To the shaman's eyes, the world around us is alive and inspirited. In this introduction to core shamanism, you can learn to see with those eyes, explore the hidden worlds, and access the timeless wisdom known to our ancestors.
Through initiation into the shamanic journey, you will be taught skills of divination and healing, and can experience the shamanic state of consciousness to help awaken spiritual awareness. You will be provided methods for journeying to discover and study with your own spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice. You will also be shown how to restore spiritual power and health, and how shamanism can be applied in daily life to help heal yourself, others, and the planet.
There will be opportunity for advanced work with the spirits of nature in Esalen's beautiful and powerful setting. By learning from the rocks and mountains, wind and waters, and from sun, moon, and stars, shamans helped their peoples live in harmony with the universe. In a world out of balance, the way of the shaman can teach us once again how to respect nature, the earth, and its inhabitants at a deep spiritual level.
This workshop includes two Foundation for Shamanic Studies courses: The Way of the Shaman, and Shamanism and the Spirits of Nature. After completing this workshop, participants are qualified to take advanced trainings with Michael Harner and the faculty of the foundation.
Please note: Bring a rattle or drum (if you have one), a bandanna, and a pen and notebook to record your journeys.
Recommended reading: Moss and Corbin, Weather Shamanism; Harner, The Way of the Shaman.