Shamanic Journeying as a Sacred Tool
Shamanic Journeying is powerful meditative state acquired by riding the heart-opening rhythm of the beating drum. In this introductory workshop participants will learn how to use the journey as sacred tool to gather information, gain wisdom, receive teachings, and obtain healing. Students will: learn the basics of how and why to journey; learn about traveling to different spiritual realms; and leave with an understanding about how to use Shamanic Journey to get answers and gain wisdom.
Thirty percent of the workshop will be a teaching on why we journey, the history of journeying, and how it has been used, and how participants can use this tool in their every-day spiritual practice. The remaining 70% of the class will be spent participating in journey sessions and group discussion.
Students are encouraged to dress comfortably and bring pillow, blanket/yoga mat to lie on the floor for journey sessions.
Finding and Connecting with Your Spirit/Animal Guides/Totems
Each animal on this earth carries meaning and energy that can be helpful in your daily life. From the magnificent, majestic Horse to the slithering, scaly Snake, each of these animals has wisdom to share. But how do we know what/who our guides are and what they are here to teach? People often think that they choose their own animal or spirit guide(s). The truth is that our guides choose us when we are ready to receive their wisdom or guidance. In this workshop, you will learn how to discover your spirit guides and how to create a working relationship with them. Using the sacred tool of Shamanic Journeying, you will connect with your guide(s) and dive deep into their teachings, learn how to nurture this relationship, and how it pertains to your life now. This workshop is 50% lecture and 50% participation/discussion.
In Native American teachings, the shape of the frame drum is a circle which represents the hoop/medicine wheel, which in turn symbolizes the endless circle of life and Mother Earth. The beat of the drum represents the heartbeat of the Mother herself and calls the Spirits and Nations together. Hearing or facilitating this “heartbeat” by playing a drum, brings healing and a deeper understanding of your connection with all life. Drumming synchronizes the left and right brains, which brings about a deeper awareness of self and (re)connects us with Spirit and all that is.
If you have ever desired to become a drum-keeper or work with the energy of the sacred drum this is an opportunity to literally birth your own sacred medicine drum. In this ceremonial workshop, you will infuse your drum with your own personal energy, prayers, intentions and love. You will leave this powerful, sacred workshop with a 16” drum and drumstick, created with your own hands.
During the teaching portion (30%) of the workshop, you will learn about drums and drumming throughout history and across nations; gain a deeper understanding of the sacredness of the drum and the symbolism/relationship with the drumstick; learn the meaning of the hide you chose (Deer, Elk, Horse, Buffalo, Moose); how to use the drum as a sacred tool for ceremony, personal healing; and how to care for the drum. The remainder of the workshop will be spent creating the drumstick and drum.