RETREAT CENTRE IN THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS
Workshops and Trainings
Shamanism Workshops and Trainings
Ancient Ways - Timeless Practices
Two Year Shamanic Practitioner Training
This year's training is fully booked and commenced in June. Next available course starts in October 2018, see details on dates below.
This course will embrace a rich variety of healing methods and ceremonial practices. It should be seen as an undertaking requiring commitment and a willingness to confront issues on what will be a powerful personal journey.
The aim is for each participant to awaken their own personal gifts and talents allowing them to merge with the healing methods and knowledge the course will provide. Confidence will rise as individuals, challenged by personal limitations, begin to emerge as independent workers of the ancient ways dancing their dreams and empowered to act.
By undertaking this journey as a group, we will tap the dynamic energy of community effort, ever increasing the quality and depths of working within the realms of spirit.
This Training Course will consist of the following main subjects:
Soul loss occurs mainly through traumatic experiences. Through this loss one may feel incomplete, fragmented, or disassociated from life and relationships with other people. We will explore in detail the causes, treatments and the effect of a soul retrieval on a client.
This is an ancient healing art of 'extracting spiritual intrusions' or 'misplaced energy' from a person's physical and/or ethereal body. Transmutation of these intrusions will be introduced and practiced in a safe way for both the practitioner and the client.
This modern healing method is a form of 'shamanic counselling' which establishes direct communication between the individual and their illness/condition, nurturing a deep and intimate relationship where transformation can take place.
From weddings to funerals, from rites of passages to ecstatic dancing, throughout history human kind has attempted to contact the divine via various ceremonies and rituals. We will work with a wide range of ceremonies from shamanic cultures worldwide, and you will learn about the key elements necessary to create ceremonies for the self, other individuals, the community, the land and the earth's cycles.
To complement the spiritual aspects we will expand our understanding of the natural environment through the application of a range of bush skills employed both for ceremonial and practical purposes. A good deal of time will be spent outdoors in the rich natural environment around the centre. This crucial connection with nature has been referred as viewing the "visible face of Spirit".
Shamanic Divination is mediation work which involves the use of tools such as bones, twigs, stones, bark, beads etc. to foresee trends based on the present/past, or to understand the present based on patterns revealed by those tools.
In ancient cultures throughout the world, Quests were used as doorways to enter spiritual realms and expand self-knowledge. Towards the end of the Training participants will undertake an overnight Vision Quest retreating into nature and solitude, providing the opportunity to find a sacred space within that is real, honest, and true.
The original use and purpose of the Medicine Wheel are open to conjecture, although today the primary function of the Medicine Wheel is a ceremonial tool for healing and self-discovery. A variety of uses of this ancient tool will be shared with you, including the exploration of your personal unique Medicine Wheel through the spirit keepers of the four directions.
The synergy of Group Healing work lies at the heart of core shamanic practices and provides opportunities for healing that simply cannot be found otherwise. We will be working in-depth with this ancient form of healing, participants will assume a range of roles in this highly collaborative practice with every participant having the opportunity to be on the receiving end.
Without the Ancestors, we would not exist. They bequeath us life - we inherit it from them. All indigenous societies recognise and revere their Ancestors and we will commune and work with our blood ancestors as well as ancestral spirit teachers and shamans.
Part of our journey together will be dealing with the issues of death. This includes the method of 'psychopomp', a Greek term meaning 'to lead the soul', helping earthbound spirits to cross over to the land of light.
Essential to any kind of shamanic work is integration of an experience, and manifestation of the underlying intention of the practices. Music and dance will be commonly employed to aid this process plus a range of creative activities such as the making of sacred objects, drawing, whittling, and the making of ceremonial items such as smudge sticks.
The course is limited to 15 participants and consists of five six-day residential gatherings and one seven-day residential gathering at Anam Cara with a programme of supervised practice to be undertaken at home. It starts in October 2018 and concludes in June 2020, followed by a three month period of integration and correspondence work. This course fulfils the necessary requirements to work as a shamanic practitioner and with successful completion of the training, participants will receive a certificate.
For details of application, please contact Twobirds at Anam Cara.
The gatherings start on Tuesday evening and finish on Sunday afternoon, except the gathering in June 2020 which starts on Monday evening until Sunday afternoon.
23 - 28 October
5 - 10 March / 9 - 14 July / 12 - 17 November
17 - 22 March / 22 - 28 June
Cost: £2190 (fully residential)
The cost includes all tuition, most materials and supervision of work undertaken at home.
Maximum number of participants: 15
The 'Ancient Ways - Introduction to Shamanism' or equivalent is the pre-requisite for this training.
Visit Twobird's Shamanic Workshop and Trainings website at Embracing Shamanism.
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