Further Steps Course

Further-Steps in Therapeutic Shamanism

After completing one of the college’s First-Steps courses, and ideally at least one of the Next-Steps courses (although having done a Next-Steps course is not essential), the Further-Steps courses continue the exploration of Therapeutic Shamanism and take people’s practice to new levels and into new areas.

These courses include topics such as exploring the shamanic Upper-World, shamanic spirituality and meditation practices, the ‘cycle of life’ (sometimes referred to as the “medicine wheel”), a shamanic exploration of the chakras and the body’s other energy systems, a shamanic view on death and dying, plant spirit medicine, shamanism and healthy boundaries, and much more.

Like the courses that precede them, the Further-Steps are usually arranged into one or two online sessions a week, with exercises to practice at home. Courses vary in length, depending on the topic being covered, and can be taken in any order.

Further Steps Course - Footsteps in sand

The Courses

The Upper-World 1: Grounded Spirituality

A fresh look at spirituality, meditation practices, and mindfulness from the perspective of Therapeutic Shamanism and Animism. Since our domestication and the Fall, we have adopted hierarchical thinking which has led to our profoundly broken relationship with nature and the other-than-human. This thinking has infected many aspects of modern-day spirituality too, resulting in spiritual beliefs that are often ungrounded, disembodied, Earth-rejecting, and human-centric. On this course we seek to heal ourselves of this, and begin reclaiming a healthy, practical, Earth-embracing, embodied and grounded relationship with spirituality.

The Upper-World 2: Exploring the shamanic Upper-World

On this course we explore how to journey to the shamanic Upper-World, and make sense of what you encounter there. It includes an exploration of the different ‘tiers’ of the Upper-World and the different Beings you encounter there, learning Upper-World healing practices, and exploring Upper-World teachings on things like perspective, compassion, detachment and ethics.

Shamanic Protection, Cleansing and Healthy Boundaries

Even if you mostly journey in the Lower and Upper Worlds, some shamanic middle-world journeying is almost inevitable (and sometimes necessary). The middle-world is not always safe or benign, and so on this course we explore protection and cleansing when doing shamanic journeys. In addition, since when not journeying we spend most of our life living in the middle-world, we also explore what healthy boundaries are, how to develop and maintain them, and how shamanism can help with this.

How to Live and How to Die – A Shamanic View on Death and Living

In terms of what happens when we die, most modern-day spiritual teachings offer some version of either eternal life or reincarnation. However, these are ideas that only since our domestication, and Fall and as such they are quite different from the teachings of our hunter-gatherer ancestors. On this course we explore what these much older shamanic and animist teachings are and what they offer, not just in what they teach us about death, but even more importantly, what they teach about living (and the richness, acceptance and peace that can follow from this).

The Wheel of Life: The Shamanic Guide to the Seasons of the Year and the Stages of Life.

Sometimes referred to as the ‘Medicine Wheel’, this course explores the cycle of the 5 elements of ether, air, fire, water and earth. Learning this can not only be of immense help in helping us to reconnect with Nature and the natural cycles of the year, but can also provide us with a profoundly useful road map for our own emotional, psychological and spiritual development too. This course, and the knowledge in it, is one of the ones that students most often refer to as life-changing and life-enhancing, and one that most brings their shamanic work together. Starting in 2022, the course consists of eight Sunday morning meetings, each roughly 6 weeks apart, following the eight “sabbats” of the year.

Planned Courses

Future Further-Steps courses will include:

  • Mother, Father, Lover: Healing Our Mother and Father Wounds and Our Relationship With the Masculine and Feminine Archetypes 
  • Exploring the Middle-World
  • Spirits of Place and Land
  • Time Travel: Healing Ancestral, Family, and Future Wounds
  • Plant Spirit Medicine
  • Sea Shamanism
  • Bird Shamanism
  • The Tree of Life (sometimes called “The Totem Pole”): Shamanism, the Chakras, and the Human Body
  • Soul Retrieval and the Fort Holder: Shamanic Soul Retrieval 
  • The Inner Tribe: Shamanism and Parts-Of-Self
  • Adulthood: A Shamanic Initiation

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Course Requirements

Online Access

Participants will of course have to have an internet-enabled device (computer, tablet or smartphone) and wi-fi access to take part. The platform we use is Zoom meetings – help will be available for getting set up if needed.

Mental Health

Shamanic work can be of great benefit with mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and self-esteem issues. However, shamanic work does require a reasonable degree of mental robustness and groundedness, and emotional resilience. As such, like meditation and other similar practices, it can be contra-indicated in mental health issues such as psychosis, mania, severe depression, or disassociative disorders. So, if you have any mental health issues (current or historical) which you feel may impact on your ability to journey safely, then please do discuss this with the relevant course tutor prior to booking on the course. Any discussion will, of course, be treated confidentially.

Course Dates & Details

To book or find out more about each course, use the “Contact Us” buttons below. 

Upper-World 2 - Oct 2021

Exploring the shamanic Upper-World

Oct 2, 9, 16, 23 – Saturdays, 4pm start (UK time)

With Paul Francis, Marie Edwards, Jayne Birkett and Cat Anderson.

Delivered over 4 Saturdays with each meeting between 3½ to 4 hours long. Cost is £100. There will be two tutors at each session.

Healthy Boundaries - Oct-Nov 2021

Shamanic Protection, Boundaries, and Energy Hygiene

Oct 24, 31, Nov 7, 14 – Sundays, 10am start (UK time)

With Paul Francis, Marie Edwards, Jayne Birkett and Cat Anderson.

Delivered over 4 Sundays with each meeting between 3½ to 4 hours long. Cost is £100. There will be two tutors at each session.

How to Live and How to Die – Nov-Dec 2021

A Shamanic View on Death, Dying and Living

Nov 21, 28, Dec 5, 12, 19 – Sundays, 10am start (UK time)

With Paul Francis, Marie Edwards, Jayne Birkett and Cat Anderson.

Delivered over 5 Sundays with each meeting between 3½ to 4 hours long. Cost is £125. There will be two tutors at each session.

Wheel of Life - Jan' 2022

The Shamanic Guide to the Seasons of the Year and the Stages of Life

All dates in 2022 – Jan 30, Mar 20, May 1, June 19, Jul 31, Sept 18, Oct 30, Dec 18.

Sundays, 10am start (UK time)

With Paul Francis, Marie Edwards, Jayne Birkett and Cat Anderson.

Starting in 2022, the course consists of eight Sunday morning meetings, each roughly 6 weeks apart, following the eight “sabbats” of the year. Each meeting is between 3½ to 4 hours long. Cost is £200. There will be two tutors at each session.

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