updated on June 26, 2006

2006
Calendar of Workshops & Retreats
With Carol Proudfoot-Edgar

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I am just starting to develop my workshop calendar for 2006. The workshops listed before are now receiving registrations. Others being planned may be in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana, southern Arizona and California.

 Please note: The sponsor or coordinator of each workshop listed below has a complete description of the workshop including details about place, accessible airports, type of shamanic activities, and method of payment. If you are interested in participating in any of these workshops, these are the people to contact.

 All these workshops have limited enrollment. I recommend you contact the indicated sponsors early to ensure participation. If for some reason you are unable to contact them, you can contact me. My email address is CEdgarBear@aol.com 

If you wish to receive announcements by email regarding my teaching schedule, please send your name and email address to Pirkko Miller. Pirkko coordinates my schedule and can respond to requests for additional information about my workshops.

 Also, if you would like for me to teach a workshop in your area, please contact Pirkko.
You can reach Pirkko at swanwoman@kconline.com


March 10 - 12
 Shamanism for Women in the Healing Professions
Sequoia Retreat Center, Ben Lomond, (Santa Cruz County) California

 This is the tenth annual retreat for women in the healing professions. Originally titled “Modern Medicine and Traditional Healing,” the focus has shifted from a retreat for women physicians to include women in the wide range of healing professions. It is an opportunity for women in these professions to join together, and to explore how shamanic methods can be used both for renewal of one’s self and of one’s professional life.

 For a generic description of this workshop click here. Each year the retreat has focused on different themes and selected some form of soul crafting we do together…..for 2006, we have decided to focus on the Native American Medicine Wheel; develop a system of divination using this wheel; and explore how our shamanic practice assists us in ‘turning the wheel’ as much as being ‘turned by the wheel.’

Contact: Dr. Rosalind Shorenstein, AMWA, Branch 59. 700 Frederick St., Ste. 103, Santa Cruz, CA 95062, phone: (831) 458-1002


 June 16 – 18, 2006
 Shamanism and BearMedicine
Bear as Shaman in all Realms
(at Holy Spirit Retreat Center, Los Angeles, CA)

 This residential workshop is an introduction to the major shamanic themes and activities of BearMedicine. 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 these three days, we will learn some of these basic healing ways.

         In many cultures, shamans who practiced the Way of Bear developed a special expertise and cultivated spiritual connections essential to both the health of the people and the prospering of the Land. All of us have some deep ancestral lineage to Those who Walked with Bear. We come to awaken these Wisdom Bones.


 July 2-6, 2006
Society for Shamanic Practitioners
Second Annual Conference
Asilomar, California,

         This society had its first annual conference last year – and during that time became a recognized nonprofit whose mission is to assist shamanic practitioners in networking together for the benefit of healing in the world.

         I recommend visiting this website as we are just forming ourselves; and this gives someone interested, the opportunity to be in on the planning and developmental stages of a new shamanic organization.

         Plans for this annual conference have not yet been fully developed but interested participants can submit their ideas to the committee and registration information will be available by the end of March.
 http://www.shamansociety.org/about.html


Aug 19 – 20, 2006
 Shamanism and BearMedicine
Bear as Shaman in all Realms
(at Cornelia Connelley Center, Rosemont, Pa. )

 This residential workshop is an introduction to the major shamanic themes and activities of BearMedicine. 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 these three days, we will learn some of these basic healing ways.

         In many cultures, shamans who practiced the Way of Bear developed a special expertise and cultivated spiritual connections essential to both the health of the people and the prospering of the Land. All of us have some deep ancestral lineage to Those who Walked with Bear. We come to awaken these Wisdom Bones.


 October 12 – 15,
Join in the Third International Shamanic Gathering
Sponsored by Shamanic Circles
Oracle, Arizona

Calling the Buffalo
Bringing in the Canoes
And Dreaming the World Together

ShamanicCircles, a nonprofit with which I have long been associated, is offering its third International Gathering in Oracle, Arizona. This is a very special event – and the shamanic ceremonies and offerings at this retreat resonate with what our ancestors did long ago when various tribes would gather: both to honor in ceremony and to pass along the medicine one to another, circle to circle, village to village.
Shamanic Circles web site

 Contact: Lori Levine, 2 North Sierra Vista Drive, Tucson, AZ 85719-3838; phone: (520) 323-3626 email: LEagleBear@AOL.com


 Note about my calendar:

It is now the last few days of Febuary. As I was writing this calendar, I realized my primary attention for the year 2006 was takekn by the nonprofit gatherings. This is especially true of the Shamanic Circles gathering in Oracle, Tucson. The nature of this gathering means a lot of work beforehand for we ‘listen to the ground, to the wind, to the song of the animals’ as we plan…..and as we ask for offerings from everyone coming…..to do a retreat focused on walking in balance means those of us coordinating have to pay attention to actual Walking in Balance in the months ahead and this is indeed a challenge for many of  us. Thus I see myself spending a lot of time in the summer and early Fall in preparation for the gathering in Oracle.

 What this means right now, however, is that I’ve not yet devoted the time necessary to coordinating and planning other workshops during the year. I did want to get the June BearMedicine posted because this is work so very, very dear to me and it’s the first time in years that we are doing this with both men and women. I am truly hoping men out there will hear the voice of bear and come…sometimes we open up workshops to different folks and there is no discernible response.  Yet perhaps all that means is that those of us planning were asked to include the male/female voice in our work…and it’s not about male or female participants.  We shall see in another four months!!

 I suggest creating a bookmark of this website and/or making a note to return here every two months to see what is posted. Look for new items under the Calendar and under Change – these are the places that would have information about teaching or workshops.

 Meanwhile, blessings be with each and all of us….

May we indeed grow good corn this year….

Love,

Carol

 Proudfoot-Edgar