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                          ANNOUNCEMENT: DECEMBER 2015

A year ago I announced that I would be taking a sabbatical from teaching workshops in 2015, and that there would be no new postings here until late in that year.  Well, it’s late in the year.  Almost the Winter Holidays.  And the only news I have to tell is that I have really enjoyed the freedom from travel and teaching in order to have more time and energy to devote to other shamanic activities, and I am going to continue this routine into 2016.  I’ll be working with the Society for Shamanic Practice (see below), serving as editor for articles that were formerly in the SSP journal and will now be part of the new web site, being available for shamanic counseling, continuing my role in the three shamanic retreats: the Men’s retreat in New York State, the Mosswood Hollow retreat near Seattle, and the Midwest retreat in western Michigan.  I am also enjoying having the time to write some poetry.

 The dates for the retreats are:

         Michigan Retreat:  April 21-24, 2016       Trusting Our Way In Dark Times                                 Contact: Kate Durda at    Description 

         Men’s Retreat:  June 3-7, 2016
                     Contact Jim Wood at  Description

         Mosswood Retreat: October 28-30, 2016   Trusting Our Way in Dark Times                            Contact Stacy Van Dusen at                                          Description

This retreat is open only to people who have completed the two-year program in Celtic Shamanism.  



Click here for Description of selected programs.


The Society for Shamanic Practice (formerly the Society for Shamanic Practitioners) is dedicated to supporting the re-emergence of shamanic wisdom in the modern Western world. Please visit the new web site Also, note that the journal Contemporary Shamanism (formerly the Journal of Shamanic Practice) is now available only for members on our web site.  We are no longer publishing the journal as hard copy.  It is now only on-line.