Yearlong Training in Practical Animism: The Path of the Priestess

Over the course of the traditional "Year and A Day", you will dedicate yourself to The Goddess, diving deep into the mysteries of the Divine Feminine, and learn Animistic practices for our modern world. This is a Tree-of-Life initiation in the tradition of the 13th House Mystery School - universal, non-hierarchical, and sacred.

Similar to our other Animism training The Path of Shaman, you will explore another realm of the Tree of Life each month, assemble a medicine bundle, learn self-healing rituals, and more. At the end of this process you will have attuned yourself to the energy of your Attuning Goddess, developed good working relationships with your spirit guides, and assembled the tools you need to answer the question “Why am I here?”, knowing your unique gifts and how you can bring them into the world.

In-person training is one full day each month for 13 months on a Saturday plus self-study and practice assignments with unlimited email support, one phone or Skype support session per month, if needed, and reduced rates for shamanic healing sessions.

    1. White Cord initiation, the feminine blood mysteries
    2. Root Chakra, Earth element: physical & energetic health, boundaries, grounding
    3. Sacral Chakra, Water element: feelings & emotions, water rituals, forgiveness practice
    4. Solar Plexus Chakra, Fire element: transformation through death
    5. Heart Chakra, Air element: mindfulness, compassion
    6. Throat Chakra, Space element: reclaiming our stories, finding our voice
    7. Third Eye Chakra: intuition & divination
    8. Crown Chakra: The Upper World, beings of light, archetypes
    9. The Divine Feminine - balancing & healing feminine archtypes within
    10. The Divine Masculine - balancing & healing masculine archtypes within
    11. Dreams and Dreamwork - dream interpretation, conscious dreaming
    12. Shadow Work - transformation through love
    13. Personal Power & Red Cord initiation

Prerequisite is the ability to do shamanic trance journeys to drumbeat, which is taught in our workshop The Shamanic Journey, or similar journeying experience.

Distance Training

This training is also available as a distance option for those who are unable to commute to Hope, BC. The teachings and practice suggestions offer training in Practical Animism and Ancestor honouring. Offered every year as a group training over the course of 13 months, or one-on-one, starting any time. For more details and to register, please contact us.


At the end of the Year and a Day, you have the option to practice as a solitary Priestess, or to be initiated into the 13th House Mystery Tradition. Ulrike was initiated by Nikiah Seeds, Elder Priestess of the 13th House, under the mentorship of Yvonne Owens, Founding Priestess of the 13th House Mystery Tradition in Victoria BC and author of the book Journey of the Bard: Celtic Initiatory Magic. To find out more about the Tradition, please visit Its Philosophy is reprinted here with permission:

Thirteenth House Philosophy

The 13th House Mystery Tradition is dedicated to the facilitation of self-realization and self-expression through creative acts.

The 13th House Mystery Tradition maintains the beliefs:

  • That the Divine Principle is manifest within the personal and the collective Self.
  • That any and all initiatory entrance into this revealed mystery is undertaken by virtue of Self-Realization.
  • That all people carry within them the knowledge of their own perfect and unique path, and thus are their own spiritual authorities.
  • That we of the 13th House Mystery Tradition, as initiating Priestesses and Priests, serve merely as facilitators of entry into the Individual, Collective and ultimately Personal Mystery.

Structure of Tradition:

Circle or Clan structure, interconnecting groups of one to thirteen, (or more) individuals.

Origin of Tradition:

The Tradition was formalized on the Fall Equinox in 1993 by nine Founding Priestesses, all of whom were Initiatrix.

Growth and Expansion of Tradition:

The structure allows for "hiving-off" from founding body into sub-groups.

Rank and Hierarchy of Tradition:

None. There is one initiation into the Mystery, whereupon Priestesses or Priests choose their Avocation. The core structure is focused upon Self-Expression through Creative Acts, with a focus upon Art, Performance, Healing or Teaching.

A further initiation into the personal legacy of genetic or soul lineage is available for those who are called to create, perform, heal or teach under the auspices of the 13th House Mystery Tradition, whereupon the Priestess or Priest is entitled to represent the Tradition, if they so choose.

Initiation into Tradition:

Any and all initiations into the Personal Mystery of the Thirteenth House Tradition are to be undertaken after an apprenticeship to the Tradition for a period of time lasting a Year and a Day of study, observation and introspection, as well as the Tree of Knowledge initiation.

Dogma, Doctrine and Credo of Tradition:

In that this is a Revealed Mystery Tradition, no one dogma, lore or Book of Shadows is obligatory for initiates, Priestesses, or Priests of the Tradition. Each individual is empowered within the collective to formulate their own mythos, theology, theory and practice within the Wiccan Rede, including that of Shamanism.

Functions of the Thirteenth House Mystery Tradition:

  • To provide a matrix with leadership for Self-Realization for individuals within the collective.
  • To provide public classes, conduct Rituals and facilitate initiation into the Mystery of the Tradition, when appropriate.
  • To provide private, personal teaching and guidance when initiation into the Tradition is appropriate, within the context of Witchcraft and Shamanism.

Copyright: Yvonne Owens, Founding Priestess of the 13th House Mystery School, Victoria.


I have completed the yearlong training, the Path of the Priestess, with Ulrike. I remember my reservations at the intro session - I was feeling a bit skeptical about the words "priestess" and "goddess" and thought it was a current trend in the spiritual community. I couldn't even define the Priestess in my own words... but something was drawing me in. An ancient call, that I felt more in my body and in my dreams, than in my mind. I am very grateful to myself for listening to this call and for taking this opportunity to learn, to grow and to heal. This was a powerful, powerful year of getting in touch with my personal power, with my intuition, with my body, and with my authentic self. I have shifted some core limiting beliefs about myself and about what I can and cannot have. Looking back at it now, I can honestly say it was a life changing experience for me. I looooooved being in the circle with other women - courageous, vulnerable, searching, doing their work; witnessing and supporting each other and expressing their truths. Ulrike is an incredible teacher - intuitive, open, compassionate, fair and down to Earth. I've learnt so much just through witnessing her doing her work and hearing the story of her own journey. I feel at peace in my own body. I feel curious and joyful about myself. I feel inspired and not afraid to take the risks. And I feel grateful to Ulrike, to all my Sisters, to all my Teachers and Compassionate Guiding Spirits and to Myself for the support, patience, and for teaching me Love. - Kristina, Vancouver BC

I am so happy that I became an initiate in the tradition of the 13th House Mystery School through the “Year and A Day” dedication to The Goddess training with Kaleidoscope Healing. It was so rejuvenating to my body and Soul as I walked, for 13 months, remembering the source of my sovereignty with the teachings of inner work supported by my Attuning Goddess. The work went deep but with the support of Ulrike and the Circle it moved with grace. Thank you Uli, for all that you do and for creating a program that allows scared teachings to be accessible and remembered once more. Blessings to you. - Marra, CIEHP and Shaman in the Q’ero Tradition