SSP’s Annual VIRtual COnference



October 21-23, 2022

A 3-Day Immersion into


Shamanic prophecies have foretold these times for centuries.
Now we find ourselves living them.

As our planet and all beings go through enormous change and transformation, each one of us has a choice to make. How will we participate in the great turning of our times? How can we stay in balance in an unbalanced and often chaotic world? What will we dream into being for ourselves and future generations to come? What tools and practices can help us in this unique time? How can shamanic practices and knowledge help us stay balanced?

Join us, the Society for Shamanic Practice, in a 3-Day Virtual Conference Event to explore these questions and how shamanic practices and principles can be applied to creating a better world for the benefit of all beings and our Mother Earth.

The Conference consists of nine virtual sessions by presenters of diverse backgrounds in the field of shamanism. The entire event will be streamed via Zoom, and recordings will be available for playback.

The event will also offer Shamanism Without Borders Breakout Sessions and Tendings. Each breakout group will be led by one of our SWB Community Leaders.

Some sessions will be pre-recorded and some will be done live and you will have the ability to stream all the sessions for 30 days after the event.

What to Expect

 A ceremonial container to guide the entire experience

Inspiring and informative guest presentations

Group healing and journey circles

Interactive breakout groups

Many useful shamanic tools and practices

Private facebook community for connecting during and after the event

Featured Presenters

Dr. Steven Farmer

Bhola Banstola

Importance and Role of Lineage Protectors (Kul), Ancestors (Pitri) and Teacher/s (Ista) in traditional Nepali Shamanism

Bhola explains these three critical elements to having a strong shamanic practice and connection to spirit. He will describe the definition of a shaman (Jhakri in Nepal) and shamanic practices and traditions in Nepal. He will go over the creation of the universe and how things are balanced in the Earth and in ourselves. Then he will review elemental spirits and their roles and connection to us. And he speaks of our remembrance. He has us imagine ourselves in the center of the universe under a tree and encircling us are our layers of support and connection. First the circle of the family, then the lineage, the teachers, the animal spirits, the plant spirits and mountains, serpentine spirits and finally the water circle. All of these layers balancing us and creating harmony.

Bhola Banstola is a 27th generation Jhakri (Shaman) from Nepal. For many years, Bhola has taught extensively throughout the world. He graduated in cultural anthropology and spent many years with shamans in the Himalayan area (Nepal, India, Bhutan, Tibet), adapting shamanic techniques that allow him to be a “bridge” between ancient shamanic culture and modern vision. He is the founding president of the Nepal Shaman Association and member of the Society for Shamanic Practice(SSP). He received the Eagle Feather Award from SSP in 2017. He has written many articles on shamanism and is a facilitator, teacher, and organizer of special shamanic trips and pilgrimages to Nepal-Himalayas. He participates in international conferences, gives lectures and courses in Italy, the United States and Nepal. Recently, he has turned attention toward making ethnographic and shamanic healing documentaries to preserve his traditional ways and to educate those who are interested.

Mary Olivar

Itzhak Beery

The Condor: A Timely Teacher for our Turbulent Moment

As the Inca prophecy foresaw, a new five hundred year period called–Pachacuti–correction of time/space, began in 1993, five hundred years after the Spaniards annihilated the Inca’s king. We are now experiencing a turbulent transitional time of perhaps eighty years. We are beginning to transition from a dominant masculine–Eagle–consciousness into a more just, harmonious, peaceful, and cooperative time. The returning of the heart-centered, feminine energies that the majestic Condor symbolizes. Condors show us how to navigate, have faith in the unseen world, and glide through surprising turbulent winds. They show us how to ascend the highest and keep an eye on the ground below. They show us how to live in and protect our communities while living sustainability. How to share wisdom and food, and most of all, maintain our focus on the horizon, keep balance and positiveness. 

Itzhak Beery is an international leading shamanic teacher, healer, speaker, community activist, and author of three Amazon bestseller books. Born in an Israeli Kibbutz, he had a fine art career and owned an award-winning boutique Ad agency in New York City. A midlife crisis led to his shift from a skeptical atheist and business executive into a passionate believer, aligned with his life purpose.  Since 1995, Itzhak has bridged the spiritual and practical wisdom his indigenous and Western teachers entrusted to him. He was initiated into the “Circle of 24 Yachaks of Imbabura” by his Quechua teacher in Ecuador and Amazonian Kanamari Pajè in Brazil. Additionally, Itzhak studied with elders and shamans in North and South America, Greenland, Siberia, and Africa. Some of his contemporary teachers are Michael Harner, John Perkins, Hank Wesselman, Lewis Mehl-Madrona, and Tom Cowan. Itzhak is the founder of, The Andes Summit, and co-founder of the New York Shamanic Circle, he is also on major global spiritual centers faculties. Itzhak received the ‘Ambassador for Peace Award’ from The Universal Peace Federation and the UN.

John and Karen Cantwelle

Dr. Karen Ward and John Cantwell

“Troid Nó Teith”: An Irish Healing Pathway Into The “Fight-Flight” Response As A Mind, Body, Spirit Phenomenon

Live from Ireland!

In almost 50 years of combined healing and curative practice, Karen and John have been sought with increasing frequency to treat the ever-growing symptoms that originate from severe or serial activation of the Fight-Flight response in human beings. As a short term auto-response for survival and resilience it is the “go to” strength, however when Fight-Flight remains highly activated following initial triggering or if it continues as a “go to” strength to get through life on a regular, even daily basis, there are problematic consequences. We see these consequences in PTSD, chronic anxiety, auto-immune illnesses, predatory or overly competitive behaviours, chronic fatigue, nervous disorders, numbness and more. As a contribution to a person’s healing and healthy building of sustainable energies of resilience, Karen and John bring a shamanic perception with healing tools to unwind, calm and reset Troid Nó Teith in the human being, addressing it as a healing faculty of the Soul, hand in hand with traditional Energy Medicine. This practical live presentation will be interactive and experiential, where the learning is carried by you participating and receiving. While our perceptions of the world can sometimes see uncertainty, chaos, combat and threat, Troid Nó Teith ensures these energies are not stored within and contributes to the ongoing blessing of gracefully held resilience as an inside job. Our Ancestors of our lineage saw living fully and freely in this world was only possible by doing same in the Otherworld. Troid Nó Teith is a dedication and invitation from both worlds, for your full and free life.

John Cantwell and Dr.Karen Ward are husband and wife, co-founders and directors of Sli An Chroí Shamanism in Ireland. They met during the auspicious week of the Solar Eclipse in August 1999 and share a life of ever deepening connection to the natural world. The ancestral lineage of Shamanism in Ireland, including that of Druidry, is a precious resource for them.  Bringing warmth, integrity and gratitude into all of their work is a vital aspect of their vocation. After years of holistic therapy and teaching experiences coupled with shamanic initiations, they both began to hear the palpable call to invite others to awaken to their Celtic soul destiny. Taking a step into the unknown, they first opened their Clinic and School of Irish Celtic Shamanism in 2005 which has grown beyond their wildest dreams. From international travel to sit, equal but different, with indigenous people from around the world, work with a wide variety of individuals, charities and organisations to maintaining a cherished community in Ireland and online.


Mary Olivar

Your Sacred Voice – Using Song to Share your Medicine

Vibration is the essence of the Universe. And the human voice could be considered our most powerful, versatile, and healing shamanic tool. Song and tone are used as part of healing in shamanically practicing cultures worldwide. Each of our voices is unique to us, an expression of our own personal individual medicine.Yet many people carry shame and judgement about their voice, believing “I can’t sing”.

In this session we will explore practices and techniques to clear imprinting and blockages to your expression to open the voice, and to allow vibration to flow through. We will also explore how adding the element of song to your practice can amplify your prayers, allow you to explore new ways to express your truth, and expand how you share your unique medicine.

 Mary Olivar is a Shamanism Without Borders Community Leader and a shamanic practitioner in Austin, Texas. A graduate of the Power Path School of Shamanism Shamanic Studies program, Mary has completed their advanced practitioner training, and has studied in Mexico with the Wixarika (Huichol) and in Peru with the Shipibo. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Center for Shamanic Education and Exchange, whose work perpetuates the shamanic wisdom, culture, practice, and traditional ways of life of Indigenous people worldwide.

Deeply rooted in the nurturing vibration of Pacha Mama, Mary primarily uses her voice to offer healing and tending, and she loves to help others connect with their own voice and vocal expressions. Mary also specializes in supporting people and businesses in harmoniously aligning with their true purpose, potential, and power. To learn about her classes as well as her other offerings visit


Rev. Cindy Pincus

Shamanic Sleep Practices for Spiritual Resilience

As the great teachers say, “Rest is a Power Move.”  Since we are called right now to be powerful and resilient people, we need to practice all the rest we can get.  There’s no better daily practice of power than a good night’s rest.  We all know our sleep is increasingly disrupted by unnatural lights, noises, screens, work habits, children and more.  This means that sometimes even the sleep we do get is still not restful, let alone powerful.  Luckily there are a few key shamanic practices you can use every night to prepare your physical and spiritual body for good rest.  These practices include putting various protections around your body and sleep area, grounding yourself and your bed, working with your lower three chakras to set the body’s energy for rest, and calling in particular spirit allies to hold the space while you get your physical and astral healing during the night.  Join us for this one hour workshop to learn about these tools, improve your shamanic sleep habits, and be ready to navigate well and serve humanity with great power during this great transition.

Rev. Cindy Pincus is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister and student of the Franciscan mystical tradition. She’s served as a Hospice Chaplain in the Denver/Boulder area. Services and trainings include shamanic healings, monthly teachings and workshops, and in-depth online courses in subjects such as shamanic forgiveness practices and energetic boundaries. Her professional training is as a wetlands ecologist, marine biologist, and finally on to theologian. She weaves these subjects together with Buddhist psychology, trauma-based healing theory, and the practice of offering blessing and prayer to support her clients, peers, and colleagues. She has completed the One-year, Basic Practitioner, and Advanced Practitioner Training programs with The Power Path School of Shamanism and blends these tools as a preacher, teacher, and healer. She is a member of Society for Shamanic Practice and is a Community Leader with SSP’s Shamanism Without Borders Program. Her greatest teacher is, of course, the Earth herself and you will often find her in the Colorado Rockies snowshoeing and skiing during the winter, or walking the alpine tundra in the summer.

Dr. Steven Farmer

Dr Steven Farmer

TRAUMA RECOVERY: IT TAKES MORE THAN SHAMANISM: Augmenting Shamanic Practices for Healing the Unhealed Wounds of Trauma

Whether you’re a shamanic practitioner or following the shamanic path for some other purpose, it’s helpful to understand the lingering effects of trauma and incorporate other methodologies that support healing the body, mind, and soul. The primary shamanic healing practices of soul retrieval and shamanic extraction have proven to be extremely beneficial, yet from my experience working with clients, I find there are other methods that can supplement the shamanic treatment, whether those used in the office or homework to be done after or between sessions, or even referral to another practitioner. Doc Steven will detail in this presentation some of these alternatives that will support the healing. He will then lead a guided drumming journey where you can get direct information from one of your guides as to what you should focus on with your healing so that you can more readily move forward in your Life Path.

Dr. Steven Farmer is a licensed psychotherapist, shamanic practitioner, and author of several best-selling books and oracle cards, including Animal Spirit Guides, Pocket Guide to Spirit Animals, Healing Ancestral Karma, Earth Magic, Earth Magic Oracle Cards, and Children’s Spirit Animal Cards. Dr. Farmer offers individual and couple’s consultations in person or remotely by Zoom. He draws from a wealth of training and experience as a psychotherapist, shamanic healer, and trauma recovery specialist. He offers a popular Private Mentoring program and is on the Board of Directors of Society for Shamanic Practice. For more information please visit his website  and Facebook Page:


Christa Mackinnon

Sacred Earth Activism in Transformational Times:
Incorporating Shamanic Practices into Activism

We live in times of great change, where the old is dying and the new is in the process of gestating and emerging. Now, maybe more than ever, we are asked to take our place in the emerging web, to consider and explore how we can utilise our shamanic knowing, skills and practices in service to the unfolding of the new, to the shift in paradigm that is so very much needed. ‘Sacred Earth Activism’, a group of people in the UK, inspired by Standing Rock and other indigenous movements, integrates shamanic approaches, such as visioning, ceremony, ancestral connection, spirit guidance and offerings into direct action on the ground. Christa, one of their co-founders, will explore and discuss how we can bring shamanic approaches and practices into various change movements and initiatives on the ground, and will offer a visioning journey for you to ask for guidance about your place within the transformational web.

Christa Mackinnon is a psychologist, therapist, shamanic teacher, sacred earth activist and author of three acclaimed books about shamanism and therapeutic shamanism. After working for many years internationally as a complex trauma specialist and university lecturer, and two transformational near-death experiences, she decided to follow her calling by apprenticing to indigenous teachers in South and North America and learning from contemporary shamanic teachers from around the world. Christa sees herself as a ‘Modern Medicine Woman and Sacred Activist’, with all her work and activism being focussed on individual and collective re-connection and healing, contributing to the necessary expansion of consciousness and an overall shift in paradigm. She is the founder of ‘Bridging the Worlds’, which trains therapeutic professionals in shamanic approaches and co-founder of ‘Women Weaving Change’, a training school for modern Medicine Women. Three years ago she co-created ‘Sacred Earth Activism’, an organisation that brings together activists and earth wisdom teachers and integrates shamanic practices – such as ancestral work, dreaming, visioning and ceremony – into direct action on the ground, which will be the subject of her presentation.,


Jaime Meyer

The Shaman’s Center:  A Celtic Practice for Stability and Power

Every expert must master – and remember not to skip over – the fundamental skills. In the Celtic tradition (and also found in many traditions), the “tree of life” is that fundamental practice that is too easy to ignore. This practice connects you to your own inner power, to the medicine wheel, to your otherworldly support team (whether you see them or not), to the great song of creation, and to the “one inside the elements, who is the music of right now.” Without a stable “main mast” like this, your boat is easily sent reeling into the choppy waters beyond the nine waves.  With this fundamental in place, you have a far better chance of actually designing your own life.

Jaime Meyer’s eclectic background includes earning a Masters’ Degree in theology and the arts from United Seminary of the Twin Cities and studies with a variety of shamanic teachers. His book, Drumming The Soul Awake, is an often funny and touching account of his journey to become an urban shamanic healer. Since 2001 he has led popular group drumming events around the Twin Cities, including ten years of sold-out Winter Solstice ceremonies that draw hundreds of people. Jaime is the President of the Board of Directors of the Society for Shamanic Practice. Twenty of his plays have been produced in various cities across the USA. He co-founded the first theatre in the world for the Hmong community (a refugee population from Laos and Vietnam) and managed it for ten years, mentoring hundreds of young Hmong actors and writers, and playing to 200,000 Hmong and non-Hmong people in various cities, including in refugee camps in Thailand.
Since 1983 Meyer has studied cross-cultural shamanism, mysticism and the spiritual uses of drumming from many cultures. Among others, he has studied with Jose and Lena Stevens, Ailo Gaup, Martin Prechtel and Sandra Ingerman. He has completed a two-year Celtic shamanism training with Tom Cowan.

Stay tuned! Additional presentations and breakout group facilitators will be announced soon!


All sessions can be attended live and/or afterwards via On-Demand Recording

Day 1

Welcome to Society for Shamanic Practice’s 2022 Virtual Immersion Conference! SSP Board Member and Shamanism Without Borders Community Leader Katy Breunig will welcome us and explain what to expect during the next 3 days and how to get the most out of this event. We will then move into the Opening Ceremony where Katy will call in the directions and allies to help us create a ceremonial space for the weekend.

9:30 – 10:00 AM MDT | Opening Ceremony
With Katy Breunig

10:00 – 11:00 AM MDT | The Condor: A Timely Teacher for our Turbulent Moment
With Itzhak Beery

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM MDT | Your Sacred Voice – Using Song to Share Your Medicine
With Mary Olivar

1:30 – 2:30 PM MDT | Sacred Earth Activism in Transformational Times: Incorporating Shamanic Practices into Activism
With Christa Mackinnon

Day 2

SSP Board Member and Shamanism Without Borders Community Leader Dave McCormack will welcome you to the day with an opening prayer and what’s on the schedule today

9:45 – 10:00 AM MDT | Welcome, opening prayer, today’s schedule
with Dave McCormack

10:00 – 11:00 AM MDT | Importance and Role of Lineage Protectors (Kul), Ancestors (Pitri) and Teacher/s (Ista) in Traditional Nepali Shamanism
with Bhola Banstola

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM MDT | The Shaman’s Center: A Celtic Practice for Stability and Power
with Jaime Meyer

1:30 – 3:30 PM MDT | Shamanism Without Borders & Breakout Group Tendings
About SWB with SWB Community Leaders then Breakout Journey Circles

Day 3

Shamanism Without Borders Community Leader Rev. Cindy Pincus will welcome us to the final day, do an opening prayer and go over the schedule for the day. Katy Breunig will lead us in a closing ceremony at the end of presentations today.

9:45 – 10:00 AM MDT | Welcome, opening prayer, today’s schedule 
with Rev. Cindy Pincus

10:00 – 11:00 AM MDT Shamanic Sleep Practices for Spiritual Resilience
with Rev. Cindy Pincus

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM MDT |  Troid Nó Teith“: An Irish Healing Pathway Into The “Fight/Flight” Response as a Mind, Body, Spirit Phenomenon
with Dr. Karen Ward and John Cantwell

1:30 – 2:30 PM MDT | Trauma Recovery: It Takes More Than Shamanism: Augmenting Shamanic Practices for Healing the Unhealed Wounds of Trauma
with Dr. Steven Farmer

2:30 – 3:00 PM MDT | Closing Ceremony 
with Katy Breunig

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