Shamanism: an introduction

Course Dates: 26/10/19
Time: 09:30 - 17:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Discover the core principles of shamanism. Explore the shamanic journeys of healing and inspiration, and how we can use these most ancient cross-cultural healing methods to address the needs of our times.


What is the course about?

This day offers a brief historical, anthropological overview of traditional and contemporary shamanism, exploring how these ancient cross-cultural healing methods can be used today. This course is facilitated by an experienced integrative counsellor and shamanic practitioner who teaches shamanic journeying and healing.

What will we cover?

Shamanic principles such as:
- History and anthropology of traditional shamanism
- Core shamanic practice of shamanism in the western world
- The shamanic world view
- The shamanic cosmology
- Concept of spirit world and spirit helpers
- Shamanic understanding of power
- The shamanic concept of illness
- Shamanic healing and soul-retrieval
- The shamanic journey.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Outline the culture and background of shamanism
- List the core principles of shamanism
- Describe how the practice of shamanism could be used in the context of professional health practice, psychology, counselling and personal development.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is for learning and self-development, it is not a therapy course.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course is a balance of presented material and experiential learning, including tutor talk with discussion, questions and answers and clinical case material. Hand-outs and visual material will be used as well as experiential exercises. There will be an opportunity to participate in a shamanic journey (optional). You will be supported to continue finding out more about the subject if you feel motivated to do so.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

None. It is useful to bring notepad and pen to take notes.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

There are a number of professional and personal development courses available in the Psychology, Counselling and Personal Development department. A list of relevant books will be provided during the course.

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Great presentation and Introduction to Shamanism.
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Review by Michael / (Posted on 22/10/2018)
A good sound introduction
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Review by A Student / (Posted on 14/10/2018)
This was an amazing course. The tutor was an empathetic listener to the wide range of experiences from the day. I got far more out of the day than I had expected and would recommend this course to anyone with an open mind and curiosity about how the psyche can be explored.
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Review by Kate / (Posted on 21/10/2017)
Build course PG 678 student feedback 2014

Students were asked to rate the course and were also asked “What did you like most about the course?” This is what they said:

Excellent: Good atmosphere and space to explore the topic.

Excellent: The journey experience and the clear intentions for the journey.

Excellent: The experiential part, the journey and the drumming. The size of the group felt really manageable (9).

Excellent: The teacher, a very wise and inspirational lady. I’d be more than happy to take part in further courses offered by her. I also enjoyed the shamanic journey very much.

Excellent: I like the teacher and her approach to teaching. She had a calm manner and very informative.

Excellent: Very informative. It made me think and had a big impact on how I feel about shamanism.

Excellent: Everything was nice. What I liked the most was the practical part of it. It would be nice to get some other courses about shamanism, more advanced ones, after such a lovely introduction.

Excellent: The tutor was so good to listen to. So interesting. The morning just flew by because we all enjoyed it so much. This course was so relaxed and easy to follow.

Excellent: The combination of theory and experiential. The grounded and focused nature.
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Review by Course PG678 Students 2014 / (Posted on 19/09/2017)
Build course PG 678 student feedback 2015
Students all rated the course excellent and gave the following comments:

Excellent: I’m very grateful to the teacher and the group. There was a good balance between information and experiential learning. The overall atmosphere was excellent.

Excellent: An interesting course both academically and spiritually. A very good introduction to the practise of Shamanism.

Excellent: Tutor was excellent. Everything promised happened. Course very thorough.

Excellent: Nice mix of information and practical.

Excellent: Tutor is excellent. I’d love to do a follow up advanced day workshop as well at Build. Thank you.

Excellent: Fabulous. A wonderful experience. I feel like I’ve been taken somewhere else.

Excellent: Higher realms not covered but good teacher. Would have liked to do more experiential work. Thank you.

Excellent: The tutor was absolutely incredible. She was wonderful. She was excellent. She was so intuitive that it was as if she had known me for years. Please ask her to do longer courses. Whoever at Build asked her to teach here deserves a big reward. Thank you so very much.

Excellent: the tutor was/is very knowledgeable and passionate about the subject and had a great manner with people. She managed to cater for many different types of people and learners with her approach. Thank you for opening this new topic and world for me, I can’t wait to dive in more.
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Review by PG678 Students 2015 / (Posted on 19/09/2017)
Build course PG 678 student feedback 2016

Excellent: Great to have both an overview (anthropological) and time to practise and reflect upon. Perfect introduction.

Excellent: Teaching was superb and effortlessly guided through. So appropriate. Loved it.

Excellent: Glad to have written papers (hand-outs). Clearly a subject that requires a lot more inquiry and work.

Excellent: I liked the information and experience offered, also the friendly atmosphere.

Excellent: Really informative and gentle exploration of the subject with clear experiential experience. Very interesting.

Excellent: Course was great, great teacher, great content. Will definitely be pursuing this path furthermore. Many thanks.

Excellent: The tutor was very knowledgeable and very calming, wonderful.

Excellent: I found this day amazing. It was a wonderful experience for me. I would like to go on and study more. Thank you.

Excellent: The course was excellent. I was a doubter before I came, but it was amazing. The tutor was brilliant, some of the people had difficult and different issues as well, but she handled all very well and so many positives. Great people, great time, great experience. Ta!
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Review by PG678 Students 2016 / (Posted on 19/09/2017)
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Course Code: PG678

Sat, day, 26 Oct - 26 Oct '19

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £79.00
Senior fee: £63.00
Concession: £48.00

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