In this retreat, we introduce the 60,000 year-old, earth-honoring tradition of shamanic practice to the modern world. You acquire forgotten knowledge, wisdom, and skills while exploring what it truly means to be human. In this retreat you will:
The essential skill of the shamanic individual. Learn to work with spirit guides and power animals and get tips for using journeying to bring hidden information into your conscious life.
Managing our state of being not only makes shamanic practice more effective, it makes virtually all aspects of life more enjoyable. We learn how to be shamanic anytime, anywhere.
Study the physical and energetic structure of the universe. What are the Upper, Middle, and Lower Worlds? How do shamans dream the world into being? What is the true nature of time?
Living a shamanic life means creating and nurturing relationships with entities in non-ordinary reality. How do you do this? Is it safe? Is it real? How can I use this skill in my life?
We live in a universe built literally out of energy. As an energetic being, what skills are necessary to live a healhy and happy life? How do I protect myself from unhealthy energies?
What is the difference between shrines and altars? How are they used in a shamanic life? What personal ceremonies can enrich my life and improve my connection to spirit?
Just as you can become physically ill by catching a virus, you can become energetically ill without a properly functioning energetic immune system. You learn about and then receieve protective shielding.
Drums. Rattles. Bells. Whistles. Pendulums, Dowsing Rods, Stones and other objects found in nature. Shamanic tools, when used in the name of Spirit, become magical implements. You learn about tools and make a tool for yourself.
Learn how to create shamanic sand paintings from objects in nature. What can they tell us? How can they help you gain insight and confidence? How do you use them to work directly with nature?
Shamans believe that intelligence is present everywhere and in everything. How do you tap in to this omnipresent intelligence? How do you work with this larger community of consciousness?
This course is designed for those looking to quickly become competent in the foundational teachings and skills of shamanism. These are the skills that are the birthright of all humans but have become forgotten, secret knowledge in the modern world. No prior knowledge or experience with shamanism, or any other spiritual tradition, is required.
Upon completion, this course provides a solid foundation for those who wish to practice shamanism for themselves and bring forward the richness of a shamanic life into their own. Further study is required for those who wish to practice for others or become shamanic healers or teachers. We offer a full curriculum for those who have these goals.
The skills taught in this course are the prerequisites for further study with us. Students interested in our intermediate or advanced courses must demonstrate mastery of the topics in this course. This is an ideal introductory or refresher course.
Until further notice, all new in-person classes, workshops, and events are suspended. Classes that are currently in progress are being transitioned into our online classroom for completion. We will keep you updated on this website, in social media, and through our email list.
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.
Shaman healer, Ceremonialist and Third Degree Wiccan High Priestess Sandra Schrawder practices and teaches in the Denver Metro area.
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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 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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