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The Shaman's Journey

Fee: 
£ 360.00
Course fees include private accommodation, all meals, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions.
This course is full.

With Jonathan Horwitz and Zara Waldeback

Shamanism is humanity's oldest spiritual practice, a tradition for healing and problem solving. It is a way of maintaining balance in the individual, and between the individual and the rest of creation. During this basic training weekend, participants will be introduced to some of the main ideas and methods used for thousands of years by shamans around the world. Shamanism is not limited to Native Americans or other exotic cultures. Northern Europe also has an ancient shamanic tradition, and we all have - as human beings - the ability to work shamanically.

The main emphasis of the course is on the shaman's journey to the world of the spirits. Participants will learn to use the traditional methods of singing, dancing, and drumming to shift to shamanic consciousness, meet their spirit helpers, and explore the spirit world. In this other reality, one can gain power and knowledge for oneself and others, and touch the spirit side of Nature. Basic shamanic healing will also be taught. In the circle, we will share the experiences of the journeys, and learn how to understand them. We will look closely at the ethics of shamanic work, and see how shamanism can empower our everyday lives.

Teachers

Jonathan Horwitz

Jonathan Horwitz has been working with shamanism since 1972. From 1984 to 1993 he worked as a teacher and field researcher at the Foundation for Shamanic Studies with Michael Harner. In 1986, he founded the Scandinavian Center for Shamanic Studies (www.shamanism.dk) together with Annette Høst and has been teaching internationally ever since. Jonathan sees shamanism as a spiritual path and his main focus today is shamanic healing, spiritual ecology and shamanic community work, and how these three aspects can work together for the future of the Earth. He has a master's degree in anthropology, contributes regularly to Sacred Hoop magazine and is European Editor of Journal of Contemporary Shamanism. This will be his sixth time teaching at Schumacher College.

Zara Waldebäck

Zara Waldebäck has been working with shamanism for over 10 years and co-teaching workshops with Jonathan since 2010. She has a special interest in ceremony and working with Nature in a healing way. She is also a writer and teacher of creativity, and has 20 years experience as a screenwriter, script coach and university lecturer. Zara has run courses on shamanism for writers, presented papers on the shamanic journey as story, and written two books on screenwriting - "Writing for the Screen" (2008) and "The Creative Screenwriter" (2012). She has also collaborated with psychologists to explore story in healing and therapeutic contexts, developed techniques for spontaneous storytelling, and researched the connection between shamanism and story.

Together, Jonathan and Zara run the spiritual retreat center Åsbacka (www.asbacka.org) in the woods of southern Sweden, where they hold courses and offer shamanic healing, guidance and spiritual mentoring. They teach all over Europe, including England, Ireland, Scandinavia, Italy, Hungary and Russia. The heart of their practice is shamanism as a spiritual path, finding healing in all they do, and working with the Spirits in a way that invites power, presence, joy and responsibility.

 


 

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Residential accommodation for "Changing the Frame"  is at Higher Close, a 20 minute walk from Schumacher College. All meals will be provided at the college.

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