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When I lived in the city, I was always amazed in the Springtime to see green shoots pushing up and cracking the sidewalk. I marveled and felt a joy. It was such an encouraging sign. What had been a seed in October had found a place to grow – not only survive, but thrive and overcome huge obstacles! There I was in the city, feeling dominated by skyscrapers and politicians who had no thought of the people just trying to get by, while the tiny seed was shouting to me, “Yes! Spring out!” It wasn’t just an allegory. It was the World, the Earth, calling me, reaching out and giving me a hand, helping me on my way when all seemed impossible.
When I teach courses, I see my work as re-introducing people to their home, The Earth. I try to help people find their true power, the power that they are born with, the power of the Universe that connects us all. It is my experience that there is always something, perhaps only one thing, that a person experiences on a shamanic course, maybe a message from her Spirit teacher that will change her perception of life; a moment that will open his heart in a new way. And this experience will affect the lives of the people around her, or someone he talks to waiting for a bus, and that spark will go on, spreading out and touching others. The sacred breath that sings the blackbird’s beautiful song is the same sacred breath you use when you call a loved one is the same sacred breath I use as I greet the Morning Sun.
If you look far into the future, you may see a tall beautiful tree. At some point, someone decided to plant it, knowing they would not see it come to fruition in their lifetime, yet deciding it was worth it, as a gift to future generations. What can we begin today that may have a great effect in years to come? That may help someone in a way that you wish you had been helped? What would you like to do this Springtime to give your gift further?
The seed in the sidewalk, the seeds our spirit-guided actions plant – we will never know all the deep differences our lives make in the world, nor do we have to. We only have to nurture the seeds of our souls and make sure they grow.
SPRING COURSES -
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Springtime is a time of new energy, and there are many workshops to inspire and help you receive the power of this wonderful season. Jonathan and Zara have added two new courses at Åsbacka – a SHAMANIC
PRACTICE DAY on 4 May on the theme of THE CIRCLE, and a new weekend course called LIVING GIFTS, 17-19 May, exploring how we can live our gifts in a fuller and more vibrant way. The more we receive our gifts, the more we can share and give them further.
There are still a few places left for the two courses in Ireland - INTO THE JOURNEY, 29-31 March and BEING HOME, 4-7 April. Into the Journey is an excellent next step after the introduction course and Being Home is a new workshop to help you feel more rooted on the Earth and encourage a healing process of homecoming and belonging.
Jonathan and Zara return to Åsbacka to hold a special mentoring retreat for shamanic practitioners: HELP FOR HELPERS, 23-28 April. It offers you space to reflect with the Spirits on your path, what nourishment you need and how working with problems can turn them into teaching opportunities. There will be time to share practice with peers and experience the power of being in a dedicated shamanic community.
In Denmark, Annette is teaching the introductory course THE SHAMAN'S JOURNEY, 29-31 March and SEIDR, 29 May-2 June. In Wales, her new course LEGACY OF THE WISE ONES, will have its English language premiere 1-5 May.
A very exciting announcement looking into the future is that in late Spring 2020, Annette will do SEIDR IN ICELAND. It will be a unique opportunity for an international group to learn Seidr in the very landscape of Edda poems and sagas. An early booking is recommended.
- OTHER INSPIRATION & TRAINING -
Our Russian friends and colleagues Maryana Kolesnik and Elena Pigaleva are inviting you to make a shamanic autumn journey to the Barguzin Valley and east bank of Baikal Lake. Focusing on the theme of “Four Winds of Four Directions”, it offers an opportunity to experience shamanic work in many sacred places and hiking in Nature – visiting mountains and lakes, healing thermal springs and Buddhist temples, taking part in rituals of greeting and gratitude. It takes place 3-14 Sept starting from Ulan-Ude airport. For more information and help with travel, contact Maryana: firstname.lastname@example.org or Elena: email@example.com
In the UK, Shenoah Taylor and Lisa Sture hold an introduction course in Shrewsbury, 30-31 March: http://shenoahtaylor.com/courses/a-path-to-healing-insight-and-empowerment/
In Sweden, Annika Zilliakus offers an introduction weekend 5-7 April in Åsa, Halland. For information, email Annika: firstname.lastname@example.org or call +46(0)70 5709013.
In Wales, Eline Kieft is holding a Spring Source Waterfall retreat, 16-20 May, combining shamanic work with movement medicine to help you reconnect to the Source and your original nature. For more info: http://elinekieft.com
Also in Wales, Jane Shutt & Christine Mark of Cader Idris Center are co-teaching a Seidr workshop with Julia Crabtree: Introduction to the Magic and Power of Seidr, 10 – 14 June. They have learned Seidr from Annette and work with small groups in a stunning landscape. https://www.caderidrisshamanism.co.uk/workshops-a-testimonials/seidr.html
Jane and Christine are also co-teaching in Italy with Bebetta Campeti at her center near Pienza, Tuscany. It is a residential course in working with the Spirits of the Land, 24-28 May. For information: http://www.aurorafestival.it/index_en.html or contact Christine email@example.com
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