaver

9-Month Program (Nov 2022 - July 2023)

Our World Needs Your Magic!

The Way of the Weaver Foundation Year is a nine-month journey that weaves threads of magic, activism, and community. We believe that magic is real, present all around us, and a profound tool for justice and transformation. Like all of our programs, this hybrid in-person and online training is rooted in the values of service, inclusive community, critical analysis of the oppressions that bewitch our society (capitalism, colonialism, racism, etc.), and deep respect for ancestral spiritual traditions from around the world.

What Weavers love about the Foundation Year:

"Community. Attention to justice/non-appropriative practices. Joyful crafting. Thoughtful group agreements. Focus on regular practice, safety, experimental learning. Gorgeous venue. Co-creating and joining ritual experiences. In-person intensives. Singing together. Beautiful anchor of connection during Covid-19. Big picture convos on magic, liberation, aspecting, etc."
~ Jules (Massachusetts)

"Expanding my magical repertoire, connecting with deity, growing exponentially,
connecting with amazing people."
~ MxC (Vermont)

"Radical acceptance. Spaciousness.
Extremely skilled and knowledgeable teachers."
~ River (Vermont)

"The community connection, tons of opportunities for learning and practice, a beautiful space to make mistakes or fumble through learning something new while being held by the community."
~ Daisy (Massachusetts)

"The community with all the participants and teachers was my favorite part!  Learning in an accessible and rich way. Centering of agency, relationship, respect in all things."
~ Moriah (Maine)

Program Curriculum & Dates

The Way of the Weaver Foundation Year training program offers a review of the basics that sustain healthy magical practices (grounding, ethics, shielding); an exploration of the origins of Western esoteric philosophy; advanced magical skills such as psychic self-protection and aspecting the gods; and proven techniques for designing and leading effective, engaging group rituals for your community. We will meet in person for four weekends in Central Vermont (5pm Friday - 12pm Sunday for the first three retreats; our final retreat is longer than the others: Friday 12pm - Monday 12pm). We also have monthly online learning sessions. Our program syllabus includes:

1: "Self-Awareness" Immersion Weekend Nov 4-5, 2022

  • Answering the Call: What does it mean to be a Weaver? Who is a Weaver?
  • Weaving Our Web: Inclusivity, boundaries, consent, active listening, witnessing
  • Service as Sacrament: Three levels of service (self, community, that which is larger)
  • Energetic Protection: Cleansing, grounding, warding, psychic self-defense
  • Daily practices, building and maintaining meaningful altars
  • Group ritual featuring a deity from European folklore

2: Evening Online Session Nov 14, 2022

  • Ethics in Magic: Writing your personal Code of Honor
  • Ethics, consent, and discernment
  • Folk magic, animal allies, and avoiding cultural appropriation
  • Establishing a Trance Practice: Journeys within and beyond ourselves

3: Evening Online Session Dec 12, 2022

  • The Elements: Cultural context and advanced magical correspondences
  • Tracing the development of western magical practice

4: Evening Online Session Jan 16, 2023

  • Storytelling & Sound Magic
  • Primary and secondary sources in mythology
  • Alternatives to the "Hero's Journey" framework

5: "Transformation" Immersion Weekend Jan 27-29, 2023

  • Diving Deep: Shadow work
  • Gathering Insight: Divination and scrying
  • Magical Apothecary: Intuitive esoteric herbalism
  • Charging Our Intentions: Sigils and bindrunes
  • Group ritual featuring a deity from European folklore

6: Evening Online Session Feb 13, 2023

  • Devotional Practices: Everyday animism and relationships with deities

7: Evening Online Session March 13, 2023

  • Spellwork and Weaving Community Ritual: Ethics, engagement, and impact

8: Evening Online Session April 10, 2023

  • Weaver Toolkit: Trauma awareness and compassionate tending in magical space
    (Guest Speaker TBD)

9: "Synthesis" Immersion Weekend April 21-23, 2023

  • Encountering Deity: Invocation, aspecting and trance possession work
  • Applied Ritual Skills: Co-creating ritual and spellwork in community
  • Wisdom of Numbers and Shapes: Sacred Geometry
  • Courting Allies: Animal spirits and nature omens
  • Group ritual featuring a deity from European folklore

10: Evening Online Session May 15, 2023

  • Working Toward Positive Peace: Principles of Kingian Nonviolence. Jamie has trained at the Selma Center for Nonviolence, Truth and Reconciliation in Selma, Alabama, which carries on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s civil rights work. She will share some of these principles with our group, and how they might intersect with our Weaver practices.

11: Evening Online Session June 12, 2023

  • Repairing the Web: Transformative and Restorative Justice
    (Guest Speaker TBD)

12: Evening Online Session July 10, 2023

  • Student-Chosen Topics

13: "Celebration" Immersion Weekend July 21-24, 2023

  • NOTE: Our final retreat is longer than the others: Friday 12pm - Monday 12pm.
  • Collaborative planning for three co-created group rituals, with opportunities for up to three Weavers to aspect deity
  • Why myth & magic remain relevant in modern times
  • Toasts, Boasts, and Oaths: Setting intentions for taking our Weaver skills into the wider world

Tuition & Logistics

Thanks for understanding that many threads come together to create this training: travel costs, venue rental, food for our group, compensation for facilitators, preparation and in-person teaching time, as well as donations to the indigenous Abenaki on whose lands we teach. Our desire is to make this training both sustainable and accessible, so we've designed a sliding scale and payment plan to help fit training costs into your budget. If Way of the Weaver calls to you, please let us know what else you need to make your participation possible. There are also five scholarships available for BIPOC applicants (see below).

Your Program Tuition Includes:

  • Instruction from Jamie and Murphy at four in-person immersion weekends in Vermont, and nine evening online remote learning sessions.
  • Four delicious hot meals at the in-person weekends (Saturday breakfast through Sunday breakfast), designed to meet most common dietary needs if they are present in our group (vegetarian, gluten free, etc).
  • Supplies and handouts for our in-person weekends.
  • Optional sleepover lodging at the venue (bring your own bedding, and sleep on the floor in shared space). We are also happy to help arrange a homestay with local participants if you need more accessible sleeping space, but we can't promise that it will be available.
  • Recordings of our online training sessions.

What Tuition Does Not Include:

  • First night dinners during in-person weekends are potluck, so please bring something to share. Snacks and teas throughout the weekend are also potluck or bring-your-own.
  • If you need private sleeping space, you will need to get an AirBNB room in the Montpelier, VT area, at your own expense.
  • Travel to and from in-person weekends is your responsibility, but we are happy to help connect people for carpooling, and can probably pick you up at the train or bus station in Montpelier if you arrange the timing with us in advance. Public buses can get you from the BTV airport to Montpelier on weekdays (not available on weekends).

Our Sliding Scale
The Way of the Weaver training costs $2,200-$6,000 per person, sliding scale. The following income guidelines can help you select what part of the scale you fall into. Please note that upon enrolling in the program, you are agreeing to pay the entire cost of the training, regardless of your ability to attend each meeting.

For transparency: Our break-even charge per person to cover the expenses of the program and pay ourselves for our time is about $3000/person.

Total Household Income/Program Cost:

  • $15,000 or less: $2,200
  • $15,000-$20,000: $2,400
  • $20,000-$25,000: $2,600
  • $25,000-$30,000: $2,800
  • $30,000-$35,000: $3,000
  • $35,000-$50,000: $3,500
  • $50,000-$75,000: $4,000
  • $75,000-$100,000: $5,000
  • Over $100,000: $6,000 (and consider donating a partial or full scholarship)

Advance Payment vs. Payment Plan
A deposit of $500 will hold your place in the training. If you can pay your balance in full before the training starts, that's great! If you need a payment plan we are happy to work with you, just inquire via email. Your program tuition must be paid in full by July 20, 2023 (regardless of whether you miss any meetings).

BIPOC Scholarships
If you identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color, we have five scholarships available to cover your tuition. We offer these scholarships in the spirit of reparations, and in acknowledgement of the inevitable emotional labor inherent in participating in predominantly white spaces. To apply, just mention your interest in the scholarship on your application.

We do not offer refunds, but if you decide to permanently leave the program for any reason you will be issued a prorated credit based on how many months of the program you've already completed. This credit is good for any future classes with Mountainsong Expeditions or for Jamie Waggoner's other programs.

Covid Protocols & Contingency Plan:

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How to Apply

We'd like to know more about you so we can confirm this training is a great fit! Please fill out this Online Application Form or send us a video or audio file of yourself answering the questions on the form. If you need a different accommodation for your communication style, just let us know. Our email address is [email protected].

Jamie or Murphy will email you after you apply to arrange a phone interview to assure the program is right for you. Once you've applied, and we've had a conversation with you to be sure this is a great fit, a $500 deposit holds your place in the program.

Thanks for your interest in Way of the Weaver! Blessed be.