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: 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: 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.

Shamanism and Middle-World Work

Even if you mostly journey in the Lower and Upper Worlds, some shamanic middle-world journeying is almost inevitable (and sometimes necessary). The shamanic middle-world is not always safe or benign, so it is useful to know the essentials of protection and cleansing if and when you journey there. In addition, the physical middle-world is where we spend most of our day-to-day time, and knowing how to live in the physical middle-world is an important part of any fully-developed shamanic practice. On this course then, we explore these issues. The exact course content will vary, according to the needs and wishes of the participants, but can include issues such as: personal protection and cleansing; what healthy boundaries are (and what they are not): the kinds of shamanic middle-world beings that we can encounter (including elementals, thought-forms, the unquiet dead, spirits of the land, and other kinds of spirits), and how to deal with them appropriately; making right our relationship with animals, plants and stones in the middle-world; connecting with the hunter-gatherers who lived on the land before us; and how to deal with the modern-day human middle-world and stay sane!

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).

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. Find out more ...

Inner Tribe Work: Shamanism, Soul Retrieval, and Parts-Of-Self Therapy

Shamanism understands that we are not a single "I” but are instead made up of different "parts-of-self" – an “inner tribe”. As with any tribe, for it to be healthy, each of its members needs to be honoured and understood, and brought into healthy relationship, and much of shamanic practice is about doing this. As well as honouring the middle-world self and its different sub-parts, this includes honouring Body, Soul and Spirit. It also includes the ancient shamanic practice of soul retrieval – finding lost soul parts, bringing them back, and helping them to integrate again.

Many modern psychotherapies have also come to understand that we are made up of parts-of-self such as Internal Family Systems Therapy, Voice Dialogue Work, Transactional Analysis, and various other psychotherapies that work with the idea of “sub-personalities”. In these therapies, it is understood that the issues people present with are often due to the various parts-of-self being in an unhealthy relationship with each other, with some having too much power and others being marginalised or even excluded altogether.

The area of parts-of-self work is one area where shamanism and psychotherapy overlap. As well as the similarities though, the different approaches, knowledge and insights that shamanism and psychotherapy have in this area means that they also have much they can contribute, and much they can learn from each other too. This 10-meeting course will explore this in depth, covering soul-loss and soul retrieval (both traditional and modern), how to identify parts-of-self, and different ways to work with them.

The course is suitable for anyone who is interested in not just the spiritual aspect of shamanism in their own practice and development, but in its more psychotherapeutic aspects too. It will also be of use to counsellors, psychotherapists and other psychological therapists, who wish to bring a more shamanic aspect to their work. This includes any practitioners (such as Internal Family Systems Therapists etc) who already work with parts-of-self, but who wish to explore incorporating a more Soul-centred, Nature-based, and other-than-human approach into their practice. The course is also essential for anyone who wishes to explore becoming a Therapeutic Shamanic Practitioner.

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 
  • Shamanic Protection and Healthy Boundaries
  • 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 
  • 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

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Wheel of Life - Starts January 2022

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

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

Sundays, 10am start (UK time)

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. Find out more…

The Upper-World - Apr & May 2023

Exploring the shamanic Upper-World

All dates are 2023 – April 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20

Saturdays, 10am start (UK time)

Delivered over 6 meetings, each meeting is between 3½ to 4 hours long.

The Middle-World - July & Aug 2023

Shamanism and Middle-World Work

All dates are 2023 – July 22, 29, Aug 5, 12, 19, 26

Saturdays, 10am start (UK time)

Delivered over 6 meetings, each meeting is between 3½ to 4 hours long.

Inner Tribe Work - 2023

Shamanism, Soul Retrieval, & Parts-Of-Self Therapy

Dates: 2023 – Sept 17, Oct 1, 15, 29, Nov 12, 26, Dec 10, 2024 – Jan 7, 21, Feb 4.

Sundays, 10am start (UK time)

Delivered over 10 meetings, at roughly fortnightly intervals (with a longer gap over the Christmas period). Each meeting is between 3½ to 4 hours long.

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