April – May – June 2020 Residential

This training programme is held over two residential modules held in the countryside. This is an advanced Practitioner training Programme, and is the 24th since inception.

This training course would benefit holistic practitioners who wish to develop and expand their work to include classic shamanic healing practices. It is also suitable for those who have a desire to work as a shamanic practitioner to help others.

Howard initiated the practitioners training course in 1994 and since then many participants have successfully been working with these shamanic healing methods in their healing practice.

The areas that we cover on the course are as follows;

  • Soul Retrieval
  • Shamanic Core Process
  • Shamanic Extraction Healing
  • Perception of the body as energy
  • Crafting of power objects
  • Divination techniques
  • The Shamanic Journey
  • Healing with natural objects or ‘artes’.
  • The Shaman as Conductor of Souls

The Course is structured as follows;

Module 1: April 24th – April 28th 2020

Module 2: May 29th – June 2nd 2020


Module 1: The Shamanic Journey

The Shamanic Journey is a powerful way to facilitate self-transformation, and personal empowerment. It is a way to move from our ordinary everyday consciousness into what is called the shamanic consciousness. The most consistently reliable way is by using the “Shaman’s Horse”, better known as the drum. The rhythmic beat of the drum and the sound of its tonal resonance facilitate the movement into the shamanic state of awareness to experience an expanded consciousness dimensions. The drum carries the traveller along the journey. It is a state of being that has been entered by shamans since the beginning of the human experience.

Module 1: Shamanic Divination

Shamanic Divination is as old as humanity, but unfortunately in mainstream Western society it has been regarded as something primitive, irrational, and pandering to superstition. Divination is simply a way of revealing the truth. The diviner reveals or uncovers to their client hidden truths about themselves, or the circumstances surrounding them. In societies outside the West divining continues to play an important role, revealing that which is hidden, easing anxiety, and helping in coming to terms with challenging circumstances. Divination is simply a way to a deeper understanding of events and influences surrounding a situation or a person. Participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to explore and engage with divination practices, and learn as shamans have through the ages to seek and receive revelatory knowledge from visionary sources both for others as for oneself.

In divination, the role of the shaman is to act as a mediator or ‘middle-man’. The shaman, by exploring and providing the initial reading and interpretation, allows the seeker of this information to avoid projecting personal wants, desires, and wishes if the question or situation is emotionally charged.

Participants on this workshop have the opportunity to discover how to access and communicate concepts from beyond everyday perceptions and manifest their personal creative vision into the world, thus enriching theirs and the lives of others.

Module 1: Soul Retrieval

From a shamanic perspective one of the two main causes of illness, is a loss of power (or life force), and the other an ‘intrusion’ of an invasive external force within our field of energy. The recapitulation of life force is the body of work, which restores or recapitulates lost life force. Soul Retrieval is one of the most well-known and effective practices to this end.

To understand how recapitulation practices work, we need to look at the multidimensional nature of reality and move away from a linear sequential perspective. From this expanded perspective, ‘anything which has ever happened to anybody, anywhere; it is still happening somewhere’. If a traumatic event occurred for a person ten, twenty and so on years ago, for that person it is still happening, and I would venture to state that it is also in some way still influencing the person’s life.

Shamanism does not dwell on past events; there is only this vast awesome ever-moving great moment of now where there is no separate past, present, or future. It is possible for a practitioner to journey and move outside of linear time to go to the place where that energetic event is still occurring for that individual, find and bring back that person’s life force which is held in that energetic event, and when this has been carried out, then the therapeutic healing of the event and it’s consequences can truly begin.

The loss of life-force is known as soul-loss, and this can take place when we suffer a trauma, have an accident, experience strong emotional exchanges with a loved one, separation from a partner, death of a loved one, go through a pervasive period of difficult circumstances. When we undergo a severe trauma typically a part of our vital nature goes away, so that we can survive what ever is happening to us. It is a way for the body and consciousness to survive severe trauma. Problems develop when the soul part or fragment does not return. It may not want to come back, or may not be able to return due to the nature of the trauma.

There are a number of symptoms of soul-loss, for example, when people feel that they are observing life as an outsider, rather than engaging and being fully involved. Other common symptoms are when people feel that they are being ‘spaced’ out a lot of the time, not really here. Other symptoms that indicate possible soul loss are life-themes such as a pervasive fear, inability to trust people. I have also found that a severe depression can also be a symptom of soul loss. Chronic illness may also be a symptom of soul loss. This directly relates to Power. In the shamanic worldview, power and maintaining health go hand in hand, if the body is power-full, there is no room for illness or disease, which are often regarded as an invasive force.

One of the differences between Soul Retrieval and some modern Western psychological systems is that Soul Retrieval focuses on the return and integration of the lost life-force, rather than focus on the original trauma itself. In my view Soul Retrieval and therapy work very well together, the best combination being first the recapitulation of the lost life-force, followed by a therapeutic approach to support the person through the process of working with released feelings and emotional energy which can be uncomfortable and even raw for the individual. This release and subsequent experiencing of the emotions is a fundamental part of the whole healing process, and I cannot stress this enough.

This healing process leads to what I call the union of the life force, when the person can then move forward in their life without being anchored to the past, and live a life of creativity and productivity.

Module 1: Extraction Medicine

This body of work addresses illness as an ‘invasive external force’ within the human field of energy.

Participants will learn techniques to help them to ‘see’ or perceive external intrusions in a person’s field of energy, and to safely extract them. To boost the person’s own innate healing power to restore integrity and energy to the cleared area of the body.

Module 1: Death as an Ally

The Shaman as Conductor of Souls

From a shamanic perspective there is a thin veil between what we call life and death. Life is a continuum which does not end at the moment of death. One of the most important traditional tasks of the shaman is to assist people who are either dying or the spirits of those who have died, to make the transition into the places one goes after death. This is called psychopomp (conductor of souls) work.

In shamanism death and birth are closely related to each other. One of the roles of the shaman is as a midwife of dying, to help, guide, or usher the soul or essence of the dying person into the unity of the afterlife. This is the work of the Psychopomp the conductor of souls.

This is Psychopomp work, helping the deceased to another world. There is an enormous fear of death in our society, and a renewed interest in this kind of work could provide re-assurance to those who are dying, and their loved ones.

Participants on the course will learn how to deal with the issues surrounding death and dying from the perspective of the shaman. On this course we will experience the regions where one goes after death, to help in completion of unfinished business, and to help a person make the transition of cross-over.


Module 2: Shamanic Core Process

In 1994 Howard developed and introduced internationally a methodology that has enabled shamanic and holistic practitioners to work intensively with their clients.

Shamanic Core Process is a method developed for practitioners to support people in obtaining a deep understanding into their life issues and problems, and to find ways to address and resolve them. It is a way to help people move into their own power, and discover untapped resources and deepen their connection to sources of spiritual nourishment. During this weekend, participants will also learn about Soul Entanglement and how to release inappropriate energetic links.

Course participants will receive extensive training in this method, which is a bridge between traditional and modern methods of therapy.

During the second residential week, we will be intensively focusing on bringing the healing practices from the previous week into a cohesive and congruent body of work in which the participant will gain trust and confidence in this work.

Module 2: Healer’s ‘Mesa’

During this week, we will be working with ways and means using natural objects to create and develop your healing ‘mesa’. The mesa which means in Spanish ‘table’ and ‘high place’ is created by traditional shamans to bring balance and harmony to their client. The mesa is a representation of the cosmos with both positive and negative aspects both coming together to bring balance. The mesa is a way of making sacred time and space in order to focus the entire being towards a desired outcome in conjunction with spiritual powers. In a sense one could say it is three dimensional affirmation! By enactment of prayers and statements of intention in a state of high focus, one can influence the unfolding of ‘reality’.

Fire Ceremony

Fire is the element of transformation, a ceremony invoking the elemental power of fire is a conduit to release and transform the patterns and self-beliefs that no longer serve you. It is a ceremony of personal renewal and the empowerment of your dream.

There will be a Fire Ceremony on the final evening where participants can honour, release and transform their ‘dark arrow’ – the disempowering patterns and beliefs that hold us back, and recognise and bring power to their ‘light arrow’ an embodiment of their creative powers, their life dream to the spiritual forces that nurture us.

All Participants receive a Completion Certificate on conclusion of the Training Course.


Residential: Brasov County

Participants receive a Completion Certificate

Payment Schedule

Cost of Training Course: 900 Euros(450 Euros per module)

Booking Deposit: 100 Euros


Some Participant’s Comments


  • This course for me was full of growth & knowledge. I have a greater understanding of myself and what I can now offer other people. Thanks
  • I will go away from this course with a more visceral trust in myself, courage and more tools to work with. The power of working with people, as a group, always amazes and surprises me with the richness of the lessons. Thanks & a big hug.
  • Before this course I had a vision of what being a shamanic practitioner would be cliché. As the course finished, I moved into the vision.
  • I came to learn techniques to help others and realised that it was not really possible from a place without my own power. It may sound like a cliché, but my life has changed. I have learned to overcome the enemy of the ‘man of power’ ..Fear! Thanks, my life is richer!
  • All gain, no pain!
  • What an amazing two years
  • With gratitude…for your inspiration, wisdom, & teachings
  • I couldn’t have picked better, an inspiration and long may my journey continue.