Bhola Banstola, Nepalese 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
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
I 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.
Retreat Prerequisites: A working knowledge of shamanic journeying is required. Fotoula offers in-depth workshops in shamanism and shamanic journeying as well as a weekly Shamanic Circle – the Way of the Drum.
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Paap Bagaune Teachings
These group rituals roughly translate as ‘being seen’ or ‘to release and let go of wrongdoings.’ We ask for forgiveness from the past and we heal by cutting the cords to unhealthy ties that we may have been holding on to, such as deep emotional traumas, curses, negative thoughts, grudges, unskillful words, wrongdoings, actions, mistakes made in rituals, and the dishonouring of deities, spirits or ancestors.
Traditionally this important ceremony is conducted at the river bank with participants going into the water and cleansing. Offerings are also released into the water to be carried away.
After the release ritual, the ‘Sacred Water Vase / Kalasha Awakening Ritual’ takes place, during which the blessings of teachers and infinite sources are invoked. Each participant will go through a cleansing and purification ritual.
On Saturday evening, we will have a sacred fire ceremony. And the retreat closes with a ritual for Raising our Spirits, tying a protective BUTI – amulet on each participant and a song of gratitude.
In Himalayan shamanism the spirits invoked for this ritual are the goddess Akhalinda, who rides on the back of a Crocodile and Aakash Devi (the goddess of the sky), who rides on the back of an Owl. Akhalinda and Aakash Devi work in partnership to heal deep-seated traumas, fears, and distractions, help us generate inner strength, and support from the outside. Akhalinda helps us empty and release, and Aakash refills and reclaims.
A crocodile’s predatory capacity is due to its ability to pluck its prey from the river bank, take it into the water, and spin it around and around until it is disoriented. The Crocodile spins its prey like a whirling dervish seeking higher connections and using the power of the spin rather than brute force to feed itself.
The Crocodile's place in our bodies is the naval area. Their spiritual medicine is about finding the strength within ourselves to live in solidarity and silence, and realise our psychic power and intuitiveness without slipping into despair and depression. The Crocodile’s spirit is also known to help us regenerate our capacity to create something new and to help us deepen our spiritual work.
Goddess Akhalindeshwari riding on this fearsome predatory creature, neither rejects her fear nor lets it control her; she depends on it. She sits on the crocodile that lives in the river, uses its power to navigate the waves, and spins in the water.
The 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 Retreat begins with dinner at 6.00pm on
Thurs 22nd June and finishes with lunch at 1.00pm
on Sun 25th June 2023
Venue: Carronvale House Conference & Rec Centre
Carronvale Rd, Larbert, FK5 3LH, Scotland
Dates: 18.00, Thurs 22nd – 13.00, Sun 25th June 2023
Cost: £495.00 / Deposit £350.00 – the deposit
(non-refundable) secures your place
Book: To book your place, 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"