Creative Shamanism 7 Part Professional Practitioner Training
The 7th Creative Shamanism training travels a new direction. I am taking the next training to Forres in Moray, Scotland. I will be based at Newbold Trust. The training commences in May 2019.
You will need to take 2 of the Intro workshops before you begin this training. These will qualify you to begin the training. The Introductory workshops are Introduction, Theatre, Spiritual Commitment and Rites (or previous trainings you have taken with me). Spiritual Commitment is compulsory for acceptance. I am only taking people to Creative Shamanism Practitioner level who show a clear commitment after doing initial training with me.
Creative Shamanism is a contemporary conception of shamanism which I have developed from years of studying the creative process, watching how people learn and from training with a wealth of shamanic teachers and psychotherapists. My knowing is that Shamanism cannot be taught. It is an innate ability. However, the conditions for fostering shamanic abilities require experienced and firm handling and direction from a clear and spirit guided shamanic teacher. People who come to shamanic training can then learn through an experiential and instructional platform to become practitioners with depth and awareness of their own unique gifts and edges. From my own experience and journey I know that learning how to hold the human is as crucial a part of the training as the shamanic element. As a trained psychotherapist and an educator with over 25 years of experience in working with people and developing human and nature based curriculums I am confident that the training you receive with the Centre for Creative Shamanism will equip you to be a first class creative practitioner in Shamanism.
I also have found that students need to be given the opportunity to align with the natural cycles and join the fellowship of the other beings of this planet. It is only when we acknowledge our place within the whole and hold awareness of the spirit of all the other members of this earth community and beyond that healing and restoration of wholeness can meet its true power and potential.
I have been guided to hold inclusive trainings and give people time to integrate the process over three or more years. My own training took several years with many teachers. Creative Shamanism takes you initially through a deep process of alignment and connectivity with the web of life. It directs you out of a linear polarisation and pulls you into spiral consciousness. It shows you methods and preferences that will help you to change your focus from feeding unhealthy habits and story lines to freeing your soul’s true inclination and setting loving and vibrant boundaries for yourself and others.
All of the sessions are held in circle. Circle is another area which I highlight. We have lost the ability to heal some some of the biggest crisis material of our times because we have forgotten how to weave with the power of the circle. The nature of duality and the war within bodies, couples, families, communities and countries that can generate from this dual state needs more than its members to hold space for it. The power of the circle heals. The circle heals because its sum is greater than its parts and there is a magic inherent in its infinity and its healing gaze. The secret of the circle is something you will learn about too, and something you will carry as a model out into your communities and your life. If you are one of the people who is meant to join the Creative Shamanism course this time, you will find the circle which gathers for the 3 year training will be the template of resonance and power that you have been waiting for all of your life.
My brief as a facilitator has been to work with the idea of theatre. We work with this model closely in years 2 and 3. Everything which manifests in our lives is an invitation to see and open the imprint of our karmic nature. Every script which happens is happening for us and not to us. Seeing this is one of the best teachings we can give to ourselves. Everything is an opportunity to unlock drama and change programmes. When we are able to see how situations will repeatedly psychodynamically be played out through us as human and spirit systems we finally come to our place of natural power. Once we can click with the ways of the theatre we can do much to disentangle ourselves and others from the powerlessness and strain we may have been experiencing. Shamanic theatre and constellating play work will be some of the methods and trademarks you carry out into the world if you choose to train with Creative Shamanism.
The way of the world is changing. The methods we have in place as Shamanic practitioners will be outdated soon. We are being called by the world to step out of control and mind-organisation and to move instead to a place of deep listening and allowing. Creative Shamanism is designed to help you to develop the ability to listen, to attune the connection you have with your spirits, to trust the guidance and ideas which come to you and to unleash your unique way of awakening an authentic, positive and creative vibration everywhere you go.
Shamanism isn’t a job. It is a way of being. Being Creative isn’t just about expression. It has an order and a flow to it which is inherent in all parts of life.
Creative Shamanism will help you to hold this way of being and anchor you with the true and dependable patterns of nature. Through these simple alignments you will birth both a powerful creative and shamanic practice and a more magical and wholesome you into the world.
Creative Shamanism Foundations
You will need to take 2 of the Intro workshops or previous other trainings with me, before you begin the Practitioner Training. These will qualify you for year one. (The Foundation level workshops are: Introduction, Theatre, Spiritual Commitment and Rites). Spiritual Commitment is compulsory for acceptance. I am only taking people to Creative Shamanism Practitioner level who show a clear commitment after doing initial training with me.
Introduction to Creative Shamanism
The weekend course in Creative Shamanism is open to everyone. It is a great course to learn about the ethos of Creative shamanism and ignite the spark of the creative shaman within and without. You can use this training to inspire your creative work with groups and individuals and as a support to finding your own creative integrated practice of connecting with yourself, nature and the world.
Yr 1 Shaman
- Holding Power
- Soul Restoration and Land Healing
- Healing Light: Extraction and Transmutation
- The Story teller and the Player
This is the year where the practitioner in you really comes to life. Skilful methods of holding space for people, keeping your self clear, understanding programmes and keeping within the wholeness template in shamanic work are taught to you.
Holding Power takes you into the concept of power and the importance of the initiation cycles in this work. We will work with the knowing of the shaman and of all beings and will begin counsel work listening to the multiplicity of voices and expressions in the many fields of existence. You will open up your shamanic nature and claim your power right from the start! Rites is a powerful and wonderful training which takes you into the heart of the cycles of creation right from the birth of the universe.
The Soul Restoration and Land Healing introduces you to the concept of soul loss and teaches the retrieval of soul from many different angles. You will be guided to work with a clear method to begin with and keep your practice simple. However, your practice of soul retrieval will greatly evolve through the duration of the training! You will be guided on a clear method to check you have everything in place to practice with confidence and safety and provided with your own self-assessment pack which I will shadow you with.
Healing light and extraction teaches healing with spiritual light and bridges extraction core methods with transfiguration practices that are becoming more prevalent and necessary in contemporary shamanic practice.
The Storyteller and the Player module takes your practitioner skills to a whole new level when we bring in the theatre and bardic crew of guides and begin to restore the mythological as well as the human levels of life. Creativity really opens up at this point and the shaman in you begins to come onto the full stage. We have ceremonies for the inner shaman and much merging with spirit brings a great and lasting change.
Case studies are required for this year of the training. 4 books are also chosen by yourself from the reading list.
Yr 2 Cosmos
- The Light of Death and the Holding of Life & The Orienteer
- Middle World Restoration & The Path to Graduation
- Graduation & Ceremonies with the Ancestors
Year 2 is a very advanced level of shamanic practice. You open up to the power of the cosmos and step into what it means to be truly spirit led. Your creativity expands. By this stage your confidence is strong and you will find yourselves more in tune with the healing power of the circle and the sense of being a part of something very magical and much more beyond what you could ever have imagined. Life can become the supernatural experience you knew it to be as a child again.
The first workshop of this year teaches psychopomp work, holding the living who let go of their loved ones and models and processes for the healing of grief. We journey deep into the Spirit of the Land to look for the temples transmitting the mysteries of death and an important initiation is completed for everyone here. The Orienteer focuses on reorienting ourselves to the true north of shamanic being. We map ourselves and the scripts around us with spirit led eyes. We come to be able to move drama.
Middle World Restoration is vast. We go into looking at the factors that block someone from fully taking their identity and power. We explore the archetypal and ancestral banks to bring back soul, learn the craft of de-possession from a compassionate place, work with a crew of disentangling guides to change programmes and undo contracts, curses and beliefs from different lifetimes and through ancestral lines. We access a real powerhouse of strength and love in this workshop. In this penultimate workshop we set up a manifestation programme with the guidance we have received about our soul purpose through the entirety of the training. We work with the descendants to set our course forwards and embark on a three month programme with another student as we begin to simultaneously be available for shamanic mentorship work. We learn the craft of shamanic coaching. We receive guidance on how each person is uniquely endowed to bring our work with individuals, groups, communities or places into the world.
The final meeting is Graduation. For this we bring in ceremony after ceremony working with the ancestors and learn about healing the ancestral lines. We call throughout the shamans and medicine men and women of our heritage and they provide the blessings for the graduation. We tap into the shamanic theatre practice again to bring our Ancestral Guides into the ceremony and impart guidance and empowerment for each of our peers. In the closing of the programme we belong ourselves deeply with our roots and step into the world with the calling of those who come after us.
There are case studies for the first 2 elements of this year required. Two more books are chosen for reading. A presentation of your final vision is required for the graduation workshop.
There are questions to ponder and a journey to make to apply.
Creative Shamanism fully residential Introduction weekend is £350 and includes meals and accommodation. A £150 deposit is payable to Carol Day on application which is taken from the balance.
The cost for the Introduction weekend is £350.
The cost of the full Creative Shamanism 7 part training is £4000 which includes tuition, extension mentoring, meals and accommodation.
This may be paid as the initial acceptance payment of £500 then £500 the month before each workshop element or as monthly direct debits of £166 through 21 months commencing March 2019.
We begin at 4 pm on the Saturday and complete at lunch on the Tuesday or Wednesday. (lunch 1 pm and leave by 2 pm)
The cost is fully residential and includes full accommodation and meals from dinner on the Saturday to lunch on the Tuesday or Wednesday. There is an initial non-returnable payment of £500 which is paid on acceptance to Carol Day.
On completion you will receive a paper which will pass you to practice as a Shamanic Practitioner. The course has been approved by insurance agencies and they have details of the depth and range of the curriculum taught and the importance I place on safety and professional practice.