During the Basic experiential workshop, participants are introduced to core shamanism, the methods of the shaman to enter non-ordinary reality for problem solving and healing. Particular emphasis is on the classic shamanic journey, one of the most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream. Participants are initiated into shamanic journeying, aided by drumming and other techniques for experiencing the shamanic state of consciousness and for awakening dormant spiritual abilities, including connections with Nature.
Practice includes comparisons by participants of their discoveries in shamanic journeys as well as being introduced to shamanic divination and healing. Students are provided with methods for journeying to meet and study with their own individual spirit helpers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice. Participants learn how the journey is utilized to restore spiritual power and health, and how shamanism can be applied in contemporary daily life.
Please bring a rattle or a drum if you own one. Wear comfortable clothing, warm socks/slippers, and bring a bandanna, cushion and/or blanket, a rough-surfaced rock approximately the size of a grapefruit, and a notebook/journal to record your journeys.
Completion of this workshop qualifies participants to take more advanced FSS workshops. NOTE: You must complete all sessions of this workshop to qualify for further FSS training. Please plan to be present at all sessions for both days of the training.
Rev. Elaine Egidio, MCAT, LPC, BC-DMT, is a Shamanic Practitioner and Foundation for Shamanic Studies Faculty Instructor. She is a founding member of the Society for Shamanic Practitioners. She is in private practice as Licensed Counselor and Dance Movement Therapist.