Carol Day began her Shamanic apprenticeship in 1996 when the passing of her maternal grandmother propelled her onto the Shaman’s path. Her journey as an artist, yearning to understand creative energy and comprehend her role as an artist clarified when she realised that the practice of mastering creative energy was known as Shamanism. She hasn't stopped playing with Shamanism and encouraging others to play since!
Carol founded the School of Creative Shamanism in 2009. In the early days the school was an art gallery and a more mobile shamanic practice until it moved to its home on the Falkland Estate in 2011 and the training courses began to flourish.
Carol received shamanic training firstly in Findhorn where she lived for two years studying the sun and moon cycles. She was endorsed as a Shamanic Practitioner by Sandra Ingerman and completed shamanic trainings with Stephen Mulhearn of Lendrick Lodge. She is also Teacher Trained by Sandra Ingerman and travelled to New Mexico in 2012/13 to complete the two year teacher training programme. She is listed on Sandra's website www.shamanicteachers.com. Carol also studied with Heather Ash Amara and Raven Smith of the lineage of don Miguel Ruiz (author of The Four Agreements). She is trained in Advanced Compassionate Depossession and Curse unravelling by Betsy Bergstrom with the Sacred Trust.
Carol is a qualified psychotherapist and completed a three year post graduate in Pluralistic counselling at Abertay University. She is currently conducting research as part of an MSc studying the effects of trauma in childbirth and the implications and healing methods for this, collaborating with her friend and yoga-pioneer Maggie McKeen. Carol incorporates the work of Bert Hellinger on Family Constellation and systemic ritual in her practice. She has studied with a range of teachers of the Knowing Field practice since 2008 including Clare Crombie, Dan Booth Cohen, Emily Blefield Volden and Nikki Mackay.
Carol is also a nature-educator, which she sees as an integral part of Shamanic work. She spent her earlier years teaching children and researching different models of facilitating children's natural expression. She cites the spirit of the child as her main director in this work. In 2007-9 she collaborated with Cathy Bache, founder of the Secret Garden Outdoor Nursery, an innovative project facilitating an environment of natural learning for pre-school children. Together they created the 'Nature as Teacher' curriculum.
Carol is a qualified Advanced Firewalk Instructor. She is also a Reiki Master.
Carol carries a vision to restore creative flow and listening non-hierarchical circle systems to people and places. Her practice as a shamanic educator is led by an innate remembering which she believes we all hold of a compassionate and inclusive way of organising ourselves as humans on this planet. She honours, brings in, opens access to and gains much insight and inspiration from the many lineages of the practices of counsel and shamanism which have come before us and that exist in the world today. Carol teaches from a place of quantum honouring where she believes very much that by seeing and believing in the innate nature of anyone or anything, the power for everything to find itself can reveal. It is the focus on the reality that we hold access to the web of life everywhere within ourselves which bears the style of Carol's way of teaching. The teacher is the educator allowing the innate knowing of every individual to be drawn out. Lots of resonance with ancient practices and ways are naturally remembered and brought through as part of this process. There is a knowing that certain times and cultures have certain needs. Carol helps people to align with these needs and develop creative ways to meet them.
With this theory in mind she works with circles of wholeness and holds trainings which work with the natural cycles and focus on the initiation stories of our personal lives. The ethos of the trainings gently supports the cultivation of compassion, kindness and awareness. Courses are carefully designed to assist a circle to develop an understanding of ourselves as players in certain programmes and then ourselves as co-creators with the ability to align with and open to the power of everything. The counsellor and educator's deep sense of presence, respect, belief and skilfulness features as strongly as the shaman's intuition, listening to spirit messages, calling in of spirit and directing of vision and space. Training with Carol is as much about being led on a journey of facing the illusional self and undergoing profound dismemberment and revelation as it is about being called to show up and listen to the true nature of who we each truly are. The circle or a session with Carol holds the conditions to bring your true essential nature powerfully and efficiently into place and being and to in turn inspire the same in those we work with.
Carol leads a Theatre project called The Theatre of Dragon Hill which restores the original plan of nature where the spirit of all things is honoured and included. She is committed to being a part of bringing holistic community alive wherever she goes and where she is based in Fife, Scotland.
She honours the traditions of shamanism, the philosophy of counsel, the natural cycles, the process of deep listening and the practice of journeying for teaching her to see that the outer mirrors the inner and for providing the education on how to work with this awareness. She is devoted to her two children - now teenagers, who are her best teachers for mastering presence, acceptance and unconditional love, integral qualities of all shamanic living. They live on the side of Dragon Hill by the banks of the River Tay.