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THE SHAMANIC APPRENTICESHIP

A One-Year Committed Circle - A CIRCLE OF STONES

And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and understood more than I saw; for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of all things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes as they must live together like one being. And I saw that the sacred hoop of my people was one of many hoops that made one circle, wide as daylight and as starlight, and in the center grew one mighty flowering tree to shelter all the children of one mother and one father. And I saw that it was holy.
— Black Elk

Black Elk’s words point us so clearly to the mystery, and the circle. We ARE a circle, with no beginning and no end, and that is a mystery. We Lovingly Call Ourselves “A Circle of Stones.”

Why a Circle? We are being called to unity, acceptance, tolerance (notice how you respond to that word) and a deep feeling of love. A circle provides the container for all of those expressions, as well as a noticing of what is not that. We are being called to notice, feel and at times, respond.

Why Shamanism? Shamanism is a very sacred and ancient practice. In fact, it is believed to be the oldest healing modality on the planet. Shamanism provides us with an integrative healing process, and its power is truly felt in the bones with ripples of direct revelation, clarity and inspiration.

Why the Medicine Wheel? The wheel is a circle that provides an invitation to awakened consciousness and a deep connection with the Earth and all of our relations. We are being called to know ourselves and our highest purpose at this time. We are being called.

The Dance. The Medicine Wheel gives us a circle of knowledge that we can breathe into our hearts, our lives and our actions, and when we invest a year in these teachings, we learn the steps of the dance to repeat each year for the rest of our lives. We will remember that we are connected to all that live on the Earth, we will remember that the minerals, plants and animals are our teachers, we will hear the stories that the wind can bring us, we will hear the wisdom of the rocks that have been here since the beginning of time, we will listen to the plant’s messages of health and vitality, and we will listen to the animals as they give us their gifts of love and their lessons of life. The Medicine Wheel is a powerful circle that holds all of these teachings. It provides us the space for a beautiful and life-transformative dance. Aho!

The Natural World. In my humble belief, everything in nature has something to teach us, something about connection. Water reminds us to stay in the flow of life, both allowing and surrendering. The birds inspire us to fly high inside of ourselves, and to gracefully ride the currents of our lives.  The earth reminds us to take care of her, because she provides all that we need to live.  The sound of the wind blowing through the trees provides calm, comfort when we are experiencing intense currents of change. The four-legged ones remind us to walk in a grounded manner, with hearts filled with unconditional love, and fire reminds us to transform what no longer serves us, so we have room for Spirit.  Those that swim in the waters of the earth teach us to communicate on waves of vibration. These concepts are not provable, but seem undeniably real to me.  How do they resonate with you?

The Schedule. During our year together, we will share four (4) weekend retreats and eight (8) one-days of deep teaching, and experiential experiences. These will include knowledge and experience of the medicine of Eagle, Coyote, Bear, and Buffalo, the energies of the Sacred Eight of the Universe, and the twelve (12) spiritual teachings of the Medicine Wheel of Life. We circle with deep preparation and intention. The circle opens in March for new folks.

The Prerequisites. You must have a knowledge of, and comfort with, the shamanic journey process and a private Soul Retrieval and Chakra Clearing with Cyndy. Even if you have studied shamanism, it is anticipated that you will join Cyndy for Self-Healing Through Shamanic Journey, or schedule a private session prior to the first March retreat, when the circle opens for new members. Finally, you must write a letter of intent, and be accepted into the circle by Cyndy.

The Second Year. There is continued exploration offered after completion of the first year. In the second year of the apprenticeship, we deeply explore the concepts, ethics, feelings, and tools needed to, journey for another to retrieve power, or guides, explore sound healing, create ceremony, and do a soul retrieval ceremony.

Check the schedule for this year’s dates and our packages page for pricing, but know that you must wait until March to enter the circle.