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September 2017

 

Shamanism Without Borders
with Kate and Stephanie
MOVED TO MARCH 28, 2018
Rudolf Steiner House,  Ann Arbor, Mi.
 
Powerful methodology for engaginng inommunity healing work akin to "Doctors without Borders".  With the natural disasters and man-made tragedies we call for a coming together of spiritual work!
See Society for Shamanic Practice for more information.

Stay tuned for more details!

 

Intro to Shamanism:  Path of Empowerment & Healing
with Kate Durda 
Peoples Church, Kalamazoo, MI
Saturday, September 9, 2017  10 am - 4:30 pm

This training is the pre-requisite for all other Spirit Weavers training!

Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”. Groundbreaking work in fields such as the 'new biology', quantum physics, and alternative medicine are validating what shamans and other wise spiritual healers knew and practiced  thousands of years ago. We know that the mind/body/spirit connection is of vital importance not only in helping us to heal from illness, but beyond that, to truly 'thrive' and live in a state of 'wellness'. 
This will be an experiential workshop,  based upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org) “Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn a practice to shift your your brain wave activity into more optimal states for healing. The benefits of one type of brain activity, the alpha brainwave, are the ability to relax and keep the mind on idle when not focused on specific task, heightened feelings of well-being and euphoria, increased creativity, and deep emotional healing.  Yet it has been found that 20 % of the population does not engage in alpha brain waves. Also, another benefit of shamanic practice  is that it allows us to engage in deep levels of self-healing, particularly on the subconscious level. You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice.
Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with.
 
TO REGISTER:  $85 early registration if received by September 6; $95 after that date and at door.  For more information on how to register for this workshop click here.  Must be pre registered.  Must call if not paid in  advance.  Repeaters $25.

 

 

 

August 2017

 

Advanced Shamanism Two Year Program
August 12-14, 2017 (saturday, sunday, monday)

 

JUly 2017

 

9th Annual Shaman's Walk and Bazaar
with Kate Durda and Stephanie Tighe
July  29,  N
oon-5 pm (we will start gathering at 11 am)
Grand Ledge Mi.  
CLOSED, WORKSHOP IS FULL
*Open to experienced Shamanic practitioners

We first experienced the Shaman’s Walk years ago with Canadian friends in Windsor, Canada & Brenda Atkinson, who initiated this event. We attended several Shaman's Walks over the 'border' and always found them to be a powerful personal and community event!


With this "Walk", we celebrate our connection to each other and all things with intense drumming, dancing, journeying, sharing and networking.  You are welcome to come with an open heart and a desire to experience the ecstasy of a large Shamanic Community. 

This setting of a shamanic cmmunityof heart-centered folks holding space for each other for the 'walk' is PHENOMENAL. Power-full, soul-satisfying, and very helpful to providing the experience that can be had with longer, deeper journeys.    |
If this is your first time considering this event, you may not be sure what will happen at a "SHAMANS WALK".   This is not a workshop or training.  This is a powerful opportunity to practice together in community!  Carrying out our spiritual practice to become who we are meant to be.... who we are becoming!   We will support  each other in the quest of Oneness and Light and Love.  
For the pre-gathering at 11 am, please if you wish, bring some snacks to share and socialize, while browsing hand crafted shamanic items, new/used rattle or drums, shamanic art and crafts, books, etc.   We don't know what surprises folks will bring this year!  

Please Bring:

Item for Empowerment Altar that you would like to have filled with power by the Spirits
Drums & rattles if you have them (bring extras to share with others if you would)
A cushion & blanket for sitting & lying down on the floor (chairs available)
Notebook, pen, drawing material if desired
Shamanic tools (masks, robes, prayer sticks, medicine bags, stones etc. *Shamanic regalia for those who have it, honors the Spirits and aids in deepening connections with them)
Eye covering (Siberian mask, scarf, bandanna, etc.)
Wear comfortable layered clothing and slippers/socks (we will walk without shoes)
Personal bottled water
A sack lunch for yourself
Finger food or beverage to share for after the healing ceremony (cheese, veggies, crackers, nuts, fruit, chips, goodies)
Bring any flyers or business cards you may want to share with others.
We’ll have drums, rattles, CD’s, books, medicine bags, jewelry and other goodies for sale too!

***Pre-requisite of this Walk is experience with the "Shamanic Journey' as taught by the Foundation for Shamanic Studies or one of their students or taking "Shamanism:  Path of Empowerment and Healing" as taught by SpiritWeavers. Call us to discuss your experience if you have questions.

TO REGISTER:  $50 for early registration if paid by July 24th (this includes parking pass).  After this date the cost is $65.  If you are intersted in having a table to sell items please contact us by 7/15.  After this date tables will not be available.  To register for this workshop click here.

 

JUNE 2017

 

Medicine for the Earth:  Restoring Health to Self and Nature
with Kate and Stephanie
June 24, Saturday, in Grand Ledge, Mi. at Lincoln Brick
10 am-7:30 pm
Based upon Sandra Ingerman's work and book, 
MEDICINE for the EARTH (MFE). 

In this work, you will experience how to transform personal and environmental ‘pollution’ by learning how to transmute negative beliefs, attitudes, and energy that are generated by emotions out of balance. Transmutation works on the ancient principal "As within, so without; as above, so below." Using a specific spiritual methodology, we will work together to restore harmony and balance in our exterior environment by creating positive change within ourselves.
The process continues with learning how to work in cooperation with helping spirits and the spirits of the land as well as getting in touch with our own internal divine nature to create healing and transmutation. Other key elements and spiritual practices will also be explored which can be easily incorporated into daily life. These methods are necessary and helpful for transforming and transmuting environmental and personal toxins.
In addition to shamanic journeying, meditation, toning, singing and movement will be utilized to help change states of consciousness and raise awareness. The work done as a group in collaboration with community and the spirits is truly a life transforming experience. 
As shamans knew always, s/he must always be in communication with the spirits for the guidance in how to heal contemporary illnesses and meet present day needs.  This methodology allows us as healers and practitioners to address current illnesses such as such auto-immune deficiency  and cancer as well as other conditions demonstrating our Dis-Ease” with life as it is now.

 In 2004, Kate assisted Sandy in a pilot research program in collaboration with the University of Michigan’s Department of Cardiology and the School of Integrative Medicine at the University of Michigan. This study involved a 4 day residential to study the effects of the Medicine for the Earth work on people who suffered depression after having a heart attack. The study used a variety of standard physical and mental benchmarks to track the success of the program. (This study was summarized in a chapter in the book  “Spirited Medicine” from the Society for Shamanic Practioners).
The conclusion of the published research study showed that a spiritual retreat such as Medicine for the Earth could be used to increase hope while reducing depression in persons with acute coronary depression.
In this training you will be introduced to the work that we taught to the participants in this study.


Stephanie and Kate will share with you methods of healing based on the Medicine for the Earth work and our own, that can be integrated into a shamanic healing practice and/or your everyday personal spiritual practice.   They have worked with Sandra Ingerman extensively in the past, which included completing the Teacher Training program to present this work.

It is highly recommended that you read Sandra Ingerman's Medicine for the Earth: How to Transform Personal and Environmental Toxins before you take this training.  It’s an immensely readable and informative book, not difficult to get thru, so please do read this!  You can also read some articles found on Sandy’s website to get a better sense of this work at www.sandraingerman.com  .  For info about Sandy Ingerman and/or Medicine for the Earth, see:  www.shamanicvisions.com/ingerman.html and http://www.medicinefortheearth.com

The
re will be a one hour lunch break and a one hour dinner break.  There is no fast food nearby so please bring your food with you.  There are picnic tables to eat at and enjoy the beauty of the Park.

TO REGISTER: $125 if registration is received by 6/17/2017, $150 after.  If you have taken any Medicine for the Earth (including one day) training with us in the past, you are welcome to take it for $50, if there is room AND you are registered by 6/17.  To register, click here.

 

Shamanism:  Path of Empowerment & Healing
with Kate Durda in Ann Arbor, Mi at Sacred Living
Saturday, June 10, 2017  10 am - 4:30 pm


Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”. Groundbreaking work in fields such as the 'new biology', quantum physics, and alternative medicine are validating what shamans and other wise spiritual healers knew and practiced  thousands of years ago. We know that the mind/body/spirit connection is of vital importance not only in helping us to heal from illness, but beyond that, to truly 'thrive' and live in a state of 'wellness'. 
This will be an experiential workshop,  based upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org) “Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn a practice to shift your your brain wave activity into more optimal states for healing. The benefits of one type of brain activity, the alpha brainwave, are the ability to relax and keep the mind on idle when not focused on specific task, heightened feelings of well-being and euphoria, increased creativity, and deep emotional healing.  Yet it has been found that 20 % of the population does not engage in alpha brain waves. Also, another benefit of shamanic practice  is that it allows us to engage in deep levels of self-healing, particularly on the subconscious level. You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice.
Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with.
 
TO REGISTER:  $85 early registration if received by June 7; $95 after that date and at door.  To register for this workshop click here.  Must be pre registered.  Must call if not paid in  advance.  Repeaters $25.

 

May 2017

 

PATH OF THE OPEN HEART  - SESSION 3
Divination,  Methods of Shamanic Inquiry
with Kate Durda
May 6, 2017 10 am to 5 pm
Steiner House 1923 Geddes Ave. Ann Arbor, Mi
These classes are useful for beginners, intermediate practitioners, and advanced alike.    The Path of the Open Heart series will prepare those of you interested in pursuing the healing path.
Note: the Path of Open Heart Series classes are "stand alone", you can take one or all (of course, we recommend all of them for a solid foundation in beginning shamanism, but you can pick up what you miss at other times!).     Each session may also include work with basic practices such as creating sacred space, altars, medicine bundles, ethics in spiritual practice, working with the seasons (solstice, equinox), spirits of the land, and  more!  In addition, cross-cultural practices will be included. I have worked with Buryat, Tibetan, Celtic, Andean and Native American shamanic practices, among others, which will also inform and complete our work together. 

***Pre-requisite of this series is experience with the "Shamanic Journey' as taught by the Foundation for Shamanic Studies or one of their students or taking "Shamanism:  Path of Empowerment and Healing" as taught by Kate Durda.  Call us to discuss your experience.

TO REGISTER:  $90 early registration if received by April 30th; $100 after that date and at door. For information on how to register for this workshop click here.  Repeaters $35.

 

April 2017

A Celtic Middle Way
Seeking Harmony in the Midst of Conflict
with Dr. Tom Cowan 

April 20-23, 2017 at Pierce Cedar Creek
We cannot escape conflict. It will recur again and again no matter how ardently we strive to live in harmony. Perhaps this is because we live in a physical and mental world made up of dualities. We are structured to see dualism, opposites, polarities. Yet dualities and opposites do not have to be antagonistic and in conflict with each other. The great spiritual traditions encourage people to seek peace, harmony, and reconciliation. 

Celtic traditions recognize the dual nature of earthly and human life, while at the same time suggesting that there is a third or middle way. Powerful images of opposites co-existing, even needing each other, are found in Celtic lore: the tree both burning and leafing; the meadows of black and white sheep; the three strains of music; the wisdom of triads; the Dagda's harp. Celtic figures, such as Taliesin, Aengus Og, the Old Woman of Beara, and Brigid, have powerful messages about how both halves of a pair of opposites are necessary for human life and spiritual growth. 

During our retreat, we'll encounter these images and messages to let them deepen within us so that we can live in a world where polarized factions are in conflict. While we may not be able to eliminate conflict, we can find ways to be at peace with ourselves and in harmony with current situations. We will reaffirm for ourselves that it is possible to be an sith.  TO REGISTER:$720 for a double room.  $775 for a single room.  For information on how to register click here.   If we do not receive your payment by April 5, 2017 there is an additional $50 charge making the rates $770 for a double and $825 for a single.

 

 PATH OF THE OPEN HEART  - SESSION 2
Upper World: Teachers and Guides, Cosmology of the Shaman
with Kate Durda
April 15, 2017  10 am to 5 pm
Steiner House 1923 Geddes Ave. Ann Arbor, Mi

Continue to explore the Shaman's Cosmology of Upper/Middle/ and Lower Worlds (aka  the "Universal Field", "Dreamtime" , "Non-Ordinary Reality", etc). In this session you will experience the "Upper World' (UW). a realm of spiritual enlightenment and truth, and the realm of spiritual teachers/masters/guides.  Learn cross-cultural healing ritual for self; re-member more about your True Self, and who you are in this lifetime, discover and/or strengthen your working relationship with your U.W. teachers.

This program Path of the Open Heart, provides a solid foundation in the powerful spiritual path of Shamanism.   For those who have had only an introduction to Shamanism, to those who've explored some, still have yet to deepen practice, to those more advanced as well!

This series will allow you to truly come to understand what the spiritual practice of Shamanism has to offer to our everday lives! Shamanism IS "practical", useful, helpful, healing - just as it has been for over 40,000 years!!  Come learn why it still exists as one of the most practical and powerful spiritual practices known.  Shamanism is also a PRACTICE! You get from it what you put into it..as with anything powerful and significant!   For beginners or experienced alike, this series offers deep experiential practice, and is an expanded version of the apprentice training program, which I have offered annually for over 10 years.  

***Pre-requisite of this series is experience with the "Shamanic Journey' as taught by the Foundation for Shamanic Studies or one of their students or taking "Shamanism:  Path of Empowerment and Healing" as taught by Kate Durda.  Call us to discuss your experience. About the The PATH of the OPEN HEART:
     This series is called the PATH of the OPEN HEART, after the program which I have taught for the past ten years as a Shamanic "Apprenticeship" training. 
These classes are useful for beginners, intermediate practitioners, and advanced alike.   The series covers the core practices in Shamanism other than advanced healing methods. Those are offered separately, to the advanced/experienced practitioner. The Path of the Open Heart series will prepare those of you interested in pursuing the healing path.
Note: the Path of Open Heart Series classes are "stand alone", you can take one or all (of course, we recommend all of them for a solid foundation in beginning shamanism, but you can pick up what you miss at other times!). 
Each session may also include work with basic practices such as creating sacred space, altars, medicine bundles, ethics in spiritual practice, working with the seasons (solstice, equinox), spirits of the land, and  more!  In addition, cross-cultural practices will be included. I have worked with Buryat, Tibetan, Celtic, Andean and Native American shamanic practices, among others, which will also inform and complete our work together. 
 TO REGISTER:  $90 early registration if received by April 8th; $100 after that date and at door. For information on how to register for this workshop click here.  If you are taking this class again, cost is $35.

 

Advanced Shamanism Two Year Program
April 7-9, 2017 
CLOSED

 

march 2017

 

PATH OF THE OPEN HEART  - SESSION 1
Session One:  Shaman's Cosmology - Lower World and Power Animals
Fundamentals of Shamanism - Path of the Open Heart
with Kate Durda 
March 18, 10am - 5pm
Steiner House
1923 Geddes Ave. Ann Arbor, Mi

Lower World:  Power Animals.  In this 1st of four Sessions, you will practice the journey to the Lower World, and work closely with your POWER ANIMAL(s). Learn how to work with your power animal(s) for direct inspiration, guidance, protection and more. Explore and learn about the tradition of Power Songs. Practice the "Restoration of Lost Power/Power Animal Retrieval" healing method.  Experience classic shape shifting  in the Power Animal Dance and healing work.  Learn a cultural ritual for self healing.   
Join us for remarkable explorations of spirituality!
About the The PATH of the OPEN HEART:  This series is called the PATH of the OPEN HEART, after the program which I have taught for the past ten years as a Shamanic "Apprenticeship" training. 
These classes are useful for beginners, intermediate practitioners, and advanced alike.   The series covers the core practices in Shamanism other than advanced healing methods.  The Path of the Open Heart series will prepare those of you interested in pursuing the healing path.
Note: the Path of Open Heart Series classes are "stand alone", you can take one or all of them.
 Each session may also include work with basic practices such as creating sacred space, altars, medicine bundles, ethics in spiritual practice, working with the seasons (solstice, equinox), spirits of the land, and  more!  In addition, cross-cultural practices will be included. I have worked with Buryat, Tibetan, Celtic, Andean and Native American shamanic practices, among others, which will also inform and complete our work together. 
***Pre-requisite of this series is experience with the "Shamanic Journey' as taught by the Foundation for Shamanic Studies or one of their students or taking "Shamanism:  Path of Empowerment and Healing" as taught by Kate Durda.  Call us to discuss your experience.
TO REGISTER: $90 early registration if received by March 11, 2017 or $250 for all  sessions paid in full by March 11, 2017.   $100 after that date and at door. For information on how to register for this workshop click here.   Repeaters can attend for $35 per session.

 

February 2017

 

(Take this class first) Shamanism:  Path of Empowerment & Healing
with Kate Durda in Ann Arbor, Mi at Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth
Saturday, February 25, 2017  10 am - 5pm

Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”. Groundbreaking work in fields such as the 'new biology', quantum physics, and alternative medicine are validating what shamans and other wise spiritual healers knew and practiced  thousands of years ago. We know that the mind/body/spirit connection is of vital importance not only in helping us to heal from illness, but beyond that, to truly 'thrive' and live in a state of 'wellness'. 
This will be an experiential workshop,  based upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org) “Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn a practice to shift your your brain wave activity into more optimal states for healing. The benefits of one type of brain activity, the alpha brainwave, are the ability to relax and keep the mind on idle when not focused on specific task, heightened feelings of well-being and euphoria, increased creativity, and deep emotional healing.  Yet it has been found that 20 % of the population does not engage in alpha brain waves. Also, another benefit of shamanic practice  is that it allows us to engage in deep levels of self-healing, particularly on the subconscious level. You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice.
Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with.
 
TO REGISTER:  $85 early registration if received by February 18; $95 after that date and at door.  To register for this workshop click here.  Must be pre registered.  Must call if not paid in  advance.  Repeaters $25.

 

January 2017

 

Shamanism:  Path of Empowerment & Healing
with Kate Durda in Ann Arbor, Mi at Sacred Living
Saturday, January 28, 2017  10 am - 5pm
Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”. Groundbreaking work in fields such as the 'new biology', quantum physics, and alternative medicine are validating what shamans and other wise spiritual healers knew and practiced  thousands of years ago. We know that the mind/body/spirit connection is of vital importance not only in helping us to heal from illness, but beyond that, to truly 'thrive' and live in a state of 'wellness'. 
This will be an experiential workshop,  based upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org) “Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn a practice to shift your your brain wave activity into more optimal states for healing. The benefits of one type of brain activity, the alpha brainwave, are the ability to relax and keep the mind on idle when not focused on specific task, heightened feelings of well-being and euphoria, increased creativity, and deep emotional healing.  Yet it has been found that 20 % of the population does not engage in alpha brain waves. Also, another benefit of shamanic practice  is that it allows us to engage in deep levels of self-healing, particularly on the subconscious level. You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice.
Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with.
 
TO REGISTER:  $85 early registration if received by January 21; $95 after that date and at door.  To register for this workshop click here.  Must be pre registered.  Must call if not paid in  advance.  Repeaters $25.

 

Womens March, Lansing Mi.
January 21, 2017

We were the"opening act" for the Womens March.  People came to join us from several drumming circles.  We drummed and sang and spoke.  It was an amazing event!  Many thanks to all who participated and helped out especially Jackie, Sharon and Brenda. 

If every woman in the world had her mind set on freedom
If every woman in the world dreamed a sweet dream of peace
If every woman, of every nation,
Young and old, each generation
held her arms out in the name of love,
There would be no more war!

If every man in the world had his mind set on freedom
If every man in the world dreamed a sweet dream of peace
If every man, of every nation,
Young and old, each generation
held his arms out in the name of love,
There would be no more war!

If all the children in the world had their minds set on freedom
If all the children in the world dreamed a sweet dream of peace
If all the children, of every nation,
Young and old, each generation
held their arms out in the name of love,
There would be no more war!

If all the people in the world had their minds set on freedom
If all the people in the world dreamed a sweet dream of peace
When all the people, of every nation,
Young and old, each generation
holds hands together in the name of love,
There would be no more war!

Thank you Marlene for the following information on the song.  "The Nairobi Women's Peace Song" is actually called "If Every Woman" and it is in my UU hymnal (hymn #1026).  It was written by Karen MacKay and Nancy Nordlie.  It is sung all over the world in UU churches and, no doubt, in the UU churches in Nairobi

 

2016

December 2016 

 

   PATH OF THE OPEN HEART  - SESSION 3
Divination,  Methods of Shamanic Inquiry
with Kate Durda
December 3, 2016  10 am to 5 pm
Steiner House 1923 Geddes Ave. Ann Arbor, Mi

One of the core practices of the Shaman: 'divining' the truth.  In the past, Shamans were called upon to find a new Spring for water; guide the village/tribe in response to change; determine the location and progress of an enemy; and more. Now, divination can help answer question of importances to us as well. Come practice this ancient method of  seeking knowledge.

This program Path of the Open Heart, provides a solid foundation in the powerful spiritual path of Shamanism.   For those who have had only an introduction to Shamanism, to those who've explored some, still have yet to deepen practice, to those more advanced as well! This series will allow you to truly come to understand what the spiritual practice of Shamanism has to offer to our everday lives!

Shamanism is "practical", useful, helpful, healing - just as it has been for over 40,000 years!!  Come learn why it still exists as one of the most practical and powerful spiritual practices known.  Shamanism is also a PRACTICE! You get from it what you put into it..as with anything powerful and significant.    For beginners or experienced alike, this series offers deep experiential practice, and is an expanded version of the apprentice training program, which I have offered annually for over 10 years.   

About the The PATH of the OPEN HEART:  This series is called the PATH of the OPEN HEART, after the program which I have taught for the past ten years as a Shamanic "Apprenticeship" training. 
Shamanism is "practical", useful, helpful, healing - just as it has been for over 40,000 years!!  Come learn why it still exists as one of the most practical and powerful spiritual practices known.  Shamanism is also a PRACTICE! You get from it what you put into it..as with anything powerful and significant.    For beginners or experienced alike, this series offers deep experiential practice, and is an expanded version of the apprentice training program, which I have offered annually for over 10 years. 

 These classes are useful for beginners, intermediate practitioners, and advanced alike.    The Path of the Open Heart series will prepare those of you interested in pursuing the healing path.
Note: the Path of Open Heart Series classes are "stand alone", you can take one or all (of course, we recommend all of them for a solid foundation in beginning shamanism, but you can pick up what you miss at other times!).     Each session may also include work with basic practices such as creating sacred space, altars, medicine bundles, ethics in spiritual practice, working with the seasons (solstice, equinox), spirits of the land, and  more!  In addition, cross-cultural practices will be included. I have worked with Buryat, Tibetan, Celtic, Andean and Native American shamanic practices, among others, which will also inform and complete our work together. 

 TO REGISTER:  $90 early registration if received by November 28; $100 after that date and at door. For information on how to register for this workshop click here.  Repeaters $35.

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November 2016

 

PATH OF THE OPEN HEART  - SESSION 2
Upper World: Teachers and Guides, Cosmology of the Shaman
with Kate Durda
November 19, 2016  10 am to 5 pm
Steiner House 1923 Geddes Ave. Ann Arbor, Mi

Continue to explore the Shaman's Cosmology of Upper/Middle/ and Lower Worlds (aka  the "Universal Field", "Dreamtime" , "Non-Ordinary Reality", etc). In this session you will experience the "Upper World' (UW). a realm of spiritual enlightenment and truth, and the realm of spiritual teachers/masters/guides.  Learn cross-cultural healing ritual for self; re-member more about your True Self, and who you are in this lifetime, discover and/or strengthen your working relationship with your U.W. teachers.

This program Path of the Open Heart, provides a solid foundation in the powerful spiritual path of Shamanism.   For those who have had only an introduction to Shamanism, to those who've explored some, still have yet to deepen practice, to those more advanced as well!

This series will allow you to truly come to understand what the spiritual practice of Shamanism has to offer to our everday lives! Shamanism IS "practical", useful, helpful, healing - just as it has been for over 40,000 years!!  Come learn why it still exists as one of the most practical and powerful spiritual practices known.  Shamanism is also a PRACTICE! You get from it what you put into it..as with anything powerful and significant!   For beginners or experienced alike, this series offers deep experiential practice, and is an expanded version of the apprentice training program, which I have offered annually for over 10 years.  

***Pre-requisite of this series is experience with the "Shamanic Journey' process. Call us to discuss your experience.

About the The PATH of the OPEN HEART:
     This series is called the PATH of the OPEN HEART, after the program which I have taught for the past ten years as a Shamanic "Apprenticeship" training. 
These classes are useful for beginners, intermediate practitioners, and advanced alike.   The series covers the core practices in Shamanism other than advanced healing methods. Those are offered separately, to the advanced/experienced practitioner. The Path of the Open Heart series will prepare those of you interested in pursuing the healing path.
Note: the Path of Open Heart Series classes are "stand alone", you can take one or all (of course, we recommend all of them for a solid foundation in beginning shamanism, but you can pick up what you miss at other times!). 
Each session may also include work with basic practices such as creating sacred space, altars, medicine bundles, ethics in spiritual practice, working with the seasons (solstice, equinox), spirits of the land, and  more!  In addition, cross-cultural practices will be included. I have worked with Buryat, Tibetan, Celtic, Andean and Native American shamanic practices, among others, which will also inform and complete our work together. 
 TO REGISTER:  $
90 early registration if received by November 12; $100 after that date and at door. For information on how to register for this workshop click here.  If you are taking this class again, cost is $35.

 

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Feast for the Dead (Dia de los Muertos)  
November 2, 6:00 -8:00pm (Wednesday), Lansing, Mi.
At this annual event we celebrate our ancestors of bread and milk (both relatives and non-relatives).  You are invited to bring photos or momentos of your ancestors/loved ones (animals included!) for our altar (you will be able to take them home).  Please also bring a dish to share that your ancestors would love to eat.   Flowers would also be welcome since Ancestors love beauty.  You will be asked to share stories/accomplishments/favorite poems, etc. of your ancestors.  We will also be journeying to our ancestors and writing a prayer to them.   Please bring your own plate, silverware, glass and bowl.  Donations accepted.   YOU MUST RSVP for further information.  Contact Stephanie at 517 667-8448 or stephanietighe@gmail.com

 

 

 

Two Year Advanced Shamanism and Shamanic Initiation
with Stephanie Tighe and Kate Durda 
August 26-28, 2016
November 4-6, 2016
April 7-9, 2017
Last three dates are yet to be determined.
CLOSED
This will be a residential workshop where we will live and journey together. This workshop is about taking your practice deeper and experiencing personal initiations. This work has the potential to change your life. You will become stronger in your personal power. If you are a healer it will deepen your work.

Applications will be required. Preference will be given to those who have maturity in their shamanic work and/or to those who have completed other shamanic trainings such as Path of Open Heart series, Medicine for the Earth, and Adv. Shamanism I & II.

 

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september 2016

 


with Nan Moss
Session 5:  What Calls Weather Down?
September 29-October 2, 2016
 
Investigation of weather working - its mystery and miracle... becoming deep friends with the realms we live in, the nature of Power in the Middle World...

TO REGISTER:  Retreats with less than 15 people are not viable for this facility.  If you are considering taking this workshop it would be helpful for you to let us know as soon as possible.  Cost for a single room is $745 and for a double it is $690.  If you are registered and paid in full by 8/28/2016 you will receive a discount of  $30.  Be sure to include food preferences with your registration or we will assume you have no preferences and eat meat.  To register, click here.

 

PATH OF THE OPEN HEART  - SESSION 1
Session One:  Shaman's Cosmology - Lower World and Power Animals
Fundamentals of Shamanism - Path of the Open Heart
with Kate Durda 
September 17th, 10am - 5pm
Steiner House
1923 Geddes Ave. Ann Arbor, Mi
 TO REGISTER: $90 early registration if received by September 10th or $250 for all  sessions paid in full by Sept 10, 2016.   $100 after that date and at door. For information on how to register for this workshop click here.   Repeaters can attend for $35 per session.

 

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August 2016 

 

Shamanism:  Path of Empowerment & Healing
with Kate Durda in Ann Arbor, Mi at Sacred Living
Saturday, August 20, 2016  10 am - 5pm


Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”. Groundbreaking work in fields such as the 'new biology', quantum physics, and alternative medicine are validating what shamans and other wise spiritual healers knew and practiced  thousands of years ago. We know that the mind/body/spirit connection is of vital importance not only in helping us to heal from illness, but beyond that, to truly 'thrive' and live in a state of 'wellness'. 
This will be an experiential workshop,  based upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org) “Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn a practice to shift your your brain wave activity into more optimal states for healing. The benefits of one type of brain activity, the alpha brainwave, are the ability to relax and keep the mind on idle when not focused on specific task, heightened feelings of well-being and euphoria, increased creativity, and deep emotional healing.  Yet it has been found that 20 % of the population does not engage in alpha brain waves. Also, another benefit of shamanic practice  is that it allows us to engage in deep levels of self-healing, particularly on the subconscious level. You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice.
Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with.
 
TO REGISTER:  $85 early registration if received by August 17; $95 after that date and at door.  To register for this workshop click here.  Must be pre registered.  Must call if not paid in  advance.  Repeaters $25.

 

Two Year in Advanced Shamanism and Shamanic Initiation
with Stephanie Tighe and Kate Durda 
August 26-28, 2016
November 4-6, 2016
April 7-9, 2017
Last three dates are yet to be determined.

This will be a residential workshop where we will live and journey together. This workshop is about taking your practice deeper and experiencing personal initiations taking you into progressively higher levels of iniation.  This work has the potential to change your life, it changed ours.   You will become stronger in your personal power. If you are a healer it will deepen your work.  You will become a person of greater power and gain confidence in your abilities. You will develop greater spiritual potency for the purpose of healing yourself, others and the planet.
From a Previous Participant, Karen Johnson:

 "If you are seeking a deeper connection to Spirit, challenges to deepen your practice and finding a strong community, then consider this......  Two Year in Advanced Shamanism and Shamanic Initiation   I attend this series/initiation several years ago and intend on doing it again. Steph and Kate are compassionate, serious, funny and gifted teachers. You will gain deeper connections to Spirit, develop new tools, explore community as we eat, sleep and learn together.   I made life long friends and learned so much about myself and my strengths!  There will be time for deep journeys, healing, laughing, talking, taking walks and good food.  What more could you ask for in a Circle filled with Spirit!  I am excited to see what Kate and Steph have up their "shamanic sleeves" this time."

Applications will be required. Preference will be given to those who have maturity in their shamanic work and/or to those who have completed other shamanic trainings such as Path of Open Heart series, Medicine for the Earth, and Adv. Shamanism I & II.

TO REGISTER:  Retreats with less than 15 people are not viable for this facility.  If you are considering taking this workshop it would be helpful for you to let us know as soon as possible.   $499 for a double and $565 for a single, per session.  A deposit of $250 will secure your place in this event.  First and last session registration must be paid in full by 8-20-2016.   Refunds are offered in accordance with the contract with the retreat site.   For information on how to register for this workshop click here.

 

JULY 2016

 

8th Annual Shaman's Walk
with Kate Durda and Stephanie Tighe
July  30,  Noon-5 pm (we will start gathering at 11 am)
Lincoln Brick Park, Grand Ledge Mi.   13991 Tallman Rd, Grand Ledge, MI 48837
*Open to experienced Shamanic practitioners -must know how to journey. Contact us with questions.
We first experienced the Shaman’s Walk years ago with Canadian friends in Windsor, Canada & Brenda Atkinson, who initiated this event. We attended several Shaman's Walks over the 'border' and always found them to be a powerful personal and community event!


With this "Walk", we celebrate our connection to each other and all things with intense drumming, dancing, journeying, sharing and networking.  You are welcome to come with an open heart and a desire to experience the ecstasy of a large Shamanic Community. 

This setting of a shamanic cmmunityof heart-centered folks holding space for each other for the 'walk' is PHENOMENAL. Power-full, soul-satisfying, and very helpful to providing the experience that can be had with longer, deeper journeys.    |
If this is your first time considering this event, you may not be sure what will happen at a "SHAMANS WALK".   This is not a workshop or training.  This is a powerful opportunity to practice together in community!  Carrying out our spiritual practice to become who we are meant to be.... who we are becoming!   We will support  each other in the quest of Oneness and Light and Love.  
For the pre-gathering at 11 am, please if you wish, bring some snacks to share and socialize, while browsing hand crafted shamanic items, new/used rattle or drums, shamanic art and crafts, books, etc.   We don't know what surprises folks will bring this year!  
Please Bring:

Item for Empowerment Altar that you would like to have filled with power by the Spirits
Drums & rattles if you have them (bring extras to share with others if you would)
A cushion & blanket for sitting & lying down on the floor (chairs available)
Notebook, pen, drawing material if desired
Shamanic tools (masks, robes, prayer sticks, medicine bags, stones etc. *Shamanic regalia for those who have it, honors the Spirits and aids in deepening connections with them)
Eye covering (Siberian mask, scarf, bandanna, etc.)
Wear comfortable layered clothing and slippers/socks (we will walk without shoes)
Personal bottled water
A sack lunch for yourself
Finger food or beverage to share for after the healing ceremony (cheese, veggies, crackers, nuts, fruit, chips, goodies)
Bring any flyers or business cards you may want to share with others.
We’ll have drums, rattles, CD’s, books, medicine bags, jewelry and other goodies for sale too!


TO REGISTER:  $60 for registration (this includes parking pass).   To register for this workshop click here.

 

Shamanism:  Path of Empowerment & Healing
with Kate Durda in Ann Arbor, Mi at Sacred Living
Saturday, July 9, 2016  10 am - 5pm
Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”.  Groundbreaking work in fields such as the 'new biology', quantum physics, and alternative medicine are validating what shamans and other wise spiritual healers knew and practiced  thousands of years ago. We know that the mind/body/spirit connection is of vital importance not only in helping us to heal from illness, but beyond that, to truly 'thrive' and live in a state of 'wellness'. 
This will be an experiential workshop,  based upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org) “Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn a practice to shift your your brain wave activity into more optimal states for healing. The benefits of one type of brain activity, the alpha brainwave, are the ability to relax and keep the mind on idle when not focused on specific task, heightened feelings of well-being and euphoria, increased creativity, and deep emotional healing.  Yet it has been found that 20 % of the population does not engage in alpha brain waves. Also, another benefit of shamanic practice  is that it allows us to engage in deep levels of self-healing, particularly on the subconscious level. You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice.
Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with.
 
TO REGISTER:  $85 early registration if received by July 6; $95 after that date and at door.  To register for this workshop click here.  Must be pre registered.  Must call if not paid in  advance.  Repeaters $25.


JUNE 2016

 

The 5th Advanced Shamanic Healing Methods
with Stephanie Tighe
June 4-5 (you must attend all days)
Third and final session.  This training is closed.

If you want to feel more whole, if you want to feel filled with power, if you want to bring healing to your self, family, friends and community then this is the place for you!!  This will be a small, intensive and experiential group.  You will learn and practice advanced shamanic healing methods over the course of 4 months, with the same small group of colleagues.  Shamanic healing methods to be covered in this intensive include:  Soul Retrieval (4 days), an introduction to Plant Spirit Medicine, Extraction (2 days), and Restoration of Lost Power.  One of the reasons this work is so powerful and intense is that you learn a technique during one session, then, between sessions you practice doing healing work on others.  When you return for the next session you are able to discuss how your sessions went, receive feedback and are able to fine tune the work you are doing.  We will cover other spirit directed techniques, ethics, establishing a healing practice and how to help your clients to receive healings. 
This training is a wonderful opportunity!  You can avoid the cost/time of travelling to distant workshop sites.  you have the opportunity to participate where you live, as well as develop relationships with folks in our communities.
TO REGISTER: Contact Stephanie with any questions you may have and/or to receive an application.  Cost for this experience is $650.   This workshop will be held in the Charlotte area. 
For information on how to register for this workshop click here.

 

may 2016

The 5th Advanced Shamanic Healing Methods 1
with Stephanie Tighe
May 14-15, June 4-5 (you must attend all days)
2nd session of 3.  This training is closed.


If you want to feel more whole, if you want to feel filled with power, if you want to bring healing to your self, family, friends and community then this is the place for you!!  This will be a small, intensive and experiential group.  You will learn and practice advanced shamanic healing methods over the course of 4 months, with the same small group of colleagues.  Shamanic healing methods to be covered in this intensive include:  Soul Retrieval (4 days), an introduction to Plant Spirit Medicine, Extraction (2 days), and Restoration of Lost Power.  One of the reasons this work is so powerful and intense is that you learn a technique during one session, then, between sessions you practice doing healing work on others.  When you return for the next session you are able to discuss how your sessions went, receive feedback and are able to fine tune the work you are doing.  We will cover other spirit directed techniques, ethics, establishing a healing practice and how to help your clients to receive healings. 
This training is a wonderful opportunity!  You can avoid the cost/time of travelling to distant workshop sites.  you have the opportunity to participate where you live, as well as develop relationships with folks in our communities.
TO REGISTER: Contact Stephanie with any questions you may have and/or to receive an application.  Cost for this experience is  $650.   This workshop will be held in the Charlotte area.  For information on how to register for this workshop click here.

 

April 2016

 

5th Advanced Shamanic Healing - Part I
with Stephanie Tighe
Charlotte, Mi.  Camp Francis
Beginning April 9-10, 2016, May 14-15, June 4-5

 If you want to feel more whole, if you want to feel filled with power, if you want to bring healing to your self, family, friends and community then this is the place for you!!  This will be a small, intensive and experiential group.  You will learn and practice advanced shamanic healing methods over the course of 4 months, with the same small group of colleagues.  Shamanic healing methods to be covered in this intensive include:  Soul Retrieval (4 days),  Extraction (2 days) and Restoration of Lost Power.  One of the reasons this work is so powerful and intense is that you learn a technique during one session, then, between sessions you practice doing healing work on others.  When you return for the next session you are able to discuss how your sessions went, receive feedback and are able to fine tune the work you are doing.  We will cover other spirit directed techniques, ethics, establishing a healing practice and how to help your clients to receive healings. 
This training is a wonderful opportunity!  You can avoid the cost/time of travelling to distant workshop sites.  you have the opportunity to participate where you live, as well as develop relationships with folks in our communities.
TO REGISTER: Contact Stephanie with any questions you may have and/or to receive an application.  Cost for this experience is $650.   This workshop will be held in the Charlotte area. 
For information on how to register for this workshop click here.

 

Two Year Celtic Shamanism Program - Graduate Reunion  with Tom Cowan
April 21-24 at Pierce Cedar Creek Nature Center
This program is open only to graduates of Tom's Two Year program. 
Trusting Our Way in Dark Times
We are living in times that undermine our sense of trust. Institutions that were once a source of trust are proving untrustworthy: government, the political system, corporations, religions, schools, the police force, the military, the media, even the traditional weather-and-season patterns seem less trustworthy as the climate changes. It is getting harder and harder to trust.  Yet human beings evolved as a trusting species. We have to be, given how long we are children and need to trust and depend on adults. So trust is an essential quality of human nature, but at the same time we need to be realistic about what or whom to trust. How do we evaluate our past experiences when we were hurt when something or someone proved untrustworthy? Should we place our trust in the present?  Or the future?  Or in what?
We might say that there is a “continuum of trust.” Personal self-trust is on one end, and cosmic trusting of the universe (or God, the Tao, the Creator, the Mystery at the heart of all things) is on the other end. Contemplate your own sense of trust by considering these lines from the “Desiderata” poem which describe the two ends of this continuum.  You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. 
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
 
We will use our retreat this year to tune-up our ability to trust.
Celtic spiritual practices can help, and we will revisit some of them in order to strengthen and ground our sense of trust more securely in our shamanic practice. The pledge to the elements, the corpse-watcher journey, the lorica prayers, the support of the elements, personal sovereignty, the three strains of music, divination, the ancestors—these can help us live in uncertain times.  TO REGISTER:  Retreats with less than 15 people are not viable for Pierce Cedar Creek.  Thus we need to know 30 days in advance if we will have sufficient persons for the workshop to be a "go".  It is important that we receive your registration and payment by March 21st.    Cost of this workshop is the same as it was last year, $750 for a single and $720 for a double.  Those persons who pay in full and on time will receive a discount of $25.   This includes meals starting with dinner on thursday evening through lunch on sunday.   Refunds are offered in accordance with the contract with the retreat site.   For information on how to register for this workshop click here.

 

March 2016

 

Shamanism:  Path of Empowerment & Healing
with Stephanie Tighe in Ann Arbor, Mi at Sacred Living
Saturday, March 26, 2016  10 am - 5pm

Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”. Groundbreaking work in fields such as the 'new biology', quantum physics, and alternative medicine are validating what shamans and other wise spiritual healers knew and practiced  thousands of years ago. We know that the mind/body/spirit connection is of vital importance not only in helping us to heal from illness, but beyond that, to truly 'thrive' and live in a state of 'wellness'. 
This will be an experiential workshop,  based upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org) “Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn a practice to shift your your brain wave activity into more optimal states for healing. The benefits of one type of brain activity, the alpha brainwave, are the ability to relax and keep the mind on idle when not focused on specific task, heightened feelings of well-being and euphoria, increased creativity, and deep emotional healing.  Yet it has been found that 20 % of the population does not engage in alpha brain waves. Also, another benefit of shamanic practice  is that it allows us to engage in deep levels of self-healing, particularly on the subconscious level. You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice.
Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with. 
TO REGISTER:  $85 early registration if received by March 23; $95 after that date and at door.  To register for this workshop click here.  Must be pre registered.  Must call if not paid in  advance.  Repeaters $25.

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Healing Retreat
with Stephanie Tighe
March 5-6 at Pierce Cedar Creek Nature Center

During this weekend retreat the focus is on healing for ourselves.  We will guide you through different types of experiences and journeys.  Participants need to know some shamanic healing methods and be willing to receive healings and also to do healings on behalf of others.  We will begin on  saturday morning at 9:30 am and end on sunday at 3:00 pm.  If you would like to come on friday evening for  a bit of a personal retreat we encourage you to do so.

TO REGISTER:  Retreats with less than 15 people are not viable for Pierce Cedar Creek.  Thus we need to know 30 days in advance if we will have sufficient persons for the workshop to be a "go".  It is important that we receive your registration and payment by February 4th.    Cost of this workshop  is $225 for a single room and $195 for a double.  Those persons who pay in full and on time will receive a discount of $30.  Refunds are offered in accordance with the contract with the retreat site. For information on how to register for this workshop click here.  **Cost for an extra night and breakfast are $43 for a double and $63 for a single.  This does not include dinner on friday evening.

 

february 2016

PATH OF THE OPEN HEART  - SESSION 4
Middle
World
with Kate Durda
February 27, 2015  10 am to 4 pm
at Holistic Care Approach Healing Begins Within
Grand Rapids, Mi.


This program Path of the Open Heart, provides a solid foundation in the powerful spiritual path of Shamanism.   For those who have had only an introduction to Shamanism, to those who've explored some, still have yet to deepen practice, to those more advanced as well!

In the first three sessions, we’ve done preliminary explorations with our guides/helpers, and where they reside: in Lower World and Upper World. In each of these worlds, the helping spirits are compassionate, and only have the practitioner’s highest good in mind. 

The Middle World is distinctly different in that the spirits in the middle world are at best ‘amoral’, they are not compassionate, and can be therefore can be quite dangerous. The energies residing in the Middle World include spirits of nature, land spirits, ancestral spirits, intrusions, spirits of deceased who have not crossed over, fairies and many others. 

Inexperienced people may often make contact with spirits in the Middle World, yet have no idea of the risks, or how to stay protected. Channeling, astral projection, even inexperienced journeying can be risky. We are all exposed to malevolent spirits in the Middle World, whether we know about this or not. This is similar to catching a cold or virus; unless we know how to stay protected, we are at risk.

However, Middle world spirits are only problematic to the extent that we who are around them are not sufficiently empowered ourselves. It is for this reason that we offer this training on the topic of the Middle World. In this workshop, you will learn about and experience the benefits of working with the Middle World spirits as well how to stay personally empowered, protected and how to work safely in this realm to experience the power and healing that can be found here. 

This series will allow you to truly come to understand what the spiritual practice of Shamanism has to offer to our everday lives! Shamanism IS "practical", useful, helpful, healing - just as it has been for over 40,000 years!!  Come learn why it still exists as one of the most practical and powerful spiritual practices known.  Shamanism is also a PRACTICE!  You get from it what you put into it..as with anything powerful and significant!   For beginners or experienced alike, this series offers deep experiential practice, and is an expanded version of the apprentice training program, which I have offered annually for over 10 years.

***Pre-requisite of this series is experience with the "Shamanic Journey' process. Call us to discuss your experience.

TO REGISTER:  $85 early registration if received by February 20th; $95 after that date and at door. For information on how to register for this workshop click here.  Repeaters $35

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 PATH OF THE OPEN HEART  - SESSION 4
Middle World
with Kate Durda
Postponed, stay tuned for new date and time!!
at Ladaka Yoga Center
Frankfort, Mi.

This program Path of the Open Heart, provides a solid foundation in the powerful spiritual path of Shamanism.   For those who have had only an introduction to Shamanism, to those who've explored some, still have yet to deepen practice, to those more advanced as well!

In the first three sessions, we’ve done preliminary explorations with our guides/helpers, and where they reside: in Lower World and Upper World. In each of these worlds, the helping spirits are compassionate, and only have the practitioner’s highest good in mind. 

The Middle World is distinctly different in that the spirits in the middle world are at best ‘amoral’, they are not compassionate, and can be therefore can be quite dangerous. The energies residing in the Middle World include spirits of nature, land spirits, ancestral spirits, intrusions, spirits of deceased who have not crossed over, fairies and many others. 

Inexperienced people may often make contact with spirits in the Middle World, yet have no idea of the risks, or how to stay protected. Channeling, astral projection, even inexperienced journeying can be risky. We are all exposed to malevolent spirits in the Middle World, whether we know about this or not. This is similar to catching a cold or virus; unless we know how to stay protected, we are at risk.

However, Middle world spirits are only problematic to the extent that we who are around them are not sufficiently empowered ourselves. It is for this reason that we offer this training on the topic of the Middle World. In this workshop, you will learn about and experience the benefits of working with the Middle World spirits as well how to stay personally empowered, protected and how to work safely in this realm to experience the power and healing that can be found here. 

This series will allow you to truly come to understand what the spiritual practice of Shamanism has to offer to our everday lives! Shamanism IS "practical", useful, helpful, healing - just as it has been for over 40,000 years!!  Come learn why it still exists as one of the most practical and powerful spiritual practices known.  Shamanism is also a PRACTICE!  You get from it what you put into it..as with anything powerful and significant!   For beginners or experienced alike, this series offers deep experiential practice, and is an expanded version of the apprentice training program, which I have offered annually for over 10 years.

***Pre-requisite of this series is experience with the "Shamanic Journey' process. Call us to discuss your experience.

TO REGISTER:  $85 early registration if received by February 21st; $95 after that date and at door. For information on how to register for this workshop click here.  Repeaters $35

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 2015

 

December 2015

 

PATH OF THE OPEN HEART  - SESSION 3
Divination,   Methods of Shamanic Inquiry 
with Kate Durda
December 12, 2015  10 am to 5 pm
at Ladaka Yoga Center in Frankfort, Mi.

One of the core practices of the Shaman: 'divining' the truth.  In the past, Shamans were called upon to find a new Spring for water; guide the village/tribe in response to change; determine the location and progress of an enemy; and more. Now, divination can help answer question of importances to us as well. Come practice this ancient method of  seeking knowledge.

This program Path of the Open Heart, provides a solid foundation in the powerful spiritual path of Shamanism.   For those who have had only an introduction to Shamanism, to those who've explored some, still have yet to deepen practice, to those more advanced as well! This series will allow you to truly come to understand what the spiritual practice of Shamanism has to offer to our everday lives!

Shamanism is "practical", useful, helpful, healing - just as it has been for over 40,000 years!!  Come learn why it still exists as one of the most practical and powerful spiritual practices known.  Shamanism is also a PRACTICE! You get from it what you put into it..as with anything powerful and significant.    For beginners or experienced alike, this series offers deep experiential practice, and is an expanded version of the apprentice training program, which I have offered annually for over 10 years. 
 

About the The PATH of the OPEN HEART
:  This series is called the PATH of the OPEN HEART, after the program which I have taught for the past ten years as a Shamanic "Apprenticeship" training. 
Shamanism is "practical", useful, helpful, healing - just as it has been for over 40,000 years!!  Come learn why it still exists as one of the most practical and powerful spiritual practices known.  Shamanism is also a PRACTICE! You get from it what you put into it..as with anything powerful and significant.    For beginners or experienced alike, this series offers deep experiential practice, and is an expanded version of the apprentice training program, which I have offered annually for over 10 years.   

These classes are useful for beginners, intermediate practitioners, and advanced alike.    The Path of the Open Heart series will prepare those of you interested in pursuing the healing path.
Note: the Path of Open Heart Series classes are "stand alone", you can take one or all (of course, we recommend all of them for a solid foundation in beginning shamanism, but you can pick up what you miss at other times!).     Each session may also include work with basic practices such as creating sacred space, altars, medicine bundles, ethics in spiritual practice, working with the seasons (solstice, equinox), spirits of the land, and  more!  In addition, cross-cultural practices will be included. I have worked with Buryat, Tibetan, Celtic, Andean and Native American shamanic practices, among others, which will also inform and complete our work together. 


 TO REGISTER:  $80 early registration if received by November 28; $90 after that date and at door. For information on how to register for this workshop
click here.  Repeaters $35.


Session 4, Spirits of Nature,  will be coming in 2016!

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PATH OF THE OPEN HEART  - SESSION 3
Divination,   Methods of Shamanic Inquiry 
with Kate Durda
December 5, 2015  10 am to 5 pm
at Holistic Care Approach Healing Begins Within
Grand Rapids, Mi.

One of the core practices of the Shaman: 'divining' the truth.  In the past, Shamans were called upon to find a new Spring for water; guide the village/tribe in response to change; determine the location and progress of an enemy; and more. Now, divination can help answer question of importances to us as well. Come practice this ancient method of  seeking knowledge. 
T
his program Path of the Open Heart, provides a solid foundation in the powerful spiritual path of Shamanism.   For those who have had only an introduction to Shamanism, to those who've explored some, still have yet to deepen practice, to those more advanced as well! This series will allow you to truly come to understand what the spiritual practice of Shamanism has to offer to our everday lives!


Shamanism is "practical", useful, helpful, healing - just as it has been for over 40,000 years!!  Come learn why it still exists as one of the most practical and powerful spiritual practices known.  Shamanism is also a PRACTICE! You get from it what you put into it..as with anything powerful and significant.    For beginners or experienced alike, this series offers deep experiential practice, and is an expanded version of the apprentice training program, which I have offered annually for over 10 years.   
***Pre-requisite of this series is experience with the "Shamanic Journey' process. Call us to discuss your experience
About the The PATH of the OPEN HEART
:  This series is called the PATH of the OPEN HEART, after the program which I have taught for the past ten years as a Shamanic "Apprenticeship" training. 

These classes are useful for beginners, intermediate practitioners, and advanced alike.   The series listed below covers the core practices in Shamanism other than advanced healing methods. Those are offered separately, to the advanced/experienced practitioner. The Path of the Open Heart series will prepare those of you interested in pursuing the healing path.
Note: the Path of Open Heart Series classes are "stand alone", you can take one or all (of course, we recommend all of them for a solid foundation in beginning shamanism, but you can pick up what you miss at other times!).     Each session may also include work with basic practices such as creating sacred space, altars, medicine bundles, ethics in spiritual practice, working with the seasons (solstice, equinox), spirits of the land, and  more!  In addition, cross-cultural practices will be included. I have worked with Buryat, Tibetan, Celtic, Andean and Native American shamanic practices, among others, which will also inform and complete our work together. 
 TO REGISTER:  $85 early registration if received by December 3rd; $95 after that date and at door. For information on how to register for this workshop click here.  Repeaters $35.

Session 4, Spirits of Nature, will be coming in 2016!

 

November 2015 

Feast for the Dead (Dia de los Muertos)   November 1, 5:30 -8:00pm, Lansing, Mi.
At this annual event we celebrate our ancestors of bread and milk (both relatives and non-relatives).  You are invited to bring photos or momentos of your ancestors/loved ones (animals included!) for our altar (you will be able to take them home).  Please also bring a dish to share that your ancestors would love to eat.   Flowers would also be welcome since Ancestors love beauty.  You will be asked to share stories/accomplishments/favorite poems, etc. of your ancestors.  We will also be journeying to our ancestors and writing a prayer to them.   Please bring your own plate, silverware, glass and bowl.  Donations accepted.   YOU MUST RSVP for further information.  Contact Stephanie at 517 667-8448 or stephanietighe@gmail.com

 

PATH OF THE OPEN HEART  - SESSION 2
Upper World: Teachers and Guides, Cosmology of the Shaman
with Kate Durda
November 7, 2015  10 am to 5 pm
at Holistic Care Approach Healing Begins Within
Grand Rapids, Mi.

Continue to explore the Shaman's Cosmology of Upper/Middle/ and Lower Worlds (aka  the "Universal Field", "Dreamtime" , "Non-Ordinary Reality", etc). In this session you will experience the "Upper World' (UW). a realm of spiritual enlightenment and truth, and the realm of spiritual teachers/masters/guides.  Learn cross-cultural healing ritual for self; re-member more about your True Self, and who you are in this lifetime, discover and/or strengthen your working relationship with your U.W. teachers.

This program Path of the Open Heart, provides a solid foundation in the powerful spiritual path of Shamanism.   For those who have had only an introduction to Shamanism, to those who've explored some, still have yet to deepen practice, to those more advanced as well!

This series will allow you to truly come to understand what the spiritual practice of Shamanism has to offer to our everday lives! Shamanism IS "practical", useful, helpful, healing - just as it has been for over 40,000 years!!  Come learn why it still exists as one of the most practical and powerful spiritual practices known.  Shamanism is also a PRACTICE!  You get from it what you put into it..as with anything powerful and significant!   For beginners or experienced alike, this series offers deep experiential practice, and is an expanded version of the apprentice training program, which I have offered annually for over 10 years.

***Pre-requisite of this series is experience with the "Shamanic Journey' process. Call us to discuss your experience.

TO REGISTER:  $85 early registration if received by November 1; $95 after that date and at door. For information on how to register for this workshop click here.  Repeaters $35.

 

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PATH OF THE OPEN HEART  - SESSION 2
Upper World: Teachers and Guides, Cosmology of the Shaman
with Kate Durda
November 8, 2015  10 am to 5 pm
at Ladaka Yoga Center
Frankfort, Mi. 

 Continue to explore the Shaman's Cosmology of Upper/Middle/ and Lower Worlds (aka  the "Universal Field", "Dreamtime" , "Non-Ordinary Reality", etc). In this session you will experience the "Upper World' (UW). a realm of spiritual enlightenment and truth, and the realm of spiritual teachers/masters/guides.  Learn cross-cultural healing ritual for self; re-member more about your True Self, and who you are in this lifetime, discover and/or strengthen your working relationship with your U.W. teachers.

This program Path of the Open Heart, provides a solid foundation in the powerful spiritual path of Shamanism.   For those who have had only an introduction to Shamanism, to those who've explored some, still have yet to deepen practice, to those more advanced as well!

This series will allow you to truly come to understand what the spiritual practice of Shamanism has to offer to our everday lives! Shamanism IS "practical", useful, helpful, healing - just as it has been for over 40,000 years!!  Come learn why it still exists as one of the most practical and powerful spiritual practices known.  Shamanism is also a PRACTICE!  You get from it what you put into it..as with anything powerful and significant!   For beginners or experienced alike, this series offers deep experiential practice, and is an expanded version of the apprentice training program, which I have offered annually for over 10 years.

***Pre-requisite of this series is experience with the "Shamanic Journey' process. Call us to discuss your experience.

TO REGISTER:  $80 early registration if received by November 1st; $90 after that date and at door. For information on how to register for this workshop click here.  Repeaters $35.

 

 

 

 

October 2015

PATH OF THE OPEN HEART  - SESSION 1
Session One:  Shaman's Cosmology - Lower World and Power Animals
Fundamentals of Shamanism - Path of the Open Heart
with Kate Durda 
October 24th, 10 am - 5 pm
at Ladaka Yoga Center
Frankfort, Mi.


 Lower World:  Power Animals.  In this 1st of four Sessions, you will practice the journey to the Lower World, and work closely with your POWER ANIMAL(s). Learn how to work with your power animal(s) for direct inspiration, guidance, protection and more. Explore and learn about the tradition of Power Songs. Practice the "Restoration of Lost Power/Power Animal Retrieval" healing method.  Experience classic shape shifting  in the Power Animal Dance and healing work.  Learn a cultural ritual for self healing.   
Join us for remarkable explorations of spirituality!

About the The PATH of the OPEN HEART:  This series is called the PATH of the OPEN HEART, after the program which I have taught for the past ten years as a Shamanic "Apprenticeship" training. 
These classes are useful for beginners, intermediate practitioners, and advanced alike.   The series covers the core practices in Shamanism other than advanced healing methods.  The Path of the Open Heart series will prepare those of you interested in pursuing the healing path.
Note: the Path of Open Heart Series classes are "stand alone", you can take one or all of them.
 
Each session may also include work with basic practices such as creating sacred space, altars, medicine bundles, ethics in spiritual practice, working with the seasons (solstice, equinox), spirits of the land, and  more!  In addition, cross-cultural practices will be included. I have worked with Buryat, Tibetan, Celtic, Andean and Native American shamanic practices, among others, which will also inform and complete our work together. 

***Pre-requisite of this series is experience with the "Shamanic Journey' process. Call us to discuss your experience.

 TO REGISTER: 
$80 early registration if received by October 17th or $280 for all four sessions paid in full.   $90 after that date and at door. For information on how to register for this workshop click here.   Repeaters can attend for $35 per session.

 

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Create the Vision You Want, A Holistic Legal Business Seminar
with Angie Martell, Attorney
October 24, 1-3 pm at Crazy Wisdom in Ann Arbor
As holistic entrepreneurs, we will explore how to operate your business in a holistic manner and create the vision you want in your business while minimizing potential liability and risk.   www.iglesiamartell.com
To Register:  $50, if you RSVP via phone for $10 off.  734-369-2331.  Languages:  English, Spanish, Portuguese and ASL.

 

 

PATH OF THE OPEN HEART  - SESSION 1
Session One:  Shaman's Cosmology - Lower World and Power Animals
Fundamentals of Shamanism - Path of the Open Heart
with Kate Durda 
October 10th, 10am - 5pm
at Holistic Care Approach Healing Begins Within
Grand Rapids, Mi.


Lower World:  Power Animals.  In this 1st of four Sessions, you will practice the journey to the Lower World, and work closely with your POWER ANIMAL(s). Learn how to work with your power animal(s) for direct inspiration, guidance, protection and more. Explore and learn about the tradition of Power Songs. Practice the "Restoration of Lost Power/Power Animal Retrieval" healing method.  Experience classic shape shifting  in the Power Animal Dance and healing work.  Learn a cultural ritual for self healing.   
Join us for remarkable explorations of spirituality!
About the The PATH of the OPEN HEART:  This series is called the PATH of the OPEN HEART, after the program which I have taught for the past ten years as a Shamanic "Apprenticeship" training. 
These classes are useful for beginners, intermediate practitioners, and advanced alike.   The series covers the core practices in Shamanism other than advanced healing methods.  The Path of the Open Heart series will prepare those of you interested in pursuing the healing path.
Note: the Path of Open Heart Series classes are "stand alone", you can take one or all of them.
 Each session may also include work with basic practices such as creating sacred space, altars, medicine bundles, ethics in spiritual practice, working with the seasons (solstice, equinox), spirits of the land, and  more!  In addition, cross-cultural practices will be included. I have worked with Buryat, Tibetan, Celtic, Andean and Native American shamanic practices, among others, which will also inform and complete our work together. 
***Pre-requisite of this series is experience with the "Shamanic Journey' process. Call us to discuss your experience.

 TO REGISTER: $85 early registration if received by October 3rd or $280 for all four sessions paid in full.   $95 after that date and at door. For information on how to register for this workshop click here.   Repeaters can attend for $35 per session.

 

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OCTOBER 2015

 

Weather Dancers, Rainmakers and Healers: 
The Extended Studies Program in Weather Shamanism



Dancing the Eye of the Storm, Level 4
with  Nan Moss

October 1-4
Pierce Cedar Creek Nature Center 

This workshop will only be open to persons who have completed Levels I - III of Weather Shamanism.

This Circle is aimed at deepening our understanding of the rainmaker . . . aligning with the compassionate power of storm for personal healing and growth.  

Weather Shamanism for Our Times is dedicated to carrying on the shaman's respected task of looking after relations between the human community and those beings and spiritual forces of Nature around us.  it is about exploring and realizing our potential as "fully human beings" in sacred alliance with Earth and Sky.

It has traditionally fallen upon the shaman's shoulders to answer to this task by creating and maintaining strong relationships with the helping spirits of all worlds - including those of the middle world.

This is a multi faceted program to initiate and sustain Weather Circles.  Through the alchemy of dedicated weather circles we can help restore and maintain balance for our local areas.  Through the synergy of a community of weather circles, we can effectively work on behalf of balance and healing for wherever needed on our planet Earth. 
This workshop begins on thursday evening with dinner.  On friday morning  we will  formally open the circle and conclude on sunday around 3 pm.


TO REGISTER:   Early registration costs are $640 for a double and $720 for a single.  Late registration (persons registered after 9/1/15) are $665 double and $745.  Be sure to include food preferences with your registration or we will assume you have no preferences and eat meat.  To register, click here.

 

 

 SEPTEMBER 2015

 

Medicine for the Earth/Healing with Spiritual Light
with Kate and Stephanie 
         September 19-20, 2015
         Grand Ledge, Mi.


Kate & Stephanie have worked with Sandra Ingerman extensively in the past, which included completing the Teacher Training program to present this work.  For info about Sandy Ingerman and/or Medicine for the Earth, see:  www.shamanicvisions.com/ingerman.html and http://www.medicinefortheearth.com
In 2004, Kate assisted Sandy in a pilot research program in collaboration with the University of Michigan’s Department of Cardiology and the School of Integrative Medicine at the University of Michigan. This study involved a 4 day residential to study the effects of the Medicine for the Earth work on people who suffered depression after having a heart attack. The study used a variety of standard physical and mental benchmarks to track the success of the program. (This study was summarized in a chapter in the book  “Spirited Medicine” from the Society for Shamanic Practioners).
The conclusion of the published research study showed that a spiritual retreat such as Medicine for the Earth could be used to increase hope while reducing depression in persons with acute coronary depression.
In this training you will be introduced to the work that we taught to the participants in this study.

In this weekend work, you will experience how to transform personal and environmental ‘pollution’ by learning how to transmute negative beliefs, attitudes, and energy that are generated by emotions out of balance. Transmutation works on the ancient principal "As within, so without; as above, so below." Using a specific spiritual methodology, we will work together to restore harmony and balance in our exterior environment by creating positive change within ourselves.
The process continues with learning how to work in cooperation with helping spirits and the spirits of the land as well as getting in touch with our own internal divine nature to create healing and transmutation. Other key elements and spiritual practices will also be explored which can be easily incorporated into daily life. These methods are necessary and helpful for transforming and transmuting environmental and personal toxins.
In addition to shamanic journeying, meditation, toning, singing and movement will be utilized to help change states of consciousness and raise awareness. The work done as a group in collaboration with community and the spirits is truly a life transforming experience. 
As shamans knew always, s/he must always be in communication with the spirits for the guidance in how to heal contemporary illnesses and meet present day needs.  This methodology allows us as healers and practitioners to address current illnesses such as such auto-immune deficiency  and cancer as well as other conditions demonstrating our
Dis-Ease” with life as it is now.

Stephanie and Kate will share with you methods of healing based on the Medicine for the Earth work and our own, that can be integrated into a shamanic healing practice and/or your everyday personal spiritual practice. 

As this is an advanced course and a follow up to the Intro to Medicine for the Earth, It is highly recommended that you read Sandra Ingerman's Medicine for the Earth: How to Transform Personal and Environmental Toxins before you take this training.  It’s an immensely readable and informative book, not difficult to get thru, so please do read this!  You can also read some articles found on Sandy’s website to get a better sense of this work at www.sandraingerman.com

TO REGISTER: $150 if registration is received by 9/12/2015, $175 after.  If you have taken any Medicine for the Earth (including one day) training with us in the past, you are welcome to take advantage of a $25 reduction if paid by early registration due date!  To register, click here.


 

Weather, Creation, and Us, level 3 in a series of yearly meetings
with  Nan Moss

September 12-13
Grand Ledge, Mi. 

In Level 3 we approach weather shamanism with a high degree of awareness - to uncover what's really driving us - our hidden motivations. This awareness is essential for relating with the Middle World spirits and powers, and to effectively practice weather shamanism with compassion and ethics. We continue to deepen our knowledge of the Middle World and the Principles of Creation. (Pre-requisite: Level I & II).

This is a multi faceted program to initiate and sustain Weather Circles.  Through the alchemy of dedicated weather circles we can help restore and maintain balance for our local areas. 
Through the synergy of a community of weather circles, we can effectively work on behalf of balance and healing for wherever needed on our planet Earth. 
This workshop begins on saturday morning at 11 am and concludes on sunday around 3 pm.

TO REGISTER:  $350.    You will need to bring lunch and snacks with you as there are no close and easy food sources. 
***If you have previously taken this training from Nan you can repeat it for $200.
   For information on how to register for this workshop click here

 

 

Shamanism:  Path of Empowerment & Healing
with Kate Durda in Benzonia, Mi.
September 5

Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth anddream”. Groundbreaking work in fields such as the 'new biology', quantum physics, and alternative medicine are validating what shamans and other wise spiritual healers knew and practiced  thousands of years ago. We know that the mind/body/spirit connection is of vital importance not only in helping us to heal from illness, but beyond that, to truly 'thrive' and live in a state of 'wellness'. 
This will be an experiential workshop,  based upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org) “Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn a practice to shift your your brain wave activity into more optimal states for healing. The benefits of one type of brain activity, the alpha brainwave, are the ability to relax and keep the mind on idle when not focused on specific task, heightened feelings of well-being and euphoria, increased creativity, and deep emotional healing.  Yet it has been found that 20 % of the population does not engage in alpha brain waves. Also, another benefit of shamanic practice  is that it allows us to engage in deep levels of self-healing, particularly on the subconscious level. You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice.

Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with.
 

TO REGISTER:  $75 early registration if received by September 2nd; $85 after that date and at door.  To register for this workshop click here.  Must be pre registered.  Must call if not paid in  advance.  Repeaters $35.

Shamanism:  Path of Empowerment & Healing
with Kate Durda in Grand Rapids, Mi.
at Holistic Care Approach Healing Begins Within
September 12,  10am-5pm

Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth anddream”. Groundbreaking work in fields such as the 'new biology', quantum physics, and alternative medicine are validating what shamans and other wise spiritual healers knew and practiced  thousands of years ago. We know that the mind/body/spirit connection is of vital importance not only in helping us to heal from illness, but beyond that, to truly 'thrive' and live in a state of 'wellness'. 
This will be an experiential workshop,  based upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org) “Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn a practice to shift your your brain wave activity into more optimal states for healing. The benefits of one type of brain activity, the alpha brainwave, are the ability to relax and keep the mind on idle when not focused on specific task, heightened feelings of well-being and euphoria, increased creativity, and deep emotional healing.  Yet it has been found that 20 % of the population does not engage in alpha brain waves. Also, another benefit of shamanic practice  is that it allows us to engage in deep levels of self-healing, particularly on the subconscious level. You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice.
Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with. 
TO REGISTER:  $85 early registration if received by September 10th; $95 after that date and at door.  To register for this workshop click here.  Must be pre registered.  Must call if not paid in  advance.  Repeaters $35.

 

 

AUGUST 2015

Weather, Creation, and Us, level 3 in a series of yearly meetings
with  Nan Moss

July 31st - August 2 
Lincoln Brick Park, Grand Ledge, Mi.

In Level 3 we approach weather shamanism with a high degree of awareness - to uncover what's really driving us - our hidden motivations. This awareness is essential for relating with the Middle World spirits and powers, and to effectively practice weather shamanism with compassion and ethics. We continue to deepen our knowledge of the Middle World and the Principles of Creation. (Pre-requisite: Level I & II).

This is a multi faceted program to initiate and sustain Weather Circles.  Through the alchemy of dedicated weather circles we can help restore and maintain balance for our local areas. 
Through the synergy of a community of weather circles, we can effectively work on behalf of balance and healing for wherever needed on our planet Earth. 
This workshop begins on friday morning at 9:30 am and concludes on sunday around 3 pm.   We will also have an evening session on saturday night.
TO REGISTER:  
$350.    You will need to bring lunch and snacks with you as well as dinner on saturday.  There are no restaurants nearby but there is a kitchen on site. 
***If you have previously taken this training from Nan you can repeat it for $200.
   For information on how to register for this workshop click here

 

 

JULY 2015

 

7th Annual Shaman's Walk (you can also sit!)
with Kate Durda and Stephanie Tighe
July 26th, Sunday   10 am - 4:30 pm
Michigan Nature Conservancy, Bath, Mi.
*Open to experienced Shamanic practitioners -must know how to journey. Contact us with questions.
We first experienced the Shaman’s Walk years ago with Canadian friends in Windsor, Canada & Brenda Atkinson, who initiated this event. We attended several Shaman's Walks over the 'border' and always found them to be a powerful personal and community event!

With this "Walk", we celebrate our connection to each other and all things with intense drumming, dancing, journeying, sharing and networking.  You are welcome to come with an open heart and a desire to experience the ecstasy of a large Shamanic Community.

Please Bring:

Item for Empowerment Altar that you would like to have filled with power by the Spirits
Drums & rattles if you have them (bring extras to share with others if you would)
A cushion & blanket for sitting & lying down on the floor (chairs available)
Notebook, pen, drawing material if desired
Shamanic tools (masks, robes, prayer sticks, medicine bags, stones etc. *Shamanic regalia for those who have it, honors the Spirits and aids in deepening connections with them)
Eye covering (Siberian mask, scarf, bandanna, etc.)
Wear comfortable layered clothing and slippers/socks (we will walk without shoes)
Personal bottled water
A sack lunch for yourself
Finger food or beverage to share for after the healing ceremony (cheese, veggies, crackers, nuts, fruit, chips, goodies)
Bring any flyers or business cards you may want to share with others.
We’ll have drums, rattles, CD’s, books, medicine bags, jewelry and other goodies for sale too!


TO REGISTER:  $45 for early registration by July 22rd.  $60 after that date.  To register for this workshop click here.

 

JUNE 2015

 

Shamanism:  Path of Empowerment & Healing
with Kate Durda in Grand Rapids, Mi.
at Holistic Care Approach Healing Begins Within
June 20th,  10am-5pm

Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth anddream”. Groundbreaking work in fields such as the 'new biology', quantum physics, and alternative medicine are validating what shamans and other wise spiritual healers knew and practiced  thousands of years ago. We know that the mind/body/spirit connection is of vital importance not only in helping us to heal from illness, but beyond that, to truly 'thrive' and live in a state of 'wellness'. 
This will be an experiential workshop,  based upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org) “Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn a practice to shift your your brain wave activity into more optimal states for healing. The benefits of one type of brain activity, the alpha brainwave, are the ability to relax and keep the mind on idle when not focused on specific task, heightened feelings of well-being and euphoria, increased creativity, and deep emotional healing.  Yet it has been found that 20 % of the population does not engage in alpha brain waves. Also, another benefit of shamanic practice  is that it allows us to engage in deep levels of self-healing, particularly on the subconscious level. You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice.
Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with. 
TO REGISTER:  $85 early registration if received by June 9th; $95 after that date and at door.  To register for this workshop click here.  Must be pre registered.  Must call if not paid in  advance.  Repeaters $25.

What a past participant had to say about this class:   "I had never taken a Shaman class before and had no idea what to expect. The first thing that struck me was how warm and welcoming Kate was as a teacher. During the class I felt completely comfortable allowing me to relax and really open up to the experience. Intro to Shamanism was a terrific combination of information and hands on experience. I would whole-heartedly recommend it for anyone wanting to learn more about Shamanism, journey, or even get in touch with their inner self. I am looking forward to taking additional classes with Kate and explore more of the world of Shamanism."

 

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Advanced Healing Methods II, Curse Unraveling, Clearing and Ancestral Healing
with Stephanie Tighe and Kate Durda
May 2-3, May 30-31 and June 13-14
Grand Ledge, Mi.            
This workshop is only open to those who started with the May 2nd class.

 

MAY 2015

 

Advanced Healing Methods II, Curse Unraveling, Clearing and Ancestral Healing
with Stephanie Tighe and Kate Durda
May 2-3, May 30-31 and June 13-14
Grand Ledge, Mi.            
This workshop is only open to those who started with the May 2nd class.

 

April 2015

 

Two Year Celtic Shamanism Program - Graduate Reunion
with Dr. Tom Cowan (www. riverdrum.org)
April 23-26th at
Pierce Cedar Creek Institute  Hastings, Mi.
This program is open to all graduates of the Two Year program in Celtic Shamanism.
Workshop begins at 7 pm on the 23rd and ends with lunch on the 26th

 Under the earth I go
On an oak leaf I stand
I ride the filly that was never foaled
I carry the dead in my hand

Each line in this Irish power song points to an important aspect of our shamanic practice: visits to other realities; a magical/mystical relationship with nature; invisible allies; death. This weekend we will consider each of these in several ways.
First, we will look at each line in terms of other Celtic ideas to which it is related and which will broaden our understanding of it. This will include Celtic lore that we have studied in the past, so the weekend will provide a review of some of our earlier work.
Then there will be “solo time” for each aspect so you can go off alone to reflect on how that aspect factored into your life from childhood to the present. Emphasis could be on how these aspects changed when and after you discovered shamanism. You might want to peer into the future as well.
Lastly, after each solo period we will reconvene as a circle and journey, share experiences, do ceremony around each aspect.

TO REGISTER:  Early Registration is $695 for a double and $730 for a single if registered by March 1st.  After this date costs increase to $720 for a double and $750 for a single.  There are a limited number of single rooms.  To register, click here.

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Session 4 of 4: Path of the Open Heart:  Spirits of Nature
with Kate Durda
April 18, 2015, saturday
Grand Ledge, Lincoln Brick Park

In this workshop you will gain deeper experience with one of the core practices of Shamanism, working with Nature Spirits!  We will spend considerable time OUTDOORS.   Among the experiences you will be guided in:
 Meet and merge with Nature Spirits, to learn about the teachings they have:  
Work in both the Lower and   Middle Worlds, how to navigate safely in the MW.
Explore  Plant Spirit Medicine;  Partner with Nature spirits to learn a divination method of inquiry to obtain direction or answers to questions.
Explore Augury: reading the signs in Nature, to foretell what will come.
Learn an element balancing healing method in partnership with the four elements (Earth Air Fire Water)
Re-experience the PEACE and Healing that naturally occurs when communing withNature.  Enjoy the company of a group of wonderful folks who care about LIFE.   Deepen your spiritual practice, stretch your spiritual capacity... to live well, and walk in balance!

TO REGISTER:  $85 early registration if received by April 12; $95 after that date and at door. For information on how to register for this workshop click here.  Repeaters $35.

 

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March 2015

 

Shamanism:  Path of Empowerment & Healing
with Kate Durda in Grand Rapids, Mi.
at Holistic Care Approach Healing Begins Within
March 21st,  10am-5pm
Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”. Groundbreaking work in fields such as the 'new biology', quantum physics, and alternative medicine are validating what shamans and other wise spiritual healers knew and practiced  thousands of years ago. We know that the mind/body/spirit connection is of vital importance not only in helping us to heal from illness, but beyond that, to truly 'thrive' and live in a state of 'wellness'. 
This will be an experiential workshop,  based upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org) “Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn a practice to shift your your brain wave activity into more optimal states for healing. The benefits of one type of brain activity, the alpha brainwave, are the ability to relax and keep the mind on idle when not focused on specific task, heightened feelings of well-being and euphoria, increased creativity, and deep emotional healing.  Yet it has been found that 20 % of the population does not engage in alpha brain waves. Also, another benefit of shamanic practice  is that it allows us to engage in deep levels of self-healing, particularly on the subconscious level. You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice.
Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with. 
TO REGISTER:  $85 early registration if received by March 19; $95 after that date and at door.  To register for this workshop click here.  Must be pre registered.  Must call if not paid in  advance.  Repeaters $25.

What a past participant had to say about this class:   "I had never taken a Shaman class before and had no idea what to expect. The first thing that struck me was how warm and welcoming Kate was as a teacher. During the class I felt completely comfortable allowing me to relax and really open up to the experience. Intro to Shamanism was a terrific combination of information and hands on experience. I would whole-heartedly recommend it for anyone wanting to learn more about Shamanism, journey, or even get in touch with their inner self. I am looking forward to taking additional classes with Kate and explore more of the world of Shamanism."

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Medicine for the Earth/Healing with Spiritual Light
with Kate Durda M.A. and Stephanie Tighe
March 14-15, 2015  10am - 5pm 
Location to be announced.

Details coming soon!

 

Shamanism:  Path of Empowerment & Healing
with Kate Durda in Grand Ledge, Mi
Sunday, March 8, 2015  10 am - 5pm
Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”. Groundbreaking work in fields such as the 'new biology', quantum physics, and alternative medicine are validating what shamans and other wise spiritual healers knew and practiced  thousands of years ago. We know that the mind/body/spirit connection is of vital importance not only in helping us to heal from illness, but beyond that, to truly 'thrive' and live in a state of 'wellness'. 
This will be an experiential workshop,  based upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org) “Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn a practice to shift your your brain wave activity into more optimal states for healing. The benefits of one type of brain activity, the alpha brainwave, are the ability to relax and keep the mind on idle when not focused on specific task, heightened feelings of well-being and euphoria, increased creativity, and deep emotional healing.  Yet it has been found that 20 % of the population does not engage in alpha brain waves. Also, another benefit of shamanic practice  is that it allows us to engage in deep levels of self-healing, particularly on the subconscious level. You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice.
Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with. 
TO REGISTER:  $85 early registration if received by March 5; $95 after that date and at door.  To register for this workshop click here.  Must be pre registered.  Must call if not paid in  advance.  Repeaters $25.

 

February 2015

 

Session 3 of 4:  Divination -  Methods of Shamanic Inquiry
Fundamentals of Shamanism - Path of the Open Heart
with Kate Durda
Ann Arbor, Mi.

Saturday, February 28, 2015 10 am - 5 pm
One of the core practices of the Shaman: 'divining' the truth.  In the past, Shamans were called upon to find a new Spring for water; guide the village/tribe in response to change; determine the location and progress of an enemy; and more. Now, divination can help answer question of importances to us as well. Come practice this ancient method of  seeking knowledge.

This program Path of the Open Heart, provides a solid foundation in the powerful spiritual path of Shamanism.   For those who have had only an introduction to Shamanism, to those who've explored some, still have yet to deepen practice, to those more advanced as well! This series will allow you to truly come to understand what the spiritual practice of Shamanism has to offer to our everday lives!


Shamanism is "practical", useful, helpful, healing - just as it has been for over 40,000 years!!  Come learn why it still exists as one of the most practical and powerful spiritual practices known.  Shamanism is also a PRACTICE! You get from it what you put into it..as with anything powerful and significant.    For beginners or experienced alike, this series offers deep experiential practice, and is an expanded version of the apprentice training program, which I have offered annually for over 10 years.   
***Pre-requisite of this series is experience with the "Shamanic Journey' process. Call us to discuss your experience
About the The PATH of the OPEN HEART
:  This series is called the PATH of the OPEN HEART, after the program which I have taught for the past ten years as a Shamanic "Apprenticeship" training. 

These classes are useful for beginners, intermediate practitioners, and advanced alike.   The series listed below covers the core practices in Shamanism other than advanced healing methods. Those are offered separately, to the advanced/experienced practitioner. The Path of the Open Heart series will prepare those of you interested in pursuing the healing path.
Note: the Path of Open Heart Series classes are "stand alone", you can take one or all (of course, we recommend all of them for a solid foundation in beginning shamanism, but you can pick up what you miss at other times!).    
Each session may also include work with basic practices such as creating sacred space, altars, medicine bundles, ethics in spiritual practice, working with the seasons (solstice, equinox), spirits of the land, and  more!  In addition, cross-cultural practices will be included. I have worked with Buryat, Tibetan, Celtic, Andean and Native American shamanic practices, among others, which will also inform and complete our work together. 
 TO REGISTER:  $80 early registration if received by February 26; $95 after that date and at door. For information on how to register for this workshop click here.  Repeaters $35.

 

January 2015

Cancelled due to facility issues
5th Mid-Winter SHAMANS' DANCE & Ceremonies  
with Kate Durda and Stephanie Tighe
January  31- Feb. 1 at Pierce Cedar Creek Nature Center

At mid-winter, BEAR rolls over, This is a traditional time to look inward, and dream into the future! We host this DANCE  with the dream of it being a wonderful coming together of the shamanic community!  With this "DANCE", we honor the Spirits by paying attention to both who we have been and stepping into who we are becoming.

We will come together to journey deeply, and dance passionately- with intense drumming, sharing, feasting, and socializing as the shamanic kin we are! If you desire to experience the ecstasy of your Shamanic Community, please join us this weekend!
TO REGISTER:
Prices will be posted soon.

To register for this workshop click here

 

2014

 

December 2014

 



Session Two of Four:  Shaman's Cosmology - Upper World and Guides
Fundamentals of Shamanism - Path of the Open Heart
with Kate Durda
Ann Arbor, Mi.
December 6, 10 am to 4:00 pm
Continue to explore the Shaman's Cosmology of Upper/Middle/ and Lower Worlds (aka  the "Universal Field", "Dreamtime" , "Non-Ordinary Reality", etc). This session you will experience the "Upper World' (UW). a realm of spiritual enlightenment and truth, and the realm of spiritual teachers/masters/guides.  Learn cross-cultural healing ritual for self; re-member more about your True Self, and who you are in this lifetime, discover and/or strengthen your working relationship with your U.W. teachers.
This program Path of the Open Heart, provides a solid foundation in the powerful spiritual path of Shamanism.   For those who have had only an introduction to Shamanism, to those who've explored some, still have yet to deepen practice, to those more advanced as well!
This series will allow you to truly come to understand what the spiritual practice of Shamanism has to offer to our everday lives! Shamanism IS "practical", useful, helpful, healing - just as it has been for over 40,000 years!!  Come learn why it still exists as one of the most practical and powerful spiritual practices known.  Shamanism is also a PRACTICE! You get from it what you put into it..as with anything powerful and significant!   For beginners or experienced alike, this series offers deep experiential practice, and is an expanded version of the apprentice training program, which I have offered annually for over 10 years.  

***Pre-requisite of this series is experience with the "Shamanic Journey' process. Call us to discuss your experience.
About the The PATH of the OPEN HEART:     This series is called the PATH of the OPEN HEART, after the program which I have taught for the past ten years as a Shamanic "Apprenticeship" training. 
These classes are useful for beginners, intermediate practitioners, and advanced alike.   The series covers the core practices in Shamanism other than advanced healing methods. Those are offered separately, to the advanced/experienced practitioner. The Path of the Open Heart series will prepare those of you interested in pursuing the healing path.
Note: the Path of Open Heart Series classes are "stand alone", you can take one or all (of course, we recommend all of them for a solid foundation in beginning shamanism, but you can pick up what you miss at other times!). 
Each session may also include work with basic practices such as creating sacred space, altars, medicine bundles, ethics in spiritual practice, working with the seasons (solstice, equinox), spirits of the land, and  more!  In addition, cross-cultural practices will be included. I have worked with Buryat, Tibetan, Celtic, Andean and Native American shamanic practices, among others, which will also inform and complete our work together. 
 TO REGISTER:  $80 early registration if received by December 3; $95 after that date and at door. For information on how to register for this workshop click here If you are taking this class again, cost is $35.

 

Rattlemaking (2nd and last session)
with Kate Durda
in Ann Arbor, Mi. 
CLOSED
Nov. 8, 4:30-6:00 pm and December 6, 4:30-6:30 pm
This is the second of two sessions.  You rattle will be completed by the end of this session. 
Rattles are very important shamanic tools, used for ceremony, calling the Spirits, healing work and journeying. Making your own tools for spiritual practice is very powerful, and a wonderful way to strengthen your connection to the Spirit World. Interest in making a rattle for your own spiritual use is prerequisite for this workshop.  You will create your own personal rawhide rattle, and can purchase additional supplies for making your own rattles.  You will also have the option of gathering some of your own materials such as the handle and what you put inside the rattle.

All gifts from the animal/plant spirits will be honored in the creation of these spiritual tools. 
TO REGISTER:   $55 early registration if received by  Nov. 5th, $65 after that date and at door. For information on how to register for this workshop click here.
NOTE:  You must register in advance for this workshop, both so the materials can be prepared for you and to allow you time to customize your rattle (if desired).

 

 


November 2014

 


Session One:  Shaman's Cosmology - Lower World and Power Animals
Fundamentals of Shamanism - Path of the Open Heart
with Kate Durda
Ann Arbor, Mi.
November 8, 10 am - 4:00 pm

Lower World:  Power Animals  In this 1st of four Sessions, you will practice the journey to the Lower World, and work closely with your POWER ANIMAL(s). Learn how to work with your power animal(s) for direct inspiration, guidance, protection and more. Explore and learn about the tradition of Power Songs. Practice the "Restoration of Lost Power/Power Animal Retrieval" healing method. Work with your P.A. for divination. Experience classic shape shifting  in the Power Animal Dance and healing work.  Learn a cultural ritual for self healing.   
Join us for remarkable explorations of spirituality!
About the The PATH of the OPEN HEART:  This series is called the PATH of the OPEN HEART, after the program which I have taught for the past ten years as a Shamanic "Apprenticeship" training. 
These classes are useful for beginners, intermediate practitioners, and advanced alike.   The series listed below covers the core practices in Shamanism other than advanced healing methods. Those are offered separately, to the advanced/experienced practitioner. The Path of the Open Heart series will prepare those of you interested in pursuing the healing path.
Note: the Path of Open Heart Series classes are "stand alone", you can take one or all (of course, we recommend all of them for a solid foundation in beginning shamanism, but you can pick up what you miss at other times!). 
Each session may also include work with basic practices such as creating sacred space, altars, medicine bundles, ethics in spiritual practice, working with the seasons (solstice, equinox), spirits of the land, and  more!  In addition, cross-cultural practices will be included. I have worked with Buryat, Tibetan, Celtic, Andean and Native American shamanic practices, among others, which will also inform and complete our work together. 

 TO REGISTER:  $80 early registration if received by November 1st; $95 after that date and at door. For information on how to register for this workshop click here.
  $280 if paid in full for all four sessions by Nov. 1, 2014.

 

Rattlemaking
with Kate Durda
in Ann Arbor, Mi. 
Nov. 8, 4:30-6:00 pm and December 6, 4:30-6:30 pm  2 sessions are needed to complete the rattle. Rattle must dry between sessions.

Rattles are very important shamanic tools, used for ceremony, calling the Spirits, healing work and journeying. Making your own tools for spiritual practice is very powerful, and a wonderful way to strengthen your connection to the Spirit World. Interest in making a rattle for your own spiritual use is prerequisite for this workshop.  You will create your own personal rawhide rattle, and can purchase additional supplies for making your own rattles.  You will also have the option of gathering some of your own materials such as the handle and what you put inside the rattle.

All gifts from the animal/plant spirits will be honored in the creation of these spiritual tools. 

TO REGISTER:   $55 early registration if received by  Nov. 5th, $65 after that date and at door. For information on how to register for this workshop click here.
NOTE:  You must register in advance for this workshop, both so the materials can be prepared for you and to allow you time to customize your rattle (if desired).

 

Shamanism:  Path of Empowerment & Healing
Kate Durda  in Grand Ledge, Mi 
November 1,   11 am - 5:00 pm
Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”. Groundbreaking work in fields such as the 'new biology', quantum physics, and alternative medicine are validating what shamans and other wise spiritual healers knew and practiced  thousands of years ago. We know that the mind/body/spirit connection is of vital importance not only in helping us to heal from illness, but beyond that, to truly 'thrive' and live in a state of 'wellness'.
This will be an experiential workshop,  based upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org) “Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn a practice to shift your your brain wave activity into more optimal states for healing. The benefits of one type of brain activity, the alpha brainwave, are the ability to relax and keep the mind on idle when not focused on specific task, heightened feelings of well-being and euphoria, increased creativity, and deep emotional healing.  Yet it has been found that 20 % of the population
does not engage in alpha brain waves. Also, another benefit of shamanic practice  is that it allows us to engage in deep levels of self-healing, particularly on the subconscious level. You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice.
Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with. 
TO REGISTER:
$75 early registration if received by 10/28/14; $85 after that date and at door. 
Repeat attendees pay only $25.   For information on how to register click here.

 

Annual Feast for the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) 
November 1, 6-8:30 pm
Lansing, Mi

At this annual event we celebrate our ancestors of bread and milk (both relatives and non-relatives).  You are invited to bring photos or momentos of your ancestors/loved ones (animals included!) for our altar (you will be able to take them home).  Please also bring a dish to share that your ancestors would love to eat.   Flowers would also be welcome since Ancestors love beauty.  You will be asked to share stories/accomplishments/favorite poems, etc. of your ancestors.  We will also be journeying to our ancestors.   Please bring your own plate, silverware, glass and bowl.  Donations accepted.   YOU MUST RSVP for further information.

 

Exploring Creativity thru Shamanism - POSTPONED TIL 2015
with Kate and Stephanie
November 1-2 at Lincoln Brick Park, Grand Ledge, Mi.
10 am - 5 pm
You will need to bring art supplies for this workshop or an instrument or your voice or whatever you want to apply your creativity to! We are going to have some fun. Learn ways to free your thinking, to see the world in new ways, to gain unique perspectives. From a shamanic perspective, creativity is a part of everything, whether we are artists, craftspeople, writers, musicians, parents or simply women and men wishing to make everyday life fuller and richer.
On saturday night we will be having our annual Feast for the Dead at this same location.
Prerequisite is the ability to do the shamanic journey as taught by the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, Spirit Weavers or another authorized teacher.

 

September 2014

 

Shamanism:  Path of Empowerment & Healing
Kate Durda  in Ann Arbor, Mi  at the Center for Sacred Living
210 Little Lake Dr., Suite 7
September 14 (Sunday)  9 am - 3:00 pm
Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”. Groundbreaking work in fields such as the 'new biology', quantum physics, and alternative medicine are validating what shamans and other wise spiritual healers knew and practiced  thousands of years ago. We know that the mind/body/spirit connection is of vital importance not only in helping us to heal from illness, but beyond that, to truly 'thrive' and live in a state of 'wellness'.
This will be an experiential workshop,  based upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org) “Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn a practice to shift your your brain wave activity into more optimal states for healing. The benefits of one type of brain activity, the alpha brainwave, are the ability to relax and keep the mind on idle when not focused on specific task, heightened feelings of well-being and euphoria, increased creativity, and deep emotional healing.  Yet it has been found that 20 % of the population
does not engage in alpha brain waves. Also, another benefit of shamanic practice  is that it allows us to engage in deep levels of self-healing, particularly on the subconscious level. You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice.
Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with. 

TO REGISTER:
$70 early registration if received by 9/11/14; $85 after that date and at door. 
Repeat attendees pay only $25.   For information on how to register click here.

 

 

 

Weather Shamanism for Our Times:  Bridging Earth and Sky for Love of the World
nan and davids symbol

Weather Dancers, Rainmakers and Healers:  The Extended Studies Program in Weather Shamanism
This session is level three in a series of  yearly meetings:  Weather, Creation, and Us

with  Nan Moss
September 5-7, 2014
Pierce Cedar Creek Nature Center, Hastings, Mi.

This workshop will only be open to persons who have completed Levels I and II of Weather Shamanism.
Weather Shamanism for Our Times is dedicated to carrying on the shaman's respected task of looking after relations between the human community and those beings and spiritual forces of Nature around us.  it is about exploring and realizing our potential as "fully human beings" in sacred alliance with Earth and Sky.

It has traditionally fallen upon the shaman's shoulders to answer to this task by creating and maintaining strong relationships with the helping spirits of all worlds - including those of the middle world.

This is a multi faceted program to initiate and sustain Weather Circles.  Through the alchemy of dedicated weather circles we can help restore and maintain balance for our local areas.  Through the synergy of a community of weather circles, we can effectively work on behalf of balance and healing for wherever needed on our planet Earth. 
This workshop begins on friday morning at 10 am and concludes on sunday after lunch (exact time is unknown).
TO REGISTER:  $640 for a double room.    For a single room the cost is $720.   For information on how to register for this workshop click hereWhen registering be sure to include your food preferences. 

 

August 2014

 

Weather Shamanism    nan and davids symbol
Levels I and II Combined
with Nan Moss, co author of Weather Shamanism
held at Lincoln Brick Park, Grand Ledge, Mi.
August 22-24, 2014
Friday 9:30 am until Sunday 5 pm.

This introduction is combined with more advanced experience with Weather Shamanism - a form of spiritual ecology - is a call to those who care about where our world may be heading, and who sincerely wish to safeguard the health of our planet.   
At the heart of Weather Shamanism is Weather Dancing - the essence of the spiritual relationship, its practice and ethics.
Weather shamanism is not about controlling the weather. It is about Power, but not "power-over." Shamans are healers, and our goal in this workshop is to heal our relationship with weather. Through journeying and ceremony, we work with the Spirits of Weather directly to find out what they can teach us, what they want from us, and how we can work together on behalf of a viable world for all.
Many of us feel a strong sense of love and kinship with the weather.  By nurturing this relationship, and our own personal growth, we can be a healing presence in these uncertain and potent times. This will be a non-residential workshop held at Lincoln Brick Park near Grand Ledge, Mi.  We will begin on friday morning at 9:30 and end on sunday around 5 pm.
Nan is a Foundation for Shamanic Studies Faculty and author of  Weather Shamanism:  Harmonizing Our Connection with the Elements.  Her website is: 
http://shamanscircle.com/spirit-of-weather/
TO REGISTER:  $350 if registered by August 15th, after that the cost is $375.  
For information on how to register for this workshop you must click here and complete the form.  You will need to bring lunch and snacks with you.  There are no restaurants nearby.  ***If you have previouisly taken this training from Nan you can repeat it for $150.

 

4th Advanced Shamanic Healing Methods Training
Stephanie Tighe
August 9-10
Closed to new persons 
Saturday 10 am - 6 pm, Sunday 10 am - 5 pm
We will meet at  Lincoln Brick Park.

 

Shaman Kidz
August 3, Sunday 10 am - Noon at Rudolph Steiner House
for Kidz 8-13
Class will introduce participants to Shamanism, an easily accessed ancient spiritual practice that addresses our connectedness to ALL Life’. Participants will experience the shamanic journey to meet their personal power animal. This spiritual practice fosters self-confidence, personal power, increases creativity, improves decision-making, and helps us to live a positive life. Drums and rattles will be available for use. cost: $20
location: Grand Ledge, MI directions upon registration.
People of every age may have profound beliefs and meaningful spiritual experiences- throughout our lives. Young folks may be more ‘in tune’ from a very early age! In this workshop, participants will ‘journey’ to discover their ‘Power Animal” or Totem. In traditional cultures spiritual beliefs, power animals are animal spirits which reside within each individual and keep us safe, and are like our ‘guardian angels’.They lend us their strength, and share their abilities and wisdom.
EAGLE may see clearly and know what is happening at any time;
FOX may be good at blending in, and avoiding trouble;

BEAR may offer their strength and protection;
SPIDER may share her ability to weave and create beautiful art.
WOLF may show us the path, where to walk, how to live!
DOLPHIN may show us how to be comfortable with others!
Participants will also have the opportunity to share with each other their experiences, and to drum, dance, and sing, to connect and experience the gifts of their power animal/totem, through the use of rattles, frame drums and a 24 inch 'pow wow' style drum (provided).

KATE A. DURDA is a developmental psychologist, spiritual healer, teacher, researcher and consultant. She has had extensive training in various spiritual healing traditions in the past 20 years.   She has offered spiritual healing and advising, as well as spiritual training programs for the past 11 years.  She has taught in the U.S, Canada, and internationally, as well as locally at Sparrow’s Center for Health, Humanities, and Well-Being.    She has been a presenter at numerous academic as well as spiritual conferences inside and outside of the U.S. While her primary audience is adult, as a developmental psychologist, she is well suited to work with all age populations, and has worked with youth specifically at the following:

  -International  Youth Peacemaker Conference: The Consciousness of Peace;in Cleveland, Ohio;
-International Conference on War and Peace, in St Petersburg,Russia, in collaboration with the Jane Goodall Youth "Roots and Shoots" organization.
- First International Conference on Children's Spirituality 
- We Want the Music Festival, Michigan 
- Children's spirituality workshop  


TO REGISTER:
$20 early registration by July 30 for one child/parent ($10 for 2nd child/parent per family). After July 30, $25 per child and $10 for additional child/parent.
To register for this workshop click here.

 

Shamanism:  Path of Empowerment & Healing
Kate Durda  in Ann Arbor, Mi 
August 2, 2014    10 am - 5:00 pm

Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”. Groundbreaking work in fields such as the 'new biology', quantum physics, and alternative medicine are validating what shamans and other wise spiritual healers knew and practiced  thousands of years ago. We know that the mind/body/spirit connection is of vital importance not only in helping us to heal from illness, but beyond that, to truly 'thrive' and live in a state of 'wellness'.
This will be an experiential workshop,  based upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org) “Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn a practice to shift your your brain wave activity into more optimal states for healing. The benefits of one type of brain activity, the alpha brainwave, are the ability to relax and keep the mind on idle when not focused on specific task, heightened feelings of well-being and euphoria, increased creativity, and deep emotional healing.  Yet it has been found that 20 % of the population
does not engage in alpha brain waves. Also, another benefit of shamanic practice  is that it allows us to engage in deep levels of self-healing, particularly on the subconscious level. You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice.
>Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with.
 

To talk with Kate: email  Spiritweavers@gmail.com 
Phone:  517 667-0694
FOR INFORMATION ON HOW TO REGISTER:
$75 early registration if received by July 30; $85 after that date and at door. Repeat attendees pay only $25.  For information on how to register for this workshop click here.

 

July 2014

 

4th Advanced Shamanic Healing Methods Training
Stephanie Tighe
Closed to new persons
July 12-13,  August 9-10
Saturday 11 am - 6 pm, Sunday 10 am - 5 pm
We are meeting at the Yoga Center in Grand Ledge.

 

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6th Annual Shamans' Walk and Healing Ceremony
with Kate and Stephanie
July 27, Sunday
Michigan Wildlife Conservancy, Bath, Mi.

*Open to experienced Shamanic practitioners -no newcomers for this event. Contact us with questions.

We first experienced the Shaman’s Walk years ago with Canadian friends in Windsor, Canada & Brenda Atkinson, who initiated this event. We attended several Shaman's Walks over the 'border' and always found them to be a powerful personal and community event!


With this "Walk", we celebrate our connection to each other and all things with intense drumming, dancing, journeying, sharing and networking.  You are welcome to come with an open heart and a desire to experience the ecstasy of a large Shamanic Community.

Please Bring:

Item for Empowerment Altar that you would like to have filled with power by the Spirits
Drums & rattles if you have them (bring extras to share with others if you would)
A cushion & blanket for sitting & lying down on the floor (chairs available)
Notebook, pen, drawing material if desired
Shamanic tools (masks, robes, prayer sticks, medicine bags, stones etc. *Shamanic regalia for those who have it, honors the Spirits and aids in deepening connections with them)
Eye covering (Siberian mask, scarf, bandanna, etc.)
Wear comfortable layered clothing and slippers/socks (we will walk without shoes)
Personal bottled water
A sack lunch for yourself
Finger food or beverage to share for after the healing ceremony (cheese, veggies, crackers, nuts, fruit, chips, goodies)
Bring any flyers or business cards you may want to share with others.
We’ll have drums, rattles, CD’s, books, medicine bags, jewelry and other goodies for sale too!

TO REGISTER:  $45 for early registration by July 23rd.  $50 after that date.  To register for this workshop click here.

 

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June 2014

 

Shamanism:  Path of Empowerment & Healing
Kate Durda  in Grand Ledge, Mi 
June 14, 2014    11 am - 5:00 pm  (note this is changed from 6/8)
Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”. Groundbreaking work in fields such as the 'new biology', quantum physics, and alternative medicine are validating what shamans and other wise spiritual healers knew and practiced  thousands of years ago. We know that the mind/body/spirit connection is of vital importance not only in helping us to heal from illness, but beyond that, to truly 'thrive' and live in a state of 'wellness'.
This will be an experiential workshop,  based upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org) “Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn a practice to shift your your brain wave activity into more optimal states for healing. The benefits of one type of brain activity, the alpha brainwave, are the ability to relax and keep the mind on idle when not focused on specific task, heightened feelings of well-being and euphoria, increased creativity, and deep emotional healing.  Yet it has been found that 20 % of the population
does not engage in alpha brain waves. Also, another benefit of shamanic practice  is that it allows us to engage in deep levels of self-healing, particularly on the subconscious level. You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice.
Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with. 
TO REGISTER:
$75 early registration if received by June 5; $85 after that date and at door.  Repeat attendees pay only $25. To register for this workshop click here.

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MAY 2014

 

Shamanism:  Path of Empowerment & Healing
Kate Durda  in Benzonia, Mi 
May 17, 2014    10 am - 5:00 pm

Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”. Groundbreaking work in fields such as the 'new biology', quantum physics, and alternative medicine are validating what shamans and other wise spiritual healers knew and practiced  thousands of years ago. We know that the mind/body/spirit connection is of vital importance not only in helping us to heal from illness, but beyond that, to truly 'thrive' and live in a state of 'wellness'. 

This will be an experiential workshop,  based upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org) “Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn a practice to shift your your brain wave activity into more optimal states for healing. The benefits of one type of brain activity, the alpha brainwave, are the ability to relax and keep the mind on idle when not focused on specific task, heightened feelings of well-being and euphoria, increased creativity, and deep emotional healing.  Yet it has been found that 20 % of the population does not engage in alpha brain waves. Also, another benefit of shamanic practice  is that it allows us to engage in deep levels of self-healing, particularly on the subconscious level. You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice.

Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with. 

TO REGISTER:
$75 early registration if received by May 12th; $85 after that date and at door.  To register for this workshop click here

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4th Advanced Shamanic Healing Methods Training
Stephanie Tighe
Beginning May 3-4, 2014
May 31,  July 12-13,  August 9-10
Saturday  11 am - 6 pm, Sunday 10 am - 5 pm

This will be a small, intensive and experiential group.  You will learn and practice advanced shamanic healing methods over the course of 4 months, with the same small group of colleagues.  Shamanic healing methods to be covered in this intensive include:  Soul Retrieval (4 days), an introduction to Plant Spirit Medicine, Extraction (2 days), and Restoration of Lost Power.  One of the reasons this work is so powerful and intense is that you learn a technique during one session, then, between sessions you practice doing healing work on others.  When you return for the next session you are able to discuss how your sessions went, receive feedback and are able to fine tune the work you are doing.  We will cover other spirit directed techniques, ethics, establishing a healing practice and how to help your clients to receive healings. 
This training is a wonderful opportunity!  You can avoid the cost/time of travelling to distant workshop sites.  you have the opportunity to participate where you live, as well as develop relationships with folks in our communities.
TO REGISTER: Contact Stephanie with any questions you may have and/or to receive an application.  Cost for this experience is $590 if registered by April 10, after that date the cost is $650.   This workshop will be held at the Yoga Center in Grand Ledge, Mi.

APRIL 2014

Two Year Celtic Shamanism Program - Graduate Reunion
with Dr. Tom Cowan (www. riverdrum.org)
April 24-27th at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute  Hastings, Mi.

This event is only open to graduates of any of Tom's Two year programs in Celtic Shamanism.

Coping with Chaos
Hurricanes, floods, droughts, earthquakes, mass shootings, road-rage, gridlock, government collapse, and vicious personal attacks in politics and in the checkout line. Are the environment and modern society crumbling around us? Are we helpless victims of the chaos that threatens to engulf us?

We may be living through the beginning of the end. Or possibly the end of the beginning.  Chaos is a natural result of severe and abrupt change and also a harbinger of something new to come. When we next gather, we will examine pain, grief, and disillusionment—the general discomfort we all feel when our familiar paradigms are threatened or shattered, and we’ll learn ways to cope with this. We’ll use the Celtic Wheel of Sovereignty as a strategy for keeping our cool in the face of chaotic disruptions. Prosperity/Gratitude in the East; the Music of joy, sorrow, and peace in the South; the Wisdom and Vision of the West; and the Courage/Boldness to face hard times in the North. This paradigm surrounds us at all times and brings power so that we can stand in our sovereignty and be fully present in the center of our lives.  In addition, we’ll explore the format that Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone present in their book Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy, which I heartily recommend you read if you have the time. In retreats and workshops the authors use a four-part format that parallels the Celtic Sovereignty Wheel in remarkable ways. The work we do will give us a chance to deepen our understanding of this wheel as a frame of reference for our lives.  I also recommend you read The Celtic Way of Seeing: Meditations on the Irish Spirit Wheel by Frank MacEowen if you have not done so,. It’s the best account of what seems to be an ancient Irish medicine wheel, the wheel whose center is Sovereignty, the Mother Goddess of the Earth. By living close to Her and Her mysteries, our lives can find a solid, supportive embrace for the troubles we are living through.

TO REGISTER:  Double room is $605 &  Single room is $645, early bird rate until April 1, 2014.  After that the costs increase to $645 and $690.  Single rooms are VERY limited.  To register for this workshop you must click here and complete the form.  Please note special instructions for pay pal and housing/food preferences.  If you do not note food preferences we will choose a standard diet for you.  

 

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Weather Shamanism nan   nan and davids symbol
Levels I and II Combined


This workshop is being postponed until August.  Stay tuned for details.
with Nan Moss from Maine
held at Pierce Cedar Creek Nature Center in Hastings, Mi.
Friday 9:30 am until Sunday 5 pm. 

This introduction workshop is combined with more advanced experience with Weather Shamanism - a form of spiritual ecology - is a call to those who care about where our world may be heading, and who sincerely wish to safeguard the health of our planet.   At the heart of Weather Shamanism is Weather Dancing - the essence of the spiritual relationship, its practice and ethics.  
Weather shamanism is not about controlling the weather. It is about Power, but not "power-over." Shamans are healers, and our goal in this workshop is to heal our relationship with weather. Through journeying and ceremony, we work with the Spirits of Weather directly to find out what they can teach us, what they want from us, and how we can work together on behalf of a viable world for all.   
Many of us feel a strong sense of love and kinship with the weather.  By nurturing this relationship, and our own personal growth, we can be a healing presence in these uncertain and potent times.  This will be a residential workshop held at Pierce Cedar Creek Nature Center.  We will begin on friday morning at 9:30 and end on sunday around 5 pm.
(Nan is a Foundation for Shamanic Studies Faculty and author of  Weather Shamanism:  Harmonizing Our Connection with the Elements.  Her website is:  http://shamanscircle.com/spirit-of-weather/)
TO REGISTER:
  Early registration is $495 double and $530 single.  If registering after 3/7 the cost is $520 double and $550 single.   Meals and lodging are included in price. To register for this workshop you must click here and complete the form.  Please note special instructions for pay pal and housing/food preferences.
NOTE:  Completion of this workshop is mandatory if you would like to be a part of the extended program with Nan.  Participation in this program is by invitation only.

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MARCH 2014

 

 Medicine for the Earth,
including material from "Healing with Spiritual Light"
with Kate Durda M.A. and Stephanie Tighe
March 22, 2014  9am - 5pm 
Michigan Nature Conservancy in Bath, Mi. 
http://www.MiWildlife.org
 



Based upon Sandra Ingerman' work and book, MEDICINE for the EARTH,  Kate & Stephanie have worked with Sandra extensively and have completed her MFE Teacher Training to present this  work.   For info about Sandy Ingerman and/or Medicine for the Earth, see www.shamanicvisions.com/ingerman.html and http://www.medicinefortheearth.com.   Also in the new book from the Society for Shamanic Practioners "Spirited Medicine" there is a chapter on Medicine for the Earth and the research that Kate assisted Sandra Ingerman with.

This experiential  training is based on the information in Medicine for the Earth . We experience  how to transform personal and environmental pollution by learning how to transmute negative beliefs, attitudes, and energy which is generated by emotions.  Transmutation works on the principal "As within, so without. As above, so below." Using a specific spiritual methodology, we will work together to restore harmony and balance in our exterior environment by creating positive change within ourselves.

During this experiential training, we will use a powerful combination of guided meditation, shamanic journey work and ceremony, our work will focus on learning to  transform physical,  emotional and mental toxins that negatively affect our health and the health of Mother Earth.

 
The process continues with learning how to work in cooperation with helping spirits and the spirits of the land as well as getting in touch with our own internal divine nature to create healing and transmutation. Other key elements and spiritual practices will also be explored which can be easily incorporated into daily life. These methods are necessary and helpful for transforming and transmuting environmental and personal toxins.

In addition to shamanic journeying, meditation, toning , singing and movement  will be utilized to help change states of consciousness and raise awareness. The work done as a group in collaboration with community and the spirits is truly a life transforming experience. 

Our day will end with a transfiguration ceremony. 

 Kate & Stephanie have worked with Sandra extensively and have completed her MFE Teacher Training to present this  work.  

It is recommended  that you read Sandra Ingerman's  Medicine for the Earth: How to Transform Personal and Environmental Toxins.

Note: this is NOT a residential workshop.. and while coffee, tea and water will be provided, please bring a bag lunch for yourselves, and any snacks you want.  We’re sure you will enjoy the beauty of the land  as a peaceful setting for our work together in circle.  Please also bring a snack to share after the ceremony.   Thank-you.

TO REGISTER:  If registered by March 19th the cost is $90.  After that date the cost is $115.  If you would like to repeat this course, the cost is $35 (for those who have taken it before).  Directions and further information will be provided to you upon receipt of registration.  For registration form, click here.  For additional information on  what to bring, click here.

 

Shamanism:  Path of Empowerment & Healing
Kate Durda  in Grand Ledge, Mi 
March 9, 2014    10 am - 5:00 pm
Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”. Groundbreaking work in fields such as the 'new biology', quantum physics, and alternative medicine are validating what shamans and other wise spiritual healers knew and practiced  thousands of years ago. We know that the mind/body/spirit connection is of vital importance not only in helping us to heal from illness, but beyond that, to truly 'thrive' and live in a state of 'wellness'.
This will be an experiential workshop,  based upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org) “Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn a practice to shift your your brain wave activity into more optimal states for healing. The benefits of one type of brain activity, the alpha brainwave, are the ability to relax and keep the mind on idle when not focused on specific task, heightened feelings of well-being and euphoria, increased creativity, and deep emotional healing.  Yet it has been found that 20 % of the population
does not engage in alpha brain waves. Also, another benefit of shamanic practice  is that it allows us to engage in deep levels of self-healing, particularly on the subconscious level. You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice.
Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with. 
TO REGISTER:
$75 early registration if received; $85 after that date and at door.  Repeat attendees pay only $25. To register for this workshop click here.

 

February 2014

 

 Shamanism:  Path of Empowerment & Healing
Kate Durda  in Grand Rapids, MI 
Feb. 8, 2014    10 am - 5:00 pm

Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”. Groundbreaking work in fields such as the 'new biology', quantum physics, and alternative medicine are validating what shamans and other wise spiritual healers knew and practiced  thousands of years ago. We know that the mind/body/spirit connection is of vital importance not only in helping us to heal from illness, but beyond that, to truly 'thrive' and live in a state of 'wellness'.

This will be an experiential workshop,  based upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org) “Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn a practice to shift your brain wave activity into more optimal states for healing. The benefits of one type of brain activity, the alpha brainwave, are the ability to relax and keep the mind on idle when not focused on specific task, heightened feelings of well-being and euphoria, increased creativity, and deep emotional healing.  Yet it has been found that 20 % of the population does not engage in alpha brain waves. Also, another benefit of shamanic practice  is that it allows us to engage in deep levels of self-healing, particularly on the subconscious level. You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice.

Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with.
 
TO REGISTER:
$75 early registration if received by January 27; $85 after that date and at door.  To register for this workshop click here.

 

 Shamanism:  Path of Empowerment & Healing
Kate Durda  in Lansing, Mi 
Feb. 2, 2014    10 am - 5:00 pm

Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”. Groundbreaking work in fields such as the 'new biology', quantum physics, and alternative medicine are validating what shamans and other wise spiritual healers knew and practiced  thousands of years ago. We know that the mind/body/spirit connection is of vital importance not only in helping us to heal from illness, but beyond that, to truly 'thrive' and live in a state of 'wellness'. 

This will be an experiential workshop,  based upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org) “Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn a practice to shift your your brain wave activity into more optimal states for healing. The benefits of one type of brain activity, the alpha brainwave, are the ability to relax and keep the mind on idle when not focused on specific task, heightened feelings of well-being and euphoria, increased creativity, and deep emotional healing.  Yet it has been found that 20 % of the population does not engage in alpha brain waves. Also, another benefit of shamanic practice  is that it allows us to engage in deep levels of self-healing, particularly on the subconscious level. You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice.

Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with. 

TO REGISTER:
$75 early registration if received by January 28; $85 after that date and at door.  To register for this workshop click here

 

 

January 2014

 

 
 5th Mid-Winter SHAMANS' DANCE & Ceremonies  
with Kate Durda and Stephanie Tighe
January 25-26 at Pierce Cedar Creek Nature Center

At mid-winter, BEAR rolls over, This is a traditional time to look inward, and dream into the future! We host this DANCE  with the dream of it being a wonderful coming together of the shamanic community!  With this "DANCE", we honor the Spirits by paying attention to both who we have been and stepping into who we are becoming.   
We will come together to journey deeply, and dance passionately- with intense drumming, sharing, feasting, and socializing as the shamanic kin we are! If you desire to desire to experience the ecstasy of your Shamanic Community, please join us this day!
TO REGISTER:
Double room $199, single room $229
 
To register for this workshop click here

 

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2013

 

December 2013

 

Shamanism:  Path of Empowerment & Healing
Kate Durda  in Grand Ledge, Mi
December 7, 2013    11 am - 5:00 pm
 Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”. Groundbreaking work in fields such as the 'new biology', quantum physics, and alternative medicine are validating what shamans and other wise spiritual healers knew and practiced  thousands of years ago. We know that the mind/body/spirit connection is of vital importance not only in helping us to heal from illness, but beyond that, to truly 'thrive' and live in a state of 'wellness'.

This will be an experiential workshop,  based upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org) “Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn a practice to shift your your brain wave activity into more optimal states for healing. The benefits of one type of brain activity, the alpha brainwave, are the ability to relax and keep the mind on idle when not focused on specific task, heightened feelings of well-being and euphoria, increased creativity, and deep emotional healing.  Yet it has been found that 20 % of the population does not engage in alpha brain waves. Also, another benefit of shamanic practice  is that it allows us to engage in deep levels of self-healing, particularly on the subconscious level. You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice.

Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with. 

TO REGISTER:$75 early registration if received by December 3rd; $85 after that date and at door.  To register for this workshop click here

 

 

11th Annual Path of the Open Heart Series - held only once a year!
(Intermediate level training in Shamanism)Fundamentals of Shamanism (Session 3)
Divination:  Methods of Shamanic Inquiry
December 8, 2013

 

One of the core practices of the Shaman: 'divining' the truth.  In the past, Shamans were called upon to find a new Spring for water; guide the village/tribe in response to change; determine the location and progress of an enemy; and more. Now, divination can help answer question of importances to us as well. Come practice this ancient method of  seeking knowledge.

This program Path of the Open Heart, provides a solid foundation in the powerful spiritual path of Shamanism.   For those who have had only an introduction to Shamanism, to those who've explored some, still have yet to deepen practice, to those more advanced as well! This series will allow you to truly come to understand what the spiritual practice of Shamanism has to offer to our everday lives!

Shamanism IS "practical", useful, helpful, healing - just as it has been for over 40,000 years!!  Come learn why it still exists as one of the most practical and powerful spiritual practices known.  Shamanism is also a PRACTICE! You get from it what you put into it..as with anything powerful and significant.    For beginners or experienced alike, this series offers deep experiential practice, and is an expanded version of the apprentice training program, which I have offered annually for over 10 years. 
 
***Pre-requisite of this series is experience with the "Shamanic Journey' process. Call us to discuss your experience
About the The PATH of the OPEN HEART
:  This series is called the PATH of the OPEN HEART, after the program which I have taught for the past nine years as a Shamanic "Apprenticeship" training. 

These classes are useful for beginners, intermediate practitioners, and advanced alike.   The series listed below covers the core practices in Shamanism other than advanced healing methods. Those are offered separately, to the advanced/experienced practitioner. The Path of the Open Heart series will prepare those of you interested in pursuing the healing path.<> 
Note: the Path of Open Heart Series classes are "stand alone", you can take one or all (of course, we recommend all of them for a solid foundation in beginning shamanism, but you can pick up what you miss at other times!).
    
 
Each session may also include work with basic practices such as creating sacred space, altars, medicine bundles, ethics in spiritual practice, working with the seasons (solstice, equinox), spirits of the land, and  more!  In addition, cross-cultural practices will be included. I have worked with Buryat, Tibetan, Celtic, Andean and Native American shamanic practices, among others, which will also inform and complete our work together.  TO REGISTER:
$80 if pre-registered and paid by December 4th, 2013, After this the cost is $95.   If paying at the door only cash is accepted.  To register for this workshop click here.

 

Drumming Circle/Solstice Gathering
Wednesday December 18, 6 pm at Steffs office
Greetings Journeyers, this year we will meet on the 3rd wednesday of the month and combine our drumming circle with a Solstice Honoring.  This event will be a potluck and we will have some time to socialize.  Remember to bring your drums and rattles so we can call the sun back and bring back the warmth.
TO REGISTER:  Please contact us by email or phone to let us know you are coming.  This helps all of us plan for food and set up.  

 

November 2013

 

Feast for the Dead
November 1, 6-8 pm. in Lansing, Mi.

At this annual event we celebrate our ancestors of bread and milk.  You are invited to bring photos or momentos of your ancestors/loved ones (animals included!) for our altar.  Please also bring a dish to share and feast our ancestors with.  Recommended is bringing a dish that one of your ancestors/loved ones enjoyed.   There is no  charge for this event. 

 

Dying Well:  Shamanic Perspectives
with Stephanie Tighe and Kate Durda  in Grand Ledge, Mi.
November 2-3, 2013
10am-6pm on Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sunday

Participants learn how to deal with the issue of dying and the destiny of souls from a shamanic perspective. The workshop is both for those who wish to learn for themselves, and for those who wish to help others who are in terminal situations or who have already passed on. Experiences to be undertaken include learning how to become experientially familiar with the after-death realms, completing unfinished business, helping a person to cross over, classic psychopomp work and how to prepare for death.
TO REGISTER:  $200 early registration if received by Oct 23,  $250 after that date.  To register for this workshop click here.

 

October 2013

 

11th Annual Path of the Open Heart Series - held only once a year!
(Intermediate level training in Shamanism)
Fundamentals of Shamanism(session 2): The Shaman’s Cosmology- Upper World & Guides

Kate Durda, MA in Lansing area, MI
October 20 (sunday), 2013
10am-5:00 pm

 Stand alone classes (four total) provide basic foundation for beginner/intermediate practitioners,   and advanced alike. In this training you will learn to work more closely with Teachers and Guides, and explore the Upper World.
Continue to explore the Shaman's Cosmology of Upper/Middle/ and Lower Worlds (aka  the "Universal Field", "Dreamtime" , "Non-Ordinary Reality", etc). This session you will experience the "Upper World' (UW). a realm of spiritual enlightenment and truth, and the realm of spiritual teachers/masters/guides.  Learn cross-cultural healing ritual for self; re-member more about your True Self, and who you are in this lifetime, discover and/or strengthen your working relationship with your U.W. teachers.
This program Path of the Open Heart, provides a solid foundation in the powerful spiritual path of Shamanism.   For those who have had only an introduction to Shamanism, to those who've explored some, still have yet to deepen practice, to those more advanced as well!
This series will allow you to truly come to understand what the spiritual practice of Shamanism has to offer to our everday lives! Shamanism IS "practical", useful, helpful, healing - just as it has been for over 40,000 years!!  Come learn why it still exists as one of the most practical and powerful spiritual practices known.  Shamanism is also a PRACTICE! You get from it what you put into it..as with anything powerful and significant!   For beginners or experienced alike, this series offers deep experiential practice, and is an expanded version of the apprentice training program, which I have offered annually for over 10 years.  
***Pre-requisite of this series is experience with the "Shamanic Journey' process. Call us to discuss your experience.
About the The PATH of the OPEN HEART:  This series is called the PATH of the OPEN HEART, after the program which I have taught for the past nine years as a Shamanic "Apprenticeship" training. 

These classes are useful for beginners, intermediate practitioners, and advanced alike.   The series listed below covers the core practices in Shamanism other than advanced healing methods. Those are offered separately, to the advanced/experienced practitioner. The Path of the Open Heart series will prepare those of you interested in pursuing the healing path.
Note: the Path of Open Heart Series classes are "stand alone", you can take one or all (of course, we recommend all of them for a solid foundation in beginning shamanism, but you can pick up what you miss at other times!). 
Each session may also include work with basic practices such as creating sacred space, altars, medicine bundles, ethics in spiritual practice, working with the seasons (solstice, equinox), spirits of the land, and  more!  In addition, cross-cultural practices will be included. I have worked with Buryat, Tibetan, Celtic, Andean and Native American shamanic practices, among others, which will also inform and complete our work together. 

TO REGISTER:
$80 if pre-registered and paid by October 16, 2013, After this the cost is $95.   If paying at the door only cash is accepted.  To register for this workshop click here.

 



Weather Shamanism nan david  nan and davids symbol
Levels I and II Combined

October 4-6
with Nan Moss and David Corbin from Maine
held at Pierce Cedar Creek Nature Center in Hastings, Mi.
(discounted registration by September 12, 2013)
Friday 9:30 am until Sunday 5 pm.  

This introduction is combined with more advanced experience with Weather Shamanism - a form of spiritual ecology - is a call to those who care about where our world may be heading, and who sincerely wish to safeguard the health of our planet.   At the heart of Weather Shamanism is Weather Dancing - the essence of the spiritual relationship, its practice and ethics.

Weather shamanism is not about controlling the weather. It is about Power, but not "power-over." Shamans are healers, and our goal in this workshop is to heal our relationship with weather. Through journeying and ceremony, we work with the Spirits of Weather directly to find out what they can teach us, what they want from us, and how we can work together on behalf of a viable world for all.
Many of us feel a strong sense of love and kinship with the weather.  By nurturing this relationship, and our own personal growth, we can be a healing presence in these uncertain and potent times.  This will be a residential workshop held at Pierce Cedar Creek Nature Center.  We will begin on friday morning at 9:30 and end on sunday around 5 pm.
(Nan and David are Foundation for Shamanic Studies Faculty and authors of  Weather Shamanism:  Harmonizing Our Connection with the Elements.  Their website is:  http://shamanscircle.com/spirit-of-weather/)
TO REGISTER:  $535 for a double and $590 for a single..  This includes meals from lunch on friday through lunch on sunday. To register for this workshop you must click here and complete the form.  Please note special instructions for pay pal and housing/food preferences.

 

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September 2013

 

11th Path of the Open Heart Shamanism Basic Foundation Series
Shaman's Cosmology - Lower World and Power Animals
Kate Durda  in Grand Ledge, Mi.
September 28, 2013
11 am - 5:30pm

This is the first of 4 sessions.  Lower World:  Power Animals    In this 1st Session, you will practice the journey to the Lower World, and work closely with your POWER ANIMAL(s). Learn how to work with your power animal(s) for direct inspiration, guidance, protection and more. Explore and learn about the tradition of Power Songs. Practice the "Restoration of Lost Power/Power Animal Retrieval" healing method. Work with your P.A. for divination. Experience classic shape shifting  in the Power Animal Dance and healing work.  Learn a cultural ritual for self healing.   
Join us for remarkable explorations of spirituality!    

Cost:  $80 if preregistered/paid by September 25 Wednesday   $95 after that: if paying at door, cash only please. 

TO REGISTER:  $80 early registration if received by September 24th; $90 after that date and at door.  To register for this workshop click here.

 

Make Your Own Rattle - Spiritual Tools for Shamanic Practice
with Kate Durda
September 13-14, 2013
(rescheduled from September 6-7)
Friday night 6-9 pm and Saturday night 6-8:30 pm 
This is a two part session to allow for rattle preparation and creation.  Includes spiritual welcoming ceremony for honoring of Rattle Spirit as an important ally for the shamanic practitioner.   All supplies are included.
TO REGISTER:  $90 early registration if received by August 14,  $100 after that date and at the door.  To register for this workshop click here


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August 2013

 

Shamanism:  Path of Empowerment & Healing
Kate Durda  in Grand Rapids
August 17, 2013    10 am - 5:00 pm

Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”. Groundbreaking work in fields such as the 'new biology', quantum physics, and alternative medicine are validating what shamans and other wise spiritual healers knew and practiced  thousands of years ago. We know that the mind/body/spirit connection is of vital importance not only in helping us to heal from illness, but beyond that, to truly 'thrive' and live in a state of 'wellness'. 

This will be an experiential workshop,  based upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org) “Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn a practice to shift your your brain wave activity into more optimal states for healing. The benefits of one type of brain activity, the alpha brainwave, are the ability to relax and keep the mind on idle when not focused on specific task, heightened feelings of well-being and euphoria, increased creativity, and deep emotional healing.  Yet it has been found that 20 % of the population does not engage in alpha brain waves. Also, another benefit of shamanic practice  is that it allows us to engage in deep levels of self-healing, particularly on the subconscious level. You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice.
Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with.
 
TO REGISTER:  $75 early registration if received by August 14; $85 after that date and at door.  To register for this workshop click here

 

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July 2013

 

Shamans Walk - 6th Annual
Bengel Nature Center

Hold the Light till next year.  This event is lovingly postponed until then.

 

June 2013

 

Spirits of Nature & Ceremonies of the Sun and Moon
Residential Training  Residential at Pierce Cedar Creek Nature Center
Kate Durda and Stephanie Tighe
June 21-23, 2013 

This Retreat is open to all  who know how to JOURNEY!. Also, this course is the final session of the 2013 Path of Open Heart Series but is open to all who love nature.  Spirits of Nature is one of the Core foundation workshops that is offered by the Foundation for Shamanic Studies  (www.Shamanism.org).  Join us for this empowering weekend retreat.  We don't offer this every year!  Go deeper with your connection to Nature!   Please note that we will be gathering during the Summer Solstice and the June 23 Full Moon, known to the Algonquin people as the Strawberry Moon. We will honor these events with individual & group ceremony.  This is a powerful time to gather!

In this workshop you will gain deeper experience with one of the core practices of Shamanism, working with Nature Spirits!  We will spend considerable time OUTDOORS at the beautiful Pierce Cedar Creek Institute - with over 500 acres of beauty to enjoy.   Restored prairie, mature forest and fields, marshlands, creeks, pond, 4 leggeds, winged ones, plants, stone people, air, earth, water, sunfire &  trails throughout, will lead us deeply  into relationship with the spirits there.

Among the experiences you will be guided in:
 Meet and merge with Nature Spirits, to learn about the teachings they have:  
Work in both the Lower and   Middle Worlds, how to navigate safely in the MW.
Explore  Plant Spirit Medicine;  Partner with Nature spirits to learn a divination method of inquiry to obtain direction or answers to questions.
Explore Augury: reading the signs in Nature, to foretell what will come.
Learn an element balancing healing method in partnership with the four elements (Earth Air Fire Water)
Re-experience the PEACE and Healing that naturally occurs when communing withNature.  Enjoy the company of a group of wonderful folks who care about LIFE.   Deepen your spiritual practice, stretch your spiritual capacity... to live well, and walk in balance!

To Register:  Registration is $220 for a double and $260 for a single.  This includes two nights stay and 5 meals (breakfast on saturday through lunch on sunday).  If you are arriving early and would like dinner it is $12.50 and we will need to know about dinner 5 days in advance (June 16).

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 Shamanism:  Path of Empowerment & Healing
Kate Durda  in the Lansing Area
June 8, 2013

Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”. Groundbreaking work in fields such as the 'new biology', quantum physics, and alternative medicine are validating what shamans and other wise spiritual healers knew and practiced  thousands of years ago. We know that the mind/body/spirit connection is of vital importance not only in helping us to heal from illness, but beyond that, to truly 'thrive' and live in a state of 'wellness'. 
This will be an experiential workshop,  based upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org) “Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn a practice to shift your your brain wave activity into more optimal states for healing. The benefits of one type of brain activity, the alpha brainwave, are the ability to relax and keep the mind on idle when not focused on specific task, heightened feelings of well-being and euphoria, increased creativity, and deep emotional healing.  Yet it has been found that 20 % of the population does not engage in alpha brain waves. Also, another benefit of shamanic practice  is that it allows us to engage in deep levels of self-healing, particularly on the subconscious level. You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice.
Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with. 
TO REGISTER:
$80 early registration if received by June 5; $90 after that date and at door. 

 

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May 2013

We are out working in the garden.  See you in June!

 

April 2013

 

Shamanism:  Path of Empowerment & Healing
with Kate Durda in Flushing, Mi. at the Lotus Healing Arts Center
April 6,  10 am-5 pm

Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”. Groundbreaking work in fields such as the 'new biology', quantum physics, and alternative medicine are validating what shamans and other wise spiritual healers knew and practiced  thousands of years ago. We know that the mind/body/spirit connection is of vital importance not only in helping us to heal from illness, but beyond that, to truly 'thrive' and live in a state of 'wellness'. 

This will be an experiential workshop,  based upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org) “Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn a practice to shift your your brain wave activity into more optimal states for healing. The benefits of one type of brain activity, the alpha brainwave, are the ability to relax and keep the mind on idle when not focused on specific task, heightened feelings of well-being and euphoria, increased creativity, and deep emotional healing.  Yet it has been found that 20 % of the population does not engage in alpha brain waves. Also, another benefit of shamanic practice  is that it allows us to engage in deep levels of self-healing, particularly on the subconscious level. You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice.
Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with. 
TO REGISTER:  $70 early registration if received by April 3; $80 after that date and at door.  To register for this workshop click here

What a past participant had to say about this class:
 "
I had never taken a Shaman class before and had no idea what to expect. The first thing that struck me was how warm and welcoming Kate was as a teacher. During the class I felt completely comfortable allowing me to relax and really open up to the experience. Intro to Shamanism was a terrific combination of information and hands on experience. I would whole-heartedly recommend it for anyone wanting to learn more about Shamanism, journey, or even get in touch with their inner self. I am looking forward to taking additional classes with Kate and explore more of the world of Shamanism."

 

Advanced Healing Methods II
 with Stephanie Tighe and Kate Durda
April 20-21, 2013 
We will meet from 11 am until 7 pm on saturday and sundays 10 am-6 pm
Final Session, closed. 

 

 Shamanism:  Path of Empowerment & Healing
with Kate Durda in Grand Rapids, Mi. at Holistic Care Approach Healing Begins Within
April 27th 10am-5pm
Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”. Groundbreaking work in fields such as the 'new biology', quantum physics, and alternative medicine are validating what shamans and other wise spiritual healers knew and practiced  thousands of years ago. We know that the mind/body/spirit connection is of vital importance not only in helping us to heal from illness, but beyond that, to truly 'thrive' and live in a state of 'wellness'. 
This will be an experiential workshop,  based upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org) “Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn a practice to shift your your brain wave activity into more optimal states for healing. The benefits of one type of brain activity, the alpha brainwave, are the ability to relax and keep the mind on idle when not focused on specific task, heightened feelings of well-being and euphoria, increased creativity, and deep emotional healing.  Yet it has been found that 20 % of the population does not engage in alpha brain waves. Also, another benefit of shamanic practice  is that it allows us to engage in deep levels of self-healing, particularly on the subconscious level. You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice.
Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with. 
TO REGISTER:  $75 early registration if received by April 24; $85 after that date and at door.  To register for this workshop click here


What a past participant had to say about this class:   "I had never taken a Shaman class before and had no idea what to expect. The first thing that struck me was how warm and welcoming Kate was as a teacher. During the class I felt completely comfortable allowing me to relax and really open up to the experience. Intro to Shamanism was a terrific combination of information and hands on experience. I would whole-heartedly recommend it for anyone wanting to learn more about Shamanism, journey, or even get in touch with their inner self. I am looking forward to taking additional classes with Kate and explore more of the world of Shamanism."

 

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March 2013

 

Advanced Healing Methods II
with Stephanie Tighe and Kate Durda
March 16-17, April 20-21, 2013

We will meet from 11 am until 7 pm on saturday and sundays 10 am-6 pm  Closed.

 

 

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE WORKSHOP
With Kate Durda, MA and Stephanie Tighe, MSW
March 10, 2-5pm Grand Rapids
Congregation Ahavas Israel  2727 Michigan NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506 http://www.ahavasisraelgr.org/
 For Questions about directions or the location, contact Paula at 616-283-6339. 

This is both an experiential and information sharing workshop designed to introduce you to the practice of Shamanic Journey Circles. Back in the 1980’s, Dr. Michael Harner’s Foundation for Shamanic Studies suggested such Circles as a way for people to practice Shamanism in community!  Circles typically meet monthly, and are typically free or for a low cost to cover meeting room, fees or facilitation costs.   Stephanie and Kate have facilitated a circle for over 17 years continuously, so they’ll be speaking from their experience with Circles.  
We will present information about Circles, including what they are, benefits, ethics, and best practices. Participants will also receive a packet of articles/handouts about Journey Circles, for those who want to participate in or start one.
 After the presentation, those attending will participate in a mini Journey Circle... to give folks the experience of a circle.
Finally, local practitioners who are interested will collaborate to set up a community JOURNEY CIRCLE.  You will have the opportunity to meet folks who live near you, and do some networking, and set up any further meetings to discuss what you would like to see happening in your community. 
 Please note: Spirit Weavers- Steph and Kate, are very happy to support your efforts in any way helpful.  We have a large mailing list and can help get the word out about any planning meetings or beginning Circles!  One of us might also be available to come to your first circle should you wish to invite us.
***Open to all who know how to journey in the 'core shamanism' (Foundation for Shamanic Studies) method.
If questions about this, contact Kate at 517.667.0694.
To Register:  Cost:  $25 if pre-registered by Wednesday March 6,  $30 at door. 
To register for this workshop click here. 
 If paying at door, contact me by phone or email so I can prepare enough materials for distribution to all attending.

 

Medicine for the Earth: Living in Divine Light 
March 2nd 
Michigan Wildlife Conservancy Bath, Mi. 
www.miwildlife.org 
10am-5pm   $75 for new persons, $25 if you have taken this before, 
This workshop is for persons who have taken the training before as well as for persons who have not.  
Many spiritual traditions are rich with stories about unexplainable MIRACLES- from cross-cultural legends of shamanic cures to biblical accounts of seas parting and water transforming to wine.  The ancient healing art of "TRANSMUTATION" is mentioned in all great spiritual traditions, including Hinduism and Taoism. Transmutation works on the principal:
                            "As within, so without. As above, so below."
Using a specific spiritual methodology, we will work together to restore harmony and balance in our exterior environment by creating positive change within ourselves.   During this experiential training, we will use a powerful combination of guided meditation, shamanic journey work and ceremony, our work will focus on learning to transform physical, emotional and mental toxins that negatively affect our health and the health of Mother Earth. You will participate in the powerful transmutation Healing Ceremony.   This training is for you if...
        You are interested in deepening your own healing and transformation
        You would like to reverse the pollution of our planet         
        You believe in miracles and want to raise your ‘vibration’·        
        You are motivated to help make this world a better place to live for all    ·        
        You want to experience the spiritual practice of Shamanism
To Register:   $75 for new persons, If you have taken this previously with us the cost is $25
Call Kate with questions:  517.667.0694 or click here to register.
MUST PREREGISTER

 

 

 

February 2013

 

Midland: Path of the Open Heart Series: (10th annual)
Session 4: Divination: Methods of Shamanic Inquiry
with Kate Durda
 February 2, 2013
 
Note: the Path of Open Heart Series classes are "stand alone"; you can take one or all (which of course we recommend for a solid foundation in beginning shamanism).
In this Session of the OPEN HEART Series, you will explore working with our spirit guides/teachers, power animals and other helping spirits to obtain helpful information to guide us in our lives. Shamans have journeyed into "non ordinary reality" (NOR) for thousands of years to help obtain answers to questions, both at the request of others and for oneself. You will journey for yourself as well as for partners in the class, to gain experience with classic methods of divination. You will also learn a shamanic method for finding lost objects as well as some cross cultural methods of divination.  Come learn how to really deepen your partnership with Spirit, for your own and others' benefit.
Remaining classes in Series:  June 22-23, Spirits of Nature  

 

 Shamanism:  Path of Empowerment & Healing
with Kate Durda
Feb. 3, 2013  10 am - 5 pm

Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”. Groundbreaking work in fields such as the 'new biology', quantum physics, and alternative medicine are validating what shamans and other wise spiritual healers knew and practiced  thousands of years ago. We know that the mind/body/spirit connection is of vital importance not only in helping us to heal from illness, but beyond that, to truly 'thrive' and live in a state of 'wellness'. <>
This will be an experiential workshop,  based upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org) “Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn a practice to shift your your brain wave activity into more optimal states for healing. The benefits of one type of brain activity, the alpha brainwave, are the ability to relax and keep the mind on idle when not focused on specific task, heightened feelings of well-being and euphoria, increased creativity, and deep emotional healing.  Yet it has been found that 20 % of the population does not engage in alpha brain waves. Also, another benefit of shamanic practice  is that it allows us to engage in deep levels of self-healing, particularly on the subconscious level. You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice.
Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with. 
TO REGISTER:$70 early registration if received by January 30; $80 after that date and at door.
What a past participant had to say about this class:
"I had never taken a Shaman class before and had no idea what to expect. The first thing that struck me was how warm and welcoming Kate was as a teacher. During the class I felt completely comfortable allowing me to relax and really open up to the experience. Intro to Shamanism was a terrific combination of information and hands on experience. I would whole-heartedly recommend it for anyone wanting to learn more about Shamanism, journey, or even get in touch with their inner self. I am looking forward to taking additional classes with Kate and explore more of the world of Shamanism."

 

Path of the Open Heart series in Ann Arbor, Mi.  February 9th
with Kate Durda (see above for information)
February 9, 2013      10am -5pm
 
Held at Rudolf Steiner House, Anthroposophical Society in America
1923 Geddes Ave Ann Arbor, MI 48104 
 In this Session of the OPEN HEART Series, you will explore working with our spirit guides/teachers, power animals and other helping spirits to obtain helpful information to guide us in our lives. Shamans have journeyed into "non ordinary reality" (NOR) for thousands of years to help obtain answers to questions, both at the request of others and for oneself. You will journey for yourself as well as for partners in the class, to gain experience with classic methods of divination. You will also learn a shamanic method for finding lost objects as well as some cross cultural methods of divination.  Come learn how to really deepen your partnership with Spirit, for your own and others' benefit. 
To Register: $85 if pre-registered by Wednesday Feb. 6,  $95 at door.
Remaining classes in Series:June 22-23  Spirits of Nature 
Note: Reduced price for past Apprentices: cost only $25 by Feb 6th! If space available!

 

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE WORKSHOP
With Kate Durda, MA and Stephanie Tighe, MSW
February 10, 2013  10am-1pm in Ann Arbor

Rudolf Steiner House, Anthroposophical Society in America1923 Geddes Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104  For directions: http://www.anthroposophy.org/groups/ann-arbor-mi-great-lakes-branch.html
Also March 10, 2pm-5pm Grand Rapids
 This is both an experiential and information sharing workshop designed to introduce you to the practice of Shamanic Journey Circles. Back in the 1980’s, Dr. Michael Harner’s Foundation for Shamanic Studies suggested such Circles as a way for people to practice Shamanism in community!  Circles typically meet monthly, and are typically free or for a low cost to cover meeting room, fees or facilitation costs.   Stephanie and Kate have facilitated a circle for over 17 years continuously, so they’ll be speaking from their experience with Circles.
We will present information about Circles, including what they are, benefits, ethics, and best practices. Participants will also receive a packet of articles/handouts about Journey Circles, for those who want to participate in or start one.
 After the presentation, those attending will participate in a mini Journey Circle... to give folks the experience of a circle.
Finally, local practitioners who are interested will collaborate to set up a community JOURNEY CIRCLE.  You will have the opportunity to meet folks who live near you, and do some networking, and set up any further meetings to discuss what you would like to see happening in your community. 
 Please note: Spirit Weavers- Steph and Kate, are very happy to support your efforts in any way helpful.  We have a large mailing list and can help get the word out about any planning meetings or beginning Circles!  One of us might also be available to come to your first circle should you wish to invite us.
***Open to all who know how to journey in the 'core shamanism' (Foundation for Shamanic Studies) method. If questions about this, contact Kate at 517.667.0694.
To Register:   $25 if pre-registered by Wednesday Feb. 6,  $30 at door.
To register for this workshop click here.

 

Advanced Healing Methods II

With Stephanie Tighe and Kate Durda
Feb. 23-24, March 16-17 and April 20-21, 2013 
$550 if pre-registered by Feb. 1, 2013, after that date $600

We will meet from 11 am until 7 pm on Saturday and Sundays 10 am-6pm
 You do not have to have taken Advanced Healing Methods 1 to get in, but those graduates will be given preference.  In this training, we will cover topics such as Curse Unraveling, Depossession, & Ancestral Healing.   The clearing of possessing spirits can have a profound impact.   We will learn a basic form of shamanic depossession and clearing work to safely and respectfully free human beings (and animals) from possession by suffering beings of all kinds.  We will learn how to recognize curses, sorcery and psychic protection and learn techniques for unraveling curses.  Through all of this we will learn how this work can free our ancestors and our descendants.
 Participants must attend all sessions!  You will need to bring a sack lunch and snacks for yourself.  During the day we will take 2, 45 minute breaks. Application needed.
To Register:
Cost:  $550 if pre-registered by  Feb. 1,  $600 at door.
To register for this workshop click here.  If you are interested in this course, contact Stephanie at stephanietighe@gmail.co



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2012

January 2012   

Medicine for the Earth/Lightness of Being

January 7th: Session Four  (closed)

SHAMANISM WITHOUT BORDERS  1st MidWest Regional Meeting: Invitation only.

January 12-14, 2011, Chicago, IL.
(Please email us if you are interested in being invited to future gatherings. Please refer to the Society for Shamanic Practitioners (SSP) website   http://www.shamansociety.org  for info on Shamanism without Borders work.)

 

Medicine for the Earth/Lightness of Being

January 28th:  Session Five (closed)

 

SHAMANISM for TEENS:Getting Powerful with Your Power Animal!
January 29th, 1:30 - 3pm
Ages 10-15

Class will introduce participants to Shamanism, an easily accessed ancient spiritual practice that addresses our connectedness to ALL Life’. Participants will experience the shamanic journey to meet their personal power animal. This spiritual practice fosters self-confidence, personal power, increases creativity, improves decision-making, and helps us to live a positive life. Drums and rattles will be available for use. cost:  $20
location: Grand Ledge, MI  directions upon registration.
 People of every age may have profound beliefs and meaningful spiritual experiences- throughout our lives.  Young folks may be more ‘in tune’  from a very early age!   In this workshop, participants will ‘journey’ to discover their ‘Power Animal” or Totem. In traditional cultures spiritual beliefs,  power animals are animal spirits which reside within each individual and keep us safe, and are like our ‘guardian angels’. They lend us their strength, and share their abilities and wisdom. 
EAGLE  may see clearly and know what is happening at any time;
FOX may be good at blending in, and avoiding trouble;
BEAR may offer their strength and protection; 
SPIDER may share her ability to weave and create beautiful art.
WOLF  may show us the path, where to walk, how to live! 
DOLPHIN may show us how to be comfortable with others!

Participants will also have the opportunity to  hare with each other their experiences, and to drum, dance, and sing, to connect and experience the gifts of their power animal/totem, through  the use of  rattles, frame drums and a 24inch ‘pow wow’ style drum (provided).

about Kate:

KATE A. DURDA is a developmental psychologist, spiritual healer, teacher, researcher and consultant. She has had extensive training in various spiritual healing traditions in the past 20 years.   She has offered spiritual healing and advising, as well as spiritual training programs for the past 11 years.  She has taught in the U.S, Canada, and internationally, as well as locally at Sparrow’s Center for Health, Humanities, and Well-Being. 

 She has been a presenter at numerous academic as well as spiritual conferences inside and outside of the U.S. While her primary audience is adult, as a developmental psychologist, she is well suited to work with all age populations, and has worked with youth specifically at the following:

 -International  Youth Peacemaker Conference: The Consciousness of Peace;in Cleveland, Ohio;
-International Conference on War and Peace, in St Petersburg,Russia, in collaboration with the    Jane Goodall Youth "Roots and Shoots" organization. 
- First International Conference on Children's Spirituality 
- We Want the Music Festival, Michigan - Children's spirituality workshop

and more.  to talk with Kate: email  Spiritweavers@gmail.com  Phone:  517 667-0694 home 

 

SHAMANISM for Children Ages 6- 9 

January 29th, 11:00am - 12:00 noon  Cost $15 for one child /one parent  location: Grand Ledge, MI  directions upon registration.

We will draw, sing songs, and dance to become more familiar with our animal friends, and the wonderful plants on the earth, using rattles and drums. We will discover which animals may be our special helpers, using the drum to ‘journey’ in the ancient method of Shamanism.  People of every age may have profound beliefs and meaningful spiritual experiences- throughout our lives.  Young folks may be more ‘in tune’  from a very early age!   In this workshop, participants will ‘journey’ to discover their ‘Power Animal” or Totem. In traditional cultures spiritual beliefs,  power animals are animal spirits which reside within each individual and keep us safe, and are like our ‘guardian angels’. They lend us their strength, and share their abilities and wisdom.

EAGLE  may see clearly and know what is happening at any time;

FOX may be good at blending in, and avoiding trouble;

BEAR may offer their strength and protection; 

SPIDER may share her ability to weave and create beautiful art.

WOLF  may show us the path, where to walk, how to live!

DOLPHIN may show us how to be comfortable with others!

Participants will also have the opportunity to  share with each other their experiences, and to drum, dance, and sing, to connect and experience the gifts of their power animal/totem, through  the use of  rattles, frame drums and a 24inch ‘pow wow’ style drum (provided).

about Kate:

KATE A. DURDA is a developmental psychologist, spiritual healer, teacher, researcher and consultant. She has had extensive training in various spiritual healing traditions in the past 20 years.   She has offered spiritual healing and advising, as well as spiritual training programs for the past 11 years.  She has taught in the U.S, Canada, and internationally, as well as locally at Sparrow’s Center for Health, Humanities, and Well-Being.    She has been a presenter at numerous academic as well as spiritual conferences inside and outside of the U.S. While her primary audience is adult, as a developmental psychologist, she is well suited to work with all age populations, and has worked with youth specifically at the following:   -International  Youth Peacemaker Conference: The Consciousness of Peace;in Cleveland, Ohio; -International Conference on War and Peace, in St Petersburg,Russia, in collaboration with the   Jane Goodall Youth "Roots and Shoots" organization.  - First International Conference on Children's Spirituality  - We Want the Music Festival, Michigan - Children's spirituality workshop   and more.  to talk with Kate: email  Spiritweavers@gmail.com  Phone:  517 667-0694

 

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February, 2012

 

Mid-Winter SHAMANS' DANCE & Ceremonies  

                February 4-5, 2012  Saturday-Sunday     

Join us for our 4th MidWinter Shamans' Ceremonies!

February 4-5, 2012,  10am Saturday -  3pm Sunday

Residential Gathering! 

 at 'earth-friendly'    Pierce Cedar Creek Nature Center         http://www.piercecedarcreekinstitute.org

At mid-winter, BEAR rolls over, This is a traditional time to look inward, and dream into the future! We host this Gathering with the dream of it being a wonderful coming together of the shamanic community!  With this "DANCE", we honor the Spirits by paying attention to both who we have been and stepping into who we are becoming.-   We will come together to journey deeply, and dance passionately- with intense drumming, sharing, feasting, and socializing as the shamanic kin we are! If you desire to desire to experience the ecstasy of your Shamanic Community, please join us this day!

     DETAILS to be announced in December

 

Shamanism:  path of empowerment & healing

  with Kate Durda, M.A. 

February 11th, 2012 Saturday 11am - 5pm in the Lansing, Grand Ledge area.

$50 if pre registered by Thursday February 9th /$60 after that.

Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”. Groundbreaking work in fields such as the 'new biology', quantum physics, and alternative medicine are validating what shamans and other wise spiritual healers knew and practiced  thousands of years ago. We know that the mind/body/spirit connection is of vital importance not only in helping us to heal from illness, but beyond that, to truly 'thrive' and live in a state of 'wellness'. 

This will be an experiential workshop,  based upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org) “Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn a practice to shift your your brain wave activity into more optimal states for healing. The benefits of one type of brain activity, the alpha brainwave, are the ability to relax and keep the mind on idle when not focused on specific task, heightened feelings of well-being and euphoria, increased creativity, and deep emotional healing.  Yet it has been found that 20 % of the population does not engage in alpha brain waves. Also, another benefit of shamanic practice  is that it allows us to engage in deep levels of self-healing, particularly on the subconscious level. You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice.

Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with.  To register for this workshop, click here.

What did folks who took the last intro have to say about it?

"I had never taken a Shaman class before and had no idea what to expect. The first thing that struck me was how warm and welcoming Kate was as a teacher. During the class I felt completely comfortable allowing me to relax and really open up to the experience. Intro to Shamanism was a terrific combination of information and hands on experience. I would whole-heartedly recommend it for anyone wanting to learn more about Shamanism, journey, or even get in touch with their inner self. I am looking forward to taking additional classes with Kate and explore more of the world of Shamanism." Carol C.

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March, 2012

 

Shamanism:  path of empowerment & healing

  with Kate Durda, M.A.

March 3rd, 2012 Saturday 11am - 5pm in the Lansing, Grand Ledge area.

$60 if pre registered by Wednesday February 29th/$70 after that.

Class is a pre- requisite for all other advanced Shamanic training and workshops offered.

 

Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”. Groundbreaking work in fields such as the 'new biology', quantum physics, and alternative medicine are validating what shamans and other wise spiritual healers knew and practiced  thousands of years ago. We know that the mind/body/spirit connection is of vital importance not only in helping us to heal from illness, but beyond that, to truly 'thrive' and live in a state of 'wellness'. 

This will be an experiential workshop,  based upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org) “Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn a practice to shift your your brain wave activity into more optimal states for healing. The benefits of one type of brain activity, the alpha brainwave, are the ability to relax and keep the mind on idle when not focused on specific task, heightened feelings of well-being and euphoria, increased creativity, and deep emotional healing.  Yet it has been found that 20 % of the population does not engage in alpha brain waves. Also, another benefit of shamanic practice  is that it allows us to engage in deep levels of self-healing, particularly on the subconscious level. You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice.

Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with.  To register for this workshop, click here

What people said about the workshop:

"I had such a great time at your class. Not only was the instruction informative and compelling, it was done with such light-heartedness and fun. I have been practicing and am starting to feel more and more comfortable with trusting the experience. Thanks to you for trailblazing this important path through Michigan. I am definitely going to go to the March 24th class."  Maegen G

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March 24th  Saturday

Path of the Open Heart 1: Working with Power Animals

1st of 5 sessions in this series.

with Kate Durda, M.A.          

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Grand Ledge, MI (near Lansing)

The PATH of the OPEN HEART classes are the "next step" in our shamanic training. They can be taken by  beginners, intermediate practitioners, and those who've been away from Shamanism for awhile. 

This series is called the PATH of the OPEN HEART, after the program which I have taught for  seven years as a Shamanic "Apprenticeship" training.  In the past, the course incuded 5 Saturdays and you had to sign up for all five days.  In the new 'format', you can  earn the equivalent to the 'apprenticeship' by taking all the "five individual" classes over time!  This is more flexible, allowing for you to take classes as you can, and still get credit for completion of the full apprenticeship when you've completed all the classes.

Each session will have a main focus, such as this one on working with your power animals. Please note, however, that EACH session will also include work with many other practices such as creating sacred space, altars, medicine bundles, ethics in spiritual practice, working with the plant spirits, the elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Air) the seasons (solstice, equinox), plant spirits, spirits of the land, and much more!

Learn to work more closely with your POWER ANIMAL(s). Learn how to work with your power animal(s) for direct inspiration, guidance, protection and more. Explore and learn about the tradition of Power Songs. Practice the "Restoration of Lost Power/Power Animal Retrieval" healing method. Work with your P.A. for divination. Experience classic shapeshifting in the Power Animal Dance.  Learn a cultural ritual for self healing.

Cost: $60 if registered/paid by March 17th; $70 no exceptions, after March 17,and at door (cash only at door). must be pre-registered, to confirm that there is space available.

To register for this workshop, click here

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March 31- April 1
3rd Advanced Shamanic Healing Methods Training
with Stephanie Tighe, MSW
 

First Session    March 31 and April 1, 2012  10:00a.m. - 6p.m. Saturday; & 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 pm Sunday  $900 if registered by March1, $950 after this date.

Additional Dates are:  April 21 and 22,  May 19,June 9, July 28 (Shamans Dance), Aug 25-26, Sept. 15-16   Note: participants are expected to attend all sessions.

This six month long (11 Full Days) advanced training begins on March 31-April 1, other dates to be announced!    We will meet from from 10 am until 6 pm on Saturday, and  from 10 am until 5 pm on Sunday for this first Session! 

Most sessions will be Saturdays only.  Three of the weekends will be both Saturday and Sunday, due to the nature of the material being taught.

 

This will be a small, intensive, and experiential group.  You will learn and practice advanced shamanic healing methods over the course of 6 months, with the same small group of colleagues.  Past participants in long term trainings have found such training in small groups to be powerful, safe, and allow deeper exploration of the material in a safe, supportive circle of peers.  We will also be looking at the issue of personal power and becoming "Persons of Power". 

 

Shamanic healing methods to be covered in this intensive include:  Soul Retrieval;  Plant Spirit Medicine;  Extraction;  Restoration of lost Power;   Psychopomp (working with those who have died or are in the dying process) and more.

We will also cover other spirit directed techniques, ethics, establishing a healing practice, sensing energy, shifting energy, and how to help your clients to receive healings.  We will cover the use of ritual tools (i.e. soul catchers) and the use of regalia/masks.

 This training is a wonderful opportunity!  You can avoid the cost/time of  traveling to distant workshop sites.  You have the opportunity to participate where you live, as well as develop relationships with folks in our communities!!   

 Please plan to attend all sessions - please be aware that the time of session may change from session to session.  Please note the time of the sessions in your appointment books.

 Pre-requisite:  Application is required for this training! The ability to journey as taught by the Foundation for Shamanic Studies or Spirit Weavers.  Also needed is a good relationship with your power animal(s) and teachers and e-mail access with a commitment to checking it at least one time per week.  You must be willing to receive and give healings during the course of the program.  You will be expected to find persons in your life outside of the program upon whom you can practice your healing techniques as you learn them.

 Cost:  $900  (if you want to make payments please contact Stephanie)

 For an Application , or if you would like more information about this program please contact Stephanie at StephanieTighe@gmail.com

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April 2012

 

April 21-April 22nd

3rd Advanced Shamanic Healing Methods Training

with Stephanie Tighe, MSW  

Second Session  (Closed to newcomers)   
10:00a.m. - 6p.m. Saturday; 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 pm Sunday

 

April 2012

SPRING/SUMMER 2012   8th Path of the Open Heart Series:

About the The PATH of the OPEN HEART:  These classes are the "next step" after learning to do the Shamanic Journey.  These trainings are useful for beginners, intermediate practitioners, and advanced alike.   Particularly helpful also for those who've been away from Shamanism for awhile. 

This series is called the PATH of the OPEN HEART, after the program which I have taught for the past seven years as a Shamanic "Apprenticeship" training.  In the past, the course included 5 Saturdays and you had to sign up for all five days. 

To make this class more accessible, I 've changed the format. Now you can earn the equivalent to the 'apprenticeship' by taking all the "five individual" classes over time, at your own pace!  This is more flexible, allowing for you to take classes as you can, and still get credit for completion of the full apprenticeship when you've completed all the classes. You will receive a certificate of completion for the Path of Open Heart Apprenticeship if you complete all five sessions, which recognizes completion of a basic foundation for shamanic practice and indicates your commitment to your shamanic path.  Your participation in these classes will give you an advantage in application for the Advanced Healing Series.
 

Stand alone classes: Come to those you can make it to.
(I may repeat classes as early as Nov. 2012 -Feb 2103).

Session 1: March 25th Power Animals/ Lower World
Session 2:  May 5 Teachers/ Guides: UPPER WORLD
Session 3:  June 9    Saturday/11am-4pm)  -  Divination: Methods of shamanic inquiry
Session 4    July  7    Saturday/11am - 4pm)  -  Spirits of Nature, Augury, Elemental Healing
Session 5: July 28   Saturday (9am -12 noon) - Working with Ceremony & Power  9am-12noon  & 1pm -5pm   Shamans’ Walk        

Individual classes described below-

 

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POSTPONED TIL 2013!

WEATHER DANCING 1 & 2

with Nan Moss/David Corbin from Maine

Weather Shamanism:  Harmonizing Our Connection with the Elements

This introduction to Weather Shamanism - a form of spiritual ecology - is a call to those who care about where our world may be heading, and who sincerely wish to safeguard the health of our planet.

 At the heart of Weather Shamanism is Weather Dancing - the essence of the spiritual relationship, its practice and ethics.

Weather shamanism is not about controlling the weather. It is about Power, but not "power-over." Shamans are healers, and our goal in this workshop is to heal our relationship with weather. Through journeying and ceremony, we work with the Spirits of Weather directly to find out what they can teach us, what they want from us, and how we can work together on behalf of a viable world for all.

Many of us feel a strong sense of love and kinship with the weather.  By nurturing this relationship, and our own personal growth, we can be a healing presence in these uncertain and potent times.

 
Shamanic journey experience required.

Nan P. Moss, C.S.C., and David Corbin, M.S., C.S.C., are faculty members of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (a worldwide organization founded by Michael Harner, Ph.D.) and are certified by the Foundation as shamanic counselors. They teach beginning and advanced courses for the Foundation at locations throughout the Northeast, including Boston and New York City. They also teach the Foundation's most advanced courses, the Two-Week and Three-Year Programs in Advanced Shamanism and Shamanic Healing on the East Coast.

Their interest in the spiritual aspects of weather is a longstanding one, and they have been teaching and doing research on this topic for more than 10 years. They have presented their introductory workshop, WeatherDancing: Shamanism and the Spirits of Weather, since 1999 in the U.S. and Canada. They have published CloudDancing: Wisdom from the Sky, a set of shamanic divination cards and guidebook using cloud images, as well as two articles on the spirits of weather in Shamanism, the journal of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies. Their new book, Weather Shamanism, is available through Amazon or your local bookstore.

In addition to their training in core shamanism with Michael Harner and the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, Nan and David have also studied with indigenous healers from various cultures, including Siberian, Tuvan, Saami, Chinese, and Native American. They are founding members of the Society for Shamanic Practitioners.
 

Shamanism:  path of empowerment & healing
 
with Kate Durda, M.A.

April 22, 2012 Sunday 10am - 4pm in the Lansing, Grand Ledge area.
Note: Date and time change.
**only $15 for refresher fee, for anyone who learned the Shamanic Journey with Spirit Weavers or others.

Class is a pre- requisite for all other advanced Shamanic training and workshops offered.

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May 2012

 

May 19-20, 2012  Session 2 (ongoing closed group)

3rd Advanced Shamanic Healing Methods Training
with Stephanie Tighe, MSW
Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday 10 am to 5 pm

 

Additional Dates are:  June 9-10, July 21-22, Aug 25-26, Sept. 15-16   Note: participants are expected to attend all sessions.

This will be a small, intensive, and experiential group.  You will learn and practice advanced shamanic healing methods over the course of 5 months, with the same small group of colleagues.  Past participants in long term trainings have found such training in small groups to be powerful, safe, and allow deeper exploration of the material in a safe, supportive circle of peers.  We will also be looking at the issue of personal power and becoming "Persons of Power". 

Shamanic healing methods to be covered in this intensive include: 
Soul RetrievalPlant Spirit Medicine;  Extraction;  Restoration of lost Power;   Psychopomp (working with those who have died or are in the dying process) and more.

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Path of the Open Heart
Session 2: Upper World Teachers/Guides
with Kate Durda, M.A.          

 

May 6th, Sunday 
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Grand Ledge, MI (near Lansing)
In this Session of the OPEN HEART Series,
 you will work with Teachers/Guides in the Upper World for direct inspiration, guidance, protection and more.  Among the experiences you will be guided in, you will meet a teacher for the first time, or for experienced practitioners,  take a deeper 'dive' into the role this guide can play in your life.  You will experience merging with your Teacher, directly experiencing their wisdom.  You will explore the territory of the "Upper World", begin to 'map' its' levels, and learn more about your spiritual purpose in this life. <>

You will take deeper journeys to understand the particular role your teacher(s) play in your life, and how you can work with them more closely to benefit from their teachings/gifts/wisdom!<>

Each session may include work with any of the following basic practices such as creating sacred space, altars, medicine bundles, ethics in spiritual practice, working with the seasons (solstice, equinox), spirits of the land, and  more!  In addition, cross-cultural practices will be included. I  have  worked with Buryat, Tibetan, Celtic, Andean and Native American shamanic practices, which will also inform and complete our work together.

About the The PATH of the OPEN HEART:  These classes are the "next step" after learning to do the Shamanic Journey.  These trainings are useful for beginners, intermediate practitioners, and advanced alike.   Particularly helpful also for those who've been away from Shamanism for awhile.  

Per session cost:
Reduced cost $60 if registered/paid by May 2nd Wednesday;
$70 no exceptions, after May 2,and at door
(cash only at door).
must be pre-registered, to confirm that there is space available. 
Note:  Reduced price for past Apprentices:  Come refresh for only $25! If space available!

Call Kate at 517.667.0694 with questions.  THANK YOU! I hope you decide to join us !

 

To register for this workshop, click here

 

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June 2012

 

3rd Advanced Shamanic Healing Methods Training
with Stephanie Tighe, MSW  

June 9-10  (Closed to newcomers)   10am - 6p.m. Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm Sunday

 

Path of the Open Heart

Session3: Divination: Methods of Shamanic Inquiry
with Kate Durda, M.A.  

 

June 9th, Saturday    

11am- 4:00 p.m.  Grand Ledge, MI (near Lansing)

 

These are independent "Stand alone" classes;
you are welcome to come to any sessions you wish!          

 Next Classes:


Session 4    July  7    Saturday/11am - 4pm)  -  Spirits of Nature, Augury, Elemental Healing
Session 5: July 28    12:00pm -5pm   Shamans’ Walk        

  
In this Session of the OPEN HEART Series,
  you will explore working with our spirit guides/teachers, power animals and other helping spirits to obtain helpful  information to guide us in our lives. Shamans have journeyed into "non ordinary reality" (NOR) for thousands of years to help obtain answers to questions, both at the request of others and for oneself. You will journey for your self as well as for partners in the class, to gain experience with classic methods of divination. You will also learn a shamanic method for finding lost objects as well as some cross cultural methods of divination.  Come learn how to really deepen your partnership with Spirit, for your own and others' benefit. 

To register for this workshop, click here

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June 10 Sunday (Rescheduled for July 22 10am!)

SHAMAN KIDZ Class   10am - 1:00pm

Explorations in Spirituality for Children Ages 6- 10
 Cost $20 for one child /one parent - $ 5 for additional child or parent)

Location: Grand Ledge, MI  directions upon registration.

            

see July 22 entry for description.
 

Lightness of Being Training Group -

reunion session

June 3, 12 noon - 4pm, Grand Ledge

Gathering to discuss how the Lightness of Being Training has affected participants' lives, integration of material into daily living, what works,etc.  Also discussed, and journeyed about what our dreams and goals are for 'next step'. How to continue to integrate healthful, healing spiritual practices in personal lives as well as how to take it out into world.    The group will continue to support each other and new members to the community in creating and supporting the development of public ceremonies, healing classes, healing practices, teaching, and more.   One focus is SHAMANS WITHOUT BORDERS (SWB) (see Society for Shamanic Practitioners for more info).  Stephanie and Kate are creating a "Great Lakes Shamans" group along with other shamanic colleagues, to carry out SWB work and more.

Contact kate and stephanie if interested in this community shamanism work.

 

Shamanism:  path of empowerment & healing
  with Kate Durda, M.A.

June 2, Saturday  in Midland, MI
Location:  WAYS To WELLNESS - 122 W Main St., Midland, MI 
Cost:  $65 if registered by Wednesday May 30th;   $75 at door, if room. Call Ahead.

**only $15 for refresher fee, for anyone who learned the Shamanic Journey with Spirit Weavers or others
(contact Kate for pre-approval).

C
lass is a pre- requisite for all advanced Shamanic training and workshops offered.

NOTE:  Next step' in Shamanism training  is starting in SEPTEMBER in MIDLAND !
see September Calendar below for more info! 
(Intro is pre-requisite)
MIDLAND 11th annual "Path of the OPEN HEART Apprenticeship Series". 
Sept 8   Saturday     10-4pm       Session 1: - Power Animals
Oct 14   Sunday       10-4pm       Session 2: - Upper World: Teachers/Guides... The Great Mystery
Nov 11  Saturday     10-4pm       Session 3: - Divination: methods of shamanic inquiry
Dec 1    Saturday     10-4pm       Session 4  - Spirits of Nature, Augury, Elemental Healing
 

What people have said about the workshop:
OMG! I was thinking you should have a blog or something...what we shared in that class was so powerful! After surviving a trauma, and trying a vast array of "21st century healing techniques and methods", I found the Intro to Shamanism to be at the core of it all. Here is a place where you can sit with people of like mind, share ideas freely, and learn about Shamanism. How fabulous! I read about shamanism and watch videos, but nothing can compare to actually experiencing and practicing it! A true blessing!"

TO REGISTER:
Contact Ways to Wellness, at 989.486.3820  to register! reike@waystowellnessstore.com
Cost:  $65 if registered by Wednesday May 30th;   $75 at door, if room. Call Ahead.

 

September 2012

 

Spirits of Nature with Kate and Stephanie
September 9th, Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 4: 00 p.m.
Lincoln Brick Park 13991 Tallman Rd. , Grand Ledge, MI 48837

 

October 2012

 

2nd Annual Celtic Gathering
with Dr. Tom Cowan
Oct 4-7 at Pierce Cedar Creek Nature Center.

This gathering is only for graduates of Tom's 2 year program in Celtic Shamanism.

Celtic Gathering "Mysteries of the Grail"
We had a full weekend of experiences and ceremony that explored the mysteries of the Grail, a Celtic symbol that speaks to the deepest yearnings of the psyche.  Journeys involved various legends of the Grail to understand the complex meaning of the wasteland, the wounded king, the maidens of the wells, the ancient cauldrons of Celtic lore, and other manifestations of the Grail that have kept human beings searching for it even into our own times. Our quest was the desire to understand more fully the mysterious Grail question that can bring healing to people and the land:  “Whom does the Grail serve?” Also to develop “Grail consciousness,” a perspective that can heal our own wounds since we are all wounded beings in some sense or other. 
While the  actual contents of the Grail have remained a mystery throughout the centuries, it is commonly assumed that whatever lies within this ancient vessel reveals Truth in its cosmic sense of Reality and Meaning.  As shamanic people, as both seekers and carriers of the Grail, we explored our commitment  to honor Truth and help others to reveal the truth and meaning of their own lives. 

 

Shamans Without Borders
with Kate and Stephanie
for the Society of Shamanic Practictioners
October 20-21, 2012
Pierce Cedar Creek Nature Center

 

 

November 2012

 

 Shamanism:  path of empowerment & healing
November 3, 2012
Grand Ledge, MI.

 

Path of the Open Heart:  Lower World and Power Animals
November 3, 2012
Ann Arbor, Mi.

 

December 2012

 

Path of the Open Heart:  Upper World,  Ann Arbor
December 8, 2012

 

December 2011

Solstice Celebration Wednesday, December 21st, 6:00 pm.
We will meet on Solstice, Wednesday December 21st, and celebrate with a PotLuck. Please bring something delicious to eat/drink, and BE MERRY with us, as we honor SUN, and celebrate the Return of LIGHT.

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Medicine for the Earth/Lightness of Being
December 10: Session Three (closed)

 

Shamanism: path of empowerment & healing

with Kate Durda, M.A.

December 3rd,2011
Saturday 11am - 5pm in the Lansing, Grand Ledge area.
$50 if pre registered by Thursday December 1 /$60 after that.
**only $15 for refresher fee, for anyone who learned the Shamanic Journey with SpiritWeavers or others.

Class is a pre- requisite for all other advanced Shamanic training and workshops offered

Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”. Groundbreaking work in fields such as the 'new biology', quantum physics, and alternative medicine are validating what shamans and other wise spiritual healers knew and practiced thousands of years ago. We know that the mind/body/spirit connection is of vital importance not only in helping us to heal from illness, but beyond that, to truly 'thrive' and live in a state of 'wellness'.

This will be an experiential workshop based upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org) “Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and central to all Shamanic practice).You will learn a practice to shift your your brain wave activity into more optimal states for healing. The benefits of one type of brain activity, the alpha brainwave, are the ability to relax and keep the mind on idle when not focused on specific task, heightened feelings of well-being and euphoria, increased creativity, and deep emotional healing. Yet it has been found that 20 % of the population does not engage in alpha brain waves. Also, another benefit of shamanic practice is that it allows us to engage in deep levels of self-healing, particularly on the subconscious level. You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice.

Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!) Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover. Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them. Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with. To register for this workshop, click here.

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November 2011

 

FEAST for the DEAD

November 1, 2011 Annual honoring of our Ancestors; Potluck Feast.

 

Medicine for the Earth/Lightness of Being

November 12 Session Two(closed)

 

October 2011

 

 Medicine for the Earth/Lightness of Being

with Kate Durda and Stephanie Tighe
5 Saturdays: Starting October 29th (remaining dates Nov 12, Dec 10, Jan 7 and Jan 28)
Five Saturday course: closed after 1st session- same group meets together!

Cost: $200 if prepaid by Oct 24th; $250 if after.

In this supportive Shamanic initiation program, we move from within to without, moving beyond self into the ALL. We will start with taking our personal healing even deeper. You will practice deepening your ability to transcend the Ego self and transfigure into the Divine, within the supportive and loving Circle of our group.

Using spiritual methodologies and truths from many traditions (and the work of Sandra Ingerman, with whom we have trained intensively to teach Medicine for the Earth) we will explore manifestation principles, miracles, and transmutation, again deepening our ability to raise the frequency of your vibration and expand your being to allow for even higher levels of “light”. We will explore and experience transfiguration -connecting and merging with the LIGHT that is at the core of all existence. Finally, we will explore Healing with Spiritual Light, shining our light and love into the world through service, work, relationships, and play.

This is a three part series: five days over a course of several months to allow us to deepen our power and healing individually and collectively. Must have attended Part 1 to attend Part II, and so on.

Our intention at the end of this series is that everyone has benefitted deeply from the work, as well as many if not all of the group being interested in forming an ongoing active ‘healing community’, for ourselves and others. Supporting development of our spiritual family that supports each of its’ members always, as well as in times of special need; and a spiritual community that shares it’s light with community in ways that are needed.

Medicine for the Earth/Lightness of Being

Part I: Healing Our Selves (Oct 29th & November 12th)

Part II:  One with the LIGHT- Raising Vibration (Dec 10 & January 7)

Part III: Heaven on Earth – Healing with Spiritual Light through Service,
Relationships, Work and Play. (Jan 28)

To register for this workshop, click here.

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September, 2011

THE WIND THAT BLOWS ACROSS THE SEA
A Celtic Retreat
with Dr. Tom Cowan
September 29-October 2, 2011
PIERCE CEDAR CREEK INSTITUTE www.cedarcreekinstitute.org (see below for info on this lovely place!)

Contact us please for more details if you are interested!

Spirit Weavers has invited Dr. Tom Cowan, Celtic Shaman, Ph.D. to teach in Michigan over the years. Workshops have included Celtic Shamanism: The Soul; Faery Doctoring; Celtic Shamanism: The Ancestors, and the Two Year program in Celtic Shamanism.

In September, 2011, we are excited to announce that Tom will gather interested Two Year Celtic Shamanism graduates from around the country here in Michigan, for the first of hopefully an annual Gathering. See below for Tom's description of this event.

From Tom Cowan's website (http://www.RiverDrum.com)
Many people have requested continuing work in Celtic Shamanism beyond the two-year training program. To meet this need we will experiment with annual Gatherings in Celtic Shamanism for anyone who has completed any of the two-year programs. The first will be held September 29 to October 2, 2011. Location is the Kellogg Conference Center in Michigan. We will begin on Thursday evening, September 29, 2011, and end at noon on Sunday, October 2nd.

 


 

THE WIND THAT BLOWS ACROSS THE SEA
A Celtic Retreat

We are the wind that blows across the sea.”Not only does the restless spirit of the shaman-poet blow across the seas but through forests, over mountains, across deserts and prairies, into the core of cities—to any place where the winds of spirit are needed to tend Earth’s disasters, heal suffering beings, and renew the forces of life when they have been threatened, blocked, or compromised. The Welsh poet Taliesin expressed this multi-shaped, go-anywhere identity of the shaman-poet more fully than the Irish Amergin who first spoke these words. For Taliesin there was no being or place or era in which his shaman spirit could not manifest. He stands as a strong Celtic model for shamanic practitioners who see their own lives as being intimately imbued with the Spirit that pervades all things, places, and times.

This retreat for all who have completed the two-year training program in Celtic Shamanism will begin on Thursday evening when we will meet and honor the spirits of our new location and enlist their help in our work.

Friday we will spend under Taliesin’s tutelage renewing our own shamanic abilities to connect with the Life Force and Dana energies that flow through all things. We will prepare ourselves to become what Taliesin called “ardent souls that voyage through the clouds” and “defenders of the Cauldron’s fire” so that we might engage the world’s troubles from a position of strength, insight, and ancient wisdom.

This will prepare us to apply our shaman-poet skills on Saturday morning to do Shamanism without Borders work. We will select locations for this depending on what disasters occur between now and then. In the afternoon we prepare for the Wild Hunt which will be our evening’s activity. So on Saturday we will have ample opportunities to be the wind that tends and renews the Life Force in the suffering places of the world.

On Sunday morning we will complete the post-Wild Hunt activities, assess our work, and prepare to carry our renewed commitment to shamanic practice back to the lands and homes where we live.

 


 

About Pierce Cedar Creek Institute. PCCI is a 661 acre preserve of Mother Earth including glacial moraines and other glacial activity such as the “Little Grand Canyon’ on the property. It has been relatively untouched since the 1950’s, (other than Institute buildings and trail maintenance,etc) with trails, ponds and creeks and mixed habitats, all to ourselves to roam. It has been established under an easement granted by Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy.

The main building is truly beautiful, stone, wood, lots of glass. The auditorium is beautiful for our use. The food is excellent, lodging comfortable, and the staff spectacular. And it is just the right size to become a yearly “home” to this Celtic Gathering!

 

 

The First annual Festival of Love
September 10th, 2011 from 10 am until 2 pm. 
E. Michigan Ave Lansing, Michigan
~Admission is $2.00 per person
Children under 12 are free
Kate and Stephanie presented at this event. We missed you!!

 

Shamanism: path of empowerment & healing

September 17, 2011see October 15th for Next INTRO! Thank you!

 

August, 2011

Shamanism: path of empowerment & healing

with Kate Durda, M.A.

August 20 2011 Saturday 11am - 5pm in the Lansing, Grand Ledge area.
Class is a pre- requisite for all other advanced Shamanic training and workshops offered

ring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!) Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them. Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with.

July 2011

4th AnnualShamans' Walk & Healing Circle
Saturday July 30 from 10:30am - 4:30pm
*Open to experienced Shamanic practitioners -no newcomers for this event. Contact us with questions.

Our inspiration for this Walk  is ...

LIGHTNESS OF BEING

Location: Michigan Nature Conservancy, Bath, MI http://www.miwildlife.org

Background:

We first experienced the Shaman’s Walk years ago with Canadian friends in Windsor, Canada & Brenda Atkinson, who hosted this event. We attended several Shaman's Walks over the 'border' and always found them to be a powerful personal and community event!

Now, we are celebrating our 4th annual walk in mid-Michigan for the shamanic community near and far! With this "Walk", we step up to our responsibilities as people of Spirit, who recognize our Oneness, and who embrace the idea.

Come join us to re-commit ourselves to being all we can be, to 'DREAM the Good Dream', honor and protect Mother Earth and ALL Life, and to celebrate our connection to each other and all things with intense drumming, dancing, journeying, sharing and networking.

You are welcome to come with an open heart and a desire to experience the ecstasy of a large Shamanic Community.

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JUNE 2011

 

Shamanism: path of empowerment & healing

with Kate Durda, M.A.

June 5th, 2011 Sunday 10:30am - 3:30pm in the lansing area.

Class is a pre- requisite for all other advanced Shamanic training and workshops offered

Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”. Groundbreaking work in fields such as the 'new biology', quantum physics, and alternative medicine are validating what shamans and other wise spiritual healers knew and practiced thousands of years ago. We know that the mind/body/spirit connection is of vital importance not only in helping us to heal from illness, but beyond that, to truly 'thrive' and live in a state of 'wellness'.

This will be an experiential workshop, based upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org) “Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn a practice to shift your your brain wave activity into more optimal states for healing. The benefits of one type of brain activity, the alpha brainwave, are the ability to relax and keep the mind on idle when not focused on specific task, heightened feelings of well-being and euphoria, increased creativity, and deep emotional healing. Yet it has been found that 20 % of the population does not engage in alpha brain waves. Also, another benefit of shamanic practice is that it allows us to engage in deep levels of self-healing, particularly on the subconscious level. You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice.

Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!) Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover. Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them. Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with.

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April 2011

 

Shamanism: path of empowerment & healing

with Kate Durda, M.A.

April 9th, 2011 Saturday 11am - 5pm in the Lansing, Grand Ledge area.
Class is a pre- requisite for all other advanced Shamanic training and workshops offered

Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”. Groundbreaking work in fields such as the 'new biology', quantum physics, and alternative medicine are validating what shamans and other wise spiritual healers knew and practiced thousands of years ago. We know that the mind/body/spirit connection is of vital importance not only in helping us to heal from illness, but beyond that, to truly 'thrive' and live in a state of'wellness'.

This will be an experiential workshop based upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org) “Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn a practice to shift your your brain wave activity into more optimal states for healing. The benefits of one type of brain activity, the alpha brainwave, are the ability to relax and keep the mind on idle when not focused on specific task, heightened feelings of well-being and euphoria, increased creativity, and deep emotional healing. Yet it has been found that 20 % of the population does not engage in alpha brain waves. Also, another benefit of shamanic practice is that it allows us to engage in deep levels of self-healing, particularly on the subconscious level. You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice.

Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover. Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them. Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with.

 

SPIRITS OF NATURE(cancelled)

with Stephanie Tighe, MSW

Saturday, April 30th from 10 am until 5 pm
$75 if registered by April 15th, $85 after that time

We will learn about working with the Spirits of Nature for healing and knowledge. By learning from the plants and animals, from the rocks and winds and rivers, from the sun, moon and stars, Shamans helped their peoples live in harmony with the universe.

We will focus on learning to communicate with trees and plants, learning from them about the gifts they want to share with us, gifts that can bring healing, can bring peace or joy. Plants that we may be working with include cedar, sweetgrass, lavender, elder flowers (depending on what is ready). Part of what we will be doing is creating a small bundle/fetish to honor the plant spirit that you connect with. We will empower the bundle/fetish and learn how to work with it. We may also be working with the spirit of the stream and wind spirits.

Please dress for outside weather as we will be doing a bit of work outside.  Please bring a journal and pen and a sack lunch. Tea, coffee and snacks will be provided

Pre-requisite is knowing how to journey using the technique as taught by the Foundation for Shamanic Studies or one of their students.

To register for this workshop, click here.

 

February, 2011

Shamanism: path of empowerment & healing

Kate Durda, M.A.

-----Cancelled due to weather----

February 26th, 2011 Saturday 11am - 5pm in the Lansing, Grand Ledge area.
Class is a pre- requisite for all other advanced Shamanic training and workshops offered.

Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”. Groundbreaking work in fields such as the 'new biology', quantum physics, and alternative medicine are validating what shamans and other wise spiritual healers knew and practiced thousands of years ago. We know that the mind/body/spirit connection is of vital importance not only in helping us to heal from illness, but beyond that, to truly 'thrive' and live in a state of 'wellness'.

To register for this workshop, click here.

 

January 2011

3rd Annual

Mid-Winter SHAMANS' DANCE

January 22-23, 2011 Saturday-Sunday

Join us for this first 'Overnight' MidWinter Shamans' Dance !
January 22 -23, 10am Saturday -  11am Sunday

Residential Gathering!
Included in registration:

Lodging & 3 Meals
Workshop, Healing Ceremony, Power Dance, Healing Drum
Sunrise Pipe Ceremony & Shamans Bazaar

all at 'earth-friendly'

Pierce Cedar Creek Nature Center
http://www.piercecedarcreekinstitute.org

At mid-winter, BEAR rolls over, This is a traditional time to look inward, and dream into the future! We host this Gathering with the dream of it being a wonderful coming together of the shamanic community! With this "DANCE", we honor the Spirits by paying attention to both who we have been and stepping into who we are becoming. We will come together to journey deeply, and dance passionately- with intense drumming, sharing, feasting, and socializing as the shamanic kin we are! If you desire to desire to experience the ecstasy of your Shamanic Community, please join us this day!

Last year we introduced our first evening event -
the Power Dance and Healing Drum. 
This will be repeated this year! The Power Dance a shamanic initiation, is a rare and unique opportunity. We have offered this only three times in the past 22 years, in private trainings- and to our knowledge has not been offered anytime else in Michigan during that time. This is a traditional ceremony/initiation where we step deeply into our power. We will work together and with the spirits during the entire day to in preparation for the Power Dance.
More details will be available to those who register.

We will refund those who register and we cannot accommodate. You must be pre-registered for this gathering due to do space limitations and facility planning. If you do not get your registration in the mail by the due date, please CALL us to check if there is room available.

 


 

Shamanism: path of empowerment & healing

with Kate Durda, M.A.

January 29th, 2010 Saturday 11am - 5pm in the Lansing, Grand Ledge area.
This Class is a pre- requisite for all other advanced Shamanic training and workshops offered

 

These are the workshops that Spirit Weavers offered in 2010.

November  2010

Shamanism:  path of empowerment & healing
  with Kate Durda, M.A.

November 27th, 2010 Saturday 12 noon - 5pm in the Lansing, Grand Ledge area.
$50 if pre registered by Tuesday, November 23rd/ 60 after that.

Class is a pre- requisite for all other advanced Shamanic training and workshops offered.
 
Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”. Groundbreaking work in fields such as the 'new biology', quantum physics, and alternative medicine are validating what shamans and other wise spiritual healers knew and practiced  thousands of years ago. We know that the mind/body/spirit connection is of vital importance not only in helping us to heal from illness, but beyond that, to truly 'thrive' and live in a state of 'wellness'. 

This will be an experiential workshop based upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org)Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn a practice to shift your your brain wave activity into more optimal states for healing. The benefits of one type of brain activity, the alpha brainwave, are the ability to relax and keep the mind on idle when not focused on specific task, heightened feelings of well-being and euphoria, increased creativity, and deep emotional healing.  Yet it has been found that 20 % of the population does not engage in alpha brain waves. Also, another benefit of shamanic practice  is that it allows us to engage in deep levels of self-healing, particularly on the subconscious level. You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice.

Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with. 

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July 2010                   

3rd Annual Shamans' Walk & Healing Circle
this year's intent and inspiration is ...
...WE are the ones we've been waiting for...
also community networking & Shamans' Bazaar

Saturday July 31st from 10:30am - 4:30pm
(note: new time!)
Cost $40 preregistered by July 27th/ $50 afterwards and at door

Shamans' Bazaar starts at 12 noon

Location:  Michigan Nature Conservancy, Bath, MI http://www.miwildlife.org

Background: 

*Open to experienced Shamanic practitioners -no newcomers for this event. Contact us with questions.

We first experienced the Shaman’s Walk years ago with Canadian friends in Windsor, Canada & Brenda Atkinson, who initiated this event. We attended several Shaman's Walks over the 'border' and always found them to be a powerful personal and community event! 

Now, we are celebrating our 3rd annual walk in mid-Michigan for the shamanic community near and far!  

With this "Walk", we step up to our responsibilities as people of Spirit, who recognize our Oneness, and who embrace the idea that

  "We are the ones we have been waiting for..."

So as the "Black Eyed Peas"  sing.... "Let's get in ON! Let's start it up!...."

Come join us to re-commit ourselves to being all we can be, to 'DREAM the Good Dream', honor and protect Mother Earth and ALL Life, and to celebrate our connection to each other and all things with intense drumming, dancing, journeying, sharing and networking. 

You are welcome to come with an open heart and a desire to experience the ecstasy of a large Shamanic Community.             

SHAMANS' BAZAAR

This is a wonderful opportunity to purchase handmade rattles, medicine bags, shamanic jewelry, gear bags, drums, books, cd's,  and other items!  Come early to browse! Bring your workshop or professional networking information, we'll have a separate table set up for that!

Merchants: If you wish to have a table for selling items you must contact us ahead of time.
There will be a small  $5.00 fee for a table, and we want all set up done by 10 a.m., please. 

PLEASE BRING:

Item for Empowerment Altar that you would like to have filled with power by the Spirits
Drums & rattles if you have them (bring extras to share with others if you would)
A cushion & blanket for sitting & lying down on the floor (chairs available)                                   
Notebook, pen, drawing material if desired
Shamanic tools (masks, robes, prayer sticks, medicine bags, stones etc. *Shamanic regalia for those who have it, honors the Spirits and aids in deepening connections with them)
Eye covering (Siberian mask, scarf, bandanna, etc.)
Wear comfortable layered clothing and slippers/socks (we will walk without shoes)
Personal bottled water
Finger food or beverage to share for LUNCH! (cheese, veggies, crackers, nuts, fruit, chips, goodies)
Bring any flyers or business cards you may want to share with others.
We’ll have drums, rattles, CD’s, books, medicine bags, jewelry and other goodies for sale too!
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June 2010

Shamanism:  path of empowerment & healing
  with Kate Durda, M.A.

June 12th, 2010 Saturday 11am - 5pm in the Lansing, Grand Ledge area.
$50 if pre registered by Wednesday June 9/ $60 after that.

Class is a pre- requisite for all other advanced Shamanic training and workshops offered.
 
Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”. Groundbreaking work in fields such as the 'new biology', quantum physics, and alternative medicine are validating what shamans and other wise spiritual healers knew and practiced  thousands of years ago. We know that the mind/body/spirit connection is of vital importance not only in helping us to heal from illness, but beyond that, to truly 'thrive' and live in a state of 'wellness'. 

This will be an experiential workshop based upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org)Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn a practice to shift your your brain wave activity into more optimal states for healing. The benefits of one type of brain activity, the alpha brainwave, are the ability to relax and keep the mind on idle when not focused on specific task, heightened feelings of well-being and euphoria, increased creativity, and deep emotional healing.  Yet it has been found that 20 % of the population does not engage in alpha brain waves. Also, another benefit of shamanic practice  is that it allows us to engage in deep levels of self-healing, particularly on the subconscious level. You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice.

Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with.  To register for this workshop, click here.

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May 2010

Medicine for the Earth
including material from "Healing with Spiritual Light"
with Kate Durda, M.A  & Stephanie Tighe,
MSW
May 1-2, 2010 Saturday 10am - 5pm,  Sunday 9:30am - 4pm 
at Michigan Nature Conservancy, Bath, MI near Lansing  http://www.MiWildlife.org

Cost:   pre-registered required: $100 if paid by April 26th. After April 26th $120 if space available..
Repeat entire workshop for only $35! 
Based upon Sandra Ingerman' work and book, MEDICINE for the EARTH.  Kate & Stephanie have worked with Sandra extensively and have completed her MFE Teacher Training to present this  work.   For info about Sandy Ingerman and/or Medicine for the Earth, see www.shamanicvisions.com/ingerman.html and http://www.medicinefortheearth.com

     This weekend experiential  training is based on the information in Medicine for the Earth . We experience  how to transform personal and environmental pollution by learning how to transmute negative beliefs, attitudes, and energy which is generated by emotions.  Transmutation works on the principal "As within, so without. As above, so below." Using a specific spiritual methodology, we will work together to restore harmony and balance in our exterior environment by creating positive change within ourselves.
During this experiential training, we will use a powerful combination of guided meditation, shamanic journey work and ceremony, our work will focus on learning to  transform physical,  emotional and mental toxins that negatively affect our health and the health of Mother Earth.
     The process continues with learning how to work in cooperation with helping spirits and the spirits of the land as well as getting in touch with our own internal divine nature to create healing and transmutation. Other key elements and spiritual practices will also be explored which can be easily incorporated into daily life. These methods are necessary and helpful for transforming and transmuting environmental and personal toxins.
     In addition to shamanic journeying, meditation, toning , singing and movement  will be utilized to help change states of consciousness and raise awareness. The work done as a group in collaboration with community and the spirits is truly a life transforming experience.
     Kate & Stephanie have worked with Sandra extensively and have completed her MFE Teacher Training to present this  work.   For info about Sandy Ingerman and/or Medicine for the Earth, see www.shamanicvisions.com/ingerman.html and http://www.medicinefortheearth.com
     It is recommended  that you read Sandra Ingerman's  Medicine for the Earth: How to Transform Personal and Environmental Toxins.
     Note: this is NOT a residential workshop.. and while coffee, tea and water will be provided, please bring a bag lunch for yourselves, and any snacks you want.  We’re sure you will enjoy the beauty of the land  as a peaceful setting for our work together in circle.  Thank-you.
     TO REGISTER or for more information: Call Kate Durda at 517 667-0694 or click here  or e-mail  SpiritWeavers@gmail.com...Directions and further instructions will be given to you upon receipt of registration

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April 2010

7th Annual Shamanism Intermediate Apprenticeship Program-2010
April 17th - 5th/Final session of “Journey of the Open Heart”  (closed)

 

2nd Advanced Shamanic Healing Methods Training
April 24th  10 am -7 pm  Final Session
CLOSED

Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with.  To register for this workshop, click here.

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March 2010

7th Annual Shamanism Intermediate Apprenticeship Program-2010
March 6 - 3rd session of “Journey of the Open Heart”    (closed)

 

Shamanism:  path of empowerment & healing
  with Kate Durda, M.A.

March 20th, Saturday 11am - 5pm in the Lansing, Grand Ledge area.
$50 if pre registered by March 17th, $60 after that.

Class is a pre- requisite for all other advanced Shamanic training and workshops offered.

2nd Advanced Shamanic Healing Methods Training
March 27th & 28th  10 am -6 pm
CLOSED

7th Annual Shamanism Intermediate Apprenticeship Program-2010
March 27th - 4th session of “Journey of the Open Heart”    (closed)

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February 2010

7th Annual Shamanism Intermediate Apprenticeship Program-2010
February 20th - 2nd session of “Journey of the Open Heart”    (closed)

 

2nd Advanced Shamanic Healing Methods Training
February 20 and 21  10 am -6 pm on saturday and 10 am to 4 pm on sunday
CLOSED

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January 2010

2nd Annual

Mid-Winter SHAMANS' DANCE
& special evening event-the POWER DANCE

January 23, 2010  Saturday
(1p.m. - 8:30pm, approx.)
(dinner break and socializing around 4:30-6)

 

At mid-winter, BEAR rolls over, This is a traditional time to look inward, and dream into the future! We host this DANCE  with the dream of it being a wonderful coming together of the shamanic community!  With this "DANCE", we honor the Spirits by paying attention to both who we have been and stepping into who we are becoming.-   Out community intent this year will be focused on deepening our personal power and our connection with the Spirits and our True Self!

We will come together to journey deeply, and dance passionately- with intense drumming, sharing, feasting, and socializing as the shamanic kin we are! If you desire to desire to experience the ecstasy of your Shamanic Community, please join us this day!

INTRODUCING THIS YEAR- an evening event:
    The Power Dance - a shamanic initiation
. This initiation is a rare and unique opportunity. We have offered this only twice in the past 22 years, in private trainings- and to our knowledge has not been offered anytime else in Michigan during that time.  This is a traditional ceremony/initiation where we step deeply into our power. We will work together and with the spirits during the entire day to in preparation for the Power Dance. 

More details will be available to those who register.

For those who join us for the entire day, and we encourage you to please do so, after feasting and socializing, we will re-gather around 6pm to begin our preparations and come together for the Power Dance!

Location: at Michigan Nature Conservancy, Bath, MI http://www.miwildlife.org

IMPORTANT:  This event is limited to 50 participants, so please register early. We will refund those who come in after 50. You  Must  be pre-registered for this gathering due to space limitations. If you do not get your registration in the mail by the due date, Please CALL us at 517.543.6754 to register  by phone and reserve a space if there is room available. Cost 'at the door' is $45.

To Register:
Registration must be received by  
January 20th WEDNESDAY
(call us to check if there is availability if you wish to register after this date)
Send registration check for $40  and form completed below.  made out to Kate Durda
Mail to :   Kate Durda, Box 539, Grand Ledge, MI 48837
To register for this workshop, click here.

Location: at Michigan Nature Conservancy, Bath, Michigan  http://www.miwildlife.org

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2nd Advanced Shamanic Healing Methods Training
January 23rd    We will be meeting at the Winter Shamans Dance, this will also include power dance/healing drum ceremony in the EVENING. 

Please plan to stay until 9 pm.
CLOSED


7th Annual Shamanism Intermediate Apprenticeship Program-2010
“Journey of the Open Heart”

with KATE DURDA, MA … SPIRIT WEAVERS --  in Lansing area

 Dates: Five Saturdays 11am- 5pm.  Starts JANUARY 30th!!

dates are : Jan 30, Feb 20, March 6, March 27, April 17!!
Registration fee:  $275.    Note: due to our tough economic times, I am also making available a lower fee for folks who are feeling the pinch and they are welcome to enroll in this training for $200.   Please know that payment plans (payment over time) are accepted. We also accept PayPal if you wish to pay with a credit card.
Pre-requisite: Introductory Shamanism Training or experience with Shamanic Journey from Spiritweavers or other similar teachings. I am available to meet with you if you have not learned to journey, and cannot make the next INTRO class which is on January 16th!  Email me ... if interested.

 This is the program for you if you are serious about developing a personal spiritual practice,
a solid foundation in Shamanism, and your abilities as a healer, if that is your path.
You will receive intensive training, and through personal experiential work,develop and benefit from a powerful personal spiritual practice!

Shamanism is a spiritual Path of Healing. This program will provide a safe & supportive community for your work. During our on-going training, the same group will meet for five full days.  To register for this workshop, click here.   

Training will include:

        Various  methods of shamanic journeying
        shamanic healing methods: of self, and for others, including healing spirits of place,
        divination methods
        working with nature spirits
        shamanic practices from other shamanic cultures
        use of power objects such as medicine bags, rocks and crystals, masks, amulets,
        use of ceremony, ritual, prayer, song, movement, meditation, dream work, journaling, etc.
 

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December 2008

Shamanism:  path of empowerment & healing

with Kate Durda, M.A.
December 6, Saturday 11am- 5pm
at Sparrow's Center for Health, Humanites & WellBeing
1200 E Michigan Ave, Sparrow Professional Bldg, Suite 130

Class is a pre- requisite for all other advanced Shamanic training and workshops offered.
 
Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”. Groundbreaking work in fields such as the 'new biology', quantum physics, and alternative medicine are validating what shamans and other wise spiritual healers knew and practiced  thousands of years ago. We know that the mind/body/spirit connection is of vital importance not only in helping us to heal from illness, but beyond that, to truly 'thrive' and live in a state of 'wellness'. 

This will be an experiential workshop based upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org)Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn a practice to shift your your brain wave activity into more optimal states for healing. The benefits of one type of brain activity, the alpha brainwave, are the ability to relax and keep the mind on idle when not focused on specific task, heightened feelings of well-being and euphoria, increased creativity, and deep emotional healing.  Yet it has been found that 20 % of the population does not engage in alpha brain waves. Also, another benefit of shamanic practice  is that it allows us to engage in deep levels of self-healing, particularly on the subconscious level. You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice.

Bring a water bottle, LUNCH/Snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with.  Bring a sack lunch.

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November 2008

 

Feast for the Dead
Saturday Nov. 1, 6pm 
contact Stephanie for more information,
stephanietighe@gmail.com or 517 242-3927

 

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August 2008


Introduction to Shamanism:  How to Journey
August 2nd, Saturday Noon - 5pm 
with Kate Durda, M.A.

at Sparrow Center for Health,Humanities & WellBeing
Suite 130, Sparrow Professional Bldg, 1200 E Michigan Ave
 
*THIS CLASS is a pre- requisite for all advanced Shamanic training and workshops offered.

 Please pre-register to assure space in training. Space limited. Call ahead if you plan on registering at the door to be sure there is room.

Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”. Groundbreaking work in fields such as the 'new biology', quantum physics, and alternative medicine are validating what shamans and other wise spiritual healers knew and practiced  thousands of years ago. We know that the mind/body/spirit connection is of vital importance not only in helping us to heal from illness, but beyond that, to truly 'thrive' and live in a state of 'wellness'. 

 This will be an experiential workshop. You will learn a practice to shift your your brain wave activity into more optimal states for healing. The benefits of one type of brain activity, the alpha brainwave, are the ability to relax and keep the mind on idle when not focused on specific task, heightened feelings of well-being and euphoria, increased creativity, and deep emotional healing.  Yet it has been found that 20 % of the population does not engage in alpha brain waves. Also, Another benefit of shamanic practice  is that it allows us to engage in deep levels of self-healing, particularly on the subconscious level.You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice. We will discuss shamanic healing methods, and application to your everyday life, including working with Spirits of Nature, healing self, healing the land, etc.

Bring a water bottle, LUNCH/Snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with.  Bring a sack lunch.
 

Faery Doctoring:
A Five-Day Residential Training Program
with Tom Cowan  from New York  see his website -www.RiverDrum.com
August 6-10, 2008 
(starts with dinner at 6pm on Wednesday, and ends approx 3pm on Sunday)
Pre-requiste:   Shamanic Journey ability as taught by the Foundation for Shamanic Studies or someone trained in the FSS core shamanic approach. Contact us if you wish to discuss this.


Faery doctors are men and women in rural Ireland and other Celtic lands who treat people suffering from illnesses and misfortunes attributed to faery influence. In the past, faery doctoring was strongest in areas without western medical care and where the presence of the Otherworld was recognized as one of the realities of daily life. As modern ways of life encroached on these traditional societies, faery doctoring was looked upon as superstition, and much of the old wisdom was lost. And yet, like shamanism, it is undergoing a revival. The faery doctor -- like the shaman or the druid -- re-appears in every age to meet the needs of the times. Every age must, therefore, come to its own understanding of the faery world and its relationship to it.

Working as a faery doctor means allying yourself, your shamanic practice, and other areas of your life with that realm of the Otherworld that some Celtic people call the Sidhe (pronounced "shee" and meaning both the faery world and the faeries themselves). It requires working with middle-world spirits according to our shamanic three-world scheme. Like all shamanic practices, faery doctoring requires working with and for the spirit world as much as seeking its help for ours. In fact, being a faery doctor may require living more closely with -- and between -- the worlds than what many people consider their usual shamanic practice. It requires new levels of commitment.

This five-day training program is structured so that participants can "partner up" with the faery world and learn traditional faery doctoring methods, such as healing ritual, prayer, gift-giving, song and music, love-talking, life-force rescuing, using elemental power objects, and other activities. But faery doctoring is more than just a collection of practices. It is actually a way of life, a shamanic way of living as faery allies who continue, even after the five days, to discover and create ways to promote health, beauty, love, vitality, and a relationship with the Sidhe based on cooperation, friendship, and affection.

There is a growing realization that the faery world and ours must live, work, and play in greater harmony than they currently do. The epidemic of illnesses with traditional faery-related symptoms -- such as tiredness, depression, listlessness, low enthusiasm for life, and an inability to focus attention that suggests partial soul loss -- is one manifestation of this disharmony. The Sidhe are taking energy and vitality from humans to restore and re-balance the life force that we consume wastefully, selfishly, and in great quantities. Modern exploitation of Earth's resources weakens Earth's ability to sustain diversity of life, including the life of the Sidhe.

The Sidhe need human allies and human energy to help them preserve Nature's vitality, just as we need their cooperation to heal individuals suffering from faery-related illnesses.

Participants should be seriously committed to shamanic living and be interested in adapting their current shamanic practice to middle-world work with the Sidhe. This is an advanced program, and participants need strong shamanic skills and some degree of commitment to using shamanism to learn faery doctoring so they can serve the needs of the human world, the faery world, and the Earth that is our common home.. Hopefully, we will become a new generation of faery doctors.

The Location:  
This training will be held at Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) Conference Center situated on beautiful Gull Lake in southwest Michigan. The Conference Center (see
www.kbs.msu.edu/Conference), is located on the former W. K. Kellogg 34 acre estate, which includes more than a quarter mile of Gull Lake shoreline, a beautiful wooded and gardened area. Ancient beeches and cedars, a marsh pond abounding with wildlife, herons and bald eagles will be some of our companions in our journeywork.
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Medicine for the Earth: restoring health to self & earth
with Kate Durda, M.A  & Stephanie Tighe,MSW
August 16-17  Location to be determined  
Saturday 10am - 5pm,  Sunday 9:30am - 4pm
 
Cost:  sliding scale*  preregistered is $100 by August 13th;  At door $120 if space available..
(
* sliding scale- more if you can, less if you can't. You decide.)
Repeat entire workshop for only $35!

     This weekend experiential  training is based on the information in Medicine for the Earth . We experience  how to transform personal and environmental pollution by learning how to transmute negative beliefs, attitudes, and energy which is generated by emotions.  Transmutation works on the principal "As within, so without. As above, so below." Using a specific spiritual methodology, we will work together to restore harmony and balance in our exterior environment by creating positive change within ourselves.
During this experiential training, we will use a powerful combination of guided meditation, shamanic journey work and ceremony, our work will focus on learning to  transform physical,  emotional and mental toxins that negatively affect our health and the health of Mother Earth.
     The process continues with learning how to work in cooperation with helping spirits and the spirits of the land as well as getting in touch with our own internal divine nature to create healing and transmutation. Other key elements and spiritual practices will also be explored which can be easily incorporated into daily life. These methods are necessary and helpful for transforming and transmuting environmental and personal toxins.
     In addition to shamanic journeying, meditation, toning , singing and movement  will be utilized to help change states of consciousness and raise awareness. The work done as a group in collaboration with community and the spirits is truly a life transforming experience.
     Kate & Stephanie have worked with Sandra extensively and have completed her MFE Teacher Training to present this  work.   For info about Sandy Ingerman and/or Medicine for the Earth, see www.shamanicvisions.com/ingerman.html and http://www.medicinefortheearth.com
     It is recommended  that you read Sandra Ingerman's  Medicine for the Earth: How to Transform Personal and Environmental Toxins.
     Note: this is NOT a residential workshop.. and while coffee, tea and water will be provided, please bring a bag lunch for yourselves, and any snacks you want.  We’re sure you will enjoy the beauty of the land  as a peaceful setting for our work together in circle.  Thank-you.
     TO REGISTER or for more information: Call Kate Durda at 517 667-0694 or click here  or e-mail
 SpiritWeavers@gmail.com...Directions and further instructions will be given to you upon receipt of registration

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JULY 2008

Summer Shamanic Gathering!

COMMUNITY HEALING CIRCLE
             &
       SHAMAN'S WALK

July 26, 2008  Saturday 12 noon -5 p.m.  

Note:  Sorry, -registration closed, we have full registration for this event.
***Open to Shamanic practitioners -those who ‘journey’.  Contact us with questions.

                         
     Shaman's Walk     Healing circle
                            "Give Away"
              Community Networking & Bazaar

____________Feasting /socializing! ___________

Background:  We first experienced the Shaman’s Walk years ago with Canadian friends in Windsor, Canada & Brenda Atkinson, who initiated this event. We attended several Shaman's Walks, and always found them to be a powerful personal and community event!

Now, we are birthing the walk in mid-Michigan for the shamanic community near and far!

 With this "Walk", we celebrate our connection to each other and all things with intense drumming, dancing, journeying, sharing and networking.  You are welcome to come with an open heart and a desire to experience the ecstasy of a large Shamanic Community.

PLEASE BRING:

Item for Empowerment Altar that you would like to have filled with power by the Spirits
Drums & rattles if you have them (bring extras to share with others if you would)
A cushion & blanket for sitting & lying down on the floor (chairs available)                                   
Notebook, pen, drawing material if desired
Shamanic tools (masks, robes, prayer sticks, medicine bags, stones etc. *Shamanic regalia for those who have it, honors the Spirits and aids in deepening connections with them)
Eye covering (Siberian mask, scarf, bandanna, etc.)
Wear comfortable layered clothing and slippers/socks (we will walk without shoes)
Personal bottled water
Finger food or beverage to share (cheese, veggies, crackers, nuts, fruit, chips, goodies)
Bring any flyers or business cards you may want to share with others.
****If you have spiritual books or spiritual items you would like to share with others and move them to the next good home, bring them for a “GIVE AWAY” table.
We’ll have drums, rattles, CD’s, books, medicine bags, jewelry and other goodies for sale too!
___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

                                Please join us!  

IMPORTANT:   If you plan on registering at the door, you must come by 11:45am at latest.
The entry Gate to the Nature Conservancy will be locked, and we'll be 'in session'.  You can still park just outside the gate and walk in, but will not be able to park by the facility.  
***However, please note that if you cannot stay the entire time, you are able to leave when you want to.  We'll help with that! :  )

 

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June 2008

Medicine for the Earth: restoring health to self & the earth
with Kate Durda


Saturday, June 7, 2008
 Midland, Mi. at Creative Spirit Arts Center   11 am to 5 pm
$55 ($5 discount for members of the Creative Spirit Arts Center)
****** pre-registration kindly requested for planning purposes *****
This experiential  training is based on the information in Medicine for the Earth . We experience  how to transform personal and environmental pollution by learning how to transmute negative beliefs, attitudes, and energy which is generated by emotions.  Transmutation works on the principal "As within, so without. As above, so below." Using a specific spiritual methodology, we will work together to restore harmony and balance in our exterior environment by creating positive change within ourselves.
During this experiential training, we will use a powerful combination of guided meditation, shamanic journey work and ceremony, our work will focus on learning to  transform physical,  emotional and mental toxins that negatively affect our health and the health of Mother Earth.
     The process continues with learning how to work in cooperation with helping spirits and the spirits of the land as well as getting in touch with our own internal divine nature to create healing and transmutation. Other key elements and spiritual practices will also be explored which can be easily incorporated into daily life. These methods are necessary and helpful for transforming and transmuting environmental and personal toxins.
     In addition to shamanic journeying, meditation, toning , singing and movement  will be utilized to help change states of consciousness and raise awareness. The work done as a group in collaboration with community and the spirits is truly a life transforming experience.
     Kate & Stephanie have worked with Sandra extensively and have completed her MFE Teacher Training to present this  work.   For info about Sandy Ingerman and/or Medicine for the Earth, see www.shamanicvisions.com/ingerman.html and http://www.medicinefortheearth.com

It is recommended  that you read Sandra Ingerman's 
Medicine for the Earth: How to Transform Personal and Environmental Toxins.  Note: Tea  will be provided; please bring a snack or your self and/or to share. 

For more information or to register contact
Creative Spirit Center at 989 837-1885. 
Their mailing address is 1517 Bayliss St., PO Box 1204, Midland, Mi.  48641-1204
You can visit Creative Spirit Center's website at
www.creativespiritcenter.org

 

Getting Powerful with your Power Animal:
exploring spiritual & self-knowledge

Open to youth from 9-14 yrs old
.
Saturday June 14, 2008
with Kate Durda, M.A.
9am-11am
pm   $20 if received by June 11****  $30 afterwards if room available.

                     

CENTER for Health,Humanities and WellBeing
Sparrow Professional Building,  1200 E Michigan Ave, Suite 130

People of every age may have profound beliefs and meaningful spiritual experiences- throughout our lives.  Young folks may be more ‘in tune’  from a very early age!   In this workshop, participants will ‘journey’ to discover their ‘Power Animal” or Totem. In traditional cultures spiritual beliefs,  power animals are animal spirits which reside within each individual and keep us safe, and are like our ‘guardian angels’. They lend us their strength, and share their abilities and wisdom.

EAGLE  may see clearly and know what is happening at any time;
FOX may be good at blending in, and avoiding trouble;
BEAR
may offer their strength and protection;
SPIDER
may share her ability to weave and create beautiful art.
WOLF
 may show us the path, where to walk, how to live!
DOLPHIN may show us how to be comfortable with others!

Participants will also have the opportunity to  share with each other their experiences, and to drum, dance, and sing, to connect and experience the gifts of their power animal/totem, through  the use of  rattles, frame drums and a 24inch ‘pow wow’ style drum (provided).

about Kate:

KATE A. DURDA is a developmental psychologist, spiritual healer, teacher, researcher and consultant. She has had extensive training in various spiritual healing traditions in the past 20 years.   She has offered spiritual healing and advising, as well as spiritual training programs for the past 11 years.  She has taught in the U.S, Canada, and internationally, as well as locally at Sparrow’s Center for Health, Humanities, and Well-Being. 

 

She has been a presenter at numerous academic as well as spiritual conferences inside and outside of the U.S. While her primary audience is adult, as a developmental psychologist, she is well suited to work with all age populations, and has worked with youth specifically at the following:

 

-International  Youth Peacemaker Conference: The Consciousness of Peace;in Cleveland, Ohio;

-International Conference on War and Peace, in St Petersburg,Russia, in collaboration with the
    Jane Goodall Youth "Roots and Shoots" organization.

 - First International Conference on Children's Spirituality 

- We Want the Music Festival, Michigan - Children's spirituality workshop  

and more.  to talk with kate: email  SpiritWeavers@gmail.com  Phone:  517 667-0694 home 

For map to Sparrow Professional Building--see

                                                         http://www.sparrow.org/maps/default.asp

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INTRO to Shamanism:
Mind,Body,Spirit and back to the “basics”


June 14th, Saturday 12 noon- 5pm  
 

with Kate Durda, M.A.
Sparrow Center for Health,Humanities & WellBeing
Suite 130, Sparrow Professional Bldg, 1200 E Michigan Ave
*Class is a pre- requisite for all other advanced Shamanic training and workshops offered.

$50 pre-registration (received by Wednesday June 11)- $60 after June 11/at the door, if space available.For those who wish to repeat this class, reduced registration cost of $15.
Please Note:  Please pre-register to assure space in training. Space limited. Call ahead if you plan on registering at the door to be sure there is room.

Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”. Groundbreaking work in fields such as the 'new biology', quantum physics, and alternative medicine are validating what shamans and other wise spiritual healers knew and practiced  thousands of years ago. We know that the mind/body/spirit connection is of vital importance not only in helping us to heal from illness, but beyond that, to truly 'thrive' and live in a state of 'wellness'. 

 This will be an experiential workshop. You will learn a practice to shift your your brain wave activity into more optimal states for healing. The benefits of one type of brain activity, the alpha brainwave, are the ability to relax and keep the mind on idle when not focused on specific task, heightened feelings of well-being and euphoria, increased creativity, and deep emotional healing.  Yet it has been found that 20 % of the population does not engage in alpha brain waves. Also, Another benefit of shamanic practice  is that it allows us to engage in deep levels of self-healing, particularly on the subconscious level.You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice. We will discuss shamanic healing methods, and application to your everyday life, including working with Spirits of Nature, healing self, healing the land, etc.
 

 Please bring water bottle and snacks if you wish, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye coverFolks often refer to journey while lying on the floor,  so it is recommended you bring a mat and/or a snuggy blanket to cover up with. 

TO REGISTER  click here  or e-mail
 SpiritWeavers@gmail.com...
Directions and further instructions will be given to you upon receipt of registration…

For map to Sparrow Professional Building--see

                                                         http://www.sparrow.org/maps/default.asp

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May 2008

Advanced Shamanic Healing        CLOSED
May 3, 2008    - final session


REUNION!  Spirit Weavers Advanced Shamanic Initiations and Shamanic Healing -Three Year Program  May 7-11, 2008  
CLOSED:   Reunion available only to persons who participated in this program from 2004-2007

 

Session 5 Final: Intermediate Apprenticeship Program
“Journey of the Open Heart” with KATE DURDA,
May 17th, 2008     ~closed

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April  2008

Advanced Shamanic Healing        CLOSED
April 19-20, 2008

 

Session 4: Intermediate Apprenticeship Program
“Journey of the Open Heart” with KATE DURDA,
April 26, 2008     ~closed

 

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Shamanism:  A Spiritual Practice for Everyday Life
with Kate Durda, M.A.
in Grand Ledge, Michigan (near Lansing)
April 5th, Saturday 11am- 5pm  

$50 pre-registration (received by April 1)  --   $60 after April 1 at the door, if space available
For those who wish to repeat this class, reduced registration cost of $15.
***If you repeat the class and bring a friend, you may come free!

Class is a pre- requisite for all other advanced Shamanic training and workshops offered.
 
Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”.   This will be an experiential workshopbased upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org)Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice. We will discuss shamanic healing methods, and application to your everyday life, including working with Spirits of Nature, healing self, healing the land, etc.

Bring a water bottle, LUNCH/Snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with.  Bring a sack lunch.

TO REGISTER  click here  or e-mail
 SpiritWeavers@gmail.com...
Directions and further instructions will be given to you upon receipt of registration…

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March 2008

Session 3: Intermediate Apprenticeship Program
Journey of the Open Heart” with KATE DURDA
  March 29, 2008         ~closed             

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   Coming Home to True Self :
A one-day retreat of healing & empowerment

March 2nd, Sunday Noon-5pm      at the Creative Spirit Center, Midland, Michigan
with  
KATE DURDA, M.A.

Cost $ $60  
 

              

Come rejuvenate!     

Find again your passion, joy in living! 

Experience your direct connection with spirit, and your inner self.

Treat yourself to a relaxing and healing day of retreat!

 Join us for a relaxing, rejuvenating session of guided visualization, drumming, and more!
Learn established techniques that will help you relax, and recover your sense of self and your energy .

The many demands of workplace, family and society can deplete us, while proper attention to our selves can help us maintain balance and vitality, and a sense of calm.  

This experiential workshop is focused on coming home to our True Self –  living in synchrony with our “soul’s purpose”. The “True Self” is that place from which we truly can be in harmony with who we are, what gives us joy and meaning. From that place of centeredness, we recover, remember, and learn how to stay in balance, full of energy, with joy and passion for living!  Will include guided visualization, mind/body exercises, movement, & ‘frame’ drumming!

Bring a journal and pen, snacks, and a frame drum if you have one. Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, and bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Since often people prefer to so some of the visualization exercises while lying on the floor, fully relaxed, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with.

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February 2008 

5th Annual 
Shamanism Intermediate Apprenticeship Program-2008
“Journey of the Open Heart”

Starts  FEBRUARY 23rd! *** note CHANGE IN DATE!!           

with KATE DURDA, MA --  in Lansing area

 2008 Dates:  SATURDAYS Feb 23,  March 8,  March 29, April 26th, May 17
 
Time: 11am – 5:00pm   COST $350 ( 5 days)

Pre-requisite: Introductory Shamanism Training (contact me for information on how to get this training if you haven't yet. We can set something up!) or experience with Shamanic Journey from Spirit Weavers or other similar teachings.

If you are seeking to improve your life, strengthen your spirituality, and be the person you were meant to be in this life time, this is a good program for you!  If you are serious about developing a solid foundation in Shamanism, this work will help you truly gain the power to be a spiritual force for good in your own life, and for the world.  Power is the ability to use energy, and a spiritually adept person is able to manifest change for their own and others’ highest good.  This program has been positively life altering to past participants.  

This is the program for you if you are serious about developing a solid foundation in Shamanism. You will receive training, and through experiential work will develop a powerful personal spiritual practice. We believe that it is important to take things one step at a time, and really learn about Shamanism, deepen your spiritual practice, and find your true selves before moving on to learning advanced healing methods. 

Please note that Spirit Weavers offers a comprehensive training program of advanced workshops, including Advanced Shamanic Healing Methods Training (offered again in Oct 2008) for your further study.  

Shamanism is a Path of Healing. Shamanism training does not “make you’ a shaman. Only Spirit directs that.  However, through Shamanic practice, we ‘re-member’ who we really are. We remember, therefore, our true soul’s purpose.  Through this process deepening our understanding and self-knowledge, we can regain intimate connection with our gifts, innate abilities, passion for life, our purpose, and we learn to live/work/create from a balanced, powerful, and deep place of love, personal power, and connection. *** This is “the Journey of the Open Heart  ***

This program will provide a safe & supportive community for your work. During our on-going training, the same group will meet for five full days (usually once a month).  In this program, I will guide you in deepening your shamanic practice and experiences, allow your natural abilities to be revealed and strengthened, and will introduce a lot of experiences including, but NOT limited to:
Various  methods of journeying
shamanic healing: of self, and for others, including healing spirits of place,
divination methods
working with nature spirits
shamanic practices from other shamanic cultures
use of power objects such as medicine bags, rocks and crystals, masks,amulets,
use of ceremony, ritual, prayer, song, movement, meditation,
dream work, journaling, etc.

Spirituality is about who you are becoming, so the time you spend on your own personal work is very valuable.  Each Saturday will include some lecture, lots of experiential work, individually/with partner/ in group. There will be ceremony, dance or song, and outdoor work at times.  Also, I will support focused time for individual spiritual quests and exploration.  Our final session is usually held at my home, from 1-8pm, instead of the You will receive a thorough and full foundation in shamanism in this training, and will be well –prepared to advance in training if desired.

REGISTRATION and  COST :

Deposit of $100 due by Wed Feb 20, or call/email me for other arrangements.

Full Registration is $350- due by February 23rd, the first class. However, we always want to make this program accessible to all who are truly interested so please note that we can set up a " Payment 'plan' over time.
Please contact me to discuss!

Please email SpiritWeavers@gmail.com  or call Kate at 517 667 0694 for more information.
If you are interested, and I will send an application and the registration form!

*Registration and  $100 deposit due by ** February 22nd, 2008 *** to assure you a place in the program.
      ***  Enrollment is limited, so acceptance will be on a first come basis.

Directions and further instructions will be given to you upon receipt of registration

Kate Durda, MA, is a developmental psychologist, reiki master, esoteric healer, shamanic practitioner, and  educator.   She has taught throughout the U.S., in Canada, in Russia and is also available for healing work or personal consultation.  She is co-founder of Spirit Weavers, an organization devoted to providing experiential spiritual training and healing to those interested.  She is planning member and instructor at the Sparrow Hospital’s Center for Health, Humanities, & Well-Beingis , and is committee member of the Sparrow Hospital Holistic Network and Education (SHINE) committee working to introduce alternative/complementary treatment options to hospital staff, patients, and the public. Currently she is collaborating with Sandra Ingerman (author of “Soul Retrieval”) and the University of Michigan (Integrative Medicine Department and the Cardiology Department) on a pilot research study of the efficacy of spirituality with heart attack survivors (methodology is focused on S.Ingerman’s Medicine for the Earth methodology).  Kate is also on the board of the Peace Education Center (PEC) in Lansing, MI, and also chairs the “Peace-Healing Action Circle of PEC. 

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Advanced Shamanic Healing        CLOSED
March 8, 2008

Session 2: Intermediate Apprenticeship Program
Journey of the Open Heart” with KATE DURDA
  March 8, 2008          ~closed 

 

 

Advanced Shamanic Healing        CLOSED
February 9-10, 2008

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JANUARY 2008 

Shamanism: Path of Empowerment and Healing
with Kate Durda, M.A.       
 
in Grand Ledge, Michigan (near Lansing)
January 12, Saturday 11am- 5pm  

$50 pre-registration rec'd by January 9th / Wednesday  --   $60 at the door, if space available
***Please EMAIL me or Call to hold a space ASAP   & to assure the class will be a 'go' ***

For those who wish to repeat this class, reduced registration cost of $15.
***If you repeat the class and bring a friend, you may come free!

Class is a pre- requisite for all other advanced Shamanic training and workshops offered.
 
Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”.   This will be an experiential workshopbased upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org)Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice. We will discuss shamanic healing methods, and application to your everyday life, including working with Spirits of Nature, healing self, healing the land, etc.

Bring a water bottle, LUNCH/Snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with.  Bring a sack lunch.

TO REGISTER  click here  or e-mail
 SpiritWeavers@gmail.com...
Directions and further instructions will be given to you upon receipt of registration…

 

Advanced Shamanic Healing        CLOSED
January 12 - 13, 2008

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Spirit Weavers...
providing experiential training in Shamanism and offering Shamanic healing.
Stephanie Tighe. M.S.W.,and Kate Durda, M.A.
3415 W. Needmore Hwy. Charlotte, Mi. 48813
517 667-0694 Spiritweavers@gmail.com
Our website is www.SpiritWeavers.net

 

These are the workshops that Spirit Weavers offered from 2002 - 2007.

December 2007

Shamanism:  A Spiritual Practice for Everyday Life
with Kate Durda, M.A.
in Grand Ledge, Michigan (near Lansing)
December 9th, 2007 SUNDAY Noon to 5pm 

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November 2007
-postponed til January 12
Shamanism:  A Spiritual Practice for Everyday Life
with Kate Durda, M.A.
in Grand Ledge, Michigan (near Lansing)
November 4th, 2007 SUNDAY 10:am- 4:30pm

$50 pre-registration (received by November 1st !)  --   $60 after Nov 1 at the door, if space available
For those who wish to repeat this class, reduced registration cost of $15.
***If you repeat the class and bring a friend, you may come free!

Class is a pre- requisite for all other advanced Shamanic training and workshops offered.
 
Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”.   This will be an experiential workshopbased upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org)Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice. We will discuss shamanic healing methods, and application to your everyday life, including working with Spirits of Nature, healing self, healing the land, etc.

Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with.  Bring a sack lunch.

TO REGISTER  click here  or e-mail
 SpiritWeavers@gmail.com...
Directions and further instructions will be given to you upon receipt of registration…

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Celtic Shamanism: Two-Year Training Program 
with Tom Cowan    from New York  see
his website -www.RiverDrum.com
Nov. 9-11. 2007 CLOSED - FINAL SESSION

Peacemakers Reunion
Weekend before Thanksgiving
at the Leaven Center in Lyons, Michigan

Weekend available only to persons who participated in the Peacemakers Intensive in Michigan.

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October 2007

Medicine for the Earth
with Kate Durda in  TRENTON, MI
October 20-21, 2007
$130-150 (sliding scale-more if you can, less if you can't) if registered by October 17.  
$150 late registration at door, if room
** If you have taken MFE before with me or other FSS folks, repeat is only $50

This experiential  training is based on the information in Medicine for the Earth . We experience  how to transform personal and environmental pollution by learning how to transmute negative beliefs, attitudes, and energy which is generated by emotions.  Transmutation works on the principal "As within, so without. As above, so below." Using a specific spiritual methodology, we will work together to restore harmony and balance in our exterior environment by creating positive change within ourselves.
During this experiential training, we will use a powerful combination of guided meditation, shamanic journey work and ceremony, our work will focus on learning to  transform physical,  emotional and mental toxins that negatively affect our health and the health of Mother Earth.
     The process continues with learning how to work in cooperation with helping spirits and the spirits of the land as well as getting in touch with our own internal divine nature to create healing and transmutation. Other key elements and spiritual practices will also be explored which can be easily incorporated into daily life. These methods are necessary and helpful for transforming and transmuting environmental and personal toxins.
     In addition to shamanic journeying, meditation, toning , singing and movement  will be utilized to help change states of consciousness and raise awareness. The work done as a group in collaboration with community and the spirits is truly a life transforming experience. FIRE CEREMONY Saturday ; Transfiguration Healng Ceremony Sunday.
   Kate has worked with Sandra extensively and hase completed her MFE Teacher Training to present this  work.   For info about Sandy Ingerman and/or Medicine for the Earth, see www.shamanicvisions.com/ingerman.html and http://www.medicinefortheearth.com
     It is recommended  that you read Sandra Ingerman's  Medicine for the Earth: How to Transform Personal and Environmental Toxins.
  
TO REGISTER  click here  or e-mail
 SpiritWeavers@gmail.com...
Directions and further instructions will be given to you upon receipt of registration…

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Shamanism:  A Spiritual Practice for Everyday Life
with Kate Durda in Midland, Michigan at the Creative Spirit Arts Center
Saturday, October 27  10am - 4pm

$65 ($5 discount for members)    *** Please register by October 24th !
$20 repeat class (At Door - $70)

Class is a pre- requisite for all other advanced Shamanic training and workshops offered.
 
Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”.   This will be an experiential workshop based upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org)Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice. We will discuss shamanic healing methods, and application to your everyday life, including working with Spirits of Nature, healing self, healing the land, etc.

Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with.
 

Pre-registration/pre-payment by October 24th is kindly requested.
For more information or to register  contact:

Creative Spirit Center
1517 Bayliss St.,
PO Box 1204, Midland, Mi.  48641-1204
You can visit Creative Spirit Center's website at www.creativespiritcenter.org

Call to register: 989 837-1885 or email creativity@creativespiritcenter.org

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September 2007

Shamanism:  A Spiritual Practice for Everyday Life
with Kate Durda, M.A.
in Grand Ledge, Michigan (near Lansing)
September 8th, 2007  Saturday 12 Noon- 5pm

$60 pre-registration (received by September 5)  --   $70 at the door, if space available
For those who wish to repeat this class, reduced registration cost of $15.
***If you repeat the class and bring a friend, you may come free!

Class is a pre- requisite for all other advanced Shamanic training and workshops offered.
 
Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”.   This will be an experiential workshopbased upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org)Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice. We will discuss shamanic healing methods, and application to your everyday life, including working with Spirits of Nature, healing self, healing the land, etc.

Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with.  Bring a sack lunch.

TO REGISTER  click here  or e-mail
 SpiritWeavers@gmail.com...
Directions and further instructions will be given to you upon receipt of registration…

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Shamanism:  A Spiritual Practice for Everyday Life
at BodyWorks Healing Center, in Plymouth
with Kate Durda  in  Plymouth, Michigan
September 9, 2007,  SUNDAY 10am-5pm

Class is a pre- requisite for all other advanced Shamanic training and workshops offered.
 
Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”.   This will be an experiential workshopbased upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org)Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice. We will discuss shamanic healing methods, and application to your everyday life, including working with Spirits of Nature, healing self, healing the land, etc.

Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with.  Bring a sack lunch.

Cost:
$100  pre-registration (received by September 8); $115  at the door, if space available

TO REGISTER - Contact
Bodyworks Healing Center
819 North Mill Street
Plymouth , MI 48170
Phone Number:  (734) 416-5200

Email Address:  info@bodyworkshealingcenter.com

Website: http://www.bodyworkshealingcenter.com/contact.php

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August 2007

Community Re-Dedication to Peace and Memorial for Victims of War
August 5, Sunday,  1:30 pm
This event is being held at the site of the new memorial on the campus of Lansing Community College between Dart Auditorium and the outdoor amphitheatre.
There will be a Peace Pole rededication Ceremony, Speakers, Music and Inspiration. 
Reception will follow in the Sun Room of the Hermann Conference Center.  Refreshments provided.
We, Kate and Stephanie, will be drumming for part of this event and invite all those who have drummed with us before to join us. 
This event is sponsored by LCC People for Positive Social Change.  Ben Miller, an active member, inspired this event with his work for non-violence and justice.
For more information contact Perry at 517 483-9653

MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH.

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July 2007

Shamanism:  A Spiritual Practice for Everyday Life
with Kate Durda  in Grand Ledge, Michigan (near Lansing)
July 15th, 2007  Sunday 12 Noon - 5pm
$55 pre-registration (received by Wednesday July 11th)  --   $65 at the door, if space available
For those who wish to repeat this class, reduced registration cost of $15.
***If you repeat the class and bring a friend, you may come free!

Class is a pre- requisite for all other advanced Shamanic training and workshops offered.
 
Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”.   This will be an experiential workshopbased upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org)Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice. We will discuss shamanic healing methods, and application to your everyday life, including working with Spirits of Nature, healing self, healing the land, etc.

Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with.  Bring a sack lunch.

TO REGISTER  click here  or e-mail
 SpiritWeavers@gmail.com...
Directions and further instructions will be given to you upon receipt of registration…

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June 2007

Shamanism:  A Spiritual Practice for Everyday Life
at BodyWorks Healing Center, in Plymouth
with Kate Durda  in  Plymouth, Michigan
June 10, 2007,  SUNDAY 10am-5pm

Class is a pre- requisite for all other advanced Shamanic training and workshops offered.
 
Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”.   This will be an experiential workshopbased upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org)Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice. We will discuss shamanic healing methods, and application to your everyday life, including working with Spirits of Nature, healing self, healing the land, etc.

Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with.  Bring a sack lunch.

Cost:
$100  pre-registration (received by June 1st); $115  at the door, if space available

TO REGISTER - Contact
Bodyworks Healing Center
819 North Mill Street
Plymouth , MI 48170
Phone Number:  (734) 416-5200

Email Address:  info@bodyworkshealingcenter.com

Website: http://www.bodyworkshealingcenter.com/contact.php

Shamanism:  A Spiritual Practice for Everyday Life
with Kate Durda  in Grand Ledge, Michigan (near Lansing)
June 9, 2007  Saturday 12 Noon - 5pm
$55 pre-registration (received by May May 30th)   --   $65 at the door, if space available
For those who wish to repeat this class, reduced registration cost of $20.
***If you repeat the class and bring a friend, you may come free!

Class is a pre- requisite for all other advanced Shamanic training and workshops offered.
 
Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”.   This will be an experiential workshopbased upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org)Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice. We will discuss shamanic healing methods, and application to your everyday life, including working with Spirits of Nature, healing self, healing the land, etc.

Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with.  Bring a sack lunch.

TO REGISTER  click here  or e-mail
 SpiritWeavers@gmail.com...
Directions and further instructions will be given to you upon receipt of registration…

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RATTLE MAKING WORKSHOP (postponed)
June 15, 2007 Friday.... 6:00-8:00 pm AND June 17, SUNDAY 10am-5pm

June 2nd,2 hr session  AND June 4th, 3 hr session.
2 sessions are needed to complete the rattle. Rattle must dry between sessions.

If you can't make this one, please email us to be put on mailing list for future rattlemaking workshops.

Rattles are very important shamanic tools, used for ceremony, calling the Spirits, and journeying. Making your own tools for spiritual practice is very powerful, and a wonderful way to strengthen your connection to the Spirit World. Interest in making a rattle for your own spiritual use is prerequisite for this workshop.  You will create your own personal rawhide rattle, and can purchase additional supplies for making your own rattles.

Rattles are made with your choice of hides: cow, elk, deer, moose. Rattles /Drums made with choice of hides: cow, elk, deer, moose. All gifts from the animal/plant spirits honored in the creation of these spiritual tools. Honoring Ceremonies are shared.

This workshop will meet in two sessions, due to the nature of rattle making!

Note: We also have handcrafted rattles for purchase. See our website. We can do individual personalized rattles incorporating materials you want used in the making, upon request. We also will handpaint rattles to your specification

We also offer workshops on making your own drums and other personal spiritual items such as
"Personal Altars ” or “Prayer Cards’.  Get our our SACRED CRAFT EMAIL LIST for notice of events!
 

Peacemakers Reunion
First Weekend in June
at the Leaven Center in Lyons, Michigan

Contact us if interested in more information. This gathering is now open to anyone interested in spiritual and shamanic approaches to healing, conflict resolution, social justice and PEACE!

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May 2007

Celtic Shamanism: Two-Year Training Program 
3rd Session MAY 4-6, 2007 with Tom Cowan from New York  
Please visit
his website for more info on Tom! - www.RiverDrum.com
(4th and last session is  Nov. 9-11. 2007)
CLOSED

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4th Shamanism Apprenticeship Program :
Journey of the Open Heart
 with Kate Durda 
Final Session  -  May 12th, 2007
Grand Ledge, Michigan   
     -- closed--    

Peace & Healing Action Group

“Do not give up hope, we were made for these times!”  Clarissa Pinkola-Estes

Meets the second Monday of every month at 7 pm. 
Next meeting is May 14th at  the Peace Education Center , East Lansing
Rainbow Room Annex ( ground floor –next to PeaceEd office)
855 Grove Stree,;  East Lansing, MI 48823 (517) 337-8087 
website:  www.peaceedcenter.org

  “ The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people
when they realize their relationship , their oneness, with the universe and all its power,
…it is within each of us”.  
  
Black Elk  (Oglala Sioux elder and Medicine Man)

The Peace & Healing group was implemented to weave a solid spiritual approach into the peace movement.
When asked if she would join a "anti-war" march, Mother Teresa declined. She added that she would join in a "peace march".  The Peace & Healing group aims to provide a positive action group to explore and promote peace, social justice, personal and community healing, and healthy living. Purpose includes: to promote social justice in accordance with higher beliefs; to explore and promote spiritual practices supporting personal and community healing, health, and peace;  and promote a shared recognition of our ‘oneness’ not only with all people, but also all of life. Spiritual awareness is key to this group's existence. Protest and acts of conscience are critical, but there is much more work needed in our efforts to creating peace, both in ourselves, and in the world.

 Participants will chose the focus, but areas of interest could include:

How to be a spiritual ‘peacekeeper’
Public education and efforts to fostering hope and social action
Community-wide actions for support and direction in times of disaster
Spiritual methods of conflict resolution
Focus on healing for survivors of trauma (vets, domestic assault, abuse,etc) 
Environmental health
Voluntary simplicity
Support for self –healing and community healing
Ceremonies, community movies, reading group(s) and public activities to support the goals and ends of the PEC and Peace & Healing  task force.
Networking with local, national, and international organizations promoting the goals of this task force and PEC
Other

To join, or more info-contact contact: Kate Durda, PEC board member
517.543.6754 or email  SpiritWeavers@gmail.com
or contact the Peace Education Center www.Peaceedcenter.org

 Please join us  and  “Be the change you want to see in the world” (Gandhi)

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Shamanism: Introduction to the Shamanic Journey
(Note: Only open to those participating in the Medicine for the Earth workshop on May 26-27)
with Kate Durda  in  Chatham, Ontario
May 25, 2007,  Friday 6-9pm
$ 15  pre-registration (received by May 18th; $20 at the door, if space available)
 
Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”.   This will be an experiential workshopbased upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies
 www.Shamanism.org )Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice.
We will discuss shamanic healing methods, and application to your everyday life, including working with Spirits of Nature, healing self, healing the land, etc.

Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with.  Bring a sack lunch.

To register:  call Sally Joyce at (519) 351-5703 or email wisewomanway@hotmail.com

Directions and further instructions will be given to you upon receipt of registration…

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Medicine for the Earth:
Restoring Health to Self and Environment
with Kate Durda, M.A.
May 26-27,2007 in Chatham, Ontario, Canada
Cost: $95 Canadian if paid by May 18th; $115 if paid later, or at door, if room. Space is limited. Please register early to ensure a place in the training.
(see also the accompanying May 25th 2 hr Intro to journeying above, for wkshop participants only)

This weekend experiential  training is based on the information in Medicine for the Earth . We experience  how to transform personal and environmental pollution by learning how to transmute negative beliefs, attitudes, and energy which is generated by emotions.  Transmutation works on the principal "As within, so without. As above, so below." Using a specific spiritual methodology, we will work together to restore harmony and balance in our exterior environment by creating positive change within ourselves.
During this experiential training, we will use a powerful combination of guided meditation, shamanic journey work and ceremony, our work will focus on learning to  transform physical,  emotional and mental toxins that negatively affect our health and the health of Mother Earth.
     The process continues with learning how to work in cooperation with helping spirits and the spirits of the land as well as getting in touch with our own internal divine nature to create healing and transmutation. Other key elements and spiritual practices will also be explored which can be easily incorporated into daily life. These methods are necessary and helpful for transforming and transmuting environmental and personal toxins.
     In addition to shamanic journeying, meditation, toning , singing and movement  will be utilized to help change states of consciousness and raise awareness. The work done as a group in collaboration with community and the spirits is truly a life transforming experience.
     Kate & Stephanie have worked with Sandra extensively and have completed her MFE Teacher Training to present this  work.   For info about Sandy Ingerman and/or Medicine for the Earth, see www.shamanicvisions.com/ingerman.html and http://www.medicinefortheearth.com
     It is recommended  that you read Sandra Ingerman's  Medicine for the Earth: How to Transform Personal and Environmental Toxins.
     Note: this is NOT a residential workshop. 

For for more information: Call Kate Durda at 517 667-0694  or e-mail
 SpiritWeavers@gmail.com
To REGISTER:  call Sally Joyce at (519) 351-5703 or email wisewomanway@hotmail.com

Directions and further instructions will be given to you upon receipt of registration…

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April 2007

4th Shamanism Apprenticeship Program :
Journey of the Open Heart
 with Kate Durda 
Fourth Session  - April 28, 2007  
Grand Ledge, Michigan   
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Shamanism:  A Spiritual Practice for Everyday Life
with Kate Durda in Midland, Michigan at the Creative Spirit Arts Center
April 29, 2007  Sunday  12:00 -5:30pm
$65 ($5 discount for members)    *** Please register by April 26th!

Class is a pre- requisite for all other advanced Shamanic training and workshops offered.
 
Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”.   This will be an experiential workshop based upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org)Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice. We will discuss shamanic healing methods, and application to your everyday life, including working with Spirits of Nature, healing self, healing the land, etc.

Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with.

For more information or to register contact Creative Spirit Center at 989 837-1885.  Their mailing address is 1517 Bayliss St., PO Box 1204, Midland, Mi.  48641-1204
You can visit Creative Spirit Center's website at www.creativespiritcenter.org

 Three Year Program in Advanced
with Kate Durda and Stephanie Tighe
April 18-22  2007
    *** FINAL SESSION of three year program!
 CLOSED-final session of 3 yr program

4th Shamanism Apprenticeship Program :
Journey of the Open Heart
 with Kate Durda 
FOURTH Session  -  April 28th, 2007
Grand Ledge, Michigan   
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Shamanism:  A Spiritual Practice for Everyday Life
with Kate Durda in Midland, Michigan at the Creative Spirit Arts Center
April 29th, 2007  Sunday  12:00 -5:30pm
$65 ($5 discount for members)    *** Please register by April 22nd, if possible!
$20 repeat class (At Door - $70)

Class is a pre- requisite for all other advanced Shamanic training and workshops offered.
 
Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”.   This will be an experiential workshop based upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org)Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice. We will discuss shamanic healing methods, and application to your everyday life, including working with Spirits of Nature, healing self, healing the land, etc.

Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with.

For more information or to register contact:

Creative Spirit Center
1517 Bayliss St.,
PO Box 1204, Midland, Mi.  48641-1204
You can visit Creative Spirit Center's website at www.creativespiritcenter.org

Call to register: 989 837-1885 or email creativity@creativespiritcenter.org

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March 2007

Lecture:

Shamanism:  Path of Healing and Empowerment

with Kate Durda,M.A.

 MARCH 6, 2007   6-8pm

$15 ($3 discount for members)    *** Please register by April 22nd, if possible!
At door - $15, no discount

 

Cost: $15

Shamanism, the oldest recorded form of spirituality known, is an ancient and powerful practice still used today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge.  It is a personal spiritual practice, and a healing practice, not a religion.  Specific healing methods and their relationship to other popular healing modalities used currently will be discussed. Find out how "Soul Retrieval" can powerfully help a person who has experienced 'post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); or "Extraction, can assist with physical pain ,energy leaks, and disruption of the chakra energy.  This will be combination lecture/ discussion/ experiential session.  Come with your questions as well, there will be time for question/answers. 

 

Pre-registration/pre-payment is kindly requested.

For more information or to register contact:

Creative Spirit Center
1517 Bayliss St.,
PO Box 1204, Midland, Mi.  48641-1204
You can visit Creative Spirit Center's website at www.creativespiritcenter.org

Call to register: 989 837-1885 or email creativity@creativespiritcenter.org

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Peace & Healing Action Circle -  Inaugural Meeting
Monday March 12th, 2007
at the Peace Education Center , East Lansing
Rainbow Room Annex ( ground floor –next to PeaceEd office)

855 Grove Street;  East Lansing, MI 48823 
(517) 337-8087 website:  www.peaceedcenter.org
Please email KATE at SpiritWeavers@gmail.com  if you have questions!

   “ The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship , their oneness, with the universe and all its power, …it is within each of us”.     -  Black Elk  (Oglala Sioux elder and Medicine Man)

Kate has been on the board of directors, and is starting up this group. Intent of the group is to provide a positive-action group to help create social change lending itself to peace and healthy living, thru spiritual means. It will be creative, fun, healing and satisfying!! Come join us to help ‘dream’ our dream of a better world!   

The Peace & Healing group will provide a positive action group to explore and promote peace, social justice, personal and community healing, and healthy living. Purpose includes: to promote social justice in accordance with higher beliefs; to explore and promote spiritual practices supporting personal and community healing, health, and peace;  and promote a shared recognition of our ‘oneness’ not only with all people, but also all of life. Protest and acts of conscience are critical, but there is much more work needed in our efforts to creating peace, both in ourselves, and in the world.

 Participants will chose the focus, but areas of interest could include:

How to be a spiritual ‘peacekeeper’
Public education and efforts to fostering hope and social action
Community-wide actions for support and direction in times of disaster
Spiritual methods of conflict resolution

Focus on healing for survivors of trauma (vets, domestic assault, abuse,etc) 

Environmental health
Voluntary simplicity
Support for self –healing and community healing

Ceremonies, community movies, reading group(s) and public activities to support the goals and ends of the PEC and Peace & Healing  task force.

Networking with local, national, and international organizations promoting the goals of this task force and PEC
Other

 To join, or more info-contact: Kate Durda, PEC board member

517.543.6754 or email  SpiritWeavers@gmail.com  or contact PEC!

 Please join us  and  “Be the change you want to see in the world” (Gandhi)

 “Do not give up hope, we were made for these times!”  Clarissa Pinkola-Estes

 

Shamanism:  A Spiritual Practice for Everyday Life
with Kate Durda  in Grand Ledge, Michigan (near Lansing)
March 18, 2007  SUNDAY  12 noon - 5:00pm
$60 pre-registration (received by  March 14th); $70 at the door, if space available
For those who wish to repeat this class, reduced registration cost of $15.

Class is a pre- requisite for all other advanced Shamanic training and workshops offered.
 
Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”.   This will be an experiential workshopbased upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org)Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice. We will discuss shamanic healing methods, and application to your everyday life, including working with Spirits of Nature, healing self, healing the land, etc.

Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with.  Bring a sack lunch.

TO REGISTER  click here  or e-mail
 SpiritWeavers@gmail.com...
Directions and further instructions will be given to you upon receipt of registration…

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4th Shamanism Apprenticeship Program :
Journey of the Open Heart
2nd session with Kate Durda  March 10
Grand Ledge, Michigan   

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February 2007

Shamanism:  A Spiritual Practice for Everyday Life
at BodyWorks Healing Center, in Plymouth
with Kate Durda  in  Plymouth, Michigan
February 4, 2007,  SUNDAY 10am-5pm

Class is a pre- requisite for all other advanced Shamanic training and workshops offered.
 
Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”.   This will be an experiential workshopbased upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org)Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice. We will discuss shamanic healing methods, and application to your everyday life, including working with Spirits of Nature, healing self, healing the land, etc.

Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with.  Bring a sack lunch.

Cost:
$100  pre-registration (received by January 26th); $$115  at the door, if space available

TO REGISTER - Contact
Bodyworks Healing Center
819 North Mill Street
Plymouth , MI 48170
Phone Number:  (734) 416-5200

Email Address:  info@bodyworkshealingcenter.com

Website: http://www.bodyworkshealingcenter.com/contact.php

4th Shamanism Apprenticeship Program:
Journey of the Open Heart
with Kate Durda,

Meets five Saturdays, Feb. thru May, 2007  Time:11:00am-5:00pm
1st Session -February 10, 2007
(other dates- March 10, April 7, April 28, and May 12)
held in Grand Ledge, Michigan        
Pre-requisite: Intro Shamanism training; ability to do shamanic journeying (if you don't know how to journey, but still are interested in the apprenticeship, please contact me so we can discuss this).
 
*COST IS SLIDING SCALE. I want to make this program accessible to all who are truly interested! 
Registration is $250 to $350, more if you can, less if you can’t. Payment 'plan' over time is available too, please contact me to discuss!
Please consider what you pay for a massage, or other health/educational session in your decision!   
 
     This apprenticeship program is for those of you who know how to journey, but want to really learn how to work with Shamanism as a spiritual 'practice' in your life!  You will experientially learn about Shamanism, deepen your spiritual practice, and may discover more of your your true selves in this program.  Through Shamanic practice, we  ‘re-member’ who we really are….And we remember, therefore, our true soul’s purpose.  Through this process of remembering, and deepening our understanding and self-knowledge, we can regain our passion for life, our purpose, and we  learn to live/work/create from a balanced, powerful, and deep place of love, personal power, and connection… The journey of the open heart.
      By remembering and healing our ‘selves’, we become part of the larger process of remembering and healing each other, and the environments around us.   “As within, so without".  Shamanism is a spiritual  practice of restoring and maintaining balance, harmony, connection and love…Shamanism is a Path of Healing.
  
  This program will provide a safe and supportive community for your work. During our on-going training, the same group will meet one Saturday a month for 5 months , and will deepen shamanic journeying skills and other shamanic practices.  

In this program, I will guide you in deepening your shamanic practice and experiences,  and will introduce a lot of experiences including, but NOT limited to:
        Various methods of journeying
        shamanic healing - of self and for others, including healing spirits of place
        divination methods
        working with nature spirits
        shamanic practices from other shamanic cultures
        use of power objects such as rocks and crystals, masks, amulets,
        use of ceremony, ritual, prayer, song, movement, meditation,
        dream work, journaling, etc.

            Each Saturday will include some lecture, lots of experiential work, individually/with partner/ in group. There will be ceremony, dance or song,  and outdoor work at times.  Also, I will support focused time for individual spiritual quests and exploration. Spirituality is about who you are becoming, so the time you spend on your own personal work is very valuable. In addition, there will be group discussions and time for question/answer. 

TO REGISTER or for more information: click here  
OR  Call Kate Durda at 517 667-0694 or  or e-mail
 SpiritWeavers@gmail.com
Directions and further instructions will be given to you upon receipt of registration

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January 2007

Shamanism:  A Spiritual Practice for Everyday Life
with Kate Durda  in Grand Ledge, Michigan (near Lansing)
Jan 27,  2007,  SATURDAY  11:00 - 5:00pm
$60 pre-registration (received by January 20th); $70 at the door, if space available
For those who wish to repeat this class, reduced registration cost of $15.

Class is a pre- requisite for all other advanced Shamanic training and workshops offered.
 
Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”.   This will be an experiential workshopbased upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org)Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice. We will discuss shamanic healing methods, and application to your everyday life, including working with Spirits of Nature, healing self, healing the land, etc.

Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with.  Bring a sack lunch.

TO REGISTER  click here  or e-mail
 SpiritWeavers@gmail.com...
Directions and further instructions will be given to you upon receipt of registration…

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December 2006

Peacemakers Reunion
December 8-10, 2006
at the Leaven Center in Lyons, Michigan

Weekend available only to persons who participated in the Peacemakers Intensive in Michigan.

Shamanism:  A Spiritual Practice for Everyday Life
with Kate Durda  in Grand Ledge, Michigan (near Lansing)
December 2,  2006 SATURDAY  12:00 - 5:00pm
$50 pre-registration (received by October 11); $60 at the door, if space available
For those who wish to repeat this class, reduced registration cost of $15.

Class is a pre- requisite for all other advanced Shamanic training and workshops offered.
 
Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”.   This will be an experiential workshopbased upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org)Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice. We will discuss shamanic healing methods, and application to your everyday life, including working with Spirits of Nature, healing self, healing the land, etc.

Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with.

TO REGISTER  click here  or e-mail
 SpiritWeavers@gmail.com...
Directions and further instructions will be given to you upon receipt of registration…

November 2006

Medicine for the Earth Reunion and Healing Ceremony
with Kate Durda & Stephanie Tighe
November 4,   Grand Ledge, near Lansing, Mi.
$35 registration received by Thursday November 2/  $45 at door
Time will be 12 Noon - 5pm.
***   Giving and Receiving the Healing we need!! ****

We are very happy to invite past MFE participants to this First Annual MFE gathering/reunion
It's a good time to get together  and do ceremony, don't you think??  If you have a healing pratice, come regenerate with others. If you are relatively new to MFE practice, come deepen your experience!

We will share/present:
Selected review of Medicine for the Earth work, to deepen our experience with transfiguration
Selected exercises from Sandy Ingerman's "Healing with Spiritual Light" work,
and explore the 'latest' of Earth work experience, 
During the day, we will do personal journeys, and some partner healing work.

We will end the day with a Transfiguration/Healing Ceremony, followed by a small "feast".
Please bring a very light snack/ or beverages to share.
 

Please bring:

Drums and rattles (we'll have extras if you don't)
Eye Cover/ journal
WATER to drink
To share: a very light snack/ or beverages (no kitchenhere, so keep it simple)
Item for community altar!
Ceremonial garb if you wish
Let's build our shamanic community! There will be a 'community check-in', and general networking!

Let's build our shamanic community! There will be a 'community check'in', place for fyou to distribute flyers about your shamanic groups/worskhops/ceremonies... and general networking!

Must contact Kate at 517.543.6754 or SpiritWeavers@gmail.com by November 3 to attend!
Will give directions to those who are registered, or confirmed in attendance.

TO REGISTER:  Please send $35 check/m.order made out to KATE DURDA, and mail to :

Kate Durda
Box 539,
Grand Ledge, MI 48837

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Celtic Shamanism: Two-Year Training Program 
with Tom Cowan    from New York  see
his website -www.RiverDrum.com
May 12-14, 2006, Nov. 10-12, 2006, May 4-6, 2007, Nov. 9-11. 2007
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October 2006

Human Spirit Expo
Kate Durda, MA will be speaking on Shamanism from 3-4 pm. 
Keynote speaker is Dan Millman, author of "Way of the Peaceful Warrior"

October 7, 2006  in Holt, Michigan
for more information see the website:  www.humanspiritexpo.com or call 517 488-2459
Be sure to stop by the Spirit Weavers booth and register for a free handmade rattle.
 

Shamanism:  A Spiritual Practice for Everyday Life
with Kate Durda in Midland, Michigan at the Creative Spirit Arts Center
October 8, 2006,  Sunday  12:00 -5:30pm
$65 ($5 discount for members)    *** Please register by October 5th!

Class is a pre- requisite for all other advanced Shamanic training and workshops offered.
 
Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”.   This will be an experiential workshop based upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org)Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice. We will discuss shamanic healing methods, and application to your everyday life, including working with Spirits of Nature, healing self, healing the land, etc.

Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with.

For more information or to register contact Creative Spirit Center at 989 837-1885.  Their mailing address is 1517 Bayliss St., PO Box 1204, Midland, Mi.  48641-1204
You can visit Creative Spirit Center's website at www.creativespiritcenter.org

 

Shamanism:  A Spiritual Practice for Everyday Life
with Kate Durda  in Grand Ledge, Michigan (near Lansing)
October 14, 2006 Sunday   12:00 - 5:00pm
$50 pre-registration (received by October 11); $60 at the door, if space available
For those who wish to repeat this class, reduced registration cost of $15.

Class is a pre- requisite for all other advanced Shamanic training and workshops offered.
 
Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”.   This will be an experiential workshop based upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org)Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice. We will discuss shamanic healing methods, and application to your everyday life, including working with Spirits of Nature, healing self, healing the land, etc.

Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with.

TO REGISTER  click here  or e-mail
 SpiritWeavers@gmail.com...
Directions and further instructions will be given to you upon receipt of registration…


Three Year Program in Advanced Shamanism
with Kate Durda and Stephanie Tighe
5th Session:  October 18-22  2006, next session  April 18-22  2007      
Base price for this workshop is $450 per session, if you are able to afford to pay more to begin a scholarship program, all contributions would be welcomed.
Fee includes tuition, room and board. 
This residential workshop will be held at the Leaven Center near Portland, Mi. 
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Medicine for the Earth
with Kate Durda
October 28-29, 2006 in Grand Ledge, MI  just west of Lansing
Saturday 11:15- 4 pm,  Sunday 10 am - 3 pm
 
Cost:  sliding scale*  preregistered is $100-$150 ;  At door $130 -$180, space available..
(
* sliding scale- more if you can, less if you can't. You decide.) Repeat wkshop for $35!
     This weekend experiential  training is based on the information in Medicine for the Earth . We experience  how to transform personal and environmental pollution by learning how to transmute negative beliefs, attitudes, and energy which is generated by emotions.  Transmutation works on the principal "As within, so without. As above, so below." Using a specific spiritual methodology, we will work together to restore harmony and balance in our exterior environment by creating positive change within ourselves.
During this experiential training, we will use a powerful combination of guided meditation, shamanic journey work and ceremony, our work will focus on learning to  transform physical,  emotional and mental toxins that negatively affect our health and the health of Mother Earth.
     The process continues with learning how to work in cooperation with helping spirits and the spirits of the land as well as getting in touch with our own internal divine nature to create healing and transmutation. Other key elements and spiritual practices will also be explored which can be easily incorporated into daily life. These methods are necessary and helpful for transforming and transmuting environmental and personal toxins.
     In addition to shamanic journeying, meditation, toning , singing and movement  will be utilized to help change states of consciousness and raise awareness. The work done as a group in collaboration with community and the spirits is truly a life transforming experience.
     Kate & Stephanie have worked with Sandra extensively and have completed her MFE Teacher Training to present this  work.   For info about Sandy Ingerman and/or Medicine for the Earth, see www.shamanicvisions.com/ingerman.html and http://www.medicinefortheearth.com
     It is recommended  that you read Sandra Ingerman's  Medicine for the Earth: How to Transform Personal and Environmental Toxins.
     Note: this is NOT a residential workshop.. and while coffee, tea and water will be provided, please bring a bag lunch for yourselves, and any snacks you want.  We’re sure you will enjoy the beauty of the land  as a peaceful setting for our work together in circle.  Thank-you.
     TO REGISTER or for more information: Call Kate Durda at 517 667-0694 or click here  or e-mail
 SpiritWeavers@gmail.com...Directions and further instructions will be given to you upon receipt of registration

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September 2006

Medicine for the Earth
with Kate Durda
September 23, 2006 in Midland, Mi. at Creative Spirit Arts Center
9 am to 5 pm
$90 ($5 discount for members of the Creative Spirit Arts Center)
This experiential  training is based on the information in Medicine for the Earth . We experience  how to transform personal and environmental pollution by learning how to transmute negative beliefs, attitudes, and energy which is generated by emotions.  Transmutation works on the principal "As within, so without. As above, so below." Using a specific spiritual methodology, we will work together to restore harmony and balance in our exterior environment by creating positive change within ourselves.
During this experiential training, we will use a powerful combination of guided meditation, shamanic journey work and ceremony, our work will focus on learning to  transform physical,  emotional and mental toxins that negatively affect our health and the health of Mother Earth.
     The process continues with learning how to work in cooperation with helping spirits and the spirits of the land as well as getting in touch with our own internal divine nature to create healing and transmutation. Other key elements and spiritual practices will also be explored which can be easily incorporated into daily life. These methods are necessary and helpful for transforming and transmuting environmental and personal toxins.
     In addition to shamanic journeying, meditation, toning , singing and movement  will be utilized to help change states of consciousness and raise awareness. The work done as a group in collaboration with community and the spirits is truly a life transforming experience.
     Kate & Stephanie have worked with Sandra extensively and have completed her MFE Teacher Training to present this  work.   For info about Sandy Ingerman and/or Medicine for the Earth, see www.shamanicvisions.com/ingerman.html and http://www.medicinefortheearth.com
     It is recommended  that you read Sandra Ingerman's  Medicine for the Earth: How to Transform Personal and Environmental Toxins.
     Note: this is NOT a residential workshop.. and while coffee, tea and water will be provided, please bring a bag lunch for yourselves, and any snacks you want.  We’re sure you will enjoy the beauty of the land  as a peaceful setting for our work together in circle.  Thank-you.

For more information or to register contact Creative Spirit Center at 989 837-1885.  Their mailing address is 1517 Bayliss St., PO Box 1204, Midland, Mi.  48641-1204
You can visit Creative Spirit Center's website at www.creativespiritcenter.org

 

Crafting Weekend
with Stephanie
September 20-24  2006,   at Leaven Center
$75 + potluck food

Bring your craft supplies and food to share.  Leaven has a great space with beautiful windows overlooking the river and lots of table space.  This is a good time to spend doing crafts (which we LOVE) and to spend time with other wonderful women!!  You may learn a new skill or finish up a project you are already working on.
For more information contact Stephanie at journeyonit@yahoo.com or 517 242-3927

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Medicine for the Earth
Restoring Health to Self and the Environment
with Kate Durda, MA
September 30, 2006 in Traverse City, Mi. at the P.E.A.C.E. Center
10 am until 8 pm (includes evening Fire Ceremony)
Cost is $110 if registered by September 25th, $130 after that

This experiential  training is based on the information in Medicine for the Earth . We experience  how to transform personal and environmental pollution by learning how to transmute negative beliefs, attitudes, and energy which is generated by emotions.  Transmutation works on the principal "As within, so without. As above, so below." Using a specific spiritual methodology, we will work together to restore harmony and balance in our exterior environment by creating positive change within ourselves.
During this experiential training, we will use a powerful combination of guided meditation, shamanic journey work and ceremony, our work will focus on learning to  transform physical,  emotional and mental toxins that negatively affect our health and the health of Mother Earth.
     The process continues with learning how to work in cooperation with helping spirits and the spirits of the land as well as getting in touch with our own internal divine nature to create healing and transmutation. Other key elements and spiritual practices will also be explored which can be easily incorporated into daily life. These methods are necessary and helpful for transforming and transmuting environmental and personal toxins.
     In addition to shamanic journeying, meditation, toning , singing and movement  will be utilized to help change states of consciousness and raise awareness. The work done as a group in collaboration with community and the spirits is truly a life transforming experience.
     Kate & Stephanie have worked with Sandra extensively and have completed her MFE Teacher Training to present this  work.   For info about Sandy Ingerman and/or Medicine for the Earth, see www.shamanicvisions.com/ingerman.html and http://www.medicinefortheearth.com
     It is recommended  that you read Sandra Ingerman's  Medicine for the Earth: How to Transform Personal and Environmental Toxins.
     Note: this is NOT a residential workshop.. and while coffee, tea and water will be provided, please bring a bag lunch for yourselves, and any snacks you want.  We’re sure you will enjoy the beauty of the land  as a peaceful setting for our work together in circle.  Thank-you.

  TO REGISTER or for more information: Call Kate Durda at 517 667-0694 or click here  or e-mail  SpiritWeavers@gmail.com...Directions and further instructions will be given to you upon receipt of registration

 

Shamanism:  A Spiritual Practice for Everyday Life
with Kate Durda  in Grand Ledge, Michigan (near Lansing)
September 10, 2006 Sunday   12:00 -5:00pm
$50 pre-registration (received by May 18th,Wednesday); $60 at the door, if space available
For those who wish to repeat this class, reduced registration cost of $15.

Class is a pre- requisite for all other advanced Shamanic training and workshops offered.
 
Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”.   This will be an experiential workshopbased upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org)Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice. We will discuss shamanic healing methods, and application to your everyday life, including working with Spirits of Nature, healing self, healing the land, etc.

Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with.

TO REGISTER  click here  or e-mail
 SpiritWeavers@gmail.com...
Directions and further instructions will be given to you upon receipt of registration…

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Medicine for the Earth
Kate Durda
September 15-17, 2006 in Port Huron, Ontario, Canada
This weekend experiential  training is based on the information in Medicine for the Earth . We experience  how to transform personal and environmental pollution by learning how to transmute negative beliefs, attitudes, and energy which is generated by emotions.  Transmutation works on the principal "As within, so without. As above, so below." Using a specific spiritual methodology, we will work together to restore harmony and balance in our exterior environment by creating positive change within ourselves.
During this experiential training, we will use a powerful combination of guided meditation, shamanic journey work and ceremony, our work will focus on learning to  transform physical,  emotional and mental toxins that negatively affect our health and the health of Mother Earth.
     The process continues with learning how to work in cooperation with helping spirits and the spirits of the land as well as getting in touch with our own internal divine nature to create healing and transmutation. Other key elements and spiritual practices will also be explored which can be easily incorporated into daily life. These methods are necessary and helpful for transforming and transmuting environmental and personal toxins.
     In addition to shamanic journeying, meditation, toning , singing and movement  will be utilized to help change states of consciousness and raise awareness. The work done as a group in collaboration with community and the spirits is truly a life transforming experience.
     Kate & Stephanie have worked with Sandra extensively and have completed her MFE Teacher Training to present this  work.   For info about Sandy Ingerman and/or Medicine for the Earth, see www.shamanicvisions.com/ingerman.html and http://www.medicinefortheearth.com
     It is recommended  that you read Sandra Ingerman's  Medicine for the Earth: How to Transform Personal and Environmental Toxins.
     Note: this is NOT a residential workshop.. and while coffee, tea and water will be provided, please bring a bag lunch for yourselves, and any snacks you want.  We’re sure you will enjoy the beauty of the land  as a peaceful setting for our work together in circle.  Thank-you.
     TO REGISTER or for more information: Call Kate Durda at 517 667-0694 or click here  or e-mail
 SpiritWeavers@gmail.com...Directions and further instructions will be given to you upon receipt of registration

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July 2006

Mediumship
with Betsy Bergstrom
July 22-23, 2006 in Lansing, Mi.  Plus July 21

Note Pre-requisites:
Prior workshop with B. Bergstrom only.... Friday July 21 session is optional refresher for you!),
OR
No prior training with B. Bergstrom, you must have good journeying skills AND completion of Betsy's July 21 training immediately prior to the Mediumship workshop!                Call us with any questions about this!

Workshop TIMES:  Saturday 9-6; Sunday 9-4pm  (Friday July 21: 9am-5pm)

Cost:  by June 20th is $235 ____ for Mediumship  or  ___$335 Mediumship plus FridayJuly 21

       after June 20th is $255 ____ for Mediumship   or ___ $355 Mediumship plus Friday July 21

** A limited number of rooms at Reduced cost hotel reservation are available at the Marriott Hotel of East Lansing...See Below! Deadline is June 30th (FRIDAY)

Many different kinds of beings dwell in this world that we live in.
Compassionate spirits and deities are some of those beings that are willing
to share their knowledge and wisdom to help humankind and the earth.
Mediumship, a partnering of spirit and humanity, is one of the ways that
these beings are able to offer their help. Join Betsy Bergstrom in a 2-day
workshop exploring this practice.

Mediums are people who are able to align their vibration with those of the
high spiritual beings in order to become channels or conduits for their
wisdom to come through. There are different styles and practices of
mediumship, including verbal and written channeling.

Some people are natural mediums and may be unaware of their abilities in
this area. Sometimes people are unknowingly channeling the thoughts and
feelings of spirits of the dead or even living people. Empathy and psychic
abilities may be aspects of mediumistic gifts. Lack of awareness off these
abilities or lack of training in them may unfortunately result in a variety
of mediumistic illnesses.

The workshop includes:

·     Explore the nature of conscious mediumship
·     Exploring different styles of mediumship
·     Learning authentic partnering with compassionate spirits
·     Protocols for safety
·     Determining personal gifts and styles
·     Developing a mediumistic practiceFor more information: Call Kate Durda at 517 667-0694 or email us at SpiritWeavers@gmail.com 

TO REGISTER: click here  
NOTE:
 
Directions and further instructions will be given to you upon receipt of registration…
*SPECIAL RATE for JULY BERGSTROM WORKSHOPS ONLY... See EAST LANSING MARRIOTT Hotel
This hotel has free airport Shuttle service AND is within 3 blocks of workshop location for easy walking!

*****July hotel reservation deadline is June 30th, FRIDAY!******
See EAST LANSING MARRIOTT Hotel -- CLICK below for info.
This hotel has free airport Shuttle service AND is within 3 blocks of workshop location for easy walking!
For information on hotels in the area, click here.
For information on location of this workshop, click here.

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Shamanism:  Healing and Empowerment
with Kate Durda  in Grand Ledge, Michigan (near Lansing)
July 8, 2006 Saturday   12:00 -5:00pm
$50 pre-registration (received by July 6th Thursday); $60 at the door, if space available
For those who wish to repeat this class, reduced registration cost of $15.

Class is a pre- requisite for all other advanced Shamanic training and workshops offered.
 
Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”.   This will be an experiential workshopbased upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org)Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice. We will discuss shamanic healing methods, and application to your everyday life, including working with Spirits of Nature, healing self, healing the land, etc.

Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with.

TO REGISTER  click here  or e-mail
 SpiritWeavers@gmail.com...
Directions and further instructions will be given to you upon receipt of registration…

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June 2006

Medicine for the Earth: 
Personal and Environmental Transformation
                          
with
Kate Durda & Stephanie Tighe in the Lansing, Michigan area
at Michigan Nature Conservancy, Bath, Michigan  www.miwildlife.org

Saturday 10 am - 5 pm,  Sunday 10 am - 4 pm
 
JUNE 10-11 (Saturday-Sunday), 2006 
 
Cost:  sliding scale*  preregistered is$100-$150 ;  At door $130 -$180, space available..
(
* sliding scale- more if you can, less if you can't. You decide.)
     This weekend experiential  training is based on the information in Medicine for the Earth . We experience  how to transform personal and environmental pollution by learning how to transmute negative beliefs, attitudes, and energy which is generated by emotions.  Transmutation works on the principal "As within, so without. As above, so below." Using a specific spiritual methodology, we will work together to restore harmony and balance in our exterior environment by creating positive change within ourselves.
During this experiential training, we will use a powerful combination of guided meditation, shamanic journey work and ceremony, our work will focus on learning to  transform physical,  emotional and mental toxins that negatively affect our health and the health of Mother Earth.
     The process continues with learning how to work in cooperation with helping spirits and the spirits of the land as well as getting in touch with our own internal divine nature to create healing and transmutation. Other key elements and spiritual practices will also be explored which can be easily incorporated into daily life. These methods are necessary and helpful for transforming and transmuting environmental and personal toxins.
     In addition to shamanic journeying, meditation, toning , singing and movement  will be utilized to help change states of consciousness and raise awareness. The work done as a group in collaboration with community and the spirits is truly a life transforming experience.
     Kate & Stephanie have worked with Sandra extensively and have completed her MFE Teacher Training to present this  work.   For info about Sandy Ingerman and/or Medicine for the Earth, see www.shamanicvisions.com/ingerman.html and http://www.medicinefortheearth.com
     It is recommended  that you read Sandra Ingerman's  Medicine for the Earth: How to Transform Personal and Environmental Toxins.
     Note: this is NOT a residential workshop.. and while coffee, tea and water will be provided, please bring a bag lunch for yourselves, and any snacks you want.  We’re sure you will enjoy the beauty of the land  as a peaceful setting for our work together in circle.  Thank-you.
     TO REGISTER or for more information: Call Kate Durda at 517 667-0694 or click here  or e-mail
 SpiritWeavers@gmail.com...Directions and further instructions will be given to you upon receipt of registration

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Heart Centered Shamanic  Depossession Training, Introduction
with Betsy Bergstrom in Lansing, Mi.
on the campus of Michigan State University
June 2,3 and 4, 2006 - Friday 10 am - 6 pm, Saturday 9;30 am - 6 pm, Sunday 9:30am -  4pm
Cost $335
Marriott Hotel East Lansing - 3 blocks walking distance! **Reduced rates available until May 18th only!! Call now to reserve room.  Ask for "SpiritWeavers" group rate!

Pre-registration requested

Sandra Ingerman, author of Soul Retrieval and Medicine for the Earth, says, "Betsy is the one I would train with in Depossession.  I think she is a brilliant teacher of Depossession."

The clearing of possessing spirits has a profound impact on the person suffering from the problem, as well as on the practitioner who facilitates the clearing.  Heart Centered Shamanic Clearing is a form of basic shamanic depossession and clearing work that incorporates the partnership of the Light of the Creator and the Heart Light of the Practitioner, along with the Helping Spirits to safely and respectfully free human beings from possession by suffering beings of all kinds.  This training is for all practitioners who are interested in the recognition of possession, techniques for clearing and protocols for protection.

MATERIAL COVERED:
* Nature & fundamentals of possession and multiple possession
* The nature and possibilities of the Middle World
* Middle World protection and Allies                 * Recognition of possession and multiple possession
* Techniques for clearing the suffering beings, including live demonstrations
* Importance of clearing for the suffering being’s themselves
* Post-clearing protocols, aftercare for clients
* Required healing for client’s nervous system and psyche
* Personal protocol and care for self, before and after doing this work
* How to recognize curses and sorcery             * Unraveling curses and creating preventatives

Betsy Bergstrom is a full-time Shamanic Practitioner from Seattle, Washington,  who has studied with shamans and healers from many cultures. As a small child she was recognized by Hawaiian kahunas and was made aware of her Helping Spirits and Totem Animals. As a teenager,  she was recognized as a spiritual healer and medium by ministers of the Spiritualist Church. In her 30´s and 40`s, she has been trained by a number of indigenous shamans and healers from many cultures. Her own practice of depossission incorporates many Middle World elements that are not part of core shamanism and the Foundation`s program. She is a graduate of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies 3-Year Program, and has also taught Depossession through the Foundation Her calling is to work in partnership with the Helping Spirits, to help the living and with the dead.

Betsy says; "The feedback from my classes has been that the teaching defused much of the fear that some people felt in approaching the work of clearing and depossession."

Note:  This workshop is a prerequisite for Advanced Deposession and Mediumship.

Prerequisite: Basic Shamanic Journeying using the method taught by the Foundation for Shamanic Studies.   If you are not sure if you know this technique or have questions please contact us.

TO REGISTER or for more information: Call Kate Durda at 517 667-0694 or click here  or e-mail  SpiritWeavers@gmail.com...Directions and further instructions will be given to you upon receipt of registration…
*SPECIAL RATE fro JUNE and JULY BERGSTROM WORKSHOPS ONLY...
June reservation deadline is MAY 18th THURSDAY;   July hotel reservation deadline is June 30th FRIDAY!
See EAST LANSING MARRIOTT Hotel -- CLICK below for info.
This hotel has free airport Shuttle service AND is within 3 blocks of workshop location for easy walking!

For information on hotels in the area, click here.
For information on location of this workshop, click here.

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May 2006

Celtic Shamanism: Two-Year Training Program 
with Tom Cowan    from New York  see
his website -www.RiverDrum.com

May 12-14, 2006, Nov. 10-12, 2006, May 4-6, 2007, Nov. 9-11. 2007

Costs range from $490-$570 per session depending on housing choice
Register by March 1  for discounted cost:
add $50 for late registration, if space available!  see registration link below for all cost/due date information.
Program begins at 9:30 am on Friday, we will end by 4pm on Sunday.

This program is an opportunity to acquire and hone shamanic skills in a Celtic context, using traditional Celtic practices mixed with core shamanic techniques. The program is part of the worldwide revival of shamanic lore and customs. By means of ongoing study and practice we adapt the Old Ways of Celtic and European peoples to the modern world. We recover and utilize shamanic wisdom found in folk customs, fairy traditions, ancient myths and rituals, and traditional healing and visionary methods. On-going practice at home is expected between sessions which occur in the spring and fall of two consecutive years.

Celtic shamanism is a forest tradition in which seership, shapeshifting, poetry, and participation in the life of the elements of nature play important roles for the shaman and healer. A major element in Celtic shamanism is poetry, for poets had shamanic healing and visionary skills, so we will explore ways to use poetry in healing and ritual work.

The training also includes working with the cauldrons of the soul and key Celtic gods, goddesses, and other spirits when appropriate for shamanic work, especially the spirits known as the Sidhe, the People of the Goddess Danu.

As presented in this program, Celtic shamanism is a living tradition that comes from older practices and folklore combined with modern shamanic techniques that can be used in healing sessions with clients or solely for one's own spiritual and personal development.

We use seasonal rituals and ceremonial activities to align ourselves with the old Celtic calendar. At Samhain we engage in the Wild Hunt, a form of ritual battle against the coming forces of death and destruction most prevalent in the winter months.

In the spring we learn a healing ritual called the Beheading Game, based on a Celtic tradition similar to the practice in other shamanic cultures where the shaman takes on an illness or problem in order to transmute it.

We will also practice some Celtic-based meditation techniques that do not require drums or rattles. And we will learn ways of entering nonordinary reality that are closer to the Celtic understanding of the Otherworld as being present here in ordinary reality. At our last meeting we use the Celtic shaman's initiation found in a Welsh myth to complete our training.

One of the benefits of an ongoing program is to participate in a stable community of shamanists. We all gain insight and wisdom from each other, and as the program progresses, the support of a familiar community enriches our shamanic practice. Guided by our helping spirits, the program will acquire its own unique life, punctuated with surprise and discovery as we go along.

This will be a three day residential program (Friday am thru Sunday afternoon) held at the Kellogg Biological Station Conference Center situated on beautiful Gull Lake in southwest Michigan (see www.kbs.msu.edu/Conference). 

If you are interested in this workshop please click here and you will be taken to the application page. 

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Shamanism:  A Spiritual Practice for Everyday Life
with Kate Durda  in Grand Ledge, Michigan (near Lansing)
May 21, 2006 Sunday   1:00 -5:00pm
$50 pre-registration (received by May 18th,Wednesday); $60 at the door, if space available
For those who wish to repeat this class, reduced registration cost of $15.

Class is a pre- requisite for all other advanced Shamanic training and workshops offered.
 
Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”.   This will be an experiential workshopbased upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org)Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice. We will discuss shamanic healing methods, and application to your everyday life, including working with Spirits of Nature, healing self, healing the land, etc.

Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with.

TO REGISTER  click here  or e-mail
 SpiritWeavers@gmail.com...
Directions and further instructions will be given to you upon receipt of registration…

 

April 2006

Three Year Program in Advanced Shamanism
with Kate Durda and Stephanie Tighe
4th Session 
April 19-23   2006
Last two sessions are October 18-22  2006, and April 18-22  2007       

This residential workshop will be held at the Leaven Center near Portland, Mi. 
This program involves intensive, extended training in progressively higher levels of advanced shamanism and shamanic healing, including rare methods and little-known principles.
CLOSED (Note: new 3 yr program starts in Fall 2006!)
 

Shamanism : Personal Healing and Empowerment
April 30th,  Sunday 1-5pm     with KATE DURDA,  M.A.
Creative Spirit Arts Center
1517 Bayliss Street, Midland, MI
Cost $65  ($5 discount for Creative Spirit Center members;
** If you participated in the Feb.19th class, cost is only $15 to Repeat!!! 
;  )
Pre-registration requested.

To register:  call Creative Spirit Arts Center  (989) 837-1885

** This introductory class is a pre- requisite for all other advanced Shamanic training and workshops offered or sponsored.* We are planning further advanced work in Midland area as well. 

Note: Midland Women's Journey Circle was initiated after the Feb.19th Intro we did. This April 30 training is pre-requisite for joining the CIRCLE, if you are interested! Call kate 517 667-0694 for more info.

The Shamanic Journey - “the most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”. 

Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. Science is now confirming what the Shaman always knew…and quantum physics, medicine, and ancient spiritual traditions are finally finding common ground.

 Shamanism is a powerful spiritual practice that restores the YOU in your life. Come heal, become more empowered, and get in touch with your passions! This will be an experiential workshop, based on the “core shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and central to all Shamanic practice).  You will receive an introduction to Shamanism, and will begin to learn how to incorporate Shamanism into daily life.  You will be provided with methods for “journeying” to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice. 

*Bring a journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them. (we will have extras for those who do not have these items). Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, and bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with. 

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March 2006

Shining Light in the Darkness:

...a 21st century approach to ghosts, possession, curses, and all that dark and scary stuff!

with Betsy Bergstrom,  from Seattle
March 24 Friday  7pm-9pm 
LOCATION:  Michigan State University Student Union Building,  IOWA Room (3rd floor) Abbott RD S.E. Corner of Abbott & Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI  Union Bldg Info     517 355 3489
For maps and driving directions,  see 
http://www.msu.edu/maps/documents/driving.pdf

$10 pre-registration/  $15 at Door

Join Betsy Bergstrom of Seattle, Wa. for an investigation into the unknown (mostly) and the unusual that we all hear about and that some of us have experienced. Science, especially quantum physics, is showing us that no longer does the maxim “I will believe it when I see it!” apply in quite the same way. A lot more is going on than meets the eye. Haunted houses, ghosts, deceased relative’s spirits appearing- learn more about these phenomenon.  Also more than an esoteric curiosity, for example, curses and thought-forms, both intentional and unintentional, abound in this world that we live in. Many of us live lives that are overshadowed by non-positive beliefs, thought-forms and outright curses (some inherited from our ancestors!)  that limit us from achieving our true potential.  

Shining Light in the Darkness is an informal and informative talk about some of the unusual things that can and do happen AND what we can do about them. Ms. Bergstrom helps to demystify and defuse fear about the unusual, without taking away the wonder of it all, and is adept at handling difficult problems of possession, haunting and curses.  Betsy is a sensitive, healer, teacher and shamanic practitioner and speaks from extensive experience. Please join us!  This talk kicks off the beginning of a series of three training workshops Betsy will teach in Lansing this year!

To Register,  please send check made out to Kate Durda, and include your name, email address , and phone number . Mail to Kate Durda, Box 539, Grand Ledge, MI  48837.
We must receive this by Friday in U.S. mail for the early discount. 

FOR MORE INFO: Contact Kate at 517.543.6754;  or email us at  SpiritWeavers@gmail.com

Betsy Bergstrom is a full-time Shamanic Practitioner and Medium from Seattle, Washington, who has studied with shamans and healers from many cultures. As a small child she was recognized and taught by Hawaiian kahunas. As a teenager, she was recognized as a spiritual healer and medium by ministers of the Spiritualist Church.  In her 30´s and 40`s, she has been trained by a number of indigenous shamans and healers from many cultures. Her own practice of depossession healing work incorporates her own native heritage, and a heart-centered caring approach to deceased  and other spirits.  Her calling is to work in partnership with the Helping Spirits, to help the living and with the dead.

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Unraveling Curses, Negative Beliefs,

& Thought-forms: A two day healing methods workshop.
with Betsy Bergstrom,  from Seattle -see www.BetsyBergstrom.com
Saturday/ Sunday March 25-26, 2006 in Lansing, Mi.

Registration is $255 (if received before March 22, cost is $235)
Times: Saturday 9:00(registration) -6pm;  Sunday 9am-4pm.

   
Curses and thought-forms, both intentional and unintentional, abound in this world that we live in. Many of us live lives that are overshadowed by non-positive beliefs, thought-forms and outright curses that limit us from achieving our true potential. Whether simple or complex, personal or lineage, curses and thought-forms can have very real power in our lives.
    Unraveling Curses is a 2 day workshop that provides and in-depth opportunity to identify the nature and fundamental elements of curses and offers practical means and techniques with which to safely dismantle them. In this class, we learn to safely navigate the non-ordinary realms of our world. We meet and work with spiritual allies who are specialists, protectors and healers in what some shamanistic cultures call the Middleworld.  We learn and practice techniques and methods for unraveling curses and thought-forms that may have negative impacts on our lives. The skills and practices in this class are a great contribution to any shamanic practice and can be safely practiced for oneself.
     Note:  This workshop is a prerequisite for any of Betsy's other workshops (See June and July 2006).
   Prerequisite: good shamanic journeying skills

Workshop is a prerequisite for Betsy's other workshops coming in 2006: Heart-Centered Depossession in June & Mediumship in July.

Betsy Bergstrom is a full-time Shamanic Practitioner and teacher who has studied with shamans and healers from many cultures.  She is a graduate of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies 3-Year Program and teaches nationally.  Her calling is to work in partnership with the Helping Spirits, to help the living and the dead.   Visit her new website:  www.betsybergstrom.com

LOCATION:
  Michigan State University Student Union Building,  IOWA Room (3rd floor) Abbott RD S.E. Corner of Abbott & Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI  Union Bldg Info     517 355 3489

For maps and driving directions,  see 
http://www.msu.edu/maps/documents/driving.pdf

For information on hotels in the area, click here.
For information on location of this workshop, click here.

TO REGISTER or for more information: Call Kate Durda at 517 667-0694 or click here  or e-mail  SpiritWeavers@gmail.com...Directions and further instructions will be given to you upon receipt of registration…

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Shamanism:  A Spiritual Practice for Everyday Life
with Kate Durda near Lansing, Michigan
March 19th, 2006 Sunday   12:00 noon -  5:00pm
$50 pre-registration (received by March 14); $60 at the door, if space available
For those who wish to repeat this class, reduced registration cost of $15.

Class is a pre- requisite for all other advanced Shamanic training and workshops offered.
 
Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”.   This will be an experiential workshopbased upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org)Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice. We will discuss shamanic healing methods, and application to your everyday life, including working with Spirits of Nature, healing self, healing the land, etc.

Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with.

TO REGISTER  click here  or e-mail
 SpiritWeavers@gmail.com...
Directions and further instructions will be given to you upon receipt of registration…

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February 2006

Shamanism : Personal Healing and Empowerment
February 12th,  Sunday 1-5pm     with KATE DURDA,  M.A.
Creative Spirit Arts Center
1517 Bayliss Street, Midland, MI
Cost $65  ($5 discount for Creative Spirit Center members) 
Pre-registration requested.
To register:  call Creative Spirit Arts Center  (989) 837-1885

** This introductory class is a pre- requisite for all other advanced Shamanic training and workshops
offered or sponsored
.* We are planning further advanced work in Midland area as well.

The Shamanic Journey - “the most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind
 to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”.
 

Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore
spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. Science is now confirming what the Shaman always
knew…and quantum physics, medicine, and ancient spiritual traditions are finally finding common ground.

 Shamanism is a powerful spiritual practice that restores the YOU in your life. Come heal, become more
empowered, and get in touch with your passions! This will be an
experiential workshop, based on the
 “core shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and central
to all Shamanic practice).  You will receive an introduction to Shamanism, and will begin to learn how to incorporate Shamanism into daily life.  You will be provided with methods for “journeying” to discover, and study with your own
 individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice. 

*Bring a journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them. (we will have extras for those who do not have these items)
Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, and bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Since often people prefer to
journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with. 

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January 2006

Shamanism:  A Spiritual Practice for Everyday Life
with Kate Durda near Lansing, Michigan
January 22, 2006 Sunday   1:00 -5:00pm
$50 pre-registration (received by January 20); $60 at the door, if space available
For those who wish to repeat this class, reduced registration cost of $15.

Class is a pre- requisite for all other advanced Shamanic training and workshops offered.
 
Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”.   This will be an experiential workshopbased upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org)Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice. We will discuss shamanic healing methods, and application to your everyday life, including working with Spirits of Nature, healing self, healing the land, etc.

Bring a water bottle, snacks, journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them (I have extras if not!)  Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.   Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with.

TO REGISTER  click here  or e-mail
 SpiritWeavers@gmail.com...
Directions and further instructions will be given to you upon receipt of registration…

Shamanism Apprenticeship Program :
Journey of the Open Heart
with Kate Durda,

Meets one Saturday a month:
Noon-5:30pm January 28,  February 11,   March 18,  April 29,
and Noon-8pm May 20(note: this is an double session-all day!)
held in Lansing area, Michigan        
Pre-requisite: Intro Shamanism training; ability to do shamanic journeying (if you don't know how to journey, but still are interested in the apprenticeship, please contact me so we can discuss this).
    
This apprenticeship program is for those of you who know how to journey, but want to really learn how to work with Shamanism as a spiritual 'practice' in your life!  You will experientially learn about Shamanism, deepen your spiritual practice, and may discover more of your your true selves in this program.  Through Shamanic practice, we  ‘re-member’ who we really are….And we remember, therefore, our true soul’s purpose.  Through this process of remembering, and deepening our understanding and self-knowledge, we can regain our passion for life, our purpose, and we  learn to live/work/create from a balanced, powerful, and deep place of love, personal power, and connection… The journey of the open heart.
      By remembering and healing our ‘selves’, we become part of the larger process of remembering and healing each other, and the environments around us.   “As within, so without".  Shamanism is a spiritual  practice of restoring and maintaining balance, harmony, connection and love…Shamanism is a Path of Healing.
  
  This program will provide a safe and supportive community for your work. During our on-going training, the same group will meet one Saturday a month for 5 months , and will deepen shamanic journeying skills and other shamanic practices.  

In this program, I will guide you in deepening your shamanic practice and experiences,  and will introduce a lot of experiences including, but NOT limited to:
        Various  methods of journeying
        shamanic self-healing,
        other healing methods such as Tuvan drum healing, and word doctoring
        divination methods
        working with nature spirits
        shamanic practices from other shamanic cultures
        use of power objects such as rocks and crystals,  masks, amulets,
        use of ceremony, ritual, prayer, song, movement, meditation,
        dream work, journaling, etc.

            Each Saturday will include some lecture, lots of experiential work, individually/with partner/ in group. There will be ceremony, dance or song,  and outdoor work at times.  Also, I will support focused time for individual spiritual quests and exploration. Spirituality is about who you are becoming, so the time you spend on your own personal work is very valuable. In addition, there will be group discussions and time for question/answer. 

TO REGISTER or for more information: click here  
OR  Call Kate Durda at 517 667-0694 or  or e-mail
 SpiritWeavers@gmail.com
Directions and further instructions will be given to you upon receipt of registration

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December 2005

Medicine for the Earth: 
Personal and Environmental Transformation
                          
with Kate and Stephanie in the Lansing, Michigan area
Saturday 10 am - 5 pm,  Sunday 10 am - 4 pm
 
December 3-4, 2005 

Cost:  sliding scale  $125  to $200 by November 23, 2005; $150 -$250 at door, space available..
     This weekend experiential  training is based on the information in Medicine for the Earth . We experience  how to transform personal and environmental pollution by learning how to transmute negative beliefs, attitudes, and energy which is generated by emotions.  Transmutation works on the principal "As within, so without. As above, so below." Using a specific spiritual methodology, we will work together to restore harmony and balance in our exterior environment by creating positive change within ourselves.
During this experiential training, we will use a powerful combination of guided meditation, shamanic journey work and ceremony, our work will focus on learning to  transform physical,  emotional and mental toxins that negatively affect our health and the health of Mother Earth.
     The process continues with learning how to work in cooperation with helping spirits and the spirits of the land as well as getting in touch with our own internal divine nature to create healing and transmutation. Other key elements and spiritual practices will also be explored which can be easily incorporated into daily life. These methods are necessary and helpful for transforming and transmuting environmental and personal toxins.
     In addition to shamanic journeying, meditation, toning , singing and movement  will be utilized to help change states of consciousness and raise awareness. The work done as a group in collaboration with community and the spirits is truly a life transforming experience.
     Kate & Stephanie have worked with Sandra extensively and have completed her MFE Teacher Training to present this  work.   For info about Sandy Ingerman and/or Medicine for the Earth, see www.shamanicvisions.com/ingerman.html and http://www.medicinefortheearth.com
     It is recommended  that you read Sandra Ingerman's  Medicine for the Earth: How to Transform Personal and Environmental Toxins.
     Note: this is NOT a residential workshop.. and while coffee and water will be provided, please bring a bag lunch for yourselves, and any snacks you want.  We’re sure you will enjoy the beauty of the land  as a peaceful setting for our work together in circle.  Thank-you.
     TO REGISTER or for more information: Call Kate Durda at 517 667-0694 or click here  or e-mail
 SpiritWeavers@gmail.com...Directions and further instructions will be given to you upon receipt of registration…

Shamanism:  A Spiritual Practice for Everyday Life
with Kate Durda in Lansing, Michigan
December 10, 2005 Saturday   Noon to 5 pm
$50 pre-registration (received by December 7); $60 at the door, if space available
For those who wish to repeat this class, reduced registration cost of $15.

Class is a pre- requisite for all other advanced Shamanic training and workshops offered.
 
Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”.   This will be an experiential workshopbased upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org)Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice. We will discuss shamanic healing methods, and application to your everyday life, including working with Spirits of Nature, healing self, healing the land, etc.

Bring a journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them.   Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.
Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with.

TO REGISTER or for more information: Call Kate Durda at 517 667-0694 or click here  or e-mail
 SpiritWeavers@gmail.com...Directions and further instructions will be given to you upon receipt of registration…

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November 2005

Peacemakers Reunion
November 18, 19, 20
at the Leaven Center in Lyons, Michigan

Weekend available only to persons who participated in the Peacemakers Intensive in Michigan.

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October 2005

SHAMANIC HEALING METHODS SERIES:  SOUL RETRIEVAL  TRAINING
Stephanie Tighe near Lansing, Mi.
October 8-9, 10 am - 9 pm  Saturday and 10 am - 5 pm Sunday
Cost:  $150 - $250 (sliding scale based on ability to pay) by September 15, 2005 after that date the cost is $200-$250.
Soul Retrieval is one of the three primary healing techniques used by Shamans around the world.  It is an ancient technique, which has been rediscovered and revitalized by Sandra Ingerman (author of Soul Retrieval; Welcome Home; and other books).  In this workshop we will examine the issue of soul loss from a shamanic perspective; learn signs and symptoms of soul loss; learn the technique of soul retrieval; and will learn how to assist someone in making lasting changes in their lives after receiving a soul retrieval.  This workshop is not recommended if you are only seeking a personal healing (you can contact Kate or Stephanie and schedule an appointment for this), it is recommended for persons who want to bring healing to others. 

It is important that you be available for all of the days of this workshop!!  Pre-requisite is the ability to journey as taught by the Foundation for Shamanic Studies,  Kate, or Stephanie.  You must have a good relationship with your power animals/teachers.

Stephanie has been trained by Sandy Ingerman to teach this workshop and have been doing soul retrievals since 1995.  This will be a small and intimate training.

Click here for the application form.

TO REGISTER or for more information: Call Kate Durda at 517 667-0694 or click here  or e-mail  SpiritWeavers@gmail.com...Directions and further instructions will be given to you upon receipt of registration…


Three Year Program in Advanced Shamanism
with Kate Durda and Stephanie Tighe
October 19-23  2005,    April 19-23   2006
October 18-22  2006, and April 18-22  2007       
CLOSED

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Shamanism Apprenticeship Program :

Journey of the Open Heart
with Kate Durda,

First Session begins October 8
Meets one Saturday a month for 6 months:
also November 12, December 17, January 21, February 11, and March 18
12:00 noon to 5:30 pm

held in Lansing area, Michigan        
Cost $350 
for entire program if paid in advance, $390 if using payment plan
Pre-requisite: Intro Shamanism training; ability to do shamanic journeying.

    
This apprenticeship program is for those of you who want to learn about Shamanism, deepen your spiritual practice, and find your true selves.   Through Shamanic practice, we  ‘re-member’ who we really are….And we remember, therefore, our true soul’s purpose.  Through this process of remembering, and deepening our understanding and self-knowledge, we can regain our passion for life, our purpose, and we  learn to live/work/create from a balanced, powerful, and deep place of love, personal power, and connection… The journey of the open heart.
      By remembering and healing our ‘selves’, we become part of the larger process of remembering and healing each other, and the environments around us.   “As within, so without".  Shamanism is a spiritual  practice of restoring and maintaining balance, harmony, connection and love…Shamanism is a Path of Healing.
  
  This program will provide a safe and supportive community for your work. During our on-going training, the same group will meet one Saturday a month for 5 months , and will deepen shamanic journeying skills and other shamanic practices.  

In this program, I will guide you in deepening your shamanic practice and experiences,  and will introduce a lot of experiences including, but NOT limited to:
        Various  methods of journeying
        shamanic self-healing,
        other healing methods such as Tuvan drum healing, and word doctoring
        divination methods
        working with nature spirits
        shamanic practices from other shamanic cultures
        use of power objects such as rocks and crystals,  masks, amulets,
        use of ceremony, ritual, prayer, song, movement, meditation,
        dream work, journaling, etc.

            Each Saturday will include some lecture, lots of experiential work, individually/with partner/ in group. There will be ceremony, dance or song,  and outdoor work at times.  Also, I will support focused time for individual spiritual quests and exploration. Spirituality is about who you are becoming, so the time you spend on your own personal work is very valuable. In addition, there will be group discussions and time for question/answer. 

TO REGISTER or for more information: Call Kate Durda at 517 667-0694 or click here  or e-mail  SpiritWeavers@gmail.com...Directions and further instructions will be given to you upon receipt of registration…


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Unraveling Curses
with Betsy Bergstrom
October 15-16, 2005 in Lansing, Mi.
$225 early registration by September 14, after that date the cost is $245

     
Curses and thought-forms, both intentional and unintentional, abound in this world that we live in. Many of us live lives that are overshadowed by non-positive beliefs, thought-forms and outright curses that limit us from achieving our true potential. Whether simple or complex, personal or lineage, curses and thought-forms can have very real power in our lives.
    Unraveling Curses is a 2 day workshop that provides and in-depth opportunity to identify the nature and fundamental elements of curses and offers practical means and techniques with which to safely dismantle them. In this class, we learn to safely navigate the non-ordinary realms of our world. We meet and work with spiritual allies who are specialists, protectors and healers in what some shamanistic cultures call the Middleworld.  We learn and practice techniques and methods for unraveling curses and thought-forms that may have negative impacts on our lives. The skills and practices in this class are a great contribution to any shamanic practice and can be safely practiced for oneself.
   Prerequisite: good shamanic journeying skills

Betsy Bergstrom is a full-time Shamanic Practitioner and teacher who has studied with shamans and healers from many cultures.  She is a graduate of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies 3-Year Program and teaches nationally.  Her calling is to work in partnership with the Helping Spirits, to help the living and the dead.   Visit her new website:  www.betsybergstrom.com

TO REGISTER or for more information: Call Kate Durda at 517 667-0694 or click here  or e-mail  SpiritWeavers@gmail.com...Directions and further instructions will be given to you upon receipt of registration…

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September 2005

Shamanism:  A Spiritual Practice for Everyday Life
                
with Kate Durda near Lansing, Michigan
September 10 SATURDAY  Noon - 5 pm
$55 pre-registration by September 7th; $65 at the door, if space available
For those who wish to repeat this class, reduced registration cost of $15.

Class is a pre-requisite for all other advanced Shamanic training and workshops offered.
 
Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”.   This will be an experiential workshopbased upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org)Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice. We will discuss shamanic healing methods, and application to your everyday life, including working with Spirits of Nature, healing self, healing the land, etc.

Bring a journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them.   Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them. Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with.
TO REGISTER or for more information: Call Kate Durda at 517 667-0694 or click here  or e-mail
 SpiritWeavers@gmail.com...Directions and further instructions will be given to you upon receipt of registration…

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August 2005

Peacemaking:  Shamanism, Peace, and Healing
with Kate Durda at the Northern Edge Algonquin Lodge in Canada
August 26-28, 2005
Conflict offers a sacred opportunity to  be peace makers.  Being a peace maker leads us to explore ourselves and create connections.  We live in a world of separation. The greatest wound is the illusion of separation from the great web that connects us all. This is the origin of fear and confusion.

Our challenge is to take what we know, to deepen our collective learning, and become the peacemakers and healers of our times. As peace makers we begin to heal a long history of trauma that spans the generations and whose seeds live in the soil we on which we stand

This weekend workshop explores peace, justice, harmony, balance and spirit from a variety of  traditions. We discover what they can teach us about healing conflicts and bringing spiritual peace to our times.

Methods used in the workshop include but are not limited to: 

§         Practices to bring internal peace and healing;

§         Elements and how they can be used to promote peace and healing;

§         Conflict resolution rituals for healing;

§         Models of circle justice;

§         Role of place and history in larger conflicts;

and Use of emotional release to resolve conflicts. 

Requirements:  Prior experience with shamanic journeying is helpful but not required.
What to Bring: 
Blanket and pillow, Drum and Rattle (if you have them), Journal for personal notes, A desire to create Balance and Harmony, An open heart, Dress comfortably

For more information on this workshop click here:  http://www.shamanismcanada.com/upcomingevents.htm
or
Call Kate Durda at 517 667-0694 or click here  or e-mail  SpiritWeavers@gmail.com

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July 2005

Advanced Heart Centered Shamanic  Depossession Training and Unraveling Curses
with Betsy Bergstrom in East Lansing, Mi. 
July 15, 16, & 17, 2005  Friday and Saturday 9 am - 6 pm, Sunday 9am -  4pm
Cost:  $285 early registration by June 15, after that date cost is $310
note:  this is not a residential workshop - click here for hotel information
The Advanced Depossession training is a three day course that is designed to deepen the skills, techniques and understandings gained in the Basic Heart Centered Depossession Training. This Training includes a day of intensive review and demonstrations of the clearing process and extensive question and
answer periods. We will strengthen our connection to our True Selves and learn how to summon it in others, including suffering beings. We will look at the complexities of multiple possession, curses, and dark force suffering beings and energies. We will work with clearing death wishes to aid in working with clients with serious illness and health issues. The clearing and curse unravelling work is deepened in this workshop which will work with ancestral possessing spirits, curses and family legacies.  There will be additional practices taught to help the practitioner to remain objective, compassionate and safe and to receive the most clear information while doing this work. We will deepen our connection to our helping spirits and learn
about ways to keep the depossession and clearing practice in balance in our lives, practices and homes.

TO REGISTER or for more information: Call Kate Durda at 517 667-0694 or click here  or e-mail  SpiritWeavers@gmail.com...Directions and further instructions will be given to you upon receipt of registration…

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June 2005

Shamanism:  A Spiritual Practice for Everyday Life
with Kate Durda in Lansing, Michigan
June 12,  2005 SUNDAY  12 Noon - 4pm
$50 pre-registration by June 7th; $60 at the door, if space available
For those who wish to repeat this class, reduced registration cost of $15.

Class is a pre- requisite for all other advanced Shamanic training and workshops offered.
 
Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”.   This will be an experiential workshopbased upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org)Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice. We will discuss shamanic healing methods, and application to your everyday life, including working with Spirits of Nature, healing self, healing the land, etc.

Bring a journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them.   Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them. Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with.
TO REGISTER or for more information: Call Kate Durda at 517 667-0694 or click here  or e-mail
 SpiritWeavers@gmail.com...Directions and further instructions will be given to you upon receipt of registration…

 

SHAMANIC HEALING METHODS SERIES:  SOUL RETRIEVAL  TRAINING
Stephanie Tighe and Kate Durda in Lansing, Mi.
June 3  6:30-9:30 pm, June 4  9:30 am- 9:00 pm, June 5  9am - 4pm,  July 9 10am-9pm
Cost:  $175 - $250 (sliding scale based on ability to pay) by May 27, 2005 after that date the cost is $200-$250.
1st in 4 part series over 2 years. May be taken separately; recommended and discount for enrollment in entire series. Extraction Training ; Psychopomp & working with the Dying; and Cultural Healing Methods .
Soul Retrieval is one of the three primary healing techniques used by Shamans around the world.  It is an ancient technique, which has been rediscovered and revitalized by Sandra Ingerman (author of Soul Retrieval; Welcome Home; and other books).  In this workshop we will examine the issue of soul loss from a shamanic perspective; learn signs and symptoms of soul loss; learn the technique of soul retrieval; and will learn how to assist someone in making lasting changes in their lives after receiving a soul retrieval.  This workshop is not recommended if you are only seeking a personal healing (you can contact Kate or Stephanie and schedule an appointment for this), it is recommended for persons who want to bring healing to others. 

It is important that you be available for all of the days of this workshop!!  Pre-requisite is the ability to journey as taught by the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, Myron Eshowsky, Kate, or Stephanie.  You must have a good relationship with your power animals/teachers.

Stephanie and Kate have been trained by Sandy Ingerman to teach this workshop and have been doing soul retrievals since 1995.

Click here for the application form.

TO REGISTER or for more information: Call Kate Durda at 517 667-0694 or click here  or e-mail  SpiritWeavers@gmail.com...Directions and further instructions will be given to you upon receipt of registration…

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May 2005

Shamanism Apprenticeship Program :
Journey of the Open Heart
with Kate Durda,

 February 5, March 5, April 9, May 7, 
held in Lansing area, Michigan         Cost $325 
for entire program
CLOSED

Medicine for the Earth: 
Personal and Environmental Transformation
                          
with Kate and Stephanie in the Lansing, Michigan area
Saturday 10 am - 5 pm,  Sunday 10 am - 4 pm
 
May 14-15, 2005 
 
Cost:  sliding scale  $100 to $150 by May 1; $120-$150 at door, space available..
     This weekend experiential  training is based on the information in Medicine for the Earth . We experience  how to transform personal and environmental pollution by learning how to transmute negative beliefs, attitudes, and energy which is generated by emotions.  Transmutation works on the principal "As within, so without. As above, so below." Using a specific spiritual methodology, we will work together to restore harmony and balance in our exterior environment by creating positive change within ourselves.
During this experiential training, we will use a powerful combination of guided meditation, shamanic journey work and ceremony, our work will focus on learning to  transform physical,  emotional and mental toxins that negatively affect our health and the health of Mother Earth.
     The process continues with learning how to work in cooperation with helping spirits and the spirits of the land as well as getting in touch with our own internal divine nature to create healing and transmutation. Other key elements and spiritual practices will also be explored which can be easily incorporated into daily life. These methods are necessary and helpful for transforming and transmuting environmental and personal toxins.
     In addition to shamanic journeying, meditation, toning , singing and movement  will be utilized to help change states of consciousness and raise awareness. The work done as a group in collaboration with community and the spirits is truly a life transforming experience.
     Kate & Stephanie have worked with Sandra extensively and have completed her MFE Teacher Training to present this  work.   For info about Sandy Ingerman and/or Medicine for the Earth, see www.shamanicvisions.com/ingerman.html and http://www.medicinefortheearth.com
     It is recommended  that you read Sandra Ingerman's  Medicine for the Earth: How to Transform Personal and Environmental Toxins.
     Note: this is NOT a residential workshop.. and while Coffee and Water will be provided, please bring a bag lunch for yourselves, and any snacks you want.  We’re sure you will enjoy the beauty of the land  as a peaceful setting for our work together in circle.  Thank-you.
     TO REGISTER or for more information: Call Kate Durda at 517 667-0694 or click here  or e-mail
 SpiritWeavers@gmail.com...Directions and further instructions will be given to you upon receipt of registration…

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April 2005

Three Year Program in Advanced Shamanism
with Kate Durda and Stephanie Tighe
April 27-May 1  2005,  October 19-23  2005,    April 19-23   2006
October 18-22  2006, and April 18-22  2007       
Base price for this workshop is $450 per session, if you are able to afford to pay more to begin a scholarship program, all contributions would be welcomed.
Fee includes tuition, room and board. 
This residential workshop will be held at the Leaven Center near Portland, Mi. 

CLOSED

Shamanism Apprenticeship Program :
Journey of the Open Heart
with Kate Durda,

 February 5, March 5, April 9, May 7,  & one day to be determined
held in Lansing area, Michigan         Cost $325 
for entire program
CLOSED


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Shamanism:  A Spiritual Practice for Everyday Life
with Kate Durda in Lansing, Michigan
April 10, 2005 SUNDAY   10:30am -3pm   
$50 pre-registration by March 30; $60 at the door, if space available
For those who wish to repeat this class, reduced registration cost of $20.

Class is a pre- requisite for all other advanced Shamanic training and workshops offered.
 
Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”.   This will be an experiential workshopbased upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org)Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice. We will discuss shamanic healing methods, and application to your everyday life, including working with Spirits of Nature, healing self, healing the land, etc.

Bring a journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them.   Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them.
Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with.

TO REGISTER or for more information: Call Kate Durda at 517 667-0694 or click here  or e-mail
 SpiritWeavers@gmail.com...Directions and further instructions will be given to you upon receipt of registration…

Women and Bear Medicine Intensive
with Carol Proudfoot-Edgar
near Kalamazoo, Michigan
April 14-17, 2005
Cost:  $495-615 (depending on housing option)

Powerful  4 day  residential workshop for women  in which you will be introduced to the major shamanic themes and activities of Bear Medicine. In many cultures, women who practiced the way of Bear carried knowledge and spiritual connections essential to both the health of the people and the prospering of the land and other inhabitants. All of us have some deep ancestral lineage to Women who walked with Bear. We come to awaken this wisdom carried in our bones.  

Costs and details to be determined.  Contact  SpiritWeavers@gmail.com

March 2005

Shamanism Apprenticeship Program :
Journey of the Open Heart
with Kate Durda,

 February 5, March 5, April 9, May 7,  & one day to be determined
held in Lansing area, Michigan         Cost $325 
for entire program
CLOSED

Shamanism:  A Spiritual Practice for Everyday Life
with Kate Durda in Lansing, Michigan
March 6, 2005 SUNDAY   1pm - 5pm  
$50 pre-registration by March 30; $60 at the door, if space available
For those who wish to repeat this class, reduced registration cost of $25.

Class is a pre- requisite for all other advanced Shamanic training and workshops offered.
 
Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”.   This will be an experiential workshopbased upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org)Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice. We will discuss shamanic healing methods, and application to your everyday life, including working with Spirits of Nature, healing self, healing the land, etc.

Bring a journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them.   Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them. Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with.
TO REGISTER or for more information: Call Kate Durda at 517 667-0694 or click here  or e-mail
 SpiritWeavers@gmail.com...Directions and further instructions will be given to you upon receipt of registration…


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February 2005

Heart Centered Shamanic  Depossession Training and Unraveling Curses
with Betsy Bergstrom in Lansing, Mi. on the campus of Michigan State University
February 18-20, 2005 - Friday and Saturday 9 am - 6 pm, Sunday 9am -  4pm
Cost if registered by 2-1-05 is $275, after that date the cost is $300
Pre-registration: to hold place without full payment $50.00 deposit (non-refundable).

Sandra Ingerman, author of Soul Retrieval and Medicine for the Earth, says, "Betsy is the one I would train with in Depossession.  I think she is a brilliant teacher of Depossession."

The clearing of possessing spirits has a profound impact on the person suffering from the problem, as well as on the practitioner who facilitates the clearing.  Heart Centered Shamanic Clearing is a form of basic shamanic depossession and clearing work that incorporates the partnership of the Light of the Creator and the Heart Light of the Practitioner, along with the Helping Spirits to safely and respectfully free human beings from possession by suffering beings of all kinds.  This training is for all practitioners who are interested in the recognition of possession, techniques for clearing and protocols for protection.

MATERIAL COVERED:
* Nature & fundamentals of possession and multiple possession
* The nature and possibilities of the Middle World
* Middle World protection and Allies              
* Recognition of possession and multiple possession
* Techniques for clearing the suffering beings, including live demonstrations
* Importance of clearing for the suffering being’s themselves
* Post-clearing protocols, aftercare for clients
* Required healing for client’s nervous system and psyche
* Personal protocol and care for self, before and after doing this work
* How to recognize curses and sorcery            
* Unraveling curses and creating preventatives

Betsy Bergstrom is a full-time Shamanic Practitioner from Seattle, Washington,  who has studied with shamans and healers from many cultures. As a small child she was recognized by Hawaiian kahunas and was made aware of her Helping Spirits and Totem Animals. As a teenager,  she was recognized as a spiritual healer and medium by ministers of the Spiritualist Church. In her 30´s and 40`s, she has been trained by a number of indigenous shamans and healers from many cultures. Her own practice of depossission incorporates many Middle World elements that are not part of core shamanism and the Foundation`s program. She is a graduate of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies 3-Year Program, and has also taught Depossession through the Foundation Her calling is to work in partnership with the Helping Spirits, to help the living and with the dead.

Betsy says; "The feedback from my classes has been that the teaching defused much of the fear that some people felt in approaching the work of clearing and depossession."

Prerequisite: Basic Shamanic Journeying using the method taught by the Foundation for Shamanic Studies.   If you are not sure if you know this technique or have questions please contact us.

TO REGISTER or for more information: Call Kate Durda at 517 667-0694 or click here  or e-mail  SpiritWeavers@gmail.com...Directions and further instructions will be given to you upon receipt of registration…

For information on hotels in the area, click here.
For information on location of this workshop, click here.

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Shamanism Apprenticeship Program :
Journey of the Open Heart
with Kate Durda,

Workshop was delayed due to snow in January:  FIRST SESSION Starts Feb 5!
 February 5, March 5, April 9, May 7,  & one day to be determined
held in Lansing area, Michigan         Cost $325 
for entire program
Pre-requisite: Intro Shamanism training; ability to do shamanic journeying.

    
This apprenticeship program is for those of you who want to learn about Shamanism, deepen your spiritual practice, and find your true selves.   Through Shamanic practice, we  ‘re-member’ who we really are….And we remember, therefore, our true soul’s purpose.  Through this process of remembering, and deepening our understanding and self-knowledge, we can regain our passion for life, our purpose, and we  learn to live/work/create from a balanced, powerful, and deep place of love, personal power, and connection… The journey of the open heart.
      By remembering and healing our ‘selves’, we become part of the larger process of remembering and healing each other, and the environments around us.   “As within, so without".  Shamanism is a spiritual  practice of restoring and maintaining balance, harmony, connection and love…Shamanism is a Path of Healing.
  
  This program will provide a safe and supportive community for your work. During our on-going training, the same group will meet one Saturday a month for 5 months , and will deepen shamanic journeying skills and other shamanic practices.  

In this program, I will guide you in deepening your shamanic practice and experiences,  and will introduce a lot of experiences including, but NOT limited to:
        Various  methods of journeying
        shamanic self-healing,
        other healing methods such as Tuvan drum healing, and word doctoring
        divination methods
        working with nature spirits
        shamanic practices from other shamanic cultures
        use of power objects such as rocks and crystals,  masks, amulets,
        use of ceremony, ritual, prayer, song, movement, meditation,
        dream work, journaling, etc.

            Each Saturday will include some lecture, lots of experiential work, individually/with partner/ in group. There will be ceremony, dance or song,  and outdoor work at times.  Also, I will support focused time for individual spiritual quests and exploration. Spirituality is about who you are becoming, so the time you spend on your own personal work is very valuable. In addition, there will be group discussions and time for question/answer. 

     If you are interested in this program, please email SpiritWeavers@gmail.com  or call
Kate Durda at 517 667-0694…and I will  send further information about how to apply for this program.

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Teachings on the Four Agreements
with Stephanie Tighe, MSW in Lansing, Mi.
at Sparrow Center for Health, Humanities and Well-Being
Wednesdays, February 2-23, 7:30-9 pm

cost $50 per person
This course is based on the book "The Four Agreements" by Don Miguel Ruiz.  The Four Agreements offers a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love. The Four Agreements has the potential to help you move your attention from what the world thinks you "should" do or be to what you know is right for you, reclaim scattered personal energy and power, and open up to a deeper intimacy in personal relationships. According to don Miguel Ruiz, everything we do is based on agreements we have made ― agreements with ourselves, with other people, with God, with life. But the most important agreements are the ones we make with ourselves. In these agreements we tell ourselves who we are, how to behave, what is possible, what is impossible. One single agreement is not such a problem, but we have many agreements that come from fear, deplete our energy, and diminish our self-worth.  In this 4-week course we will spend one week discussing each of the agreements and also discuss the changes that are beginning in our lives.
Pre-registration required, call 517 364-2764 (Sparrow) or for more information: Call Kate Durda at 517 667-0694 or click here  or e-mail  SpiritWeavers@gmail.com...

Restoring Our Connections:  
Practices and Teachings for Healing Ourselves, and Our relationship with Nature
with Kate Durda, MA in Lansing, Mi. at Sparrow Center for Health, Humanities and Well-Being
Thursdays, February 3 and 17, 6-8 pm
cost $35 per person
Step into a new level of being, with exercises and methods that allow us to establish and maintain a state of being in harmony and balance.
Pre-registration required, call 517 364-2764 (Sparrow) or for more information: Call Kate Durda at 517 667-0694 or click here  or e-mail  SpiritWeavers@gmail.com...

January 2005

Shamanism Apprenticeship Program :
Journey of the Open Heart
with Kate Durda, MA
*SEE FEBRUARY 5th.. This training program was delayed due to snow storm on January 21/22nd.

   
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Shamanism:  Introduction to the Shaman's Way
with Kate Durda at Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, Ann Arbor, Michigan
January 29,  2005   Saturday  12:30pm--5pm  
$50 pre-registration by January 20th; $60 at the door, if space available
* Please let me know if coming, so I can have drums and rattles available for your use!.

Class is a pre- requisite for all other advanced Shamanic training and workshops offered.
 
Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”.   This will be an experiential workshopbased upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org)Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice.  We will discuss shamanic healing methods, and application to your everyday life, including working with Spirits of Nature, healing self, healing the land, etc.

Bring a journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them.   Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them. Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with.
TO REGISTER or for more information: Call Kate Durda at 517 667-0694 or click here  or e-mail
 SpiritWeavers@gmail.com...Directions and further instructions will be given to you upon receipt of registration…

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Shamanism:  A Spiritual Practice for Everyday Life
with Kate Durda in Lansing, Michigan
January 8, 2005 Saturday  12noon-5pm  
$55 pre-registration by November 22nd; $65 at the door, if space available

Class is a pre- requisite for all other advanced Shamanic training and workshops offered.
 
Shamanism is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice utilized throughout history and still today to restore spiritual and physical health and obtain self-knowledge. The Shamanic Journey has been called one of the “most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream”.   This will be an experiential workshopbased upon the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (www.Shamanism.org)Core Shamanism” approach (those aspects of Shamanism that were common cross-culturally, and  central to all Shamanic practice). You will learn methods for journeying to discover, and study with your own individual spiritual teachers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice. We will discuss shamanic healing methods, and application to your everyday life, including working with Spirits of Nature, healing self, healing the land, etc.

Bring a journal, frame drum or rattle if you have them.   Please wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, & bring a bandanna or eye cover.  Bring rattles/frame drums if you have them. Since often people prefer to journey while lying on the floor, you may want to bring a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with.
TO REGISTER or for more information: Call Kate Durda at 517 667-0694 or click here  or e-mail
 SpiritWeavers@gmail.com...Directions and further instructions will be given to you upon receipt of registration…

 

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