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This two-day workshop requires shamanic journeying experience.

"All of our ancestors, no matter where we originated, have practiced shamanism, a most powerful form of healing and connecting with the Spirit Realms." We offer this workshop to support this contention, which we have taught for decades.

Shamanism in its ancient form is now eradicated in many parts of Europe and Asia, yet was still actively practiced in the 1800's and documented up to the mid 1900's.  In Siberia and Mongolia, shamanism survived and is actively pursued today.  The practice was nearly intact for the Sami of Scandinavia and Western Russia, as well as in isolated parts of Hungary and other areas of eastern Europe, though shamans were ostracized and even killed after the advents of Christianity and Communism. In some places, a partial practice survived, blended with other folk customs and/or integrated with Christianity.

In this workshop, we look at evidence for shamanism among earlier European/Eurasian cultures and discuss surviving shamanic practice, as well as the reclaiming of shamanism taking place throughout this wide area today.  We also share information about the importance of the ancestors in traditional shamanism and the work we have been doing with our ancestors to reclaim our personal shamanic heritages.  (British, Etruscan, Danish and Hungarian, to date.)

This workshop includes the presentation and discussion of primarily little known data regarding ancestors and shamanic practice, and journeywork to visit early shamanic cultures and discover each person's shamanic roots.  When time allows, we also reconstruct an ancient shamanic ritual or ceremony.

Bekki Shining Bearheart, LMT and Crow Swimsaway, PhD began working shamanically with their own ancestors, including teaching Circle of the Ancestors, in 1994. Crow and Bekki have studied with several traditional shamans including Dona Andrea Rios (Huichol), Ailu Gaup (Sami) and Sarangerel Odigan (Buryat/Mongolian).

Advance registration is required to attend all Church of Earth Healing classes and workshops. See the Schedule for when and where European and Eurasian Shamanism is next offered.