Fundamentals of Shamanism


April 6 and 7th 2019 10 am to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday

Bekki Shinning Bearheart is hosting this workshop with Sidonia Nightsky at Art’s West in Athens Ohio


This weekend is a special edition of this popular workshop- I will be training several advanced shamanic practitioners of the Church of Earth Healing to teach this introductory workshop. I am training these teachers as a memorial to Crow, to carry on the work of the Church of Earth Healing in the place where we founded it, and other locations.

Shamanic journeying is the core technique of shamanism, enabling the practitioner to obtain help from spirit allies by traveling in a trance state to the shamanic realms. Shamanism is an ancient spiritual and healing technique that has been practiced in every tribal culture throughout the known world, on every inhabited continent.

This workshop introduces participants to shamanic journeying and related techniques. Using drumming, rattling, movement and other methods of sonic driving to move into a state of shamanic consciousness, participants learn to journey to contact and interact with their personal spirit allies in order to address personal problems and help others. Bekki works intensively with students to ensure a quality learning experience. She includes discussion of methods of shamanic practices worldwide, and preparatory exercises for grounding, centering and shielding and for developing an understanding of individual journey styles.
Participants will learn
• How to prepare themselves to safely journey in the spirit realms
• How to recognize the shamanic state of consciousness
• How to recognize their personal unique way of perceiving the spirit world
• How to journey to the various realms of spirit and, to find their spirit helpers
• How to work with their spirit helpers to gain insight and healing, and to solve personal problems
• How to help another person by consulting spirit helpers
• A variety of methods of journey work, including the Sami walking journey
Please bring drums or rattles if you have them, an eye covering if you like, and a journal or notebook.
Comfortable clothing and a blanket and/or pillow are also recommended, since participants will usually journey lying down. Lunch on Saturday is potluck. Bring snacks if you like. Tea is provided.

Bekki Shining Bearheart has been an artist and musician most of her life, a student of metaphysics since 1969, and has been following a shamanic path since 1982. She is a shamanic teacher and healer, an astrologer, and a body worker specializing in Structural Therapy. For many years she partnered with Crow Swimsaway, with whom she founded the Church of Earth Healing, a shamanic ministry, in Athens County OH. She teaches in venues throughout the eastern US. For more information about her work, see the Church web site:

“The Fundamentals workshop provided groundedness in both wisdom and practice, and the teaching is very intellectually satisfying, as well as emotionally and spiritually exhilarating. Bekki and Crow create a tremendously powerful yet wonderfully safe space within which to work, learn, and stretch one’s wings.” Jo Wheat, Columbia SC

“After just this one workshop, I am able to journey on my own, finding guidance and help through this valuable healing tool.” Anne Romance, Salem WV

“I learned these techniques from Bekki over 25 years ago. Shamanic practice has proven to be a practical and concrete way of communicating with and learning from Spirit. It’s a way to gain ‘real world’ solutions to problems rooted in the spiritual, emotional and physical realms. For me the fact that shamanic techniques are, and have been, used by humans across cultures since the indefinite past indicates their essential validity.”
~Jennifer Seymour, Spencer NY

Sidonia Nightsky (c)


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