Workshop Descriptions

Welcome:
Descriptions of workshops are included here even if they are not in the current calendar. This is because you may want to read about the workshops and the facilitator to get an idea what Shamanism is about and to anticipate future workshops that might be of interest to you.

They are listed in order by the facilitators last name.


[SHAM]
Shamanism
[CAVE]
The Cave

The Way of The Shaman

Michael Harner

In this experiential workshop, Michael will introduce us to some of the basic methods used by shamans to enter nonordinary reality, obtain hidden knowledge, answer personal questions, and contribute to our own health as well as that of others and the planet. Particular emphasis will be placed on the classic shamnic journey, one of the most remarkable visionary methods available to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream.

We will be initiated into shamanic journeying, aided by traditional drumming and movement techniques. We will learn how this journey can be utilized to awaken dormant spiritual abilities, to restore spiritual power and health, to discover and study with our own spirit guides, and how to apply shamanism in daily life.

Completion of this workshop qualifies participants to take more advanced courses with Michael Harner and the faculty of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies.

Please bring a rattle or a drum if you have one. Wear comfortable clothes and warm socks, bring a bandanna, cushion and/or blanket, a rock the size of a grapefruit, and a pen and notebook.

The Way of The Shaman

Dana Robinson

During this experiential workshop, participants are introduced to core-shamanism, the universal and near-universal basic methods of the shaman to enter non-ordinary reality for problem solving, well-being, and healing. Emphasis is put on the classic shamanic journey, a most remarkable visionary method used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream. Participants are initiated into journey work, aided by drumming and movement techniques for experiencing the shamanic state of consciousness and for awakening dormant spiritual abilities and connections with Nature.

Practice includes comparisons by participants of their discoveries through journeying as well as work on personal problem solving. They are also provided with methods for journeying to discover and study with their own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice. Participants learn how the journey is utilized to restore spiritual power and health, and how core-shamanism can be applied in contemporary daily life to help heal oneself, others, and the Planet.

Completion of this workshop qualifies participants to take more advanced courses with Michael Harner and the faculty of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies.

Please bring a rattle or a drum if you have one. Wear comfortable clothes and warm socks, bring a bandanna, cushion and/or blanket, a rock the size of a grapefruit, and a pen and notebook.

For further information, send name and address to:
Ernie_Denny@quickmail.clemson.edu

Shamanism and The Spirits Of Nature

Dana Robinson

From ancient times, shamans have worked with the spirits of Nature for survival, knowledge and healing. By learning from plants and animals, from rock and mountains, from winds and waters, and from the moon, sun and stars, shamans helped their peoples live in harmony with the Universe.

In our present world which is out of balance, the way of the shaman can once again teach us how to appropriately honor and respect Nature, our Planet and its diverse inhabitants at a deep, spiritual level. As our ancestors the world over once understood, honored and practiced, humans (people of the earth) can only survive if they look after the survival of all our relations. By working with the spirits of Nature through shamanic journey and other spiritual experience, we rededicate our living-selves to our living Planet.

Prerequisite: The Way of The Shaman: The Shamanic Journey, Power, and Healing (The Basic Workshop), is the prerequisite for Shamanism and the Spirits of Nature and other advanced workshops and training courses with Michael Harner, Sandra Ingerman, Dana Robinson and other faculty members of The Foundation for Shamanic Studies.

For further information, send name and address to:
Ernie_Denny@quickmail.clemson.edu

Circle Of Fire, Circle Of Stone; The Path of the Celtic Shaman

Richard and Geo Taylor-Cameron

Celtic Shamanism is an ancient spiritual tradition of Britain and Europe. It is based upon a direct, personal experience of contact with the Sid or Otherworld: the Spiritual aspect of reality, and manifesting its power on earth in our daily lives. Sid also means "Peace" in Old Irish. It is through harmonizing with the peace of the Otherworld, that we find our truest selves, and the purpose God and the Spirits have for us.

In this experiential workshop, Richard and Geo trace the history of the Celtic spiritual tradition, and guide us through the visionary technique of the spirit journey, chanting, meditation, and movement. Through these techniques, and in traditional ceremonies, we discover connections to the Celtic Trinity of God, Goddess, and Creator, the spirits of the land, the spirits of our ancestors, and our own personal spirit guides and totems.

Tides Of The Heart; A Celtic Perspective on Relationship

Richard and Geo Taylor-Cameron

A workshop for couples and singles. Through alignment with the Celtic paradigm of right relationship, to the sacred and to each other, we learn to participate fully in the richness of union, embracing true life and true love.

Spirit Mates

Richard and Geo Taylor-Cameron

An Advanced Workshop: Must have completed the basic Celtic Shamanism weekend with Richard and Geo.

Central to the Celtic spiritual tradition is the union with the "Leannan Sith", or Spirit Mate. This can be viewed as the Higher Self of your mate in this life, the spirit of the true mate you will meet, or as a purely spiritual union. Through this connection, our experience with the Sacred becomes more vivid and deeply felt, and its power is able to manifest more fully in our daily lives.

Brigit's Daughters

Richard and Geo Taylor-Cameron

A workshop for women, focusing on a shamanic exploration of aspects of the Goddess through the journey, and within ourselves.

Over The Ninth Wave: Living The Celtic Creative Myths

Richard and Geo Taylor-Cameron

A Week-long Residential Retreat.

In Celtic myth, the Milesians come over Nine Waves, symbolizing their harmony with the Celtic cosmic structure, to land on the Irish Coast. Their shaman, and our ancestor, Amergin, recites a poem, saying: "I am a wild boar in valor, I am a salmon in water...I am the God who brings fire to the mind." This reflects the Celtic idea of enlightenment: harmonization of the self with the Sacred, rather than loss of self. This harmony inspires action in the world.

In this experiential workshop we explore ways of bringing the Sacred into our daily lives, using the Celtic myths and traditions as our model. In journeying around the Celtic wheel of the year and the elements, reflecting on the qualities each brings to our lives, we arrive ultimately at the center of the wheel, Sovereignty, with its quality of fir flatho, or noble action in the world.

Alba Remembers

Richard and Geo Taylor-Cameron

An Advanced Celtic Shamanic Retreat.

Based in a beautiful castle on a Hebridean island , this is the most advanced workshop we've done. Acceptance limited to those who have done at least our weekend workshop previously, and preferably the week-long intensive at Omega.

Gathering Knowledge for the Shamanic Journey

Hank Wesselman

In this workshop he offers a rare opportunity for people to gather in a powerful, focused group to experience shamanic journeys. We hunt for, and gather, new knowledge to increase our spiritual and physical well-being as we establish new, expanded connections -- with the past and future, ancestors and descendants -- and build community. We explore the evolution of shamanism with a slide presentation that shows us evidence of the prehistoric beginnings of shamanism.

Although this workshop is best suited to those who have had previous experience in shamanism, it is also a powerful introduction for those less familiar with the work. The most important requirement is to be open to challenge your perceptions of our world, reality, and future.

Please note: Bring drums and rattles, if you have them; a notebook and sketch pad, a bandanna or eyeshade; a small set of chalk or oil pastels; and a blanket.

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