updated January 6, 2003

Women, Shamanism and Bear Medicine:
Introductory Weekend
A Workshop with Susan Gilliland and Laurie Levon

Friday June 20 to Sunday, June 22, 2003
Sequoia Seminar Retreat Center, Ben Lomond, California

This residential workshop is an introduction to the major shamanic themes and activities of Bear Medicine. All cultures in the Northern Hemisphere perceive Bear as a special teacher and kin of humans. There are Bear Dreamers, Doctors, Dancers and special Bear ceremonies. All these activities related to Bear acknowledge a process of transformation, which Bear both teaches and symbolizes. Bear is considered the Supreme Physician, and during this weekend we will learn some of these basic healing ways. In many cultures, women who practiced the way of Bear carried knowledge and spiritual connections essential to both the health of the people and the prospering of the land and other inhabitants. All of us have some deep ancestral lineage to Women who walked with Bear. We come to awaken this wisdom carried in our bones.

Sequoia Seminar is located among redwood trees, oaks, madrones and waterfalls in the lush Santa Cruz mountains. This is an environment where Bear recently roamed and where we can connect with her spirit. We will learn from the stones, plants and water, which were her sources of food and healing. Exploring both the physical and spiritual realms through which She moves allows us to integrate and embody the power, ecstasy, healing, and spiritual sure-footedness that is the way of Women Who Walk With Bear. Activities planned include journeying, ancestral work, stories, dreams, and making masks.

This workshop is a prerequisite for the Advanced Bear Medicine Workshops led by Carol Proudfoot-Edgar and assisted by Pirkko Miller, Laurie Levon and Susan Gilliland.

Fees: $395.00 double occupancy. A limited number of singles are available at an additional
cost of $100.00. This fee includes lodging, meals and all other costs except travel to and from the retreat center.

Registration: A deposit of $150.00 will hold your space. To register by mail fill out the registration form and send with your deposit. Make check payable to Susan Gilliland and send to her at: P.O. Box 1923, Santa Rosa, CA 95402-1923. Balance is due by May 15, 2003.

Refund Policy: If cancellation is received before May 1, your deposit minus a $50.00 adminstrative fee will be refunded. No refunds for cancellations after May 20.

To register by credit card online: click here

ELIGIBILITY: Prior shamanic experience is helpful but not necessary. This workshop is now a prerequisite for the Advanced Bear Medicine Workshops led by Carol Proudfoot-Edgar and assisted by Pirkko miller, Susan Gilliland and Laurie Levon. Registrations for the Advanced Bear Medicine workshops have increased significantly and will now be restricted to those with prior
instruction in Bear Medicine.

For More information: Contact either Laurie or Susan:
Laurie Levon, 520-401-9212; email: evrchgwmn@theriver.com
Susan Gilliland, 707-571-1410; email: susan@gilliland.net

About the Instructors: Susan Gilliland and Laurie Levon have been studying Bear Medicine and working with Carol Proudfoot-Edgar for the past 10 years and are shamanic practitioners. Susan has traveled extensively on all seven continents and has studied traditional wisdom with shamans in Nepal and South America. She is a member of the council of Shamanic Circles, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting shamanism throughout the world. She has an MBA and is a rancher, environmental activist and private investor in Sonoma Country, CA. Laurie has been a clinical social worker in private practice for the last fourteen years in Tucson, AZ. She is also a visual artist whose work reflects shamanic themes. Until recently, she performed with Bloodhut Productions, a women’s theater collective that presents works based on their personal stories.