Shamanism refers to nature-based practices which employ trance journeying, drumming, and ritual to create emotional and physical healing, restore will and spiritual vitality, and engender greater congruence within the Self. Contemporary shamanism uses ancient methods in a modern setting, combining core practices from many indigenous cultures and streamlining these techniques for modern sensibilities.
Trance journeying to a pulsing drum beat is an important part of shamanic work, as much information and energy can be retrieved and restored from the imaginal realms and deep inner planes. Trance journeying is safe and done without the aid of mind-altering chemicals or plants.
Shamanic work lends itself very well to a variety of needs: feelings of ineffectiveness or weakness, physical renewal and healing, increased emotional balance, a more profound connection with the inner worlds, and greater clarity on specific issues and one's purpose in life.
A 90-minute session may employ one or more of the following practices: