2022 Shamanic Arts Immersion & Training- USA, Asheville, NC

About the Course

The Otter Dance School of Earth Medicine is dedicated to educate, inform, an empower to create a union of ancient traditions and deep understanding in a way that is carried forward into modern life practice.

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.

The structure of this course will be deliberately immersive, with a focus on exploring the traditional practices on a deeply personal level. The study consists not only of teaching the individual practices of shamanic healing, but also learning how to connect with the healings, integrate them into our personal practice, and feel our way into a deeper understanding of the nature of this path of service.

If you are ready to take a deep dive into the teachings and mysteries of Shamanism, then the Shamanic Arts Immersion and Training will take you on a nine month path of initiation.

During our in person sessions we will explore the depth of shamanism and the path of being in service to the People.  Brandy Winn, Standing Strong Woman is a dedicated teacher and student of the shamanic path.  She comes from a lineage of teachers and healers that includes Robbie Warren, Otter Woman Standing and Robbie’s teacher Joseph Rael, Beautiful Painted Arrow.  Brandy brings a decade of experience, traveling globally to Africa, China, Europe, and Iceland in service of indigenous cultures and international traditions.  The shaman is not a title you carry, but rather a way of life to be in service.

Each session students will come together for hands-on exploration and training in shamanic ceremonies, healing practices, and energy work. Students will learn to create your own Medicine tools, Sacred bundles, and Medicine Drums and Rattles and to step into holding Ceremony. Students will be given the tools to create a personal connection to each teaching, and throughout the eleven months, there will be individual work to deepen this understanding between sessions.

In addition, each student will receive:

  • Monthly mentoring call for individual time with your Student Teacher, Raven Runyan
  • Four Counseling (one per quarter) sessions with Brandy to help sharpen your focus
  • Ongoing daily access to your teachers/mentors and the members of the clan for continuing support, guidance, and community through a private group on Practical Shamanism with Otter Dance
  • The online teaching from Robbie, Healer’s Guide to the World
  • 4 Virtual Zoom Calls prior to the course starting to connect, ask questions, and prepare
  • 4 Virtual Zoom Calls for connection, teaching, answering questions and more during the course.

If it is time for you to step onto this Path of Service, this teaching will help you open your heart and see the truth of yourself.  This course will challenge you to bring forward the authentic and tangible Healer that is within you.  It will also empower you to remember your connection to all that is Sacred, to all our relations, and to Mother Earth.

Training Schedule is:
March 17-20, 2022
May 19- 22, 2022
August 18-21, 2022
October, 20-23, 2022

Course Teachings Include

Part One Practical Shamanism

Part 1 Practical Shamanism:

Shamanism, Neo-Shamanism
Understanding the Medicine Wheel (Foundation of all teachings)
Becoming the Hollow Bone (conduit for healing)
Creating and Understanding a Working Altar
Traditional Shamanic Journeying for Others
The Foundations of Plant Spirit Medicine
The Foundations of Animal Spirit Medicine
Meeting & Communicating with the Spirit Guides
Chanting, Medicine songs and using the voice for healing
Understanding and Working with the Medicine Songs
Clear and Deep Relationship with your Spirit Guides

Part Two Healing Tools

Part 2 Healing Tools

Sound and Vibrational Healing Work
Working with Ceremonial Fire
Creating your Medicine Drum and Calling in your Medicine Song
Understanding regalia and Shaman’s armor
Understanding Divination
Understanding and working with Sacred Tools
Creating Ceremonial Space
Energetic Clearing and Protection for Self and Others
Cord Removal
Honoring the Animal Totem


Part Three Healing Tools

Part 3 Shamanic Healing

House/Land Clearing and blessing
Epigenics and Ancestral Healing ceremony
Working with the Ancestors
Holding Ceremony for individuals and groups
Calling in your Spirit Healing Team
Hands on healing – Emotional and Physical
Remote Healing Work
Creating Your Medicine Rattle for Healing Work
Quantum Physics and Shamanism
Soul Retrieval
Understanding Past life influences

Part Four Shamanic Immersion

Part 4 Shamanic Immersion

Rites of Passage
Working with Earth Medicine Grids
Psychopomp Work
Shamanic Breath work
Understanding Death
Working with Shamanic Death
Trance Drumming Ceremony
Releasing through Fire

Training Schedule

We will come together for 4 sessions of 4 days each session. Lodging and food is included in the tuition. Space is limited to 16 students in order to keep the intimacy and connection to each other as we move through this training.

March 17-20, 2022
May 19- 22, 2022
August 18-21, 2022
October 20-23, 2022

Those who wish to join the training will be asked to make a commitment to the Full Course of Shamanic Studies — If you have NOT been in Ceremony or private session with Brandy before, you must contact her for an interview.

Space is limited to 16 students in order to keep the teachings intimate and allow for a full exploration.

Tuition for the year of Shamanic Studies is $5260 and includes all materials for making Medicine Drums and Rattles, books, lodging and food.

A non-refundable deposit of $1315 is required with registration to reserve your space.

There are 3 payment plans available to fit your budget needs.

  • *Early Payment in full of $3660 today, option available until December 1, 2021 (Choosing this option, provides a $285 discount on the course’s tuition costs)
  • One payment of $3945.00 on January 1, 2022
  • Four payments of $986.00, August 1, 2021, November 1, 2021, February 1, 2022 and May 1, 2022
  • Ten monthly payments of $394.50 beginning August 1, 2021