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« Topic Start: April 27, 2011, 12:52:23 am »

Is anyone here following Michael J Dangler's "The ADF Dedicant Program Through The Wheel of the Year"  If so, what week are you on?  Do you like his approach or would you suggest something different?  If no, what approach are you using to meet the requirements?

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« Reply #1: April 27, 2011, 01:20:40 am »

Is anyone here following Michael J Dangler's "The ADF Dedicant Program Through The Wheel of the Year"  If so, what week are you on?  Do you like his approach or would you suggest something different?  If no, what approach are you using to meet the requirements?



I started to but have strayed a bit. It's a useful guide to keep you progressing. I picked up the workbook as well and am glad I did as its nice to have a hardcopy guide to refresh myself when I do more work etc.
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« Reply #2: April 27, 2011, 01:28:43 am »

Is anyone here following Michael J Dangler's "The ADF Dedicant Program Through The Wheel of the Year"  If so, what week are you on?  Do you like his approach or would you suggest something different?  If no, what approach are you using to meet the requirements?



I'm completing the dedicants program by basically, breaking it into parts. I have already finished reading two of my required books, and have written the reports. I am working on other parts, but I usually work one part at a time, then move on to the next part and so on.
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« Reply #3: April 27, 2011, 01:30:34 am »

I started to but have strayed a bit. It's a useful guide to keep you progressing. I picked up the workbook as well and am glad I did as its nice to have a hardcopy guide to refresh myself when I do more work etc.

Agreed. I've found the workbook really helpful in helping me complete the requirements, though I might try another approach just for fun. :p  I think the workbook fleshes out the reqs more, so that the person can easily get more meaning out of them, then just "plug and play"   I suppose I'm on Week 9, but I haven't finished some of the weeks. I tend to skip around a lot.
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« Reply #4: April 27, 2011, 03:32:47 pm »

Agreed. I've found the workbook really helpful in helping me complete the requirements, though I might try another approach just for fun. :p  I think the workbook fleshes out the reqs more, so that the person can easily get more meaning out of them, then just "plug and play"   I suppose I'm on Week 9, but I haven't finished some of the weeks. I tend to skip around a lot.

Making it fun and engaging is certainly key Smiley I'm working on reading and doing the book reports because I enjoy that sort of work and it seems 'easy' to get out of the way. I'm a bit stymied regarding the meditation work though. Definitely an uphill work load there Smiley
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« Reply #5: April 27, 2011, 08:45:25 pm »

Is anyone here following Michael J Dangler's "The ADF Dedicant Program Through The Wheel of the Year"  If so, what week are you on?  Do you like his approach or would you suggest something different?  If no, what approach are you using to meet the requirements?


I am. I'm in week 5 (I stalled out as it's the near the end of the school year and there was a bunch of homeschooling stuff to wrap up!) and I like it, so far. The structure of it feels manageable and it helps to keep me focused.

I don't know what I would improve about it; I'm sure it can be improved - most things can - but I was just so glad to find it I won't complain.  Cheesy
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« Reply #6: April 29, 2011, 03:39:12 pm »


I've been sort of working on things on my own, but since I've been mostly scattered and disorganized about everything but the book reports and, to a lesser extent, the virtues essays, I was thinking about starting the Wheel of the Year after this weekend just to keep myself on track.
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« Reply #7: April 29, 2011, 06:15:06 pm »

Is anyone here following Michael J Dangler's "The ADF Dedicant Program Through The Wheel of the Year"  If so, what week are you on?  Do you like his approach or would you suggest something different?  If no, what approach are you using to meet the requirements?


I completed most of the Dedicant Program (the sabbats tripped me up) and I found Dangler's book indispensible.  He has a really great way of breaking down daunting tasks into small, managable chunks.  That said, I didn't follow him exactly - I tended to skipp ahead on some things (like when writing about one virtue got me thinking about another, etc) and put off others.
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« Reply #8: April 29, 2011, 07:13:53 pm »

  That said, I didn't follow him exactly - I tended to skipp ahead on some things (like when writing about one virtue got me thinking about another, etc) and put off others.

I've gotten the impression that skipping around is what the majority of people do - of course,  I don't have a large enough sample to be statistically relevant! I almost feel like the odd one out, plodding along, week-by-week, in a linear way.
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« Reply #9: April 29, 2011, 10:16:52 pm »

I've gotten the impression that skipping around is what the majority of people do - of course,  I don't have a large enough sample to be statistically relevant! I almost feel like the odd one out, plodding along, week-by-week, in a linear way.

Heh, I think a lot of folks do skip around but a strong number likely 'plod along' as well. As long as the work is completed in the end. I have to say I'm tempted to write the essays now, allow them to settle and percolate and move on to the high holy days etc and then come back and amuse myself by re-reading them. Be a bit like reading junior high journals once you're in college Tongue
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« Reply #10: May 07, 2011, 07:45:20 am »

Is anyone here following Michael J Dangler's "The ADF Dedicant Program Through The Wheel of the Year"  If so, what week are you on?  Do you like his approach or would you suggest something different?  If no, what approach are you using to meet the requirements?

I'm on week #8 for about the 5th time since I started ADF in 2006. I really like the approach of weekly work. I just always push it aside for other things, some of which really could wait (do I really need to play WoW all day? Do I need to read that new regency romance on my kindle right now?)

I just finished getting a second bachelor's degree via night school in May 2010, and I was doing that for about 5 years. So perhaps my lack of energy for regular spiritual work is just some sort of subconscious backlash to all the hard deadlines I dealt with for school (and that I continue to deal with for work. I dunno).

Where I really struggle is doing regular devotions/meditations, and performing the holiday rituals. I haven't gone to my Wiccan Trad's combined 5-coven holiday rituals for over a year now (there's some politics there), and I seem to always find some excuse for not going to the nearby ADF grove for ritual.

Cedarlight's Beltane is this afternoon. I'm really trying to rev myself up to get there. Anyone else here with that grove?

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« Reply #11: May 07, 2011, 12:04:05 pm »

Cedarlight's Beltane is this afternoon. I'm really trying to rev myself up to get there. Anyone else here with that grove?

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No, I attended Shining Lakes Grove in Mi. Smiley We had ours last Sunday.  It was moved from Saturday to Sunday cause the guy over-booked and had a Reggie festival going at the same time.  A very LOUD festival, from what I heard.
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« Reply #12: May 08, 2011, 07:43:23 am »

No, I attended Shining Lakes Grove in Mi. Smiley We had ours last Sunday.  It was moved from Saturday to Sunday cause the guy over-booked and had a Reggie festival going at the same time.  A very LOUD festival, from what I heard.

LOL. In the end, I didn't even get to the ritual. I really need to take some time with myself to address my current spiritual laziness. Because in the end, all I did yesterday after we ran some errands was lay on the couch and read. And while, yeah, it was a spiritual book, I still haven't done a Beltane ritual. And I want to do a Beltane ritual.

Gah. I'm just messed up these days. Tongue

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« Reply #13: May 08, 2011, 10:12:43 pm »

LOL. In the end, I didn't even get to the ritual. I really need to take some time with myself to address my current spiritual laziness. Because in the end, all I did yesterday after we ran some errands was lay on the couch and read. And while, yeah, it was a spiritual book, I still haven't done a Beltane ritual. And I want to do a Beltane ritual.

Gah. I'm just messed up these days. Tongue

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Man I am so there with you! I have a usually intense schedule except for the one week breaks between quarters but dang it's suspiciously difficult to motivate myself to actually *do* anything aside from read and write. I need to figure out what my block is. I did set up my shrine and burned a candle for a friend that lost his battle with cancer. But aside from that, nothin'.
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Heh, I think a lot of folks do skip around but a strong number likely 'plod along' as well. As long as the work is completed in the end. I have to say I'm tempted to write the essays now, allow them to settle and percolate and move on to the high holy days etc and then come back and amuse myself by re-reading them. Be a bit like reading junior high journals once you're in college Tongue

I've been skipping around, but making sure I don't skip too far without completing a few weeks in order. 

I'm actually writing the essays as I go, but I plan to revisit them closer to the end of the year.
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