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Shamanic Retreat with Nepalese Shaman

Shamanic Retreat in Scotland with Nepalese Shaman - UK Retreat

20th – 23rd June 2024, Larbert, Scotland, UK

In the Retreat we will work with the ceremonies, rituals, mantras, and teachings of GARUDA – the Golden Healer, the Lord of Space. This is a rare opportunity to learn some of the most powerful healing practices used within Dhami-Jhankri Shamanism.


Bhola BanstolaNepalese Shaman

Bhola was born in the foothills of Mount Everest in the district of Bhojpur. At a young age, he was chosen by the ancestral spirits to carry their message and healing traditions. Bhola received his training from his grandfather who was a skilful and well-known local shaman. He has also studied shamanism with different teachers in Nepal, Northeast India, Bhutan and parts of Sikkim and Darjeeling. 

Bhola was educated in Nepal and India and holds a Master's Degree in Cultural Anthropology from Delhi University. He is a graduate in Naturopathy from the Indian Board of Alternative Medicines in Calcutta. He has spent long periods with Shamans in India, Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet and is a bridge between worlds and cultures. He has been working and teaching all over the world, including his native country, Asia, Europe and America.

Shamanic Retreat in Scotland, UK, with Nepalese Shaman

Bhola Banstola Nepalese Shaman will conduct a shamanic retreat in Scontland, UK.

Shamanic Retreat Prerequisites: A working knowledge of shamanic journeying is required. Fotoula offers in-depth workshops in shamanism and shamanic journeying as well as a Shamanic Circle – the Way of the Drum. To contact Fotoula: 

GARUDA, the Lord of Space – Golden Healer beyond time and space

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The Nagas are the guardians and keepers of the Water and Earth realms. In the same way, Garuda, the Regal Eagle or Harul-Gadul, a mythical bird-like deity with a human body and bird's wings and beak, is considered the guardian and caretaker of the in-between Space, Aakash. 


The Garuda deity plays a vital role in the cultural, political, and religious spheres of many Asian countries today. However, how this mythical creature is depicted differs depending on the country and the cultural context. As well as being part of Nepali Shamanism, Garuda healing rituals are also performed within the geographically adjacent religions of Buddhism and Bön. 


In Nepal, the Garuda figure is dominant in temples and places of worship as a Vahana (carrier) of Lord Vishnu. The dialogue between Lord Vishnu and the Garuda became the famous Garuda Purana, the Sanatani Vaidic Hindu 'Book of Dead’ – concerning the soul's journey after earthly life. Holding different names and attributes based on its multitudes of roles in worldly and other-worldly realms, Garuda is called Nagari (enemy of the snakes), Vishahari (healer or eliminator of poison), Suparna (golden colour or as representative of the Sun), etc. 


The Retreat 

During the retreat, we will unfold the myths, rituals, journeys, mantras, rhythms, sacred songs, healing rituals and more, that relate to the self, family lineages and ancestors. The Garuda practice helps us look deeply into ourselves, beyond our limits. We become the observer that allows us to gain understanding at a more profound level. As with the Vishahari and Suparna form, Garuda's powerful spirit helps heal the inner wounds and the unknown circumstances we may be holding inside. Garuda rituals are also performed for the healing of others, especially if the condition is unable to be healed through working with the Nagas. 


This is a very rare opportunity to learn some of the most powerful healing practices used within Dhami-Jhankri Shamanism.

Residential Shamanic Retreat

The shamanic retreat is residential, with shared accommodation. Meals are vegetarian. If you have special requirements (gluten free, vegan etc), please let us know in advance and we will make provision for you.

The fee for the retreat includes Bhola's teachings, accommodation and food.

The Shamanic Retreat begins with dinner at 6.00pm on Thursday 20th June and finishes with lunch at 1.00pm on Sun 23rd June 2024


Shamanic Retreat Venue:

Carronvale House Conference & Rec Centre, Carronvale Rd, Larbert, FK5 3LH, Scotland, UK.

Retreat Dates:  

18.00, Thurs 20th – 13.00, Sun 23rd June


Retreat Cost: 

£535.00  / Deposit £275.00 – the deposit secures your place (non-refundable)

To Book the Shamanic Retreat:

Or if you have any questions, please contact Fotoula: 






As spaces are limited, please let us know as soon as possible, if you wish to attend.



Sandra Ingerman's testimonial


"Bhola is an extraordinary shaman who is carrying down a beautiful tradition that he was initiated into by his grandfather. Bhola is a true example of a shaman who can walk into a room and uplift everyone and transform by his presence of light and love. His teaching style is filled with love, clarity, truth, wisdom, and humour. Everyone I know who has studied with Bhola has loved his workshop. And it is a true gift to receive a healing from Bhola. Do not miss any opportunity you have to work with Bhola!"


Sandra Ingerman is a shamanic teacher, and author of many including "Soul Retrieval" and "Medicine for the Earth"

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