Advanced Shamanic Workshops

 

Many people follow a shamanic path — for its own sake, for journeying, for growth — as the spiritual road that calls them.  Theirs is a personal practice. 


Some of the following classes are for those who — in addition to a strong personal practice — are also called to train for healing work on behalf of others.   These are clearly marked “Training for healers” and may have different requirements.  Those marked TYTT meet the prerequisites for Sandra Ingerman’s Two-Year Teachers’ Training program.


Once you’ve taken the Beginning Shamanism weekend, and are becoming comfortable with the practice of journeying, I suggest taking the Shamanic Self-Care & Well-Being or Midwifing Death: Shamanic End-of-Life Practices as a follow-up workshop.   Both are filled with specific journeys and exercises to help us take good spiritual care of ourselves.  This is an especially vital foundation if one has larger goals in terms of doing healing work in the world.


2019 Schedule as of December 2018


Midwifing Death -

Shamanic End-of-Life Practices

(aka Death, Dying and the Psychopomp)

Sat. & Sun., March 23-24, 2019, both days, 10am - 5:30pm

Denver metro area, Colorado*

  

This class fills to overflowing in the Autumn. It’s offered again then, but for those imaginative folks who can deal with end-of-life themes while Nature is reawakening in the Spring, please attend now! Both workshops are near the equinoxes, good times to pursue balance between the worlds!

Where are we going when we leave? How can “stuck” souls be assisted across to the Other Side?  How can we work compassionately with the dying and deceased? How can we get past our fear of (...spooky music...) death? Especially our own?
This is the classic role of the psychopomp, the trained spiritual adept who guides spirits in their transition across to the Other Side. 


We'll cover:

  1. Bullet  Working in good partnership with our own spirit guides to assist transitioning spirits

  2. Bullet  A deep journeying look at where we each go after departing this life

  3. Bullet  Personal "passageways" between worlds and practice moving "between the veils" to and from the Other Side

  4. Bullet  Profoundly healing Psychic Dismemberment work

  5. Bullet  Ways to help transitioning loved ones to find clear pathways to the Other Side

  6. Bullet  Ways to assist "stuck" departed spirits so they can fully cross over

  7. Bullet  Evolving traditions of care for the departed and support for their loved ones


This life-enhancing class is considered advanced, but is not just for those on a healer’s path: this is useful information for all.  It’s great training for health-care and hospice workers, those called to move into death doula work, and any who want to be able to better support family and friends in end-of-life transitions.

“I've had deep and profound experiences as well as those of joy and comfort.

Fascinating, intriguing and uplifting!” – Chaz


Teacher Renna Shesso: A midwife assists those coming into their new earth-life; 

the psychopomp assists those transitioning out of earthly existence.

I originally was trained for this work in 1993 by Sandra Ingerman,

and I've used and taught this knowledge repeatedly since then. 

The subject may seem to be death, but I consider this amazing work

both life-saving and life-transforming: It has profoundly changed how I live.


Prerequisite: Good journeying skills. 
Tuition: $150-$175 (self-determined sliding scale) - Please read about how this works.
To register with a $50 deposit via PayPal, please click here. If this link is acting up, or for other payment options, please contact me.
This class meets the required prerequisite for Sandra Ingerman’s Two-Year Teacher Training. TYTT  This class repeats on September 21-22, 2019.

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Intro to Northern European Shamanism -

(Seidr-work) 

Saturday, April 14, 2019 - 10am - 5:30pm

Denver metro area, Colorado*


In 2014, I was in Sweden exploring the pre-Christian practices known in Old Norse as seidr - the Swedish term is sejd (pronounced much like our plant name sage). This day-long workshop is an array of those seidr workings that can readily compliment and expand your existing shamanic practices.


  We’ll look at

  1. Bullet using Sejd for prophecy and oracles

  2. Bullet the “High Seat” ceremony

  3. Bullet some of the deities associated with Sejd

  4. Bullet Sejd’s place in the Web of Life

  5. Bullet Runes and their uses

  6. Bullet “Galdr” - the magical powers of song and speech

  7. Bullet and visit some early sacred sites via PowerPoint.

Reasonably good journeying abilities are a prerequisite for this training. *  
At a private Denver-area location
Tuition: $80-$95 (self-determined sliding scale) - Please read about how this works.

Click here to sign up a $40 deposit through PayPal. If this link is acting up or for other payment options, please contact me. This class repeats on November 16, 2019.


Renna combines careful research and artistic background

with her extensive training and experience in shamanic practice.

This class illuminates the Runes and their deities

and introduces journeying within their realms.

Renna is a gifted professional whose ethics I completely trust.”


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Shamanic Extraction of Misplaced Energies -
Training for Healing Work

Sat. & Sun., May 24-25, 2019, both days,
10am - 5:30pm

Denver metro area, Colorado*


In shamanic extraction, we work with our spirit-plane allies to locate and remove misplaced energies that are causing trouble for the client.  Done well, you “liberate” these invasive, stuck energies out of the client, and help them go where they need to go.
Done not-so-well, you risk taking those misplaced energies into yourself.  Hence, careful training.

We’ll cover:
    - Finding and then working in good partnership with your specific spiritual ally for extraction.
 
  - Comparative shamanic extraction practices and beliefs in various traditions.
    - How to safely handle the energies you help release.
   
- Good client-care i shamanic healing practices.
    - Keeping yourself safe and clear when working with spiritual intrusions.
and more.
Note: This class is for those who want to learn this healing techniques, NOT for those seeking this healing for themselves.


Prerequisites: Good journeying skills and strong connections with your spirit allies. 
Tuition: $170-$195 (self-determined sliding scale) - Please read about how this works.
To register with a $75 deposit via PayPal, please click here. If this link is acting up, or for other payment options, please contact me.
This class meets the required prerequisite for Sandra Ingerman’s Two-Year Teacher Training. TYTT

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Shamanic Self-Care & Well-Being

June 30, 2019 - one day,
10am - approx. 5:30pm

Denver metro area, Colorado*


This is an intermediate-level workshop, focussing on journeys and ceremonies for healing and releasing, methods for you to use long after the workshop, for well-being and healing.  Bonus: lots of journeying, drumming, rattling, discussion, discovery.


This workshop is designed for those who have already learned the basics of journeying (i.e. in the Beginning Shamanism workshop). Here you’ll have repeated opportunities to journey, each time with different specific goals, themes and intentions, including:

  1. BulletReleasing old ties and baggage

  2. BulletHealing the wounds of old relationships

  3. BulletClearing away resistance to healing and well-being

  4. BulletOpening to creative interaction with our spiritual allies

  5. BulletCreating personal ceremonies to honor Spirit and bring ourselves into better balance

  6. Bulletand plenty more, as you learn practices of “spiritual maintenance” for personal well-being and healing, and increased spiritual connection.


Prerequisite: Reasonably good journeying skills.* 
Cost: $80-$95, sliding scale. Please read about how sliding scale works.
Click here to sign up through PayPal with a $40 deposit. If this link is acting up, or for other payment options, please contact me.

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Star-lore and Spinning:
Spellcrafting with a Drop Spindle

July 14, 2019 - one day
10 am to approx. 5pm.

Private Denver-area location;

       space is limited


Many of our sky-myths involve the practice of spinning, as one goddess or another spins our world into existence.  We’ll start the day with a sweeping PowerPoint look at the night sky’s main spinning-theme constellations and a discussion of their myths, drawing on my book Planets for Pagans. Then in the afternoon, we’ll learn the basics of hand-spinning with a drop spindle.  You’ll learn how to use journeying and/or spell-craft to infuse your spun fibers with intention and power, and create enough spun yarn for magical uses, carrying your intentions into the world in material form. 

Knowledge of shamanic journeying is useful, but not required.
Tuition: $95, includes a drop spindle and all other materials. 
Click here to sign up through PayPal with a $40 deposit. If this link is acting up, or for other payment options, please contact me.


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Soul Retrieval — Training for Healing Work 

Two weekends, Oct. 12-13 and 19-20, 2019.
10am - 5:30 pm all four days
Private Denver-area location;
space is limited
       TYTT

I first trained in Soul Retrieval in 1991, then refreshed and extended my training in 2001. Soul Retrieval is a vital component in shamanic healing - a life-altering spiritual interaction.  In this practice, we work with our spirit-plane allies to locate those parts of the client’s soul that have fragmented off in times of trauma to avoid being injured.  Please read Soul Retrieval: Mending the Fragmented Self by Sandra Ingerman and/or the page on this website to get a clearer picture of what can be involved.


We’ll explore and carefully train in Soul Retrieval techniques, and then move on to work with the equally important follow-up practices used to fully support clients on their healing path.

We’ll cover:

  1. Bullet  Finding, and then working in good partnership with your specific spiritual ally for soul retrieval.

  2. Bullet Keeping yourself safe and clear when working in this way

  3. Bullet Practices of good client-care, and safety and support for your clients

  4. Bullet  Keeping yourself safe and clear in this work, including ways to safe-guard your own energy

  5. Bullet  How to retrieve soul parts that are lost vs soul parts that have been stolen or given away

  6. Bullet  Communicating the heart of the healing story to the client

  7. Bullet  Follow-up work that helps support your client in their healing

  8. Bullet  Ethical considerations about how soul retrieval is offered to your clients

  9. Bullet and more - there’s a lot here!


Note: This class is for those who want to learn this healing technique, NOT for those who seek this healing for themselves.

This class meets the required prerequisite for Sandra Ingerman’s Two-Year Teacher Training.   TYTT
Sandra Ingerman has confirmed that this workshop satisfies the prerequisite for her Two-Year Teacher Training and for Soul Retrieval trainings in general: While configured differently than her own Five-Day Soul Retrieval Training, this is the extended, multi-day training that she recommends for working as a practitioner.

Prerequisites: Good journeying skills and strong connections with your spirit allies. *
Cost: $360 - $395 (self-determined sliding scale - read about this here)
Click here to sign up through PayPal with a $125 deposit. If this link is acting up, or for other payment options, please contact me.


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Concerning the Trainings for Healing Work, please read this:


In the interest of helping to prepare and “birth” well-trained and effective shamanic healers out into the world, there is some screening for admission into these workshops.  Remember that you’ll be working on — and being worked on BY — your fellow students. It’s in the best interest of everyone that each student comes in with a good grasp of their basic skills. Please have at least a year invested in becoming more comfortable and familiar with the act of journeying, and developing your own good habits of what this path is for you at present, so your personal practice of shamanism has had time to really take root.


About your journey skills: We can’t guarantee how effectively or smoothly we’ll journey 100% of the time (NO ONE can!) but before registering for these workshops, please be comfortable enough with the  process to confirm that you’re having reasonably consistent success with getting into your journeys, meeting your Guides, receiving useful information from them, and then clearly returning from the journey and putting the information to use. This is especially true when we train in Shamanic Extraction and/or Soul Retrieval, where one’s own well-being and that of the other students we’ll be working with is a serious consideration. If you aren’t sure, ASK ME!  Thanks!

  1. *Denver metro area, Colorado - Unless listed differently, all workshops take place in a private home on the east side of the Denver metro area, about 20 minutes due east of downtown.


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Seven circuit labyrinth, spectrum colored. Drawing © Renna Shesso 2006.