The life-way of the shaman is nearly as old as human consciousness itself, pre-dating the earliest recorded civilisations by thousands of years. Through the ages, the practice of shamanism has remained vital, adapting itself to the ways of all the world’s cultures. Today the role of the shaman takes many forms – healer, ceremonialist, sacred counsellor and artist to name but a few. The shaman lies at the very heart of some cultures, whilst living in the shadowy fringes of others. Nevertheless, a common thread seems to connect all shamans across the planet: an awakening to the other orders of reality, the experience of ecstasy and an opening up of the visionary realms form the essence of the shamanic vision. This three-year training is specifically designed for those people who wish to train in the shamanic healing arts with a view to becoming skilled shamanic practitioners, technicians of the sacred and specialists in the human soul. It is made up of nine five-day components over three years, with supervised interim work.
Each component is considered vital in training individuals towards becoming bone fide practitioners of the shamanic healing arts, offering direct contact with an indefinitely ancient yet ever new tradition, and becoming the sacrament for spirit forces. It is an intense, challenging training that represents and celebrates the central tenets of the global revival of shamanic lore, praxis and principles; an ancient initiatory path proceeding from both historical succession and contemporary vision.
The training will include but will not be limited to the following bodies of work which will be further supplemented by ceremony, initiations, pilgrimage and ongoing supervised homework:
A series of vital tools which enable the shamanic practitioner to act as sacred counselor, trained in the ability to track the source of a clients problem and the way they are living their life. By addressing this deeper level, so a more profound level of healing typically comes about.
Detailed study of the principles that lie behind illness from a shamanic perspective and an exploration of the territory of disease. Includes a thorough training in the primary cross-cultural tools of the shaman, namely Soul Retrieval and Extraction medicine as well as the tools to guide the suffering across the terrains of sickness and death.
The shaman considers the true location of certain key healing work to be at the crossroads of waking, sleeping and mundane dreaming, understood to be the state of True Dreaming. In Europe, the discipline reached a peak of excellence in the Greek Mystery Schools through the dream temple incubation methods, an entirely shamanic body of work. This, together with little-known oneiric practices will be taught and experienced.
Acknowledge and celebrate the community aspect of healing, involving the client receiving healing from an octet of eight tutelary spirits and their human partners. Advanced techniques of merging with Ancestral Kin and becoming a mouthpiece of the gods will be taught and experienced.
These are advanced spiritual techniques used to assist the releasing of lost and troubled spirits from environments and individuals which can include ancestral negative patterns and traumas that are passed through generations among families. We shall also be exploring related areas including curse unwinding and defusing, hex aversion and obsession dissolving, as well as examining the concepts of intentional and unintentional acts of sorcery.
Working with the spirit of place and ethnocentric spirits of the Middle World / the application of Drums and Rattles as tools within the shamanic healing paradigm / Movement and trance / Altars and the empowerment of shamanic tools / Masks, costume and the shamanic ‘Theatre of Ambiguous Behavior’, part of the European Bee Tradition.
The training allows each participant to safely climb, branch by branch, the World Tree – or axis mundi – of the shamans path. We strip shamanic work down to its core, eventually incorporating material and methods often not presented elsewhere. It is here we operate and train as healer, ceremonialist, spiritual guide and artist, using trance and ecstasy to master the unseen forces of nature and undertake communion with the purveyors of power. This gives a rich and highly experiential induction into the life-way of the shaman, trained in the art of equilibrium, with mastery of ecstasy, moving with poise and surety on the threshold of the opposites.
For the shaman, human existence, suffering and death are rendered into a series of maps and symbols that form a moral order, within which clear pathways lead to the treatment and elimination of the most painful aspects of human life. Through learning and practicing a rich variety of sacred action along these pathways, students upon this training will step forward into the role of shaman, enabling them to be of profound assistance and help to others.
SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION of this training will allow students to be considered for registration with The Sacred Trust as Shamanic Practitioners and to receive referrals from The Sacred Trust from prospective clients in their locale.
This training is being led by the Founder/Director of The Sacred Trust, Simon Buxton and assisted by other skilled practitioners who are graduates of the training and work with clients in private practice.
APPLICATION: Enrolment on this training is limited to 22 places. Please post or email The Sacred Trust a letter of approximately two pages describing yourself as a person. Please also write a separate document detailing your shamanic background (none is presumed), the self-development work you have undertaken and what draws you to this training. These letters should be accompanied with a contemporary photograph of yourself, which will be returned to you. The content of these letters will be treated as confidential and the envelope or subject heading should be marked ‘Sacred Trust Training’. An interview may be necessary for some applicants. Do not include a deposit with your application. If your application is successful and a place if offered to you on the training, a deposit of £175 will be required at that point to secure your place.
DATES: The training runs over three calendar years and consists of three residential components per annum, each of which runs over five days and take place at The Sacred Trust Centre. The next training will begin in 2017, the dates for the first year are as follows: 2nd - 6th June 2017, 29th September - 3rd October 2017, 2nd - 6th February 2018. This work is supplemented with supervised interim homework. Fees are inclusive of all residential costs, food and tuition and can be payable in bi-monthly instalments.
ANNUAL FEE: £2,285 inc VAT