Walking in Both Worlds

The Art of Teaching Shamanism

Oct 22 – 24, 2004 Fri 4pm – Sun 2pm

Aldersgate Retreat Center, Pacific Palisades (Los Angeles Area), CA

Led by Carol Proudfoot-Edgar
Assisted by Dan Jordinelli

The purpose of this experiential workshop is to focus on the Art of Teaching Shamanism and is intended for those who are teaching shamanic courses, leading Circles, and those interested in learning more about how to teach shamanism. This is the second in a series of workshops focused solely on teaching shamanism.

Many of us have considerable shamanic training and experiences – we would like to be able to share the medicine of this path yet feel hesitant to teach. One reason for this, I think, is because our training models have primarily focused on one-to-one methods. Learning how to teach has not been part of the training programs.

I would like to see more of us in the shamanic community teaching – and more of us available to teach those seeking to learn.

Being now an Elder on this path, I envision this workshop series, “Walking in Both Worlds: The Art of Teaching Shamanism” as one way I can be of service to the shamanic community.

These workshops will focus on two main areas each weekend: teaching & circling. However, what we focus on within these areas will be different each time. Addressing both of these issues and their interdependency is what is meant by the phrase “walking in both worlds” – and that is the metaphor of continuity for all these workshops. My hope is that we will complete this work by offering together a weekend workshop to others as a service to the community.

I consider teaching to be an art form–-a good teacher is similar to a fine artist. The focus is how to be the Teacher as Artist—just as there is the Bard, the Kokopelli, the Singer of Sagas…so too is there the "Teacher the Artist". For both teacher and artist, there is a creative meeting of knowledge/technique and inspiration. When that “creative meeting” occurs, both students and subject matter prosper in the world.

Walking in Both Worlds–When teaching, one keeps a foot in both worlds:

* —the realm of journeying and ecstatic states of being where everything is possible
* —the ordinary realm where time, place, and people influence behaviors and possibilities are limited in terms of actions taken in the physical world

The practice of shamanism requires one to stay attuned to events affecting the community, for the shaman is concerned with the psychic health and vitality of the community. Teaching shamanism requires similar attention to group dynamics and participants’ experiences. It involves assisting in the formation of Circle since the Circle is the primary container in which knowledge is received and from which it flows to the larger community.

Here, awareness becomes the key and the doorway to teaching within a group. It requires an awareness of what is happening in the Circle and how one is experiencing the process unfolding within one’s own being. It is especially important in teaching shamanism to be centered in both worlds. Such centeredness helps to prevent one from being seduced into the undesired dramas that sometimes can happen when participants enter and experience unusual states of altered consciousness. An entire group can be swept up into the drama. If the teacher is planted with feet in both worlds, then a measure of calm and intention will be held and the group will find its own way back to the creative, yet grounded, engagement and work with the Spirits.

Keeping this footing requires a delicate balance and sensitivity—-usually acquired by understanding the relational boundaries between these realms; through lots of experience in learning this Walk; and by holding intention as the platform for both what is taught and how it is taught.

Enrollment Prerequisites: This workshop is limited in number. Participants need to have a background in shamanism appropriate to the purpose of this course. Participation in one workshop is not a prerequisite for participation in others.
However, before registering and making any payments, please contact the coordinator, Dan Jordinelli who has a few 'screening' questions we are asking of every person who wishes to participate. Please do not make any payments until Dan assures you that you have the necessary shamanic background for taking this workshop.

Thank you, Carol.


Registration and lodging information:

Costs: $280 (one night) or $310 (two nights)
This includes lodging, meals and tuition.

Participants can check in beginning at 4pm on Friday. We will have our opening ceremony immediately following dinner. Please plan on arriving early enough to be ready for the evening's session (7:30pm).This is a residential workshop. In the event some one wishes to commute, we strongly recommend that participants plan to at least spend Saturday night at the lodge because this contributes to forming a powerful Circle and conversations between sessions can be a strong source of learning together. In addition, we will have a Saturday night session that might end rather late.

To register by mail:
fill in registration form and send with a deposit of $100
(check made payable to Dan Jordinelli)
Send to:
Dan Jordinelli, 6048 Hayes Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Balance of registration fee is due by Oct 5, 2004.

Cancellation:
If cancellation is made thirty days (Sept 22) prior to the workshop, a complete refund of payments will be made minus a $75 administrative fee. If for some reason, the sponsor has to cancel the workshop, a complete refund will be made.

If you have any questions, contact Dan at:
Phone number: (323) 258-0982 Email: jordinelli@earthlink.net