2014 Workshops

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September 2014

 

Shamanism:  Path of Empowerment & Healing
Kate Durda  in Ann Arbor, Mi  at the Center for Sacred Living
210 Little Lake Dr., Suite 7

September 14 (Sunday)  9 am - 3:00 pm
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 and dream”. 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:
$70 early registration if received by 9/11/14; $85 after that date and at door.  Repeat attendees pay only $25.   For information on how to register click here.

 

October 2014

 


Session One:  Shaman's Cosmology - Lower World and Power Animals
Fundamentals of Shamanism - Path of the Open Heart
with Kate Durda
Ann Arbor, Mi.
October 4, 10 am - 4:00 pm

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. 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:  $80 early registration if received by October 1; $95 after that date and at door. For information on how to register for this workshop click here.
  $280 if paid in full for all four sessions by Oct. 4, 2014.

 

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Rattlemaking
with Kate Durda
in Ann Arbor, Mi. 
October 4, 4:30-5:30 pm and November 8, 4:30-6 pm

2 sessions are needed to complete the rattle. Rattle must dry between sessions.
Rattles are very important shamanic tools, used for ceremony, calling the Spirits, healing work and journeying. Making your own tools for spiritual practice is very powerful, and a wonderful way to strengthen your connection to the Spirit World. Interest in making a rattle for your own spiritual use is prerequisite for this workshop.  You will create your own personal rawhide rattle, and can purchase additional supplies for making your own rattles.  You will also have the option of gathering some of your own materials such as the handle and what you put inside the rattle.

All gifts from the animal/plant spirits will be honored in the creation of these spiritual tools. 
TO REGISTER:   early registration if received by  after that date and at door. For information on how to register for this workshop click here.
NOTE:  You must register in advance for this workshop, both so the materials can be prepared for you and to allow you time to customize your rattle (if desired).

 

November 2014

 

Annual Feast for the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) 
November 1, 6-8:30 pm
Lincoln Brick Park, Grand Ledge
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.  Please bring your own plate, silverware, glass and bowl.  Donations accepted. 

 

Exploring Creativity thru Shamanism
with Kate and Stephanie
November 1-2 at Lincoln Brick Park, Grand Ledge, Mi.
10 am - 5 pm
You will need to bring art supplies for this workshop or an instrument or your voice or whatever you want to apply your creativity to! We are going to have some fun. Learn ways to free your thinking, to see the world in new ways, to gain unique perspectives. From a shamanic perspective, creativity is a part of everything, whether we are artists, craftspeople, writers, musicians, parents or simply women and men wishing to make everyday life fuller and richer.
On saturday night we will be having our annual Feast for the Dead at this same location.
Prerequisite is the ability to do the shamanic journey as taught by the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, Spirit Weavers or another authorized teacher.
To Register: Cost is $190 if registered by Oct. 15. After this date the cost is $240.   For information on how to register for this workshop click here.

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Session Two:  Shaman's Cosmology - Upper World and Guides
Fundamentals of Shamanism -
Path of the Open Heart
with Kate Durda
Ann Arbor, Mi.
November 8, 10 am to 4:00 pm
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.  

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**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 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:  $80 early registration if received by November 5; $95 after that date and at door. For information on how to register for this workshop click here.   $280 if paid in full for all four sessions by Oct. 4, 2014.

 

December 2014

 

Session 3:  Divination -  Methods of Shamanic Inquiry
Fundamentals of Shamanism - Path of the Open Heart
with Kate Durda
Ann Arbor, Mi.

December 6, 2014
  10 am - 4 pm
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:  $80 early registration if received by December 3; $95 after that date and at door. For information on how to register for this workshop click here.   $280 if paid in full for all four sessions by Oct. 4, 2014.

2015

 

February 2015
 

Advanced Healing Methods Two
with Stephanie Tighe and Kate Durda
February - April 2015
Dates and Times to be determined.


You do not have to have taken Advanced Healing Methods 1 to get in, but those graduates will be given preference.  In this training, we will cover topics such as Curse Unraveling, Depossession, & Ancestral Healing.   The clearing of possessing spirits can have a profound impact.   We will learn a basic form of shamanic depossession and clearing work to safely and respectfully free human beings (and animals) from possession by suffering beings of all kinds.  We will learn how to recognize curses, sorcery and psychic protection and learn techniques for unraveling curses.  Through all of this we will learn how this work can free our ancestors and our descendants.
 Participants must attend all sessions!  You will need to bring a sack lunch and snacks for yourself.   Application needed.
To Register:
Cost:  $550 if pre-registered by  Jan  15,  $600 at door.
For information on how to register for this workshop click here.  If you are interested in this course, contact Stephanie at stephanietighe@gmail.com

April 2015

 

Two Year Celtic Shamanism Program - Graduate Reunion
with Dr. Tom Cowan (www. riverdrum.org)
April 23-26th at
Pierce Cedar Creek Institute  Hastings, Mi.
This program is open to all graduates of the Two Year program in Celtic Shamanism.
Details will be revealed in good time!

 


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