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We are very honoured to be hosting a shamanic retreat this year with Leo Rutherford of Eagleswing, College of Contemporary Shamanism, Author of several fundamental books on shamanism including the Principles of Shamanism, The Medicine wheel and the shamanic path workbook. This is a great opportunity to work with one of the UK's most experienced Elders in the practice of Shamanism.

2nd to the 9th of June

The Shaman’s Path – Ancient ways for modern times.  With Leo Rutherford.  Portugal

Our  ancient roots are in shamanic cultures wherever  we live and whatever  sort of culture we have grown up in. It is our  spiritual heritage. Long  before such relatively recent (around 3000  years) concepts as  organised religion, humans sought understanding and  knowledge of the  universe using a variety of experiential ways which are  just as  applicable today as ever. These practices are still in use in a   surprisingly large number of places in the world and many shamans of   indigenous cultures and now sharing their ancient wisdom with all   comers.
The  medicine wheels are stunningly wonderful  multi-dimensional maps of the  territory of life within the majesty of  the cosmos. Medicine wheels  have been used for teaching about the cosmos  and how it works since  antiquity. They teach the natural order of things, of humans’ place in the world and of the deep purpose of life.
This  workshop will give participants knowledge of  the Four Directions, of  the powers of the universe that act upon us,  and suggest ways of  healing old wounds and finding new vision and  purpose.

Trance Dance, Shamanic journeys, Sweatlodge. Opening to spirit and the parallel worlds.

Trance-Dance  brings  together body movement, dynamic rhythms, healing sounds,   transformational breathing techniques and the innovative use of a   blindfold or bandana – together stimulating a trance state that  promotes  spiritual awakenings, mental clarity and emotional well-being.
Shamanic journeying   takes us inside while the body goes into rest mode. The monotonous  beat  of the drum enables an opening in our visionary centres.  Travelling  with specific intent garners our inner being/spirit to give  us pictures  and feelings to help understanding of life patterns.
Both   these methods can take participants on an ‘inner journey’ outside of   normal perceptions of space/time. Ritual trance journeys have been a   vital part of shamanic cultures for thousands of years. Our  contemporary  approach to Trance-Dance brings together the richness of  these ancient  rituals with effective modern techniques. Often the  shaman will begin to  enter the trance state through movement and then  come to the floor and  leave the body to journey.  Sweatlodge is a  sacred prayer ceremony and will add greatly to the experience of  touching other worlds

All retreats prices per person - Single room £550 - Sharing twin or double room £500pp - Eco caravan £450
Stone Cottage £600pp. This includes accommodation, classes and food.

At  Yoga Evolution Retreats, Oleiros, Castelo Branco, Portugal.  Booking:  info@yogaevolutionretreats.com / leorutherford@eagleswing.co.uk /  01435-813508 / 07714-333989
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