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SEPTEMBER 2015

 

Shamanism:  Path of Empowerment & Healing
with Kate Durda in Benzonia, Mi.
September 5
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:  $75 early registration if received by September 2nd; $85 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 $35.

 

Shamanism:  Path of Empowerment & Healing
with Kate Durda in Grand Rapids, Mi.
at Holistic Care Approach Healing Begins Within

September 12,  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 September 10th; $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 $35.

 

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Weather, Creation, and Us, level 3 in a series of yearly meetings
with  Nan Moss

September 12-13
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 saturday morning at 11 am and concludes on sunday around 3 pm.

  
TO REGISTER:  
$350.    You will need to bring lunch and snacks with you as there are no close and easy food sources. 
***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

Medicine for the Earth/Healing with Spiritual Light

with Kate and Stephanie 
September 19-20, 2015
Grand Ledge, Mi. 

Based upon Sandra Ingerman's work and book, MEDICINE for the EARTH
(MFE),
 this is a workshop that will truly change your life, and immediately! 

Kate & Stephanie have worked with Sandra Ingerman extensively in the past, which included completing the Teacher Training program to present this work.  For info about Sandy Ingerman and/or Medicine for the Earth, see:  www.shamanicvisions.com/ingerman.html and http://www.medicinefortheearth.com
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.

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.

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. 

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

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.

October 2015

 

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

 
Dancing the Eye of the Storm, Level 4
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.

This Circle is aimed at deepening our understanding of the rainmaker . . . aligning with the compassionate power of storm for personal healing and growth.  

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 thursday evening with dinner.  On friday morning  we will  formally open the circle and conclude on sunday around 3 pm.


TO REGISTER:   Early registration costs are $640 for a double and $720 for a single.  Late registration (persons registered after 9/1/15) are $665 double and $745.  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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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 
October 10th, 10am - 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.  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 October 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.

 

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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 
October 24th, 10 am - 5 pm
at Ladaka Yoga Center
Frankfort, 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.  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: 
$80 early registration if received by October 17th or $280 for all four sessions paid in full.   $90 after that date and at door. For information on how to register for this workshop click here.   Repeaters can attend for $35 per session.
 

 

November 2015

Feast for the Dead (Dia de los Muertos)   November 1, 5:30 -8:00pm, Lansing, Mii
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

 

PATH OF THE OPEN HEART  - SESSION 2
Upper World: Teachers and Guides, Cosmology of the Shaman
with Kate Durda
November 7, 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). 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.

TO REGISTER:  $85 early registration if received by November 1; $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 2
Upper World: Teachers and Guides, Cosmology of the Shaman
with Kate Durda
November 8, 2015  10 am to 5 pm
at Ladaka Yoga Center
Frankfort, 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' process. Call us to discuss your experience.

TO REGISTER:  $80 early registration if received by November 1st; $90 after that date and at door. For information on how to register for this workshop click here.  Repeaters $35.

 

Dying Well and Beyond
with Stephanie and Kate
Nov. 14-15
Grand Ledge, Mi.  Lincoln Brick Park
Participants learn how to deal with the issue of dying and the destiny of souls from a shamanic perspective. The workshop is both for those who wish to learn for themselves, and for those who wish to help others who are in terminal situations or who have already passed on. Experiences to be undertaken include learning how to become experientially familiar with the after-death realms, completing unfinished business, helping a person to cross over, classic psychopomp work and how to prepare for death.
TO REGISTER:  $200 early registration if received by Oct 23,  $250 after that date.  To register for this workshop click here.

December 2015

PATH OF THE OPEN HEART  - SESSION 3
Divination,   Methods of Shamanic Inquiry 
with Kate Durda
December 5, 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 December 3rd; $95 after that date and at door. For information on how to register for this workshop click here.  Repeaters $35.

Session 4, Spirits of Nature, will be coming in 2016!

 

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PATH OF THE OPEN HEART  - SESSION 3
Divination,   Methods of Shamanic Inquiry 
with Kate Durda
December 12, 2015  10 am to 5 pm
at Ladaka Yoga Center
Frankfort, 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.   

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.

Session 4, Spirits of Nature,  will be coming in 2016!

Stay Tuned for information on our Winter Solstice Gathering!

 

Coming in 2016

 

 

Path of the Open Heart, Session 4 Divination
with Kate Durda

 

 

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