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Betsy Bergstrom

Betsy Bergstrom is a full-time shamanic teacher and practitioner, considered by many to be the foremost workshop leader specialising in despossesion methods teaching in the world today.

She holds the rare ability to open portals between worlds, archetypes and dimensions for the explicit purpose of gathering knowledge, changing possibilities and attuning to a higher awareness. As a recognised seer and oracle, she brings inspiration and knowledge to her students through constellating mythic landscapes with important stories to tell. For the last decade her gifts have focused on the compassionate release of possessing spirits to create healing for the possessed, the possessor and the world itself.

As well as extensive training with both indigenous shamans and in classical shamanism, Betsy is a lineage holder and dharma protector in the Tibetan Shije tradition of Chöd in the lineage of Machik Lapdron and Padampa Sangye dedicated to sharing Dakini Wisdom.

Shamanic Mediumship & Seidr

with Betsy Bergstrom

The greatest spiritual healers of our time are mediums. Many of the greatest artists, musicians, counsellors, oracles and mediators of our time are mediums. And it is without dispute that the greatest shamans and medicine people of our time practice mediumship, for it is a key underpinning of shamanic traditions the world over.

Mediumship is understood to be a partnering of human host and spiritual ally that can facilitate healing, wisdom and knowledge. In the words of the British medium, the late Harry Edwards, mediumship can “host miracles”.

Mediumship, attunement and entraining are natural and daily aspects of our human experience. Consequently most of the mediumship experienced in the world is unintentional and often unconscious. This training is an exploration of intentional mediumship and its practical partnering with shamanism. 
Working with a wide range of compassionate allies, this experiential training will be focusing on:

  • The art of mental and physical mediumship, being the basis for divination, oracular work and the accessing of wisdom and healing.
  • Awareness of the body’s tendency to attune to emotion and vibration, and the phenomena of exteriorized spiritual substances such as ectoplasm, and materialized objects or apports.
  • Grounding and personalising a protocol for staying grounded & aware whilst engaging in intentional mediumship and in daily life.
  • Intentional attunement skills for potentialising and empowering mediumistic attunement for speech and healing.
  • Exploring conscious versus unconscious mediumship and developing protocols for and explorations with solo, dyad, and group mediumship.
  • The Norse shamanic mediumship ways and ceremony of Seidr: Working with song & staff within this Northern European form of shamanism and exploring staff journeys, oracular mediumship and healing.
  • The art of skilled embodying and the Cosmic Kiva healing ceremony

VENUE
The Sacred Trust Teaching Centre

FEE
£565 inc VAT (fully residential; fee includes accommodation, food and tuition)

Maximum number of participants: 22

The Shamanic Rites of Chöd

with Betsy Bergstrom

Chöd is an ancient initiatic and ritual practice that dates from the early 10th century, tracing its origins to the great yogini-dakini Machig Labdrön of Tibet and the tantric adept Padampa Sangye of India. The rites themselves are traditionally transmitted from teacher to student and are engaged with as a personal spiritual practice and as a healing praxis within the shamanic Bön tradition of Tibet. And it was this tradition that in 1978 was finally recognized as the Fifth Wisdom School of Tibet by Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama.

Furthermore, His Holiness the Dalai Lama authorized the renowned Tibetan yogi, Lama Tsering Wangdu to share the rites of Chöd to Westerners. Lama Wangdu subsequently taught this Buddhist version of the Chöd practice to Betsy Bergstrom, bestowing upon her the authority and authorization to teach and transmit this lineage practice to those in the West who are called to engage with this remarkable body of work. Though Chöd has in the past been a rare and at times a secret practice, Betsy Bergstrom has reflected that the Dalai Lama may consider that because of the shamanic elements and tantric power held within the rites, it is an especially important practice to be shared to Westerners during these delicate times that we live in.

The rites themselves focus on tantric practices that empower the practitioner to safely offer their body as blessed food to compassionate allies and ‘demons’. The purpose of the offering of one’s own body in this ritualized fashion is to cut through fear, to pacify the ‘demons’ (internal and/or external) and liberate them, and to free the ego/mind in order to know the true nature of reality. The rites contain strong shamanic elements that include transferral of consciousness; merging with compassionate allies; dismemberment; offerings and re-memberment, with the outcome bringing both a profound peace and profound healing.

This is the first time that Betsy Bergstrom will be sharing this body work in Europe and it offers a rare opportunity to be tutored by an authorized lineage holder and carrier of an authorized lineage transmission.

VENUE
The Sacred Trust Teaching Centre

FEE
£565 inc VAT (fully residential; fee includes accommodation, food and tuition)

Maximum number of participants: 22