Philosophical Counseling in Rold Forest
“The Wisest Troll” by Brian Froud
The counseling begins with that you can present me with a question, which we hereafter will have a dialogue about. This will happen during wanderings in the forest.
You should not ask general questions. The questions should be related to yourself, to your own longings and problems. The counseling is a help to the awakening of your own inner power and wisdom. It is a help to become a Lover of Wisdom and a Life Artist.
The counseling is based on Greco-Roman philosophy. Philosophy in antiquity was interconnected with theurgy (higher magic), and was therefore a part of shamanic, pagan and mystic rituals. There is therefore a relation between philosophical counseling and shamanic counseling. Philosophy was used to avoid (refute) falsity and demonical influence, and therewith functioned as a navigator (or purifier) on the journey towards unification with the Divine.
The philosophical schools of antiquity were actually meditation schools fully in line with those in the East. They therefore constitute a specific Western path of enlightenment, which, however, has been suppressed by what I call The Matrix Conspiracy. In a modern book about the history of philosophy, you won´t hear a word about the connection between texts and concrete spiritual practices, or about, for example, the high meditative states of Socrates. On the contrary you read that philosophy was a movement away from spirituality, towards science. A colossal historical distortion.
The philosophy of antiquity is what distinguishes higher magic from base magic, which leaves everything to chance (irrationalism), and may lead its practitioners to consort with falsity and evil spirits.
Combined with our dialogues we can perform walking, sitting and lying meditations in the forest.
In Rold Forest there is a campsite called Klodholmpladsen, which is surrounded by 6000 years old grave mounds. There is an incredible energy here. If you want, we can here perform the healing and mystery ritual, which I call Philosophy as a Rite of Rebirth. The ritual is meant as a symbolic initiation into a new life as a Lover of Wisdom and a Life Artist. It will take place on one of the grave mounds. This could be followed by talks around a campfire. And if you actually stay the night here, you might have a dream experience very similar to those people had in the ancient incubation rituals (read more about the ritual in my article Philosophy as a Rite of Rebirth (a Shamanic Ritual)).
The counseling is based on my own teaching which I have called Meditation as an Art of Life (see my page My Teaching in a Nutshell).
You don´t need any prerequisites. You come as guest.
I also offer to travel to you.
In accordance with the philosophers of antiquity (as well as traditional shamanism), I don´t take any fees. If you want me to travel to you, however, travel and accommodation expenses should be covered.
Accommodation in Rold Forest:
Most people come for a weekend (I recommend two days).
There are a lot of places for accommodation. I myself recommend Hotel Rold Stor Kro (in connection with forest therapy Hotel Rold Storkro is ideal for the old meaning of a convalescence resort).
You can also live for free in Rold Forest in different kinds of campsites and shelters, I have already mentioned Klodholmpladsen as the main campsite (the best for our purpose). I also recommend Urskoven campsite. Urskoven (The Primeval Forest) is magical. Besides this there is the shelters by Mosskov Pavillonen. Here there are access to toilets, but there will be some noice from an electric motor in Mosskov Pavillonen. I the daytime there will also be a few people. But they are lying at the beautiful lake St. Økssø.
If you are traveling by train I can meet you at the station in Skørping and guide you to your place of accommodation. Aalborg Airport is situated 25 kilometers north of Rold Forest.
I strongly suggest that you rent mountainbikes.
About Rold Forest
More information about Rold Forest and other accommodation possibilities:
Rebildvej 25A, Rebild
DK - 9520 Skørping
Telephone: + 45 9988 9000
Related reading (no reading is required!):
Philosophical Counseling as an Alternative to Psychotherapy (article)
On my blog, Morten Tolboll, I regularly write related texts. In the blog archive you can for example search under the categories: The Meditations of a Forest Pilgrim (examples from my counseling sessions), Philosophy as a Spiritual Practice (theoretical reflections), and Nordic Shamanism and Forest Therapy.
The following websites can also function as inspiration for an alternative way of life (I will add more links as I discover them):
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).
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.