This is a very special creative writing programme.
We will follow the well-worn path of the storytellers of old, beginning with your own story and transforming it into something unrecognizable yet something even more true.
Our times call for new stories.
New paths through the woods, new tricks for befriending the wolves, rescuing ourselves from the dragon, and falling in love with ourselves.
We will be meeting together weekly to craft our own fairytales, inspired by the things that have happened in our lives., and weaving them into a new book: a compendium of stories
Our first book is out now, and the 9 stories are woven together by one over-arching tale of a Selkie finding a treasure chest of tales.
After the end of the 11 week story-creating journey, Sam draws together all the stories to edit, illustrate, design and publish a book with all the tales in.
Some members of our first group of Selkies from 2022 have shared their breathtaking, beautiful, inspiring stories, with many of them becoming published authors for the first time in this book.
We have included journal prompts, recipes and ritual ideas inspired by the stories to help the reader go deeper into their own practice and reflecting.
We are going to be creating Volume Two of the book after the next round of the course in 2023.
Whether you are already a published author, or desire to dip your toes in and and become one, we would love you to join us.
What to Expect from the course:
• 11 weeks of pre-recorded content from Jessi and Sam, leading you through the process of crafting a tale drawn from the threads of your life.
+ weekly live Zoom calls with Sam and other course participants to reflect on the taught materials and hold space for each other as your personal fairytale of transformation begins to emerge.
• Creativity ritual practice to activate your direct connection with the stories inside YOU that need to be told.
• We will focus on a part of your story each week and give prompts to help your stories to find their way out through words, drawing, singing.
• In between sessions you are invited to keep drawing out your story, collecting words and images, stirring the cauldron and brewing.
• At the end of the course, you will have the opportunity to include your tale in a published book of new fairy stories, to provide guiding lights in the darkness for others.
Your Guides for this journey:
CEO + Muse of Wild Essence : Heathen Witch Siren
Jessi is an artist of anarchy who spits fire at any system that would seek to confine her and poetically cracks open soul-cages of all we think we know for sure. She is an animist creature who dances her own harmonic threads of the natural web. A blood and bone ritualist Witch of alchemical embers, she is known for her provocative ways of being and strumming against the grains. In all of her creations, she brews a decadent potion extracting the nectars of neuroscience, somatic psychology, trauma sensitive embodiment practice, Celtic witchcraft, herbalism, feminism, and sensual empowerment. Attuned by the melody of the more, the original song - Jessi offers herself as artist poet, muse mentor, flame tender, way seeker, with trust that the greatest symphonies unfold in the deepest presence. And so she is today, ask again in a year for another lense ;)
Sam Goodlet (she/they) is an artist, writer and animist, and a practicing British witch, drawing on Brythonic and Celtic traditions and ancestral connections. She has a background in nature conservation and environmental education and an MA in natural history interpretation, and is a trained Spiral Practitioner and coach. Dive Down: Drawings from the Deep was their first book, with new books due out in 2022.
Sam is a visual creatrix who’s worked in libraries, schools, nature conservation, environmental education and as a freelance illustrator.
They run online courses and one-to-one coaching based on two key principles: helping humans remember that they are animals too, and using enchantment and wonder as the ultimate form of self care. Sam lives just outside Winchester in the South of England with her partner, rescue dog and little boy. She walks through the world interwoven in wild whispers and in the paw prints of ancient animals.
Please note that the course materials and meeting links will be provided inside the course in the Wild Essence Kajabi portal. You will get access to the portal and the pre-recorded materials as soon as you sign up. You can start exploring and writing straight away!
All live sessions will be held between October '23 and February'24. Dates and times TBC.
We are aiming to reease book 2 around March '24.
"Each week, a new portal opened for me. Around the third week, something shifted and an entire world was born. An entirely new way of writing for me developed.
Each week we dove into concepts that ultimately shaped and morphed not only my style of writing, but released a tidal wave of characters, storylines, and a way for me to tell the story I needed to in a protected, honorable, and interesting way.
I had a moment of self-doubt, a moment of "I am not good enough" to pull this off. But the container we created would never have allowed that to happen, never left me behind. Every week we were supported, encouraged, guided, in a way I have never been before in the world of writing. The process took on a life of its own and it was glorious.
When it was time to publish, then it became terrifying for me. It still kind of is. Terrifying to put yourself out there and beautiful to have had the experience and to continue to have the experience.
It is all of those things and more. I now have a story of mine, in print, out in the world, in people's hands. I also now have to keep going. My story is a 'to be continued', and I will continue. I most likely will also make it a book of its own when it is done. This would never have happened without The Selkie's Tale.
If you love to write, or even are simply exploring, and have the opportunity, jump in with us, there will be more!"
"I was fresh out of the 'Fires of Desire' event for Beltane with Jessi Magick’s, when I got in touch with longings I had long denied, one of which was writing.
I wanted to keep my momentum strong, so I signed up for The Selkie’s Tale scared out of my wits!
The idea of creating a story and finishing it seemed daunting, but with the guidance of Sam Goodlet I was able to write a story that made me proud.
Our weekly gatherings were intimate, productive, and enormously supportive.
It was profoundly personal in that we cried tears of frustration at our setbacks, and tears of joy for our successes. It was worth every moment of commitment as it led me to a place I never thought I could go, and sparked a hunger for a craft I thought was out of my reach.
Because of this experience I am forever changed and boundlessly grateful."