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The Therapeutic Shamanism Online In-Depth Courses
If you have already done the college’s First-Steps course and at least one of the Next-Step courses, and are ready to take the plunge to dive deeper into exploring Therapeutic Shamanism, then the In-Depth courses may be for you.
The In-Depth courses differ from the First and Next-Step ones in a number of significant ways:-
The First and Next-Step courses focus mainly on relatively short online sessions, and then participants practicing by themselves and in their own time between the sessions. In that way, aside from an hour or two online each week, they are a relatively solitary way of learning. However, hunter-gatherer shamans often spent significant amounts of time on their own practicing their skills (and in this way, often lived somewhat on the margins of the tribe), they were not hermits. This is because shamanism is not just a solitary, individualistic spiritual path. Rather, shamans spend time alone in order to to gain knowledge and skills, so that they can return to community and be of service. That is the role of the shaman. That is what shamanism is really about. On the In-Depth courses then, we begin to address this aspect of working for, and with, other people.
What this means in practice is that we spend time on the In-Depth courses actively working together as a community, journeying together, sharing our experiences, and giving shamanic healing to other course members. It also means being open about our own wounds in order to receive healing too, for we best learn how to heal others by working on healing our own wounds too.
Working at Psychological Depth
Creating an environment where this depth of learning and healing can take place means paying attention not just to the shamanic aspects of the work, but to the interpersonal skills and dynamics too. Because of this, the In-Depth courses include a lot more focus on the psychotherapeutic aspects of Therapeutic Shamanism. This includes sessions on developing interpersonal skills, understanding psychological processes, working with parts-of-self, and so on, alongside the more “traditional” shamanic aspects of the work.
It means having course participants who want to work at this level and in this way, and who are able to do so (and for that reason, as tutors we are selective about who we accept onto these courses).
All this means the In-Depth courses need more online time working together. With the old face-to-face courses, this usually meant spending a weekend together - about 12 hours of actual teaching time - usually at two monthly intervals. The online In-Depth courses are based on a similar amount of teaching time, but rather than spending a whole weekend on Zoom (which most people find torturous) the teaching is delivered in shorter, more frequent sessions. See the individual courses for details.
The Current In-Depth Courses
The Shamanic Worlds This is an ongoing, rolling course that can be joined at any point, and is the first In-Depth course that people need to do. To sign up for any of the other In-Depth courses, you need to have completed at least two of the Shamanic Worlds modules.
Rewilding Your Life Currently underway.
More courses are added at regular intervals (for a list, see below). To be kept informed you can sign up to the newsletter here.
See the individual courses for details.
To be accepted on the In-Depth courses you must have done the college’s First-Step course (or one of our face-to-face Intro days when we ran those), and at least one of the Next-Step courses too. There are no exceptions to this. This is for the reasons given on the Next-Steps page here.
Because of the nature of the In-Depth courses, we also prefer people to have done at least one of the Next-Steps courses first, so that as tutors we can take our time getting to know students. However, with some of the In-Depth courses this is not a hard and fast rule. With those courses, entry onto them without having done a Next-Step course will be at the tutors’ discretion.
Future In-Depth Courses
There are many other courses that we have run in the past and which will be run again as online In-Depth versions. They include courses on:-
Healing Ancestral and Family Wounds
Shamanism, Death and Dying
Plant Spirit Medicine
Working with the Stone People
Adulthood: A Shamanic Initiation
Healing Mother, Father and Lover Wounds
The Cycles of Life (formerly called “The Medicine Wheel”)
The Tree of Life (formerly called “The Totem Pole”)
Healing the Future
Shamanism and Healthy Boundaries
Taming the Inner Critic with Shamanism
We will also be offering online versions of the courses that focus in more detail on the links between shamanism and psychotherapy. Details to follow.
The Three Ravens College of Therapeutic Shamanism.
Done an Introduction to Shamanism workshop? Then you can start to explore shamanism in more depth with the Foundation Course weekends. The courses cover all main areas of core shamanism, including soul retrieval and shamanic healing.