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What is Shamanism?

Shamanism is thought to be the oldest known spiritual practice, from over 100 000 years ago, as well as being a healing tradition and way of life. It is based on animism, the belief that everything is living and has a spirit.


Practiced all over the world dating back to the ancient native cultures of South America, India, Native America, and Siberia, it was soon evident the phenomenon called Shamanism was being practiced in virtually every culture and region.  For this reason there are many different Shamanic practices which are tailored to both the environment and culture.


Shamanism is believed to be the key to our being, and its continued practice ensures our survival as the Shaman links to higher planes of existence, communing with the spirit world to heal, interact with the web of life and uplift consciousness.


 “Shaman” comes from the Siberian Tungus tribe, meaning “spiritual healer,” or, “one who sees in the dark,” and throughout history there was generally a Shaman found in every community.


Their access to the spirit realm served to extract and restore energetic pathways, recover soul parts and discover the spiritual aspects of illness.  The lack of dogmas, sacred texts and single leadership means Shamanism is not viewed as a religion.


The role of the Shaman is to guide a person back to their true nature, to access their inner power, and on a broader scale to help maintain and demonstrate the harmonious balance of nature, animal and man.


Not only are they are concerned about the health and well-being of their community, they also care for welfare of the plant and animal kingdoms, and the environment.   


How to become a Modern Day Shaman

There are many different ways to become a Shaman. Some Shamans are initiated or have a ‘calling’, while others are born into shamanism or venture on a solitary, spiritual journey to contact spirit guides and learn the mystic ways of a Shaman.


The prophecies of the Shamans of the Andes of the Americas, of North America speak of this time as the end of an era for humanity and the birth of a new human which can be you and me – the Modern Day Shaman.


To do this we need to truly evolve, and learning the way of the Modern Day Shaman we become the alchemist’s vessels where transmutation and transformation can occur.


Introduction to Shamanism - Level 1

During this experiential training you will learn about the way of the Modern Shaman, their ethics, protocols, rituals and ceremonies.  You will learn how to safely navigate the non-ordinary realities a Shaman journeys to, to gain guidance and healing both for yourself and others.

You will get to deepen and enhance your connection with Nature and awaken dormant spiritual abilities while having fun as you experience healing and transformation with like-minded participants?

Day 1

  • What is a Shaman and how to become a Modern Day Shaman

  • The different Shamanic states of consciousness

  • About Shamanic healing and sage cleansing

  • How to safely prepare for a Shamanic journey

  • Shamanic tools and rituals

  • Power Animals explained

  • Journey to meet your Power Animal

Day 2

  • Understanding the Cosmic Web and the nature of Spirit

  • Energising your power centres, shamanic breathing and grounding practices

  • Personal space, how to protect yourself and space cleansing

  • Entheogens: safety and cautions

  • The Medicine Wheel and Calling in the Directions

Day 3

  • Journey to the Middle World to heal and view remotely

  • Earth healing merge

  • Connect with the Guardians of your land

  • Understanding and journey to be free from ancestral cycles

  • Fire and letting go ceremony

Day 4

  • About the Upper World

  • Journeying to the Upper World to connect with your Spirit Guide

  • Meeting your True Self

  • Understanding Spiritual Guidance and journey to receive guidance

  • About the Energetic body and assessing the condition of your energetic body

  • Tracking and cutting cords exercises

Day 5

  • What is loss of Power and Power Animal Loss

  • Power Animal Retrieval

  • Journey to retrieve your Power Animal

  • Deepen connection with your Power Animal exercise

  • Mini Vision Quest

  • Divination

  • Shamanic Initiation

Why become a Modern Day Shaman?

In shamanism the physical symptoms experienced in the body are seen as "the effects" and result of disharmony (loss of power), fear or soul loss which cause an imbalance within the person. For true healing to take place, the underlying cause must be addressed, requiring the healing of the spirit and a return to wholeness, which must come from within.  

The helping spirits of the shaman are able to give insight and facilitate the required treatment for healing, and to that they must go on a shamanic journey to retrieve this energy and information.

Benefits to becoming a Modern Day Shaman:

  • A way for deeper inner connection

  • A path towards accessing your greater self

  • An experience of spirituality

  • Guidance to overcome a challenging situation or physical symptoms

  • Breaking away or clearing old patterns and old beliefs  

There are numerous paths to healing, either through touch, words or sound yet we all have experiences and premonitions we cannot explain. Shamanism is the gift and permission we need to embrace what we already have within and bring it into our reality, using it to connect the seen and unseen worlds. 

About a Shamanic Healing Journey

The healing experience has everything to do with the relationship the Shaman has with their spirit guides who are instrumental in co-creation and true miracles. The Shaman allows you into their intimate relationship with spirit, the invisible and mysterious place of non-ordinary reality as you travel through your shamanic journey. 

A Shaman uses a drum to enter a deeply altered state and then actively navigates non-ordinary reality, to retrieve missing aspects from the spirit world, or source the healing remedy the soul requires by gaining insight and then brings it back for the benefit of the client.

A journey will differ from one Shaman to another, with aspects like the drumming and rattle possibly being the only common link, as the relationship the Shaman has with their spirit guides ultimately steers the healing session.

Shamanism is performed with ceremony, requiring deep commitment and desire. Even with ongoing studies, learning and practicing is required to deepen the relationship with spirit guides, making it a respected gift and art form to be revered and tended.   



What tools do Shaman's use?

Sage, drumming and/or rattles are instrumental in taking the shaman to another reality to meet with other worldly forces, and the rhythm of the breath of life to be feel renewed and whole.

The drum is the purest method of reaching an altered state of consciousness, as it assists to induce a trance where the brain enters the Theta brainwave state; the place where creativity and clairvoyance thrive and for the experience of a deep spiritual connection.

Next Course Dates: 2023

#1 - 19th August

#2 - 26th August

#3 - 2nd September

#4 - 16th September

#5 - 14th October


Image by Anthony Ievlev





Karen Pattie

Her curiosity and inquiring mind led to her ask many questions about the body and its innate healing systems as well as wanting to understand universal energy and quantum physics. She went on to  receive a Certificate of Mastery, qualifying as a Reiki and Seichim Master in 2009.


As her studies deepened she broadened her skills to encompass that of Connective Healing and Quantum Healing.  The highlight of her quest on how to heal the body and activate its own healing systems was learning the art of Kiatsu (putting Ki into the body to stimulate its own natural healing abilities) by Sensei Michael Williams, the then World Instructor for Aikido. Shamanic healer, trained under Scott Silverton in Kauai, Hawaii.


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