Trainings

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Current Courses

Unlocking the Power of Magic

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Crossing into the Mysteries

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The Deeper Wisdom of the Circle

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Dancing with My Shadow

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Communing with Immanent Divinity

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Special Note about Our Initiations

One of the most profound rites in the Ara Tradition is that of Initiation. Ara’s unique initiatory training and Initiation rituals are cathartic rites of passage in which the initiate embarks on a renewed spiritual journey of discovery.

In keeping with our practice of deconstructing, we looked to the initiation ceremonies of indigenous shamanic cultures and ancient mystery schools to find the core principles and practices that resonated with our values. And so we have devised initiation experiences that are cathartic rites of passage, acknowledging transformations of birth, death and rebirth. But Initiation is not the end of the metamorphosis; rather it is a catalyst, the beginning step in a new spiritual journey.

The view of the Ara Tradition is that Initiation is a personal choice made at a pivotal juncture in your spiritual journey. The Ara Tradition recognizes that the events of life may, in fact, “initiate” you. But Rites of Initiation are usually facilitated by a community (such as the Temple). Only people who have successfully undergone the Ara Initiation rites may call themselves an Initiate of our Tradition.

In the Ara Tradition, the role that Initiation plays is quite different from the traditional Wiccan model. Initiation is not a “first degree” in a three-degree system—Initiation in the Temple of Ara is a unique, “stand-alone” event. For Ara, Initiation is a sublime and transformative experience that connects you to the Divine in a ritualized format. It is the culmination of your work up to that point, and it is the recognition of your devotion to and understanding of the Ara Tradition and its teachings. It is also a pledge between you and the Temple, to uphold its values and work towards its goals.

Once you have been initiated, we hope that you will continue to work and grow within the Temple’s structure and stay involved through our various programs. You may or may not choose to enter into the Clergy Training Program and become legally certified clergy. You may or may not choose to participate in Advanced Level workshops given by the Temple. Please be assured that it is perfectly acceptable, and honorable, to prosper spiritually while remaining an Initiate.

We hope that becoming an Initiate will deepen your experience of the Sacred and open you to new worlds of spirituality and connection with Life. We look forward to your contribution to building the Ara Community.

How to Qualify for Initiation

Preparation for Initiation can take several years of challenging, transformative work. Participants are required to be current members of the Temple, have successfully completed Crossing into the Mysteries program, actively participate in Outer Grove and complete our three initiatory training intensive workshops:

To prepare for the intense, psychological and spiritual changes that can manifest during our training programs as well as during and after Initiation, we have created interim community building support programs:

  • Outer Grove: for members who are just starting with the Temple
  • Inner Grove: for members who have completed Level 3 and intend on becoming initiated, or who already are
  • Silver Wheel: for council leaders and clergy

Initiation is a very personal experience and for some it will lead to an ongoing commitment to the Temple of Ara as their spiritual home and community. For others, it will serve as a rite of personal transformation as they continue on their own, unique quest.

All petitioners for initiation must be members of the Temple in good standing. Mentoring in between the intensive workshops may be available for those who qualify yet is not guaranteed.

To learn more about the requirements for Initiation, please email us HERE.

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