Year-Long Shamanism Training Program 2018
Gather your power. Learn techniques. Open to Spirit. Live with beauty.
"The awe, joy, and wonder this program has brought into my life have helped heal wounds that years of therapy couldn't touch. The community that Jaime has helped my fellow participants and I to create is the most nourishing, accepting, and loving community I've ever been a part of. The readings, teachings, stories, and ceremonies have helped me become stronger and more grounded in my values and spiritual beliefs. This is an amazing program for anyone looking to build up their own personal practices and beliefs rooted in Celtic and/or shamanic traditions." - CB, 2017 participant
.This year-long program is designed to build your spiritual strength, teach you cross-cultural shamanic skills, embed permanent protections from negative energies, teach you the basics of conducting ceremonial work (privately or publicly), introduce you to shamanic healing techniques, and open a relationship with your inborn spiritual power that can help you navigate this challenging world with more confidence and power.
You will graduate from this program as one who carries medicine for this world. You will deepen and beautify your spiritual life, apply healing to old personal and ancestral wounds and take on practical shamanic techniques that you can integrate into your daily life, including your work life and relationships. You'll do this work in a small community that will be committed to confidentiality and mutual trust. We will have deep, beautiful fun together.
You will learn many specific shamanic practices, prayers, power songs, poems, meditations and healing practices. Much of the content will be drawn from the well of Celtic Shamanism, but many streams pour into my teaching and healing work (see below).
But more importantly, the focus in this program is on learning how, not what, to do. The focus is on shifting and expanding your internal powers that open your connections to Spirit in your own way. Your will build trust in your own personal power, and learn to be guided by Spirit - because that is the core shamanic practice. You'll learn how to work with humility and respect and the most important thing you'll learn is how to live with an open heart, aligned with Mother Nature and her creatures, and with the sun and moon, the stars and galaxies, and the deep sea, and with the Love-Wisdom that flows from it all. You will learn this:
Awen I sing, from the deep I bring it.
Awen I bring, from the deep I sing it.
I know its ebb, I know its flow.
I know its power from below.
(My adaptation from the ancient Welsh manuscript, "Llyfr Taliesin."
Listen to my song version here.)
There are two rivers of shamanic study: 1) learning skills that shamanic workers around the world have always used becasue they are effective, and 2) building your inner power.
There are two ways learn shamanic skills: 1) from a human teacher who has been taught them and uses them, and 2) from the spirits. Some skills only the spirits can teach.
There are two ways to build your inner power: 1) build a connection to the soul of nature which teaches and bestows wisdom, and 2) remove the obstacles embedded in you by others that block your natural flow of inner power. This program focusses on all of the above.
In this program you'll learn:
Techniques: including setting protection for yourself and others, structuring ceremony, working with material tools like the drum, rattle, feathers, bones, rocks and altar, and practices like shamanic "journeying," power songs and prayers, and working with the energy body.
Ideas: include working with non-material helpers like spiritual guides, the elements, the medicine wheel, and the Faeries. It includes learning mythology and metaphor, and concepts, drawn chiefly from Celtic stories, but connected to cross-cultural shamanic philosophy.
Inner Power includes: meditation and prayer work, character building practices, ethics, boundaries, shadow work, intention setting and manifesting.
This program draws on my 30+ years of shamanic study and practice with a variety of teachers and it includes your disciplined individual visioning and reading, prayer and building relationship with Spirit(s).
My streams of influence include:
My two-year Celtic shamanism training program with Tom Cowan, as well as many other workshops and conversations with him over 15 years. Tom continues to be a generous coach and advisor in my teaching. This program is grounded in the Celtic medicine wheel and each week-long workshop will include working deeply with a powerful Celtic story. You'll learn shamanic practices like working with the Faery realm, the three cauldrons of the body (energy work), Celtic wisdom sayings and poetry, Gaelic prayers and healing songs.
Four years of study with Jose and Lena Stevens of The Power Path. Their background is grounded in Huichol and Shipibo practice as well as cross-cultural indigenous practice, psychology and other practices. My learning with them includes many journeys to Peru to work directly with Shipibo healers – this is the work I'm actively doing currently. From this stream I'll bring you the powerful tradition of singing healing prayers into the body, working with plant teachers and practices such as using rattles, bones and feathers as tools for prayer and healing. I'll also assign some of Jose's books that weave shamanic practice and counselling psychology into a useful practices for self-development.
My seminary training (I have and M.A. in Theology and the Arts from United Seminary of The Twin Cities). For me, this rigorous academic training has been a good antidote to being overtaken by narcissistic spiritual woo-woo. This stream offers rational, philosophical and historical substance to your training.
My many years as writer and theatre artist that has taught me to be boldly imaginative and to trust in uncertainty, process, doubt and difficulty, to revel in imagination as a sacred and blessing force and to get past the negative voices and "just do the work."
This program may ask you to be in nature for extended times, possibly including camping, and possibly alone. You may be asked to fast form certain (or all) foods for times. You are free to say no at any time to anything that is suggested. There is some flexibility to accommodate physical needs - please talk to me about it if you have concerns.
You will be assigned readings, prayers, meditations and ceremonial work between our weekend meetings. There are no tests or grades, so you do the work in whatever way is best for you. This program will also take you into deep ceremony that may release, cleanse and transform stored emotional patterns from this life and past lives.
You don't need previous shamanic experience to be admitted to this program, but if you have experience, it will be deepened by this study. If you are ready for this kind of committed study, please download the application packet with your deposit and it will be reviewed. If you are not accepted to the program your deposit will be refunded in whole. Please know that I may also ask for a phone or in-person conversation as part of your application process.
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Are you ready for this adventure?
Deadline to register is February 1, but as soon as you register and are accepted you'll receive your first reading and ceremonial assignments to prepare you for our first weekend beginning on February 22nd. Admittance is 80% on a "first apply-first in" basis and 20% on random factors.
We meet over four long weekends at various resorts in Minnesota or Wisconsin. In between weekends, you'll recieve reading assignments, ceremonial work, and instructional audios or videos. There are also four optional Friday night meetings in between the weekends and a final one-night ceremony November. The Friday meetings are for community, questions, and direct healing for you.
A deposit of $400 will reserve your spot. The deposit is fully refundable in full until February 1.
Lodging could be up to $200 per weekend. This does not include gas and food. Most lodging will be within two hours of the Twin Cities. Books, art materials and shamanic supplies, are estimated at $125.
To pay the deposit online, use the PayPal button below. The program application (download below.) contains payment options.
To pay by check:
Mail a check to
4227 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55409
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