East Coast Shamanic Training Level 1&2
March 14, 2024 - March 24, 2024
1:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Banjos Bushland Retreat
Thursday 14 March to Sunday 24 March 2024 (leave next morning)
Hunter Valley region
One Tribe run an accredited shamanic training school based in Perth with opportunities to do the full training on the East Coast of Australia. This is an eleven-day live-in bush retreat set in a stunning part of the Hunter Valley in NSW (about a couple of hours drive from Sydney with easy transport options for interstate and international participants). This will be intense; it will stretch you to grow in ways you may never have imagined before. Healing deep parts of yourself and expanding into hidden capabilities waiting to be discovered. This process is held with love and pure respect. We ourselves have had to go through the initiations and deep healings you will go through. We have also supported hundreds of people to make the same journey you will go on, and that shamanic family will be behind you willing you on.
We have combined levels 1 and 2 to make a back to back retreat (we have a rest day between levels). This gives us the opportunity to keep going deep within and shed the layers that restrict us from our own true authentic power and light. In the shamanic path there is an understanding of one-ness and that our true nature in scintillating, pure light. During our life’s journey we get told we are this and that, we may have difficult experiences and subconsciously create lives based around avoiding that pain again, we may have closed our hearts down and lost our passion for life. We can end up believing we are smaller than we truly are – when in reality we are a being of infinite light and potential. This training goes into the heart of that territory with a deep understanding that everything is just energy and by tracking things down to their source can be rebalanced and our lives opened and transformed as a result. Yes, on this journey you meet amazing guides and discover latent healing abilities, but the true gift is going within and letting go that which is NOT YOU and stepping into that which IS!
This process is a very practical one and the arena will be your own life, your own relationships, your own mind and experiences. It takes courage to go there which you have or you would not be reading these words. Due to the intense nature of this training it will be supported by an optional follow up three-month online program to continue working with the group along with daily tools to integrate this work into your life. This will be a combination of live group sessions and recorded tools made specifically for this purpose.
Combining both levels has the benefit of reduced travel time and expenses with a reasonable price of $3,500 for 11 days. This includes all accommodation, all organic vegetarian meals and of course the training. Levels 1 and 2 form the core tools of this accredited shamanic training program. Level 3 puts all those tools into practise (whilst adding a number of key techniques) and Practitioner Training is an apprentice style training in very small groups to complete the training. There are also inexpensive monthly sessions to stay connected with the entire One Tribe community as well as shamanic trips and much more offered just for the shamanic trainees. Most people do the training for the huge growth and changes made but if you complete the training you also become a qualified shamanic healer giving you access to things like indemnity insurance. We are incredibly proud of the calibre of the trainees that have come through the training and are developing programs to direct clients to them.
Mark Steinward runs the training program and has been teaching this material for over 16 years and constantly strives to improve upon it. Mark will be supported by other experienced teachers to support the group.
- Here is a link to a video where you can meet your spirit guide (which forms the basis of shamanic healing) and also hear a lot of Mark’s personal journey – youtu.be/WUJMtO2Uv-4
- Here is a video of Mark detailing what is shamanism from our perspective as well as how we teach this ancient healing tradition – youtu.be/q03HwHQ6huE.
- Here is a link to a video which gives an overview of the different levels and includes testimonials from a number of students on their experiences (the students range from Level 1 through to Practitioner training) youtu.be/KvuvpN7FEJ8.
- Here is a link to a video from the team with suggestions on how to approach the training to come: youtu.be/eSiVbTqSneU
We really try to foster a loving, supportive, respectful, family type of environment for all concerned. If you have any questions AT ALL do not hesitate to call Mark personally on 0410 524 281.
What participants say about the course?
Accommodation and Food
The training is held on an amazing property in the Hunter Valley (on top of a small mountain) – about 2 hours drive if coming from Sydney. It is totally plush accommodation (whilst it is shared rooms it is 4 and a half stars and each room has its own ensuite on a beautiful bush property). We will have an in-house cook making beautiful organic meals. Rooms are shared.
Detailed Course Outline
Shamanic Training Level 1 begins with the Shamanic Initiation. During this powerful initiation you will step into the medicine wheel where you will be physically initiated into the elements of earth, air, fire and water. You will also meet your spirit guides who love you unconditionally. Each of us have spirit guides assigned to us who are ready, willing and well equipped to help us grow and evolve. By forming a relationship with them, you can deepen your connection to your authentic self and the sacredness of life.
Shamanic Training Level 1 covers some of the foundational techniques and skills used in shamanic healing including a Shamanic Initiation Ceremony, Animal Medicine, Past Life healing, Soul Retrievals, Sacred Ceremony, Communing with Nature. It also provides training in how to be a pure channel for shamanic healing including a map of the energetic landscape you may encounter. It will be deep, transformative and powerful. This training is for those who yearn to connect with the sacredness of life and are ready to do the inner work required to serve their community and transform their own lives
Please note course content varies depending on the needs of the group. Practically, this means that we may be doing content from Level 2 really early on in the program and Level 1 right at the end. It is really tailored specifically to the requirements of each individual group. Additionally, it is not uncommon to cover totally new content not listed below.
Shamanic Training Level 1
1:00pm-8:00pm – Shamanic Initiation. The shamanic path is ancient. In its purest form, shamanism creates a bridge between the physical world and the spiritual dimension for healing, divination and transformation. During this powerful day, you will step into the medicine wheel where you will be physically initiated into the elements of earth, air, fire and water. You will also meet your spirit guides who love you unconditionally, and can powerfully support your spiritual growth and healing ability. By forming a relationship with them, you can deepen your connection to your authentic self and the sacredness of life. This is a profound and deeply sacred day one we treat with the utmost respect and love.
9:00am-1:30pm – Sacred Ceremony. Ceremonial work is at the heart of shamanic healing and personal transformation. It is a powerful invitation to your unconditionally wise and loving spirit guides to support you to make significant changes in your personal life. Once you learn how to do ceremony for yourself and your community, you are empowered to truly take control of your life and make it sacred. We always say if you want to change your life, do a ceremony! It can help support you to make any transition in your life that is necessary. During this session we will do a powerful rite of passage ceremony releasing unresolved energy in 7 year blocks up to our current age. We will also step into the next phase of the medicine wheel of our life to embody the energy of the age we are stepping into. This is a very powerful session.
1:30-4:30pm – Lunch and break. We always leave a break after lunch to allow time for food to digest. Doing healing work and shamanic initiations on a full stomach is much harder than on a light one.
4:30pm-7:30pm – What it means to be a hollow bone. The foundational healing philosophy of the school is to be a hollow bone. This means to be a clear flute or channel for your healing guides and the power of nature to flow through you to help heal and transform yourself and others. We will practically explore what this means as well as begin to clear the obstacles that are in the way of you being a clear hollow bone in service to your community. Please note whilst the content of the morning sessions remains fixed, the evening content can vary depending on the needs of the group.
9:00am-1:30pm – Soul Retrieval. Shamans have long specialised in soul retrieval work. In order to survive and get through a traumatic experience, part of our soul or spirit can leave our body. This is one of the reasons many abuse victims do not remember their traumas until a point in their lives when they are actually ready to deal with it. Whilst this helps us to get through a trauma, it means we are not operating at our full capacity or power if that soul fragment does not return. We can be left feeling ungrounded, disengaged, have a poor immune system, feel flat, depressed, fearful, have gaps in our memory, become prey to addictions and so on. If someone says after a particular incident they have just never quite been the same since, this can be a case of soul loss. The shaman’s job and expertise is to find and bring back these lost soul parts. This can give us an enormous boost of energy, power, clarity and confidence. Soul loss can be caused by any number of incidents knowing that what one person considers traumatic can be very different to someone else. Equally, trauma at one age can be totally different to another. Common examples that may cause soul loss are car accidents, abuse, shock, illness, combat, addiction, loss of a loved one, divorce or break ups etc. During this session you will be guided to find and retrieve lost parts of your own spirit. This is a very powerful healing session.
1:30pm-4:30pm – Lunch and break.
4:30pm-7:30pm – Map of the shamanic healing landscape. This session will give you an overview of the energetic landscape you may encounter whilst doing shamanic healing work. We will also practise the core shamanic principles taught in the school to diagnose and treat conditions from their root causes.
9:00am-1:30pm – Past Life Healing. During this session we will release past life aspects within us that are negatively impacting upon us in this life. Shamanic healing goes back to the root cause of a problem. This often means travelling back in time to heal and release shocks, traumas and losses from past lives. It is possible to isolate these past life aspects within us and clear the traumas associated with them. As a simple example we may have been persecuted in a past life for doing healing work. In that life, under extreme distress, we may have made powerful vows to ourselves to never do that work again to protect ourselves from future trauma and pain. This trauma can remain in our energetic system thereby blocking us from powerfully stepping into doing healing work in this life. It can affect our spiritual sight and healing gifts, our ability to promote ourselves as healers and our feelings of safety and confidence doing the work. By safely clearing that past life aspect and the trauma associated with it, we can overcome what were once deep seated and previously unexplained obstacles in our lives.
1:30pm-4:30pm – Lunch and break.
4:30pm-7:30pm – Working with our healing Guides. Our healing guides are as unique as we are and they specialise in different healing techniques. In this session you will meet your healing guides and learn their specific skill set. You will also do some healing work in groups using the core principals taught the night before.
9am-1:30pm – Animal Medicine. During this session you will meet and develop deep relationships with your Animal Medicine Guides. For eons shamans have connected with and harnessed the healing and transformative power of their animal guides. These guides can open new faculties within us, expand our consciousness and improve our healing ability. You will journey to meet your animal guides as well as learn to retrieve animal medicine for other people. This is always a wonderful, magical and enriching session.
1:30pm-4:30pm – Lunch and break.
4:30pm-7:30pm – Communing with Nature. Shamans and indigenous tribes have long been able to commune with all elements of nature. During this session we will spend time on the land connecting to and communicating with the spiritual energy that moves through and maintains it. We will also learn to communicate with the rocks and trees. We will learn to hear and interpret the clear messages from nature. Approached in the right way, we can all do this. This is always a sacred and mesmerising session of exploration and discovery.
Shamanic Training Level 1 finishes
Rest Day. During this day there will be no class activities. With 200 acres to explore, native animals, horses on the property to feed and possibly a cultual day out on country you can have plenty to do or simply rest after a busy 5 days.
Shamanic Training Level 2 is all about stepping into more and more unconditional love and our own true light. As we do that it is only natural that what is not our true nature, ie pure scintillating light, will come to the surface for release. During this process we will also naturally be encouraged to let go of old systems of defence and protection that may have worked really well when we were younger, but restrict us from effectively loving and being loved by our community now. This is a delicate, beautiful journey where step by step we open up to life again with more trust.
What makes this journey possible and safe is that we keep coming back to our true nature, our true light every single session. Our true essence needs no healing, is deathless, vibrant, and full of light and power. By constantly embodying that truth we can much more easily let go of old, subconscious ways of being that are unhealthy for us, our loved ones and community. On an experiential level, we realise that we no longer need them.
Shamanic Training Level 2
9:00am-1:30pm – Working with the Shadow. Everything is just energy. When we have core wounds from our childhood, past relationships, and even past lives, those imprints stay within our energetic field. We are then subconsciously attracted to, and attract, similar situations and people which then trigger those initial wounds giving us an opportunity to address them. For example, if we took on from our childhood that we are unlovable, it is likely that we will unconsciously attract situations and people to us to validate that thought – I am unlovable. Unfortunately, instead of looking within and asking – what do I have to learn from this situation and person; we tend to look outwards to the person and ask, why are you doing that to me! We focus on them and the situation, going into defence and attack, thereby creating more confusion and stress. Instead it is much more powerful to ask, what do I have to learn here? As soon as you ask that question everything shifts to a position of empowerment, growth and healthy choices. During this session we will look at the challenging situations and people in our lives to identify our lessons and heal our source wounds.
In this session we will also explore our shadow. Our shadow is a characteristic/trait/pattern we have but cannot see or own in ourselves. We often attract people into our lives that also have that characteristic mirroring it back to us – like attracts like. It can really upset us when we see that trait in another person as we don’t want to acknowledge that we have it in ourselves, we genuinely struggle to see it within us.
1:30pm-4:30pm – Lunch and break.
4:30pm-7:30pm – Working with colour. In this session we will work with colour as a shamanic healing tool. Each colour, like every note on the harmonic scale, resonates with a different chakra and healing frequency. For example, the colour red is associated with the base chakra (which out of interest is the note of C on the harmonic scale). The base is connected to the earth, our physicality, fire, passion etc. Working with red can be energising, stimulating and strengthening. If someone is depleted or tired you might be guided to work with red to help energise and rebalance them. The colour red can also draw out and rebalance deep seated fears in the base chakra. It is important to note we never try to work out which colour to use or even if we use a colour at all. In shamanic healing we always work as a hollow bone or clear channel and are guided every step of the way. This session is more about initiating you into the use of colours as a healing tool and exploring them from an experiential perspective.
9:00am-1:30pm – Clearing entities. Entities are simply energy that is not unconditionally loving, is not our true nature and is somehow connected or attached to us. In this class we are mostly exploring energy that may have kept us safe and made us feel strong when we are young, but we have now outgrown. Even though we have grown up and no longer need these defensive, fear-based energies, our subconscious mind can keep accessing and without us being aware may be using them. It can cause problems in our relationships, affect our health and the lives of those around us.
Examples of entities can include things like protective gate keepers assigned to protect your vulnerability (which as adults can keep love out and our love in), energies which have given you a sense of power and may have been with you for centuries but are fear based, energies you have picked up from clients, or those collected going out and about in the world. There are entities that are dead people and have found you as a source of light to live through. There are also entities of addiction, those created from our repetitive dark thoughts etc.
During this session we will identify those beings that have served, protected and kept us safe or lived through us. We will acknowledge their service and set both you and them free. What makes this possible is the law of freewill, on some level we have given them permission to be there so we can reverse this permission and send them into the light. Whilst they may appear as big scary types of entities to those trying to remove them from the outside, for you they will be very familiar on some level and it may be emotional or even hard to let them go as they may have been a source of protection and support. We simply come to a point in our journey where we outgrow the need for their assistance. In letting them go we step more into trust and the unconditional love and protection of the guides who have mastered unconditional love and have our best interests at heart.
1:30pm-4:30pm – Lunch and break.
4:30pm-7:30pm – Shamanic Dance. This is not your usual dance; this is shamanic dance where we really go deep within and let our bodies express itself and move as required in a sacred way. It is incredibly powerful to access – it truly is medicine. Indigenous tribes have always used dance as a means to heal and call in power. For example, in the Australian aboriginal culture the dreamtime stories and medicine were always connected with dance, songs and art.
9:00am-1:30pm – Extracting Extraterrestrials. Just like people, ET’s have varying ranges of consciousness; you can find enlightened and not so enlightened ones. Doing healing work, we are often working with energies that are out of balance and distorted. As such, it is likely doing shamanic work that you are going to be working with ET’s of the not so enlightened category that are disturbing people’s energetic fields. Just like humans who test, monitor, and track animals; ET’s have been doing similar experiments to humans for a long time. They can be technologically advanced, yet disconnected from unconditional love, emotions and moral intelligence. Their influence on people can cause a lot of physical, psychic and emotional damage. It is important to note that on some level permission must be given for this interference as the law of freewill applies to all. This law of freewill is important as it means we can also undo any permission given and free ourselves of their influence. During this class we will identify those energies in our ourselves and others and be given the choice to remove that association and influence from our lives.
1:30pm-4:30pm – Lunch and break.
4:30pm-7:30pm – Moon Medicine. We will take in the cleansing energetic rays of the moon to rebalance and lighten us, helping to further clear the heavier energies we have released throughout the day.
9:00am-1:30pm – Clearing Black Magic. To truly know the light, it is only natural that through the journey of our souls’ incarnations we need to experience the opposite of that and just about everything in between! Black magic sounds dark and scary but the essence comes from the simple belief that what we want and need is outside of ourselves so in order to get that, or to protect ourselves, we may misuse our spiritual energy to do so. In past lives this was very common and often used in warfare by competing tribes. Of course, in our modern day this is usually done totally unconsciously – even by simply talking about another person in a negative way we can be unconsciously accessing this energy and sending it to them. Whilst we never come across people doing the training who are consciously sending people negative energy (those types of people are not drawn to our work), most have old connections still in place that our subconscious accesses and uses. By clearing this out, we can grow exponentially anchoring more trust into our lives.
This is a fascinating area of study and healing as it draws upon many shamanic tools to uproot it from within a client. It includes ending past life vows and agreements with these energies, sects, teachers, entities etc, the removal of the tools and spells of black magic must be addressed, people who have been affected by those energies must be freed across all time and space, past lives need to be cleared, our shadow child comforted so they can give up these energies, we need to set free beings under our control and those that control us.
We are not aware of anyone else who dives into this area in so much depth. It is one thing to neutralise black magic energy sent to you that is quite common to be taught, it is another thing entirely to uproot that from within yourself. When you do you will be that much safer to be around and you make a lot more room for your unconditionally loving guides to step forward. This energy really holds people back and often poisons and harms their family, friends, colleagues and loved ones. So much damage can be done unconsciously through the use of this energy; our thoughts alone can set it into motion… It is our great honour to work with you in this area and give you the choice to free yourself from these old associations.
1:30pm-4:30pm – Lunch and break.
4:30pm-7:30pm – Shamanic Voice. Our guides can access many ways to heal through us. One powerful way is through our shamanic voice and through sound. This is not about singing and requires no talent at all in this regard. It is about experiencing what it feels like to allow our guides to step in and sound medicine through us. This is always a wonderful journey of exploration and surprise.
9:00am-1:30pm – Shamanic Sight. There are many ways we get messages and direction from spirit in a shamanic healing – through our inner knowing, hearing, feeling, smell, taste and of course through our shamanic sight. There is often a heavy focus on spiritual sight in the west as a pre-requisite to doing healing work and even as a measure of spiritual progress. This is of course total nonsense. As a result, people can feel inadequate in a healing setting and may ignore or not appreciate the huge clear messages and direction they are receiving from all the other senses. From the outset, let’s be clear, shamanic sight is not required for an effective healing; spirit will always get the messages and directions across if we are open. Nonetheless, our shamanic sight can be a powerful and helpful diagnostic tool. We may have shut down our shamanic sight due to past traumas where we have been persecuted for using it, through fear of the spiritual world, because of religious beliefs, our low self-worth and so on. During this session we will address these fears as well as open and empower the use of your shamanic sight. We will also practise using our shamanic sight as a diagnostic tool.
1:30pm-4:30pm – Lunch and break.
4:30pm-7:30pm – Staying in the light. We will have done so much work to cleanse and clear ourselves through the 11 days, really stepping more powerfully into unconditional love, light and the potential for sacred service. The question then begs, how can we stay that way going forward? This session will explore this question giving helpful insights and tips to take with you back into your life beyond the retreat.
7:30pm-late – Dinner and celebration.
RETREAT ENDS….. (until we meet for the next level 3 should you choose to continue and experience more).
What is provided?
- All organic vegetarian meals
- Linen, towels (extras supplied for spa and sauna), pillows & doona etc.
- All bedrooms have en-suites. Two or three beds per room.
- All bedrooms have reverse cycle air conditioning and fans.
- Hair dryers, complimentary soap, shampoo and conditioner.
- Each cottage has its own cooking facilities, full size fridge and laundry/dryer/iron/soap etc. Also provided is insect repellents and a coffee percolator and plunger (bring your filter coffee as this is not supplied).
- Wireless internet. We discourage internet use – we recommend you disconnect from the plugged-in world and be in nature. Give this time to yourself letting your loved ones know that contact may be limited.