Spinning Gold: A Life of Enchantment begins September 1st, 2017.
and healing through storytelling
A Life of Enchantment
hat I have seen throughout my life whether in the country or the city, whether in the august halls of academia or the commerce driven marketplace, is that we all, all of us, have magic.
It's why we thrill to stories like Harry Potter and the Golden Compass, why we delight in tales of mythic rings and otherworldly requests — they hit upon a cord that vibrates deep within the body and soul singing out, I remember this, I remember this.
Our Recipe: 1 dash of Hogwarts,
1 heaping cup of fairytales and storytelling,
Stir in plenty of folk magic,
Warm over the fires of soul-seeking,
Serve with a whole lot of love.
Time out of mind, magic has always been taught through stories. Indeed, it is part of a greater story, a family of practices and ways of living that I call the Sacred Arts.
We listen, learn from them, and discover practices that illuminate our path. These stories and practices remind us of our forgotten knowing – how to take the straw of life and spin it into gold.
Knowing this is true has very little to do with belief and everything to do with being ready… to learn to trust your experience, to commit to life-changing work, to remember what you have always known. If you are ready to live your most magical life, then you are ready to start Spinning Gold. Welcome.
Spinning Gold 2017-2018
Storytelling, the Sacred Arts and the Magical Life - The aim of this course is to support you in rediscovering magic - and wholeness, holiness and healing - in your life through the power of stories and the Sacred Arts.
Duration: September 2017 to end of August 2018.
When to register: August 7th - September 7th, 2017.
What’s *NEW* This Year: One-on-one personal conference time with Briana; Eight New Guest Teachers; The Self-Study Option; The Spinning Gold Masterbook (a single PDF document, linked Master Table of Contents of all seven modules + audio links).
What this course is NOT about: Being a passive receptacle for the information I give you; applying a cookie cutter method to your life; giving over your sovereignty to a system; easy 5, 7, or 12 step programs; pre-digested material, or English lit class.
What this course IS about: Trusting your own experience. Questioning everything as the soulful seeker you are (see https://brianasaussy.com/how-to-be-a-soulful-seeker/). Taking what I give you, and then finding what works for you - creatively adapting and practicing in ways that work for your life and circumstances. Applying the stories and their teachings to your life, here and now, and practicing the sacred arts.
Who’s it for: Everyone, advanced and beginning students alike, and anyone who is ready to live their magic, and take it to the next level through stories and Sacred Arts.
What comes with it: Lifetime access to course; up to 50% discount on other amazing classes in the Sacred Arts Academy.
Intro to Spinning Gold
Rumpelstiltskin & The Power of Enchantment
The Sacred Art of Right Relationship
Active Imagination Journey Begins: Working with Rumpelstiltskin and the Fates
Sacred Arts Practices: Cultivating Calmness; Grounding Centering Anchoring; “Finding the Gold” Devotional Candle Recipe
Module I September — October
The Ballad of Tam Lin & The Power of Love
The Sacred Art of Alchemy and Magic
What happens when a mortal woman goes up against the powerful Fairy Queen for the sake of true love? As this ancient Scottish ballad teaches us, love is not something we feel only in the heart, we know it in our hands too.
Active Imagination Journey: Working with Tam Lin and Love
Sacred Arts Practices: Spirit Cord or Lasso; Salt Jar; Discovering your Love Talisman.
Module II November — December
The Baba Yaga & The Power of Courage
The Sacred Art of Lineage and Legacy
A young, naive, girl finds herself abused and misused by those who should care for and protect her. Will she find succor with a witch of the wild woods fabled to eat plump children or meet her doom?
Active Imagination Journey: Working with the Baba Yaga and Courage
Sacred Arts Practices: Summon your Backbone with your cord; The North Star Rite and working with Sacred Fire; Discovering your Courage Talisman; Make your very own Spirit Doll.
Module III January — February
Beauty and the Beast & The Power of Hope
The Sacred Art of Divination and Dreams
In this beloved tale, we hear the story of Beauty and her Beast not from the point of view of any of the usual characters but instead from the voice of a single, red, rose.
Active Imagination Journey: Working with Beauty, the Beast, and Hope
Sacred Arts Practices: An Omen Walk divination practice; A bedtime ritual to cultivate sleep and dreams; cord work with your descendants; Discovering your Hope Talisman.
Module IV March — April
Sir Gawain, Lady Ragnelle & The Power of Justice
The Sacred Art of Ceremony and Ritual
Brave knights of Arthur's round table always marry ladies fine and fair...or do they? A brutal tale that opens with the violation of a woman and the decay of the land and ends with unexpected merriment and the answer to that most ancient question: what is it that women really want?
Active Imagination Journey: Working with Gawain, Ragnelle and Hope
Sacred Arts Practices: Clarifying Candle Rite; Claiming Your Name; Make a Name Mobile; Discovering your Justice Talisman.
Module V May — June
Medea, La Llorona & The Power of Moderation
The Sacred Art of Cleansing and Purification
Two women, two stories, from opposite parts of the globe, and yet so much is the same. Join sisters Medea and La Llorona as they take us into the terrain where nightmares become real and innocence can be lost if we do not comprehend the power of Moderation.
Active Imagination Journey: Working with Medea/La Llorona and Moderation
Sacred Arts Practices: Navigating with a Lodestone; Cord Work Ritual and the Power of Moderation; Discovering your Moderation Talisman
Module VI July — August
The Book of Job & The Power of Wisdom
The Sacred Art of Prayer and Blessing
From the beginning wager to the catastrophe and finally the happy ending, The Book of Job is undoubtedly framed as a fairy tale. This is an uncomfortable fact is all too often overlooked by habit and tradition. No longer. In our approach the story of Job unfolds itself and reveals its medicines for what it really means to be among all of our relations - through the good and the bad.
Active Imagination Journey, Conclusion: Working with Job and Wisdom
Sacred Arts Practices: Cord Work for Wisdom; Milk and Honey Ceremony; Discovering your Wisdom Talisman and complete your Native Power Talisman Bundle.
Let’s begin with the classic problems: How to heal from the suffering, sorrow and travail that comes with human life? How to find joy and serenity and protect ourselves from or learn to live with the things that wound and scar us? What do we do with the very real, painful things of life? How do we break worn-out patterns and discover new life-giving ties strong enough to replace what is frayed and no longer of use?
These are old and deeply human questions. You find them written in the oldest texts from traditions all around the world, inscribed in pictures carved in rock, wood and painted, embodied in the oldest songs and stories from lineages that may have long since ceased to be, save a few scattered remnants. They are old, but they are timely questions, for they are our own questions: who doesn’t think about them from time-to-time today, on the way to work, or listening to the news, or standing in the kitchen, sitting on the bus, or coming home from that third specialist, no closer to a correct diagnosis or remedy for the greater and lesser things that seem to ail us?
Modern scientific inquiries into nature have proffered useful insights, and we ought to listen to them. We live in a world radically shaped by the scientific revolutions. And yet…after we have sharpened our understanding of the most intimate problems that beset us, after we have exposed them, what do we do with this information? How do we best live meaningfully. and in beauty, with them?
Fortunately for us, we don’t have to go it alone. There are seven common ways people all around the world - within the widest variety of traditions, from the ‘high’ to the ‘low’ or folk traditions, from exoteric to esoteric traditions - have approached and answered this set of deeply human problems. They are not yesterday’s superstitions, but tomorrow’s north star, practiced even in the midst of, and in partnership with, modern scientific technical civilization. They are deeply human ways in which we discover or create meaning in life, ways in which we turn the straw of life into gold in the most adverse of circumstances, ways we coax and transform the deepest wounds and sufferings into sources of liberation and healing. In fact, what makes them particularly powerful is the way they can help us radically reframe the very problems themselves.
They are: Prayer, Meditation and Blessing; Ritual and Ceremony; Divination and Dreams; Alchemy and Magic; Lineage and Legacy; Right Relationship. These are what I call the Sacred Arts. The practice of Sacred Arts involves storytelling, music-making and dance, image-making, delight-taking and inspiration, deep attention and sensitivity to experience, thoughtfulness, loving friendships and communities, and good old-fashioned hard work.
Some of them - like divination and astrology, alchemy and magic - have elements that come from folk, “low” or “vulgar” traditions banished at certain times from the august halls of the high tradition, and often branded as threatening or dismissed and discounted as mere superstition. What is different about the Sacred Arts is that I include all of them in the family - the in-laws and the outlaws, the “high” with the “low”. But I especially let the “low”, the poor and the typically unseen and overlooked, have a voice. Why?
Because we need it. Perhaps now more than ever, we need all of our resources at play, all voices at the table, all hands on deck. The tendency has been to be silent about those rebels and outliers. We’d rather pretend they are not there, with their bushy tails, pointed ears, wild feathers, and sharp, white, teeth. I see those outliers as what they are: they are family; they are us, our own messy, wonderful lives here and now, and they are needed because they possess the radical reverence, practical insight and the salty street smarts Psychology and the Perennial Wisdom can all too often. I have a soft spot for rebels and outlaws because I come from them, and I work with them; and I know that they are the overlooked members of a whole set of interrelated practices, without which our ancient and modern wisdom ways are lost to us and we to them.
What I have discovered is what anyone can discover who cares to look into it: the community of Sacred Arts practices in fact support each other - they complement and deepen one another. They flourish together, but they languish when separated or isolated. The more they are practiced in community and informed by our own full experience - the clearer, more effective and more vital they become. And, because of their timeless and timely depth, these practices are not exclusive to a single tradition, and are not dogmatic; rather, they are open to creative development, interpretation and adaptation to the needs of individual experience and circumstance as we move further into the heart of the 21st Century, and into the heart of the unknown.
At the root of all of the Sacred Arts, are stories and our own actual experiences. The real stories are ones we don’t make up; they are not produced by market speculation. They are stories passed down to us, about people who lived long ago; stories springing from dreams, stories about people who live in enchanted realms, and people who live next door. They are stories about your family, stories about your own life. Stories about the stars and the heavens and the earth. Stories about animals, gods and those wonderful, terrible, magical creatures: human beings.
Competent observers - from psychologists to writers - have noted that one of the great problems of modern life is the loss of stories, real stories, that help to orient and guide us, to show the way to the inner healing and psychic resources we all have to meet the tough stuff of life. This experience of narrative loss is connected to a growing feeling of fracturing and division in our soul, our communities and our lands and wild nature. “Spinning Gold” has grown out of a desire to find ways we can live, work with, remedy and even change these far-reaching and intimate problems of our life.
The name “Spinning Gold” comes from a tale I use in my teachings about that old rascal, Rumpelstiltskin. You will meet him in the Introductory Module (See Course Syllabus above). The heart of the story is about remembering what it takes to transform the straw of life into gold - that is to say, remembering how to transform ordinary and habitual but unhelpful, blocked patterns of behavior, thinking, and even situations that seem stubborn, into useful, beneficial, more open ones that lead us to better things. I chose Rumpelstiltskin as the model story for the whole work, because it aids us in identifying the practical work that has to happen in everyday life. I also chose it because it is one of the stories told to me, in the form that I am sharing it with you; and it was told as a medicine story when I was very young and - in fact, in a literal sense, medically - being woven back together myself. By listening to my family’s tale of Rumpelstiltskin, I realized that what was needed, what was being asked for by all of my relations - human, as well as fanged, finned, and furred - was a deeper level of weaving together or of healing: what was being asked for was a soul-weaving. At the end the day, I knew that the fulcrum around which Spinning Gold turns needed to be a durable tale containing blessing ways for all - from the beginner who is coming to the Sacred Arts for the first time, the intermediate and the advanced, but also those who come from a wide variety of religious and non-religious backgrounds, classes and cultures. Also, Rumpelstiltskin himself is a Trickster and an Outlaw; he knows the back roads and byways very well. What better guide could we ask for than the old rascal himself?
Why fairytales, then? Because they are they among the original outlier stories of the Sacred Arts, offering surprising psychological, moral, and (my favorite) practical insights into living a magical life far beyond the framework of conventional moral categories or how-to programs. Fairy tales, folklore, and myth are the primary sources of the Sacred Arts; the original root stock. They teach us reframe the problems of life in fresh and beneficial ways, and are thus the stories that hold the medicines we seek.
The practical aim of this comprehensive course, Spinning Gold, is to help give you tools to remedy narrative loss, to help you rediscover story in your life, and to nourish the foundational roots of the Sacred Arts in story and your own experience.
I want to emphasize experience. This course is about specific, concrete experience. We will be working with six original re-tellings of stories in this course. Coming from storytelling lineages as they do, they were not made for literary analysis and scholarly exegesis, but were built for use: to live with and to speak directly into the heart of what you experience every day. What this means is giving yourself time to reflect on stories and allowing yourself to be open to your experience, to what actually happens in your day-to-day life.
Without vital connection to the root source in story, the Sacred Arts wither and grow dim, become sclerotic and rote, our sense of wonder and magical possibility closes, and the practical aim of the Sacred Arts loses effectiveness. That is why this course is not about merely accumulating more dead information, but taking new insights you find in your own encounter with the fairy tales, stories and journeys, and activating them, learning how to weave them together into your life. The Sacred Arts and the stories at their roots, help us have eyes to see and ears to hear what is already there, in our life, waiting to be recognized and remembered. You begin to discover time-honored and durable ways to approach the toughest problems of life, and to find wholeness, holiness and healing magic where you might have thought there was nothing.
The Design and Contents of Spinning Gold
As you can see from the Course Syllabus above, Spinning is comprised of Six Modules developed over the duration of a single calendar year, from September to the end of August. Because of the nature of this work, by enrolling in the program, you will have free lifetime access to the course - along many, many more circuits around our beautiful Sun - so you may listen to new teachings, access the Guest Teachers library, join future conversations, and continue your many-storied growth. Enrolling in the course, you will have access to the Spinning Gold course classroom online, which is a one-stop location for all the downloads you will need for the course.
Our journey during the year will be guided by six timeless and timely stories - either fairy tales or stories with deep connections to fairy tales - and we will take on one story every two months. This pacing is so crucial. It will allow you to get new material, try out some new experiences and practices, and even catch up with others, or just catch your breath.
A new story - an original re-telling - will be delivered to you at the beginning of each bimonthly period in the form of a beautifully designed and illustrated PDF Guidebook, with stunning original artwork by Cassandra Oswald. You will find that along with the story, there will be many other juicy tidbits as well, to help stoke the fires of your sacred imagination, your daily practice and your soul seeking. The Guidebook also includes links for audio recordings of the story, and something we call The Active Imagination Journey.
Each Module Guidebook Includes: An original retelling of the story, available in printed text and recording; an Active Imagination Journey, printed text and recording; Delphic Questions for journal work, reflection and divination; Three Sacred Arts practice ideas; An essay taking up larger themes fundamental to the Module; Further Explorations (list of three resources).
Here is an example of what the individual Guidebook Table of Contents looks like:
- How To Use This Guidebook
- Blessing for Lovers of Learning
- The Guiding Story (Text Plus Audio mp3 link)
- Active Imagination Journey (Text Plus Audio mp3 link)
- Delphic Questions for Self-Discovery (Journaling and reflection questions)
- Three Illumination Practices (Sacred Arts Practices)
- Further Resources
The tapestry of Spinning Gold’s practical work is woven together by three primary, interrelated practices:
1. The practice of deep listening to stories and to your own experience. (Guiding Story)
2. The practice of the imagination (Active Imagination Journey)
3. Sacred Arts practice (Three Illuminations)
Your aim in this course is to become a master weaver of these three elements.
There are many ways to think about the power of stories. One way is to regard the best stories as the ones that “echo sound” our lives. The Guiding Stories help us sound the depths we need in order to move forward. Listening is a practice, and you can work at it, and get better at this soulful oceanography.
The imagination itself is given a work-out by the Active Imagination Journey, a powerful bridgework meditation practice in which folks are called upon to use their own imagination creatively and actively, drawing upon their own experiences. I narrate the journey, and use it here in this course as a way to build a bridge between the story and their own life and spiritual practice of their own. The Spinning Gold Active Imagination Journey is conceived of as a single journey, unfolding over First Threads and all six modules. The journey immerses the participant in the worlds and landscapes of the stories, while allowing them to weave meaning back and forth between the story and their own life. As I narrate the Journey, you will walk roads that wend their way through the landscape of the stories; swim in magical pools; and encounter magical objects and characters. I intentionally leave open ample room for the participant’s own specific choices and intuitions as to the form of things they discover.
The third strand of Spinning Gold is what I call Three Illuminations, Sacred Arts practices. These are practical “how to” recipes, tips and tricks. The point of this section is to present some ideas for people to try out. My expectation is you will creatively adapt what you find to your own needs and your own situation. I don’t want you to feel as though there is some grim duty to do everything perfectly all of the time. That would defeat the point of this whole experience. In the Three Illuminations section, I assume that everyone is beginner. All practices offer introductory background and easy step-by-step instructions.
Most of the Illuminations are smaller practices, easy to pick up and try out. Some titles of practices include: Navigating with a Lodestone; Clarifying Candle Rite; Claiming Your Name; Make a Name Mobile; An Omen Walk divination practice; a Bedtime Ritual to Cultivate Sleep and Dreams and so many more.
There are two exceptions - small practices which nonetheless develop over all six parts of Spinning Gold. For example: “Making and Using A Cord” and “Discovering your Talisman”, both of which are introduced with clear instructions for their making, and different ways to work with them. At the end of Spinning Gold, the readers/listeners/participants stand to have a beautiful talisman bundle associated with their stories, and they will have been introduced to the many ways they can make and use a Spiritual Cord or lasso. (For you information, the Course Syllabus above has included the Sacred Arts practices for each module.)
We will schedule six, two-hour Live Teaching Calls, also in mp3 format, so you can listen and make reference to them later. One of the purposes of the teaching call is to answer any questions you have, submitted prior to the call. But also, and more importantly, I present a teaching on the story and the theme of that particular part of Spinning Gold. What I aim for here is to help you effectively weave together all three of the elements - the story, the active imagination and the Sacred Arts practices. My goal is for people to walk away having concrete knowledge of the important and relevant ideas found in the story and how they directly relate to the Active Imagination and to experience. You will walk away with concrete knowledge of the several ways the Sacred Arts practices (Three Illuminations) connect to the story and to Active Imagination. And finally, in my teaching I address any stumbling blocks and offer some fresh inspiration and fresh perspectives.
Because my aim as a teacher is comprehensiveness, the Essay is where I expand on broader themes useful for what I call deep learning. The essays deal with becoming conscious of the roots of our thinking and our practice. As I state in the opening section of each Guidebook, it is my conviction that the most effective life and practice on the path of enchantment and radical reverence requires that we open ourselves to a healthy challenge at the level of our most basic ways of thinking, a challenge which will certainly be one of our most vital and nourishing sources for cultivating our life and our practice, and engaging in that deeply connecting work of remedying the narrative loss and fracturing of modern life and soul.
In the guidebooks, I also offer Questions for self-reflection and discovery. I like to think of these questions as “Delphic Questions.” The Oracle at Delphi’s most famous pronouncements was “Know Thyself”. Following the Oracle’s lead, I have posed questions for self-discovery and self-knowledge, for the purpose of giving you a way to get a better sense of what is happening in your inner landscape. The more energy you put into them, the more you will get out of them. One common and effective way to work with these questions is to use your journal as a support. Another basic and effective way to explore theses questions is to pose certain questions using a divination tool of your choice. Exciting and expansive work, and I can offer some help in both areas.
For each module guidebook, I have included a short list of some of my favorite books and sources. Just as we have a lineage of ancestors, we all have a lineage of ideas at the roots of our life. The resources I have picked are intellectual and spiritual influences that have shaped my feeling, thinking and practice around the focus of each of the Spinning Gold modules. This list will give you a sense of where I’m coming from, but the items of the list also tend to be primary sources that I believe will be generally useful, especially for those of us interested in living the enchanted life. At bottom, my hope is that the short list of resources is also an occasion for you to reflect on your own sources of influence and to turn to your own personal library of favorites. What influences and delights you? Where do you find brilliance and ‘amazing’ in the realm of writing and ideas? I hope in the coming months we can share these with each other in the Spinning Gold community.
One-on-one Course Conference with Bri. Besides having access to all Teaching calls and Guest Teachings, participants in the full course will have the opportunity to schedule one-on-one conferences with me, two times throughout the course. The personal connection is an important way you as a student can make sure your vital questions or concerns, as well as your insights, discoveries, and experiences are heard and understood! These calls are where we can get some real movement happening for you.
In addition to opportunities to receive meaningful feedback from me, you will have an opportunity to connect up with others. By enrolling in the course, you will have continuous, ongoing access to a supportive private online community forum, where ideas, experiences, and questions can be shared and explored with other participants and with moderators.
Guest Teachings: One of the shining constellations of Spinning Gold, in keeping with the spirit of community and the Sacred Arts, is providing access to a Resource Library, including audio interviews with some truly amazing voices in the Sacred Arts community. These are people who walk their talk and practice what they teach, bringing breadth and depth to our understanding of how to live a life more enchanted. This year we are adding some brilliant new stars to the Guest Teacher community that will benefit your Spinning Gold journey.
Bottom line is that this course is designed with you in mind. Through six live group calls with opportunities for your questions; one-on-one conferences with me; downloadable audio files of stories and active imagination practices; pdf guidebooks and a private forum, I have taken great care to design a fully-loaded and supportive learning experience in service of your particular learning needs.
We offer four enrollment options upon registration.*
Option 1: A one-time payment of $1,000.
Includes The Spinning Gold Masterbook PDF with linked Master Table of Contents, access to individual guidebooks, access to Teaching Calls, Guest Teacher and Resource Library, two one-on-one calls with Briana over the course of the year, and participation in the private Spinning Gold forum.
Option 2: Two payments of $500.
Includes The Spinning Gold Masterbook PDF with linked Master Table of Contents, access to individual guidebooks, access to Teaching Calls, Guest Teacher and Resource Library, two one-on-one calls with Briana over the course of the year, and participation in the private Spinning Gold forum.
Option 3: 12 monthly payments of $88.
Receive Six Module Guidebooks during the course of the year, access to Teaching Calls, Guest Teacher and Resource Library, schedule two one-on-one calls with Briana over the course of the year, and participation in the private Spinning Gold forum. Upon completion of the course, students will have option to download The Spinning Gold Masterbook, the Spinning Gold course including First Threads in a convenient single document.
*Payments are processed through Gumroad and/or Paypal. Registration is available August 7th, 2017. Course begins September 1st, 2017, and runs through to end of August, 2018.
New for 2017!
Option 4 - Self Study Course: a one-time payment of $250.**
Receive The Spinning Gold Masterbook PDF course in a single downloadable PDF document, with a linked master table of contents for each section. The Self-Study option includes audios of stories and active imagination journey.
Please Note: This option does not include access to the Six Group Teaching calls, two one-on-one personal conferences with Briana, or access to the private forum and Guest Teachers and Resource Library. If you should decide at a later time - for example next year - that you would like the support and benefit of one-on-one conferences with me, my teachings and the community, you are welcome to enroll in the course during regular enrollment period, less the amount of the Self-Study course.
**Payment for Self-Study will be processed only through Paypal only
Meet the Teacher
I know firsthand the power of story.
Born with a severe birth defect that limited my ability to speak, and which required years of speech therapy as well as surgery, I know what it is like to be imprisoned in silence, wordless, unable to tell ones story.
I encountered fairy tales while learning to speak, an experience common to children. But the simple task of learning to speak was for me rooted in a process of physically healing. The stories I listened to, and then learned to tell, became a way of life for me growing up. They were allies in my time of healing as a young child, and have lent their medicine to me many times since. They can do the same for you.
Intrigued? Learn more about me.
"Bri is a whip-smart teacher who effortlessly guides her students towards a deeper (and practical) understanding of the sacred arts. I’ve been fortunate enough to witness her incredible skills as a teacher, mentor, and speaker first-hand. When you study with Bri, it’s like getting access into a secret library of magical goodness with a professor that lovingly reveals the secrets of the universe in the most intimate and imaginative way. Her teaching is deep, pragmatic, and effective. Want to get your head wrapped around oracles and mysteries? This is your guide to knowing the unknown." —Theresa Reed, A.K.A The Tarot Lady
Each module includes:
An original telling of a fairy tale, folk story or ballad (both audio mp3 and print).
An original teaching inspired by each story and module theme delivered live during our group call.
An active imagination journey (audio mp3) with the aim of building a bridge from the story to your everyday life.
Small practices & simple magical ways to carry inspired action into your daily life - right away. Each contains at least one magical recipe for your enjoyment. (print)
An original essay taking on broader themes relevant to the practice of deep listening, deep learning and deep magic. (print)
A list of further resources to assist you on your journey of discovery. (print)
In addition, students will enjoy:
The opportunity to join a group call to talk about questions and to deepen our understanding of the ideas and challenges presented.
Continuous ongoing access to a supportive private online community forum, where ideas, experiences, and questions can be shared and explored with other participants and with moderators.
Opportunities for review and feedback from Briana.
Access to a Resource Library, including audio interviews with some truly amazing voices in the Sacred Arts community. These are people who walk their talk and practice what they teach, bringing breadth and depth to our understanding of how to live a life more enchanted.
Teachers & teachings you'll access
Inside the Spinning Gold Resource Library:
Spiritual Practice and Creativity
New Guest Teacher
Creative Artistry as Devotion
New Guest Teacher
Body as Altar and Temple
New Guest Teacher
A Sacred Arts take on Trauma
New Guest Teacher
Witnessing through the lens & life
New Guest Teacher
Martha Jo Atkins
Dying & Death Ceremonies, Ways of Honoring
New Guest Teacher
Tending the Home as a Sacred Art
New Guest Teacher
Sacred Arts of the Wild Mother
New Guest Teacher
Prayer & Blessing
Offerings, Ancestors & Lineage
Heidi Rose Robbins
The Sacred Art of Astrology
Decoding Divine Messages
Joanna Powell Colbert
Building a Spirit Doll
Madness, Divinity & the Oracular
Sarah Anne Lawless
Working with the Animal & Plant Spirits
Real Intimacy & Abundance
... and more! Our library grows with us.
"Bri’s Spinning Gold is the dream of what I would have wanted when I first started out on my path."
"I'm especially enamored of getting to listen to tales PERIOD, the way I'm encouraged to dive deeper into other fairy tales and stories I encounter in life, and the fact that the magical lesson extracted from each story is not always the one I would have expected. It feels like a deepening of the worlds around me, both seen and unseen. Heaven!"
"I feel like I have many more tools in my sacred, magical toolbox. I love how every month is focused on a particular theme that we build on as the month goes on."
"I think one of the really wonderful things about Spinning Gold is that you can incorporate and adapt the practices to work with your personal spirituality/belief system. Yet at the same time the teachings are so very spiritual - all about right relationship and goodness...and also very, very practical."
Whispered in dreams, songs, and poetry, the deep magic and wisdom of stories form a special partnership between those who are living, and those who lived many moons ago.
The flow, order, and depth of this program result from my lifelong partnerships with people living and passed, and the stories they have shared. It is the natural expression of my devotion to excellence and my practical experience in the sacred arts – writing, ritual, counseling, and teaching hundreds of gifted students.
Not super powers. The practical bent of this course - from the storytelling experience to putting wisdom into action - is how to cultivate and actualize the potential of powers you already have, simply in virtue of being human.
Love, hope, courage, wisdom, moderation are viewed as transformational powers and are treated as an integrated whole, like an ecosystem.
Information about fairy tales is abundant, but once we have that information, how do we apply it to our lives?
The best information is worth little without knowing how to carry it into decisive and sensible action. This course is dedicated to the transformational power of the stories and carrying this into life practice and action. The modules contains a wealth of ideas for putting into action wisdom gleaned from the stories.
"There is one thing that I look for in a teacher: love. You can discern fairly quickly in a conversation with someone if they have a real passion for their work - if it moves them on a soul level. Briana Saussy loves her work, and that is what drove me straight to her. I was so inspired by the way she approaches her craft. She has such a heart for the Sacred Arts she practices, that teaching them seems to come naturally for her. She is generous with her time, knowledge, and assistance.
As a student, you are never left hanging, or feeling like you missed something. And once you are in, you're in. Bri's open-hearted approach to sharing her expertise means that students become part of her Sacred Arts family and get a first look at new offerings, classes, and services, and get one-on-one access to her. When you are teaching the stuff of Spirit and Magic, you need to know your craft well. Briana has grown-up in this work, but doesn't rest on her laurels - she is always seeking knowledge and insight, and practices what she teaches. I unabashedly recommend her and her work often. She is one of the most brillant, magical people I know, and I am wildly proud to call her one of my trusted mentors.”
"I've been a student of Bri's since I first met her four years ago. From the beginning she has consistently been compassionate, loving, kind and always forthright and fair. As a student and graduate of the Miracle Tree Sessions, her teachings have revolutionized the way I move through the world. Her approach is direct, yet gentle; patient while remaining goal-oriented. She assumes a level of confidence in her students, even if they don't yet have it in themselves.
The material Bri presents in all the classes she offers is beautiful to look at, as well as being structured in a way that packs in a lot of information without ever being overwhelming. Her writing is thoughtful and rich, coming from a lifetime of knowledge and experience, while remaining easy to understand. Bri gives deeply of her time, heart and soul; her dedication to her students is unsurpassed. I am grateful and honored to call her my mentor and teacher."
Frequently Asked Questions
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When does the course start?
When does registration close?
Registration for the 2017-18 year of Spinning Gold closes on August 18th, 2017.
What is the tuition for this year-long course?
There a three options for payment structure. Option 1: a one-time payment of $1,000. Option 2: Participants may opt instead to cover cost in two installments of $500. Option 3: 12 monthly installments of $88. Option4: Self-study, one-time payment of $250.
I’m loud and proud about my spiritual path and already have a developed practice, will this course be too easy or basic for me?
Spinning Gold is designed for those interested in learning directly from traditional fairy tales. The spiritual insights that emerge from these tales are perennial wisdom, embodied in spiritual paths around the world. In this way, the course is designed to help those who are just beginning to search for a path, as well as those who already have a framework.
I’m not sure what my relationship to the spirituality is yet: will this course help me?
Yes! Spinning Gold is great way to become introduced to a world of timeless and transformation spiritual truths. The course is designed to help newcomers discover the relevance of storytelling for everyday life, but also to give those who are more experienced a chance to develop and deepen their practice. You may put as much or as little into the course as what makes sense for your everyday needs!
Is this a religious thing? Do I need to participate or not participate in a specific religious or spiritual path for this course to make sense?
No, you do not need to prescribe to a particular religious path. A body of stories and parables are found in all religions and spiritual paths, and while the stories may be unique to one tradition, truth communicated by means of story is not specific to any one tradition. The magic of storytelling can be practiced within all spiritual traditions.
I want to take Spinning Gold but I feel like I don’t deserve to give myself this and/or I’m afraid it will be too hard...
I hear that! Life is busy, and investing time, energy and resources into transformative spiritual practices can sometimes seem hard to fit in. Please know that the lessons, while rich, are designed to be accessible, as well as to provide a loving and supportive community to assist you every step of the way. This is a beautiful gift you can give yourself that will enrich the rest of your life in many ways.
What if my partner, family, kids, and/or boss, co-workers do not “get all of this” — should I not even bother?
You definitely should bother! It is frustrating to know that those closest to us do not understand or accept us for how we are and what we do. My hope is that after doing this course, you can communicate your areas of interest in ways that makes sense and is accessible to those around you. I have worked with so many students who have felt that they could never "come out" to their families - but after working with me, not only are able speak their truth, but they have found support in places they thought would never happen. To me, this is one of the things that makes teaching worth it!
What if I can’t make one (or any) of the group calls?
No worries. All group calls recorded. If you miss, students have opportunity to send in questions prior to group call to make sure that they get answered!
I’m not in the US or Canada, so the group calls probably won’t work for me, will they?
Group calls are scheduled at different times of the day to be as conducive as possible for all students to participate. Again, if you do miss a call, you can send questions in prior to the call.
And along those same lines, I’m an international student from another culture...will this course make sense to me?
Yes! Spinning Gold pulls from fairy tales, myths and lore from around the world. The themes we concentrate on are timeless human themes.
How content heavy is this program? How much time do I need to dedicate to it?
While the course is content rich, the mp3 format makes it expedient for busy lives. Students have a lot of freedom in determining how involved they want to be in the course. Generally speaking, dedicating one to two hours a week is a reasonable expectation for full benefit.
How much Bri time will I get in this program?
The question everyone wants to know! I will be very hands-on throughout the course --for example, the group call, the class discussion forum, and also will be available for review and feedback. New for this year, I give you the opportunity to schedule two one-on-one conference calls with me, each at least 30 minutes, at your discretion.
What is the refund/drop-out policy?
Spinning Gold is an investment in your spiritual practice and your developing relationship with the sacred in everyday life. We have a strict no refund policy. You may drop out, but will be charged for the entirety of f the course. But trust us, once you begin Spinning Gold leaving the class will be the last thing on your mind!
Where does the community meet?
For 2017-2018, we are using a private password protected classroom portal hosted on website, group calls, and a private class discussion forum - all ways for the community to make connections.
What kind of community support should I expect?
Great support! Folks who are drawn to this work are natural "givers". They are gifted, generous and interested in each other's stories, they love to support and help with another. Several people in particular - David, Cassandra, Sara, Jen, Jacqueline - will be helping me moderate the forum discussion, fielding questions and offering extra support.