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June 2015


Shamanism:  Path of Empowerment & Healing
with Kate Durda in Grand Rapids, Mi.
at Holistic Care Approach Healing Begins Within
June 20th,  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 June 9th; $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.

What a past participant had to say about this class:   "I had never taken a Shaman class before and had no idea what to expect. The first thing that struck me was how warm and welcoming Kate was as a teacher. During the class I felt completely comfortable allowing me to relax and really open up to the experience. Intro to Shamanism was a terrific combination of information and hands on experience. I would whole-heartedly recommend it for anyone wanting to learn more about Shamanism, journey, or even get in touch with their inner self. I am looking forward to taking additional classes with Kate and explore more of the world of Shamanism."

 

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July 2015

 

7th Annual Shaman's Walk (you can also sit!)

with Kate Durda and Stephanie Tighe
July 26th, Sunday
Michigan Nature Conservancy, Bath, 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.

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!


TO REGISTER:  $45 for early registration by July 22rd.  $60 after that date.  To register for this workshop click here.

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August 2015

 

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

 

 This session is level three in a series of  yearly meetings:  Weather, Creation, and Us
with  Nan Moss

July 31st - August 2 
Lincoln Brick Park, Grand Ledge, Mi.

In Level 3 we approach weather shamanism with a high degree of awareness - to uncover what's really driving us - our hidden motivations. This awareness is essential for relating with the Middle World spirits and powers, and to effectively practice weather shamanism with compassion and ethics. We continue to deepen our knowledge of the Middle World and the Principles of Creation. (Pre-requisite: Level I & II).

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 friday morning at 10 am and concludes on sunday after lunch (exact time is unknown).
TO REGISTER:  $370 if registered by July 1st, after that the cost is $390.   You will need to bring lunch and snacks with you.  There are no restaurants nearby but there is a kitchen on site.  ***If you have previously taken this training from Nan you can repeat it for $200.   For information on how to register for this workshop click here

 

 

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 

August 1st,  10 am - 5pm
at Holistic Care Approach Healing Begins Within
Grand Rapids, Mi.

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. 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:  $85 early registration if received by July 27th; $95 after that date and at door. For information on how to register for this workshop click here.
  $300 if paid in full for all four sessions by July 27th, 2015.  Repeaters can attend for $35 per session.

 

SEPTEMBER 2015

 

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 12th,  10 am - 5pm
at Holistic Care Approach Healing Begins Within
Grand Rapids, Mi.

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October 2015

 

 

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

 
The Extended Studies Program in Weather Shamanism
This session is level four in a series of  yearly meetings:  Weather, Creation, and Us

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.

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 friday morning at 10 am and concludes on sunday after lunch (exact time is unknown).

TO REGISTER:

 

 

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Session Two:  The Shaman’s Cosmology- Upper World & Guides

with Kate Durda
October 10, 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.

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:  $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  If you are taking this class again, cost is $35.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PATH OF THE OPEN HEART  - SESSION THREE 


 

November 2015

 

PATH OF THE OPEN HEART  - SESSION 3
Session THREE:  Divination,   Methods of Shamanic Inquiry 
with Kate Durda
November 7, 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 October 7th; $95 after that date and at door. For information on how to register for this workshop click here.  Repeaters $35.

 

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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