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Bekki  teaches her year-long Shamanic Apprenticeship in Ithaca NY. This replaces the Two-Week Shamanic Healing Training   which she taught  with Crow in  from1992 to 2010. In 2016, inspired by Crow's shamanic apprentice program, which he had been teaching for a couple of years at Dragon Waters in southern Ohio, she formulated her own apprenticeship program.

With the advent of COVID-19, most of Bekki's classes have been moved on line and will be taught on line as necessary.

 This training is designed for participants who have a good grounding in shamanic journey work and who have already been practicing shamanism as their primary spiritual path, or as a significant adjunct to their spiritual path, and who already have strong shamanic ally contacts. Acceptance into the program is at Bekki's discretion. Usually 2 and up to 4 participants per training assures intensive and in-depth attention from the teacher.


The Apprenticeship consists of 13 two-day segments, which are taught in various configurations, depending on the scheduling needs of students and teacher. The segments are scheduled to take about 13 months to complete. Each segment includes 2-3 supervised healing sessions with volunteer clients and the Apprentices. Additional supervised healing sessions with each student will also be scheduled.

These healing sessions may be done remotely, when conditions warrant.

Prerequisites include:
Fundamentals of Shamanism and Circle of the Ancestors with Bekki, or equivalent training.
At least 6 months of experience with journeying (once a week or more often). You will need to submit copies of your journeys over this time. (Not required of people who have studied extensively with Bekki; in some cases this is waived if you can demonstrate your level of shamanic skill)
Permission of your allies
Interview with Bekki
Bekki's review of your natal astrology chart (to pre-select appropriate student partners for your training)

Each topic is taught over a 2-day period, and the students work with volunteers from the community in supervised group healing sessions based on the teachings.

Many of the sessions re-visit topics covered by other workshops Bekki teaches at the intermediate level, always from the perspective of developing and supporting advanced healing skills.

The topics covered are as follows (roughly in order, which can vary somewhat):

 Energy Healing: a review of the basics of energy work from a shamanic perspective, and discussion of systems students are already using (shamanic, polarity, Reiki, etc); including partner work. Discussion of trance dance, healing stones and other energy healing tools. When possible, Bekki  arranges to teach Opening the Shamanic Voice  to fulfill most of the requirements of this segment, additional readings and outside sessions may round out the work.

Ancestor work: review and new perspectives of ancestor work. Ritual work with the Ancestors. Focused on healer-ancestors. (Circle of the Ancestors is a prerequisite for the course. This segment does not replace it.)

Earth Elementals: We will make contact with a personal elemental spirit ally and learn to work with this elemental to examine the physical aspects of illness, disease and imbalance in our clients.

Water Elementals: We will make contact with a personal elemental spirit ally and learn to work with this elemental to examine the emotional aspects of illness, disease and imbalance in our clients.

Air Elementals: We will make contact with a personal elemental spirit ally and learn to work with this elemental to examine the mental causes of illness, disease and imbalance in our clients (ideas, beliefs, mental constructs)

Fire Elementals:
We will make contact with a personal elemental spirit ally and learn to work with this elemental to examine the spiritual causes of illness, disease and imbalance in our clients (relationship with the Divine and its impact on wellness, crises of faith, spiritual wounds, etc)

Fey Allies: healing with Fey Allies, Faery Doctoring

Plant Spirits: Making contact and working with plant allies (participants make their own sacred place with selected plants, altar and meditation space at Medicine Spring Farm, where the training takes place); making plant medicines. The plant spirits are spirit helpers in our shamanic work.

Working with Divinity: 
All shamanic peoples believe in a Divine Being or Beings who created the world and continue to shape and guide it. These Beings are concerned for their creation and are available as shamanic helpers for healing and maintaining balance of our world. We will work with personal Divinities who offer themselves as shamanic helpers for us in our healing practice.

Shamanic Extraction: Learning about and learning to heal with this classic shamanic technique. Bekki covers diverse techniques across cultures.

Soul Retrieval
: Learning about and learning to heal with this classic shamanic technique. A variety of approaches to the concept of soul loss and soul return are covered, examining diverse cultural perspectives.

Psycho-pomp work
: Learning about and learning to heal with this classic shamanic technique

Exorcism and De-possession
: Learning about and learning to heal with these classic shamanic techniques

Required Reading List

The Shaman by Piers Vitebsky: the best and most beautiful summary of this complex subject

Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy by Mircea Eliade... a classic

The Sacred Tree by Bopp and Bopp

Soul Retrieval by Sandra Ingerman

Riding Windhorses and Chosen by the Spirits by Sarangerel Odigan (our friend has passed on, but hopefully these two fine books will remain in print)

Shamans, Healers and Medicine Men by Holger Kalwait

The Cosmic Serpent and Shamans Through Time by Jeremy Narby

If you are interested in this training, please contact Bekki. You'll find further information on how to  reach her on the Schedule page.