This workshop focuses on creating both psychologically and spiritually healthy relationships based on the philosophy that all life is sacred, worthy of respect, and capable of communication.
I will be sharing techniques and practical tools that I have learned in over thirty-five years of apprenticing with Native American teachers and healers, who use their relationship with the spirit world for both wisdom and companionship. I will also be drawing from my background in neuroscience and my expertise as a licensed psychotherapist to help us expand beyond the blocks and fears that prevent us from fully embracing the abundant world we live in.
This is an introduction to Psychological Shamanism, which is the branch of shamanism based in European and Western culture. From Descartes to Freud, from Socrates to Einstein, Western civilizations have focused on the mind as a tool to explore the world. Like all shamanic tools the mind needs to be treated with respect and care. It has the ability to both cause devastating destruction and create profound innovations and enlightenment. This workshop will help you use your mind as a shamanistic tool for healing and enlightenment.
The day will start with a ceremony of welcome and celebration for each person present. Followed by in-depth explorations of what helps and hinders us in relating to guides and spirits. There will be a drum journey to facilitate connection with oneself and the spirit world. Within this safe environment will be time for sharing, questions, and a chance to normalize our natural capacity to connect beyond the accepted limits of the material world.
The workshop focuses on re-affirming our innate abilities to connect with our natural world which includes spirits and different forms of energy, such as the weather, Grandmother Ocean, Gaia, trees, and animals.
There will be a concurrent workshop for spirits who want to learn how to better connect with humans. This offers the opportunity for both human and spirit friends to attend the workshop together.
Comments from participants in past workshops:
“Lovely, informative and playful.”
“I learned to be open to receiving and to allow my imagination to run free and that it’s okay to be really weird!”
“All pieces work well together. I liked Jan’s stories and easy manner.”
“I learned how to trust my experiences, be open to creative imagination and opening up to the Earth.”
“What I liked best about the workshop was meeting people with like minds and hearts and hearing these people say what I’ve been feeling myself.”
“A validation and encouragement that I do have the capacity to communicate with nature spirits.”