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The Shamanic Archetype

November 1st, 2017

The Shamanic Archetype: A modern exploration

A Community Healers’ Council Lecture
by Sarah Kerr, PhD

A discussion of shamanism raises important social, political, cultural and personal questions. Understanding what shamanism is, and what aspect of it we’re speaking about helps clarify how we might meet some of those questions.

This lecture explores shamanism as a universal archetypal phenomenon, rather than an anthropological one. Like all archetypal forces, the shamanic archetype is present, and can be activated in all people, regardless of the cultural framework or community support for those experiences.

Many of us are long-separated from our ancestors’ wisdom teachings about how to meet and nurture the shamanic archetype. We need cultural models that allow the healing power of the archetype to express itself within us, while honoring the current and historical realities of colonization.

~ How can people who feel a soul-calling to nature-based spirituality, and the embodied mysticism and ritual practices connected with “shamanism,” walk that path with respect and integrity?

~ How can we do so in a way that serves our community?

The connections between the seen and unseen worlds have been largely ignored and neglected by dominant western culture. Creating opportunities for the resurgence of the shamanic archetype can help us heal those divisions and restore a healthy relationship with the ancestors, the spirits of the land, and the rest of our sacred living world. Join us for an exploration of what that might look like.

About the Community Healers’ Council Lectures

This lecture is the first in an ongoing series that explores some of the theoretical concepts underlying the experiential activities of the Calgary Community Healers’ Council.  Everybody is welcome.

If you’ve been curious about the Community Healers’ Council, and considered joining us, this is a great way to learn more about who we are and what we do.

Watch the video here

About the Calgary Community Healers’ Council 

The Community Healers’ Council is a learning laboratory for ritual practitioners. We meet monthly in Calgary, and use the tools of council, divination, constellation, dreamwork, and ceremony to deepen our connections to our sacred living world.


Learn more about the Community Healers’ Council

Learn more about Sarah Kerr

Event Information

November 1st, 2017
7:30 pm

The Scarboro Community Hall
1727 14 Ave SW, Calgary

General admission – $20
Current Community Healers’ Council members – no charge


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November 1st, 2017
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Calgary, AB