Shamanic Workshops, Shamanic Training and Shamanic Courses

Asheville is the home of shamanic training and shamanic workshops in North Carolina!


Are you interested in Shamanism? Do you want to learn more? Do you want to learn how to practice Shamanism yourself?

If you do, start with Meet Your Helping Spirits, the Fundamentals of Shamanism class.
If you are interested in studying with me, send me an email and let's gather a group together and begin.


Following is a mostly complete list of the shamanic techniques that I can teach you. I am constantly learning from the helping spirits, so this list grows and changes! Click any title for a full description and content notes, or scroll down and browse through the catalog as you like.

Visit the Shamanic Training and Shamanic Workshops | Workshop Schedule page for what's cookin' today.

Shamanic Workshop Course Listing


The Self-Transformation Series

The self-transformation series of shamanic workshops is designed to empower you and give you tools for healing and self-change, to shift blockages in your life, and to help you connect with the sources of your own true and personal power.

The Andean Cosmology Series: Working with the Ancient System of Spiritual Connection



Course Descriptions

Meet Your Helping Spirits: 

The Basic Workshop in Shamanism

a 1-day shamanic training workshop

This is the beginning shamanic workshop, your gateway to becoming a shamanic practitioner
Prerequisites: none.

can be expanded to 2-days for more depth of experience if desired


I invite you to join me and learn more about this amazing spiritual tradition, the shamanic path of direct revelation that you can step onto. Shamanism is a technique used all over the planet to interact with the world and its energies on a fundamental and personal level, giving the shamanic practitioner a deep, rich, direct experience of the divine.

"Shamanism is the oldest spiritual practice known to humankind. We know from the archaeological evidence that shamanism was practiced all over the world for at least 40,000 years. However many anthropologists believe that the practice dates back over 100,000 years.

   The word shaman comes from the Tungus tribe in Siberia and means "one who sees in the dark". Shamanism has been practiced in parts of Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia, Greenland, and Native North and South America.

   A shaman is a man or woman who interacts directly with spirits to address the spiritual aspects of illness, perform soul retrievals, divine information, help the spirits of deceased people cross over, and perform a variety of ceremonies for the community. Shamans have taken on many roles in tribal communities. They have acted as healers, doctors, priests, psychotherapists, mystics, and storytellers." ~ Sandra Ingerman, shamanic teacher, author and practitioner

During this basic workshop, you are introduced to shamanism, the universal and near-universal basic methods that enable you to enter non-ordinary reality to bring problem-solving and healing into your daily experience. Emphasis is on the classic shamanic journey, which you will learn how to do. Shamanic journey is one of the most remarkable visionary methods used by mankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream which you will gain access to. You will be initiated into shamanic journeying using sonic driving (drumming and other techniques) for experiencing the shamanic state of consciousness and for awakening dormant spiritual abilities, including connections with Nature.
 
We will spend time sharing our discoveries in shamanic journeys, and you will be provided with methods for journeying to meet and study with your own individual spirit helpers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice. You will learn how shamanic journey is used to restore your spiritual power and health, and how shamanism can be applied in your daily life to help heal yourself, others, and the Planet, our earth mother.

Your first experiential shamanic workshop includes these discussions and exercises:
  • What is shamanism?  Lecture and discussions about shamanism in many cultures; who and what a shaman is; shamanic cosmology, the journey process, and what shamanism is good for.
  • Psychic protection and shielding - you will learn how to strengthen your energy body and re-member who you are at a deep and spiritual level. This is an extraordinarily useful practice even when you are not practicing shamanism.
  • Shamanic journeying - you will learn about shamanic journey work using sonic driving to either a drum or a rattle.
    "Shamanic journeying is a method of direct revelation and it is the experiential centerpiece through which shamans make contact with their helping spirits to access empowerment, personal guidance, and healing help." - Awakening to the Spirit World by Sandra Ingerman and Hank Wesselman.
  • The ethics of shamanism, shamanic practice and healing
  • Journeying to the Lower World to meet your Power Animal Allies
  • Journeying to the Upper World to meet your Teachers and Guides
  • Establishing a solid and mutually responsive relationship with your new allies, teachers and guides
  • Honoring - you will learn how to honor your new relationship with the helping spirits
  • Time Permitting (or in the 2-day version) you will learn
    • Simple and effective healing methods you can use with others
    • Simple divination methods for finding answers to your life's questions

Introduction to Shamanic Mediumship with Compassionate Deities

a 1-day shamanic training workshop

This is an advanced shamanic workshop
Prerequisites: basic shamanic journey skills and good working relationship with your helping spirits.


This workshop gives you new tools to help you work more closely with the helping spirits and provides new insights into the ways in which you experience the energies of the world around you.  Using traditional mediumistic techniques, you will learn a method of safe conscious mediumship to help you develop and use your innate abilities to connect with compassionate deities, nature spirits and to connect more deeply with your own helping spirits.

Working with powerful compassionate Deities and spirits is an excellent and unique way to receive deep wisdom and insight into the issues and problems of daily living.  Learning to safely embody compassionate beings is also a beautiful way to strengthen and refine one's energy body, and gives new ways to connect with the energies of  the world around us.

Note: This workshop does not teach the advanced skills necessary to communicate with the spirits of the dead.  That advanced practice is well beyond the scope of this course.


In this course you will learn
  • Methods of Energetic Protection while working with Mediumship
  • Strengthening our connection to our True Selves
  • Techniques for conscious mediumship with compassionate Deities
  • Information on how you process and perceive energies in the world around you
  • New ways of being and perceiving the world


An Introduction to Curse and Oath Unraveling

a 1-day workshop

This is an advanced shamanic workshop
Prerequisites: basic shamanic journey skills and good working relationship with your helping spirits.


The energies of Curses, Thoughtforms and Oaths can affect our daily lives, and using curse energies against others is a frequent occurrence in our culture; we do it without knowing that we do.  Curses were regularly used in ancient times - and still are, to oftentimes devastating effect. This course explores the form and nature of simple curses and oaths and gives methods and approaches for safely unraveling them. 


In this course you will learn
  • Information about Curses, Oaths, and curse-like energetic constructs
  • Methods of Energetic Protection while working with Curses and Oaths
  • Strengthening our connection to our True Selves, the Divine Blueprint, shield from within
  • Methods for the safe unraveling of curses and curse-like constructs
  • Energetic methods to help heal and clear the aftereffects of curse energies


Advanced Curse and Oath Unraveling

a 1-day shamanic training workshop

This is an advanced shamanic workshop
Prerequisites: basic shamanic journey skills and good working relationship with your helping spirits
plus Curse and Oath Unraveling I.


The energies of Curses, Thoughtforms and Oaths can affect our daily lives, and using curse energies against others is a frequent occurrence in our culture; we do it without knowing that we do.  Curses were regularly used in ancient times - and still are, to oftentimes devastating effect. This course explores the form and nature of more complex curses and oaths and binding spells fueled by and created in the names of gods and deities and gives methods for safely unraveling them.



In this course you will learn
  • Methods for tracking curses and oaths back to their inception
  • Techniques for safely unraveling generational and past-life curses from people and from family lines
  • Information about Thoughtforms and how they differ from curse-like constructs
  • Methods for removing thoughtforms from places, people, and family lines


Energetic Clearing of Objects and Spaces

a 1-day workshop

This is an advanced shamanic workshop
Prerequisites: basic shamanic journey skills and good working relationship with your helping spirits.


This is a fun and experiential class that explores various methods for energetic clearing of auras, body energies, spaces, and objects.  Having methods for achieving the "cashmere touch" is essential for the person working with body energies and energy medicine, and being able to clear energetic imprints from homes, workspaces, businesses, and healing tools is essential. 


In this course you will learn
  • Methods of Energetic Protection
  • Strengthening our connection to our True Selves
  • Techniques for clearing and refining your energy bubble
  • Techniques for clearing and cleansing spaces in homes, businesses, and healing spaces
  • Methods for inviting tranquility, calmness, and vibrancy into a space
  • Techniques for clearing and cleansing objects, projects,


Intermediate Topics in Shamanism

a 1-day shamanic training workshop

This is an advanced shamanic workshop
Prerequisites: basic shamanic journey skills and good working relationship with your helping spirits


This advanced workshop will explore topics of interest to the gathered participants

In this class we will explore some of the following possible topics and journeys:
  • Egoless State University
  • Meet the Council of Animals
  • Meet and work with your Council of Allies
  • Journey to be introduced ot the Hall of the Ancestors and begin discovering its various rooms
  • Cosmology Exploration journeys - what's in all those worlds?
  • Sacred Garden Work - this is work pioneered and written about by Hank Wesselman, Ph.D.


Heart-Centered Compassionate Depossession I

a 3.5-day shamanic training workshop

This is an advanced shamanic workshop
Prerequisites: excellent shamanic journey skills and good working relationship with your helping spirits.
 

Possession or Obsession by other beings is a common malady little known and treated here in the West, yet which is dealt with routinely in other cultures around the world. A person who has suffered loss of vital essence or who has a spiritual void of some kind can become the host to a possessing Being easily, and with no evil or malice involved. The presence of the energy of the obsessing/possessing Beings can overshadow a person, altering behaviors, creating physical discomfort and lowering quality of life. Memories and personality can be shared between teh possessing Being and the host person. Paranormal phenomena (spontaneous sounds, objects moving, doors and cabinets opening) can result from the presence of a possessing Being in one's energy field.

Heart-Centered Compassionate Depossession provides a beautiful and safe method of alleviating the suffering of all beings concerned. This is my favorite shamanic work! This workshop will also give you new tools to help you work more closely with the helping spirits and provides new insights into the ways in which you experience the energies of the world around you. 

Heart-Centered Compassionate Depossession can bring immense relief to persons experiencing troubling symptoms of unknown cause. 

In this course you will learn
  • Methods of Energetic Protection while working with Suffering Beings
  • Connecting with and calling in the Divine spirits of protection who oversee this work
  • Strengthening our connection to and merging with our True Selves, our Divine Blueprint, to shield from within
  • Identifying the signs and symptoms of possession/obsession
  • Ways of Communicating with obsessing/possessing beings
  • Methods for moving Suffering Beings into the Light using witness and accessing Divine help
  • Energetic healing and clearing methods to help heal the effects of possession
  • Strategies for connecting with Suffering Beings and move them to the Light

Compassionate Witness and Healing with the Ancestors I

a 1-day shamanic training workshop

This is an advanced shamanic workshop
Prerequisites: basic shamanic journey skills and good working relationship with your helping spirits.
Helpful adjuncts: An Introduction to Curse and Oath Unraveling and Advanced Curse and Oath Unraveling


As incarnate beings, we are the embodiment of the hopes and dreams of our ancestors.  We carry the gifts of their DNA and also the energies of their unfinished business which can help us or hinder us.  We also are the carriers of their luminous wisdom and strengths.  This class is designed to teach an introductory method of working with your ancestors for witnessing and to begin to help heal their unfinished business, feuds and regrets, freeing your family line of these heavy influences and bringing in the fresh energies of the beautiful fruits of their lives and labors.


In this course you will learn
  • Methods for locating and working with your ancestors and ancestral allies and totems
  • Locating the cause of present-day stumbling blocks:  the unfinished business of our ancestors
  • Compassionate Witness
  • Using Sacred Landscapes to portray and understand ancestral dynamics
  • Introduction to methods for healing and unwinding ancestral patterns that still play out in our families today


Introduction to Seidr, Norse Magic:

Song, Staff, Seat and Spirits

a 2-day workshop

This is an advanced shamanic workshop
Prerequisites: basic shamanic journey skills and good working relationship with your helping spirits.

This is an advanced workshop requiring solid shamanic journey skills and a good working relationship with your helping spirits.

Seidr, the Norse system of divinatory and healing magic, was written about in the Icelandic Sagas a thousand years ago. Using shamanic methods, we can access many of these ancient Seidr techniques using a staff and powered by song to connect with the helping spirits.

In this weekend you will explore a truly Northern European magical system that is an authentic lineage of shamanism for those of Northern European descent. We will explore some of the techniques written about in the sagas, and we will end our weekend with a ceremony of oracular divination, sometimes referred to as the High Seat, or Oracular Seidr. This ceremony is described in greatest extant detail in the saga of Eirik the Red, chapter 4.


For further information about the history of seidr and its modern reconstruction around the world, here is a link to an excellent article on the legacy of seidr by Danish seidr teacher Annetta Host who teaches seidr techniques and has been researching this powerful form of shamanism for over 25 years.


Singing In the Healing:

Finding and Working with Songs of Power

a 1-day shamanic training workshop

This is an advanced shamanic workshop
Prerequisites: basic shamanic journey skills and good working relationship with your helping spirits.



Power Songs are critical pieces of a shaman's toolkit.  Especially for the vegetalista, power songs - icaros - are used for almost every purpose imaginable.  Learning to work with your healing team to find sacred healing songs and songs of power is a must for any shamanic practitioner.




The Self-Transformation Series
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Healing The Wounded Self

Tools for Self-Change 1

a 2-day shamanic workshop

This is an advanced shamanic workshop
Prerequisites: basic shamanic journey skills and good working relationship with your helping spirits.


Becoming the Hollow Bone, the clear vessel through which Spirit can flow is a goal of the shamanic person yet our unhealed wounds, our unfinished business and our shadow, those aspects of us we deem unlovely and "unwanted" get in the way and clog up the conduit.  This course will give you skills to begin to clear and heal your old unhealed wounds, to finish your unfinished business and to greet your shadow with compassion and make it your strength instead of your weakness.  Clearing those issues which perpetually block us can bring us great joy, help us move through the world in a more smooth way, and can liberate vast amounts of personal power and creativity.  This is an experiential workshop with lots of journey time and outdoor exercises - it is the first in a series of self-healing workshops. 




Energetic Methods for Balance, Stability, and Protection

For Sensitive and Empathic  People

a 1-day shamanic workshop

This is a beginning shamanic workshop
Prerequisites: None. Basic shamanic journey skills are a plus, but not required.


Being able to be stable and balanced in the changing Middle World of energetic influences is very important. This course could also be titled "Psychic Protection" as it is designed to give you ways to be safe, stable, grounded, rooted, and protected in everyday life. In this workshop we explore various methods for becoming rooted and stable in our own energetics, and for moving out of the influence of surrounding energy fields that may be difficult or toxic for us. Some of these methods are also useful for transforming the environment around us, such as in homes and businesses. This is a highly experiential workshop with many exercises and explorations, each designed to give you options and a palette of tools to use which suit you best in any situation.




Walking with Power:

Exploring our Sources of Personal Power

a 1-day workshop

This is an advanced shamanic workshop
Prerequisites: basic shamanic journey skills and good working relationship with your helping spirits.


We are beings of power.  To be power-filled is a goal of the shaman for protection and to be effective in his or her dealings with clients. But how do we do that, exactly?  Where does that power come from?  How do we use it wisely and ethically without crossing over into sorcery willfully or accidentally?  How can we increase our capacity to work with more power?  This course explores the nature and source of many varieties of shamanic power, what it means to hold power, and how one can do so wisely and for the benefit of all Beings. 



Our Personal Chakra Totems:

The Devas of our Transformational Energy System

a 1-day workshop

This is a beginning workshop
Optional: basic shamanic journey skills and good working relationship with your helping spirits.


In this workshop, you will meet and learn how to work with the Devas of your chakras, your personal transformational energy system. This workshop will give you easy, powerful, and accessible ways to work with your own energies, to begin to understand and to transform those things which block you from being your authentic, powerful self.



Ceremony On the Mountain:

Ceremonies of Healing, Releasing, Divination, Blessing

monthly, 3rd Wednesdays


Ceremonies of releasing, blessing, and healing can be very powerful, especially when attended by a group of dedicated and focused individuals. There are no prerequisites, but do contact me in advance if you plan to attend.

Ceremony etiquette
Ceremony is a time for honoring the spirits. It is a time of focus, of intention, of healing for all. With respect towards the healing spirits, it is considered good manners to arrive at ceremony clean and purified in body and spirit, bathed and in respectful clothing. Once ceremony begins, all energy and intention are focused solely on the matters at hand: I ask that respectful focus be maintaned until the ceremony has come to an end. Afterward we will have time to chat and share food together!

Once or twice a year we perform the oracular ceremony of High Seat, written about in the saga of Eirik the Red, chapter 4.






The Andean Cosmology Series
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Andean Cosmology I

Wooing the Mother

a 2-day experiential learning exploration

This is an beginning shamanic workshop
Prerequisites: sincerity and a desire to connect with the Pachamama. Open to All
 
The Andean Cosmology as practiced by indigenous paqos in Peru is a rich, ancient, and unbroken lineage of shamanic knowlegde that emphasizes balance and life-giving connection to the Pachamama, the Apus, and the Spirits of Nature. In this workshop we learn simple and powerful ways of making those connections to begin our healing. This workshop arose from my journeys and studies with the Pachamama and the Apus in sacred ayllu both in Wisconsin and in Peru.

In this introduction to this life-practice, we will learn
  • The important and principal cosmological elements of the Andean Cosmology
    • The Pachamama
    • The Apus
    • The Pachamamitas and Spirits of Place and the Spirits of Nature
  • how to make and activate kintus, small fans of sacred leaves used to bless and to convey prayer to the Pachamama, the Apus, and the Spirits of Nature
  • Napaquy, the simple ceremony for introducing ourselves to the Spirits of a Place for greater connection
  • Hallpay, the sacred ceremony of greeting fellow humans
  • Andean concepts that this spirituality is built on, including
    • Ayni, sacred balance
    • Hallpay, the sacred ceremony of greeting which opens fountains of energy connected to the Andean Cosmology
    • Ayllu, the Andean form of Sacred Community
    • Hamut'ay, sacred silence for connecting with the Helping Spirits


Andean Cosmology II

Care and Feeding of the Stone Mesa

a 2-day experiential learning exploration

This is an advanced learning opportunity
Prerequisites: sincerity and a desire for deeper connection with the Pachamama, the Apus and the Spirits of Nature. Open to Stone Mesa carriers
 
The stone Mesa, or Misa, is the portable altar of the Andean paqo. It is a sacred bundle of stones that reflects the bearer and the bearer's Inner Temple, his Manqos Wasi. Learning how to care for the misa, to keep your connection to it, and practices to keep it healthy, alive, and growing, is an important part of the Andean Cosmological teachings.

Here we will learn
  • The important and principal cosmological elements of the Andean Cosmology
    • The Pachamama
    • The Apus
    • The Pachamamitas and Spirits of Place and the Spirits of Nature
  • how to make and activate kintus, small fans of sacred leaves used to bless and to convey prayer to the Pachamama, the Apus, and the Spirits of Nature
  • Napaquy, the simple ceremony for introducing ourselves to the Spirits of a Place for greater connection
  • Hallpay, the sacred ceremony of greeting fellow humans
  • Andean concepts that this spirituality is built on, including
    • Ayni, sacred balance
    • Hallpay, the sacred ceremony of greeting which opens fountains of energy connected to the Andean Cosmology
    • Ayllu, the Andean form of Sacred Community
    • Hamut'ay, sacred silence for connecting with the Helping Spirits
  • Lore and history about the misa, the Andean Cosmology, and about various kinds of misas
  • Ceremony for opening your misa
  • Ceremony for closing your misa
  • Ceremony for clearing hucha from your Inner Temple and from your misa
  • Making a making a kintu misa, a simple form of Despacho, or sacred offering
  • Qechua (Cusqeuna) terms which describe these practices

Jeffrey Rich