2017 Workshops

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2017

 

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April 2017

 

Advanced Shamanism Two Year Program
April 7-9, 2017 
CLOSED

 

 

PATH OF THE OPEN HEART  - SESSION 2
Upper World: Teachers and Guides, Cosmology of the Shaman

with Kate Durda

April 15,
2017  10 am to 5 pm
Steiner House 1923 Geddes Ave. Ann Arbor, Mi

Continue to explore the Shaman's Cosmology of Upper/Middle/ and Lower Worlds (aka  the "Universal Field", "Dreamtime" , "Non-Ordinary Reality", etc). In 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' as taught by the Foundation for Shamanic Studies or one of their students or taking "Shamanism:  Path of Empowerment and Healing" as taught by Kate Durda.  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:  $90 early registration if received by April 8th; $100 after that date and at door. For information on how to register for this workshop click here.  If you are taking this class again, cost is $35.

 

A Celtic Middle Way
Seeking Harmony in the Midst of Conflict
with Dr. Tom Cowan 

April 20-23, 2017 at Pierce Cedar Creek

 We cannot escape conflict. It will recur again and again no matter how ardently we strive to live in harmony. Perhaps this is because we live in a physical and mental world made up of dualities. We are structured to see dualism, opposites, polarities. Yet dualities and opposites do not have to be antagonistic and in conflict with each other. The great spiritual traditions encourage people to seek peace, harmony, and reconciliation.

Celtic traditions recognize the dual nature of earthly and human life, while at the same time suggesting that there is a third or middle way. Powerful images of opposites co-existing, even needing each other, are found in Celtic lore: the tree both burning and leafing; the meadows of black and white sheep; the three strains of music; the wisdom of triads; the Dagda's harp. Celtic figures, such as Taliesin, Aengus Og, the Old Woman of Beara, and Brigid, have powerful messages about how both halves of a pair of opposites are necessary for human life and spiritual growth.

During our retreat, we'll encounter these images and messages to let them deepen within us so that we can live in a world where polarized factions are in conflict. While we may not be able to eliminate conflict, we can find ways to be at peace with ourselves and in harmony with current situations. We will reaffirm for ourselves that it is possible to be an sith.

TO REGISTER:  $720 for a double room.  $775 for a single room.  For information on how to register click here.   If we do not receive your payment by April 5, 2017 there is an additional $50 charge making the rates $770 for a double and $825 for a single.

 

May 2017

 

PATH OF THE OPEN HEART  - SESSION 3
Divination,  Methods of Shamanic Inquiry
with Kate Durda
May 6, 2017 10 am to 5 pm
Steiner House 1923 Geddes Ave. Ann Arbor, Mi
These classes are useful for beginners, intermediate practitioners, and advanced alike.    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. 

***Pre-requisite of this series is experience with the "Shamanic Journey' as taught by the Foundation for Shamanic Studies or one of their students or taking "Shamanism:  Path of Empowerment and Healing" as taught by Kate Durda.  Call us to discuss your experience.

 TO REGISTER:  $90 early registration if received by April 30th; $100 after that date and at door. For information on how to register for this workshop click here.  Repeaters $35.

 

June 2017

 

Medicine for the Earth:  Restoring Health to Self and Nature
with Kate and Stephanie
June 24, Saturday, in Grand Ledge, Mi.

Based upon Sandra Ingerman's work and book, MEDICINE for the EARTH
(MFE). 


In this weekend work, you will experience how to transform personal and environmental ‘pollution’ by learning how to transmute negative beliefs, attitudes, and energy that are generated by emotions out of balance. Transmutation works on the ancient 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.
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. 
As shamans knew always, s/he must always be in communication with the spirits for the guidance in how to heal contemporary illnesses and meet present day needs.  This methodology allows us as healers and practitioners to address current illnesses such as such auto-immune deficiency  and cancer as well as other conditions demonstrating our
Dis-Ease” with life as it is now.

 In 2004, Kate assisted Sandy in a pilot research program in collaboration with the University of Michigan’s Department of Cardiology and the School of Integrative Medicine at the University of Michigan. This study involved a 4 day residential to study the effects of the Medicine for the Earth work on people who suffered depression after having a heart attack. The study used a variety of standard physical and mental benchmarks to track the success of the program. (This study was summarized in a chapter in the book  “Spirited Medicine” from the Society for Shamanic Practioners).
The conclusion of the published research study showed that a spiritual retreat such as Medicine for the Earth could be used to increase hope while reducing depression in persons with acute coronary depression.
In this training you will be introduced to the work that we taught to the participants in this study.


Stephanie and Kate will share with you methods of healing based on the Medicine for the Earth work and our own, that can be integrated into a shamanic healing practice and/or your everyday personal spiritual practice.   They have worked with Sandra Ingerman extensively in the past, which included completing the Teacher Training program to present this work

As this is an advanced course and a follow up to the Intro to Medicine for the Earth, It is highly recommended that you read Sandra Ingerman's Medicine for the Earth: How to Transform Personal and Environmental Toxins before you take this training.  It’s an immensely readable and informative book, not difficult to get thru, so please do read this!  You can also read some articles found on Sandy’s website to get a better sense of this work at www.sandraingerman.com  .  For info about Sandy Ingerman and/or Medicine for the Earth, see:  www.shamanicvisions.com/ingerman.html and http://www.medicinefortheearth.com

TO REGISTER: $150 if registration is received by 9/12/2015, $175 after.  If you have taken any Medicine for the Earth (including one day) training with us in the past, you are welcome to take advantage of a $25 reduction if paid by early registration due date!  To register, click here.

 

July 2017

 

9th Annual Shaman's Walk and Bazaar
with Kate Durda and Stephanie Tighe
July  29,  Noon-5 pm (we will start gathering at 11 am)
Grand Ledge Mi.  
*Open to experienced Shamanic practitioners -must know how to journey. Contact us with questions.
We first experienced the Shaman’s Walk years ago with Canadian friends in Windsor, Canada & Brenda Atkinson, who initiated this event. We attended several Shaman's Walks over the 'border' and always found them to be a powerful personal and community event!


With this "Walk", we celebrate our connection to each other and all things with intense drumming, dancing, journeying, sharing and networking.  You are welcome to come with an open heart and a desire to experience the ecstasy of a large Shamanic Community. 

This setting of a shamanic cmmunityof heart-centered folks holding space for each other for the 'walk' is PHENOMENAL. Power-full, soul-satisfying, and very helpful to providing the experience that can be had with longer, deeper journeys.    |
If this is your first time considering this event, you may not be sure what will happen at a "SHAMANS WALK".   This is not a workshop or training.  This is a powerful opportunity to practice together in community!  Carrying out our spiritual practice to become who we are meant to be.... who we are becoming!   We will support  each other in the quest of Oneness and Light and Love.  
For the pre-gathering at 11 am, please if you wish, bring some snacks to share and socialize, while browsing hand crafted shamanic items, new/used rattle or drums, shamanic art and crafts, books, etc.   We don't know what surprises folks will bring this year!  

Please Bring:

Item for Empowerment Altar that you would like to have filled with power by the Spirits
Drums & rattles if you have them (bring extras to share with others if you would)
A cushion & blanket for sitting & lying down on the floor (chairs available)
Notebook, pen, drawing material if desired
Shamanic tools (masks, robes, prayer sticks, medicine bags, stones etc. *Shamanic regalia for those who have it, honors the Spirits and aids in deepening connections with them)
Eye covering (Siberian mask, scarf, bandanna, etc.)
Wear comfortable layered clothing and slippers/socks (we will walk without shoes)
Personal bottled water
A sack lunch for yourself
Finger food or beverage to share for after the healing ceremony (cheese, veggies, crackers, nuts, fruit, chips, goodies)
Bring any flyers or business cards you may want to share with others.
We’ll have drums, rattles, CD’s, books, medicine bags, jewelry and other goodies for sale too!

***Pre-requisite of this Walk is experience with the "Shamanic Journey' as taught by the Foundation for Shamanic Studies or one of their students or taking "Shamanism:  Path of Empowerment and Healing" as taught by Kate Durda.  Call us to discuss your experience.

TO REGISTER:  $50 for early registration if paid by July 15th (this includes parking pass).  After this date the cost is $65.  If you are intersted in having a table to sell items please contact us by 7/15.  After this date tables will not be available.  To register for this workshop click here.

August 2017

 

Advanced Shamanism Two Year Program
August 12-14, 2017 
CLOSED

 

September 2017

 

Shamanism Without Borders
with Kate and Stephanie
September 16, Saturday
Stay tuned for more details!
TO REGISTER:  $75 for early registration if paid by September 1st.   After this date the cost is $100. To register for this workshop click here.

 

 

 


Weather Shamanism:  Session 6
with Nan Moss
September 28-October 1, 2017
Pierce Cedar Creek Nature Center




 

October 2017 

 

Dying Well: A Shamanic Approach to Death and Dying
with Kate and Stephanie
October 14-15 in Ann Arbor, Mi.
Stay tuned for more details!
TO REGISTER:  $150 for early registration if paid by Oct. 1.  After this date the cost is $175.  To register for this workshop click here.

 

November 2017 

 

 Feast for the Dead (Dia de los Muertos)  
November 1, 6:00 -8:00pm (Wednesday), Lansing, Mi.
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 or stephanietighe@gmail.com

 

December 2017

 

Ongoing

Circles for Shamanic Journeying in Charlotte

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. 

There are drumming circles located around Michigan.  Contact us for more information on a Circle near you!.

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