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The Shaman’s Drum: Healing in Non-Ordinary Reality

October 22, 2019

The Shaman’s Drum: Healing in Non-Ordinary Reality


Shamanism has been practiced all over the world for tens of thousands of years. The late anthropologist Michael Harner distilled a set of core beliefs and methods used by shamans from widely varied cultures and geographic regions. One such method is rhythmic drumming to induce altered states of consciousness where where healing and guidance are available from the spiritual realm. Thanks in part to Harner’s teachings, shamanism has undergone a resurgence in recent decades, and shamanic techniques are now used by non-indigenous people for healing and guidance. Shamanic practitioner Sage Heart will discuss the core elements of shamanism, and participants will learn specific methods to inform their own practice. This will include a shamanic drumming experience with a journey into the non-ordinary reality of shamanic cosmology, guiding you to access your own deep spiritual wisdom. Participants are requested to bring something that can be used as a blindfold (such as a bandana) and are encouraged to bring a small hand drum or rattle if they have one.


Sage Heart has been working with helping Spirits for healing and guidance since 2008. She completed her shamanic initiation after apprenticing for ten years with Paula Denham, Founder of the Sacramento Shamanic Center, and is an Elder in that community. She holds a Master’s in Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Master’s in Psychology from Northern Arizona University. Sage has a lifelong interest in nature, psychology and indigenous spirituality and found her shamanic calling while attending an introductory workshop with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies. She completed several trainings with the Foundation before beginning her apprenticeship. Sage is an avid reader with broad knowledge and experience in the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of grief and trauma healing. She is also a registered yoga instructor. Sage has found deep healing through shamanism. Her personal experiences allow her to bring profound compassion, insight and gentleness to her work. You can visit her website at www.sageheartshaman.com.


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