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NEWS DECEMBER 2008

Scandinavian Center for Shamanic Studies

 

'The Dance of the Old Ones'


In the Dark my feet are guided

Around the Fire, Circle dancing,

Two steps forward, one step back

The heat of the flames, the light in the eyes ~

Standing at the edge of the darkness

The Old Ones are watching

And I wonder: Are they laughing?

I see them smile, “Laughing? No, my Child.

We are rejoicing as you remember.”


The time of darkness, the time of remembering, the time of learning, the time of visioning, the threshold from Autumn to Winter, the last leaves still remaining on the branches, frosty mornings, thin ice on puddles, gray clouds with rays of sunlight beaming through, late dawns, early sunsets and long nights ~Welcome Life!


NEWS

Community of Shamanic Practitioners
In England Jonathan is continuing to meet with people who have worked with him and Annette, exploring the possibility of establishing a self-organizing community of shamanic practitioners. The idea is that the organization will be open to anyone who has worked with Jonathan or Annette and who wants to be a member of the community, regardless of what country you live in. This is a very exciting project and if you are interested, please contact Jonathan.


NEW SERVICE for UK Courses:
  From now on, registration and payment for courses in UK can be done on-line, either by clicking the link at the end of the course’s description, or by going to www.centreforshamanism.co.uk. If you wish more information or have any questions, please contact Lisa Sture.

UPCOMING COURSES

In England, the first course of the Winter Season is the basic workshop The Shaman’s Journey, Jan. 30th to Feb. 1st in London taught by Jonathan.

The next basic workshop, The Shaman’s Journey will be in Todmorden, Yorkshire, near Manchester, England, April 3-5.


Shamanic Soul Retrieval
, with Jonathan will be in Herefordshire, April 8th to 12th. This course is a thorough introduction to the shaman’s ancient powerful healing practice of soul-retrieval. To read Jonathan’s article on Soul Retrieval, click HERE.

In Scandinavia, the first Basic Workshop will be Feb 27 - March 1 in Copenhagen, taught by Annette.


NEW AREAS AND WAYS OF WORK

Many of you responded to our call asking for your ideas of new ways of working together. As a result, Jonathan will do four short Shamanic Practice Weekends, at Åsbacka, in February, May, September and December. The first will be February 21-22, from Saturday noon to Sunday afternoon. You can read more on the course page.

Jonathan is also offering two and three day personal retreats at Åsbacka, for individuals and very small groups.  If you would like to know more, please write to him.

In Copenhagen, Annette is offering supervision/ counsels for individuals. During this winter and spring she will also host a number of evening- and one-day gatherings with the themes of Herb Lore, Magic Songs, and Medicine Pouches in history and modern practice. You can see more here on NYHEDER in Danish, especially interesting if you live in Southern Sweden.

Jonathan is making an A5 size flyer in English with the dates, locations, and names of the courses he is doing this year. So if you feel you can help promote Jonathan's courses by putting these in shops, community and health centers, sending to friends etc, please contact Lisa Sture if you live in the UK or Ireland, or Jonathan (if you live in Scandinavia). Thank you for helping spread the word. 

PLEASE REMEMBER: From now on, our courses - and other events - will only be published on our homepage and in the e-newsletter, as we are no longer sending out a paper brochure. If you know anyone whom you think may enjoy our work, please send this e-newsletter on to them.


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NEWS SEPTEMBER 2008

Scandinavian Center for Shamanic Studies

 

Greetings in these last Golden Days of Summer!

UPCOMING  COURSES  IN  ENGLAND 

The first course of the autumn season is The Shaman’s Journey~Basic Workshop, Sept 26th to 28th taught by Jonathan in London.

Next is Shamanic Healing, with Jonathan in Herefordshire, October 1st to 5th. This course is a thorough introduction to some of the advanced techniques of the shaman’s craft, including diagnosis, the recognition of power, and the removal of inappropriate power.

These courses will be followed by Return to Spirit on the West Coast of Ireland, October 15th to 19th. The work of this course is around learning to accept and live with shamanic spirit power in our everyday lives.

NEW AREAS AND WAYS OF WORK

In England, Jonathan is working further with ideas to open possibilities for the community of the people who have been working with him and Annette through the years. There are many ideas, and as plans emerge we will bring them here in the Newsletter and on the pages of our website. The magic pot is bubbling, and ideas are brewing for both Jonathan and Annette, about new courses, new teaching areas to explore, and new ways of teaching and exploring!

At this point of envisioning future work, both of us would love to hear from you about what you would like to see offered.

So, please, send us an earth-letter or an e-mail with your thoughts………..

                                                                                                 
Over my shoulder, the setting Sun.

Before me, my road stretches on.

The rising Moon’s light

Will show me another way.

 

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NEWS MIDSUMMER 2008

Scandinavian Center for Shamanic Studies

 

The Miracle continues. The Wheel of Life continues to turn, the seasons change and we find ourselves again coming to the Summer Solstic . The blossoms of Spring are turning to small fruits which will grow, and, in time, we will harvest them. The high Summer Sun brightens our way. This is a time of empowerment, when the fruitfulness of Nature lends itself to healing and discovery. We hope to meet you again on the path this Summer.

 

 NEXT COURSE  IN  ENGLAND

The next course is Into the Journey June 6-8 taught by Jonathan in London. Do not let the apparent simplicity of this course fool you.Those who have taken this course know it as a great training weekend, where newer and more experienced practitioners together enjoy kindling (or re-kindling) the focus and confidence in the heart of their own practice. Now is your chance!

With this course, Shenoah Taylor is concluding her work together with us, now moving on devoting her time to her own shamanic practice and development of teaching. See her website: www.shenoah.abelgratis.co.uk .

For four years Shenoah has been contributing great skill and effort in arranging courses in England, as well as assisting and co-teaching. All with a keen hawk eye for both practical detail and the bigger shamanic perspective.

A big Thank You from us to Shenoah for wonderful inspiration and solid teamwork, and good luck with all your new endeavours!

Lisa Sture is now taking over the arrangement of courses, and course assistance in England. Lisa has already prepared this together with Shenoah during the spring in order to not mess a beat. It is exciting to welcome Lisa, as she will combine her personal shamanic experience with her background in management consultancy and her own business in ecological technology. Welcome onboard Lisa!


SUMMER COURSES  IN  SCANDINAVIA

June 14 -20, Annette will be leading a course on the Power of Nature and Nordic Myths together with mythologist Henning Kure at Vestjyllands Højskole, in western Denmark. Through the interplay of magic nature-work and examination of the oldest Norse texts, we will explore the mythical dimension in Nature and the power of nature in the myths. This course is taught in Danish.

From July 17 to 20 Jonathan will lead an extended residential Basic Workshop in Halland, southern Sweden, taught in English.

Following the extended basic workshop Jonathan will lead a new retreat Peace and Power, July 22 ø 27, also in Halland, southern Sweden. Our work here will be around our own issues with power in our shamanic practice and in our lives, how we work with power, how we resist it, and how we can open to the magic paradox of peace-filled power and powerful peace. See more here

August 10-16 Jonathan will lead a Shamanic Counselling I Training at Åsbacka. The group is luxuriously small with a maximum of ten participants, so do not hesitate to apply if this has your interest.

ÅSBACKA NEWS

Åsbacka keeps developing as a beautiful course and retreat center on Hallandsåsen in southern Sweden. As well as the announced courses, Jonathan has also started doing personal shamanic healing retreats for individuals and small groups at Åsbacka. For example, at the end of August, Jonathan will be working with a group from Hungary. If you are interested in working this way, please contact Jonathan directly. 

PLEASE REMEMBER: From now on, our courses - and other events - will only be published on our homepage and in the newsletter.


We Wish You A Joyful Midsummer of Power and Growth!

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NEWS MARCH 2008

Scandinavian Center for Shamanic Studies

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MORE MAGIC, LESS PAPERWORK!

From now on our courses - and other events -
will only be published here on our homepage and in the newsletter.

We have just sent out our paper course brochure for 2008. This will be the last paper brochure we send out, because from this Spring we will switch over to announcing all of our courses and other activities only on our website and in our e-newsletter. By talking this step, we will greatly reduce our amount of paperwork and time staring into a computer screen, thereby giving us more time for the creative and spirit-work we love to do with you.

So please sign up for our e-newsletter HERE to receive the latest on new courses and other events.


3 NEW COURSES ON POWER

Power lies at the core of the shamans work. But what is power? It is both energy and might. How do we approach power? What are our guidelines? These 3 new courses examine each in their own way how we can bring power into our shamanic practice, our healing work and into our daily lives.

Spring-Moon-Seidr April 16 - 20 in Herefordshire, England
The focus here is on Nature’s powers, like the Earth’s spring force and the Full Moon power. We will use both moon magic and seidr craft as ways to work with power, learning how to receive and use it well, and how to ground it. And how to surrender fully to it moving through us, without forgetting our intent!  This disciplined surrender to power is a classic shaman’s skill. It strengthens all areas of our outward active shamanic work, be it healing work or other kinds, and deepens our personal practice.

The Ritual and Ceremony Workshop, May 14 -18 at Åsbacka, Sweden
A well crafted ritual can hold and move power in accordance with our intent.  In this new workshop we explore how to find the right ritual for the right purpose, so the power of transformation can unfold. When doing a ceremony, we can become aware of how power waxes and wanes in the circle and how we can dance with it.

The ceremonies of Life’s Thresholds  are the work theme for this workshop, but you can use the principles for all other ceremonies and rituals, whether they are big or small. And whether their purpose is celebrating spring equinox, blessing a new house or work project, or inviting peace after a conflict.

Come join us in the forest and get the courage to lead rituals on your own. See more here.

Peace and Power, July 22 -27 in Halland, Sweden
In celebration of Tokalynga Teater Akademi’s 20th anniversary Jonathan will lead this new retreat. Our work here will be around our own issues with power in our shamanic practice and in our lives, how we work with power, how we resist it, and how we can open to the magic paradox of peace-filled power and powerful peace.

ÅSBACKA NEWS
Our work continues at the beautiful course and retreat center Åsbacka, on Hallandsåsen in southern Sweden.

May 14-18, Annette is teaching the Ritual Workshop, see above.

August 10-16 Jonathan will lead a Shamanic Counselling Training. The group is luxuriously small with a maximum of ten participants, so do not hesitate to apply if this has your interest.

As well as our announced courses, Jonathan has also started doing personal shamanic healing retreats for individuals and small groups at Åsbacka. For example, at the end of June, Jonathan will be working with a group from Hungary. If you are interested in working this way, please contact Jonathan directly. 

UPCOMING BASIC COURSES
The next Basic Workshop is taught by Jonathan in London in late May.You can see all about the Basics here.


We Wish You A Happy Springtime of Power and Growth!
From us at Scandinavian Center for Shamanic Studies

 

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