By Thea Sabin
Because the Pagan and Wiccan groups develop, so does the necessity for lecturers, mentors, and position types. when you are looking to proportion their wisdom, instructing could be a very empowering and non secular adventure. yet practising the Craft and educating it are very various things. during this well timed advisor, renowned Wiccan writer and instructor Thea Sabin offers transparent thoughts for making a curriculum, together with pattern syllabi. She additionally offers guideline and suggestions on the most important elements of changing into an efficient and encouraging instructor of Wicca and Paganism. —Develop instructing tools for grownup learners—Manage team dynamics—Give nice presentations—Find and display students—Set up on-line classes—Cultivate endurance and humility additionally, you will locate interviews and recommendation from numerous revered Pagan lecturers, akin to Patrick McCollum, Holli Emore of Cherry Hill Seminary, Christopher Penczak, and T. Thorn Coyle.
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Extra info for A Teaching Handbook for Wiccans and Pagans: Practical Guidance for Sharing Your Path
And that’s where we are, and it’s kind of fun. We feel like we fail a lot. ” Brian: That happens occasionally. I would like to see us failing forward. Sarah: Failing forward into the future. When you’re reading the interviewees’ stories, remember this: as smooth and accomplished as they are now, all of these teachers were new once, and they made mistakes—some of which you’ll read about in this book. Here is a quick list of my interviewees (you can read their full bios on page 289): T. Thorn Coyle, author and teacher Sarah Davies and Brian Rowe, first-time Wiccan teachers Pete “Pathfinder” Davis, archpriest of the Aquarian Tabernacle Church Holli Emore, executive director of Cherry Hill Seminary Anne Marie Forrester, artist, author, and high priestess Melanie Henry, high priestess and editor of a Pagan newspaper Ellen Evert Hopman, Druid, master herbalist, and author Sylva Markson, high priestess and author Patrick McCollum, Wiccan chaplain in the California Department of Corrections and coordinator for the Lady Liberty League Christopher Penczak, author, teacher, and healing practitioner Stephanie Raymond, co-founder of Our Lady of the Earth and Sky (OLOTEAS), a Pagan organization Oberon Zell-Ravenheart, Pagan elder, author, and founder of the online Grey School of Wizardry I hope that the information in this book will make it easier for Pagan teachers to get started or deepen their practice if they’ve already begun, and maybe even help them avoid making some of the mistakes I did.
If you are teaching a one-off class or online and not interacting too much with students individually, this might not be such a large factor. But if you end up teaching in an intimate setting, you will get to know your students and all of their issues very, very well. Melanie Henry told me: No matter how mellow they might seem, or how young and full of beans, or whatever, every student brings you new problems that you have to learn to solve, and if you’re going to teach something like the Craft, some of those problems will be very big.
Moment—when they glimpse their own connection to the sacred—is worth whatever it took to get them (and you) there. Although this work is absolutely vital to our community, we don’t seem to spend much time teaching others how to do it. I know a lot of Pagan teachers from diverse traditions and paths, and almost none of them received any real teacher training. Their teachers—if they had any—made sure they had a thorough knowledge of the material they would teach, but in most cases they didn’t or were unable to give them the tools for passing it on to others.