2014 Workshops

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April 2014

 

Weather Shamanism nan   nan and davids symbol
Levels I and II Combined

This workshop is being postponed until August.  Stay tuned for details.
with Nan Moss from Maine
held at Pierce Cedar Creek Nature Center in Hastings, Mi.
Friday 9:30 am until Sunday 5 pm. 

This introduction workshop is combined with more advanced experience with Weather Shamanism - a form of spiritual ecology - is a call to those who care about where our world may be heading, and who sincerely wish to safeguard the health of our planet.   At the heart of Weather Shamanism is Weather Dancing - the essence of the spiritual relationship, its practice and ethics.  
Weather shamanism is not about controlling the weather. It is about Power, but not "power-over." Shamans are healers, and our goal in this workshop is to heal our relationship with weather. Through journeying and ceremony, we work with the Spirits of Weather directly to find out what they can teach us, what they want from us, and how we can work together on behalf of a viable world for all.   
Many of us feel a strong sense of love and kinship with the weather.  By nurturing this relationship, and our own personal growth, we can be a healing presence in these uncertain and potent times.  This will be a residential workshop held at Pierce Cedar Creek Nature Center.  We will begin on friday morning at 9:30 and end on sunday around 5 pm.
(Nan is a Foundation for Shamanic Studies Faculty and author of  Weather Shamanism:  Harmonizing Our Connection with the Elements.  Her website is:  http://shamanscircle.com/spirit-of-weather/)
TO REGISTER:
 
Early registration is $495 double and $530 single.  If registering after 3/7 the cost is $520 double and $550 single.   Meals and lodging are included in price.
To register for this workshop you must click here and complete the form.  Please note special instructions for pay pal and housing/food preferences.
NOTE:  Completion of this workshop is mandatory if you would like to be a part of the extended program with Nan.  Participation in this program is by invitation only.

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Two Year Celtic Shamanism Program - Graduate Reunion
with Dr. Tom Cowan (www. riverdrum.org)
April 24-27th at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute  Hastings, Mi.

This event is only open to graduates of any of Tom's Two year programs in Celtic Shamanism.

Coping with Chaos
Hurricanes, floods, droughts, earthquakes, mass shootings, road-rage, gridlock, government collapse, and vicious personal attacks in politics and in the checkout line. Are the environment and modern society crumbling around us? Are we helpless victims of the chaos that threatens to engulf us?

We may be living through the beginning of the end. Or possibly the end of the beginning.

Chaos is a natural result of severe and abrupt change and also a harbinger of something new to come. When we next gather, we will examine pain, grief, and disillusionment—the general discomfort we all feel when our familiar paradigms are threatened or shattered, and we’ll learn ways to cope with this. We’ll use the Celtic Wheel of Sovereignty as a strategy for keeping our cool in the face of chaotic disruptions. Prosperity/Gratitude in the East; the Music of joy, sorrow, and peace in the South; the Wisdom and Vision of the West; and the Courage/Boldness to face hard times in the North. This paradigm surrounds us at all times and brings power so that we can stand in our sovereignty and be fully present in the center of our lives.

In addition, we’ll explore the format that Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone present in their book Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy, which I heartily recommend you read if you have the time. In retreats and workshops the authors use a four-part format that parallels the Celtic Sovereignty Wheel in remarkable ways. The work we do will give us a chance to deepen our understanding of this wheel as a frame of reference for our lives.

I also recommend you read The Celtic Way of Seeing: Meditations on the Irish Spirit Wheel by Frank MacEowen if you have not done so,. It’s the best account of what seems to be an ancient Irish medicine wheel, the wheel whose center is Sovereignty, the Mother Goddess of the Earth. By living close to Her and Her mysteries, our lives can find a solid, supportive embrace for the troubles we are living through.

TO REGISTER:  Double room is $605 &  Single room is $645, early bird rate until April 1, 2014.  After that the costs increase to $645 and $690.  Single rooms are VERY limited.  To register for this workshop you must click here and complete the form.  Please note special instructions for pay pal and housing/food preferences.  If you do not note food preferences we will choose a standard diet for you.

 

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May 2014

 

4th Advanced Shamanic Healing Methods Training
Stephanie Tighe
Beginning May 3-4, 2014
May 31,  July 12-13,  August 9-10
Saturday  11 am - 6 pm, Sunday 10 am - 5 pm

This will be a small, intensive and experiential group.  You will learn and practice advanced shamanic healing methods over the course of 4 months, with the same small group of colleagues. 

Shamanic healing methods to be covered in this intensive include:  Soul Retrieval (4 days), an introduction to Plant Spirit Medicine, Extraction (2 days), and Restoration of Lost Power.  One of the reasons this work is so powerful and intense is that you learn a technique during one session, then, between sessions you practice doing healing work on others.  When you return for the next session you are able to discuss how your sessions went, receive feedback and are able to fine tune the work you are doing.  We will cover other spirit directed techniques, ethics, establishing a healing practice and how to help your clients to receive healings. 

This training is a wonderful opportunity!  You can avoid the cost/time of travelling to distant workshop sites.  you have the opportunity to participate where you live, as well as develop relationships with folks in our communities.

TO REGISTER: Contact Stephanie with any questions you may have and/or to receive an application.  Cost for this experience is $590 if registered by April 10, after that date the cost is $650.   This workshop will be held at the Yoga Center in Grand Ledge, Mi.

 

Shamanism:  Path of Empowerment & Healing
Kate Durda  in Benzonia, Mi 
May 17, 2014    10 am - 5:00 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:
$75 early registration if received by May 12th; $85 after that date and at door.  To register for this workshop click here

4th Advanced Shamanic Healing Methods Training
Stephanie Tighe
May 31,  July 12-13,  August 9-10
closed to new persons

Saturday 11 am - 6 pm, Sunday 10 am - 5 pm

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June 2014

 

Shamanism:  Path of Empowerment & Healing
Kate Durda  in Grand Ledge, Mi 
June 8, 2014    10 am - 5:00 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:
$75 early registration if received by June 5; $85 after that date and at door.  Repeat attendees pay only $25. To register for this workshop click here.

July 2014

 

4th Advanced Shamanic Healing Methods Training
Stephanie Tighe
Closed to new persons
July 12-13,  August 9-10

Saturday 11 am - 6 pm, Sunday 10 am - 5 pm

 

Shamans Walk with Kate and Stephanie
July 26, Saturday
Michigan Wildlife Conservancy, Bath, Mi.

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August 2014

 

Shamanism:  Path of Empowerment & Healing
Kate Durda  in Ann Arbor, Mi 
August 2, 2014    10 am - 5:00 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:
$75 early registration if received by July 30; $85 after that date and at door.  Repeat attendees pay only $25. To register for this workshop click here.

Shaman Kidz
August 3, Sunday 10 am - Noon
for Kidz 8-13
Class will introduce participants to Shamanism, an easily accessed ancient spiritual practice that addresses our connectedness to ALL Life’. Participants will experience the shamanic journey to meet their personal power animal. This spiritual practice fosters self-confidence, personal power, increases creativity, improves decision-making, and helps us to live a positive life. Drums and rattles will be available for use. cost:  $20
location: Grand Ledge, MI  directions upon registration.
 People of every age may have profound beliefs and meaningful spiritual experiences- throughout our lives.  Young folks may be more ‘in tune’  from a very early age!   In this workshop, participants will ‘journey’ to discover their ‘Power Animal” or Totem. In traditional cultures spiritual beliefs,  power animals are animal spirits which reside within each individual and keep us safe, and are like our ‘guardian angels’. They lend us their strength, and share their abilities and wisdom. 
EAGLE  may see clearly and know what is happening at any time;
FOX may be good at blending in, and avoiding trouble;
BEAR may offer their strength and protection; 
SPIDER may share her ability to weave and create beautiful art.
WOLF  may show us the path, where to walk, how to live! 
DOLPHIN may show us how to be comfortable with others!

 

Weather Shamanism nan   nan and davids symbol
Levels I and II Combined
with Nan Moss, co author of Weather Shamanism
held at Pierce Cedar Creek Nature Center in Hastings, Mi.
August 22-24, 2014
Friday 9:30 am until Sunday 5 pm.

This introduction is combined with more advanced experience with Weather Shamanism - a form of spiritual ecology - is a call to those who care about where our world may be heading, and who sincerely wish to safeguard the health of our planet.   At the heart of Weather Shamanism is Weather Dancing - the essence of the spiritual relationship, its practice and ethics.
Weather shamanism is not about controlling the weather. It is about Power, but not "power-over." Shamans are healers, and our goal in this workshop is to heal our relationship with weather. Through journeying and ceremony, we work with the Spirits of Weather directly to find out what they can teach us, what they want from us, and how we can work together on behalf of a viable world for all.
Many of us feel a strong sense of love and kinship with the weather.  By nurturing this relationship, and our own personal growth, we can be a healing presence in these uncertain and potent times. This will be a residential workshop held at Pierce Cedar Creek Nature Center.  We will begin on friday morning at 9:30 and end on sunday around 5 pm.
(Nan is a Foundation for Shamanic Studies Faculty and author of  Weather Shamanism:  Harmonizing Our Connection with the Elements.  Her website is: 
http://shamanscircle.com/spirit-of-weather/
TO REGISTER:  Prices will be posted soon.  This includes meals from lunch on friday through lunch on sunday.
To register for this workshop you must click here and complete the form.  Please note special instructions for pay pal and housing/food preferences.

4th Advanced Shamanic Healing Methods Training
Stephanie Tighe
August 9-10
Closed to new persons

Saturday 11 am - 6 pm, Sunday 10 am - 5 pm

 

September 2014

 

Advanced Weather Shamanism (by invitation only)
with  Nan Moss and David Corbin
September 4-7, 2014
Pierce Cedar Creek Nature Center, Hastings, Mi.

Stay tuned for additional information!!  This workshop will only be open to persons who have completed Levels I and II of Weather Shamanism.

October 2014

 

Session One:  Shaman's Cosmology - Lower World and Power Animals
Fundamentals of Shamanism - Path of the Open Heart
with Kate Durda
October 4, 11 am - 5 pm

Lower World:  Power Animals
    In this 1st Session, 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!
 TO REGISTER:  $80 early registration if received by September 24th; $90 after that date and at door.  To register for this workshop click here.  

 

November 2014

 

Annual Feast for the Dead (Dia de los Muertos)
November 1, 6-8:30 pm

 

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 whatever you want to apply your creativity to!  We are going to have some fun in this workshop. 
On saturday night we will be having our annual Feast for the Dead at this same location. 
Stay tuned for more details!!
To Register:  Cost is $190 if registered by Oct. 15.  After this date the cost is $240.  To register click here

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2015

 


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 twice 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