June 29 – July 1, 2018: Putney, VT
The heroic and shamanic journeys are mythological themes that weave throughout human history. Each requires the protagonist to journey into another order of reality, a landscape of magic and mystery… eventually to return with new and more authentic power.
To register, please send $325 via PayPal or mail.
Upon receipt you will be sent directions as to where we will meet and a list of what to bring.
Full payment is due 30 days before the program starts. Deposits can only be refunded in special circumstances after that time.
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The unknown is far greater than the known. It is vast. When the self is removed from center, the world around it expands correspondingly. The methods of all spiritual traditions — at their core — share one thing in common: a removal of attention and energy from the self in its ordinary and consensual reality, and a corresponding emphasis on what’s beyond all the changing, fluid, magical, and mysterious world of the unknown.
This larger self has been sought throughout history in mystical and shamanic practice. It makes its appearance in dreams and deep imagery, in feeling states that transcend the usual boundaries, and in sacred time and space accessed through ritual and ceremony. This vibrant territory is not accessible to the rational self. Reaching it requires a creative and active quality of perception that engages our full capacity as we cross a threshold where image, sense, mind, and feelings merge.
In this workshop we’ll use the tools of shamanic journeying and breathwork to access this vibrant and mysterious realm. Shamanic techniques have been core implements in humanity’s spiritual toolkit for millennia. Breathwork — first developed by Stan Grof in the 60’s and adapted and modified by other practitioners since — began as a way to access mystical states reported in psychotropic sessions. Combining darkness, powerful and evocative music, and specific breathing techniques, the windows to the unconscious are flung open, revealing immense vistas with other possibilities for engagement.
We’ll investigate the promise and lure of the unknown, that mysterious and magical expanse of the soul, and summon help from outside the normal sphere of our psyches. Having a rich encounter with the numinous world, we’ll examine ways we might invite this vital energy into the dream of daily life.