I attended the introductory course The Way of the Shaman in April 2014. The course was held up in London, in a wonderful renovated chapel in Little Venice. The course was extremely interesting and informative, the exercises to be engaged with were clearly explained so that there was no doubt as to what was, hopefully, to be achieved. Questions raised were answered fully and where appropriate humorously, giving a good balance of levity to the more serious side of the topic. It was an exhilarating, emotional, spiritual and satisfying experience and left me with the desire to learn more, and this I put down to the enthusiasm and passion of our shamanic tutor, Simon Buxton. As a result I signed up for the long weekend workshop Shamanism and the Spirits of Naturewhich is held at the Sacred Trust Centre in Dorset. Where can I start? This is indeed a magical place to work! It oozes spirituality, presence and serenity! The ancient woodlands, lake, and pastureland all resonate with the Spirits of Nature themselves. The main work room for the course was an amazing space of spiritual atmosphere which intensified as the workshop progressed. Emotions were heightened and brought to the fore for
many during this experience. The wonderful people of the Sacred Trust Centre made everyone welcome, the accommodation was good, food was sublime, and the whole ambiance of the setup made me feel I wanted to stay there longer! I have already
signed up for my next course at this special place. My thanks go to Simon and all at The Sacred Trust for the great work they are doing. May it long continue!
Systems Programmer, retd.
Describing what a wonderful experience it has been for me to take my first steps on The Path of Pollen initially struck me as an easy task. Words such as ‘miracle’ and ‘enormous spiritual adventure’ and ‘unbelievable shape-shifting’ came to mind. And while these words are accurate, they are ultimately insufficient.
Upon starting the training I quickly began to experience an ever-growing feeling that I formed part of a wonderful development, a feeling that then changed into a conviction and certitude. I now know with that certitude that I have been walking on a terrific way. I have no idea when or if I will ever finish this way nor what I will encounter upon it, but that is not so important. What I do know for sure is that I am on my way to myself. And that is what I can call a miracle, what I can name as a great shape-shifting and an enormous spiritual adventure. I am full of gratitude for all the elders of the Path of Pollen, for my wonderful teachers Naomi Lewis and Kate Shela and all the sisters who have taken their first steps with me. They have given me the feeling of being protected & loved and to cut a very long story short, participating in this blessed work has allowed me to feel and to become a very blessed woman!
Publishers Representative (Germany)
I have been to the Sacred Trust Centre on three occasions and each time have been struck by the dedication, generosity, commitment and absolute integrity I have encountered there. Simon Buxton and Naomi Lewis and the other teachers manage to embody and bridge the gap between academic knowledge & rigour and profound spiritual understanding coming from a direct and life-giving encounter. This is shared in a clear and accessible way, sprinkled with light-hearted humour. Together with the high-quality and abundant food, the rich landscape of woods, hedges, open fields – this is a place to explore the frontiers of human experience and come back restored, refreshed, renewed and inspired. You will experience true sacred trust here and come back with a hopeful heart
I recently attended the Darkness Visible retreat, and can say it has been one of the most exceptional experiences I’ve ever had. I had no idea how powerful darkness is, and how clarifying its experience. I came away from the workshop with plenty of energy and a clear focus of what needed to be done in my life for the foreseeable future. Simon Buxton and Naomi Lewis are wise, inspiring and generous guides, and the assistants on the course are gentle and loving hands in the dark. I can only thank all of you for providing opportunities of this kind!
Ralf Jeutter PhD
Homeopath, Podiatrist & Lecturer
I have been a participant on The Way of the Melissae workshop and on The Darkness Visible course. What has been striking is the wholeheartedness of the team and their teachings and also how impeccable they are. At times the work was challenging – on a couple of occasions I felt taken to my edge and I could only go there because I felt so well held. The teachers were steadfast and very encouraging. Mostly though my experience was of being able to drop deeper and deeper with softness and flow and this was facilitated by just the right thing at the right time. It was wonderful to be so vulnerable, soft and open alongside my fellow participants. I am so grateful I have found The Sacred Trust. Their work is vital – both necessary and truly alive. Thank you.
Jacqueline Beattie RSHom
I recently completed the Two Week Training in Classical Shamanism. The training was indeed very intense, but in a very good way. Simon Buxton had structured our time to be of a bearable intensity, whilst surprising us (or at least me) with very powerful community ceremonies around the fire, or within the hall, using drums, rattles & voices. These ceremonies were extremely reassuring of the chosen path. Throughout the two weeks we learned classical healing techniques used within shamanism cross-culturally, such as soul retrieval, extraction work, compassionate depossession and work enhancing the deeper connection to the ancestors and spirits. The beauty of the work was that not only were we taught to heal but also received a lot of healing ourselves. I had left the course feeling completed, a greater peace and certain of my path. My experience with the The Sacred Trust was certainly life changing in many positive ways and I know the journey has only just started…
Thank you to Simon, Richard, Suzanne & Anna for the care, help, patience and support – I highly recommend this training.
I heartily recommend The Sacred Trust to you. Here is a place of magic, a place to meet the magic of the land, the magic of spirit and your own magical self. Here is true magic – the action of spirit and soul. Here is a place where your soul can grow in safety, love and compassion and your spirit flow and expand. For more than ten years I have been delighting my soul with Sacred Trust workshops, learning more about myself and how to help other people. In each of the six workshops I have attended I have been in awe of the integrity, great clarity , depth and richness of Simon Buxton’s teaching.
It’s like going to a sacred feast, our spirits are fed and we leave with a bag of sacred goodies to sustain us for a long time. The Sacred Trust workshops provide a rich tapestry of sacred teachings. Those that I have participated in have all been excellent, but I would like to especially recommend the most recent workshop that I have been to – Shamanic Dreamwork. Here I found an approach to dreaming that was different to any that I had previously encountered. We learnt of the true nature of dreaming, about the power of dreams, and met authentic teachings and ritual directly based on those found in indigenous tribes.
Shamanic Healer and Children’s Meditation Teacher
For the last 20 years or so I have read widely on topics related to shamanism and attended numerous workshops and training courses; always something not quite right. Eventually at The Way of the Shaman workshop I found the teacher I had been looking for in Simon Buxton. Simon, a man of the highest personal integrity, is a gifted and compassionate teacher who leads by example; his work and commitment sets the Gold Standard for his students. I have recently had the privilege of completing the Three Year Professional Shamanic Practitioner Training a profound and challenging course which is truly life changing in so many positive and different ways.
During this course one explores the core cross cultural elements of shamanic healing and gains the skills and knowledge to help others. However, perhaps more importantly, one also undertakes a journey of self discovery and healing. Personal values, prejudices, the ego, ethics and ingrained behaviours are challenged and explored. Throughout this journey of discovery and re-evaluation the student is always supported by Simon, their individual mentor and fellow students. I cannot commend Simon Buxton, the course mentors and the staff at Sacred Trust too highly. The Sacred Trust is in my opinion the Premier Shamanic teaching establishment in the UK; it sets the benchmark for others to seek to attain.
Retired Director & Professional Engineer
I have recently completed the Three Year Professional Shamanic Practitioner Training with The Sacred Trust and before that spent a year attending a number of other courses offered by the Trust. The practitioner training is led by Simon Buxton and it has been an honour to learn from him and to call him my teacher. Simon is warm & authentic, teaches with integrity and ever encourages you to aim for the gold standard. I have had many an amazing experience and wholly enjoyed my time with The Sacred Trust, indeed I’m sad that the training has come to an end. Highly recommended.
Royal Marine Commando (Ret), Shamanic Practitioner
Forests have always occupied a very special, magical place in my life. I remember my childhood in Africa where, from the backdoor of my home, I could skip barefoot into the wilderness on my own – into echoing forests where I was never alone. I was free to get lost and, in so doing, draw ever closer to the mysterious vitality and consciousness that animated them, giving them form. I was ever suspicious of the linear by-ways and standardised tracks snapping at the fringes of these forests, trusting instead their un-signposted inner pathways that would gracefully unfurl with an invisible luminosity in the quiet whispers of dappled sunlight, numinous shadows, soaring branches, searching roots, giggling, hidden streams and welcoming soil between my toes. Without fail, I would be lead to precisely where I needed to be and receive precisely that which I needed. Those forays were invaluable initiations in which I learned to move and dance with the forest, at one with the rhythm bursting forth from a subterranean lineage of syncopated roots, to a still, quiet place – the place of stories: the medicine stories, the teaching stories, the old stories, the big stories, the little stories, the forgotten stories as well as those yet to be born. My childhood awe and delight has only deepened as I have come to love the land and forests of Albion and the extraordinary teachers and healers that are to be found in those wild places.
For me, the Sacred Trust is a forest, like those of my childhood and like those that often feature in the old tales beginning with the words: “Once upon a time…” The subtle alchemy at its heart seamlessly and effortlessly weaves the ways of the ancients with the modern and is rooted gently yet unwaveringly in partnership with the ineffable. The rich well-spring of teachings and healings on offer are joyous discoveries, which in their diversity reflect the strength and promise of their heritage. The Sacred Trust is home to such impeccable, generous teachers and healers as are sometimes spoken of in those tales of old…and so much more. Time and again I come away inspired by the standard raised for what it truly means to be human and to live in community with spirit. As with the heart of a forest, I have found no judgment here. You can safely hang-up the weighty armouring required by convention and from that unguarded place, discover a wild-craft of the heart that is uniquely yours and emerge profoundly enriched having traversed the invisible landscapes and forests of the soul. If the call of the old ways reaches you and points you here, honour it! Give yourself the precious gift of rediscovering and reclaiming your life story and the tools to chart the dreamtime – the doorway stands ajar, the path beckons: “Once upon a time…” How can you afford not to?
Shamanic Practitioner and Solicitor