Third Road Classes
What gives me
joy is my students. I get the
coolest students in the whole world. I’m blessed to walk my spiritual
What gives me joy is igniting the
unique joy within someone else, the utter delight that lights
them up like
a happy Yule tree and is their special gift to the world. Each person
unique talent or talents. Third Road nurtures these passions—you attain
selfhood. Classes open up your shamanic and mundane gifts.
I’m not flavor of the month
Students who choose me are not fad seekers.
of the people who study Third Road says the most about my work.
I’m in awe of my students.
And a bit humbled
by the honor of teaching these folks who want to: enjoy life to the max
working hard to be firmly entrenched in an ethical way of
being; find joy
and meaning no matter what; enjoy the career they were put on this
pursue maximum self-expression; be of service to their family, friends,
world at large; and make a difference to the people they touch. The
current Third Road students are national leaders in their field. Two
a celebrity chef; an innovator in paradigms for helping at risk youth.
Even students who think
themselves “newbies” quickly show
themselves to be my peers. Hmm, everyone on the planet is a peer. But
mean is: my newbies show a spiritual depth that makes them not newbies
even if they don’t know it. (Part of what I do as a teacher is to show
how amazing they already are. I’m not right for anyone wanting a mentor
attitude is “Study with me, I will reveal how to become as pompous and
as I am.” LOL.)
When a class has old and
my old-timers really welcome newcomers, instead of trying to cow them
supposed superior power. How cool is that?
It seems right to have
kicked off by
saying a good deal about my students: You the participant, not me, are
classes are for.
all this begin? With beginners and adepts all
together in my
entry-level classes. Entry-level classes are multilayered, suitable for
beginners and adepts.
If you are
new to paganism, shamanism, and the like, don’t be put off by
talk of amazing students. Get on my mailing list.
When you receive a class announcement that says "no
experience needed" or the like, trust it. Entry-level classes are totally accessible to beginners. Honest!
start at the
beginning. Spiritual seekers on any path occasionally start ground up.
example, Fred Lamond—an effective magician, one of European Wicca’s
respected elders, and a student of Gerald Gardner—took entry-level
had the beginner’s mind to profit from them, and liked them so much he
to teach them in England.
following banner is more info.
Road tradition is Faerie
shamanism. (For our purposes here, I use the
following terms interchangeably:
Wicca, paganism, Goddess Spirituality, witchcraft, Faerie Tradition, Celtic
Shamanic Wicca, Faerie mysticism.)
ecstatic path is surprisingly down to earth. We must
become mystics who apply our visions practically, so that we can
ourselves and obligations to family, friends, community, and
Road lessons develop one's spiritual, psychic, and worldly potential.
lessons include psychic training; personal
growth; the lyrical power of the Faerie Faith; a practical application
paganism to life's joys and challenges; becoming of maximum service;
magical technique, including spells for manifestation of material
integrated with tools for
experiencing the love of the Old Gods in daily life. Non-theists are
to adapt this part of lessons so that it is relevant, empowering, and
of lecture, ritual and
discussion. Weekly ritual practices are assigned. If you desire, I
address your specific issues.
taught experientially, not
academically. The Old Religion is learned through applied
in myth, ecstatic techniques, ethics, celebratory transformational
ritual-experiences, and sexual wholeness.
witchcraft. Ol' fashion
upcoming classes, each with a description of
that particular class, prices, and the like, go here.
(group meetings by phone): Third
Road classes are group phone calls. No computer or special
equipment needed. Just
dial your phone to
be with the group.
It's not me
lecturing at you for an
hour, it's magical, it’s interactive, and you ask all the questions you
shaman walks with her students in the other world. We can get there on
phone. I use traditional Celtic teaching methods, including direct
transmissions during classes.
Level Classes: An
entry-level class is usually seven
weeks long. There are many to choose from. They can be taken in any
is a complete training unto itself. They often have a specific focus
who desire only that particular class’s material. E.g., herbal magic,
traditional healing used for gender empowerment, shamanic counseling,
sexuality. These "sister" curriculums complement each other, adding
up to a larger whole.
every year or two I do a face to face weekend, which is announced
through my mailing
Most classes are
limited enrollment so
students can receive individualized guidance about making lessons
their present lives and strengthening the God(dess) within. Small
allow me to facilitate emotional and psychic safety—my tools for inner
can be deeply moving.
The Core Third Road
is 2 years long. Four entry-level
classes are part of it: 1) Be a Goddess Master Class; 2) Gentle Heart,
Palm Up; 3) Holy Sweaty Joy; and 4) The Ecstatic Path. They can be
taken in any order, and are each offered only once a year. Some people
do not take all four in one year, but spread them out over a longer
Along with the
prerequisites, a student is required to take two
"electives" before the advanced training (AKA the second year
lessons). Advanced training is one year and of a piece.
There are many
electives to choose
from. A class announcement will say whether that class qualifies as one
two electives required before advanced training.
Advanced Training is
a yearlong supervised shamanic
journey. Magical instruction and spiritual development are
commitment, but it creates huge shifts in one’s mundane life, as well
sweetest mystical fruits. Curriculum advances topics introduced in
courses. For example, students come to an even deeper trust of their
exercise and repetition,
students gain facility in the Magical Art much the way dancers or
artists train to command their art.
learn and/or sharpen
magical techniques most relevant to their own work and personalities. I
individualized curriculum; one student might learn about pastoral
another about animal totems. Personal attention is an integral part of
training. Private lessons are built into the class schedule.
includes many other
things, and this page is long nuf as is! But my classes are oral
most of which is best described within,...um, oral tradition. Call me!
notice of upcoming classes with prices, curriculum details, and the
like, go here.
each shaman had his or her own skill or
skill sets. One might drum into the underworld, another might be an
another might be a drumming
herbalist. Yet another shaman may have a totem animal, another shaman
pull illness out of patients. There is not space here to name the
forms. Nor would the entire sky be big enough to write them
The essence of
magic is expressed
differently by each person. My goal in entry level and advanced classes
help each individual discover the heart of mysticism and life as
it manifests uniquely in that person, and facilitate its
expression in a safe process.
Each person has
their specific depths
to explore. My curriculums are tailored to that. Students go deeper and
into the mysteries that draw them. For example, Margaret eventually
master astrologer. One day, after working on her astrology with me for
hour, she said it was the best astrology lesson she'd ever had. I am not an astrologer! Margaret travels
the world getting awesome astrology lessons from top people in the
field. Why would she still need me? I know how to uncover,
facilitate someone's personal power in ever deeper ways. Atypical
The 3rd Road Is an Initiatory Path. Initiation is not guaranteed upon
completion of the core training, but almost all students have received
it—some before the two years end, some a year or so after training.
Some do not want it! Feel free to call me with questions about
advanced training, some
students continue lessons. Over
the years, longtime Third Road initiates develop their own shamanic
specialty to a master level. I respect Michael Harner's sincerity and
contributions, but I do not hold with his modern idea of standardized
shamanism. I do not describe the post-two-year-training on this site—it
moot point until one has undergone the earlier training.
love Wicca, so am heartbroken
that it’s become one more
organized religion with dominant sectors that insist on set beliefs and
liturgies, invalidating thousands of sincere seekers. The word Wicca has come to represent an
oppressive approach to many people. I don’t renege on my Wiccan
just call them pagan sometimes or
explain that they’re teachings of my own devising, and I stand by them.
Third Road Wicca confuses some
folks about what I
teach. I will use the word, though. The Goddess frees us from
oppression: It is
important for non-fundie Wiccan traditions to remain.
My style of Wicca
following philosophy and provides tools to implement it: We need no
tell us how to act. Anyone can talk directly to Deity; hierarchical
be replaced with connectivity and personal revelation, through which
Goddess, self, and wholeness. I help non-theists who study with me
parts of Third Road.
to Start with
merry-go-round at any point. Choose an
entry-level class that appeals to you. Its description might not say
"pagan basics" or "introduction to faerie magic." I teach
classes that improve your life. In the process, you learn the Third
techniques and shamanic culture. Traditional training is contextual. I
shamanic technical development as part of a larger whole. Shamanism is
than the techniques. For example, you are the primary shamanic tool, so
work on who you are. Over the years, we deal with the whole of you and
life. My belief is I cannot train someone in a vacuum of pure technique
are fey-touched, whether or not an individual
class is described as such. I am fey in all I do, and my curriculum
my DNA. Also, traditional European shamanism as I know it is
from Faerie realms.
old-fashioned. The class material is
not something you can get online, even though I have online tribe. I
magic con leche, so our family tradition is a quiet subtle given, a
whispering magic inherent in all my thoughts, actions, and teachings.
The entire Third
Road curriculum is a
single eon-long bardic poem. It is an enormous responsibility—and
channel a poetry of transformative earth spirituality. I strive
stay a clear channel for a curriculum that is comprehensive,
effective, and safe.
I am 62. My work
still evolves, as it
should. I let go of harmful and mediocre early influences. I hopefully
of enough ego to be a better conduit of the Divine and more adept at
my students’ power instead of trying to impress them with my own. (I'm
reneging on any of my books. I stand by them 100%. I'm talking about my
evolution within oral tradition.)
I've returned to other of
my early influences, such as my family tradition, drawing on it more
still use some
old material I taught,
intertwined with the newer. The heart of my work remains: Fey-touched
that transform people and their lives, spiritually and materially. And
in the heart of fey magic, while facilitating that for others, as I
better methods to do so.
Money: Enrollment fee
announcements include cost. You might also pay long-distance charges,
on your long-distance plan. If so, they appear on your phone bill. The
have a U.S.
People, who can,
pay me. People, who
cannot, don't. Scholarships and semi-scholarships are available.
paying a lump
sum all at once is a
problem, call me about working out a payment plan. I am also open to
for services or products.
I am a
traditional shaman: I charge for
my services and took vows to not charge for certain lessons and
Despite the current trend against charging at all, money plays a sacred
traditional shamanic culture. Further
discussion of paid shamanism
is on my other site.
perceptions that are
transformative, joyous, and informative can be gained without drugs. It
matter of training. Third Road is such a training. This is rarely
a class description. If you can't figure out from its description
specific upcoming class has this sort of material, feel free to call
Road Is Not
mean, decadent, or haughty is not edgy, they are
destructiveness disguised as
freedom. Self-fulfillment and freedom can be gained through less
utterly ecstatic—methods. The environment of a Third Road class is a
route to joy. My students and I meet in the real, where love,
and personal freedom thrive.
is not temporary release followed by
an undisciplined, frantic search for the next escapist delusion. Liberty
require work, commitment, and a
teacher who is not "better than you."
isn't justifying one's addictions,
wrongdoings, and inertia. It's knowing one is worthwhile exactly as is,
nevertheless releasing inner blocks to happiness. I help you face those
ego is not thinking you can
do it all yourself,
but knowing you are worthy of support, and reaching out to get it.
ego is not criticizing others
in a superior manner, it is going 100% for what you desire and believe
Third Road nurtures the ability to find and maintain unstoppable
do not bolster someone’s false ego if they feel insecure
or lost. I help them experience their innate goodness 100%. That is one
things I do to construct an unstoppable healthy ego.
do not develop curriculum that nurtures identification
with a process rather than doing the process. Nor an identification of
something instead of being it. To
live in a false-ego-state of a definition causes great damage to self
alternative spiritual systems are not substantive,
they are simply polarizations against mainstream religion. Or they are
together quickly to be, voila, pagan. My teachings are deeply pagan,
constructed over time—this is what I do, what I have given my life to.
I might spend
years writing a
seven-week curriculum that I only teach to ten people. If I'm teaching
people, they deserve my highest standard. It's weird because, in our
most people would spend this much time on a curriculum only if they
to teach it to thousands of people. Weird, W-y-r-d.
excellence in the
transitory is part of oral tradition. My best poems were in the moment,
no record of them. Devotion only to documented events or to the ego
teaching many people results in arrogance, hierarchy, and pain for all
The immense work
process needed to raise your children or maintain your marriage or be
your job, and so on, as well as your brilliance, generosity, and
in these things—these invisible efforts are oral tradition. And are no
spiritual and devoted than a Catholic mass. This quiet excellence is
what Third Road
Road is neither trendy nor out of date.
classes are embedded within a long
lineage of oath-bound oral tradition. Despite how long this page about
is, the written word is incapable of representing what is taught
My oral trainings
cannot be learned
from a book.
online about what is in my classes. Not surprising, because oral
invisible. Plus, most folks know my work based on the small part of it
published. If you want to know more about my material and whether it
useful to you, give me a call—oral tradition!
consultant told me very few
national authors teach small groups. I’m now an international author,
tradition happens in small groups. I am not in this for the money.
offer three easy steps to
be lord of the universe, hehe. I go slowly, so sometimes students go
places to get "advanced material," thinking I do not have it. Or
because I don’t hint of dark secrets that will make you superior to
else, LOL. (Anyone who brags about occult secrets has lost those
because they assume everything I teach and practice can be found in my
published work. I live in my day, not in a book. Oral
be conveyed in print.
I live ecstatic paradox. Third Road is
not an either/or paradigm. My sense of divinity is an
example: I'm a non-theist pantheist
Goddess. Mother and all my Gods, I thank you for my wonderful life.
of my students believe in deity, some don't. Each to
own. I don't
buy into trends, e.g., that a belief in Deity is oppressive to those
believe in Deity. By that measure, the only way to support others is to
in nothing oneself. I can know something in my heart, and love that you
the opposite in your heart. Why not?
work hard to
help students find and trust the inner voice,
develop strong wills, live according to their passions, and fulfill
dreams. Yet, we work equally hard to surrender to something bigger than
ourselves. We also learn to balance healthy ego with authentic
wonderful wills with gentle willingness, and self-fulfillment with the
sacrifices entailed in being of service.
This balance is
not just a passing nod to humble willingness
and service. They are worked on as vigorously as we work on inner
will, passion, self-fulfillment, and magical
techniques—therefore, my teachings
withstand the rigors of daily life and the crises that are part of
teachers have a thin
gloss of humble willingness and selflessness, a veneer hiding teachings
no further than developing a sense of self or rebellion against
of self is vital, I
work hard to help my pupils do so. And it is good to rebel, I
Then I assist people in healing further to be 100% empowered. Initial
can be hard won and is wonderful freedom! To fully live your life and
your innate shamanic powers requires additional steps, which Third Road
provides—steps that move you past mainstream nana, past frustrating
and into a…well, into a beautiful gratifying Third
The above are
only a few examples of
major paradoxes within Third Road lessons.
Based in Relationship
commit to my students. I am
available by phone between classes,
and after the semester ends,
questions or problems. Your concerns are not dealt with by e-mail, I
treat you as yet another e-mail that needs answering. Oral tradition
necessitates that encounters be…yes, oral. (There are times when
e-mail me, e.g. they are not in the U.S.)
We enjoy free
rituals via group phone
calls, for students and anyone else who wants to participate. These are
announced on the Faerie Nation list.
Students gain (or
heart-openness to deep relationship with Divinity, family, community,
cosmos. While nurturing the individual, classes also foster each
weaving with society, nature, and universe. Again—relationship!
Be in now with
me. Be in union with
all, through oral tradition earth-based mysticism: Get in on the ground
of the cosmos’ moment to moment.
18 years, Third Road was the hub of a pagan community in SF, California. Then, I was
vision-driven to live quietly in rural northwestern Pennsylvania.
Now I continue my work midst wildflowers, trees, and dryads. The community is world-wide, yet
meets in small groups. A fey global-village. An uncomplicated intimate
structure can be effective—I have taught innumerable students.
sense, intuition, tarot cards, or hula hoop
to decide the quality of my work. Think for yourself. For example, a
reader-reviewer convincingly argued against things in one of my books.
said those things in the book. Now many people think otherwise. Heck,
had I not
known better, the review would've convinced me
the book is terrible, and its author (moi!) a shyster.
Feel free to
1) my motivation in offering classes is to be of service, 2) the cosmos
imbued me with Fey magic for the good of all, 3) enormous healing comes
me, though I am just another flawed human.
If we are not a
fit, may you always
have what you do need.
Call (814) 337-2490 but do
not e-mail me. Disabilities limit e-mail use, including just reading an
happy to talk
as long as you need,
if you want further info, to talk about your particular goals and
needs, or to
discuss whether a particular upcoming class is right for you.
I'm committed to
oral tradition so, of
course, I'm willing to talk with you. I'm not saying you're
call before enrolling. I am saying I'm available.
My life is about
cosmic (and, egad,
sometimes comic) connection. Need to "feel my vibe" to decide whether
to take one of my classes? Call me. I’ve nothing to hide and
am here to
email notice of upcoming classes with prices, curriculum details, etc,
article What is Faerie Tradition? might be useful.
essay about ethical fey teachers might be
bio has more about oral
tradition, other elements
of my teaching, and what I bring to the table as a teacher.
to heaven, and there's the road to
hell, and there? That's the road to
Faerie."—Thomas, the Rhymer
Francesca De Grandis. All rights reserved. No part of this
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