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An Introduction to Shamanism

Drum, Journey, Explore!

This is an opportunity for you to join like-minded men in exploring ancient shamanic healing techniques - techniques that, when used with intention can nurture self-renewal, balance, and empowerment. In this safe, experiential workshop, you will be introduced to the basic, core technique of the shamanic journey, a visionary method used to induce a natural, altered state of consciousness. Aided by drums, rattles, ceremony and sacred space, you will experience journeying to the worlds of non-ordinary reality – the shamanic state of consciousness - for information, healing, awakening and restoring your dormant spiritual power, abilities, and your connections with Nature. You will also be introduced to a classic shamanic divination technique for problem solving and learn how shamanism can be applied in contemporary, daily life to help heal oneself, others, and the Planet.

Contemporary shamanism is for everyone! No experience necessary. This workshop provides tools for personal growth and connection, and welcomes men from all religious and spiritual traditions. Join us for a weekend of community, fun and exploration!
Bring a drum and/or rattle; a rock between the size of a large orange and grapefruit (not a crystal); pen and journal (electronic devices not allowed during workshop); eye covering to block out light; and blanket or something to lie on. We invite you to bring sacred items/totems to place on the altar we will create together.

About the Facilitators

Tony Allicino has been a student of shamanism since 1997 and has taught introduction and advanced shamanism and Medicine for the Earth workshops, facilitated retreats, and created and led rituals at LaGuardia Community College/CUNY, The Open Center, Shantigar, Journeys to the Soul, Spirit Hollow, Kirkridge, Easton Mountain, Menla House, Dawn Manor, Shamanic Fire Reiki, and the New York Shamanic Circle. He has studied shamanic traditions with Michael Harner, Sandra Ingerman, Tom Cowan (Celtic), Christina Pratt, Nan Moss and David Corbin, Uncle Angaangao (Inuit), Ailo Gaup (Sami), and indigenous shamans of North and South America, and Nepal; and ecstatic dances and movements with Gabrielle Roth, Emilie Conrad and Alessandra Belloni. He has participated in indigenous Sacred Dances throughout the United States and is a Grail Reiki Master, a graduate of Sandra Ingerman’s Teacher Training Program, a member of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, Society of Shamanic Practitioners, and, and a founding member of the NYC Gay Men’s Shamanic Circle. From 2007-2014, he facilitated monthly Shamanic Drum Circles and Grail Reiki Circles in New York City; and in the Fall 2014 he walked the 500+ miles pilgrim’s Way of St. James on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. 

Jay Thomas isan urban shaman. Jay connects with alchemical energies, the rhythms and voices of nature, and non-ordinary states to transform and heal conflicts between body, mind and spirit created often by our disjointed modern life.  Urban shamans are new-millennium, eclectic practitioners: they humbly honor sacred traditions of all ancestors, using both ancient and modern techniques to walk between the worlds and return with wisdom foruse in problem-solving, self-discovery, personal growthand healing. 
 believes we are one heart with many rhythms – we are all on a journey to uncover the sacred within ourselves for connecting with our families (of origin and choice), our communities, and the land we share. Jay lives in Western Massachusetts at Bear Mountain Lodge – across a river, down a dirt road, beside a stream, nestled in the forest. Jay has trained with John Myerson, a doctor of both Chinese medicine and Western psychology, at LifeArts Center for Healing and Shamanic Studies in Framingham, Mass., since 2009. His complementary training and experience include: tarot (since 1985), body/mind studies (since 1987), health/wellness coaching (since 1999), Vipassana meditation (since 2001); Usui Reiki (since 2002); Wicca and Ceremonial Magick (since 2003); mediumship with The National Spiritual Alliance (since 2011), Shamballa Reiki (since 2013).

Rates and Accommodations

All rates include housing, food and programming unless otherwise noted. Bookings are per person per bed.

Commuter: $275 - Does not include Housing. Use this option if you want to attend the programming and have meals, but wish to stay off campus.

Garden Cabin: $395 - Dormitory style with 5 bunk beds that can sleep up to 10 people. Bathrooms facilities in the Lodge, 500 ft away.

Quad: $445 - Each quad room has two sets of bunk beds. its own bathroom and a shower. You may be sharing with up to 3 other guests.

Semi Private: $595 - Each semi-private room has 2 beds, a bathroom and shower. You may be sharing with 1 other guest.

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