Life Force Arts Shamanic Training


Life Force Arts Shamanic Training

Life Force Arts Shamanic Training (LFAST) provides comprehensive instruction in a contemporary form of shamanism, an ancient form of spiritual practice and healing through connecting to one's spirit guides. It is based in the Life Force Wheel which Joan Forest Mage received as a "download" from the Universe beginning in 1985.

The program provides training from the basics of shamanism to establishing a firm personal shamanic practice, and progressing to doing shamanic healing and teaching for others. Graduates of the whole program receive a Certificate in Shamanic Practice.

 

Upcoming Schedule Level 1 Seminars (click for information/registration)

     Energetic Protection Online version (start anytime)

Structure of the Program

There are 4 Levels in Life Force Arts Shamanic Training

 Level 1- basic practices of shamanism
 Level 2 - being in good contact with your group of spirit guides
 Level 3 - Shamanic Healers Practicum: conducting healing sessions for individuals
 Level 4 - Ritual Leaders Practicum: designing and leading rituals for groups of people

Each Level has three or four seminars (classes). Each seminar is one month. For example, Level 1 has three seminars of one month each, so it takes at least three months to complete Level 1.

Each seminar is a one month process that begins with home study reading, assignments and discussion with instructor and fellow students through an online discussion venue, and concludes with a full-day workshop (9:30 AM - 5:30 PM) on the last day of the seminar.

For example: the seminar would start on August 7 with home study reading and online assignments and discussion with instructor and fellow students, and conclude with a full-day workshop on September 7, the last day of the seminar.

All of the seminars currently are in-person only, except for Energetic Protection, which has an online version as well.

Level 1 has 3 seminars

·         Shamanic Journeying

·         Sensing Energy

·         Energetic Protection

Level 2 has 3 seminars

·         Nature Spirits

·         Healing Ritual

·         Shapeshifting

Level 3 - Shamanic Healers Practicum (SHP) - 4 months, includes supervised clinical practice

Level 4 - Ritual Leaders Practicum (RLP) - 4 months, includes supervised clinical practice

 

What happens in each Level

Levels 1 & 2 are for personal spiritual practice. Level 1 seminars help you understand foundational principles of energy work, access the intuitive and spiritual realm, sense energy and do the basic shamanic journey meditation. Level 2 seminars firmly establish your connection with your "team" of spirit guides, and set you on the path of how you interact with them, a relationship you will continue to develop throughout your life.

Levels 3 & 4 - Level 3: Shamanic Healers Practicum (SHP) and Level 4: Ritual Leaders Practicum (RLP) are for those who feel a calling to serve the community by doing shamanic healing, teaching or leading others. These are advanced classes where students do healing sessions for volunteer clients, and design and lead rituals. SHP and RLP are quite intensive and involve giving volunteer clients sessions (SHP) or designing and leading rituals (RLP).

Shamanic Healers Practicum (SHP) - 4 months. During the time period of the course, the students attend one full-day workshop per month, as well as carry out the practice aspects of giving shamanic healing sessions to volunteer clients

Ritual Leaders Practicum (RLP) - 4 months. During the time period of the course, the students attend one full-day workshop per month, as well as carry out the practice aspects of designing and leading rituals

Life Force Wheel (LFW) TBA

 

Descriptions of each course

Level 1

The basics of shamanic practice, including working with energy and the energy body, shamanic journeying, and finding your individual way of accessing intuitive information. No prerequisite.  Each in-person seminar is a one month process that begins with home study reading, assignments and discussion with instructor and fellow students through an online discussion venue, and concludes with a full-day workshop on the last day of the seminar. Cost: $145 for each Seminar (Shamanic Journeying, Energetic Protection, Sensing Energy) Cost includes required books.

Level 2

Building strong relationships with your spirit guides.  The three 8-hour Seminars are: Nature Spirits, Healing Ritual and Shapeshifting. Each in-person seminar is a one month process that begins with home study reading, assignments and discussion with instructor and fellow students through an online discussion venue, and concludes with a full-day workshop on the last day of the seminar. Prerequisite: Life Force Arts Shamanic Training Level 1. Cost: $690 for all three seminars (includes required books).

 

Level 3 - Shamanic Healers Practicum

Learning shamanic healing for others. Healing modalities covered include soul retrieval, power animal retrieval, extraction and sound healing. The Practicum has four 8 hour seminars, and also requires the students to do healing sessions for volunteer clients.  Each in-person seminar is a one month process that begins with home study reading, assignments and discussion with instructor and fellow studentsthrough an online discussion venue, and concludes with a full-day workshop on the last day of the seminar. Prerequisite: Life Force Arts Shamanic Training Level 1 & Level 2. Cost: $1600 for full Practicum (includes required books).

Level 4 - Ritual Leaders Practicum

Learning to lead healing ritual in a shamanic way. The Practicum has four 8 hour seminars and also requires each student to design and facilitate a healing ritual for a group of volunteers. Each in-person seminar is a one month process that begins with home study reading, assignments and discussion with instructor and fellow students through an online discussion venue, and concludes with a full-day workshop on the last day of the seminar.  Prerequisite: Shamanic Healers Practicum. Cost: $1600 for full Practicum (includes required books).

 

Structure of the training

In addition to attending the seminars, students read required books and complete assignments between seminar meetings, using online interaction with the instructor and classmates. See below for complete Course descriptions.

Who the Courses are for

The Level 1 and Level 2 Courses enable the student to establish a firm personal practice of shamanism, connecting to his/her spirit guides and intuitive consciousness.

The two advanced Courses, Shamanic Healers Practicum and Ritual Leaders Practicum, are for those who feel called to do shamanic healing and teaching for others.

Tuition policy

There are no refunds, but each Course is repeated on a regular basis, so if you find you are not able to attend one of the seminars in a Course you have paid for, you can take that seminar when it is offered again.

 

Required reading list for Life Force Arts Shamanic Training

Level 1 

·         Energetic Protection Seminar - The Psychic Pathway by Sonia Choquette

·         Shamanic Journeying Seminar -Singing The Soul Back Home by Caitlin Matthews

·         Sensing Energy Seminar - The Open Mind by Dawna Markova

Level 2

·         Nature Spirits Seminar - Enchantment of the Faerie Realm by Ted Andrews; The Seasons of Change by Carol McClelland

·         Healing Ritual Seminar - The Water of Life by Michael Meade; Ritual by Malidoma Some;Rites of Passage by Kathleen Wall & Gary Ferguson

·         Shapeshifting Seminar - Deerdancer by Michele Jamal

 

Shamanic Healers Practicum

·         "Code of Ethics for Shamanic Practitioners" from the Foundations Course Manual

·         Soul Retrieval by Sandra Ingerman

·         Spiritual Emergency by Stanislav Grof & Christina Grof

·         The Ethics of Caring by Kylea Taylor

·         Wheels of Life by Anodea Judith

·         Where Science & Magic Meet by Serena Roney-Dougal (2010 edition)

·         Building Your Ideal Private Practice by Lynn Grodzki

Ritual Leaders Practicum

·         TBA

Life Force Arts Shamanic Training

Course Descriptions

Level 1

learn the basic concepts and practices of shamanism

Level 1 is comprised of three seminars, which are held once a month for three months. Each of the following seminars is held on a Saturday OR Sunday from 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM. Students also have assignments before Seminars with discussion online with the instructor and fellow students.

Level 1: Cost: $145 for each Seminar (includes required reading books)

No prerequisites

Students can take the Level 1 Seminars in any order

 

Energetic Protection Seminar

Learn about your energetic, spirit body. You will learn to identify your etheric, emotional and astral bodies, and how to ground energy, release energy blockages, invigorate your chakras and protect your energy field. We will practice basic energy techniques such as simple yoga and tai chi exercises, sound healing, hands-of-light, power objects, crystals, and finding your power song and dance. We will align ourselves with the elements (air, earth, water, fire and ether) and experience how they help us shift energy. We will also examine the importance of intention and core beliefs in energy work. No Prerequisite. Please bring a rattle, and a pen and notebook. This seminar is a one month process that begins with home study reading, assignments and discussion with instructor and fellow students through an online discussion venue, and concludes with a full-day workshop on the last day of the seminar. Required reading: The Psychic Pathway by Sonia Choquette. Cost: $145 (includes books for required reading).

Shamanic Journeying Seminar

Learn the ancient shamanic journey meditation: traveling to the spirit realm to gain wisdom and healing from angels, ancestors, totem animals and other helpful spiritual beings. To the classic shamanic drumbeat, you will journey to the three territories of non-ordinary reality to begin building relationships with your own group of spirit helpers. Learn about shamanic cosmology, the history and ethical basis of shamanism, and the ways shamanic practice applies to the modern world and to healing the web of all life. No Prerequisite. Please bring a rattle, and a pen and notebook. This seminar is a one month process that begins with home study reading, assignments and discussion with instructor and fellow students through an online discussion venue, and concludeswith a full-day workshop on the last day of the seminar. Required reading: Singing The Soul Back Home by Caitlin Matthews. Cost: $145 (includes books for required reading).

Sensing Energy Seminar

Gain greater skill in entering meditative consciousness through learning time-proven methods of quieting your mind and body, observing your intuitive impressions so you can hear Spirit’s messages more clearly. We will utilize self-expressive arts – writing, drawing, singing, dancing – as meditational and energy work practices. Learn how to interpret the visions you see in your shamanic journeys and dreams through discovering your preferred perceptual mode (seeing, hearing or feeling) for accessing intuitive information. You will further deepen your relationship with your own group of spirit helpers. No prerequisite. Please bring a rattle, and a pen and notebook. This seminar is a one month process that begins with home study reading, assignments and discussion with instructor and fellow students through an online discussion venue, and concludes with a full-day workshop on the last day of the seminar. Required reading: The Open Mind by Dawna Markova. Cost: $145 (includes books for required reading).

Level 2

deepening shamanic practice for the student’s personal connection to the spirit realm

Level 2 is comprised of three seminars, which are held once a month for three months. When registering for Level 2, students are agreeing to enroll in all three seminars of this Level. Each seminar is held on a Saturday OR Sunday. Each in-person seminar is a one month process that begins with home study reading, assignments and discussion with instructor and fellow students through an online discussion venue, and concludes with a full-day workshop on the last day of the seminar.

Level 2: $690 for all three Level 2 Seminars

Prerequisite: Life Force Arts Shamanic Training Level 1

Nature Spirits Seminar - 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Further solidify your relationship with your personal "team" of spirit guides, such as angels, ancestors, gods, goddesses and totem animals. Part of this seminar is held outdoors at Lake Michigan on Oak Street Beach. We will particularly focus on working with nature spirits, the seasons, the Elements and the Directions. Part of the day is spent outdoors communing with Nature. You will discover various tasks your spirit guides perform for you, and gain confidence in the helping nature of the universe. This seminar is a one month process that begins with home study reading, assignments and discussion with instructor and fellow students through an online discussion venue, and concludes with a full-day workshop on the last day of the seminar.  Prerequisite: Life Force Arts Shamanic Training Level 1. Required reading: Enchantment of the Faerie Realm by Ted Andrews; The Seasons of Change by Carol McClelland.

Healing Ritual Seminar - 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM

In this highly experiential seminar, we will explore healing ritual, a process of transformation in sacred time and space. Learn how to design an effective ritual, using the 9 Steps of Healing Ritual and aligning with Nature and the seasons as energies for healing. We will experience charging a space with energy/spirit to create the container that makes ritual safe and effective. We will explore two approaches in shamanic healing ritual: going out of body to the spirit realm, and inviting the spiritual energies to work in the physical space we are in. Deepen your understanding of the 3 modes of auditory, visual & kinesthetic perception for accessing intuitive information. Each learner also examines the deeper meaning and mission of his/her work as a spiritual practitioner to gain personal empowerment and practice shamanism more fully. This seminar is a one month process that begins with home study reading, assignments and discussion with instructor and fellow students through an online discussion venue, and concludes with a full-day workshop on the last day of the seminar. Prerequisite: Life Force Arts Shamanic Training Level 1. Required reading: The Water of Life by Michael Meade; Ritual by Malidoma Some;Rites of Passage by Kathleen Wall & Gary Ferguson.

Shapeshifting Seminar - 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Shapeshifting is the ancient shamanic practice of taking on the spiritual or physical energies of animal spirits and other helpful beings. Part of this seminar is held outdoors at Hamlin Park at Damen and Barry in Chicago. Through this powerful practice, our spirit allies share their wisdom and strength with us to create profound healing. Learn physical and mental exercises to help us shapeshift between human and more-than-human form. We will experience channeling the energy of our guides, working with the 9 Levels of Self. As Tom Cowan says, "Shapeshifting might just be the essential, and only, activity of the Universe." This seminar is a one month process that begins with home study reading, assignments and discussion with instructor and fellow studentsthrough an online discussion venue, and concludes with a full-day workshop on the last day of the seminar. Prerequisite: Life Force Arts Shamanic Training Level 1. Required Reading: Deerdancer by Michele Jamal.

Life Force Arts Shamanic Training Faculty

Joan Forest Mage

Joan Forest Mage, the founder and director of the Life Force Arts Center, is honored to serve as a shamanic healer, educator and performing artist in her hometown of Chicago. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Applied Professional Studies from De Paul University's School for New Learning, with the focus area "Creating Healing Ritual Through the Arts: A Contemporary Paradigm." A Certified Movement Analyst, she has studied shamanism, energy work and healing ritual with numerous teachers, and has worked as a Shamanic Practitioner since 1995, performing over 500 soul retrieval healings. Joan has over thirty years of professional performing and teaching experience as a dancer, singer and theater performer, and two music CDs to her credit. Joan has taught workshops and training programs in the arts and body movement since 1985, and in shamanism since 1996. Contact Joan at Joan@LifeForceArts.org or 773-327-7224.

 


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