Two Year Class
Traditionally Shamanism was taught by master to apprentice in villages or tribes. A Shaman acted as the healer and teacher for his or her community. In our culture, we are no longer indigenous people. We are mostly city dwellers, living in a high paced, information age and consequently feel very separate from nature or the natural world. Current day Shamanism is often taught in the form of workshops, where the student goes away for a weekend and has an ecstatic experience. Then goes home and never sees the teacher or the fellow classmates again. Soon the experience wears off and they forget what they learned until the next “high”.
What I am offering in this two-year class is a way to be part of a community for at least two years, while learning old and new traditions that will enhance your life and healing abilities. While I use a weekend format, the same group of students meets each time, and as the teacher, I am available throughout the whole program. As teacher I hold a specific role which is no more and no less important than any other member of the community. Spirit is the center of the circle, not me.
This is a residential program which will meet at a retreat center in Western Maryland. We will have the beauty of nature away from our everyday lives, while still nurturing the relationships that we form as a group.
In this two-year class we will bond with each other as a family, and the friendships that form during this class will likely last a lifetime. If you become a part of this class, be prepared to have your heart open and to be touched deeply. Not only will you learn techniques of healing and empowerment, you will work on your own hurts and scars to become a hollow vessel for Spirit to work through you, for the benefit of yourself, your family and the future generations of our beloved Mother Earth.
- Soul Retrievals: how to do them, how to follow-up
- Psychopomp: how to help stuck spirits of the deceased move on
- Drum-birthing: you will have a finished drum to keep for your whole life
- How to create sacred space, ritual and ceremony and how to hold that space
- Various initiations designed to help you go deeper with Spirit
- Plant Medicine (not herbology)
- Eclectic healing techniques from around the world
To register for the two-year class an application and essay must be completed, and there will be an interview process. Because the application and screening process is more involved early registration is recommended. A $200 deposit is required with the application. The deposit will be returned if you are not accepted into the program; however, it is non-refundable if you change your mind. If you are accepted into the program the deposit will be applied to your tuition. The tuition includes room, board and instruction. If you pay in full there is a $160.00 discount. Once you are accepted into the program, if you choose the pay per weekend option, you will need to pay for the first and last sessions at the orientation meeting.