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WINTER SOLSTICE 2016

We are blessed to live in amazingly challenging times. Often we cannot help but feel hopeless in the face of what is happening, be it environmental destruction, political injustice, poverty or greed. But if we allow these things to cripple us, then neither we nor the world has a chance. This cannot be allowed to happen.

We also live in a time of amazing possibilities. For the past half year I have been greatly inspired by what is going on at the Standing Rock Lakota Reservation on the banks of the Missouri River. What I have witnessed from afar has been the miracle of peaceful, prayerful, non-violent resistance standing up and speaking out to the forces of might. “Sage Against The Empire” as one poster put it. The power at the heart of this movement is the recognition and deep acceptance of the Sacredness of Life.

The indigenous people of North America have been showing the way. What started as a small isolated incident became the largest gathering of Native American tribes in history, together with thousands of supporters, and captured the attention of the world. Because of this, many people living comfortably in the dominant white culture have now come to recognize that we have much to learn from the indigenous cultures of the world. The People of Standing Rock are teaching us that the time has come to take care of our home, the Earth. We cannot wait any longer and there is no more pressing task than this in our lifetime. Starting now, we need to live our lives in a way that recognizes that everything we have comes from the Earth and is sacred.

When I ask myself, who were the real world leaders of the Twentieth Century, four people stand out for me: Mahatma Gandhi, who said: “The weak can never forgive; forgiveness is an attribute of the strong.” Nelson Mandela, who said: “It always seems impossible until it is done.” And Martin Luther King, Jr. who said: "Everybody can be great because anybody can serve….You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love." And, of course, the Dalai Lama: “Develop the heart. Be compassionate, not just to your friends, but to everyone.”

In the 21st Century we have the Water Protectors of Standing Rock. Their rallying cry is simply: “Water Is Life.” Their continued vision has been one of unity, compassion and prayer. They prayed for everyone involved in this situation, without separating friend from foe. The gathered tribes have shown us again and again the real power of ceremony in spiritual activism. And although there is still a long road ahead, and many other “black snake” pipelines planned on other reservations, this gathering has a deep resonance and significance.

The last prophesy of Lakota Chief Crazy Horse was: "Upon suffering beyond suffering, the Red Nation shall rise again and it shall be a blessing for a sick world. A world filled with broken promises, selfishness and separations. A world longing for light again. I see a time of seven generations when all the colors of mankind will gather under the sacred Tree of Life and the whole Earth will become one circle again. In that day there will be those among the Lakota who will carry knowledge and understanding of unity among all living things, and the young white ones will come to those of my people and ask for this wisdom."

We are all united in this task to bring our world back to beauty. As the Sun stands still and brings peace to the land, please take a moment to feel - what is your Standing Rock; what do you pray for? May we remember to remember as the returning Sun brightens our paths and we step into the New Year. We are the ones we have been waiting for. We too, together with the Spirits, can change the world.

- Jonathan -

 

- COURSES 2017 -

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The teaching year begins for Jonathan and Zara in England, where they will return to Schumacher College in Devon, UK, to teach on two postgraduate programmes in Feb-March – “The Ecological Self” and “Mind in Nature”. In late Spring they go to Ireland to teach HEALING WITH NATURE, 28 April – 1 May, then a weekend in Sussex, South England on THE CYCLE OF GIVING AND RECEIVING, 5-7 May.

Annette begins teaching in March with introduction course THE SHAMAN’S JOURNEY, 10-12 March, in Denmark, and BLESSED BY THE MOON in Denmark, 3-7 May, and England, 6-10 Sept.

The summer tradition of Tokalynga continues with the extended 4-day SHAMAN’S JOURNEY, 20-23 July, but after this we offer a very special event: the SHAMANIC EARTH GATHERING is not so much a course as a week to come into community and explore how we as shamanic practitioners can serve the Earth. It will be run in a slightly different way so contact Zara for more info. In August at Åsbacka, Jonathan and Zara teach the classic SHAMANIC COUNSELLING 1, 20-26 Aug, which helps you both to work with others and to understand your own journeys in a clearer deeper way.

 

*** For full information on courses and how to book, see website coursepage ***

 

Jonathan Horwitz can be reached on email jonathan@shamanism.dk or daytime tel (+46) 431 441 220
Annette Høst prefers daytime telephone (+45) 32 54 28 08. Email shamanisme@mail.dk

 

 

 
     
 

LATE SUMMER 2016

“Shamans are the servants of the community and the servants of the spirits.” My spirit teachers told me this long ago. At first it worried me, in fact it concerned me a lot. Where was I in this equation? Service was one thing, but wasn’t being a servant something else? Where was my “free will”? It bothered me for a long time, and, despite my teachings, I did my best to maintain what I thought was my individual freedom. But by resisting, for fear of losing my identity, I put a wall around myself. What I didn’t understand at the time was the concept of community. Intellectually, I knew that we are all connected. I could see it everywhere I looked and in how my shamanic experiences manifested in life, but I didn’t really feel it.

As my practice got deeper, I began to develop a sense of “my community”. At first it was limited geographically to where I was and numerically to people I felt connected with. Then, through a growing awareness of the shaman’s role as an eco-activist in a world facing environmental destruction, I grew to feel that the whole Earth is my community. The oceans, the air, the islands and continents, microbes and whales, the seen and the unseen are all my community – and not just my community: the whole Earth is our community, the community we humans belong to. And the more I involve myself in this whole, the more I realize my role as a servant of the Earth.

For me, the heart of shamanism is filled with living in relationship with all beings and with the flow of giving and receiving. By coming to service in this way, knowing and deeply trusting that everything is related and connected, service no longer seems an individual act. It becomes communal participation. It is not about me gaining or losing something; it is about me recognizing that whatever I do, I do both for myself and for the whole world.

In the end, it is all about Love. I am in love with the Earth. Love is a great power in this world. How do we show the ones we love that we love them? How do we show the Earth our Love? By serving we do not lose ourselves. We gain family.

- Jonathan -

 

- AUTUMN COURSES 2016 -

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We begin autumn teaching with a SHAMANIC PRACTICE DAY, 3 Sept at Åsbacka, southern Sweden. For those of you who live near enough to come for the day, it is a chance for connection and inspiration. The theme of the work is “Harvest Time”.

Jonathan and Zara go to Belgium to teach INTO THE JOURNEY, 15-18 Sept and LIVING GRATITUDE, 22-25 Sept in northern Italy. Both these long weekends will expand your practice and revitalise your work, whether you are new on the shaman’s path or have walked it for years. “Into the Journey” in particular focuses on helping you to deepen your journeying skills and find clarity in your communication with the Spirits.

In November, they return to Schumacher College in southwest England to teach two courses: the introductory SHAMAN’S JOURNEY, 4-6 Nov, and a special new course called LIVING SPIRIT, 7-11 Nov, created for the “Becoming Indigenous” programme. It focuses on bringing your shamanic practice to everyday life, helping you to grow strong roots and feel more at home in the world. The course is open both to those who only want to come for the week, and those who take part in the longer “Becoming Indigenous” programme.

SHAMANISM, DEATH & LIFE is one of our “classic” courses, and Annette will teach it in Jutland, Denmark 27-30 Oct.

 

- OTHER NEWS -

NEW VIDEO INTERVIEW
In preparation for “Into the Journey” in Belgium in September, course organiser Roel Crabbe has interviewed Jonathan on Skype. Jonathan talks about how shamanism has influenced his life and how he feels it can help us live more fully. You can
watch the video via our updated Library page.

ONLINE CEREMONY
There is a new date for Jonathan’s online full moon ceremony, as part of the international “Year of Ceremony” programme. Instead of 14 Nov, it will now take place 12 January 2017. Read more about it on our
Other Activities page.

TURNING OF THE YEAR, UK
Our long-term collaborator and friend, Shenoah Taylor, is running a long programme called “Turning of the Year” together with her partner David Scott. It starts in September with regular meetings throughout the year, focusing on the power of the seasons and building a closer relationship to nature. For more information, see:
http://shenoahtaylor.com/courses/turning-of-the-year

SHREWSBURY BASIC IN NOV
Shenoah is also running an introduction to shamanism together with the wonderful Lisa Sture. Both Shenoah and Lisa have arranged SCSS courses in England and are very experienced. Their workshop takes place 26-27 Nov in Shrewsbury. For more info and bookings, contact
Shenoah or Lisa

RUNE COURSE IN ENGLAND
Our friend and colleague
Jörgen I. Eriksson is going to England to teach a weekend course in Rune Magic & Shamanism, 4-6 Nov. Although it is already full, it may be possible to be on the waiting list. Click here for more info.

 

*** For full information on courses and how to book, see website coursepage ***

 

 

 
     
 

MAY 2016

SHAMANISM IN COMMUNITY

As we move towards the edge of Summer, I look back on the Springtime and its many bounties. Being in residence at Schumacher College for six weeks with Zara was a very special experience that brought so much together for me from my 30 years of teaching. We taught several courses but our presence there was also much more than that. I was able to call on all the gifts I have learned and received from my shamanic path, and share it with others. It showed me how shamanism can be at the heart of a community, and does not need to be at the edges of society. We experienced that many people are hungry and thirsty for what shamanism offers, for healing and ceremony, making time and space for the sacred. What we experienced in this international gathering place was a deep acceptance that another way of life is possible and it naturally includes the more-than-human and unseen parts of our world.

During our time in community, something special happened: I came to realize again, even more clearly, how deeply simple the task of the shaman is. Simple does not necessarily mean easy, but it does mean simple – clear, pure and essential. The shaman’s primary task is to grow into a deeper and deeper relationship with his Spirit teachers and helpers. This is the essence. This comes before becoming a healer, before becoming a carrier of traditions, before becoming a ceremonial leader. We cannot become any of those things without the help of the Spirits, and learning and living what they are teaching. The shaman’s path is not for personal power, but for the power and ability to better serve the Community and the Spirits. This means surrendering what we want for what is needed, until, finally, what is needed becomes what we want.

Surrender can be daunting. We are afraid of doing something wrong. But the fear of doing something wrong should never be allowed to be greater than the knowledge of having to do something right. And we are so blessed to always have the Spirits by our side and the Earth under our feet as we walk, as we consider, as we choose and as we act. May our roots grow deep in the coming Summer months.

- Jonathan -

 

- SUMMER & EARLY AUTUMN COURSES 2016 -

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All the Swedish Summer courses with Jonathan & Zara are now full, but places often become free so please let us know if you want to take part in either SHAMAN’S JOURNEY or SHAMANISM & SPIRITUAL ECOLOGY at Tokalynga, or SPIRITS OF NATURE at Åsbacka.

The new 1 YEAR SHAMANIC HEALING & MENTORING programme is now open for applications. It begins in November at Åsbacka and is an opportunity to work in a small group over time to deepen and develop your shamanic healing practice. It is an intensive and advanced course meant for those who actively want to work with clients. There is a special application process and the deadline is 10 June. We look forward to hearing from you if you feel called.

Åsbacka also offers a SHAMANIC PRACTICE DAY, 3 Sept. For those of you who live near enough to come for the day, it is a chance for connection and inspiration. The theme will be announced nearer the time.

In early autumn, Jonathan and Zara will teach INTO THE JOURNEY, 15-18 Sept in Belgium and LIVING GRATITUDE, 22-25 Sept in northern Italy. Both of these long weekends will expand your practice and revitalise your work, whether you are new on the shaman’s path or if you have walked it for years. In November, they go back to England to teach a weekend residential SHAMAN’S JOURNEY and a week-long course at Schumacher College as part of the "Becoming Indigenous" programme, more information will come soon.

Annette teaches SEIDR, 7-11 Sep in the beautiful mountain area south of Trondheim, Norway. It is taught in Danish-Scandinavian, and a unique opportunity for Swedes, Norwegians and Danes to come together and explore Seidr in a landscape that holds so much of the mythical power of the practice. SHAMANISM, DEATH & LIFE is one of our “classic” courses, and Annette will teach it in Jutland, Denmark 27-30 Oct.

 

- OTHER NEWS -

SUMMER SOLSTICE MEETING, ÅSBACKA
To celebrate the Sun at its highest point, Jonathan and Zara offer a free 1-day Midsommer Gathering at Åsbacka on 19 June. We will come together to sit in Circle, speak with Nature and listen to the Spirits. Though it is a free event, please contact Zara to book your place as numbers are limited.

RADIO INTERVIEW & EARTH TALK
During their residence at Schumacher College, Jonathan and Zara were interviewed by a local radio station. They talked about power, healing, and shamanic ways to connect and be present with life. You can listen to the radio interview or watch a video of their 2015 Earth Talk on our updated Library page: http://www.shamanism.dk/library.htm

COURSE IN COUNCIL PRACTICE
Our UK colleague Pippa Bondy is coming to Denmark to teach Council Practice in Nature. This week-long residential retreat is in English, 18-24 June, northwest of Copenhagen. For more information, see the Ancient Healing Ways website or contact Malene Rose to book a place.

 

*** For full information on courses and how to book, see website coursepage ***

 

 

 

 
     
 

FEBRUARY 2016

This Spring marks the thirtieth anniversary of the very first shamanic workshop I ever taught. Of course I wasn’t alone the doing the teaching. My Spirits were with me all the way. I suppose they were looking at me the way we look at a child who is taking her first steps. And there was one miracle I remember to this day: a woman was spontaneously healed from claustrophobia which had been plaguing her all of her life – cured on her very first journey. Any doubts about shamanism I may have had at the time disappeared immediately. I knew I was on the right path.

Anniversaries are powerful invitations to stop and take stock. I have many reminders from these thirty years: the people I have known who helped me so much in the beginning, some of whom I am still in touch with, some whom I have not seen for years, and some, sadly, who are no longer in the Land of the Living. I think of the many people who have helped me as my steps grew firmer, and those who help me today, and the gifts of love in many forms so many have given to me. All have taught me important lessons about what it means to be a human being. It has been a long road, and when I look back at the path I can’t help but think of The Fool in the tarot deck, whistling along on the mountain path, enjoying the beautiful day, less than a step from the edge of the cliff. I know now that it was not my skill that kept me from falling into the precipice. It was my spirit teachers and helpers, and often human friends, who helped me to keep my feet on the path.

On that very first workshop, one of the participants asked me: “What are the Spirits?” This was an excellent question, and one I had never thought of. “The Spirits are The Spirits” had always been enough for me. Sensing that this would not be answer enough for the person who asked, I said “Please ask me tomorrow.” That evening I asked my Spirit Teacher, “What are you?” My Teacher smiled and said, “You can tell them that we are bundles of the power of the Universe, and we show ourselves in ways you can understand.” And that is what I told them. The participants were happy with that – and it gave me something to think about ever since.

We are all bundles of the Power of the Universe. What a gift this is! All of the bundles, the rocks and rivers, plants, planets and platypuses, bees, birds and bears, hippos, hydrangeas and humans, all of us, are bundles of the same energy – we just look and act differently, expressing different aspects of the same wonderful power. At the same time I know that this Jonathan-bundle is not going to be teaching for another thirty years, but however long I do last I know I am not walking alone and I want to deeply thank all of you who have been walking with me. We’re all in this together, and together we are One.

- Jonathan -

 

- SPRING & SUMMER COURSES 2016 -

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Jonathan and Zara will spend the Springtime in England, where they will be in residence at Schumacher College in Devon. Here they will teach several courses – THE SHAMAN’S JOURNEY, 4-6 March, the essential SHAMANISM, PEACE & POWER, 7-11 March, and exciting new nature course STORIES OF THE EARTH, 20-24 March. After this they travel to Herefordshire to teach the classic SHAMANIC COUNSELLING 1, 5-10 April, which helps you to get a clearer understanding of how the Spirits communicate and finding deep teachings from your drum journeys.

Annette also begins teaching in March with THE SHAMAN’S JOURNEY, 4-6 March in Denmark, then SEIDR 13-17 April in England as well as 7-11 Sept in Norway.

The summer tradition of Tokalynga continues, with the extended 4-day SHAMAN’S JOURNEY, 21-24 July, then SHAMANISM & SPIRITUAL ECOLOGY, 26-31 July, a course given to Jonathan from his Spirits many years ago to help humans come into better relations with the world around them.

Finally, we are very happy to announce a new 1 YEAR SHAMANIC HEALING & MENTORING programme, beginning in November at Åsbacka. This is a one-off opportunity to work in a small group over time to deepen and develop your shamanic healing skills. It is aimed at those who actively want to work with shamanic clients and there is a special application process with a deadline of 10 June. We look forward to hearing from those of you who feel called.

- OTHER NEWS -

ISC MEETING, LONDON
There is a one-day meeting in London for members of the ISC (International Shamanic Community). We will meet on 14 Feb to work with the community Spirit Helper and sit in circle together. Read more about the ISC

POSITIVE NEWS
Jonathan & Zara have contributed to an article on Rewilding Human Nature in UK publication “Positive News”. This inspiring website has just been relaunched and it is the first issue of the new style magazine. Read material online or subscribe: http://positivenews.org.uk

A YEAR OF CEREMONY
Jonathan has been invited to take part in a year-long online programme called “A Year of Ceremony” run by Sandra Ingerman and SoundsTrue. Starting in May, they will hold monthly online Full Moon gatherings, with different spiritual teachers giving interactive sessions and long-distance ceremony. Jonathan will offer his ceremony in November 2016 and it is called “Watering the Seeds of Peace”. More information will soon be posted here

 

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