Shamanism and shamanic journey is present in some form in all cultures. Carlos Castenada's Don Juan has been a model for over thirty years of the Shaman teacher. Michael Harner's Shamanic Institute and the work of Sandra Ingerman have done a lot toward disseminating and developing some of the basic practices and techniques of the journeyer. Making the non-ordinary world accessible to anyone willing to practice. Soul retrieval is a delicate art. It requires the dual awareness of what is there and what the person is capable of receiving at this time. It is a labyrinth through light and darkness. You must be at home in this terrain and know it with in yourself. There is always an element of emotional healing and you must have all your elements present to engage the elements of anther's soul. You must be humble yet arrogant enough to trust what you see. The shaman is an actor, he activates energies to move. So there are the basic skills of awareness, will, and trust. And what grows out of that is concentration, the sensitivity to mental, emotional, physical . . . etc. energy and your availability to become the presence of power, light and love. To enter and be entered by the presence of Buddha or Christ.

" Everyone breathes with the breath of the Great Mystery; each one a mystery within the whole mystery, a body within a soul, a knowing in
contact with all knowing. Herein sits the true importance."
Hanta Yo

The prayer figure holding the world conveys the action of what I seek to inspire in those who find their way to to me. It is the becoming of the circle that mirrors the circle of one, the Great Mystery. Ah, but what does that mean? It means the action of embracement. To embrace the mystery of all that we are, both inner and outer without judgment. To embrace the whole world without limitations. It is the willingness to acknowledge that we have all of creation, all of humanity, the good, the bad and the ugly within us. At its heart, then, this shamanic retreat is this action of unconditional embracement. The infinite South and the infinite North, the infinite East and the infinite West. Fire, air, earth and water. It is that so simple, yet so difficult action of Self Love, the loving embracement of the world of our Soul, which then allows us to embrace the world we live and move in. And finally it becomes the act of remembrance. I surrender to the question "Who am I?" in this land of magical sensuousity that reverberates with the answer. So I remember myself in the mystery within and without. So that once you are willing to become the whole world, accepting all that you are all that you have ever been and all that you will ever be then you can help others to enter this space. And what is the point of this journey of the stepping stones if we are not reaching back and helping those who are just lightly behind.
This is a more focussed and intensive retreat than our other offering. I seek to plant the seeds of skills and practices that you can continue when you return home. To strengthen or begin a spiritual practice that will grow for the rest of your life. They are also what I consider essential skills and practices to any shamanic or all healing work for that matter. We must know ourselves in the true perfection that honors imperfection.