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2016

 

february 2016

 

PATH OF THE OPEN HEART  - SESSION 4
Middle World
with Kate Durda
February 27, 2015  10 am to 4 pm
at Holistic Care Approach Healing Begins Within
Grand Rapids, Mi.


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.

TO REGISTER:  $85 early registration if received by February 20th; $95 after that date and at door. For information on how to register for this workshop click here.  Repeaters $35

 

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PATH OF THE OPEN HEART  - SESSION 4
Middle World
with Kate Durda
Postponed, stay tuned for new date and time!!
at Ladaka Yoga Center
Frankfort, Mi.

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.

TO REGISTER:  $85 early registration if received by February 21st; $95 after that date and at door. For information on how to register for this workshop click here.  Repeaters $35

 

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March 2016

 

Healing Retreat
with Kate and Stephanie
March 5-6 at Pierce Cedar Creek Nature Center

During this weekend retreat the focus is on healing for ourselves.  We will guide you through different types of experiences and journeys.  Participants need to know some shamanic healing methods and be willing to receive healings and also to do healings on behalf of others.  We will begin on  saturday morning at 9:30 am and end on sunday at 3:30 pm.  If you would like to come on friday evening for  a bit of a personal retreat we encourage you to do so.
We will add more information as soon as we know it!!
TO REGISTER:  Retreats with less than 15 people are not viable for Pierce Cedar Creek.  Thus we need to know 30 days in advance if we will have sufficient persons for the workshop to be a "go".  
It is important that we receive your registration and payment by February 4th.    Cost of this workshop  is $225 for a single room and $195 for a double.  Those persons who pay in full and on time will receive a discount of $30.  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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Shamanism:  Path of Empowerment & Healing
with Kate Durda in Ann Arbor, Mi
Saturday, March 26, 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 March 23; $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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April 2016

 

5th Advanced Shamanic Healing Methods Training
with Stephanie Tighe
Beginning April 9-10, 2016, May 14-15, June 4-5 (you must attend all days)

If you want to feel more whole, if you want to feel filled with power, if you want to bring healing to your self, family, friends and community then this is the place for you!!  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 March 10, after that date the cost is $650.   This workshop will be held in the Grand Ledge area.  For information on how to register for this workshop click here.

 

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Two Year Celtic Shamanism Program - Graduate Reunion

with Tom Cowan
April 21-24 at Pierce Cedar Creek Nature Center
This program is open only to graduates of Tom's Two Year program.

Trusting Our Way in Dark Times
We are living in times that undermine our sense of trust. Institutions that were once a source of trust are proving untrustworthy: government, the political system, corporations, religions, schools, the police force, the military, the media, even the traditional weather-and-season patterns seem less trustworthy as the climate changes. It is getting harder and harder to trust.

Yet human beings evolved as a trusting species. We have to be, given how long we are children and need to trust and depend on adults. So trust is an essential quality of human nature, but at the same time we need to be realistic about what or whom to trust. How do we evaluate our past experiences when we were hurt when something or someone proved untrustworthy? Should we place our trust in the present?  Or the future?  Or in what?

We might say that there is a “continuum of trust.” Personal self-trust is on one end, and cosmic trusting of the universe (or God, the Tao, the Creator, the Mystery at the heart of all things) is on the other end. Contemplate your own sense of trust by considering these lines from the “Desiderata” poem which describe the two ends of this continuum.

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. 

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
 
We will use our retreat this year to tune-up our ability to trust.
Celtic spiritual practices can help, and we will revisit some of them in order to strengthen and ground our sense of trust more securely in our shamanic practice. The pledge to the elements, the corpse-watcher journey, the lorica prayers, the support of the elements, personal sovereignty, the three strains of music, divination, the ancestors—these can help us live in uncertain times.

TO REGISTER:  Retreats with less than 15 people are not viable for Pierce Cedar Creek.  Thus we need to know 30 days in advance if we will have sufficient persons for the workshop to be a "go".  It is important that we receive your registration and payment by March 20th.    Cost of this workshop is the same as it was last year, $750 for a single and $720 for a double.  Those persons who pay in full and on time will receive a discount of $25.  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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may 2016

 

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june 2016

 

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july 2016

 

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August 2016

 

Two Year in Advanced Shamanism and Shamanic Initiation
with Stephanie Tighe and Kate Durda 
August 26-28, 2016
November 5-7, 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.
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

 


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...

 

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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 5-7, 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.

 

 

december 2016

 

 

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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