Shamanic Therapy

What is Shamanism?

Shamanism is a complex and diverse field of study with practices and beliefs that vary widely. It continues to be of interest to anthropologists, historians, and those interested in spiritual exploration and alternative healing.  It's nearly become a buzz term in modern spiritual circles, but its ancient medicines are anything but "pop culture".

What is Celtic Shamanism?

Celtic shamanism refers to the spiritual practices and beliefs of the ancient Celtic peoples, who lived in various parts of Europe from around 500 BCE to 400 CE. It is a term used to describe the indigenous spiritual traditions and practices of the Celts, who had a rich and complex belief system that included a reverence for nature, animism (the belief that everything possesses a spirit), and a close connection to the land.

To be perfectly honest, I'm uncomfortable using the word "shamanism" to describe the spiritually-rooted, nature-based practices I hold so near and dear to my heart.  Alongside that discomfort, I hold the wisdom of my teachers, their teachers, and their teachers as sacred, respected, and profound. I stand on their shoulders, and there is a tall tower of shoulders holding up this lineage that reaches far beyond Celtic origins.  I also know these healing practices are nothing short of miraculous and I am merely a humble benefactor of their medicine.  I share them in the spirit of all who've gone before me and have chosen to call them "shamanism".

You may know of the ancient orders of Bards, Ovates, and Druids of the Celtic Isles.  They held the practice of oral storytelling and wisdom sharing, ensuring the survival of sacred knowledge through millenia.  When the Christian monks began writing about the ancient cultural practices, much of the truth was edited out.  That which did not serve the mission of the new religion. Precious little survived but for the efforts of a few generous scribes.  However, it is sufficiently evident that the knowledge held within the Celtic cultures was also held everywhere else.  In many lands, such as Siberia, Africa, Australia, Asia, New Zealand, and the Americas, the remnants of shamanic practices survived and auspiciously resonate with ancient Celtic cultures.

Our ancestors discovered a way to explore existence through a natural and mystical connection with the world around them. This exploration led to deep inner awareness and the revelation of new levels of consciousness. In these domains, they accessed the very essence of life and developed the ability to interact with the energy systems of themselves, other beings, and the Earth.

Though the term "shaman" originates from Siberian culture, the archetype of the healer within tribal societies is found worldwide among indigenous cultures. This concept is profoundly sacred, as individuals are chosen by Nature to serve as healers or medicine people for their communities. Many are called to this role through physical transformative experiences such as surviving lightning strikes, enduring incurable illnesses, encounters with wild animals, or near-death experiences as well as psychospiritual traumas and soul recovery. These intense encounters with the natural world and/or the collective shadow often awaken extraordinary healing abilities within shamans, enabling them not only to heal from their own traumas but also to assist others in their healing journeys.

In indigenous cultures, apprentice shamans learn from elder practitioners through specific practices, rituals, and ceremonies that sustain the well-being of their tribes. They learn to interpret weather patterns, secure resources like food and shelter, and channel healing energies for physical and spiritual ailments.

In our contemporary world, many are drawn to study these ancient traditions with deep respect and reverence for Nature and all of Life. As humanity seeks to reconnect with the fundamental essence of the human spirit, there is a growing demand for guides who can facilitate healing on a global and cosmic scale.

Shamanic therapy can be taken in isolation or combined with sound therapy and/or energy clearing. Shamanic therapy is typically considered a complementary or alternative approach to well-being and is not a replacement for conventional or psychological treatment when needed. It is often used in conjunction with other holistic and wellness practices to promote overall well-being.

Shamanic Therapy:  $150 / 1-1.5 hour session OR $500 / 4 x 1-1.5 hour sessions

Session Format:  Brief discussion of goals and intention for your session, guided shamanic journeywork, meet your compassionate spirit guides and helpers, anchor and integrate your journey through art or movement.