Shamanism and BearMedicine

Bear as Shaman in all Realms

(for men and women)

June 16-18, 2006
at Holy Spirit Retreat Center, Los Angeles, CA

Led by Carol Proudfoot-Edgar & Susan Gilliland
Coordinated by Dan Jordinelli

    For the past fourteen years, BearMedicine has been offered primarily to and for women. During the last two years, however, the GuardianSpirit of this path has made clear that now is the time for BearMedicineWays to be introduced in Circle with both men and women. It is important for us together to rediscover and explore the ancient practices that are the basis for profound health among many of our ancestors and continuing into the Present.

Participants should be prepared for intensive shamanic work integrating teaching with journeys, ecstatic merging with Bear, Bear ceremonies, stories, songs, and dance.

    Through activities weaving the healing and dreaming powers of BearMedicine, we will focus on the following:
1)  Bear Turns the World - Powers of Upper World/Sky Bear
2)  Bear Shows the Way - Powers of Middle World/EarthBear
3)  Bear Births the World - Powers of Lower World/CaveBear
4)  Bear Dreams the World - Powers of the Dreamtime

Journeys will be done to contact BearSpirit in all Realms, and to connect with our Ancestral practitioners of BearMedicine. Participants will be surprised, inspired, and filled with gratitude when they learn how Bear has been our close and essential Guardian Companion since we followed Bear's tracks out of Africa and in all crossings of great waters and lands.

    As all indigenous people, and our ancestors, consider Bear to be the great physician, participants may find another member on their shamanic healing team (if they don't already work with Bear). Participants will also journey to find ancestors who practiced this medicine and can impart healing wisdom.


    After registration forms are received, more information will be sent to participants regarding preparations for this workshop.

    Lodging: People may commute or choose to lodge at the retreat center for additional cost. (see below)*
    Costs: Fees are based on choice of lodging and food for this weekend. We do recommend participants lodge at Holy Spirit Retreat Center because this allows us to form close community and contributes to the power of our Circle during these days.
    *Commuters: Cost of workshop is $235.00  (includes lunch both days and dinner on Saturday) Registration received after May 30th: $250.00
    *Residential Shared Room: Cost is $298.00 (includes lunch both days, dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday) Registration received after May 30th: $313.00
    *Residential Private Room: Cost is $330.00 (includes lunch both days, dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday) Registration received after May 30th: $345.00

    Workshop Hours: This is an intensive weekend workshop and participants should plan on being in Circle from 8 - 10pm Friday; 9am, Saturday morning - 10pm Saturday evening; and from 9am - 3pm Sunday. There will be breaks for  lunch both days and dinner on Saturday). Participants are encouraged, if at all possible, to make plans for lodging overnight on Saturday at Holy Spirit Retreat Center. This allows participants to take full advantage of being in Circle,  of  connecting with nature spirits at the Center, and for minimal interruption of shamanic process following Saturday night's ceremonial activities.

    To register by mail: please send in a deposit of $100 or complete payment with your completed registration form. Make checks payable to Dan Jordinelli and send to:
Dan Jordinelli
6048 Hayes Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90042

    Cancellation: If cancellation is received three weeks prior to the course, deposits, minus a $50 registration fee, will be returned.

    Those wishing to know more about BearMedicine can visit Carol's website and explore materials found in the BearCave.