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Mary Oliver passed away on January 17, 2019. She was 83.

Mary Oliver

 Soon now, I’ll turn and start for home.
And who knows, maybe I’ll be singing.
               —from “The Pond” in Felicity

She listened to the earth,
and heard the universe singing.
Or as she might have put it,

This earth, I mean,
this pond,
the light on this  tidal pool,
 this path through the dunes.”

She was always in a place—
a real place, a truthful now,
and she listened,
knowing the songs of the earth
were merely a part—
but our part—
of the Great Song.

She seemed happy
to hear the small voices—
a wren, a snake, a lily—
singing here, now.

And if she were here, now,
she might say, “Listen! And
don’t worry if you can’t sing.”

No, she did not want to just visit
this place we call earth.
And she didn’t.

She sang about it,
and maybe we should be singing too.

                        —Tom Cowan
                             January 2019



If you are looking for programs in Celtic shamanism, please click on “Description” below.  The programs listed are presented by people who have studied with me and whose work is solid, credible, and inspiriting.  The list will be updated as i receive notices from them.


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Below is information regarding the Michigan Two-Year Reunion gathering and the Bowdoin Park Men’s gathering, and the SSP Wilderness Solo.


         Michigan Retreat:  April 25-28, 2019

         Hastings, Michigan

       People of the Wandering Fire: a weekend of closure as
we leave to pursue our separate journeys.  We will renew
our understanding of key Celtic practices that can carry us into
the future.  

                   Contact: Kate Durda at 


        Men’s Retreat: CANCELLED 
        Due to conflicts and obligations that have arisen, we are letting 2019 slide by this year.  Watch for announcements in 2020.

                          Contact Jim Wood at

 Wilderness Solo: June 8-12, 2019  Northern New Mexico



October 24-27, 2019

             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  on our web site.  We are no longer publishing the journal as hard copy.  It is now only on-line.