2014-15 Workshops

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December 2014

 


Session Two of Four:  Shaman's Cosmology - Upper World and Guides
Fundamentals of Shamanism -
Path of the Open Heart
with Kate Durda
Ann Arbor, Mi.
December 6, 10 am to 4:00 pm
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.  

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**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 December 3; $95 after that date and at door. For information on how to register for this workshop click here.  

Rattlemaking (2nd and last session)
with Kate Durda
in Ann Arbor, Mi. 

CLOSED
Nov. 8, 4:30-6:00 pm and December 6, 4:30-6:30 pm
This is the second of two sessions.  You rattle will be completed by the end of this session. 
Rattles are very important shamanic tools, used for ceremony, calling the Spirits, healing work and journeying. Making your own tools for spiritual practice is very powerful, and a wonderful way to strengthen your connection to the Spirit World. Interest in making a rattle for your own spiritual use is prerequisite for this workshop.  You will create your own personal rawhide rattle, and can purchase additional supplies for making your own rattles.  You will also have the option of gathering some of your own materials such as the handle and what you put inside the rattle.

All gifts from the animal/plant spirits will be honored in the creation of these spiritual tools. 
TO REGISTER:   $55 early registration if received by  Nov. 5th, $65 after that date and at door. For information on how to register for this workshop click here.
NOTE:  You must register in advance for this workshop, both so the materials can be prepared for you and to allow you time to customize your rattle (if desired).

 

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2015

 

January 2015

 


5th Mid-Winter SHAMANS' DANCE & Ceremonies  
with Kate Durda and Stephanie Tighe
January  31- Feb. 1 at Pierce Cedar Creek Nature Center

At mid-winter, BEAR rolls over, This is a traditional time to look inward, and dream into the future! We host this DANCE  with the dream of it being a wonderful coming together of the shamanic community!  With this "DANCE", we honor the Spirits by paying attention to both who we have been and stepping into who we are becoming.

We will come together to journey deeply, and dance passionately- with intense drumming, sharing, feasting, and socializing as the shamanic kin we are! If you desire to experience the ecstasy of your Shamanic Community, please join us this weekend!
TO REGISTER:
Prices will be posted soon.

To register for this workshop click here

 

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February 2015

Session 3 of 4:  Divination -  Methods of Shamanic Inquiry
Fundamentals of Shamanism - Path of the Open Heart
with Kate Durda
Ann Arbor, Mi.

February 21, 2015 10 am - 5 pm
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:  $80 early registration if received by February 18; $95 after that date and at door. For information on how to register for this workshop click here.  

 

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 March 2015

 

Medicine for the Earth/Healing with Spiritual Light
with Kate Durda M.A. and Stephanie Tighe
March 28-29, 2015  9am - 5pm 
Residential Retreat but Day Trippers are optional
Peirce Cedar Creek near Hastings, Mi.
Details coming soon!

 

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April 2015

Session 4 of 4: Path of the Open Heart:  Spirits of Nature
with Kate Durda
April 16-17, 2015
In this workshop you will gain deeper experience with one of the core practices of Shamanism, working with Nature Spirits!  We will spend considerable time OUTDOORS.   Among the experiences you will be guided in:
 Meet and merge with Nature Spirits, to learn about the teachings they have:  
Work in both the Lower and   Middle Worlds, how to navigate safely in the MW.
Explore  Plant Spirit Medicine;  Partner with Nature spirits to learn a divination method of inquiry to obtain direction or answers to questions.
Explore Augury: reading the signs in Nature, to foretell what will come.
Learn an element balancing healing method in partnership with the four elements (Earth Air Fire Water)
Re-experience the PEACE and Healing that naturally occurs when communing withNature.  Enjoy the company of a group of wonderful folks who care about LIFE.   Deepen your spiritual practice, stretch your spiritual capacity... to live well, and walk in balance!

 

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Two Year Celtic Shamanism Program - Graduate Reunion
with Dr. Tom Cowan (www. riverdrum.org)
April 23-26th at
Pierce Cedar Creek Institute  Hastings, Mi.
This program is open to all graduates of the Two Year program in Celtic Shamanism.
Details will be revealed in good time!

 

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May 2015

 

Advanced Healing Methods II, Curse Unraveling, Clearing and Ancestral Healing
with Stephanie Tighe and Kate Durda
May 2-3, May 30-31 and June 13-14
Grand Ledge, Mi.


You do not have to have taken Advanced Healing Methods 1 to get in, but those graduates will be given preference.  In this training, we will cover topics such as Curse Unraveling, Depossession/Clearing & Ancestral Healing.   The clearing of possessing spirits can have a profound impact.   We will learn a basic form of shamanic depossession and clearing work to safely and respectfully free human beings (and animals) from possession by suffering beings of all kinds.  We will learn how to recognize curses and sorcery and learn techniques for unraveling curses.  Through all of this we will learn how this work can free our ancestors and our descendants.
 Participants must attend all sessions!  You will need to bring a sack lunch and snacks for yourself.   Application needed.
To Register:
Cost:  $550 if pre-registered by  April 2nd,  $600 after that date.
For information on how to register for this workshop click here.  If you are interested in this course, contact Stephanie at stephanietighe@gmail.com

 

June 2015


Advanced Healing Methods II, Curse Unraveling, Clearing and Ancestral Healing
with Stephanie Tighe and Kate Durda
May 2-3, May 30-31 and June 13-14
Grand Ledge, Mi.             CLOSED

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July 2015

 

7th Annual Shaman's Walk

with Kate Durda and Stephanie Tighe
July 27th

 

October 2015

 

Weather Shamanism IV with Nan Moss, author of Weather Shamanism
October 1-4
Pierce Cedar Creek Nature Center

This workshop is only open to persons who have completed Weather Shamanism I-III.

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.

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