Orientation: August 18th, 6-8 pm
Orientation and first class considered “one class” for payment purposes
In this two hour orientation, it will be an exploration of the teaching space, meet and greet with the instructor, assistants, and fellow students. After an hour of getting to know each other, a basic outline of “things to expect” will be presented, as well as a Question and Answer Session towards the end. Orientation right before first class to accommodate for students traveling far distances. If you need a place to stay overnight, please contact us and we can organize something with the local student community and do a housing share.
Class 1: August 19th
The Basics of Living Well
For those that feel like “focusing on the positive” is not enough, we present basic energy body hygiene practices, tips and techniques that will support the student throughout this 9 month program. Exercises and resources will be given to help with the integration of these new skills. Learn how to clear your emotional body and release triggers in a way that allows you to respond in the moment from your True Self instead of your wounds.
Class 2: September 23rd
Restoring Your Birthright
Many of us legitimately do not have access to certain parts of ourselves. They may be completely gone due to soul loss. We might possibly have ailments that modern medicine can’t quite touch. If the root of our ailment lies in the Spiritual realm (which most Indigenous Cultures believe is the root source of dis-ease), then conventional means to approach a wound sometimes change the surface of things, but underneath still feels hollow. We learn the basic principles of Shamanic Healing, how to be a good receptacle of it and will experience at least 2-3 group Healing Ceremonies this day.
Class 3: October 21st
Shamanic Tools and Techniques: Navigating altered states
The first portion of the course we will learn about integration and talk about our experiences of the previous class. We will lend support to those that need it, and learn how to engage with others in community without interfering with their process. In the afternoon, we will begin engaging with many traditional forms of altered states of consciousness, including Shamanic Journeying, Embodiment states, Walking Journeys, and Divination. Through our newly learned skills we will either discover or solidify our main helping spirit.
Class 4: November 18th
Your Bodies Toolkit: Honing psychic skills with clarity and discernment
Your body carries the innate wisdom of how to live well in the world. You were born into this body for a reason, and if you listen it can teach you about what you were meant to come into this world to do. Find the unconscious contracts you have with some of your energy body senses and renegotiate them. Turn up or down your senses so they can be of service to you and your life’s true purpose, not a distraction.
Class 5: December 16th
Realm of the South: Death and Life as a Teacher
Just as the tree learns to open their leaves and blossoms in the spring, they also must let go of their leaves in the fall. Learn to be in right relationship with death and what that means in a Shamanic context. It is not something scary, but something peaceful that marks the beginning of a cycle. Here we engage with our inner healer and restore our inner fire and vitality one step at a time.
Class 6: January 19th
Realm of the West: Navigating our Emotional Realm
Ocean waves falling and cresting may feel very overwhelming to someone lost at sea. An emotional drought is when there is a void of feelings, or an overall feeling of numb. In this class we tap into what it means to explore the excesses and deficiencies in our life, and learn to balance them out so that we are whole. True warriorship means to show up in a good way, with our experiences at hand and acting from a grounded and centered place.
Class 7: February 16th
Realm of the North: Trickster and the Web of Life
The Earth is our teacher and can teach us many things. The trickster helps remind us that we need to not take life too seriously, because we will never make it out alive. Learn the tools of interconnectedness, wholeness, and standing in your power with sovereignty and dominion over yourself. We will learn how to take a look at our life experiences and begin pulling the wisdom out of them to live life in a good way. In a Shamanic Cosmology, it is all about the Oneness and how we can be one with all things.
Class 8: March 16th
Realm of the East: Vision and Truth Seeking
What does it mean to have vision? Why is vision important to have? This class is specifically about finding our vision, seeing where we were blind with the help of community, and aligning ourselves with that big vision. It’s not just about the future, but about seeing ourselves in it and taking the grounded steps to be there. The element of air is about communication, truth, clarity and discernment. Where have you not been truthful with yourself?
Class 9: April 13th
The Ones Who Walked Before Us: Ancestors, Descendants and Land Spirits
The last class will focus on our roots and where we came from. In a Shamanic Cosmology, we came from the big dream, or the oneness. However, we have had ancestors that have been disconnected from that oneness due to trauma, manipulation, or sheer broken heartedness. Because of this, that trauma could be passed down from generation to generation in order to get to you. Learn how to connect with True Ancestral Helping Spirits. Find out the difference between a true Ancestral Helping Spirit and a ghost, and why it matters. We have so many unresolved issues due to the ghosts in our family line that these patterns have started to embed into the Land Spirits themselves. Learn basic communication skills and how to tend an altar or shrine to continue forging this relationship in a deeper way.
A good resource if you are anxious to get started is through the free, listener supported podcast, Why Shamanism Now. There are over 400 archived hours, and a teaser to what is available both within this course and beyond. A great place to start is the Basics of Living Well series and the specific podcasts below:
You also have access to the archived recordings of the Ancestral Healing Circles and Bi-Weekly Shamanic Journey Groups through the forums.