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SEPTEMBER 2015

 

Shamanism:  Path of Empowerment & Healing
with Kate Durda in Grand Rapids, Mi.
at Holistic Care Approach Healing Begins Within

September 12,  10am-5pm

Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth anddream”. Groundbreaking work in fields such as the 'new biology', quantum physics, and alternative medicine are validating what shamans and other wise spiritual healers knew and practiced  thousands of years ago. We know that the mind/body/spirit connection is of vital importance not only in helping us to heal from illness, but beyond that, to truly 'thrive' and live in a state of 'wellness'. 
This will be an experiential workshop,  based upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org) “Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn a practice to shift your your brain wave activity into more optimal states for healing. The benefits of one type of brain activity, the alpha brainwave, are the ability to relax and keep the mind on idle when not focused on specific task, heightened feelings of well-being and euphoria, increased creativity, and deep emotional healing.  Yet it has been found that 20 % of the population does not engage in alpha brain waves. Also, another benefit of shamanic practice  is that it allows us to engage in deep levels of self-healing, particularly on the subconscious level. You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice.
Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with. 
TO REGISTER:  $85 early registration if received by September 10th; $95 after that date and at door.  To register for this workshop click here.  Must be pre registered.  Must call if not paid in  advance.  Repeaters $25 or free is you bring a new person!

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Medicine for the Earth/Healing with Spiritual Light

with Kate and Stephanie 
September 19-20, 2015
Grand Ledge, Mi. 

Based upon Sandra Ingerman' work and book, MEDICINE for the EARTH,  Kate & Stephanie have worked with Sandra extensively and have completed her MFE Teacher Training to present this  work.   For info about Sandy Ingerman and/or Medicine for the Earth, see www.shamanicvisions.com/ingerman.html and http://www.medicinefortheearth.com.   Also in the new book from the Society for Shamanic Practioners "Spirited Medicine" there is a chapter on Medicine for the Earth and the research that Kate assisted Sandra Ingerman with.

This experiential  training is based on the information in Medicine for the Earth . We experience  how to transform personal and environmental pollution by learning how to transmute negative beliefs, attitudes, and energy which is generated by emotions.  Transmutation works on the principal "As within, so without. As above, so below." Using a specific spiritual methodology, we will work together to restore harmony and balance in our exterior environment by creating positive change within ourselves.

During this experiential training, we will use a powerful combination of guided meditation, shamanic journey work and ceremony, our work will focus on learning to  transform physical,  emotional and mental toxins that negatively affect our health and the health of Mother Earth.

The process continues with learning how to work in cooperation with helping spirits and the spirits of the land as well as getting in touch with our own internal divine nature to create healing and transmutation. Other key elements and spiritual practices will also be explored which can be easily incorporated into daily life. These methods are necessary and helpful for transforming and transmuting environmental and personal toxins.

In addition to shamanic journeying, meditation, toning , singing and movement  will be utilized to help change states of consciousness and raise awareness. The work done as a group in collaboration with community and the spirits is truly a life transforming experience. 

Our day will end with a transfiguration ceremony. 

It is recommended  that you read Sandra Ingerman's  Medicine for the Earth: How to Transform Personal and Environmental Toxins.


TO REGISTER:
$150 if registration is received by 9/1/2015, $175 after.  If you have taken the one day class with us you can take this workshop for $125 early registration and $150 late registration.

October 2015

 

Weather Dancers, Rainmakers and Healers: 
The Extended Studies Program in Weather Shamanismm

 
Dancing the Eye of the Storm, Level 4
with  Nan Moss

October 1-4
Pierce Cedar Creek Nature Center 
This workshop will only be open to persons who have completed Levels I - III of Weather Shamanism.

This Circle is aimed at deepening our understanding of the rainmaker . . . aligning with the compassionate power of storm for personal healing and growth.  

Weather Shamanism for Our Times is dedicated to carrying on the shaman's respected task of looking after relations between the human community and those beings and spiritual forces of Nature around us.  it is about exploring and realizing our potential as "fully human beings" in sacred alliance with Earth and Sky.

It has traditionally fallen upon the shaman's shoulders to answer to this task by creating and maintaining strong relationships with the helping spirits of

all worlds - including those of the middle world.

This is a multi faceted program to initiate and sustain Weather Circles.  Through the alchemy of dedicated weather circles we can help restore and maintain balance for our local areas.  Through the synergy of a community of weather circles, we can effectively work on behalf of balance and healing for wherever needed on our planet Earth. 
This workshop begins on thursday evening with dinner.  On friday morning  we will  formally open the circle and conclude on sunday around 3 pm.

TO REGISTER:   Early registration costs are $640 for a double and $720 for a single.  Late registration (persons registered after 9/1/15) are $665 double and $745.  Be sure to include food preferences with your registration or we will assume you have no preferences and eat meat.

 

 

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PATH OF THE OPEN HEART  - SESSION 1
Session One:  Shaman's Cosmology - Lower World and Power Animals
Fundamentals of Shamanism - Path of the Open Heart
with Kate Durda 
October 10th, 10am - 5pm
at Holistic Care Approach Healing Begins Within
Grand Rapids, Mi.


Lower World:  Power Animals  In this 1st of three Sessions, you will practice the journey to the Lower World, and work closely with your POWER ANIMAL(s). Learn how to work with your power animal(s) for direct inspiration, guidance, protection and more. Explore and learn about the tradition of Power Songs. Practice the "Restoration of Lost Power/Power Animal Retrieval" healing method. Work with your P.A. for divination. Experience classic shape shifting  in the Power Animal Dance and healing work.  Learn a cultural ritual for self healing.   
Join us for remarkable explorations of spirituality!

About the The PATH of the OPEN HEART:  This series is called the PATH of the OPEN HEART, after the program which I have taught for the past ten years as a Shamanic "Apprenticeship" training. 
These classes are useful for beginners, intermediate practitioners, and advanced alike.   The series listed below covers the core practices in Shamanism other than advanced healing methods.  The Path of the Open Heart series will prepare those of you interested in pursuing the healing path.
Note: the Path of Open Heart Series classes are "stand alone", you can take one or all (of course, we recommend all of them for a solid foundation in beginning shamanism, but you can pick up what you miss at other times!). 
Each session may also include work with basic practices such as creating sacred space, altars, medicine bundles, ethics in spiritual practice, working with the seasons (solstice, equinox), spirits of the land, and  more!  In addition, cross-cultural practices will be included. I have worked with Buryat, Tibetan, Celtic, Andean and Native American shamanic practices, among others, which will also inform and complete our work together. 

 TO REGISTER:  $85 early registration if received by October 7th; $95 after that date and at door. For information on how to register for this workshop click here.   Repeaters can attend for $35 per session.

 

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November 2015

Feast for the Dead (Dia de los Muertos)   November 1, 5:30 -8:00pm, Lansing, Mii
At this annual event we celebrate our ancestors of bread and milk (both relatives and non-relatives).  You are invited to bring photos or momentos of your ancestors/loved ones (animals included!) for our altar (you will be able to take them home).  Please also bring a dish to share that your ancestors would love to eat.   Flowers would also be welcome since Ancestors love beauty.  You will be asked to share stories/accomplishments/favorite poems, etc. of your ancestors.  We will also be journeying to our ancestors and writing a prayer to them.   Please bring your own plate, silverware, glass and bowl.  Donations accepted.   YOU MUST RSVP for further information.  Contact Stephanie at 517 667-8448.

 

PATH OF THE OPEN HEART  - SESSION 2
Upper World: Teachers and Guides, Cosmology of the Shaman
with Kate Durda
November 7, 2015  10 am to 5 pm
at Holistic Care Approach Healing Begins Within
Grand Rapids, Mi.

Continue to explore the Shaman's Cosmology of Upper/Middle/ and Lower Worlds (aka  the "Universal Field", "Dreamtime" , "Non-Ordinary Reality", etc). This session you will experience the "Upper World' (UW). a realm of spiritual enlightenment and truth, and the realm of spiritual teachers/masters/guides.  Learn cross-cultural healing ritual for self; re-member more about your True Self, and who you are in this lifetime, discover and/or strengthen your working relationship with your U.W. teachers.

This program Path of the Open Heart, provides a solid foundation in the powerful spiritual path of Shamanism.   For those who have had only an introduction to Shamanism, to those who've explored some, still have yet to deepen practice, to those more advanced as well!
This series will allow you to truly come to understand what the spiritual practice of Shamanism has to offer to our everday lives! Shamanism IS "practical", useful, helpful, healing - just as it has been for over 40,000 years!!  Come learn why it still exists as one of the most practical and powerful spiritual practices known.  Shamanism is also a PRACTICE! You get from it what you put into it..as with anything powerful and significant!   For beginners or experienced alike, this series offers deep experiential practice, and is an expanded version of the apprentice training program, which I have offered annually for over 10 years.   
***Pre-requisite of this series is experience with the "Shamanic Journey' process. Call us to discuss your experience.***Pre-requisite of this series is experience with the "Shamanic Journey' process. Call us to discuss your experience. 

TO REGISTER:  $85 early registration if received by November 5th; $95 after that date and at door. For information on how to register for this workshop click here.  Repeaters $35.

 

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December 2015

PATH OF THE OPEN HEART  - SESSION 3
Divination,   Methods of Shamanic Inquiry 
with Kate Durda
December 5, 2015  10 am to 5 pm
at Holistic Care Approach Healing Begins Within
Grand Rapids, Mi.
One of the core practices of the Shaman: 'divining' the truth.  In the past, Shamans were called upon to find a new Spring for water; guide the village/tribe in response to change; determine the location and progress of an enemy; and more. Now, divination can help answer question of importances to us as well. Come practice this ancient method of  seeking knowledge.

This program Path of the Open Heart, provides a solid foundation in the powerful spiritual path of Shamanism.   For those who have had only an introduction to Shamanism, to those who've explored some, still have yet to deepen practice, to those more advanced as well! This series will allow you to truly come to understand what the spiritual practice of Shamanism has to offer to our everday lives!


Shamanism is "practical", useful, helpful, healing - just as it has been for over 40,000 years!!  Come learn why it still exists as one of the most practical and powerful spiritual practices known.  Shamanism is also a PRACTICE! You get from it what you put into it..as with anything powerful and significant.    For beginners or experienced alike, this series offers deep experiential practice, and is an expanded version of the apprentice training program, which I have offered annually for over 10 years.   
***Pre-requisite of this series is experience with the "Shamanic Journey' process. Call us to discuss your experience
About the The PATH of the OPEN HEART
:  This series is called the PATH of the OPEN HEART, after the program which I have taught for the past ten years as a Shamanic "Apprenticeship" training. 

These classes are useful for beginners, intermediate practitioners, and advanced alike.   The series listed below covers the core practices in Shamanism other than advanced healing methods. Those are offered separately, to the advanced/experienced practitioner. The Path of the Open Heart series will prepare those of you interested in pursuing the healing path.
Note: the Path of Open Heart Series classes are "stand alone", you can take one or all (of course, we recommend all of them for a solid foundation in beginning shamanism, but you can pick up what you miss at other times!).     Each session may also include work with basic practices such as creating sacred space, altars, medicine bundles, ethics in spiritual practice, working with the seasons (solstice, equinox), spirits of the land, and  more!  In addition, cross-cultural practices will be included. I have worked with Buryat, Tibetan, Celtic, Andean and Native American shamanic practices, among others, which will also inform and complete our work together. 
 TO REGISTER:  $85 early registration if received by December 3rd; $95 after that date and at door. For information on how to register for this workshop click here.  Repeaters $35.

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Stay Tuned for information on our Winter Solstice Gathering!

 

Coming in 2016

 

Two Year Advanced Shamanism and Shamanic Initiation
with Stephanie Tighe and Kate Durda 
Dates, location and costs to be announced!

This will be a residential workshop where we will live and journey together. This workshop is about taking your practice deeper and experiencing personal initiations. This work has the potential to change your life. You will become stornger in your personal power. If you are a healer it will deepen your work.

We will meet three times a year for two years. We will begin on wednesday evening and end on Sunday.

Applications will be required. Preference will be given to those who have maturity in their shamanic work and/or to those who have completed other shamanic trainings such as Path of Open Heart series, Medicine for the Earth, and Adv. Shamanism I & II.

 

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Ongoing

Circles for Shamanic Journeying in Lansing.

Prerequisite for attending is the completion of an introductory workshop in core shamanic journeying. In the Shamanic Journeying Circle, we build upon the journey skills we have and deepen our connections to our power animals and teachers. 

No charge, $5-10 donation suggested to cover costs.  Contact us for more information.

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Contact Spirit Weavers, Kate, or Stephanie - SpiritWeavers@gmail.com