what is shamanic practice?
Shamanism is an ancient system of spirituality that dates from the earliest beginnings of humanity. Its popularity is due to its deep spirituality, reverence for all life forms and the ability to provide answers in a troubled world. Shamanism is a way of thinking and acting – of learning about, understanding and living in harmony with everything around you.
Shamanism, as we explore it today, maps the way to the worlds of Nature in order to help us grow and expand our own vision and capacities. It teaches us how to sincerely explore and connect, without superstition, to Self, Nature and Spirit.
This course is designed as a series of integrated modules that explore different aspects of the foundation practices within this ancient system. Each module focuses on a different aspect of shamanism. Ours is a course in universal shamanic practices, with Celtic, Australian and Peruvian shamanism filtered through the modules.
who is this course for?
Whether you’re interested in shamanic methods, practices and experiences as tools for your own growth and self-development or wanting to adapt and incorporate them into your work as a professional practitioner, you will learn how to become the “medicine maker” and follow your own path of healing and transformation by learning how to connect to the pure energies of Self, Nature and Spirit.
what makes this course unique?
Our course is built to maximise your learning experience. We provide a specific learning structure so that you can build knowledge and understanding which, at the same time, allows plenty of flow and flexibility for “experience opportunities” where you discover how what you have learned applies in your everyday life.
This course is a fusion of shamanic wisdom gathered from many ways – ancient and modern. Here it’s all about knowing how to integrate and apply your shamanic training.
We also offer the opportunity of an overseas study tour for people who would like to deepen their shamanic experiences. Another great thing about this course is that it introduces you to shamanic practices from around the globe including our own beautiful indigenous culture.
facilitator’s: Louise Gilmore, Jacqui Bushell, Jane Elworthy, Steve Sweeney
shamanism: the power and mystery
In this workshop you will build the ground of your shamanic knowledge by learning about some of the shamanic practices that are common across cultures and traditions and how these practices are used. You will explore and practice some of the foundation processes, rituals and ceremonies that underpin shamanic practice as a life art and as a healing modality. You will learn methods for shifting consciousness and training awareness to open your communication channels so that you can enter into a deeper listening relationship with Spirit; the shamanic view of power; the four cardinal directions and elements; shamanic states of consciousness and shamanic symbols.
weekend course Feb 2014 more info
shamanic journey: the medicine wheel
In this weekly class you will learn about, practice and refine the foundation skill of shamanic journeying which is common across many cultures and traditions. You will learn how to become more powerful in your day to day life whilst at the same time learning about the shamanic journey and the web of life. Through the learning framework of the Medicine Wheel you will learn how to work with power animals, power symbols, intention, the subtle energy bodies, levels of reality, expanding consciousness, illness, healing and divination to access and restore personal power.
evening course Feb 2014 more info
shamanic journey: healing through the chakras
This workshop brings together two ancient healing methods – Shamanic Journey and Chakra Healing. You will learn how to use Shamanic Journey as a personal healing, empowerment and divination tool whilst at the same time learning about the power centres of the body, how to channel and work with energy to balance and heal the chakras and enter into deep soul imagery by creating your personal power totem. Through this workshop you will learn more about the shamanic view of power and power loss, ways to use shamanic journey work in everyday life, refine your powers of perception and intuition and discover more about how you can access the sacred healing realms.
evening course May 2014 more info
shamanic empowerment and healing practices
“We all spend a tremendous amount of psychic energy looking for lost parts of ourselves. We do this unconsciously, and we do this in many different ways – generating dreams and daydreams, experimenting with numerous spiritual paths, creating relationships that mirror back to us our missing parts.” Sandra Ingerman
Shamanically speaking, illness represents a loss of one’s power, a power intrusion or soul loss. These losses or intrusions can be the result of past experiences or choices that we have made. Shamanic healing, therefore is primarily concerned with restoring lost power or lost souls.
During this workshop you will be invited to learn the significance of intention in healing oneself and supporting the healing process of others, to explore aspects of your own loss of power, and to be introduced to potentially powerful shamanic techniques for restoring that power.
weekend course Jun 2014 more info
shamanic journey: power animal dreaming
In this six-session shamanic journeying course, we will focus on finding and deepening our relationship with our unique guardian spirit(s). In many cases these take the form of a traditional shamanic ‘power’ animal. Power animals are believed to be special guardians or guides whose role is to keep us healthy physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. The relationship with our special animal can become deep, warm, loving and even humorous as well as a source of guidance, support, healing and self-esteem.
evening course Jul 2014 more info
Develop a profound relationship with flowers, trees and land. Plants have profound healing wisdom which we can build dynamic co-creative relationships with for healing, communicating and to be of service in our world. In this workshop we will explore ways of connecting and communicating with the plant world and nature energies through meditation, shamanic journeying and listening with all our senses. Find and connect with your own plant ally. Listen with and be guided by Nature.
weekend course Sep 2014 more info
Have you ever sat cross-legged on the floor and had a memory from childhood suddenly return? Have you rolled into a new position as you wake up and recalled a dream? Have you taken up a yoga posture; warrior, mountain or lion and felt a rush of the energy of that archetype?
This is the power in the way we place or hold our bodies. Some positions are instantly recognisable. Kneeling with hands together at the heart is familiar to many as the prayer position. Sitting upright in lotus pose is the classic meditation posture.
In Ecstatic Meditation we learn to place the body in simple, comfortable but powerful positions that allow spiritual energy to flow freely through the body. This clears blocks, detoxifies the energy body and alters consciousness in very specific ways. It is an ancient pathway to deep, ecstatic levels of meditation.
weekend course Aug 2014 more info
shamanic healing journey
In this six-week course we use the time-honoured technique of Shamanic Journeying to access sacred healing realms. From the shamanic or indigenous perspective, most forms of sickness in our ordinary lives, have a basic spiritual cause. Healing of the spirit can lead to dramatic improvement in body, mind and emotions. Shamanic or soul journeys offer ancient techniques to to access information, guidance, support and healing. Through this course, we learn to bring these gifts back to help us manage our health in a more intuitively skilful way.
evening course Oct 2014 more info
The Vision Quest is a call to our wild soul self to remember and re-embody ourselves as sacred beings, interconnected with the earth and universe. As you touch the wild earth, you ignite your wild soul and come home to a life rich with depth and mystery.
Sometimes we are limited and constrained in our life, or at a challenging crossroad. During this inspiring retreat, awaken into a deep experience of communion with the Universe. Journey into the unknown, letting earth, sky and spirit touch and shift your being. Listen to the voice of nature and the elements. Learn to live being informed by the wildness around and within you; the sound and touch of wind, the sway of tree, the movement of stars, the call of owl, the strength of rock.
As well as group processes, you will be spending time alone in nature, with personal ceremony, meditation and other tools to seek your own truths and divine understanding. There is guidance throughout the retreat and afterwards to integrate your experiences and wisdom into the journeys and relationships of everyday life. Expand your visionary self and come home to a wilder, true soul self, to a world imbued with meaning and purpose.
weekend course Nov 2014 more info
shamanic magic and ritual
Shamans are spirit workers who weave a soul path into health, wellbeing, joy, passion and intimacy with themselves, in relationships and with all of life. In this workshop we will complete the Certificate program by creating and working with some powerful shamanic tools. Through them, we will rediscover the magic of ancient technologies and rituals for healing, empowerment and guidance on our life’s journey.
1 day workshop 7 Dec 2014 more info