Seeking Avalon Within – October 2-5, 2014 – Accord, New York

June 17th, 2014 by Jhenah

Many blessings all!

We have had such a beautiful response to all of the SOA Intensives being presented this year, and there are only a few spots left for our introductory level “Seeking Avalon Within” intensive in Accord, NY. Taking place on October 2 – 5, this intensive is open to all women interested in the Avalonian Tradition; you do not need to be a member of the Sisterhood of Avalon to attend. If you are interested in this work, or would like more information, please click the link below or contact our intensives coordinator via email.

For an informational flyer, please click here or the thumbnail above.

I look forward to sharing Sacred Space with you!

Bendithion Afallon,

Jhenah

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Interview on “Voices of the Sacred Feminine”

June 13th, 2014 by Jhenah

Tune in to Blog Talk Radio’s “Voices of the Sacred Feminine” with Karen Tate on June 18 at 7:00 Pacific Time. I will be talking about the Avalonian Tradition, the SOA, and the lessons that Avalon holds for the spiritual journeys of today’s women. Devotee of Aphrodite Laurelei Black will also be on the show, discussing her work on Sacred Courtesans. Hope you can listen in!

 

 

 

 

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2014 Presentation Schedule

February 1st, 2014 by Jhenah

“Pilgrims’ Prayers”, photo by Jhenah Telyndru. West Kennet Long Barrow 2009

Blessings All,

I have been working hard, along with the Sisterhood of Avalon and Mythic Seeker Tours, to cultivate the seeds for what looks to be an exciting year of sharing, exploring, and deepening in the work with sisters from all over the world. While some events are still in the works, here is my growing Presentation Schedule for 2014.

I will be teaching several Sisterhood of Avalon Training Intensives this year, two of which will find me co-facilitating with two other priestesses and teachers in the Avalonian Tradition (the co-events in Glastonbury and Texas). I am honored to once more be co-leading the SOA/Mythic Seeker Tours 2014 Pilgrimage to Wales this August: The Priestess and the Healer. PantheaCon, one of the largest indoor Pagan conferences in the world, will be keeping me quite busy this year! In addition to presenting several workshops, and participating in a Llewellyn Author Panel, I will be hosting an Introduction to the Avalonian Tradition chat and a Sister Gathering in the Sisterhood of Avalon hospitality room at the Con. Please do stop by!

If you have any questions about these offerings, or would like some additional information, please do not hesitate to drop me a line!

Bendithion Afallon,

Jhenah

2014 Presentation Schedule

 

PantheaCon

San Jose, California USA Feburary 14 – 17, 2014

Healing the Wounded Queen; Pagan Open Mic; Llewellyn Author Panel: Pagans and Ancestors – Living with the Honored Dead

 

Seeking Avalon Within Foundational Avalonian Intensive

Central New York, USA    May 8 – 11, 2014

 

Realm of Sea –  Level Two Avalonian Intensive

Hudson Valley, New York USA    June 12 – 15, 2014

 

Seeking Avalon Within Foundational Avalonian Intensive*

Realm of Land – Level One Avalonian Intensive*

Glastonbury, UK    August 5 – 8, 2014

 

The Priestess and the Healer: 2014 Pilgrimage to Wales

Wales    August 10 – 16, 2014

 

Seeking Avalon Within Foundational Avalonian Intensive

Hudson Valley, New York USA    October 2 – 5, 2014

 

Seeking Avalon Within Foundational Avalonian Intensive*

Realm of Land Level One Avalonian Intensive*

Texas, USA   November 13 – 16, 2014

 

*These intensives will run simultaneously and will be co-taught by Jhenah and other teachers and priestesses in the Avalonian Tradition.

 

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Interview with Eternal Haunted Summer

June 25th, 2013 by Jhenah

I was recently interviewed for the Summer Solstice issue of Eternal Haunted Summer. Interviewer Rebecca Buchanan, who (among other works) edited the fiction anthology The Scribing Ibis which included my short story “The Gallasenae”, asked some really fantastic questions about Welsh Mythology, Goddess Spirituality, and journeying to sacred sites in the British Isles. She also inquired about some of the projects I am involved with, including music with Afalarian, and where you can connect with me in person this year.

I am happy to share the interview with you here. Please let me know your thoughts or questions!

Solstice Blessings to all!

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Workshops and Book Signing at Eye of Horus Metaphysical Store in MN

March 31st, 2013 by Jhenah

Meet the author of Avalon Within, Jhenah Telyndru, on April 21st at Eye of Horus in Minneapolis, 3012 Lyndale Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55408. She will be offering two workshops in the afternoon, with a free talk and book signing in the evening.

Trancing the Inner Landscape: Ecstatic Body Postures.

1:00 – 3:00 PM

The Island of Avalon, the Holy Isle of Healing, is an embodiment of the Goddess in the landscape; indeed, the outline of the island itself resembles a woman in repose across the British countryside. A place of pilgrimage since time immemorial, the unique transformational energies of the Glastonbury landscape have always been considered sacred.

Believed by some to be the heart chakra of the planet, the place where ancient Avalon once dwelt still attracts spiritual seekers from all over the world.

Inspired by the Ecstatic Trance Posture work of Anthropologist Felicitas Goodman, Avalonian Landscape Postures are a meditative journeying discipline that permits the seeker to connect with and explore the alchemical geomantic energies of the Island of Avalon by adapting meditative poses which approximate the forms of Glastonbury’s unusual landscape features — features which include mineral-rich springs, a spiraled hill, and a mist enshrouded lake. In assuming these postures, we are able to experience facets of the Avalonian landscape even as we awaken their transformational energies in our own lives. As we explore the Holy Island, we come to a deeper understanding of our own sacred nature. As we connect with Center, we are drawn ever nearer in relationship with Source.

Together, we will explore the symbolic significance of major sites in the Glastonbury landscape, discuss their mythic and historic context, and highlight their relevance to the spiritual pilgrim of today. Accompanied by Shamanic drumming, we will have an opportunity to experience a trance posture journey to the Holy Isle in a safe, sacred, and supported environment. Pre-registration required. $30 – call 612-872-1292.

Fire in the Head: Igniting the Spark of Awen.

 3:30 – 5:30 PM

This workshop will present several tools which will allow you to directly tap into the Source of Awen, as well as open the energetic channels of your own creativity.

Everyone exists as a vibration of the Great Divine Creatrix, and the creative energies of Awen is the Celtic resonance of this concept. This firey Source of Creation – from the inception of the Universe, to the conception of a child, to the reception of an inspired verse of poetry – is literally the birth right of all, and reclaiming the pathway to Awen is yet one more way to empower seekers to embrace our wholeness. Awen, or Divine Inspiration, was much sought after by the Druids and Bards of the Ancient Celts. In reclaiming the paths to Awen, we look to ancient tools and inspiried modern techniques to restimulate these energies in our lives. Pre-registration required. $30 – call 612-872-1292.

Avalon Within: A Sacred Journey of Myth, Mystery, and Inner Wisdom.

6:00 PM

Free Talk and Book Signing

For more information, and to pre-register, visit the Eye of Horus website or call the store at 612-872-1292. Hope to connect with you there!

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2013 Presentation Schedule

March 1st, 2013 by Jhenah

Blessings All!

Although my schedule for this year is still evolving, I am pleased to share the intensives I will be facilitating, and the workshops and papers I will presenting thus far. I hope we will have the opportunity to connect in person and to share sacred space. More information will be forthcoming.

Bendithion Mawr,

Jhenah

 

2013 Presentation Schedule

 

Presentation Event Location Date
Mapping Her Memory: Seeking the Goddesses of the Mabinogi in the Welsh Landscape  The Association for the Study of Women and Mythology Biennial Symposium St.Paul, Minnesota, USA April 20, 2013
Realm of Sea – Level Two Avalonian Intensive Sisterhood of Avalon Training Intensive Kitchener Ontario,Canada June 6 – 9, 2013
 
 Realm of Land – Level One Avalonian Intensive Sisterhood of Avalon Training Intensive New York, USA August 15 – 18, 2013
 
TBA Southeast Women’s Herbal Conference Black Mountain, North Carolina, USA October 11 – 13, 2013
 
Seeking Avalon Within Foundational Avalonian Intensive Sisterhood of Avalon Training Intensive Texas, USA November 14 – 17, 2013
 

MORE TO FOLLOW

Email for Additional Information and Registration Materials.

 

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The Loom – Full Version

October 3rd, 2012 by Jhenah

Lori and I are excited to share this full version of our pre-release single, The Loom. We hope you enjoy it — let us know what you think!

If you like what you hear, you can find The Loom here:

iTunes
Amazon.com
CDBaby.com

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Afalarian Music – First Single Release

September 18th, 2012 by Jhenah

I am pleased to share this press release about the release of the first single from Afalarian, a music project I’ve been working on with sister, friend, and incredible musician, Lori Schneider.

NEW PAGAN MUSIC DUO CONJURES MAGIC WITH PRE-RELEASE SINGLE FROM THEIR FORTHCOMING FIRST ALBUM

Seasoned musician Lori Schneider, celebrated solo artist and member of Crystal Rose, joins with author and Sisterhood of Avalon founder, Jhenah Telyndru, for exciting new project.

NEW YORK (September 18, 2012) – Afalarian, an exciting new musical duo, blends musical styles ranging from medieval chant, Renaissance instrumentals, modern Pagan Folk with a touch of Gothic influence in their pre-release single called The Loom.

Singer and multi-instrumentalist Lori Schneider brings two decades as a professional performer and music educator to this project, infusing it with a sense of the divine as a reflection of her immersion into music as a spiritual path. “For sheer vocal beauty, “ writes Good Times Magazine of Lori, “there are few that can match her.” She was the founding member of Crystal Rose, an acoustic duo who has toured widely in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and who was acclaimed for their incredible harmonies and rich musical landscapes. Lori has several diverse solo projects under her belt as well. Her 2004 release, Legend:A Knight’s Opera, is a medieval rock opera, containing an eclectic range of influences from classical, progressive rock, folk and world music. Lori’s long term interest in Indian Music inspired the release of her 2007 CD Evergreen Heart, and her studies included the exploration of Indian Ragas, vocal Bhajans, as well as learning to play harmonium, tambour and Bansuri Flute.

Jhenah Telyndru is new to the professional music scene, though she has been leading chant workshops and using sound healing as part of her spiritual practice for almost 20 years. A singer/songwriter who feels that music is made more powerful when it is shared in community, Jhenah is best known as an author and teacher in the Pagan Community, and her 2010 release, Avalon Within, “weaves together the threads and tag ends of Celtic women’s spirituality into a whole tapestry, something at once old and new, individual and universal,” according to Sage Woman Magazine.

Together, Lori and Jhenah are Afalarian, a collaborative effort of two women seeking to taste the wondrous fruit of Avalon, the silver apple of wisdom and self knowledge. The music they make is a reflection of this journey, and they invite you to come along. The Loom is available through iTunes, Amazon.com, CDBaby.com and all major distributors of digital music. To learn more about Lori and Jhenah, please visit the Afalarian website. You can also follow the progress of this project on Facebook  where you will receive the latest updates, exclusive downloads, and music samples.

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Labyrinth of Healing

July 6th, 2012 by Jhenah

Today, I graduated.

Not from university (though I’m still working on the dissertation for my master’s degree), but from something just as difficult and just as transformational.

Today, I graduated from radiation treatments for breast cancer.

It’s been a long, hard road since getting that first, stomach-sinking call that my annual mammogram was abnormal and could I please schedule a follow-up at the diagnostic center at the hospital? Since then, I’ve been through a flurry of mammograms, ultrasounds, stereotactic biopsies … Before ultimately being sat down by my primary physician to tell me the worst.

I had breast cancer.

But how could this be? I had no family history of the disease, never took hormonal birth control, never used deodorants that contained aluminum, nor did I wear underwire bras. I breastfed my two children for 5 years collectively. I had just lost over 80 pounds, and was committed to living a healthy life. I tried to do everything right. So how could this be?

My first thought was for my young children, ages 10 and 5. I was only 41 years old; I needed to be here for them at least into adulthood. My second thought was for my own mother, whom we had lost to lung cancer 6 years prior. I knew the hole in my life that I endured without her, even as an adult. What would this do to my kids, so tender … So young? Lastly, my mind turned to all of the various strands that made up the tapestry of my life – my projects, my commitments, my goals, and my life’s work. I had too much to do, too much to finish. I wasn’t going to let this beat me.

After the shock, the research began. We had some idea of what was going on, but only the pathology report would have all of the details. After a week or so of uncertainty, we met with the highly recommended surgeon who had some excellent news. The type of cancer I had was a mucinous carcinoma of the breast. It is generally a very non-invasive cancer, and rarely spreads to the lymph nodes. The nodule that was found in my breast was very small, just over 1 cm; it was likely there only for a short period of time. As there was nothing palpable in my breast, it is not an overstatement to say that my annual mammogram saved my life.

I was diagnosed in the beginning of March, and was scheduled for a lumpectomy and a sentinel lymph node dissection at the beginning of April. We would know more about how I was doing after the surgery. Gratefully, everything went very well, and my lymph nodes were clear; I was Stage 1, Grade 1. My surgeon told me it was very likely that the cancer was already gone, but I would need to undergo further treatment to help ensure it would not return.

After a painful month of healing, I saw two oncologists. The medical oncologist did not recommend chemotherapy nor hormone therapy; I was especially grateful for the latter because I was concerned about some pretty serious side effects. The radiation oncologist put me on a course of radiation which would be administered every day, five days a week, for six weeks. Now, as I live in rural Central New York, this also meant that I would have to drive 50 miles a day, round trip, five days a week for six weeks. Music has never been so important to me!

 I am also grateful for the amazing team of radiation therapists, nurses, and staff at the oncology center. Their support and gentle kindness made a very difficult physical and emotional process more bearable. What’s more, there was an incredible garden on the grounds, replete with lush vegetation, fountains and in-ground channels bearing waters from a sulfur spring renowned for its healing qualities, and an amazing hedge-encircled labyrinth. When weather permitted, I walked that labyrinth every day after treatment, and with each step I envisioned myself moving away from disease and into vibrant health and wholeness. I remained extra-long in the heart of the labyrinth today, my last day of treatment, centering myself in the knowledge that I have come to the end of this portion of my healing journey filled with insight, gratitude, and a transformed perspective  about who I am, what my work is, and what things in life are truly important.

I have an excellent prognosis. I am so incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to look my mortality in the face, and be able to come away with an appreciation for the gift of time I have been given. I will have to be vigilant for the rest of my life, and certain lifestyle changes are required to support my body’s healing process and to help keep the cancer from returning. I have done more than follow the medical route of treatment; I  am taking herbs and supplements and am changing my diet to remove inflammatory foods and those which contain estrogens, I am meditating and doing energy work, and — most important of all —  I am working  to process this experience and integrate all of the lessons it has brought to me. None of us know what the future will hold, but I feel certain that I will be here to see my children into adulthood, I will complete my master’s degree, write more books, teach more classes, make more music, learn new things. I don’t consider myself to be someone with cancer; I am someone who had cancer — and every day I pray there will be more and more of those of us who have been affected by this disease who can say the same same thing.

I had cancer.

I graduated today. (They gave me a diploma and everything!) And my life will never be the same.

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Seeking Brigid: Sacred Well, Holy Flame – 2012 Pilgrimage to Ireland

February 28th, 2012 by Jhenah

From holy well to perpetual flame … from chamber tomb to standing stones … from deep inner workings to immersive cultural learning … If you hear the call of Eire, and long to walk a pilgrims’ path through her sacred landscape, then we invite you on a spiritual journey unlike any other. Join author Erynn Rowan Laurie on a seven day pilgrimage to Ireland, exploring our connections with the Goddess Brigid and the flow of imbas that she inspires. Our journey will take us from the Christian holy center of Brigid in Kildare, through the megalithic sites of the Newgrange complex, and beyond.

The Seeking Brigid Pilgrimage takes place from July 11th through July 18th, 2012, and is open to everyone over the age of 18 who is interested in writing, poetry, and the arts as a spiritual path. Our focus will be on strengthening our relationships with the Goddess Brigid, patron of poetry, smithcraft, and healing, through visiting her sacred places, engaging in creation of poetry, song, chant, and writing, and through meditation and dream incubation. We will undertake deep workings to unlock the power of imbas within us — the sacred poetic inspiration that flows from the Otherworldly Well of Wisdom and into the upturned vessels of musicians, poets, writers, and all who express the sacred through the arts.

Registration is now open for the Seeking Brigid: Sacred Well, Holy Flame 2012 Pilgrimage to Ireland, presented by the Sisterhood of Avalon. For more information and a registration packet, please contact our pilgrimage coordinator. There are only 12 spots available, so if you feel called to make this journey with us, please don’t delay in claiming a space. We hope you will be able to join us on this exciting journey of the spirit!

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About Jhenah Telyndru – Seeking the Holy Isle

Bendithion Afallon! Welcome to Jhenah Telyndru's online space for musings, news, and Awen. Topics include the Avalonian Tradition, Celtic Religion and Culture, Welsh Paganism, Druidism, the Bardic Path, and Women's Spirituality.