Everyone seems to be learning from the same teacher, the economy. This forced letting go of our identities is sometimes harsh and difficult but also opens the door for learning and growth. As I let go of identities which no longer serve me new visions appear. Chief among these is the desire, finally, after years of saying no, to step humbly into the role of teacher, mentor, and workshop leader. I am happy to announce the following activities. Some are designed for those seeking tools for self-healing (Basic) and some are for those seeking growth as healers (Advanced).
(Basic)Self-healing and basics of shamanism
Basic Journeying – this is an introduction to the terminology and cosmology of the shaman’s world. Learn about power animals, spirit teachers, and nature spirits by experiencing them, not by hearing about someone else’s experience. Come prepared to participate. This is a six hour class being offered twice. Since this is a great preparation for the advanced program I am offering it despite the hectic season and will consider offering it at other times if requested to do so.
- Saturday December 17, 2011. 9:00 through 4:00 with a one hour lunch break. $60
- Saturday January 7, 2012. 9:00 through 4:00 with a one hour lunch break. $60
Power Dance and Shamanic Healing
Experience a traditional community ritual including the opportunity to receive multiple healing in a shamanistic style.
- Saturday, January 14, 2012 7:00 p.m. through 9:00 p.m. $10
- Saturday, February 11, 2012 7:00 p.m. through 9:00 p.m. $10
(Advanced) An apprenticeship/mentoring program
This program requires a one year commitment to the members of this working group. Membership will be closed once the program begins. The three month sessions are simply a way to make the cost more affordable. Please do not begin if you do not intend to stick with it for the year.
This program will be a series of four Three Month Sessions.
The First Three Month Session is scheduled for:
Saturday, January 14, 2012 9:00 a.m. through 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 11, 2012 9:00 a.m. through 9:00 p.m.
Friday March 9, 2012, through Sunday March 11, 2012
- Friday March 9, 2012, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
- Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
- Sunday March 11, 2012, 9:00 to 12:00 a.m.
One working definition of a shaman is “one who goes into an altered state of consciousness at will to bring back information for the healing of others, the community and/or the planet.” This program includes instruction in typical shamanic activities such as extraction, soul retrieval, de-possession, curse removal, divination, psycho-pomp, space clearing, and working with nature spirits and other compassionate spirits to achieve these results.
Approximately one-half of our time will be spent outdoors and will include visits to local power places. We can’t learn what our shaman teachers have learned through a lifetime of living in harmony with nature on a Saturday afternoon. The weekend sessions will provide a time to be still in nature and go deeper into our lessons. At least as important as learning the techniques of healing is learning about the spiritual wholeness that makes it all possible.
While this is not designed as a program for those seeking healing, there is not a healer alive who does not receive healing through helping others. Be prepared to learn about yourself, your ancestors, your fears, and your strengths. Learn to trust and utilize your abilities and receive affirmations and validation of them.
Since this is Santa Cruz, I add the following. You cannot use mind altering drugs (including marijuana) and participate in this program ergo the words “go to into an altered state at will”. Participation is at my discretion.
Cost of Program:
$400 for each 3 month commitment payable in advance of the first meeting of each quarter. In some cases there will be additional modest costs for camping or other accommodations for the weekend events.
Schedule for the three remaining quarters will be presented to participants at the first session. The schedule is somewhat flexible at this time but will generally be the second weekend of the months with a weekend event culminating each quarter.
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Fee will be cost of event except for the Advanced Program. For that program you can send $100 to hold your place with balance payable before first event.
Location will be announced. Instructions will be given once registration is received.