New Shamanic Healer Training

We are now taking applications for the new two year intensive Shamanic Healer training beginning in the Spring of 2019. There is a brand new set of different levels which include, two, three or five year commitments.

This will be the tenth consecutive year that this course has run and as ever the work deepens as we are guided by spirit to bring back these ancient techniques and make them relevant for the modern world.

Details of the course are here. Or please contact us here if you are interested

Please note, this training is now only running every other year and tends to fill very quickly. So if it does call to you it's advised to get in contact as soon as possible.

Please note this training is now full for 2019. We will be opening up for new admissions for 2020 in due course.

Exploring Altered States of Consciousness Talk- London and Brighton

Is it possible to experience altered states of consciousness? And if so, what are the pros and con's and reaching 'non-rational' states? Join Jez Hughes, a practitioner of shamanism with decades of experience, for a fascinating talk on the topic.

In traditional indigenous societies shamanic trance states are often seen as the bedrock of a healthy life, society and culture. In the modern western world, such altered states of consciousness are seen at best as entertaining distractions or, worst they are viewed as pathological and dangerous. Yet the human drive to experience such non-rational states has never gone away and it could be argued is rising all the time. 

In this talk, we will explore how such states of consciousness are reached in shamanic societies, what their purpose is, and the potential dangers and pitfalls of working in this way. We will also explore how modern society could benefit from consciously engaging with the different realms of reality that are accessed through trance states. How this might satisfy our desire to find a meaning and purpose that is often so lacking in modern life. And finally, how it could help us face up to the ecological crisis we are facing in modern times.

Date: Wednesday 24th April

Venue: Beach, Blanket, Babylon - Shoreditch, London
Doors: 7pm / Talk starts: 7.30pm.

https://uk.funzing.com/funz/exploring-altered-states-of-consciousness-20024?internal_ref=host-page

Date Thursday 25th April

Venue: The Walrus - Brighton

Doors: 7pm / Talk starts: 7.30pm.

https://uk.funzing.com/funz/exploring-altered-states-of-consciousness-brighton-22000

Mental Illness as Shamanic Initiation Talk

This ever popular talk is back in London on February 4th 2019

In traditional, indigenous societies many of the symptoms we associate with mental illness, from depression through to psychosis, were often viewed as a sign that a person was being marked out and called by ‘the spirits’ to a life as a shaman or medicine person. 

This talk will explore whether it is possible, or beneficial, to approach mental illness from such a psycho spiritual perspective in a society that doesn’t value the spiritual conditions that give rise to sickness and is stuck in bio-chemical causation model. Asking questions such as what if some of the symptoms we deem pathological, are actually intimations of, or initiations to, a greater level of consciousness? 

This will be done without romanticising the real pain that mental illness can cause and will also explore when a spiritual causation approach may be useful and when it may not.

Venue: Amersham Arms

Doors: 7pm / talk starts at 7:30pm

https://uk.funzing.com/funz/mental-illness-as-shamanic-initiation-19118

Connecting to Nature at the College of Psychic Studies

All shamanic traditions acknowledge that the power to heal and create magic comes from a deep connection to nature and the invisible landscape of spirit that lies behind it.

But how do we make this connection strong and draw on it for spiritual power?

What needs to be given in return? 

And what happens when we reside in a city where nature is scarce? 

In the talk, we will explore a shamanic and animistic perspective on what brings the spirit of a place alive. Jez will Include practical ways that we as humans can engage with our environment wherever we live, to enhance and breathe life into the human and the non human landscape.

In the workshop we will explore shamanic ways to deepen your relationship with nature and the spirits that animate it, using trance states and the power of the drum and ceremony to bring you into contact with the spirits of the place where you reside.

Talk: Friday 18th January 7.00- 8.30pm

Workshop: Saturday 19 January 10:00am - 5:00pm