The journey that brought me to the role of the Green Man is one of personal growth and rebirth.
I have been to Beltane Fire Festival as a spectator several times, and I have read into the story and felt very moved by the ritual and the performance. However, it was only when I came to a major turning point in my life that I felt particularly drawn to the Green Man. It was not me who chose to put myself forward for the role but rather he who called to me after I had achieved a personal transformation and was listening intently to my surroundings.
I encountered the Green Man’s presence in a setting outside of Beltane. I took part in a personal growth weekend with The Mankind Project, which was by far the most rewarding and challenging experience I have ever had. This happened immediately following some seismic changes in my life, which took me deep into darkness.
During the weekend process I looked at parts of myself that I never knew existed, and learned about the origins of my shadows and how they influence my behaviour. From this place I underwent a metamorphosis and was born reborn into the light. At this point the Green Man reached out and put his mark on me and I was chosen to carry his mantle for this season.
I have been welcomed with so much attention and love into the society. I am truly honoured to be this year’s Green Man and am so excited and energised about this journey and the accompanying rituals and performance.
Never having performed in Beltane, I am coming to this experience as an open book – for me the path that I am on and will be travelling with the Green Man is one of new growth.
Kieran is this year’s Green Man, pictured above with our May Queen Katie.