WORKSHOPS ON CORE SHAMANISM
Shamanism is the world’s oldest spiritual and healing path. It is also a way of life, one that believes in maintaining balance and harmony with the natural world. In shamanism all things – stones, plants, animals and humans – are ‘alive’, filled with spirit and interconnected by energies that are all around us in both the seen and unseen worlds.
CJ Shelton occasionally runs workshops on core aspects of shamanism at her studio in The Alton Mill Arts Centre or in the community and can conduct workshops at your location, event or retreat.
THE WAY OF THE WHEEL – Spiritual Mentorship Group
Are you struggling to integrate the daily flow of life while walking a spiritual path or wanting to align your life more with Nature’s rhythms and cycles? Teaching wheels are a holistic model used by many indigenous cultures and spiritual traditions as a guide for personal decision making, problem solving, creating new projects and accomplishing goals. The Way of the Wheel is based on this tradition of a circular map that provides a compass for navigating our earth-walk and spiritual path.
In this small intimate mentorship group facilitated by artist and shamanic practitioner CJ Shelton, you will follow a sacred and time-honoured shamanic path that takes you through the Four Great Directions (East, South, West and North) of the Wheel of Life. You will learn teachings that draw on the common aspects of several indigenous, pagan and psychological traditions and how they work with the stages, seasons and elements on the Wheel. You will also learn how to use the correlating wisdom of various animals, crystals and plant medicines for each direction. The teachings of the Wheel will be experienced first-hand through guided journeys, deep conversation, personal symbol-making and ceremony. You will discover where you currently sit on the Wheel and how to work with the “medicines” or energies to balance out your journey.
Who is this course for? If you are interested in shamanism, at a crossroads and have more questions than answers, are struggling with indecision or simply wanting a simple and effective way of bringing greater clarity and balance to your life, then this program will provide a safe container for you to explore with a small group of like-minded kindred souls. At the end of the four sessions you will feel more connected to the rhythms of the Earth, and in turn, your own unique expressions of the energies of the Great Wheel.
The Way of the Wheel is designed to help you come into your own center and experience firsthand the core teachings of the shamanic life path, one that is lived from a deep connection to the heart of Mother Earth. Join Artist & Shamanic Practitioner CJ Shelton as she leads this ancient voyage through the realms of Spirit and connection to All That Is!
Please contact CJ with questions or to discuss whether this program is right for you.
When: Due to the small group format whenever a circle of 4-6 participants comes together with the stated intention to embark on the journey, days and times for each session will be decided on in order to accommodate everyone’s schedule. Typically, the ideal start time is at the beginning of a season. The other 3 directions are then scheduled throughout the year to correspond accordingly and to suit the availability of group members. Please contact CJ to register your intention to take this journey.
Materials Required: a notebook to journal with and an open heart
Cost: $400 for four 3 hour sessions ($100 per session). This is a substantial savings over booking 1-to-1 private sessions with CJ which are $150 per 2 hour session.
Please note the following:
- You must commit to attending all four sessions so that you receive the full benefit of the program
- The small group format will be limited to only 6 participants so that all receive equal attention
- Sessions will be weekly, bi-weekly or bi-monthly depending on what best suits the group
- The small group format will provide a safe container for helping each participant move forward whether they are currently experiencing a challenging period, re-assessing life goals or simply wanting to learn a new way of being in the world
- Please note that this is a learning circle where collective wisdom is shared and all participants contribute equally to the good of the whole group. Private 1-on-1 consultations can be booked with CJ to discuss more in-depth personal issues that may come up.
CORE SHAMANISM WORKSHOP SERIES
CJ Shelton also offers the following three part course on Core Shamanism that can be booked for groups of 4 or more at her studio or at your location. Please contact CJ for more information.
This series of workshops will introduce you to core concepts used by all shamanic people and provide simple yet profound tools you can start using immediately in your own life. Some of the benefits you will gain are how to safely explore new worlds and new realities, how to see the world around you in a different way, how to gain greater clarity in your life by balancing perceptive logic with grounded intuition and, most of all, how to interact respectfully with Nature, our greatest teacher… quite simply, shamanism will open you up to a whole new amazing world of possibilities!
Session 1 – CIRCLE WISDOM & THE GREAT WEB OF LIFE
All of life moves in circles, spirals and cycles. The Medicine Wheel or Wheel of Life is used in many indigenous cultures throughout the world as a sacred tool for learning about yourself and the interconnected nature of all things. In this workshop you will be introduced to ‘circle wisdom’ and learn how the energies of the different compass directions align with natural elements operating in our individual lives, our community and the greater world around us. You will create your own personal ‘circle of life’, a valuable tool for helping you achieve greater harmony, balance and understanding of yourself and others.
Session 2 – JOURNEYING THROUGH THE SHAMANIC MAP
Shaman’s throughout the world are able to enter Non-Ordinary Reality or the realm of Spirit to retrieve information and healing for themselves and others. Non-Ordinary Reality is divided into different worlds, each with their own energies and functions. In this workshop you will be introduced to the universal map that all shaman’s use. Once you know the map you will locate your own ‘doorway’ or entry point and learn to navigate these worlds. A guided shamanic journey will let you safely experience the type of symbolic informatin that can be gained through this process and ho it can be used to help you in your own life.
Session 3 – POWER ANIMALS & OTHER HELPING SPIRITS
Both our physical world and Non-Ordinary Reality (the spirit world) contain an infinite variety of helping spirits such as nature devas, guides, faeries, gods/goddesses, totem animals, ancestors, etc. Everyone has at least one guardian spirit but various ‘helpers’ will come in and out of our lives at different times to provide protection and share their power and teachings with us. Building strong and trusting relationships with these allies is a key part of shamanism. This workshop will help you learn to interact with the spirits of stones, plants, trees and animals and take you on a guided shamanic journey to connect with some of them.
About CJ SHELTON
CJ Shelton is trained in traditional healing (shamanism) by Algonquin Shaman Pete Bernard of the 8th Fire School of Medicine Work. She is also a Reiki Master and holds diplomas in Social Service Work from Seneca College and Spiritual Psychotherapy from Transformational Arts College. CJ is also a member of the Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids. As an avid student of both Celtic and Indigenous philosophies she seamlessly blends these ancient traditions with elements of transpersonal psychology and psycho-spiritual counselling in her practice of shamanism.