Ice and Fire Stav Foundation Training

A Swedish Rune Stone
Tyr Stance
A Rune Set

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

Saturday 24th March 2018 1000 to 1700 hrs – Now Full, next date to be announced shortly

At a private address in Beverley, East Yorkshire, UK

Sunday 8th April 2018 1000 to 1700 hrs

At Buckland St Mary Village Hall, Near Chard, Somerset, 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 which will be sent out at weekly intervals over a nine week period. This process will begin when you book on the event. This means that you may have only received the first four modules or so by the start of the course. However, you will have received sufficient material to familiarise yourself with the names of the runes and the runic stances which is all you need initially. Studying the rest of the modules will enable you to build on what you have learned on the course.

    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. Studying and using mythology. Sources and making sense of them.

    9 Stav Cosmology and discovering other worlds

    Cost and booking

    The seminars on the 24th of March and the 8th of April, supported by the nine modules, will be the first time I have run this programme. So, you will be participating in something of an experiment. For this reason I have decided that the cost to attend this particular event and receive the nine study modules will be £30 Subsequent foundation programmes will be more expensive.

    Because of the low cost the nine modules will be distributed as pdf documents to be downloaded online. This programme and the modules will be developed and improved over time in response to feedback from participants. The improved material will be made available in due course.

    Practical Matters:

    On the course on the 24th of March 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.

    For the Somerset course on the 8th of April, please bring a packed lunch. If you need to use public transport please let me know and I will arrange to have you collected from the station.

    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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