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frequently asked questions

Claudia is from Brazil and had North American teachers as well as elders healers from Brazil influencing her work. Most recently she is returning back to her own original indigenous roots as her great-grandmother was indigenous. Both Mark and Claudia run projects supporting the indigenous people in various parts of Brazil. Mark has volunteered and lived with the Navahos where he learned most of the teachings he shares. Both Mark and Claudia have also gained great influence from Don Americo Yabar from Peru. They tend to describe their work as universal.

We are all born with spiritual gifts and the ability to heal one another. Some to a higher degree, others on a lesser degree. Finding a community who validates your spiritual gifts and support you on the path is fundamental if you are born with a healing gift or if you are developing your healing gifts.

Some people choose to do the course for their own spiritual empowerment and to become their own spiritual authority. Some people, for some reason, cannot have that choice, they are some how forced by the Spirits to develop their gits as life keeps presenting them with very difficult initiations.

At the Shamanic Centre we see that everyone is born with a spiritual gift and we help and support them to develop it whatever level they are.

The call for this path, the parth of the heart, service to others and Mother Earth, is a deeply personal one between the person and the Spirits.

If you intend to become a Shamanic practitioner, as well as the year 1, you will need to complete the Practitioner Training year 2 with all case studies completed and Level 1 of the Feather Stone Energy Healing as a minimum requirement to start working with your community.

It is important to ground the teachings you receive as well as to state your commitment to working with Spirit. Year 3 Advanced training will also help you to continue your spiritual development and to learn more at an advanced level in order to continue helping others.

o keep the continuity of the work for you and for the group it is best if you don't miss a weekend. However, we understand that it might happen that you have to miss a weekend because of circumstances beyond your control. If that happens, you will be able to catch up by attending that module with another group in the following year.

We have divided the full payment into instalments to make it easier financially for everyone. However, if you miss a weekend, you will be required to pay for that weekend you miss and you will be given a date for your catch up with another group the following year. We have a waiting list of people who want to train with us, if your application is successful, we would expect full commitment from you for the course.

If you are considering to practice as a Shamanic practitioner, everything taught in both years will be essential for you as a practitioner. Therefore it is important that you catch up by attending the module you have missed. To receive a certificate at the end of year 2 and be able to register for insurance to practice, you are required to attend all modules of year 1 and year 2.

Youth - Community - Connection is a wonderful work to help you to fully immerse with Nature. This work happens from April to October in the Falkland State in Fife. Feather Stone Energy Healing is essential if you would like to work with energies which is the base work in Shamanism. This work happens in March, September and December.

Please tell us in advance if that is the case. If you are in two minds, come and talk to us and have a taster of our work either on a one to one basis or by attending the weekly group we offer in Portobello. Because our physical space is limited we can only take 14 people for the training. We usually have a waiting list and you could be taking a place from someone who is sure about commiting for the whole year training.

Everyone is welcome and our work and experience can add a different flavor and enhance the work you are already doing.

The Year 1 offers you the opportunity for self-development and gives you a very strong shamanic base, while Year 2 is quite intensive training preparing you to work shamanically with your community. The Year 1 is fundamental for you to work on yourself and it also gives you the foundation for Year 2. We usually do not take a student directly into year 2 without doing Year 1.

The Shamanic path of service is a spiritual call between you and Spirit where a piece of paper is not required. However, in the world we live in today, if you are going to offer your services through any organisation, even if it is just renting their space, they will ask for copies of your certificate and your insurance papers. Therefore we do offer you a certificate at the end of your year 2 training. You will need to complete 90% of the modules and case studies to receive your certificate.

As soon as you start the Practitioner Year 2 course you can be insured as a student practitioner during that year. And as soon as you complete the practitioner course, you will be able to have full professional insurance as a Shamanic Practitioner.

Holistic Insurance Services
181A Watling Street West, Towcester
Northamptonshire, NN12 6BX

Insurance costs between £60 and £100 per year depending on the insurer. If a broker is in the middle it will cost you 25% or 30% more. It is worth shopping around to find out the best deal. You will need to keep basic notes of your private sessions for your insurance to be valid.

If you already have insurance, you can just add shamanic work to your insurance by presenting them a copy of your certificate.

>> Feather Stone Energy Healing:

  • Level 1 usually offered in March and September.
  • Level 2 usually offered end of November.
  • Teacher of Level 1 usually offered in March and September
  • Teacher of Level 2 usually offered end of November.

>> Shamanic courses:

  • Year 1 Foundation training usually starts in May or June and covers 5 modules. Occasionally we offer two groups a year with the other one starting in November.
  • Year 2 Practitoner training usually starts in February and covers 6 modules.
  • Year 3 Advanced training usually starts in April and covers 7 modules.