Ice and Fire Stav Foundation Training

A Swedish Rune Stone
Tyr Stance
A Rune Set

Two Responses to the Foundation Programme

"The Ice and Fire's Stav foundation course has been a real pleasure to work through. I've wanted to study Stav with Graham for a long time, but as a Canadian my ability to travel to the UK is very limited.

This course, delivered by distance (via text files, photos, videos, and email availability) has given me a great taste of Stav, and enough of the basics to work on here at home. Not only is training course effective, but it is also great value for the very reasonable cost. What I do with the practice will depend on my own discipline, but I am confident that Graham's wisdom and guidance in Stav are only an email away. Highly recommended!"

Shawn Sanford Beck, Saskatchewan, Canada

"Graham is a kind and dedicated teacher. He has been very gracious, dealing hospitably with emails that were at times too frequent due to my interest in this art and has provided me with much information for study. I've enjoyed Graham's posts, coming at varying frequency as he has time to write them, always personal, tying together daily events to runic study and the martial arts. Though of short length, there is a great deal of depth to the material in the Foundation Course. One could literally spend years exploring the associations and material presented here.

Stav is a unique art, combining elements that may be similar to Chi Kung, Tai Chi or other so-called internal martial arts with techniques that may be familiar to Qabalist, Taoist and Buddhist practitioners, such as chanting and Galdr. Though Graham does not teach these aspects in his Foundation Course, they are an aspect of Stav and what has in part drawn me to this material.

Graham's specialty is in presenting this material in a grounded way and I have no doubt that he is a superb martial arts teacher. I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in Stav that is not able to attend training in Stav locally.

Quinn Cerutti; Gladstone, Oregon, USA

What is Stav?

Stav means 'Knowledge of the Rune Staves'. To develop this knowledge requires an opportunity to study the runes, their names, the stances, the meanings and associations, mythology, key concepts and principles. This foundation programme will provide study material for the runes and show how to incorporate the practice of Stav into your life.

The full programme will consist of the nine modules, to be received and studied over a period of about nine weeks. There will also be a day seminar to attend where it will be possible to consolidate your knowledge, ask questions and discuss what you have learned.

It maybe that you are interested in the programme, but will be unable to attend a training day, because of distance or other reasons. If that is the case, then you can just sign up for the nine study modules, and you will be welcome to ask questions via email.

Please see below for both options.

Foundation Training Days

Teacher: Graham Butcher

Dates of Future Courses

  • Saturday 6th October 2018 – 1000 to 1700 hrs
  • Saturday 3rd November 2018 – 1000 to 1700 hrs
  • Venue: At a private address in Beverley, East Yorkshire, UK

    Aim: To provide a full day of training in Stav, at a foundation level.

    Objectives: Introduce the fundamentals of Stav, and provide the basic skills and knowledge for practice in your own time.

    Specific topics covered will include:

    What is Stav and where does it come from?

    Stav as a way of life promoting self reliance and self–knowledge.

    Stav means Knowledge of the Rune Staves. What are the runes and how do we develop our understanding of them?

    In Stav the runes are expressed through the stances. A major priority of the day will be learning how to do the stances. Written, pictorial and video material will also be available so that you can make the stances your daily practice.

    Meanings and associations of the runes. Knowing the runes provides access to a body of knowledge about the natural world, mythology, physical, mental and spiritual development and our relationships with other people. Fully understanding the runes takes at least one lifetime, but we all have to start somewhere.

    Learning from bind runes. Stav is an oral tradition, with runes as powerful memory aids. We will explore the Ethical Bind Rune, as a basis for managing conflict and the Healing Bind Rune, for understanding health and well being. It may seem unlikely that such complex subjects can be encapsulated, in just six runes arranged around the Hagl rune, but you can judge for yourself.

    The lines of the web and training with them physically. We will work with a very simple training routine, using a cudgel or stick, such as a walking stick or cane. The Hagl rune provides a guide to the lines you need to work with. This training system is very easy to learn, can be practised pretty much anywhere, with readily available equipment and, if done regularly, will provide a foundation for further martial training.


  • 0930hrs Registration and refreshments
  • 1000hrs Session 1 Getting to know the runes, by performing the stances, galdre, staff exercises and animal exercises – Part 1
  • 1130hrs Break
  • 1145hrs Session 2 Getting to know the runes, by performing the stances, galdre, staff exercises and animal exercises – Part 2
  • 1315hrs Lunch
  • 1400hrs Session 3 Exploring the Ethical Bind Rune
  • 1440hrs Session 4 Training with the cudgel and the Hagl rune as your guide
  • 1545hrs Break
  • 1600hrs Session 4 Exploring the Healing Bind Rune
  • 1650hrs Closing stances
  • 1700hrs Finish
  • This course will be supported by a programme of nine modules of study material. These modules will be sent out at weekly intervals, over a nine week period. This sequence will begin when you book on the event. Please allow nine weeks, so that there will be time for you to receive all nine modules, before the day seminar.

    The study modules will cover:

    1. What is Stav? and introducing the runes

    2. Learning the stances and rune poems for Frey's Aett

    3. Learning the stances and rune poems for Heimdal's Aett

    4. Learning the stances and rune poems for Tyr's Aett

    5. What is the web of orlog? Who are the Norns? Learning the lines with a stick.

    6. The Ethical Bind Rune and introducing the five principles of Stav. The Lay of Rig

    7. The Healing Bind Rune and Stav for health and well being. The story of Iduna's apples

    8. The Craft Bind Rune and practical skills and self–reliance. The story of how Thor got his hammer.

    9. The Havamal and what it teaches us about the runes.

    Cost and booking

    The cost of the day course and receiving the nine study modules will be £45. If attending the day seminar is impractical, and so you would just like to receive the nine distance learning modules, the cost will be £30.

    The nine modules will be distributed as pdf documents, to be downloaded online. There is also supporting video material, which will be made available online.

    Practical Matters:

    On the day courses, refreshments and a light lunch are included, please let us know of any dietary requirements. There is no problems with car parking and we are 10 minutes walk from Beverley station. If you need accomodation overnight please ask and we should have space for you to stay.

    To book on this course please use the Paypal button below or Email for more details of how to make a BACS transfer to pay for the event.

    Or, if you prefer to just sign up for the distance learning modules please select the appropriate option.

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