Resources for those who walk between the worlds
If some aspect of who we are continues after our last breath, how then should we meet death?
Changing our relationship with death means changing our relationship with our dead, and with the rest of the unseen world.
Western culture needs a new kind of shamanism, one that respects the practices of indigenous peoples, while giving us tools to support healing where the veils are thin.
A word about words
Shamanism is a complex term
I often say that I don't like using the word "shamanism" unless I have an hour to explain what I mean by it.
The word, and what it stands for, speak to profound and deep aspects of what it means to be a human being.
Shamanic knowledge, traditions, and practices can't be discussed without an awareness of the current and historical realities of colonization and the oppression of indigenous peoples.
That's the short answer.
Happily, I did get an hour to explain what I mean by it, and you can watch the video of that lecture (The Shamanic Archetype) below.
That's my longer answer.
Dreams, Rituals and the Creation of Sacred Objects
In 2012, I graduated from the California Institute of Integral Studies with a Doctorate in Transformative Learning. My dissertation explored the experience of a contemporary Western shamanic initiation, through dreams, rituals and the creation of sacred objects.
Calgary Community Healers' Council
The Community Healers' Council is a ritual practice group and learning laboratory for healers and spiritual seekers. We’re a mystery school for emerging ritual leaders and facilitators. We’re a community (seen and unseen) that nurtures and celebrates your medicine.
We're exploring what it means for us to embody the shamanic archetype in these times.
Teachings from the Community Healers' Council
Community Healers' Council Lectures
The Community Healers' Council explores the practices of ritual healing. This lecture series offers a theoretical framework to underly that experiential work.
For dates of upcoming Community Healers' Council lectures in Calgary, check the Events page.
The Community Healers' Council
Principles & Lineage
This lecture explores some of the theoretical concepts underlying the experiential activities of the Calgary Community Healers’ Council. It outlines our goals and intentions, and credits the teachers and lineages who have inspired the gathering.
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.