Finding a Teacher

 

I teach in the Denver area, along the Colorado Front Range,

and further afield by invitation 


To find shamanic teachers in other parts of the USA and worldwide, please visit: www.shamanicteachers.com


To find shamanic practitioners—those trained in shamanic healing practices, please visit:  www.shamanicteachers.com/practitioners.html


To find teachers of Witchcraft and other metaphysical subjects in other parts of the USA and worldwide, please visit: www.witchvox.com or www.meetup.com


The
shamanic teachers site and the practitioners site hold the names of folks whose training parallels my own, i.e. through Sandra Ingerman and by teachers she has trained.  I’ve met many of these folks when we studied together, and I feel very comfortable referring people to this site.  Ask and explore: If curious as to someone’s suitability to become your teacher or perform healing work on your behalf, ask them to share some information about their background and training.* 


While the witchvox site—more formally, The Witches’ Voice—shows hundreds, maybe thousands of listings, please view this as a potential resource, not a referral.  In some parts of the country, teachers of Witchcraft and other branches of Paganism are easy to find—through local metaphysical shops, for example.  Other areas may have neither shops nor teachers, or the teachers may work so privately and “under the radar” that you have difficulty locating them.  Witchvox is a simple means of finding people, but note that the site does no screening or vetting, and makes no guarantees concerning each member's suitability or credentials.
Meanwhile,
Meetup isn’t metaphysical-specific - anything but! - but has become a popular way to get the word out to interested people for discussion groups, classes and the like. Meetup facilitates meetings between like-minded people, but again the site does no screening or vetting.  That is in your hands, so embrace it.*
Where to start in the Denver area? Several very accessible pagan-witch connections are Earth Temple (rituals for the New Moons and Sabbats), Hearthstone Community Church (rituals for the Full Moon), and Conversations in Witchcraft (a facilitated discussion group that meets monthly).


Both shamanism and witchcraft are spiritual paths that ultimately stress personal power and responsibility. You are entitled to inquire about a potential healer's or teacher's training and qualifications, what they require of a student, and what they charge for their work (these are a started point, not the total). 
I encourage you: Make these inquiries!  While there is no set criteria of “right” answers to these questions,
the key point is that legitimate teachers and healing practitioners aren't offended by being asked.*  Trust your own intuition and common sense.


How do you ask these things diplomatically?  Write down a few questions before you call (or reread your out-going email), and aim to initially take about 5-10 minutes of the person’s time.


Try any or all of these:

— Can you tell me something about your background [or training] in this tradition?

— What do you charge for your healing [or teaching] work?

— How long have you been on this path [or doing this work]?

— What sort of commitment do you expect from your students [clients]?

— Note: If you’re communicating through email, consider that you may get a clearer sense of the person if you speak by phone.  If you’re open to that, start by offering your own phone number.
     

Listen to the replies with your ears and your heart,

with both mind and spirit.  Credentials alone don’t overrule compatibility — they both count.  Hear the words, pay attention to how they feel, and know that you have the right - the responsibility! - to be discerning.

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