2016 Workshops

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2016

 

December  2016 

 

PATH OF THE OPEN HEART  - SESSION 3
Divination,  Methods of Shamanic Inquiry
with Kate Durda
December 3, 2016  10 am to 5 pm
Steiner House 1923 Geddes Ave. Ann Arbor, 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:  $90 early registration if received by November 28; $100 after that date and at door. For information on how to register for this workshop click here.  Repeaters $35.

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Winter Solstice Gathering
Date TBD

 

january  2017

 

Shamanism:  Path of Empowerment & Healing
with Kate Durda in Ann Arbor, Mi at Sacred Living
Saturday, January 28, 2017  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 January 21; $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.

 

February 2017

 

Annual Mid-Winter Shamans Retreat
with Kate Durda and Stephanie Tighe
February 18-19 at Pierce Cedar Creek
Stay tuned for more details!

 

 

Shamanism:  Path of Empowerment & Healing
with Kate Durda in Ann Arbor, Mi at Sacred Living
Saturday, February 25, 2017  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 February 18; $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.

 

March 2017

 

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 
March 4, 10am - 5pm
Steiner House
1923 Geddes Ave. Ann Arbor, 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: $90 early registration if received by February 25, 2017 or $250 for all  sessions paid in full by February 25, 2017.   $100 after that date and at door. For information on how to register for this workshop click here.   Repeaters can attend for $35 per session.

 

April 2017

 

Advanced Shamanism Two Year Program
April 7-9, 2017 
CLOSED

 

 

PATH OF THE OPEN HEART  - SESSION 2
Upper World: Teachers and Guides, Cosmology of the Shaman

with Kate Durda

April 15, 2017  10 am to 5 pm
Steiner House 1923 Geddes Ave. Ann Arbor, 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.

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:  $90 early registration if received by April 8th; $100 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.

 

May 2017

 

PATH OF THE OPEN HEART  - SESSION 3
Divination,  Methods of Shamanic Inquiry
with Kate Durda
May 6, 2017 10 am to 5 pm
Steiner House 1923 Geddes Ave. Ann Arbor, Mi
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:  $90 early registration if received by April 30th; $100 after that date and at door. For information on how to register for this workshop click here.  Repeaters $35.

 

July 2017

 

9th Annual Shaman's Walk and Bazaar
with Kate Durda and Stephanie Tighe
July  29,  Noon-5 pm (we will start gathering at 11 am)
Lincoln Brick Park, Grand Ledge Mi.   13991 Tallman Rd, Grand Ledge, MI 48837
*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. 

This setting of a shamanic cmmunityof heart-centered folks holding space for each other for the 'walk' is PHENOMENAL. Power-full, soul-satisfying, and very helpful to providing the experience that can be had with longer, deeper journeys.    |
If this is your first time considering this event, you may not be sure what will happen at a "SHAMANS WALK".   This is not a workshop or training.  This is a powerful opportunity to practice together in community!  Carrying out our spiritual practice to become who we are meant to be.... who we are becoming!   We will support  each other in the quest of Oneness and Light and Love.  
For the pre-gathering at 11 am, please if you wish, bring some snacks to share and socialize, while browsing hand crafted shamanic items, new/used rattle or drums, shamanic art and crafts, books, etc.   We don't know what surprises folks will bring this year!  

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:  $60 for early registration if paid by July 15th (this includes parking pass).  After this date the cost is $75.  If you are intersted in having a table to sell items please contact us by 7/15.  After this date tables will not be available.  To register for this workshop click here.

 

Ongoing

Circles for Shamanic Journeying in Charlotte

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