Q: Are there scholarships available for this program?
Q: I want to follow my dream of becoming a shaman. Will this help me do that?
Q: Are there payment plans available?
There are! We now offer a three-payment installation plan and more time before the next course begins. Course must be paid in full by November 30, 2015.
Q: What if I have to miss one or more of the live lessons?
Q: Will there be breaks during the class days or will we go straight through?
There will be breaks in between the lessons on class day to eat, stretch, and ground.
Q: What will I be able to do with this certification?
Ways to Apply Your Training
There are many ways in which to apply your Earth Medicine walk to yourself and to the culture-to offer repair and restoration to the people. Not all of these ways will support you financially, but some of them have that potential.
- Women’s Circles, Men’s Circles, Community and Family Circles help to strengthen a group and develop neutral, moderate communications with human kind. It involves a level of patience with where a person is at which is very healing for individuals and the villages we are trying to create and sustain. Hosting a circle in your community once a month or on the eight holidays can bring ritual and meaning to your practice. Focus work with specific archetypes of people can help you to love this work even more. SouLodge tends to attract a good many self-contained types, and having this in common helps us to align in our language and actions which makes it a joy to be a part of, live and online.
- Retreats allow your people to come and restore and replenish their spirits and gather for longer periods of time, with greater opportunity for establishing intimacy. Skill-sharing, song-sharing and ritual practice for a weekend or several days can also weave an element of community that is much needed in the culture.
- Workshops where you share your personal knowledge and skills are very useful in a world where people are hungry for good teachings about how to live, how to eat, how to rest, how to create, how to heal, how to parent, how to manifest, how to connect with the elements, gods, goddesses, and self.
- Online classes create worldwide accessibility to what you have learned and hold dear. While building an audience for your work takes time, patience and a trajectory of your own growth, it is a fruitful enterprise and helps connect many people to the ways which have been tested and work for you. There are many people who connect to each other online who go on to meet people in their local communities and develop face-to-face relationships. It has been heartening for me to see the SouLodge Community blossom over the years and connect many women and support many families.
- Hands-On Healing is a way to make your healing practice physical and hands-on. Many healers and wisdom keepers begin as massage therapists and bodyworkers, reiki practioners or animal healers. It is a good practice for developing physical boundaries and offering healing to clients’ spirits as we work on their bodies. Nearly every town has a school or a place to clock hours in countless modalities of body healing, and many are branching out beyond conventional deep tissue and Swedish technique to include cranio-sacral therapy, Orthobionomy, myo-fascial release, energy healing, and more. We always seem to gravitate back to a bodyworker who is in touch with the spiritual disharmony which affects our physical bodies, and it’s my belief that a part of this path includes learning how to connect with people in physical pain in a compassionate way, and that it is a great compliment to this work to develop healing hands.
- Council is a way for you to gather with your sisters, family members or elders to make decisions for the whole unit which are beneficial. Holding regular council about what is happening in your town, your schools, the environment, are all ways to get involved and become aware of who is your community is aligned with your values. Consider going to your town hall meetings, finding out what is happening with the water in your region, and becoming involved at a grassroots level to improve the quality of the Earth and her resources.
- Native plant restoration is a way to become intimate with your local plant communities and offer your voice to those already doing that work. Becoming active in restorative projects helps to integrate your energies with that of the land around you and familiarize yourself with what plant medicines exist in your area, as well as connect you to what I have always found to be a passionate group of people doing good work.
- Counseling requires more formal education, but can help you integrate what you know with those in need. Advising others or at very least, holding space for them, creates a world of support. If you do not feel called to follow a path of counseling the youth, somehow at-risk, or those in need of deep healing, consider being a listening ear to the young ones, especially teenagers in your family. You are in a unique place to offer rites of passage and to honor the generations coming up in a way that we were not, and give back in a way that’s very meaningful. In this way, you ready yourself for becoming an elder-a respected voice among those younger than you.
- Coaching is a way to cheerlead those in transition or making changes in their lives. It is very easy to integrate your passions with an Earth Medicine approach, even if it simply means you turn to divining tools or ritual to help your clients intuitively navigate through rough times or ascensions in consciousness. I know a vibrant young practitioner who loves to help people build their brands, but it is her unique connection to the cosmos and her language which makes it such a pleasure to work with her. You would be surprised at how Earth Medicine can seamlessly weave into your existing businesses or work you’re already doing in the world.
- Solitary practitioners work quietly on the edge of society, focusing on intensive prayer, altar building, ritual, and shifting energy for the benefit of society and world culture. If you are introverted, hermitish or simply feel at your best not working with people, you can do a tremendous amount of healing by offering prayers every day in the form of bird seed, flower seeds, tending the land and animals alone. Hold everyone up to the highest wellness possible and remember to call in your helpers to bring about peace and serenity.
Q: Can men attend this series?
Q: Will the communal gathering site be on Facebook?
Q: What does a “presentation in digital format” mean?
Q: Will you be offering this program next year/annually, as well?
Q: I know nothing about shamanism whatsoever, will I be able to keep up?
Q: What experience do I need to fully participate in this certification program?
Q: Will there be interim work and lessons beyond the scheduled class times?