EarthRise Retreat Center

Laughing With Spirits

November 1, 2019 10:00 am - 5:00 pm (PDT)

Creating Healthy Relationships with Spirits and Natural Energies

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Have you ever wanted to connect with spirits and natural energies? Or felt that you were hearing/seeing/feeling messages but then doubted or dismissed them?

This 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.

Gathering together in a small group creates a community for support – from the human, spirit and natural worlds. It encourages us to follow our own path, which encourages others to follow their unique path into the love, mysteries and abundance of both the physical and non-physical worlds.

6 CEUs for LMFT, LCSW and LPCC – $30 additional for CEU certificate*
* See CEU page for more details or contact presenter for more information.

I will be sharing techniques and practical tools that I have learned in over thirty years of apprenticing with Native American teachers and healers. 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 our place in this world. There will be a drumming journey to connect to spirits/animal guides/nature spirits.

This workshop includes an introduction to Psychological Shamanism which is the branch of shamanism best suited for 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 within a safe, respectful environment.

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.

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.

This workshop will be co-facilitated by the Guardian Spirits of EarthRise and other natural energies. You are welcome to invite any spirit guides, animal helpers or other beings that you work with. It is also an opportunity to connect with guides if you haven’t before, or if you have felt blocked or discouraged in connecting, or to expand your “family” of spirit and natural helpers.

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.”

About the Presenter

Jan Ögren, MFT and “Resident Shaman” at EarthRise, is an international author, storyteller, licensed psychotherapist, and medicine woman. She conducted a transformational ceremony at the 2015 International IONS Conference and has been a member of IONS for over 30 years. She has apprenticed with Mescalero Apache and other Native American teachers learning how to walk in both the physical and spirit realms. She is the author of Dividing Worlds which was inspired by the Guardian Spirits at EarthRise, Dragon Magic: Amazing Fables for All Ages, and Choose Life: Poetry, Prose and Photography in honor of her 99-year-old father’s philosophy of life. Visit her website.

This workshop is co-facilitated by the Guardian Spirits at EarthRise.


Early registration discount:

$100 before September 1, 2019
$130 before October 1, 2019
$150 after October 1, 2019

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Limited to 20 participants.


EarthRise Retreat Center

101 San Antonio Road
Petaluma, CA
United States

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