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BRENDAN

 ELLIS

   WILLIAMS

Author, priest, spiritual director, traditional healer, scholar and teacher of religion and native Celtic traditions: chanting old rebel tales; tracing back song-streams of indigenous European wisdom; ferrying souls on the mythic riverways of human transformation; guiding folk from all walks of life back to their birthright of wholeness, to their roots in the living Earth, to ancient ancestral wisdom, and communion in a cosmos ensouled. 

I can probably best encapsulate who I am and the nature of my work on this particular earthly pilgrimage by describing the role of the poet-seer (in Gaelic, fili), according to the native traditions of my people, who are Scottish, Irish, and Welsh. To be a fili implies many vocational threads, among them healer, ritualist, diviner, shamanic functionary, spiritual counselor, scholar, teacher, poet, and storyteller. The fili is a bearer of cultural traditions, a guide and 'cure of souls', to whom the spiritual well-being of the tribe is entrusted. Though the ancient role of the fili is long since forgotten in our time, these elements nonetheless seem to constitute the essence of my calling and identity on this beautifully strange pilgrim journey, and I embrace them daily with as much power, gratitude, and authenticity as I can.

 

The central aim of my work, in all its iterations, is to restore individuals and communities to wholeness, to facilitate a felt, conscious experience of reciprocal blessing and interbeing in the great family of Nature.

I regularly give lectures, presentations, workshops, and retreats on a variety of subjects, including ancient Celtic spirituality and folklore, ecology and religion, plant medicine, rewilding, animism, ancient Western traditions, meditation, and contemplative practices. If you’re interested in booking me for a lecture, workshop, or other event, please use the contact page here to email a request.

I hold terminal degrees in poetry and theology, an undergraduate degree in literary theory and folklore, and am presently a candidate for the PhD in religion. I’ve worked over the years as a professional artist, counselor, writer, hospital chaplain, and parish priest, as well as in private practice as a clinical Western herbalist, traditional healer, and spiritual director. I am a priest of the Episcopal Church, and a solitary monastic. I am also ordained in the Ancient Order of Druids in America, a member of The Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids, and founding Prior of The Communion of the Mystic Rose, a canonical vowed religious community of the Episcopal Church.

In my work as a teacher, writer, and spiritual guide, I aim to help individuals and communities inhabit new (and often ancient) stories, to experience new depths of listening from the heart, to shed old narratives that are limiting and life-negating, and instead embody fresh stories that empower and facilitate restorative, holistic, and life-giving transformation—for the human community, and for the whole of Nature.

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I wish you all health, connection, and peace.

 

          With every blessing,

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BRENDAN

Fr.

BRENDAN

ELLIS

WILLIAMS

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