|Mt. Diablo from Mt. Tamalpais
Sixth Annual Sacred Earth Shamanic Apprenticeship Begins January 2015
Weaving the connections between each other and all creatures, we move away from separateness and isolation.
Finding the points of harmony and balance in ourselves, we affect harmony in the world.
Sharing the beauty and radiance that the spirit world offers us, we illuminate our own souls and the
Listening to the profound silence of the interior light, we embody and walk the path of the shaman, the healer, and the
mystic as we change the world.
Program Focus and Intent
The Sacred Earth Shamanic Apprenticeship program is dedicated to inspiring
your vision and empowering your whole being as you find your spirit path in these challenging times. We focus on gathering
power, connection, and wisdom by exploring and developing our ways of perceiving—physically, spiritually, energetically,
and dimensionally; by embodying our practice; and by learning cosmologies and methodologies for healing.
is on creating a whole, integrated way of being and seeing in the world shamanically. As we deepen and expand the three layers
of knowing and wisdom (physical, spiritual, energetic), it becomes possible to connect, repair, and reweave the grids and
webs of life that support us all. As we shift our consciousness we are better able to greet world changes with equanimity
We work with three interrelated perspectives:
The Andean (Q'ero/Inca) cosmovision perceives
the living energy in everything and everyone, in relationship, and from the heart.
Healing with Spiritual Light
and Medicine for the Earth provide ways of finding and being our essence, and transmuting the internal and external
toxins that impede our spiritual work.
Core shamanism gives us universal, ancestral tools for creating relationship
with the spirit realms, asking questions, and receiving guidance, healing, and assistance that is right for us as individuals.
Since all has to be filtered and experienced through our hearts, then our bodies, such a practice complements what we learn
from elders and teachers and validates (or not) the specific practices and perceptions appropriate to our individual path.
describes culturally specific understanding of creation, destruction, power, forces of the universe, and human place.
Exploring a particular indigenous cosmology (with the assumption that our western one isn’t functional!) offers pathways
of wisdom for us to draw on and experience so we don’t have to reinvent the wheel, or the perception of the wheel. It
provides a shortcut to a different vision. We are not talking about cultural theft, but rather sacred learning of what has
been freely offered in the spirit of planetary and human evolution by the Q’ero people of the Andes.
What You Can Learn
|Mt. Diablo, Devil's Elbow
During your apprenticeship, you will experientially develop your abilities in the realms of healing, ceremony, spiritual
empowerment, and alchemical transformation. Participating in the apprenticeship program will give you the opportunity to:
* Find your own power, radiance, wisdom, and joy.
* Explore the luminous threads of your destiny and the seeds
of your own divinity.
* Receive the nine energetic transmissions of the Munay-Ki, in the lineage of the Q'ero people
of the Andes, for protection, healing, and working with earth, mountain, stars and cosmos. These energetic seeds help us connect
with the Earthkeepers of old, and grow into our ability to become "homo luminous."
* Work with sacred sites around
the San Francisco Bay to develop coherent relationships and attunement with the middle world spirits of land, trees, elements,
stones, ecosystems, plants, nature spirits, and ancestors. Learn how to deepen these relationships in meditation.
Explore ceremony in many forms—spontaneous, traditional, indigenous, and spirit-designed—to learn how to weave
the physical, spiritual, and energetic in reciprocity with the living beings who surround and support us.
* Learn to
see and work more fully from your heart.
* Discover the power of your intent, the healing light of love and creation,
and the silence and mystery of the cosmos.
* Learn how to see, feel, and apprehend the energies of place, and of people,
and to balance and move energy as you find and step through the portals, or openings, into other dimensions. The profound
method of Andean energetic healing you’ll learn incorporates opening, removing what does not belong, filling, and balancing.
often my apprenticeships are small groups, so we can easily shift and flow with your personal interests. Since we also meet
with the larger Munay-Ki group, you have the advantages of both personal and group learning.
Questions, Requirements, and Refunds
|Mt. San Bruno Overlooking San Francisco Bay
To become an apprentice with Earth Caretakers, you need to have a clear intent; strong shamanic journeying skills; a
solid working relationship with your helping spirits; and the ability to observe and be self-reflective. We ask that you make
a commitment to the full year, being on time, and giving your all.
I highly recommend doing ceremony, taking a class, or doing some personal shamanic work with me before applying! If you have
not worked with me before, you'll need to set up a personal appointment before applying. I'm very available for dialogue and
ritual work in preparation.
I am honored by your interest. If you are unsure about whether this program is right for you, please consult your spirit helpers
and dreams; follow your intuition; talk to me! The universe and I take your commitment seriously, and we trust you do, too.
Due to the nature of the commitment required of apprentices, no refunds are offered.
Your application consists of one in-person meeting with me to discuss your shamanic experience and intent, as well as
a written application. Both must be completed by 12/1/14. If you are not ready to apply by then, please speak to me about
We meet the fourth weekend each month beginning in January 2015, and
other days by arrangement (about 20 days total). This cycle allows space for practice, integration, and deepening. We
spend about one-third of our time on the mountains and sacred sites around the Bay Area, hiking, exploring, doing ceremony,
developing experiential and spiritual connections, and having easy dialogue. The other two-thirds we meet in Sonoma: receiving
the nine Munay-Ki transmissions, hearing explanations of the Andean cosmovision, and learning shamanic, meditation and energy
practices to grow and nurture the energetic seeds of Munay-Ki. You have reading assignments and homework throughout the year.
Tuition is $3000.
A Note on Personal Healing
While apprentices will have personally powerful experiences during the course of the program, and will explore issues of ego,
self-doubt, shadow, and maintaining energy, it is not appropriate to seek personal healing as a primary focus within the apprenticeship
program. If your focus is on personal healing, please see a qualified shamanic practitioner or therapist.
About Me As a Mentor
I have always been drawn to the profound exchange that happens when we can share what we are most excited about learning.
As a young high school teacher in Washington DC, it became clear to me that the teacher probably learns more from the students
than the other way around; I recently heard this same thought echoed by Tito La Rosa, an Andean sound healer and musician.
Another way of expressing this is that there is wisdom to be discovered and shared, but ego has no place in the classroom
of the heart.
My heart's direction always follows the path of Andean cosmovision (working with energy, mountains, ancestors, earth, water,
and star beings), as well as some of the profound teachings from Medicine for the Earth and core shamanism. The interrelationship
of the five elements, both in our bodies and on the planet, continues to be a big teacher for me. I draw on movement meditations
from many traditions to observe and embody elemental relationships that bring us into a unity consciousness. I believe that
“world work” complements personal healing and is necessary for the survival of our world. You can learn a lot
more about my views and practices by reading articles on the website.
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