Yearlong Animism Training

Yearlong Training in Practical Animism: The Path of the Shaman

Shamanism is based in animism, the oldest spiritual practice known to humankind. It occurred on all continents simultaneously. Animism comes from the Latin word anima, which means soul. It means that everything is en-souled: animals and plants, rocks, forces of nature like the wind, clouds, water, etc. Everything is sacred. For an animist, the world is a community of persons, only few of which are human and all of which deserve respect. Animism is about living in Right Relationship, to cultivate more alignment and a natural sense of sacred connection to the world around us. It provides a pathway for awakening, healing, and transforming our lives, allowing us to build inner resources and access sacred guidance that bring us home to our highest self and fosters a soul-powered way of living on Mother Earth that truly benefits all. 

Year 1: Healing Ourselves

This 13-month training is a Tree Of Life initiation to living an animistic life in our modern world. It is an intense personal transformation through group process or as a one-on-one mentorship option. You will connect with the ancestors of your own cultural background and lineage, assemble 13 power stones or power objects, learn self-healing rituals, connect with elementals and spirit guides, and more. At the end of this process you will have developed good working relationships with your guides and assembled the tools you need to answer the question “Why am I here?”, know your unique gifts and how you can bring them into the world.

  1. Ancestors & balancing our ancestral lines
  2. Root Chakra, Earth element: physical & energetic health, boundaries, grounding
  3. Sacral Chakra, Water element: feelings & emotions, water rituals, forgiveness practice
  4. Solar Plexus Chakra, Fire element: transformation through death
  5. Heart Chakra, Air element: mindfulness, compassion
  6. Throat Chakra, Space element: reclaiming our stories, finding our voice
  7. Third Eye Chakra: intuition & divination
  8. Crown Chakra: The Upper World, beings of light, archetypes
  9. The Divine Feminine - balancing & healing feminine archetypes within
  10. The Divine Masculine - balancing & healing masculine archetypes within
  11. Dreams and Dreamwork - dream interpretation, conscious dreaming
  12. Shadow Work - transformation through love
  13. Personal Power & graduation

Since we are taking a shamanic approach to animism, the ability to do shamanic trance journeys to drumbeat is very helpful. This is taught in our introductory workshop The Shamanic Journey. A free question-and-answer session about the yearlong training programs follows each introductory workshop.

Training Options

In-person group training is one full day each month for 13 months on a Saturday, plus self-study and practice assignments, unlimited email support, one individual support call by phone or Skype per month, and reduced rates for shamanic healing sessions. -- In-person training is not available this year due to the pandemic.

Group training at a distance is available for those who prefer not to commute to Hope on a monthly basis. This options consists of monthly lesson packages in the form of PDF documents and monthly group Zoom calls, plus email support and a sharing group on Facebook with optional outdoor gatherings for group ritual.

One-on-one mentorship is offered to those who cannot commit to the time schedule of a group process and is offered at a distance through lesson packages in the form of PDF documents and Zoom or Skype calls plus email support.

The group training starts every year sometime around the time of Samhain (early November) when the veils between the worlds are thin and the ancestors walk among us. The one-on-one mentorship can be started any time. For more details and to register, please contact us.

Year 2: Empowering Others

After completion of the Year 1 training above, or with the necessary pre-requisites, you have the option to continue into a second year apprenticeship and learn shamanic healing rituals and ceremonies to bring the gift of shamanic healing to others, including:

  1. Ethics, energy hygiene, and boundaries
    The Middle World and Trickster spirits
    Spirits of Place and of the Land
    Space clearing, ceremony and blessing

  2. Ancestors, ghosts and ancestral healing
    Psychopomp (ushering the souls of the deceased)
    Shamanic Tending

  3. Diagnostic journeying
    Power Animal retrieval
    Power object creation
    Unhealthy attachments and de-cording

  4. Trauma and soul loss
    Soul retrieval
    Distance work

  5. Working with the spirit of illness
    Intrusive energies and Extraction
    Protective armour and De-armouring
    Intrusive entities and introduction to Depossession

The training is over five weekends, Saturday and Sunday, roughly two months apart to allow for practice and case-study work between classes. Some classes may have an evening ceremony on the Saturday. Classes build on each other and must be taken in sequence. Case study reports must be handed in prior to next class. 

There is no distance option for the apprenticeship.

For more information and to schedule an interview, please contact us.

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Ulrike is an authentic, grounded and humble teacher. I found her to be truly devoted to teaching Animism in a way to positively impact our lives and the planet. She teaches from a place that facilitates independence, self growth and self reliance, rather than dependence on a teacher or spiritual guru. Ulrike has a unique ability to translate animistic wisdom so that it is accessible to anyone who is looking for personal and spiritual growth.

I’ve known Ulrike for several years now, and studied with her in her Shamanic Living year-long training. This was an invaluable program in understanding and practicing modern day shamanism. In our monthly training I developed strong journeying skills, forged relationships with my ancestral spirit guides, built a power bundle of sacred stones and objects, and birthed a spirit rattle. Ulrike’s compassionate nature and skilled teaching helped me to discover my unique strengths and connect to my highest potential. I have grown and changed immeasurably over the course of this program, and I highly recommended it to anyone seeking shamanic training. It is a powerful, life-changing path.

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