Training as a Shamanic Practitioner
Shamanism has been
practiced for thousands of years, and as the veils between the worlds become
thinner, many people are being drawn to this ancient earth spirituality.
Shamanism is a lifetime practice. It is not a profession;
it is an inner calling. However, there are specific
shamanic trainings that people in the west can undertake.
Every healer, including a shamanic practitioner, learns their trade through practice. Contact with the spirit world may come naturally, but it has to be harnessed. At the same time, the practitioner needs to be grounded. Unless the practice is based in the present and everyday reality,
it has little value.
In order to give people the important skills and tools to become a rounded shamanic practitioner the School has devised a five module programme. However, although we facilitate these teachings and will pass on our experience, the true teachers of every shamanic practitioner are their spirit guides. It is spirit who helps the practitioner
develop their knowledge and understanding and elevates their practice into an art.
The five modules of the shamanic practitioners’ course:
- The Path of the Eagle: The
Journey of the Shaman and retrieval of personal power: This course provides theoretical
knowledge of shamanism and the shamanic worlds, as well as experiential
practice of shamanic healing. Participants also learn to retrieve
power and life-force for clients through journeying to alternative realities. (No
prerequisite required). Next course: 13-14 October 2018
- The Path of the Earth: The original course has been split into two workshops – Medicine for the Earth (to be confirmed); and Healing with Spiritual Light, 01-03 June 2018. In this courses participants learn how to align with the four elements, experience their own radiance and heal themselves, others and the earth through the light of their essence. Over the two workshops we work with the ancient practice of shamanic transfiguration and masks to help us discover our inner self. (No prerequisite required but participants must know how to journey).
- The Path of the Jaguar: Soul Retrieval: This is the essence of shamanic healing as practiced by many indigenous shamans. In this course participants learn how to retrieve other peoples’ soul essence to help people heal at a deep level. (Prerequisite: The Journey of the Shaman and 4 case studies of power retrieval).
- The Path of the Bear: Shamanic Extraction: Learn how to extract energetic intrusions from the body and neutralise them, by merging deeply with your spirit helpers. (Prerequisite: Soul Retrieval training)
- The Path of the Jackal: Death and Dying, Shamanic Workshops: This course is split into two workshops. Part 1: Death and Dying – 21-22 April 2018, is open to everyone. In this workshop participants learn how to: help people pass through the death process to be reborn in the spiritual realms; help lost souls find their way home and; how to support people who are grieving. This is a very important teaching, especially in our times. Part 2: Death and Dying – 30th June-01 July (Prerequisite: training in soul retrieval and extraction). The focus for this second workshop is on Psychopomping, learning how to safely help stranded souls who have not made it through the veil into the spiritual realms. Fotoula will also share shamanic teachings on de-possession.
After you have finished all five modules, you receive the gift of shamanic initiation. This is also part of the journey,
and not a destination.
Working shamanically with integrity
Below are some suggestions for people who wish to focus on, and take ownership of, their shamanic path:
shamanic journeying once a week.
a regular daily spiritual practice that helps calm the conditioned mind. This
could be meditation, mantra chanting, time in nature, ritual, ceremony etc. It
may be different for each person.
- Continue personal development through inner work. Shamanism is a path where we embrace our vulnerability,
- As we walk further along the path we will be called to: develop our integrity, and personal responsibility;
A shamanic practitioner is someone who is willing to step into the unknown and surrender to life and Divine Will. Although the School offers this training, life is the great initiator. It is life who leads us to the situations where we have the opportunity to grow spiritually, open our heart to love, and embody the shamanic calling.