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One of humankind's earliest shamanic connections has been with plant spirits, including entheogens (plants that give one a connection to the gods through altering consciousness). According to all indigenous peoples who practice it (and that includes almost everyone) fermentation is also a gift of the spirits. Wine and other fermented beverages have been used extensively by shamans in  many places for ritual, for connecting with the gods and other spirits, and for other sacred purposes.

In this workshop we will enjoy wine, food and deep discussion in the traditional setting of a Greek symposion, sharing the history of wine, the vine and Dionysus, who from his beginnings was the expression of the archetypal energy of Divine intoxication, and intoxification with the Divine.

After participating in the symposion, we will use shamanic journeying, ritual and other techniques to make individual, personal connection with Dionysus and his realm. Where he leads you depends on the relationship you then form with him.

Crow has developed a profound relationship with Dionysus over many years of enjoyment of the fruits of the vine, which has also informed his shamanic work with the God. For more information on his experiences and understandings of Dionysus, see his article Trekking with the God of the Vine: an Exploration of Dionysus,  soon to be published on this site.

Check back also for information on the Trekking with Dionysus Wine Tour, a journey to Hungary, land of fine wines and ancient shamanic peoples.

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Schedule for when and where this workshop is next offered.