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Earth Spirit Way | Walking the Spiral Path: Harvesting the Fruits ~ Fall

Walking the Spiral Path

 Our Next 3 Day Retreat Intensive is

December 11-13, 2015

 Harvesting the Fruits ~ Fall

Early Registration Ends November 1st

Registration Closes: December 1, 2015 

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Class Size is Very Limited in this Intimate Retreat Setting.

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Walking the Spiral Path is a blend of ancient and ancestral wisdom with modern contemporary shamanism. Walking the Spiral Path offers experiential practices of the Shaman for direct engagement with spirit. BIRTHING NEW BEGINNINGS ~ SPRING is a weekend intimate retreat in the Bay Area for all levels with Kent Dorsey and Girvani Leerer. Each weekend may be taken separately.

TESTIMONIALS

Girvani and Kent, I wanted to thank you for an amazing 3 days of release, discovery and transformation. The time, attention and intention put into creating the Birthing New Beginnings Retreat was evidenced by the beautiful setting of Spirit House, the profound and insightful journeys and meditations, and the wonderful food–I was truly nourished on a physical, emotional and spiritual level. It has only been a few days but the seeds of my new beginnings that I planted during this retreat are already growing, and I can feel spirit guiding me as I walk my spiral path.

SS, RN MPH 

What a transformative retreat we just finished. Amazing place! Amazing people! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Heidi Page, Artist

I had an awesome retreat with Girvani and Kent as co-creators and looking forward to continue to grow and experience the next phase of my life. As someone relatively new to journeying, I found the wise teaching really helpful. I also appreciated being in a retreat setting where I could deeply immerse myself in the practice of journeying . Thank you for providing a safe healing space and healthy food.   I’m looking forward to continuing to work with both of you!
MLC

Kent Dorsey, Center for Shamanic Healing and Girvani Leerer, PhD, The Shamanic Psychologist, formed Earth Spirit Way to offer heart-centered teaching on Self Empowerment Through a Shamanic Way of Life. They bring a unique blend and balance of the Divine Feminine and Masculine, and of Core (Cross-Cultural) Shamanism and Andean Indigenous Wisdom to their teaching.

DO YOU WANT TO:

*** Shed old habits and worn-out ways of being and release what no longer serves you?

*** Access your own inner wisdom and answers?

*** Add spiritual and shamanic practices and ceremony into your daily life?

*** Use your empathic sensitivity without feeling overwhelmed?

*** Find your authentic voice?

*** Feel more whole, fully in your body, radiantly alive, and positively engaged in life?

JOIN US! Our Next 3 Day Retreat is
December 11-13, 2015
 Harvesting the Fruits ~ Fall

 

Whether your goal is personal growth, healing and self empowerment; understanding your own divinity; learning the wisdom of the shamanic world view; joyful attainment of your dreams; greater understanding your Life’s Direction; or being a healing presence in the world; those who choose to walk this path with us will experience profound transformation and a renewed sense of purpose.

Walking the Spiral Path

You walk the spiral path from wherever you begin – whether a beginner, an experienced practitioner of shamanism or a spiritual practitioner – always deepening your path and growth in order to reach Transcendence.

Walking the Spiral Path continues throughout life. As we grow and deepen our learning we experience Birth and New Beginnings, Growing and Blossoming, Harvesting the Fruits, Remembering our Soul Journey and Creating a New Dream – letting go of old ways and roles each time we walk the Path to transcend, evolve and become more self empowered.

Each 3-Day intimate residential retreat may be taken separately.

Together the Series offers a path of Awakening, Initiation & Empowerment within a safe sacred community of like-minded people.

In each weekend, we will use the lens of the Cycles of Life and Nature as a guide to the Journey on our Personal Medicine Path.

Universal shamanic practices of direct engagement with Spirit will provide access to our personal wisdom and knowledge. Receiving ancient Shamanic rites will upgrade our DNA and energy body, connect us to a lineage of teachers and wisdom keepers and deepen and accelerate our Journey of transformation. We will create a personal altar, a Medicine Bundle, to hold our healing and empowerment.

5% of the Proceeds of Earth Spirit Way: Walking the Spiral Path will be donated to Greenpeace Fund to halt environmental destruction and promote international environmental change.

Class Size is Very Limited in this Intimate Retreat Setting.

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Classes will be held at Spirit House, a magical private hilltop retreat overlooking a beautiful valley in Woodacre, CA, close to San Francisco yet a world away.

Arriving at Spirit House the heart opens to the majestic connectedness with the sacred land. It is truly a paradise in nature. Spirit House offers a sense of ‘embracing our souls’, as we surrender into journeys of introspection and exploration. There is a deep sense of spaciousness and abundance that invites people to surrender into the magic of this beautiful setting.

The retreat house is cozy and welcoming, with natural wood, indoor sauna, outdoor hot tub, and gorgeous outdoor space including nature trails and a stone labyrinth on a gorgeous knoll with 360 degree views.

We meet for our Retreat in a free-standing roomy yurt or space under the trees.

Residential (large shared rooms) and Commuting Options are available.

Delicious meals are included in both.

Come Join Us!

Walking the Spiral Path

A yearlong series of intimate 3-Day Retreats for Personal Growth, Healing and Spiritual Evolution.

Plus: Four Conference calls  for Group Journey work & Ceremony (Each call 4-6 weeks after each Gathering)

Plus: Spiral Path Yahoo Group for community building and staying connected to the circle. Each weekend retreat may be taken individually.

Plus: Complementary attendance at Monthly shamanic journeying circle in the East Bay.

 

DATES:

Dec 11-13, 2015 – Harvesting the Fruits – Fall

Mar 11-13, 2016 – Remembering our Soul Journey – Winter

May 13-15, 2016 – Creating a New Dream – Transcendence

Class Size is Limited in this Intimate Retreat Setting

 

Be Part of a Community of One Heart

Community

Deepen Your Relationship with Spirit

Connect with Nature at a magical hilltop Retreat

Learn Ceremony

Create a Personal Medicine Bundle

Experience Your Inner Light

REGISTRATION OPTIONS

Registration Options:

 

Class Size is Very Limited in this Intimate Retreat Setting.

Don’t Miss Out! Register early to save your space.

 

Registration Includes:

  • Follow-up Conference calls for Group Journey work, Ceremony & Ritual
  • Private Earth Spirit Way Yahoo Group for community building and staying connected
  • Complementary attendance at Monthly shamanic journeying circle in the East Bay

Residential Option

Includes 2 nights lodging, use of facilities, 6 gourmet organic meals & snacks

Tuition – $425 for 3 days

2 nights shared room – $170 & Use of Facilities (hot tub, sauna, magical gardens, labyrinth, hiking trails)

6 gourmet organic meals & snacks – $100

TOTAL INVESTMENT = $695 (After November 1st $745)

Registration Closes December 1, 2015

Commuter option

Includes use of facilities, 6 gourmet organic meals & snacks

Tuition – $425 for 3 days

Facility Fee – $60 (hot tub, sauna, magical gardens, labyrinth, hiking trails)

6 gourmet organic meals & snacks – $100

TOTAL INVESTMENT = $585

(After November 1st $635)

Registration Closes December 1st

Contact Us! Kent 510.336.0910 or

      email Kent: Kent@CenterforShamanicHealing.com

Girvani 510.649.9624 or

email Girvani: Girvani@GirvaniLeerer.com

Class Size is Very Limited in this Intimate Retreat Setting.

Don’t Miss Out!! Register early to save your space.

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5% of the Proceeds of Earth Spirit Way: Walking the Spiral Path will be donated to Greenpeace Fund to halt environmental destruction and promote international environmental change.

 

Refund Policy:

Full refund – Up to 2 weeks before minus $200 non refundable deposit

50% refund – Between 2 weeks and 3 days before

Cancellation 72 hours or less – No Refund

 

The Classes

3. Harvesting the Fruits – Fall  December 11 – 13, 2015

We continue our Journey with another turn of the wheel along the Spiral Path, Maturing into Fall, Honoring the West. We return to rekindle and harvest the gifts of Community. We honor and integrate what is in Shadow.

We come into Harmony by owning our Shadow aspects: from our lives, our ancestral lineages, our karmic legacy. We honor the shadow as a healing energy embodied in the dark of the Moon cycle. Releasing the fear of the shadow and bindings from the past, we can receive and claim the gifts from our ancestral lineage. We open to healing and reclaim and restore our power. We harmonize and connect with the power of the healed masculine and feminine.

Follow-up Conference Call TBA January 2016

4. Remembering our Soul Journey – Winter  March 11 – 13, 2016

We turn the wheel once more on The Spiral Path, moving into Winter, Honoring the North. This is the time of death, of Union with Source. In shamanic cultures, death is not an end but a transition.  Our Community supports us in this transition.

We remember our Soul Journey beyond roles and personality. We travel beyond time and space to that which is beyond Death. We honor our ancestors who have helped us come into Being for our Soul Journey, and We remember and claim our soul’s purpose.

We take our place as stewards of the Earth.  We enter the darkness of Earth and the Void, seeds waiting to germinate, as we release what needs to die to gather energy from the transcendent Realms.

Follow-up Conference Call TBA April 2016

5. Creating a New Dream – Transcendence  May 13 – 15, 2016

In the final turn of the wheel on The Spiral Path, we return to Center, coming back to things we thought we understood with Increased Knowledge, Seeing Deeper Truths. We merge with Creator energy, supported by ancient rites of the time to come, the Starkeeper and Creator initiations. Our Community becomes One Heart Radiating Light to heal ourselves and the World.

With Love, we Create a New Dream of Transcendence, a new vision for our life and for the World. We travel outside of time to meet our Descendants who help us form the new vision for the times to come leaving behind the collective nightmare. We experience and embody Light, our template of divine perfection. We learn to use this light to take our place in service to the World.

 

Completed Classes

1. Birthing New Beginnings – Spring  May 29 – 31, 2015

We begin to Walk the Spiral Path in the East within a Safe and Sacred Community. Honoring the Cycles of Nature, we enter the Labyrinth of Transformation in the Spring, the Time of new beginnings and the dawning of a new way to Be in the world.

Our journey starts with our Intention and Imagination to vision our path and our highest possibility. We discover and connect with our helping spirits and guides in a process that continues throughout our journey. Spending time with Nature and the land, we begin to reconnect and remember our place in Nature and with All our Relations.

We find our personal Creation story and experience the deep love from which we were created, and in ceremony we experience our Birth to this Earth Walk. We begin the Foundation initiation Rites of the Munay-Ki, energetic transmissions distilled from ancient shamanic rites from the Q’ero nation of Peru, to create new energetic architecture to grow into our new Selves. We walk the path to our personal transformation and to awaken our healing power and presence.

2. Growing and Blossoming – Summer  August 21 – 23, 2015

We continue our Journey with a turn of the wheel along The Spiral Path, Growing and Blossoming into Summer, Honoring the South. We come together to deepen Community and Grow our Potential.

With Concentration and Focus we find and clear the old stories that keep us bound to the past, identifying with our history and trapped in unhealthy patterns. Honoring what has been and finding the gifts in these experiences we unleash fuel for our journey of growth and blossoming.

Re-inventing ourselves, we shed the old worn out ways of walking in the world. We find our new power through our Spirit Animal Ally and our Power Song.

PREREQUISITE:

Experience with shamanic journeying, self-directed and accompanied  with drumming without verbal guidance, is required, but there are no specific prerequisite workshops.

You will receive more information about how to learn the practice of shamanic journeying after registration.

Earth Spirit Way: Walking the Spiral Path

A Co-Creation of Kent Dorsey, Center for Shamanic Healing and Girvani Leerer, PhD, The Shamanic Psychologist

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Dec 04

Vision Drum Circle | Saturday September 19, 2015 | Oakland

September 19th   Vision  Drum  Circle ~ 7:00 P.M.

A Gathering for Ceremony, Celebration

and Community

VISION  DRUM  CIRCLE 

~ FREE EVENT ~

A “give – away from Spirit”

Please join us for this sacred time as we journey and vision through drumming, chanting, and/or movement ~ whatever moves your Spirit. All are welcome, no experience necessary. All drum types welcome. Rattles, shakers, and other instruments also welcome.

Co-Facilitators:

Kent Dorsey and Judith Roberts

Saturday September 19,  2015      7 pm to 9:00 pm

Sanctuary, Oakland Center For Spiritual Living


  This is an ongoing  open drum circle. We will meet each third Saturday of the month to explore drumming in community, honoring Earth Based traditions, Shamanic Journeywork and more.

Please Register, just to let us know how many are coming.

A “Love Offering” donation to support the OCSL facility use will be greatly appreciated.

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The Oakland Center For Spiritual Living  and the Center For Shamanic Healing invite you to an evening of Community Drumming and Shamanic Ritual.

This Drum Circle is a bit different from the usual Center For Shamanic Healing offerings. Bringing many traditions together, we are focused on using the beat of the circle’s drums to connect to Spirit with intention.

Drum Circle Dates 2014:

September 19, 2015
October 17, 2015
November 21, 2015
December 19, 2015

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Drum Circle Format:

              • Opening – Evocation
              • Honoring the Directions & Ancestors
              • Intention for the circle & rounds
              • 3 Rounds – setting intention & breathing between each round
              • Group Sharing
              • Healing Round
              • Thanking the Directions & Ancestors
              • Closing

Join Us In Sacred Circle!

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When

Saturday March 21, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM PST
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Where

Oakland Center For Spiritual Living
5000 Clarewood Drive
Sanctuary
Oakland, CA 94618


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Contact

Kent Dorsey
Center for Shamanic Healing & Oakland Center For Spiritual Living

kent@centerforshamanichealing.com

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Nov 09

Our Favorite Books, Music and DVDs | Resources for Shamanism and Spiritual Healing

SHAMANIC BOOKS, MUSIC, VIDEOS AND TOOLS
We are often asked what our favorite Books,  Music and DVDs on Shamanism and Spirituality are.  Visit our Resources and Links area to find our favorites. Rather than offer a list,  here are brief descriptions and links to find them.  This is an ongoing project and we will add to these throughout the year.

Visit our Resources | Links area to find our favorites.  Here are links to each page:

BOOKS, AUDIO BOOKS & KINDLE

MUSIC

SHAMANIC DVDs & VIDEO

DRUMS, RATTLES & SHAMANIC SUPPLIES

 

These Books, DVDs and Music cover a wide range of the world of the Shaman. From seminal anthropological  studies to works designed to open the heart.

Topics covered :

Shamanic Healing, Shamanic Training, , Direct Revelation, Medicine For The Earth, Munay-Ki Nine Rites, Personal Growth, Self-Empowerment and Exploration, Self Improvement, ,  Soul Retrieval, Spiritual Growth and development,  Gratitude and thanksgiving, Alternative Health, Automatic Writing, Channeled Spiritual information, Consciousness Studies Personal Healing and Wellness.

Drums and Rattles:   We offer a few basic suggestions as  to what type of drum and where you may find one.

We hope this all is helpful.

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Nov 08

Prevention Magazine Article | How Shamanic Healing Works

Could Shamanic Healing Be The Answer You’ve Been Looking For?

One writer explores the mysterious connection between the physical and spirit worlds—and finds healing in the process By Laura Eraser  Prevention Magazine published a great interview on how shamanism works with Susan  Mokelke  from the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, Here is the link

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Oct 20

New Class | DEEPENING CORE SHAMANIC SKILLS

DEEPENING CORE SHAMANIC SKILLS 

Within a supportive shamanic drumming circle, participants will have the opportunity to deepen their relationship to “Spirit” through shamanic journeys, divination and learning how to restore power for another person.

This is an opportunity to practice skills learned in a basic core shamanic journeying class and to develop confidence and trust in ones own experience of direct revelation.

Enrollment is limited to eight students.

Shamanic Journeying is a Spiritual Practice. This intimate circle setting will nurture your practice and prepare you to journey on your own with confidence.

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WHEN:

Four Week Series: November 4, 11, 18 and December 2, 2014  (4 week commitment is required)

TIME

7:00 – 9:00 pm

WHERE

Montclair Wellness Center

5737 Thornhill Drive 

Oakland, 94611 

FEE:

$25.00/evening

(a 4 week commitment is required. 8 class hours total)

Minimum –4 people

Maximum – 8 people

To reserve your place –  savageonforest@gmail.com

 C# 510-409-5407   H#  510-482-2566

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Sep 30

Soul Retrieval Healing and Integration Retreat | A return to Wholeness | Mending the Fragmented Self | April 10 – 12th

Soul Retrieval Healing & Integration | Personal Healing Retreat

A return to Wholeness… Mending the fragmented self

 

This retreat weekend is for those looking for personal healing and is not a practitioner training. Soul loss can prevent us from creating healthy relationships and the life we truly wish to live. It is believed that whenever we suffer an emotional or physical trauma a part of our soul flees the body in order to survive the experience. Each participant will receive a Soul Retrieval Healing and we will explore follow-up integration work in a loving,  safe,  supportive and sacred group setting.    We will use shamanic journeying,   ritual and ceremony to enhance your experience,  and deepen your relationship with the spiritual world.

For a full description of Soul Retrieval Healing please scroll down below.

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Space is very limited in this intimate setting.

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Event Details

The Soul Retrieval Healing and Integration Retreat will be facilitated by Kent Dorsey and Suzanne Savage,  Shamanic Practitioners, at Four Springs Retreat Center.

Four Springs is secluded on 280 acres of woods in the foothills north of Mount Saint Helena, approximately 85 miles from San Francisco, just north of the Napa valley near Middletown, CA. Named after the clear, refreshing water bubbling from natural springs located on the retreat’s grounds.

Four Springs has become a sacred place to generations of people whose inner work has helped shape Four Springs and has been nourished by it.

The lodge, cabins, art and meditation buildings, library and seminar room, together with pool, grape arbor, meadows and trails create a sanctuary that is removed from daily distractions. Four Springs offers nourishment to the soul, and the space and time to discern inner possibilities that otherwise go unnoticed. Four Springs is a rustic and natural setting where one is able to leave the ordinary world behind and connect with Spirit through nature and simplicity.

 

 

Space is very limited in this intimate setting.
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 Total Cost: $600

($200 non-refundable deposit to hold space… Balance due on April 3, 2015)

Payment Plans available on request.

6 meals & Double Occupancy Lodging Included

Time: 3:00 pm Friday April 10, 2015 to 4:00pm Sunday April 12, 2015

When:

Friday April 10, 2015 at 3:00 PM PDT
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Sunday April 12, 2015 at 4:00 PM PDT

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Where:

Four Springs Retreat Center
14598 Sheveland Road
Middletown, CA 95461


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For further information please contact:


Kent Dorsey and Suzanne Savage

510-336-0910   ~   510—409-5407

kent@CenterForShamanicHealing.com

savageonforest@gmail.com

www.CenterForShamanicHealing.com

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 Shamanic Soul Retrieval Healing & Integration

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A return to Wholeness… Mending the fragmented self

Soul Loss:

From a Shamanic perspective, it is believed that whenever we suffer an emotional or physical trauma a piece of our soul flees the body in order to survive the experience. This is understood as a brilliant self-dense mechanism where a part of our essence or soul leaves the body so that we do not feel the full impact of the pain. The pshychological definition is called dissociation… but the psychological models don’t define what leaves or where it goes.  It is vital to understand that soul loss is a good thing that happens to us. The Soul part or life essence that leaves does so to keep from being harmed in any way.

Each individual has a unique definition of what constitutes “Trauma”, what each considers as “Shocking”.  The events that trigger Soul Loss may range from an emotional or physical trauma, such as accidents, surgery, abuse, the trauma of war, being in a natural disaster, divorce, the death of a loved one; to a harsh word from a parent or teacher. This loss is caused by what you perceived as threatening and shocking  at that moment in time.

Soul loss can result in dissociation, post-traumatic stress syndrome, depression, illness, immune deficiency problems, addictions, unending grief, or coma. Soul loss can prevent us from creating healthy relationships and the life we truly wish to live.

Although soul loss is a survival mechanism, the problem from a shamanic point of view is that the soul part that left usually does not come back on its own. The soul might be lost, or stolen by another person, or doesn’t know the trauma has passed and it is safe to return.

It has always been the role of the shaman to go into an altered state of consciousness and track down where the soul fled to in the alternate realities and return it to the body of the client.

Shamanic Soul Retrieval Healing:

Shamanic Soul Retrieval  is a spiritual method of  healing in which the  shamanic practitioner’s role is to search out the lost fragments of your self/soul/life essence and, with the help and guidance of their compassionate spirits,  gather  and return them safely back to you. With this restoration of your life force, you are again able to move through your life in full power! The Soul Essence the Shamanic Practitioner retrieves is whole, pure, unharmed Soul/Life Essence. Remember, this left as part of a brilliant self defense mechanism… So what is returned is what left to keep from being harmed or experiencing pain. What is returned does not need to be healed as it is already whole.

 

Some Symptoms of Soul Loss Can Include:

Some symptoms of soul loss can include:

  • Feelings of being “spacey”or ungrounded
  • Feeling “empty” or incomplete…
  • Something is missing from life
  • Feeling numb
  • Chronic Depression
  • Suicidal Tendencies
  • Feeling unending grief
  • Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome
  • Chronic physical or emotional illness
  • Immune deficiency problems; Chronic Fatigue Fibromyalgia
  • Experiencing persistent, negative patterns and relationships in your life that you have addressed with other methods without success.
  • Inability to move past an issue
  • Feeling “stuck”
  • Feeling as though you have a “hole” inside that can’t be filled
  • Addictions: seeking external sources to fill up the empty spaces inside of us whether through substances, food, relationships, work, or buying material objects.
  • A feeling of being lost or incomplete
  • Feeling shattered, in pieces
  • Never feeling good enough – Feelings of low self-worth.
  • Feeling a pervasive sense of insecurity, sadness or anxiety
  • Difficulty in having fun or being playful
  • Lost memories
  • Never felt the same after traumatic event
  • A sense that someone took a part of you

 

 

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Soul Retrieval

by Sandra Ingerman

Imagine yourself sitting in a circle with members of your community. You have gathered together to support one community member who is suffering from a traumatic experience. You know that if one person is suffering and is ill it effects the entire community. So you have come to help hold the space for healing to happen.

It is dark and the stars are shining bright in the night sky. The air is still. Everyone feels held in the loving arms of the universe and there is no doubt that healing will happen for all gathered here.

The shaman begins to drum and dance calling the power of the universe to her as she puts her egoic self aside and becomes an empty vessel that fills with the help of the spirits.

The client lies quietly in the center breathing deeply to be in a receptive state to receive back his lost soul; his lost vitality.

The shaman sings her journey out loud as she tracks down where the soul has fled. And on finding it returns and blows it deeply into the heart of the client filling the entire body with the light of life.

There is a great joy for all as one heals all are healed. The community is now whole again and can be in peace and harmony.

The work is done.

Shamanism is the oldest spiritual practice known to humankind. We know from the archaeological evidence that shamanism was practiced all over the world for at least 40,000 years. However many anthropologists believe that the practice dates back over 100,000 years. And the most amazing thing is that shamanism is still practiced worldwide today. A practice that dates back so far and is still practiced today must be potent.

The word shaman comes from the Tungus tribe in Siberia and means “one who sees in the dark”. Shamanism has been practiced in parts of Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia, Greenland, and Native North and South America.

A shaman is a man or woman who interacts directly with spirits to address the spiritual aspects of illness, perform soul retrievals, divine information, help the spirits of deceased people cross over, and perform a variety of ceremonies for the community. Shamans have taken on many roles in tribal communities. They have acted as healers, doctors, priests, psychotherapists, mystics, and storytellers.

Shamans look at the spiritual form of illness which might manifest on an emotional or physical level. When I was doing the research for my book Soul Retrieval Mending the Fragmented Self I found that most shamanic cultures around the world believe that illness is due to the loss of the soul.

It is believed that whenever we suffer an emotional or physical trauma a piece of our soul flees the body in order to survive the experience. The definition of soul that I am using is soul is our essence, life force, the part of our vitality that keeps us alive and thriving.

The types of trauma that could cause soul loss in our culture would be any kind of abuse sexual, physical, or emotional. Other causes could be an accident, being in a war, being a victim of a terrorist act, acting against our morals, being in a natural disaster (a fire, hurricane, earthquake, tornado, etc.), surgery, addictions, divorce, or death of a loved one.

Any event that causes shock could cause soul loss. And what might cause soul loss in one person might not cause soul loss in another. Shamans believe that alarm clocks can cause soul loss. I think we all know what they mean.

It is important to understand that soul loss is a good thing that happens to us. It is how we survive pain. If I was going to be in a head on car collision the last place that I would want to be at the point of impact is in my body. My psyche could not endure that kind of pain. So our psyches have this brilliant self protect mechanism where a part of our essence or soul leaves the body so that we do not feel the full impact of the pain.

In psychology we talk about this as dissociation. But in psychology we don’t talk about what dissociates and where that part goes. In shamanism we know that a piece of the soul leaves the body and goes to a territory in what shamans call non ordinary reality where it waits until someone intervenes in the spiritual realms and facilitates its return.

Although soul loss is a survival mechanism the problem from a shamanic point of view is that the soul part that left usually does not come back on its own. The soul might be lost, or stolen by another person, or doesn’t know the trauma has passed and it is safe to return.

It has always been the role of the shaman to go into an altered state of consciousness and track down where the soul fled to in the alternate realities and return it to the body of the client.

There are many common symptoms of soul loss. Some of the more common ones would be dissociation where a person does not feel fully in his or her body and alive and fully engaged in life. Other symptoms include chronic depression, suicidal tendencies, post traumatic stress syndrome, immune deficiency problems, and grief that just does not heal. Addictions are also a sign of soul loss as we seek external sources to fill up the empty spaces inside of us whether through substances, food, relationships, work, or buying material objects.

Anytime someone says I have never been the same since a certain event and they don’t mean this in a good way soul loss has probably occurred.

You can really see how much soul loss there is today as we put money over life. Anytime someone says that we have to kill other life forms for material gain that person must be suffering from soul loss. Anytime someone feels that buying one more car or that gathering material objects will bring happiness that person is suffering from the loss of soul. As you can see we are looking at a great deal of planetary soul loss today as you watch how we behave towards each other and the rest of life.

Coma is also soul loss. But in coma there is more of the soul out of body than in the body. Coma is very complicated to work with today for many reasons. It takes skill on behalf of the shaman to find out which way the soul is trying to go. Does the soul want to reenter the body or does it need help moving on which would lead to the death of the patient? There is a lot to say about this topic and it beyond the scope of this article.

Today there has been a resurgence in the interest of the practice of shamanism. We now have many hundreds of wonderful shamanic practitioners reintroducing the practice of soul retrievals into our culture.

It is interesting to note that as soul loss was so understood in shamanic cultures people who suffered traumas were given a soul retrieval within three days after a trauma occurred.

Today as we have not been practicing soul retrieval modern day practitioners are going back ten, twenty, thirty, or forty years or even more looking for lost soul parts.

Also in a shamanic culture the individuals knew what was out of balance in their lives that might have caused an illness or issue to occur.

In our culture we are unaware of what is out of spiritual harmony that is creating illness. And because often our soul loss happened so young we are unaware of the unconscious patterns we are living out due to our first soul loss. We are always trying to retrieve our soul. And how we do this is by repeating the same trauma over and over again. The names might change of the people involved in our life story, but the story is often the same.

The effects of having a soul retrieval vary person to person. Some people feel that they are more grounded in their body and feel more solid. Some people feel lighter and a joyful way of being returns to them. For some memories of the past traumas might be triggered bringing up a variety of feelings that must be worked through. And for some people the effects are too subtle to notice a change until further work to integrate the soul is done.

As people feel more present in their bodies and in the world they become more conscious of behavior that might be out of balance and disharmonious.

When we are numb we might be aware that things in the world are not right but we can easily distract ourselves from feeling a need to change. When we are fully “inspirited” there is no place to retreat to and we are more inspired to change our lives.

I believe that once a person has his or her soul brought back the client now has to do some work. If the person has done a lot of personal work the soul retrieval might be the end of the work. If not the soul retrieval would be the beginning of the work.

Now it is up to the client to look at how to create a healthy life style and attract healthy relationships that will support wholeness and a life filled with healing. How do we want to use the energy that was returned from the soul retrieval and our returned vitality to create a positive present and future for ourselves? And how do we bring passion and meaning back into our lives again so that we thrive instead of just survive? All these issues I call “life after healing” and are crucial to create long term healing after a soul retrieval.

I write about spiritual practices we can bring into our lives to create a positive present in future in my books Welcome Home: Following Your Soul’s Journey Home and Medicine for the Earth: How to Transform Personal and Environmental Toxins.

As you are reading this I am sure that you can see the relevance of soul retrievals in your own life and the importance to help people once again become “inspirited” for the sake of the planet.

This is vital work for the times we live in. The earth wants her children home and she wants them home now. It is time to come back home again and take our rightful place on the earth. It is our birthright to fully express our souls and create the world we want to live in. And it is our birthright to shine as brightly as the stars above us. It is time to share our light again in the world.

© Copyright 2005 Sandra Ingerman. All rights reserved.

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Aug 11

Winter Solstice Vision Drum Circle | Saturday December 20, 2014

Center For Shamanic Healing

Drum Vision Community Circle

A Gathering for Ceremony, Celebration Fire is a living, sentient being

and Community

~ FREE EVENT ~

A “give – away from Spirit”

Register Now!

Please join us for this sacred time as we journey and vision through drumming, chanting, and/or movement ~ whatever moves your Spirit. All are welcome, no experience necessary. All drum types welcome. Rattles, shakers, and other instruments also welcome. For more information, please contact Kent Dorsey at kent@CenterForShamanicHealing.com

Facilitators:

Kent Dorsey & Judith Roberts

Saturday December 20,  2014     7 pm to 8:30 pm

Sanctuary, Oakland Center For Spiritual Living

Tuvan Shaman's drum

This is an ongoing  open drum circle. We will meet each third Saturday of the month to explore drumming in community, honoring Earth Based traditions, Shamanic Journeywork and more.

Please Register, just to let us know how many are coming.

A “Love Offering” donation to support the OCSL facility use will be greatly appreciated.

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The Center For Shamanic Healing and the Oakland Center For Spiritual Living invite you to an evening of Community Drumming and Shamanic Ritual.

This Drum Circle is a bit different from the usual Center For Shamanic Healing offerings. Bringing many traditions together, we are focused on using the beat of the circle’s drums to connect to Spirit with intention.

Tuvan Stepe Eagle

Drum Circle Dates 2014:

December 20th

Drum Circle Format:

              • Opening – Evocation
              • Honoring the Directions & Ancestors
              • Intention for the circle & rounds
              • 3 Rounds – setting intention & breathing between each round
              • Group Sharing
              • Final Healing Round
              • Thanking the Directions & Ancestors
              • Closing

Join Us In Sacred Circle!

When

Saturday December 20, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM PST
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Where

Oakland Center For Spiritual Living
5000 Clarewood Drive
Oakland, CA 94618


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Contact

Kent Dorsey
Center for Shamanic Healing & Oakland Center For Spiritual Living

kent@centerforshamanichealing.com

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Spiral of Life: Petroglyph Photo: Kent Dorsey 2003

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May 09

New Class! Empowerment Through the Shamanic Journey | Learn Ancient Ways for Modern Living | October 18, 2014

EMPOWERMENT  THROUGH  THE  SHAMANIC JOURNEY

Learn Ancient Ways for Modern Living

Step into your own Potent Power

This class fulfills the prerequisite for the Munay-Ki Intensive !

In this class you will learn how to journey to non-ordinary reality to get direct spiritual guidance. This is a core shamanic skill used for many different purposes such as divining, problem solving, healing and gathering power. By using the beat of the drum, you will learn how to move into an altered state of consciousness to gain access to non-ordinary reality allowing you to receive  direct spiritual guidance. This is a skill that will empower you on your path of discovery of your own medicine. This will be a fun full day of exploring and learning!

Next Class! Berkeley, CA

October 18, 2014

10 AM to 5:00 PM

 

Learn Ancient Ways for Modern Living

Who Should Come?

    • Are you searching for Wellness, Wisdom and Guidance?
    • Are you ready to Empower Yourself to live a richer and more meaningful life?
    • Are you ready to access your OWN answers to questions about Your Life?
    • Are you at a crossroads in your Life?  Seeking Transformation?
    • Wanting to make a Change in your Life?
    • Are you confused and searching for guidance for the next steps to take personally, professionally or Spiritually?
    • Are you ready to release old patterns and change limiting/ negative beliefs and behaviors?
    • Heal yourself, your ancestors and future generations
    • Restore your soul to wholeness
    • Feel more connected to the wonder and mystery of life
    • Experience and learn that we are never alone and are loved unconditionally

Register Now!

Many have felt a calling from spirit and are awakening to make a difference in this world.   If you are ready to empower yourself to live a richer and more meaningful life, to access your OWN answers to questions about your life, and to explore the invisible world in our infinite universe… Then we invite you to discover the Shamanic Journey and engage the quest for deeper, broader vision of who and what you truly are.

Tuvan Shaman's Drum Register here for Empowerment THrough the Shamanic Journey

 Shamanism is a practice that has been in existence at least 30,000 years and has been used by the ancestors of every culture. In this class you will learn how to journey to non-ordinary reality to get direct spiritual guidance. This is a core shamanic skill used for many different purposes such as divining, problem solving, healing and gathering power. By using the beat of the drum, you will learn how to move into an altered state of consciousness to gain access to non-ordinary reality to get direct spiritual guidance. This is a skill that will empower you on your path of discovery of your own medicine. This will be a fun class of exploring and learning!

Join, teacher(s) from the CENTER FOR SHAMANIC HEALING for an introductory  class:

· Learn to safely journey to the upper and lower spirit worlds.

· Connect with your spiritual allies and receive guidance

Join us  for an introductory Class. Fall is the perfect time to journey within. Explore your path paying attention to the Seasons.

Next Class! Berkeley , CA

October 18, 2014

Full Day Class  10AM to 5:00PM

Register Now!

More Information

Join  Suzanne Savage & Kent Dorsey, from the CENTER FOR SHAMANIC HEALING, for a  fun introductory full day class:

· Learn to safely journey to the upper and lower spirit worlds.

· Connect with your spiritual allies and receive guidance

When: Saturday, October 18, 2014
 

Time: 9:30 AM Registration   Class Sessions: 10 AM – 5:00 PM   (There will be a one hour lunch break).

Where: Center For Shamanic Healing @ Rudramandir

830 Bancroft Way (Corner of 6th & Bancroft)
Berkeley , CA 94710

Cost: $125.00  Paid in full

Mail Payment to (Check or Money Order):

Suzanne Savage

3912 Forest Hill Ave.

Oakland, CA 94602

Contact: Suzanne Savage  for more information                          suzanneonforest@yahoo.com    510-482-2566                            www.CenterForShamanicHealing.com

 

Please Contact Us if you are interested in sponsoring a future training at your location.

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Sep 18

Learn Ancient Ways For Modern Living | Who Should Learn the Shamanic Journey? | Who Should Come for a Shamanic Healing Session?

Learn Ancient Ways For Modern Living

Step into your own Potent Power

Council of Tuvan Shamans

Who should come for a Shamanic Session?

Many have felt a calling from spirit and are awakening to make a difference in this world. We, as a people, are on a vision quest. Living a vision and questing for more of who we truly can become. We invite you to discover  Shamanic Healing and engage the quest for deeper, broader vision of who and what you truly are.
Who should come for a Shamanic Session?

 

  • Are you ready to access the invisible world in our infinite universe?
  • Are you ready to access your OWN answers to questions about your life?
  • Are you ready to empower yourself to live a richer and more meaningful life?
  • Are ready to restore Balance and Harmony to your Life?
  • Are you at a transition point in your life, needing to make a next step forward and not sure how…
  • Are you ready to heal old wounds,  patterns, habits, compulsions and addictions that you’ve worked on before, but that just haven’t gone away…  Addictions are also a sign of soul loss as we seek external sources to fill up the empty spaces inside of us whether through substances, food, relationships, work, or buying material objects.
  • Are you ready to feel whole,fully in your body and alive and fully engaged in life?  Do you Feel  like there is “part of you missing?”  Do you ever say, “I’ve never felt the same since….?”
  • Do you suffer from chronic depression, anxiety attacks, suicidal tendencies, post traumatic stress syndrome, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, immune deficiency problems, low energy… and grief that just does not heal?
  • Are you psychically intuitive & sensitive ? Have you had metaphysical experiences and wondered how to work with them safely for the highest good?
  • Do you feel “energetically sensitive” or too easily intruded-upon by others’ thoughts or feelings…

 

 

 

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May 13

Thank you, all who came and created the Conjure Dance!!!

Thank you, all who came and created the Conjure Dance!!!

 

The circle, the afternoon and the Ritual were amazing. Bless you for this co-creation. Bless you for stepping forward.

Conjure Dance Altar American Ubuntu

Conjure Dance Altar for Ubuntu

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   Listen to Kent & Lenore on the Radio! (Archived Podcast) We are  interviewed by Christina Pratt for her Why Shamanism Now? internet Radio show. We are talking about the Conjure Dance as community ritual to manifest change and animate social justice through spiritual practice and the American Ubuntu Film project.

Click Here to Listen to the Show

 

 

 

 

Center For Shamanic Healing co-sponsored this Gathering and Ceremony with Lenore Norrgard  & the Circle of the Living Earth and the American Ubuntu Circle. Together we created a community ritual to manifest change and animate social justice through spiritual practice.  Thank you for joining us in a ceremonial dance for the purpose of healing and positive transformation for our community.

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Explore UBUNTU

 

 

Thank you Saffire… the beat flowed

Saffire Bouchelion  is a Master Black Belt Nia instructor who has been passionately practicing Nia for 18 years. He is also a professional performer and musician who has been featured on over 40 CD’s, and has opened for several international acts, including Cheryl Crow, Crash Test Dummies, and Barenaked Ladies. His embodiment and transmission of music and rhythm stir profound transformation in his students.  Saffire co-founded two experimental dance companies in 1986 and 1989, and has performed with Danelle Hellander Dance Company and Mergence Dance Theater. For seven years he was co-director of the Ecstatic Choir, five at Naropa University where he was also a musical accompanist for dance and movement classes, and taught drumming classes for the continuing education program. He has taught Drumming and Dance into Being workshops throughout the US, Europe, Mexico and Bali for the past 10 years.  His greatest joy is helping to Embody the world, one Community at a time!

 

 


 

 

“The Conjure Dance is a dance ritual and ceremony with origins in New Orleans. It arose from the melting pot of many cultures and spiritual practices that had gathered in the deep south during the 1700’s. These cultures included: Native American, African, Creole, Cajun, French, Spanish and Caribbean.The tradition of the Conjure Dance continues today finding its way from the hot steamy city of New Orleans, to the Bay Area. It is an incredibly powerful, energizing, uplifting, and serious ritual.  And, it is a beautiful way to come together as community, something that many of are drawn to in these times of global transition. The world is changing and it is time to conjure the new world in which we and our descendents will live.”  (Robert F. Bailey)

  Dream a new world, BE THE CHANGE… Ashay!

 

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