2019 Practical Shamanism Fundamentals Online Course

About the Course

The Otter Dance School of Earth Medicine is a bridge between the ancient teachings and the modern world. In our shamanic course teachings, we create a safe space for exploration and growth while knowing that we are all individuals bringing our own experiences into the world.

Shamanism is an ancient healing tradition and a way of life from cultures around the planet. The teachings of shamanism focus on our connection to nature and promote the well-being of all creation.

Essential aspects of the shamanic path include journeying, ceremony, sacred dance and pilgrimages to places of power in nature. Through these techniques the shamanic circle embraces us, unifying our lives with strength, healing and love.

A Shaman is an intermediary between this world and the spirit world. They act on behalf of the community; conducting ceremonial rituals, healing the people, and helping to guide others on the shamanic path. A Shaman’s life belongs to the village and it is their responsibility to ensure the well-being of the family, the community and all of creation. In this way the shaman helps to maintain balance and harmony on both a personal and planetary level.

This 3-month  online course is designed to teach the fundamentals of Shamanic practices. In this course, we will discover the core of Shamanism that weaves through various cultures from around the world. This course is designed to provide you with a broad foundation of practices and ceremonies to assist you in your path as a healer or to enhance your current Spiritual Practices.




Course Teachings Include

Session 1

*Understanding Shamanism and its role in the modern world
*Understanding Shamanic Healing practices

Our modern times are now calling for a return to the traditional way of connecting to each other and to all of creation. It is time for us to remember that we are part of the whole and that this connection to the whole is how we heal and grow. We have forgotten who we are and the traditions that have sustained humanity for eons.

Session 2

*Foundations of the Medicine Wheel

A Medicine Wheel is a physical manifestation of Spiritual energy. It is an outward expression of an internal dialogue. A mirror in which we can better SEE what is going on within us. It is a wheel of protection and enables us, and allows us, to gather surrounding energies into a focal point and to commune with Spirit, Self and Nature (ALL elemental forces)

Session 3

*Becoming the Hollow Bone (conduit for healing)
*Creating and Understanding a Working Altar

The healing altar is an important part of these practices. Understanding the energy and placement and how the altar supports our work is crucial to holding healing space for others.

Session 4

*Introduction to Plant Spirit Medicine

Understanding the connection to the spirit of plants and the healing properties of energies of the plants is an important part of the shamanic traditions. These connections are tangible and the Plant Spirits have much to teach us.

Session 5

Animal Spirit*Introduction to Animal Spirit Medicine

The natural power of animal spirit guides has not been lost. The knowledge and power of animal guides is alive and can be effectively used to improve our lives and all creation.

Session 6

*Traditional Shamanic Journeying

When a person is guided onto the shamanic path, they learn how to send their soul forth intentionally, on the soul flight which is commonly called a journey or the shamanic journey. The Shamanic Journey is the foundational tool for all healing and energetic work.