The Heimbu Curriculum
As stated earlier, over the years we have had to develop a curriculum for teaching what has become known as Heimbu-Stav. Anyone coming here to study, or joining one of the study groups connected to Heimbu, will first be taught the stances. Usually students will work with one aett for a number of weeks before going on to the next one. After the students can go through all the stances without any hesitation, they will then be taught to use deep, abdominal breathing. At the same time, lectures in the philosophy and Norse mythology will be introduce,d together with work with the rune poems and numerology. Also, at this time, students will be taken through the fylgje exercise, which will help the teacher to tailor the instructions to the individual. Later there will be classes in the three main parts of Stav apart from the stances: healing, crafts and weaponry. Healing is divided into knowledge of herbs, joint manipulation and trance work. The crafts taught at Heimbu are woodwork for making training weapons, and leather work for falconry equipment. Stav has become known as a Martial Art, though in fact that is just a small part of the system. At Heimbu there is instruction in the use of the axe, the spear and the short sword, although the actual training in these weapons is done with the staff and the walking stick. Students are taught five principles or strategies for each weapon for when one is prepared for combat, and also five principles for each weapon for reacting to unexpected attacks. In addition, students will later work with smaller, hidden weapons and unarmed self-defense.
All students will train in the three main parts of Stav mentioned previously, but will usually eventually specialise in one of them. There is also the possibility of learning falconry, animal husbandry and small scale farming, although this is not stressed at the moment. However the main point of instruction at Heimbu is to guide students to be able to think and act for themselves, and to deal with reality in a rapidly changing world.
I will return to a more detailed description of the Heimbu curriculum at a later time, including things that are not regarded as Stav as such, but are still part of the Heimbu knowledge.
Written by Ivar Hafskjold at Heimbu the 1st of July 2009