Animism is the belief that animals, plants, rivers, mountains, and other entities in nature contain an inner spiritual essence. Animism has many forms, which reflect the geographical environment, the religious or spiritual cultural history, and the distinct worldview of the people groups who practice its various expressions. It is found in expressions of shamanism and neo-paganism, as well as other spiritualities.
A Shaman is an intermediary between this world and the spirit world. They act on behalf of the community; conducting ceremonial rituals, healing the people, and helping to guide others on the shamanic path. All shamanic traditions are connected to the universal belief of animism, everything has a spirit and we can connect and learn from all of creation. In this way the shaman helps to maintain balance and harmony on both a personal and planetary level.
Earth Medicine Fundamentals Intensive; Principles and Practices of Animism
April 14 – June 30
(registration closes April 13th, 2020)
This 3-month online intensive is designed to teach the fundamentals of Shamanic practices which is a deep understanding of animism and working with all of creation. In this course, we will discover the core of animism that weaves through ancient beliefs from around the world. This course is designed to provide you with a broad foundation of practices and ceremonies to assist you in your path as a healer or to enhance your current Spiritual Practices.
This Intensive Course is expanded from the online course available on the website. In addition to the 9 hours of teachings, we will have 6 live video calls, a private Facebook group and access to Practitioners. All of this is designed to help us go deeper into the teachings and explore our own connection to the animistic beliefs and practices. You will have 12 weeks of focused study and support.
- Understanding Shamanism and its role in the modern world
- Understanding Shamanic Healing practices
Our modern times are now calling for a return to the traditional way of connecting to each other and to all of creation. It is time for us to remember that we are part of the whole and that this connection to the whole is how we heal and grow. We have forgotten who we are and the traditions that have sustained humanity for eons.
- Foundations of the Medicine Wheel
A Medicine Wheel is a physical manifestation of Spiritual energy. It is an outward expression of an internal dialogue. A mirror in which we can better SEE what is going on within us. It is a wheel of protection and enables us, and allows us, to gather surrounding energies into a focal point and to commune with Spirit, Self and Nature (ALL elemental forces).
- Becoming the Hollow Bone (conduit for healing)
- Creating and Understanding a Working Altar
The healing altar is an important part of these practices. Understanding the energy and placement and how the altar supports our work is crucial to holding healing space for others.
- Introduction to Plant Spirit Medicine
Understanding the connection to the spirit of plants and the healing properties of energies of the plants is an important part of the shamanic traditions. These connections are tangible, and the Plant Spirits have much to teach us.
- Introduction to Animal Spirit Medicine
The natural power of animal spirit guides has not been lost. The knowledge and power of animal guides is alive and can be effectively used to improve our lives and all creation.
- Traditional Shamanic Journeying
When a person is guided onto the shamanic path, they learn how to send their soul forth intentionally, on the soul flight which is commonly called a journey or the shamanic journey. The Shamanic Journey is the foundational tool for all healing and energetic work.
April 14, 28
May 12, 26
June 9, 23
May 5, 19
June 2, 16, 30