Our Foundation Course

Shamanism for Self-Healing, Shamanism 101

Our new version of this course by Dr. Steve Serr is now available at Shaman College. 

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Re-gathering personal wholeness is the first step towards working with others. The goal of Shamanism 101’s first level of shamanic training is to learn about, experience and gather a student’s own True Self.

Listening to the wisdom of the physicians’ dictum, “Healer, heal thyself,” Shamanism 101 consciously has stepped ahead of much contemporary shamanic training by ensuring that you, the growing shamanic practitioner, first go through your own shamanic self-healing. Of course, in this first level just as in any other at Shamanism 101, there will be rituals and techniques that introduce you to working with others. However, for the most part, the main focus of the first level is to engage the growing practitioner deeply in their own self-healing journey. Shamans have forever realized the necessity of placing before their students the personal challenges and initiations that would prepare them for the delicate and rigorous work of becoming a shaman that works with others. It is only through personal experience that the shaman can provide guidance for others in the ancient practices of healing.

This is not a course for the fearful. This kind of self-healing journey demands an unusually well balanced and psychologically grounded beginning student. If you are not ready to embark on your own healing journey, how can you justify setting yourself up to heal others! Shamanic practice is not for everyone, and certainly not for the faint hearted. If you have a strong and resilient character, then you are most likely able to be successful as a shamanic practitioner. If you start out strong and then successfully meet the challenges of this first level of training, you will then be prepared to go forward.   

Level 1 is a prerequisite to all other advancing levels in this series, even for those who already have shamanic training.   Shamanism is far more than simply learning about something or gathering a few good techniques. Yes, you will be mastering techniques, practices and ritual, but these are just part of what a shaman does. Shamanism must be seated in your bones and heart. We prefer to do meaningful shamanic training the ‘old way’, that is, shamanism as a spiritual practice.

In the first level of training, you will gather a complete personal shamanic practice. Most students move through this course in three to six months. During this time, they explore their personal draw to shamanism as they begin a process of self-cleansing, learn to receive lessons from the natural world, and start to grasp the huge paradigm shift between the ordinary world’s understanding of reality and that of the shaman. You will be guided to realize your part within the multitude of cycles of life, understand the importance of ego-detachment to make room for help from the spirit world, and learn the comprehensive and detailed protocols that allow you to access both the upper and lower worlds that you have come to discover. As a student in this first level shamanic practitioner course, you will be shown how to realize your part within the multitude of cycles of life, just as you come to recognize the importance of detachment from your personal ego as you make room for the larger wisdom and power that you access through your spirit helpers. In this course, you will be shown the ancient, comprehensive and carefully detailed practices that allow you to safely and readily access both the upper and lower worlds. Students explore the lower world and find animal spirit helpers that return the student’s latent but unrealized power. Similarly, the upper world is explored and spirit teachers are found who serve as huge catalysts to growth and personal direction. Time is spent contemplating shamanic ethics, learning to dance with trees and engaging in ‘feather dusting’. These are not only personal wellness strategies, but also tools that you eventually – after ‘healing thyself’ – will be able to use to help others also heal. Finally, you will learn a shamanic divination practice that begins to bring together different modalities of shamanic consciousness. 

What is Level 1 training about? It is about you. If nothing else, shamanism is the oldest known strategy for personal evolution and growth. The practitioner always starts with her or himself.   Write us if you have questions and we are looking forward to reply, or simply enroll if you recognize this is what you have been seeking. You will not be disappointed. What we teach you has also been our path: we ‘practice what we preach.’ We are good at answering questions because any question you have is probably is one that we have also had at one point or another.   ‘Shamanism works.’ Really, that’s the bottom line. You have the interest now because something in you hears something that speaks to you.    Now, we are here to help.

As our students progress through Level 1, they are essentially shedding their ‘false self’ to eventually be free from their own ego. This process is necessary when working with spirit helpers for the purpose of healing others, as well as for healing of the self. We work in partnership with our spirit helpers and need to become ‘the hollow bone,’ thus allowing our spirit helpers to work through us. All of this is preparation for working with others, should you decide to do this. Although many students take this course to eventually be able to offer shamanic healing to those in need, a significant portion of our student body have no interest in learning to work with others. The way you choose to use our course (for yourself and/or for others) is completely up you and we support whatever path you choose. The work starts with you.

The first level of shamanic healing training is subtitled ‘the Practitioner’s Path to the True Self,’ because the training of a shamanic practitioner invariably leads a student to search the self during the natural course of their practitioner development. However, working with others must rest on a strong foundation of personal balance, awareness, compassion and empowerment. The progressive order of the Shamanism 101 training helps build your strong foundation, so by the time you start working with others and exploring the middle world work, you are unquestionably prepared.

The first level will definitely require a commitment of time and focus, as classes require readings, practice sessions, and homework. It is most effective when you stay at a steady pace and turn your assignments in between one and two weeks, to keep the momentum of growth building from one unit to the next. There are 12 units of in-depth experiential and academic training in this level.

Welcome to the first step in becoming a shamanic practitioner. It is a fantastic path. Our teachers are all dedicated and strong practitioners themselves. This is not surprising, as this path would not have remained among us over the many thousands of years and across the globe if it did not ‘take us there.’ If you give yourself wholly to the training, taking this course will be something that you will look back on with fondness and awe. You will receive the education and training to become the shamanic practitioner you are looking for. To begin, you must walk this path yourself. It is time to re-gather and meet your own true, whole self.

Taking a Break: If it becomes necessary to temporarily cease your Shamanism 101 studies, you are free to take up to six months to resume studies with your Shamanism 101 teacher. However, you must let your teacher know within one month of sending in your previous coursework. If your teacher has not heard from you for more than six months, it will be assumed you have dropped the course.  You are welcome to reapply to the course and start your studies from the beginning at the regular tuition rate at that time. 

Withdrawal: Students can withdraw from the course for any reason, with no questions asked, prior to sending in the third unit of Level 1. At that time, they will receive a 50% refund. After submitting their third unit, no refunds will be available.

Certification: Upon completion of this Course, a Level 1 certificate will be E-mailed to you. We look forward to hearing from you!