Philosophical Counseling in Rold Forest
“The Wisest Troll” by Brian Froud
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
I am no longer taking new guests, but the counseling continues in writing on my blog, Voices From Rold Forest.
The three back-up texts for the blog are:
1) My Teaching in a Nutshell (introduction)
2) Meditation as an Art of Life - a Basic Reader (free Ebook. Here you can find all the practical exercises)
3) Philosophical Counseling with Tolkien (free Ebook. A theoretical foundation).
With these three back-up texts it should be possible for you to start a Western oriented spiritual practice with roots, partly in Greco-Roman philosophy, and partly in Nordic shamanism, myth and folklore. The blog texts will in that context function as support.
About Rold Forest (practical information about the forest).
The Visual Pilgrim (this is a link to my slideshow with my own photos from Rold Forest).
Sacred Web (a journal of tradition and modernity. This journal aims to identify Traditional “first principles” and their application to the contingent circumstances of modernity. Here you can find a lot of free articles, which could suggest topics for discussion).
The Idler Academy (of Philosophy, Husbandry and Merriment. Take a tour - also see my own Links to Idlers)
School of Storytelling (courses in storytelling)
Fictional Cities (a website about how stories add spice to our ideas and feelings about the cities we love).
The World Travels (a website about so-called “Literary Tourism”)
The Autumn Salon (a website dedicated to raise awareness around individuals who, through connecting the traditional wisdom of the past with the living energy of the present, are contributing to a global culture of the future).
Myth and Moor (wonderful blog on folklore, fairy tales, fantasy, mythic arts and mythic living. It is written by Terri Windling. Especially relevant is her Into the Woods series).
The Journal of Mythic Arts (JoMA was a pioneering online magazine dedicated to Mythic Arts: literary, visual, and performance arts inspired by myth, folklore, and fairy tales. Published by The Endicott Studio, edited by the above mentioned Terri Windling, JoMA ran from 1997 to 2008. This website contains material drawn from JoMA's 11 years of publication. It is kept online as a Mythic Arts archive, and as such is not updated. For more recent discussions of Mythic Arts, fantasy literature, and related topics, visit Terri Windling's Myth & Moor.
My own contribution to mythic art and fantasy is my free Ebook Philosophical Counseling with Tolkien.