October 16 to November 18, 2022,
in retreat and online.

A 9-week, in-depth exploration of shamanism taught in a hybrid format: in retreat and online.

In The Medicine Way, we walk together through the sacred four directions, emerging stronger and more deeply connected to the universe. Each direction builds upon the knowledge and experience of the prior, culminating in our unique final module where we integrate ancient and modern knowledge to create a truly powerful 21st century shamanic experience. Along the way you will build your shaman's mesa, practice numerous healing forms, and receive powerful initiations including the Rites of the Munay-Ki, bringing you into right relationship with self, community, and spirit. These are our foundational teachings, the owner's manual for life that no one ever told you about. Students successfully completing The Medicine Way are full mesa carriers, initiated shamans, and prepared for advanced study in shamanic healing. 

Prerequisite: Stepping Stones or prior experience with shamanism and strong journey skills.

NOTE: This class meets in retreat October 16-21, 2022, online (on your own schedule) from October 22 through November 12, 2022, and in retreat November 13-18, 2022. Residential attendance in Woodland Park, Colorado, is mandatory.


During this course you will:
  • Learn how to remove disempowering beliefs, habits, and fears, replacing them with life-affirming confidence, purpose, and courage.
  • Work with power animals and helping spirits, learning how to seek out and receive their assistance, wisdom, and healing.
  • Learn about your past lives and how to connect with your ancestors, shedding the mistakes of the past and bringing the knowledge, experience, support, and love of positive ancestral energy into your life.
  • Learn about your energy body, how to care for it, and how to use it for your own well-being and vitality.
  • Practice shamanic journeying, the essential skill of the shaman, empowering you to take charge of your own spiritual life and development.
  • Learn and practice powerful shamanic techniques and ceremonies that enrich your life and deepen your connection with spirit.
  • Integrate ancient shamanic practices into modern life, take control of your life and your destiny, and chart your own course with the conviction of your soul's purpose.
What will you learn and experience?

The South

We begin our journey together with an introduction to the energy body and how to work with it. We learn to control and modify our state through shamanic breathwork. We discover the basics of shamanic divination, building skill with hands-on work. We learn about the Qero shamans, the totems and archetypes, ancestors and helping spirits, and the shaman’s mesa. We begin building our mesas and start the process of transformation.

The West

In the West, we begin the journey of the Luminous Warrior, learning to live our lives authentically and without fear. We honor our past, explore past lives, and integrate the lessons of the past into the present. We discover and work with our shadow selves and leave behind our need for control and our fear of death,  We continue to build and work with our mesas.

The North

We explore the roles and beliefs that control our lives, removing the disempowering ones and becoming acquainted with our true guiding roles and beliefs. We meet and begin to work with our ancestors as we discover and explore our highest destiny in this life. We continue to build and work with our mesas.

The East

We complete our medicine bodies and we come face-to-face with our core beliefs. We heal our hearts and minds and work deeply with our intentions. We enter into the realm co-creation and learn to participate in it. We embrace what works as we shed what holds us back. We learn to make powerful offerings and we complete and fully activate our mesas.

Walking in Balance and Power

We now possess the tools of the shaman, but what does this mean in the modern world? This is the Master Class in truly living Everyday Shamanism. We learn to take charge of our future, walk the path of the Luminous Warrior, integrate the aspects of the four directions, and live our soul’s purpose with confidence and commitment.

Who Should Take This Course?
  1. Anyone seeking an in-depth experience with shamanism and people wanting to live a modern, shamanic life. It contains all of our foundational teachings and provides a basis for both more advanced formal study and continued personal development.
  2. Students who have taken our introductory course and want to continue their studies, experience deeper engagement with nature, discover new techniques, and commit more deeply to profound change in their lives.
  3. Students wishing to meet the prerequisite for advanced study with us. Students considering our advanced coursework and apprenticeships must take this course or demonstrate equivalent competency.

Why is this course so valuable?

Ancient Wisdom, Modern Times
Everyday Shamanism integrates old and new, ancient and modern. The foundation is Peruvian shamanism with additional influences from other earth-honoring traditions including Tibetan Buddhism, Wicca, and Celtic shamanism.

We live in a time where community is frequently non-existent, a connection with spirit of any kind is often absent, and respect for the Earth Mother is long-forgotten. We live in exciting yet chaotic times. This course is designed to prepare ordinary people to live, love, and thrive in the modern world as shamanic people.

Practical, Everyday Tools for Life
This course is designed to be life-changing, providing you with tools to use for the rest of your life. Included with your registration is a comprehensive course workbook and numerous opportunities to practice one-on-one and in small, supervised groups.

BEGINNING Sunday October 16 to Friday October 21, 2022, Woodland Park, CO

THEN CONTINUING online Saturday October 22 to Saturday November 12, 2022 (on your own schedule)

AND CONCLUDING Sunday November 13 to Friday November 18, 2022, Woodland Park, CO

This is a hybrid course. Attendance is mandatory for the two retreat sessions. In between retreat weeks, we will work together, asynchronously on our own schedules, in our online classroom.

Prerequisite: Stepping Stones or prior experience with shamanism and strong journey skills. Please get in touch with us in advance of registration if you are unsure of whether advanced placement in this course is appropriate for you.

Tuition + Room & Board: $2997.00

The cost is ALL INCLUSIVE. It includes private room in retreat, all meals in retreat, textbook, extensive workbook, and supplies. Transportation to and from the venue is the responsibility of the student.


Cathedral Ridge Retreat Center
Woodland Park, Colorado

Cathedral Ridge offers excellent homestyle meals, comfortable hotel-style accommodations, and wonderful, flexible meeting spaces. Nestled in the Colorado mountains inside the Pike National Forest just north of Woodland Park, Colorado, Cathedral Ridge warmly hosts events and conferences for diverse groups from around Colorado and beyond. It is a place apart for gathering, connecting, celebration, reflection, learning, exploring, and adventure. The magnificent setting enables groups to break away for hiking in the Colorado mountains, eating local food prepared with love, and outdoor education and adventure all within a state-of-the-art conference facility. Learn more about Cathedral Ridge here. 

Your Instructors

Shaman Sandra

Shaman healer, Ceremonialist and Third Degree Wiccan High Priestess Sandra Schrawder practices and teaches in the Denver Metro area.
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Shaman JP

Shaman healer, teacher, ceremonialist, naturalist, retreat leader, wilderness soloist, and Tibetan Buddhist, JP McLaughlin practices and teaches in Denver, Colorado.
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Shaman Rowena

Shaman healer, ceremonialist, RN, end of life Doula and careplanner, Rowena Kasper-Twiss is also a Third Degree Wiccan High Priestess who practices and teaches in the Denver Metro area.
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