The Silver Branch

The Sacred Guild of Bards

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WHAT PLACE IS THIS?

Welcome to the Silver Branch Bard School, dedicated to the revival, preservation and practice of the ancient art of myth-weaving.

Story is how we integrate, how we recall our history, our context and how we belong to that.

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COURSES

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Introduction to Hermetics

A foundational understanding of Hermetic principles, bridging the gap between philosophical inquiry and esoteric wisdom.

Latest Works

Creative works by our members.

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The Way of Many Ways

Exploring the timeless craft of storytelling, highlighting the role of stories in shaping our sense of meaning and belonging both to our past and the unfolding future and reorienting us to the cosmos and our place in it.

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Rocco Jarman

POET | PHILOSOPHER | MYSTIC

Who am I? 

Who are we without the fictions and dramas of our stories? Who are any of us without the long line of causes and lives that came before us, that allowed us to be here now, alive in the middle of it all, in the unfolding moment. Additionally we are each of us who we repeatedly choose to be. We are our intentionalities, our presence and our history, and one day we will be our legacies. 

I am that, and then I am something more. I am bridge of sorts, between yesterday and tomorrow. I am a guide along the journey of discovering who we truly are, where we came from, what we carry with us and how we seek passage to Tomorrow, by navigating our way through the obstacles of our modern lives, and how we make a path forward by walking it, along our journeys of craft & calling, right at the frontier of the unfamiliar, where tomorrow is always arriving.

I am poet, and an active philosopher, a researcher, a mystic, I am leader, a follower, a pilgrim, a hierophant, a magician and a fool. I am a teacher of symbolism, mythos, hermetics, the psychology of archetypes. I am a Dreamer, and when you’re a Dreamer, your temple is the threshold, always at the  frontier of the strange, and your craft and calling are the north star that beckon along that road.

I am an inspired advocate of the prospects  and potential of the future human, the power of personal and collective myth as our means to realise  that potential.

Won’t you join me?

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FAQ

You can visit our events page, choose the event you’re interested in, and register by making a donation.

We invite you to join The Walled Garden Philosophical Society in order to bypass event registration on all public events and get direct access to event links. Go here to become a member.

In our Philosophy Mentoring program, we accompany students on their journey of self-discovery and intellectual growth. Through thoughtful dialogue, we help them explore their own thinking, unveiling their authentic selves. Our mentors skillfully challenge students while nurturing kindness and empathy. We guide them towards wisdom, empowering informed choices and balanced pacing in a fast-paced world. We provide a space for deep listening, nurturing understanding of oneself and others. Beyond academia, our mission is to inspire self-actualization, supporting students as they embrace their essence and contribute to humanity.

You can apply for a mentorship via our Philosophical Mentoring page. Members of The Walled Garden Philosophical Society receive 20% off mentoring fees. 

Groves are dedicated spaces within our walled garden where our Contributing Philosophers curate unique philosophical explorations. Similar to sections in a botanical garden focusing on specific flora, each Grove showcases diverse philosophical perspectives, presented through mediums like poetry, music, writing, podcasts, and more.

Furthermore, our Contributing Philosophers may choose to create a separate membership for their Grove in order to offer group mentoring, instruction, and extra resources to students who are interested in exploring the ideas or works of the Grove in greater depth. If a Grove has been converted into a separate membership option, you should see a button at the top of the Grove page labelled “Enter [Grove Title]”. Click on this button to sign up and begin learning with the Contributing Philosopher who curates that Grove. 

Some Contributing Philosophers offer group mentoring and supplemental resources to students seeking a deeper understanding of themselves and their place in the world. These offerings enhance your philosophical journey and can be accessed through separate Grove memberships on your TWG account.

Applying to join a Grove is simple. Visit our Groves page, where you can explore the available Groves. If a Grove has a button labelled “Enter [Grove Title]”, you’re welcome to join that Grove. Just click the button and sign up to the Grove. You’ll be redirected to the Grove hub, and you’ll also see links to this hub on your community portal when you sign in. 

Absolutely! If a general or Grove membership feels financially challenging, don’t hesitate to apply for a Grove scholarship here. Several Contributing Philosophers provide discounts or scholarships based on your enthusiasm for learning and personal growth, regardless of your ability to afford the full payment. Your desire to learn is valued, and options are available.