Course Shared Agreements
Thank you for taking the time to read the following guidelines, which allow us to build a community of shared intention, warmth and courageous learning.
These shared agreements were drafted and written by Lindsay Mack and Iris Rankin with additional education and support from two of the inclusivity moderators for Tarot for the Wild Soul, Alex Rodriguez and Malissa Pansa-ad, in particular the section of Supportive & Inclusive Space.
Updated February 17, 2021
Honoring and acknowledging that this course was created on the unceded land of The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, with the deepest respect to the Kalapuya Tribe, Cowlitz Tribe, and Atfalati Tribe (currently called Portland, OR).
Support for this course is also based in the territory of the Coast Salish People, with utmost respect for the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe (Bellingham, WA).
Course as Personal Pilgrimages
These courses and offerings are personal pilgrimages. A pilgrimage is defined as “a journey…made to some sacred place as an act of devotion.” In this case, you are making a journey into yourself as you explore, deepen and enrich your relationship with your Tarot deck and yourself. These personal pilgrimage courses are dedicated to serving as a supportive space for sitting in your own knowing, asking questions of yourself. I am honored to be your guide on this journey – but the path you walk through this material (and how you walk it) is all your own.
Expectations for Our Students
If you desire to take part in one of our course offerings, these are the boundaries and structures that we ask each student to adhere to:
Personal Responsibility with Self and the Material. We expect students to be able to hold themselves in this work, to be able to stand on their own two feet with a sturdy backbone. If you are unable to do this, or are in a season of your life where this doesn’t feel accessible to you, this course may not be for you.
Personal Responsibility with Self Tending and Care. This work is powerful and can bring up big feelings. We are not therapists and are not able to provide therapeutically based support to any student. We highly encourage you to seek out a processor or supportive space as you move through the material, should you find that it is bringing up big feelings. The course spaces are not therapeutic process spaces, and should not be used as such.
Autonomy and Critical Thinking. In these courses, and with Lindsay’s work, there is a big emphasis on critical thinking and personal responsibility. You are your own Hierophant, and you are expected to utilize your critical thinking and common sense in this class. Take what works for you and leave what doesn’t. Check what I say against your truth and go with what you sense is the right path on the journey for you – just like you would with any space holder, guide, or teacher.
Integrity. You may not claim that the materials provided in this course are yours without credit to where you learned and received them. Do not lift the material and teach it as your own. Please do not share this material with anyone who has not invested in it. Thank you so much for helping to keep the ethics and integrity high. It is appreciated beyond expression.
Respond, rather than React. We at Team Wild Soul strive to provide the most heart centered, honest, humble experience for our students. We expect and ask the same from you. Sometimes material can trigger us and can feel big, and within our discomfort, we can have an impulse to react. We honor your responses to this material, and we also know that in therapeutic spaces, there is an encouragement to reflect whatever is arising within us at the processor. That's not what we're doing here. This is an educational course. This is a training ground for you to learn how to navigate discomfort and resource yourself accordingly. If you have words to share, we ask that you hold them for 24-48 hours, pausing and asking, “Is this mine? Is this something I'm activated by, but does not actually cause harm? This is not an attempt to tone police anyone, or bypass your experience. Righteous anger is sacred and important, and we are always available to examine where we can recenter and publicly acknowledge where we have caused harm. However, there is a difference between you not liking something and it calling you into personal contraction versus actual harm. Determining which is happening at any given moment is a part of cultivating personal responsibility, and we encourage you to hang out with the discomfort it may bring up.
Expectations Around Connecting with Team Wild Soul
Team Wild Soul will be there to assist and support any student with technical or administrative needs during team hours (Monday -- Friday, 9am-5pm PT). We will endeavor to respond to your email within 24 hours or less! If you have questions, please streamline all communication and questions to us at [email protected].
Respect & Confidentiality
This course is held in a container of respect and confidentiality. Everything you share in the Q&A roundups and in the Live Q&A calls remains confidential between you, me and the course participants. By participating, you agree to hold course materials and participant communications confidential.
Supportive & Inclusive Space
It is my highest priority and commitment that this course be a supportive and inclusive space for all participants, one that centers the experience of BIPOC, LGBTQI2-S folx, and other systemically and/or historically marginalized folx. This intention of support and inclusivity encompasses not only the classes, worksheets, and bonus materials for the course, but the Live Q&A’s and chat boxes within those calls.
Any kind of intolerance will not be permitted.
We are different people occupying the same space, exploring the medicine of the Tarot, and I encourage everyone to be intentional with their language. I ask for everyone’s respect for one another.
Harmful spiritual language will not be permitted, including, but not limited to the use of the word “g*psy” (which is a slur), as well as terms like “dark energy,” or referring to things as light and dark, which can be harmful and disrespectful to BIPOC.
Other common terms to consider before using would be “namaste, smudging, karma, spirit animal” etc. It is important to understand the true indigenous, cultural, and religious origins and definitions of these terms before using them in the context of the Tarot and modern life in American society.
I am here to hold a space of firm and clear allyship, and one that will be welcoming for anyone, regardless of race, gender, sexuality, class and identity. If any aspect of the course material or interactions with other students feels uninclusive, or in some way harmful, please email us at [email protected].
We will receive feedback, publicly acknowledge our mistakes, make changes for future courses or privately speak to anyone who may be infringing on our shared group agreements.
If any of these things are being violated, please contact us at [email protected], and it will be addressed immediately. Your experience will be honored and respected.
Flexibility in the Syllabus
Due to the channeled nature of this work and Lindsay's creative process, all syllabus items are subject to change, even while the course is running. Team Wild Soul is always committed to providing exceptional course material, and we appreciate your understanding that openness to change is a part of what we're learning together as a whole. This flexibility in the material ensures we're able to offer teachings from Lindsay and service to you in highest and best.
This is not a therapeutic course. Lindsay is not a therapist or medical professional, and this course is not a substitute for therapy, professional mental care, and does not claim or intend to fix, treat, diagnose or heal mental illness.
These courses are supportive guideposts on ways to include the Tarot as one of the many anchoring tools in our toolbox of self resourcing. They are also here to invite participants to look at the cards in a different way. It is our intention that this material can assist you on the path of your self care, and in the deepening of your Tarot practice.