Introduction to Core Shamanism: Returning Spirit to Our World

with Cecile Carson, MD       October 16-17, 2021          Lafayette, LA 

painting by Judith Kalina
painting by Judith Kalina

Shamanism is the most ancient form of healing known. Cave paintings and ritual objects dated 12,000-40,000 years ago, found across all inhabited continents, attest to its potency. Throughout these millenia, humans have reached beyond their 3-dimensional world for survival, connection, and meaning. We all are their descendants, but in today’s Western culture, linear and scientific ways of knowing are overemphasized as the only way of knowing and healing, splitting us off from the world of spirit and soulful matters.

In our time together, we will introduce core shamanism, a non-indigenous spiritual methodology to access an even greater reality, “non-ordinary reality,” to help mend this split and bring us home to what our Ancestors knew: that everything is alive with spirit. We will learn the shamanic journey, a cross-cultural form of shifting consciousness beyond our 3-dimensional world, to meet our own personal spiritual allies to guide us in accessing deeper ways of knowing and healing, for ourselves and all our relations: humans, animals, plants, and the environment. We will also introduce shamanic divination and shamanic healing forms.

For the workshop, you will need a folding chair, an eye cover (bandanna, sleep mask), a small blanket or throw, warm socks or slippers, a rattle or hand drum (if you have them), and a journal. It is important to be free of mood-altering substances (caffeine okay) 24-48 hours prior to and during our time together, unless it is a necessary prescription medication.

Date & TimesOctober 16-17, 2021.   9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Please be prompt, and on Saturday plan to arrive 20 minutes ahead of time to complete registration and set up your space.




Tuition & Registration: $195 (Paypal, check, or cash). A non-refundable deposit of $65 is required to hold your place in the workshop.  Contact: Cecile Carson 585-271-5650.


Cecile Carson, MD, is a long-time international shamanic teacher and a practitioner of core shamanism. She was a Founding Board Member of the Society for Shamanic Practice and is editor of the anthology Spirited Medicine: Shamanism in Contemporary Healthcare.