residential, advanced practitioner training was
held once or twice yearly from 1992-2010 at
Dragon Waters. We have kept the page up because
it gives prospective advanced students insight
into our past work and the level of training we
traditionally have given our advanced students.
In 2013, Crow
and Bekki re-invented their relationship,
dissolving their marriage of 34 years, and
electing to remain partners in their shamanic
work, as co-ministers of the Church, and
occasionally teaching together. The Intensive
training in its two week format has been
Crow taught a
year-long shamanic apprenticeship in 2015 and
2016 at Dragon Waters. He passed away in 2018.
Bekki began teaching her own shamanic
apprenticeship in Ithaca NY in 2016. This
consists of 13 2-day segments, taught in several
different formats (one segment per month for 13
months, or in other configurations). Bekki is
happy to discuss the particulars of this
trainings with interested students. As with the
Two-Week Intensive, the apprenticeship is
limited to 4 participants per training, and may
be taught with as few as 2 participants.
trainings involve prerequisites and an
If you are
interested in this level of training, please
contact Bekki at
both very supportive instructors. Your
eagerness to share your life experiences and
your acquired knowledge only enhances the
experiential learning process. And you
accept the life experience and acquired
knowledge of your students with the same
--student at '95 Intensive
shamanic intensive at Dragon Waters offers a
uniquely intense and comprehensive exposure to
advanced shamanic training, which, although
brief, shares many of the qualities of ancient
traditional shamanic apprenticeships.
is deeply rooted in Mother Earth. It begins with
a day on the land in intimate contact with the
spirit of the place and intuitive discovery of
your own place of power. Dragon Waters is a
small, mostly wild, country place on sixteen
acres in southeastern (Appalachian) Ohio with
rolling ridges, open woods, tangled green-brier,
tiny streams, a fierce guardian spirit and even
a shaman's spring. The grounding energy of
Mother Earth is constant throughout the two
weeks, with some teaching and much healing work
taking place outside and at the students' power
This is true
even in inclement weather, for Father Sky and
the weather spirits have much to teach us.
The Intensive is usually offered in Spring,
Summer or Autumn, which are usually mild but can
be quite challenging. It has been taught it in
winter as well.
in this training is intense continuity of
contact with the instructors and the work.
The training is residential; even local students
are required to be here continuously throughout
the fortnight. One day off allows a visit
to Ash Cave or another significant site nearby
for shamanic work. 'Residence' may be in
the small house, saturated with shamanic art and
spirit (not to mention four-leggeds) or rough
camping on the land (there are four-leggeds
In the house,
each student has a space of her/his own to set
up an altar and healing place. Inside, and out
on the land, there are moments of privacy.
Overnight isolation in places of power is
encouraged, but the teaching is intentionally
done through concentrated, continuous contact.
Tribal shamanic life approaches each
moment as part of a continuity and of life's
shamanic lessons. So it is at a
Dragon Waters Teaching Intensive. As the
space is full of learning, so is the time:
Each awakening and retiring; each meal, snack
and cup of tea; each drumming and smudging; each
sharing; each healing object envisioned,
constructed and experienced; each healing
technique learned and practiced; and each
journeying takes us more deeply into shamanic
reality and further along the shamanic path.
There is a
primitive quality to life at Dragon
Waters. The intense work is complimented
by the fact that this is not a comfortable
conference center or lush resort motel. The
lifestyle might be described as "survival with
style" and everyone's survival depends on
everyone's involvement. Everyone "chops wood and
carries water" -- literally! Drinking water is
carried by hand from a nearby spring.
House heat, cooking and hot water are wood
fired. Much of the wood is gathered on the
hillsides, dragged down to the house, and cut by
hand. Students and instructors share these
element of survival with style (and living with
gusto: being power-full in the shamanic way) is
eating. Meals are cooked and shared
communally. There is plenty of healthy,
organic, gourmet food. Both instructors
are expert, knowledgeable cooks who appreciate
dietary diversity, are familiar with many ethnic
cuisines, and are commited to healthful
nutrition, freshness and taste. This adds savor
and focus to the meals and fun (and even some
additional training) to cooking together.
Students who love food seem to be attracted to
the training, sometimes without even knowing
about that aspect of the work!
plenty of animal energy at Dragon Waters. We are
situated across the road from thousands of acres
of Ohio State Forest. Deer, opossum,
raccoon, fox, wood rat, chipmunks, voles, moles,
mice, rabbits, woodchucks, water snakes, frogs,
toads, turtles, lizards, salamanders, foxes,
bats, turkeys, hawks, vultures, crows, owls,
great blue and other herons, various
woodpeckers, many kinds of smaller birds,
kingfishers, various wild ducks and geese all
live here. The insect population is
relatively quiet at the usual times for the
Intensive training but they put in a good show
at other times of year. In addition there
are resident cats and dogs.
the most challenging and rewarding aspects of
the training was the constant journeying
required. Besides being confronted with
such a huge spectrum of journey "topics" (some
of which pushed just the insecurities I needed
pushed), I found myself becoming incredibly
comfortable and familiar with shamanic reality,
so that now if I don't journey enough, I begin
to actually miss being there. It became
--student at '99 Intensive
But what is the
training must be, it is highly
experiential. This means students get to
do it, a lot!
instructors love to communicate. With strong
academic backgrounds, continuous reading in the
field and over three decades of teaching experience
each, they have plenty to say and know how
to say it. Lots of
books and journals on hand and plenty of
reading assignments assure that students get a
good grounding in the shamanic literature.
But the main
thing is doing. One student recorded over
50 journeys during the two weeks of training, in
addition to his notes on the demonstration and
practice of each of the major shamanic healing
make inspired and empowered shamanic healing
tools and paraphernalia. Each student takes away
at least one, often several, shamanic tools,
which they have made themselves as guided by
their allies and overseen by the instructors
(both of whom have formal art/craft training and
experience and who regularly create shamanic art
including medicine bags, rattles, painted drums,
etc.). In addition, Bekki's brother Bryan,
a blacksmith and woodcrafter, is available with
his forge and wood shop to help with special
master the major healing techniques and their
interrelationships, they are given a safe and
structured opportunity to practice. Each student
works in supervised sessions with at least four
real clients, volunteers from the community who
genuinely seek shamanic healing. Each
healing session is observed and critiqued by
Bekki or Crow. Students receive feedback
afterwards, although we do not interfere during
If you have
considerable shamanic journeying experience and
are interested in an experiential training which
will expand your knowledge of and ability to use
traditional shamanic healing, this training may
interest to you. You will leave Dragon
Waters with a working knowledge of every major
shamanic technique which will help you to heal
yourself and others.
is different from the ordinary. It is intense
and highly demanding. It is very personal
and 'hands-on'. It is very successful. In
two weeks, your own healing will be strongly
advanced and you will be well on the way to
becoming a shamanic practitioner.
guided and supported as well as pushed to expand
my own self-imposed limits. I didn't once
feel asked or told to do anything that I was
incapable of doing, or that would compromise my
own sense of boundaries or integrity.
Every time I felt nudged, I would check in with
myself, and realize that I was facing another
insecurity that needed to be worked with."
--student at '99 Intensive
Intensive is limited to four students and often
includes only two or three, so each person has
maximum attention from the instructors.
please write to Bekki and Crow with details of
your shamanic experience. The trainings usually
take place in Spring and Fall. Preparation for
this training takes about three months, and
several weekend workshops are prerequisites.
Thus, we prefer that you apply five or six
months before the training of your choice. We can be flexible
about these time parameters when special
circumstances are involved.
The cost is
$2,500, which includes room, food, all materials
including craft supplies and handouts. If
you feel you can afford to pay more for what is,
essentially, professional career training, you
are invited to make that donation. We are
also open to exchange of time and labour in
partial payment of training charges and can
arrange extended payment plans if this is
arranged well in advance.
payment by cash, check and money order. A
non-refundable down payment of $500 is required
when you are accepted. Complete payment
arrangements must be made at the time of
registration for the training.
was exactly what I expected it would be,
having known Bekki and Crow for several years,
except that it was ten times more intense and
ten times more challenging than I
expected. A real learning experience,
packed with information and excitement.
This training caused a profound change in my
--student at '95 Intensive
to regularly use the techniques in a powerful
and nourishing way. I've worked with
close to 50 people since the Intensive, all
positive, some deeply profound and
healing. The approach to ancestor work
you introduced me to in 2000 continues to
unfold in new and powerful ways, repairing the
chains through time. I've witnessed
dramatic shifts in the soul retrieval work and
I'm gradually refining energetic awareness in
combination with the massage practice."
--student in '02 Intensive
If You Are
Interested in Our Shamanic Intensive Training...
We offer the
following thoughts to help you evaluate your
You must be
familiar with the fundamental shamanic
techniques of journeying to contact allies,
teachers and guides. You need not have studied
shamanic journeywork with us, but fundamentals
are not included in this training.
with the ancestors is an integral part of
shamanic work throughout the world. Because this
has proved to be so meaningful for our students,
the Ancestors is a prerequisite.
Shamanic Voice is a concentrated weekend
of shamanic energy work and self-healing seminal
to the development of shamanic healing
techniques, and is also a prerequisite.
We are not
aware of equivalent workshops offered by other
shamanic teachers. If you are interested in the
Intensive and have not taken the required and
recommended workshops, please contact us
If you feel
drawn to our intensive training, seek counsel
with your allies. We can pose questions, but
your allies are your personal connection to
Spirit and can advise you of strengths,
challenges, and things to be aware of before
committing to the training. Relevant questions
Is this an appropriate training for me?
Is now the time to do it?
What can I do physically, emotionally, and
shamanically to prepare?
asking such questions of our allies guides us to
appropriate action to use our resources more
effectively, and get more out of any training we
receive. (Bekki spent 6 months doing intense
preparatory journey work before learning soul
retrieval, for instance.)
guides or allies tell you something, honor it!
(We learned this the hard way!) If they say
"No," they mean it. Likewise, if they advise you
to take the training, it will be beneficial to
do so. Trust their judgment.
We will also
journey to ask if our guidance feels that your
participation is appropriate at this time.
important to come to the training with an
awareness of the commitments it entails.
What kind of responsibilities will it
place on you financially, emotionally, time wise
and so on? Are you ready for this level of
commitment, cost, healing and learning?
willing, if your allies so indicate, to do
everything you can to make it happen? Ask your
Spirits to help you. If it is right for you, no
matter what obstacles there are, miracles will
happen. We know this from personal
experience. Trust Spirit.
Each of us
needs to set priorities. Is the training
important enough to put it at the top of your
list? Can you be financially responsible to your
commitment, honor the time commitment, and
organize your life so outside considerations do
not keep you from the training or intrude once
you are with us?
life is important. We, as the
facilitators of the training, have always made a
tremendous effort to work with individual
considerations. We all have families,
pets, school, work and/or other
responsibilities. (Bekki and Crow too!) If these
responsibilities are already overwhelming, it is
not a good time to take the training. If you can
effectively integrate another commitment into
your life, consider the training.
set aside a portion of our lives as well. The
training requires a great investment of time and
energy: we prepared for years to be able to do
it, continuously expand our own experience and
shamanic education to be better at it, prepare
for months prior to each individual training,
and give a great deal during the course of it.
We expect an equal commitment from you. We limit
each training to a few participants to give each
person time and attention. No two trainings are
alike; each is tailored to the needs, energies
and directions of those taking it.
cancellations are detrimental to the energy of
a path of healing self and others that requires
self-discipline and sacrifice. It is not about
ego gratification. We all get lessons from this
path, some of them hard ones. There are rewards:
inner peace, empowerment, ecstasy,
self-knowledge, tools for living that will last
your lifetime, and spirit helpers who will
teach, guide, and help you grow.
We find that
students who have received shamanic healing
respond most easily to the training. We
are only human. Perfection is not the aim, in
this moment or the future. Listening to the
inner voice -- what is right for us, whatever
our path to joy and fulfillment -- is our aim.
we are saying carefully. Consult your allies.
Ask for instruction from your guides. Then, if
appropriate, write us a two-page letter
describing why you are interested in the
training, what you hope to get from it, and what
kind of response your allies and teachers have
receive your letter, we will journey, and
shortly thereafter we will contact you to let
you know what our allies have advised.
acceptance into the training, a deposit to
ensure your place in the training and as an
earnest of your commitment is expected.
that, by setting clear guidelines for you, we
can all avoid stress, indecision, worry, and
waste of time, and that you will be empowered to
take many of your problems to Spirit for
We thank you
for your interest in the training, and trust you
continue to Journey Well.
Blessings on Your Path,
Summary of Basic
to knowing basic upper and lower world
journeying (knowledge available through our Fundamentals of
Shamanism or other recognized
introductory shamanism workshops), and having
Circle of the Ancestors, and Opening
the Shamanic Voice, you must have a
minimum of 3 to 6 months of regular shamanic
journey work experience prior to taking this
journal of your journeys, and journey at least
once a week. You are expected to experience and
log journeys to the upper and lower worlds;
hands-on healing; drumming circle participation
(if you have access to a drumming circle); and
any work of a shamanic nature you do for another
person. At the end of each month send a summary
of your journey work to us for review. In this
way we can guide you toward areas where we feel
you need more work, to round out your
not a specific requirement but we find that
students who have received shamanic
healing respond most easily to the training.
contacts us on very short notice. In special
cases, usually where the person shows special
ability or has a good deal of life experience,
we are willing to abbreviate the
journeying/review process. We give serious (and
humorous) consideration to all your life
experiences, especially shamanic ones!
material in the following books and
articles will be referred to and discussed
during the training. You may want to take
notes as you read.
Shaman by Piers Vitebsky: the
best and most beautiful summary of this
Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of
Ecstasy by Mircea Eliade... a
Sacred Tree by
Bopp and Bopp
Retrieval by Sandra Ingerman
Knife, Soul Bone by Crow
Windhorses and Chosen
by the Spirits by Sarangerel
Odigan (our friend has passed on, but
hopefully these two fine books will
remain in print)
Healers and Medicine Men by
Cosmic Serpent and Shamans
Through Time by Jeremy Narby
Catalpa Bow: A Study of Shamanistic
Practices in Japan by Dr.
of the 20th Century by R. I.
Healer by Marlene Dobkin De
Send a Voice and other
books by Evelyn Eaton
research see Shaman, Journal
of the International Society for
Shamanistic Research ,
Molnar & Kelemen Oriental Publishers,
Szeged, PO Box 1195, H6701, Hungary. It should
be available through some university
libraries, or can be ordered directly from the