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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 and most recently she is returning back to her own original indigenous roots. Mark is from Scotland and 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's work from Peru. They both have extensive experience working in the UK full time as shamanic practitioners since 2000. What they share with you is what they have learnt on the path and they are described by their students as very generous with their sharings.

This was truth a long time ago, however, nowadays, each one of us have to develop our own spiritual gifts and not depend on a very few people who have received their gifts from their ancestors. 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, do not have that choice, they have to develop their gits to serve others 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.

Although the Feather Stone is the "bread and butter" of shamanism, this training does not qualify you as a shamanic practitoner, it qualifies you as an energy healing worker. The Level 1 of the Feather Stone is for those who feel ready to work with others as energy worker after doing the Level 1 Feather Stone training and the case studies. The Year 1 Foundation training in shamanism is for those who feel they would like to go deeper into shamanism, learn a lot more, do a year of self development, build a strong foundation, become and energy worker and then decide if they would like to do year 2 Practitioner training in Shamanism and work with others in the community as a shamanic practitioner. 

Not Clear yet which course is for you? It all depends on where you are: If you feel you are ready right now to work with others as energy healing worker, then the Feather Stone is the right course for you. If you feel that you would prefer to do self-development work for a year, build a foundation and then consider if you are ready to work with others, then the Year 1 Foundation training is for you.

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 also 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 with other groups 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 as a shamanic practitioner, you are required to attend all modules of year 1, year 2 as well as level 1 of the feather stone energy healing.

Nature Connection is a wonderful work to help you to fully immerse with Nature. This work happens from April to October Also the Feather Stone Energy Healing is essential if you would like to work with energies which is the base work in Shamanism.

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 one of our groups. Our physical space is limited for the training and we usually have a waiting list, so 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.

We usually do not take a student directly into year 2 without doing Year 1. 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 and gives you the foundation for Year 2.

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 or volunteering, 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. However, 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. As soon as you complete the practitioner course, you will be able to have full professional insurance as a Shamanic Practitioner.

www.holisticinsurance.co.uk

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

>> Shamanic courses:

  • Year 1 Foundation training covers 5 modules.
  • Year 2 Practitoner training covers 6 modules.
  • Year 3 Advanced training covers 7 modules.

>> Guided Meditation Teacher training

  • Teacher level covers 1 module.