I want to say thank you for your holding and guidance over the last year which I am sure will resonate for me long beyond the end of the actual course... probably through the rest of my life. The training has been everything I hoped it might be and more. I want to thank you both for the different ways you teach, which blend so effectively and offers such a rich insight into indigenous ways and ancient customs. I have really enjoyed meeting and working with you.
The very down to earth approach in the programme is very refreshing and stimulating. The facilitators have an excellent way of presenting and putting over the subject matter, helping to de-mystify so much. The Shared facilitating - Claudia and Mark - creates a spot-on balance of female/male, backgrounds, experience, etc.
The one year course has been a crucial awakening of my self worth. I am energised with positivity after every meeting, the training has helped me harvest the best in myself and appreciate those around me.
Working with Claudia and Mark is a great priviledge ... A balance of deep work, lightness and humour.
Wanted to thank you once again for allowing me the opportunity to be part of something so beautiful and amazing. You both always stand still and strong, unwavering in your love and integrity. It has bought me more than you could ever know or words could ever hope to express.
The One Year course is a very thorough course, at times demanding; managed with compassion and tenacity.
It is nurturing and removes the blocks that appear to be fixed.
Amazing and deep work.
It will let you find new ways of exploring your reality. It will challenge you. It may increase your power.
Good opportunity to see a different side of things. Getting close to nature is an important part of the course.
I like the fun element! My recommendation: Go and enjoy it.
I think one of the most important things that I have learnt on this course is learning to trust my intuition.
During the course, I came in touch with that part of me that had been with me for many years in different ways and forms, which now was manifesting and realising itself in another more formalized (official) way.
I think Mark and Claudia are brilliant at encouraging us to trust our guidance from spirit, however odd or whacky that might appear.
Confidence is a big thing for me. Trusting and knowing that I am working with spirit when perhaps, my mind is not consciously aware of the work.
I just like to say that "humour and serious lightness" lives on in me, and during the course of the last year or so, regardless of 'everything', I have un-covered/discovered ways and means of letting the healing show forth. With a 'hands on' approach of course!
It has been an incredible year or learning and, as a healer I am much more drawn to working with energy/spirit than with the physical. With level 1 and level 2, we only did 3 days of course but it has unleashed so much amazing healing and learning!
by Marc-John Brown
When I first began my Foundation Training in Shamanism course with Claudia Goncalves and Mark Halliday I knew very little about Shamanism and its significance.
completed the whole year of training, minus one weekend of workshops - the warrior training. I had to wait one more year to be able to join another group of Claudia and Mark's students for a weekend and complete this apparently vital warrior work. This is where I truly realised the meaning of what Claudia and Mark, with their timeless wisdom and compassionate understanding, had told me all along about the fact that in many cases, much time is needed for these profoundly transformative teachings to properly integrate into a person's consciousness.
Throughout the entire year previous to this last weekend of training I had witnessed myself growing phenomenally inside; forging a totally unique, powerful understanding and relationship with life and the nature that surrounds us - both within and outwith the five senses. This in turn helped me to realise much of my own potential as an integral part of nature; as a human being; as a man; as a healer - as a Shaman. I realised that there was a deep reason as to why I had missed the warrior training, and I now felt more complete with a fuller understanding of the - at times - extremely difficult challenges which the Shamanic Path can present to it's apprentices. Challenges which are difficult but on the other side of which lie life's most beautiful and empowering fruits.
I now feel that the teachings of these two inspirational, wholly integral and balanced people - these fountains of ancient wisdom and beacons of service to our community - have provided me with the blessing of a completely New Reality where the Truth of my purpose and lifepath sits in a very clear vision. I feel continuous growth and empowerment with each and every breath I take, and as Claudia and Mark will tell you, these gifts are our birth right and are readily available for every single person on this planet.
For me, the Foundations in Shamanism course has been a simply amazing awakening to the breathtaking Reality that is this massive, weaving and spiralling, eternal adventure of Life.
Edinburgh, 21st February 2012