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The Path of Pollen - Workshops and Trainings

The Path of Pollen is a vibrant and vital gynocentric shamanic tradition that works with the honeybee and the hive as its central motif and living glyph. Due to itgynocentricity, all the teaching events offered are taught for women, by women. These courses are progressive, and those women wishing to undertake the year-long training Arte Triptych Melissae or the 10 day immersion Melissae Lyceum Lectorum or The Lyceum of the Lower Mouth must first complete The Way of the Melissae workshop. A further advanced course - The Trembling Veil & The Roar of the Roses - can be attended by any woman who has completed any single Path of Pollen workshop or training.

Kate is an initiate of the Path of Pollen shamanic tradition and one of a small handful of individuals authorized to teach seminars and trainings for women on behalf of the Path of Pollen. She co-teaches in the UK with Naomi Lewis the Educational Director of The Sacred Trust, a UK-based educational organization.

The Way of the Melissae

beedressThe Path of Pollen is a vibrant and vital gynocentric shamanic tradition that works with the honeybee and the hive as its central motifs and living glyphs. The Path of Pollen harks back to a time when the guiding lore of the feminine principle lay at the heart of all things. These distaff ways call upon the ancient footsteps that our predecessors walked before the contemporary patriarchal grip took hold. Likewise, they inspire new pathways down which a woman may travel, embodying this ancient knowledge and transforming it into the ever new. Within this work we journey into embodying the flower and the flow-er, a vital salve for the fragile and delicate times we live in.It is a call to each woman to change the face of the world through the facets of her own body, excavating aspects of the feminine principle that have become buried and balancing them alongside the masculine forces; seeking equanimity and the fluid movement of both within her.
We will work with a series of meditations and practices that will guid each woman as deeply along this path as she wishes to go. These forms can be worked with for a lifetime to unlock the secrets of ourselves and the extraordinary material of woman.

This workshop will provide each participant with a powerful spiritual tool kit of meditations and practices from the Path of Pollen tradition, designed to bring about:
• A greater engagement with her own sexual energy as a creative and illuminating force
• An embodied and visceral stillness
• The inception of a relationship with the spirits of these ways, the true teachers who guide us
• A healing of past wounds and the splits within the comb of our lives that keep us from ourselves.

Enquires should be directed to Naomi Lewis at The Sacred Trust.

Painting: Maggie Taylor


Arte Triptich Melissae - A Training for Women

HoneycombArte Triptych Melissae is a private, three-part training for women in the ways of the distaff members of the Path of Pollen, the Melissae. The Melissae draw their inspiration from a different spring than most: it is an arcane discipline, a vein, an underground working - difficult to trace but easy to recognise once encountered. The training itself is imparted in three folds, each educating the participant in the ways and wiles of one of the three sisterhoods associated with the Pollen Way. Here, specific meditations and ceremonial practices that revolve around the Lemniscatic Volatus, the Dance of Infinite Flight, are imparted and utilised to move between worlds and step outside and beyond the circles of time. Student will be stretched so that they might reach through the surface of the tradition, accessing practical applications of the work to be applied to themselves and others. Within these practices and accompanying ceremonial work and ritual action, a path is laid leading to physical and metaphysical health and simultaneously a pilgrimage is made towards a vital and radiant life and the tableaux of honey and sting.

Enquires should be directed to Naomi Lewis at The Sacred Trust.


The Trembling Veil & The Roar of the Roses

"There is a pythoness in every one of us, and a Delphic cavern, 
namely our imagination, into which we must retire if we 
are to accomplish anything of worth." JFC FULLER

trembling veilWithin the Path of Pollen the expression ‘The Trembling Veil’ refers not only to the diaphanous liminal divide that exists between the physical and non-physical supernal worlds, but also to the metaphysical or spiritual hymen that dwells within all women, irregardless of their sexual standing, be they maiden or menarche, crone or scarlet woman. Comprehending and engaging with a living knowledge of this interior veil allows any woman to step into the status of virgin (‘innocent one’) repeatedly. Journeying into this visceral knowing is initiated by undertaking an especial ceremony of womb sanctification and sacred reclamation of the distaff Cavern of Creation; which - once embraced and completed — brings about a ‘roar’ from the attendant interior stars or roses, as they are referred to in this context.

Each woman attending will engage with the central ceremony of womb empowerment, purification & blessing, together with other practices from the Path of Pollen that have not been previously shared outside the tradition, all of which will be woven together lemniscatically as we continue to traverse this funambulatory path.

Enquires should be directed to Naomi Lewis at The Sacred Trust.

Painting: Elizabeth Williams


Melissae Lyceum Lectorum

A Ten-day Immersion Training Retreat for Women

Lyceum LectorumThis ten day training retreat is designed to allow participants to experience an in-depth immersion into the distaff line of the Path of Pollen over an extended period of days and nights. Unlike other Path of Pollen workshops and trainings, it offers the opportunity for participants to live, move and have their beings in a similar fashion to the classical model and manner of the Melissae when residing together as a ‘cell’.

On this immersion training, there will be three cells of six women, each being looked over and guided by an initiate of the Path of Pollen. Each day will carry a precise ritual order to it, weaving together three aspects or ‘rays’ that hold particular import within the bee tradition namely: Love, Power and Wisdom. Each day will commence with prayer, followed at midday and evening when certain salutations to the hidden teachers are offered. Each of the ten days will also have as part of its focus one of the Ten Nektars of the Flow-er, moving up to and beyond what flows on from the Tenth Nektar, being the abditory teachings regarding immaculate conception or parthenogenesis.

The work will include healing practices, working with the hives, labiomancy and lampadomancy as well as initiatory work using the oniricell, being a hexagonal structure used for merging and dreaming work. This immersion retreat calls for a high level of commitment, and we therefore call only to those women who consider themselves ready for the metamorphosis that will carry them ever deeper into a life lived passing back and forth through the golden and honeyed veils.

Enquires should be directed to Naomi Lewis at The Sacred Trust.

Painting: Elizabeth Williams


The Lyceum Of The Lower Mouth

Lyceum of the Lower MouthLo! With lute & lyre, like-minded lionesses come, lift-off for the life-loving, liberty engendering, life preserving, life sustaining lemniscatic lair. Lo! - lightning bolt Lachesis, lyricist of sin, linking lactations, libations, lilacs, licks & lips. Lo! - Lilith of the hidden liquids and hidden lanterns, come liberate the ladies of the liminal unlimited libidos of legends: land not limp but imp. Lo! – lie luxuriously lingering in Lumurian lust, limber up thine lemniscatic lap, thine secret luscious lustrous limb & and locate thine secret lineage: The Lyceum of the Lower Mouth.

This workshop is undertaken by invitation only and women interested in applying should contact Naomi Lewis at The Sacred Trust.

Painting: Elizabeth Williams



"The Way of the Melissae workshop and the training Arte Triptych Melissae have introduced me to spiritual practices that are staggering in their beauty, power and scope... We have been held, and deftly led through these exquisite teachings by two beautiful and loving women - Kate Shela and Naomi Lewis - whose ability to teach a diverse group of individuals never fails to inspire us all. I can barely measure, much less describe, the value I place on this experience, which I know will continue to unfold throughout my life" Dr Patricia Coates, Microbiologist

Recommended Books

The Shamanic Way of the Bee by Simon Buxton (Destiny Books, 2004)
Melissographia by Amy Shelton

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