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2016

 

july 2016

 

Shamanism:  Path of Empowerment & Healing
with Kate Durda in Ann Arbor, Mi at Sacred Living
Saturday, July 9, 2016  10 am - 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 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:  $85 early registration if received by July 6; $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.

 

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August 2016

 

Shamanism:  Path of Empowerment & Healing
with Kate Durda in Ann Arbor, Mi at Sacred Living
Saturday, August 20, 2016  10 am - 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 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:  $85 early registration if received by August 17; $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.

 

Two Year in Advanced Shamanism and Shamanic Initiation
with Stephanie Tighe and Kate Durda 
August 26-28, 2016
November 4-6, 2016
April 7-9, 2017
Last three dates are yet to be determined.

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 taking you into progressively higher levels of iniation.  This work has the potential to change your life, it changed ours.   You will become stronger in your personal power. If you are a healer it will deepen your work.  You will become a person of greater power and gain confidence in your abilities. 

The emphasis will not be on healing modalities, but rather totally centered around you, the practitioner, and the process of becoming the hollow bone through initiations and practices that are intended to help you remain centered in Spirit.

From a Previous Participant, Karen Johnson:

"If you are seeking a deeper connection to Spirit, challenges to deepen your practice and finding a strong community, then consider this......

Two Year in Advanced Shamanism and Shamanic Initiation

 I attend this series/initiation several years ago and intend on doing it again. Steph and Kate are compassionate, serious, funny and gifted teachers. You will gain deeper connections to Spirit, develop new tools, explore community as we eat, sleep and learn together.

 I made life long friends and learned so much about myself and my strengths!  There will be time for deep journeys, healing, laughing, talking, taking walks and good food.  What more could you ask for in a Circle filled with Spirit!  I am excited to see what Kate and Steph have up their "shamanic sleeves" this time."



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.
TO REGISTER:  Retreats with less than 15 people are not viable for this facility.  If you are considering taking this workshop it would be helpful for you to let us know as soon as possible.   $499 for a double and $565 for a single, per session.  A deposit of $250 will secure your place in this event.  First and last session registration must be paid in full by 8-20-2016.  If this is paid in full by 7-16-16 you will receive a discount of $50.  If you are registered and paid in full for the first session by 5-28-2016 you will receive a discount on the first session of $100.  This discount can be combined with the one above, giving you a total discount of $150. 
Refunds are offered in accordance with the contract with the retreat site.   For information on how to register for this workshop click here.

 

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 september 2016

 

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 
September 17th, 10am - 5pm
Ann Arbor, Mi.  Steiner House


Lower World:  Power Animals.  In this 1st of four 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.  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 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 them.
 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' process. Call us to discuss your experience.

 TO REGISTER: $85 early registration if received by September 3rd or $280 for all four sessions paid in full.   $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.

 

 

 


with Nan Moss
Session 5:  What Calls Weather Down?
September 29-October 2, 2016 
Investigation of weather working - its mystery and miracle... becoming deep friends with the realms we live in, the nature of Power in the Middle World...

TO REGISTER:  Retreats with less than 15 people are not viable for this facility.  If you are considering taking this workshop it would be helpful for you to let us know as soon as possible.  Cost for a single room is $745 and for a double it is $690.  If you are registered and paid in full by 8/28/2016 you will receive a discount of  $30.  Be sure to include food preferences with your registration or we will assume you have no preferences and eat meat.  To register, click here.

 

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october 2016

 

 

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november 2016 

Feast for the Dead (Dia de los Muertos)  
November 1, 6:00 -8:00pm (Tuesday), 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

 

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Two Year Advanced Shamanism and Shamanic Initiation
with Stephanie Tighe and Kate Durda 
August 26-28, 2016
November 4-6, 2016
April 7-9, 2017
Last three dates are yet to be determined.

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 stronger in your personal power. If you are a healer it will deepen your work.

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.

 

PATH OF THE OPEN HEART  - SESSION 2
Upper World: Teachers and Guides, Cosmology of the Shaman
with Kate Durda
November 19, 2016  10 am to 5 pm
Ann Arbor, Mi.  Steiner House

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' 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 10; $95 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.

 

december 2016

 

PATH OF THE OPEN HEART  - SESSION 3
Divination,  Methods of Shamanic Inquiry
with Kate Durda
December 3, 2016  10 am to 5 pm
Ann Arbor, Mi. at Steiner Center


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.   

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. 
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. 

 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. 

 TO REGISTER:  $80 early registration if received by November 28; $90 after that date and at door. For information on how to register for this workshop click here.  Repeaters $35.

 

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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