Every year the Sisters of the mists opens the veil to invite those who wish to train to become a Priestess of Avalon. Upon sucessful application nine seekers are invited to join the veils and train alongside the Priestesses. The sisters only take on nine new souls every year, to ensure the quality of training and to build the sisterhood from the core.
The Teachings of Avalon come directly from the Lady herself. As Avalon is rising once more she is opening and awakening the paths of many. Offering to us her innermost secrets and mysteries, and enabling us our own empowerment and feminine power once more.
She has walked and shown Phiona her teachings for many years. Phiona has worked them personally and within her own group of priestesses enhancing her own life path and journey bringing balance and wisdom, opening the path of hidden memories and of magical insights, allowing Phiona within this lifetime to once more become a priestess of Avalon as a Sister of the Mists
Phiona has walked many lifetimes as her priestess and has longed to find home within the mists once more. Now the mists are calling, they are whispering to the soul, they are calling home the Priestesses who left the shore of the sacred isle. It is time to return home as Sisters of the Mists.
The teachings take us slowly back, from where we hail as the feminine divine, they help us unpick the ways of the modern world and remember the forgotten energies that as women we hold deep within our core. Empowerment is the key, the cycle of nature the balance. We hold all of it within us we just need to remember.
The teachings always begin at the “Veil of Awakening” festival at the beginning of February and are given as eight festival teachings throughout the year until the Winter Solstice, the Elder of of light festival . Then the Priestess rests until the turn of the wheel and at Llen y Deffro the following year once more begins the cycle of learning
There are many layers of the Priestess and it takes three years to become the braid elder of each veil. This is the path of dedication and one not to be taken lightly. She will ask you to let go of all you already know and hold dear. She will ask you to look into the depths of your soul and release all that holds you aloft. She will ask you to dedicate yourself to her once more and to be within her service in all ways and at all times. She will teach you how to become and to be. Her word is strong and powerful but ever gentle.
The teachings of the three years of each veil takes us through three braids, each holding a different level of understanding and knowledge, as we grow and become we awaken and remember. If you are willing to embrace all she is, then through her teachings the Lady will enhance your life. She will show you the way home, to the shore of the great Lake, to where the soul of the Priestess resides. She will remind you how to lift the mists and as you step upon the welcoming shore of Avalon the sigh upon your breath will embrace all you know and all you are.
The Great Mother of Avalon will help to look at the wounded ego and to heal the inner child, she will caress the soul until it is healed, empowering through her teachings the powerful woman within, who harnesses the Priestess and the knowledge of the Elders.
The time of Avalon is now and if she is calling to you then she needs you to reply, to honour the oath that you once took when you stood within the ancient realm. Remember who you are as the teachings awaken you. Follow your path to honour your soul.
The veils are the learning paths that are undertaken by the seeker, wishing to embark and learn the teachings of Avalon. As the seeker moves through each veil, the mists become clearer and the knowledge deeper. Not only is this the journey of the Priestess, it is also the journey of the soul. Opening to the ancient ways and path.
The teachings are divided between three veils - The veils are the markers of the level of learning, understanding and training completed within the Sisters of the mist path. Each veil takes three years to complete. Within each veil, each year of training is acknowledged by braids. Marking the level of understanding and completion of training within the veil being worked. Each braid is completed in a year cycle, making three years to each veil. All three braids must be completed before progression to the next veil.
All teachings are available either by workshop gatherings or via email correspondence course. Teachings are given eight times a year. As the Sisters of the mists follows the cycle of the land, no set date is given. But you can expect the teachings to be sent out to you in the following months. February / March / May / June / August / September / October / December.
You will be required to return reflections (essays) on the teachings which form part of your progress and training on the due date that is sent at the time of the teaching. Some months there are multiple parts to each teaching and you need to be sure of time allowance to be able to complete them.
Only nine seekers are taken on each year to train with the Sisters of the mists. Ensuring in one to one support and connection. Early application is recommended to reserve your place on the teaching veils.
A path of dedication and becoming in service to the Great Mother, it is not a hobby or to be taken lightly. It is life changing and becomes the path of complete commitment as her Preistess and within a sisterhood community. Connecting those who have been searching all their life to one another, awakening the ancient memories with the soul and empowering the magic deep within once more.
With each soul who embarks on the journey of the Priestess, and the sisters of the Mists, Avalon awakens more fully and rises from beyond the mists. Becoming more than a mystery, more than a myth. A reality within our own world and time, and we become a part of something special as women connect to women from all around the world and we speak the one true language of the sacred isle once more. Reviving the old ways, the old traditions and customs and honouring all that we are, as her Priestess and ambassador of a time that once was lost, and is reviving with each soul who hears the call and returns.
If you are considering Priestess training with the Sisters of the Mists and would like to contact a sister who is currently training to ask what it involves and how they find it, especially if you are considering the correspondence training, then please click on the links below to be put in touch with a sister who will be able to help you with your questions and give you their perspective of how they find the study and support network. For application, fees and training details please contact Phiona directly
Point of contact for enquiries that are relative to the training and the path of the Priestess of Avalon with the Sisterhood in your country.
Gabbi - 2nd year of training - Brown braid of the White veil.
The Netherlands - Rotterdam
Maria - 3rd year of training - Green braid of the White veil
The Netherlands - Schiedam
Jenny - 1st year of training - White braid of the White veil
Switzerland - Lugano
Lorna - 6th year of training - Purple braid of the Red veil
Julie T - 6th year of training - Purple braid of the Red veil
Julie S - 6th year of training - Purple braid of the Red veil
El Cajon - California
Janice - 3rd year of training - Green braid of the White veil
Wisconsin - Oregon and Washington state
Rebecca - 2nd year of training - Brown braid of the White veil
Kelly - 2nd year of training - Brown braid of the White veil
Kammy - 1st year of training - White braid of the White veil
Deanne - 1st year of training - White braid of the White veil
The progress of the seeker to the Priestess is a journey that is undertaken within the first three years of training. Year one finds the seeker in the white veil heralding of the beginning of the journey to becoming the Priestess. The first glimpses of Avalon and her mystery are revealed here opening the pathway of the journey through the veils and awakening the soul to the whispers of the Lady, her directions and ways of Avalon. It is within this veil that work on the self is undertaken and the connection of past lives and the current life is all connected to Avalon and the time before as Priestess. The Priestess cannot become until she finds the balance within herself. Her magic is not centred until she embraces all she is and will be. It is in these three years of training that she learns all she is, unlearns years of social conditioning and embraces the power that lives within her very DNA. The seeker journeys through understanding the principles of all that is required as the underpinning foundation of becoming the priestess. During the third and final year of the White veil, the Green braid seeker is invited to hold her own open veil gatherings, connecting to women in her area and opening up the veil to Avalon. Creating a safe space for women to gather, talk and connect about all things spiritual. It is only within the final teaching of the third year that the seeker becomes the Priestess.
White braid (year one)
Brown Braid (year two)
Green braid (year three)
Study is over eight separate teachings throughout the year, timed around the nine festivals of Avalon where the seekers of the path come together within the white veil and journey through teachings and gatherings, discovering the truth of the meaning of becoming a Sister of the Mists.
Seekers are expected to complete all eight teachings plus the final *gathering, each year to complete the three years white veil and becoming the Priestess of the Sisters of the Mists. (* With the exception of those studying by means of the correspondence course)
The enchantress veil is for those who have walked the white veil as the seeker and dedicated to the path of the priestess, and wish to further their Avalon path to the Lady. Deepening their knowledge and magic. The red veil takes a further three years to work through. This veil can only be started by the sister immediately after completion of the white veil or after taking a time of reflection and starting at a later time. In this veil the secrets of the magic of Avalon is revealed, learning the enchantments of the ancient path, of the herb and crystal families. The sacred symbols of the Priestess and the workings of all her path. The tree associations, magical beings and gifts of the Enchantress. Opening her up to the magic of the world we live in that is hidden to many. To the power that is within the Priestesses soul and the ancient mystery of Avalon and the Great Mother.
The red veil deepens the connection and knowledge of the Avalon tradition, developing and strengthening the gifts of the seer, of the healer, of the path and of the ways of Avalon. Learning the aspects and role of the enchantress and all quickening gatherings of the soul. Working at a deepened level the sister will learn to harness the mists and the layers within them. Creating her own veil to work within and become the enchantress Priestess of that veil.
The enchantress veil also will embrace the past journeys of the soul and how to obtain soul restoration. How to walk the path of the ancients to connect to the seer within and to walk the paths of the present and future. The sister will embrace the knowledge and wisdom held within the veil and moves deeper towards the embodiment of the Enchantress of the Sisters of the Mists of Avalon.
Red braid (year four)
Lilac Braid (year five)
Purple braid (year six)
Study is over eight separate teachings throughout the year, timed around the nine festivals of Avalon where the sisters of the path come together within the red veil and journey together through teachings and gatherings, discovering the truth of the meaning of becoming a Sister of the Mists.
Priestesses are expected to complete all eight teachings plus the final *gathering, each year to complete the three years red veil, becoming the Enchantress of the Sisters of the MIsts. (* With the exception of those studying by means of the correspondence course)
This veil is for the Priestesses who have walked the six years of the two previous veils and upon application are invited to work a further three years to become the Elder Priestess. Learning how to hold sacred the teachings and veils, how to share the knowledge and wisdom of the priestess and of Avalon.
Indigo braid (year seven)
Avalon blue Braid (year eight)
Silver braid (year nine)
This veil readies the sister to become the Elder Priestess. Having journeyed the nine layers of the soul and the nine paths to Avalon. Embraced the nine directions. This veil will affirm the knowledge of the gatherings and how to create and hold your own. How to perform the quickening gatherings of the soul.
To fully dedicate and engage within the service of the Lady as her priestess, with the knowledge of those who have traveled the path before. Working through the Great mother’s aspects and how to reside within Avalon whilst walking the realm of man. With the final year of the indigo veil comes the initiation to the old ways and to the service of she of all things as her Elder Priestess. As she embraces the Elder, she becomes the teacher, showing all who seek the mystery of her teachings and opening up the ancient knowledge and amgi from within the mists.
This veil is by invitation only.
Study is over eight separate teachings throughout the year, timed around the nine festivals of Avalon where the Sisters of the path come together within the Indigo veil and journey through teachings and gatherings, discovering the truth of the meaning of becoming the Elder Priestess of the Sister of the Mists.
Priestesses are expected to complete all eight teachings plus the final *gathering, each year to complete the three years Indigo veil, becoming the Elder of the Sisters of the mists. (* With the exception of those studying by means of the correspondence course)
Meet some of the Priestesses who have trained, from all around the world, with the Sisters of the mists. Who have successfully completed the three years training of the Seeker and transitioned to become a Priestess of Avalon within the sisterhood.