SSP’s Annual VIRtual Conference

SHAMANIC CREATIVITY:
TAPPING INTO SOURCE

September 27-29, 2024

AN INTERNATIONAL 3-Day Conference exploring:

Shamanic Creativity

Join the Society for Shamanic Practice in a Virtual Conference Gathering to explore and celebrate shamanic creativity. Together we will share how the principles and practices of Shamanism worldwide can be applied to creating a better world for the benefit of all beings and our Mother Earth. This year’s presenters, from Australia, the UK, Europe, and North America, will share wisdom, processes, tools and techniques in their experiences with shamanic creativity.

Whether it be the shamanic journey itself or the enactment of the guidance received from the journey, when compared with a template for the creative process, it becomes evident that shamanic realities and practices are innately creative. In addition, anyone who works in the shamanic realm can readily see how the creative process is intimately woven into the fabric of shamanism and shamanic practices.

The Conference consists of nine virtual sessions by presenters of diverse backgrounds in the field of shamanism and creativity. The entire event will be streamed via Zoom, and recordings will be available for playback. The event will also offer Shamanism Without Borders (SWB) Breakout Sessions and Tendings. Each breakout group will be led by one of our SWB Community Leaders.

The conference schedule consists of presentations beginning Friday afternoon, continuing through Saturday morning, and concluding around noon on Sunday. Our shorter daily schedule during the conference will help you to more fully participate when it fits your schedule. Some sessions will be pre-recorded and some will be done live. PLUS you will have the ability to stream all the sessions for 30 days after the event.

We look forward to sitting in virtual circle with you at this important time to come together and harness our spiritual skills to co-create a better world.

What to Expect

 A ceremonial container to guide the entire experience

Inspiring and informative guest presentations

Group journey circles around creativity

Interactive breakout groups

Many useful shamanic tools and practices

Featured Presenters

Dr. Steven Farmer

LENA STEVENS

Connecting Creativity to the Spirit World

The spirit world or the astral plane is intrinsically creative. It is the source of inspiration, insight, and ideas, and fuels our creative expression. Many indigenous cultures use this connection to understand and give form to their experience of the physical world. Channeling creative beauty through song, art, music and more, they bring their connection to spirit into the physical plane. In this presentation, Lena Stevens will explore this creative expression from her own experiences and training with the Shibibo in Peru and the Wixarica (Huichols) in Mexico. Live video clips of the indigenous will be included in the presentation.

Lena Stevens is an internationally known teacher and shamanic practitioner. She is on the Board of Directors of SSP. She apprenticed for 10 years with a Wixarika (Huichol) Maracame from Mexico and has studied cross-cultural shamanic healing from numerous traditions including South American, Native American, Northern European and Siberian. Lena has taught and worked with individuals, groups, businesses and communities since the 1980s, helping to bring shamanic nature-based wisdom back into people’s lives. One of her specialities is working with energy, which includes the singing of Icaros or healing songs.

Lena comes to us from Santa Fe, NM and her travels in Peru and Mexico. She is the author of the Power Path “Monthly Forecast,” and co-creator of the Power Path “Monthly Supporting Audio.” Lena is the co-author of the “Secrets of Shamanism, How to Tap the Spirit Power Within” and a contributing author to “The Power Path: The Shaman’s Way to Success in Business and Life.” She is the co-founder and one of the primary instructors of Power Path Seminars and the School of Shamanism. 
Website: www.thepowerpath.com

Mary Olivar

PHILIP Carr-gomm

Shaman, Singer, Sage: How Druids Work with Shamanism

Within the stream of spiritual teaching of the Druids, there are three strands: of the Bard, which is dedicated to enhancing our creative life so that we can sing the song of our soul; of the Druid, dedicated to deepening our wisdom, to developing our inner sage; and the Ovate, who is the shaman, healer, and seer. In this presentation, Philip Carr-Gomm explains the work of the Ovates, guiding us on a captivating inner journey inspired by Druid wisdom and Ovate teachings. In this presentation you will:

  • Undertake an experience using the heightened senses of the Ovate
  • Discover how Ovates work with sacred plants
  • Learn how Ovates work with oracles and divination

Philip Carr-Gomm comes to us from the South Downs in Sussex, England. He is a Psychologist, Author & a Leader of The Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids. He combines inspiration from the worlds of psychology and spirituality to help us access our own wellsprings of happiness, creativity, and meaning. Rooted in the nature spirituality of Druidry, and having been Chief of the Order of Bards Ovates & Druids for over 30 years, Philip also draws on his training in psychology, psychosynthesis psychotherapy, and sophrology. He is founder of the Sophrology Institute.

Philip helps participants in his talks and workshops transform their lives through the imaginative use of conversation, plant and animal oracles, music and poetry, meditation, and ritual. He has authored or co-authored 20 books, including The Druid Animal Oracle and The Druidcraft Tarot. He has worked in the field of psychedelic therapy with the Synthesis Institute and the ACER Integration Program. Websites are druidry.org and philipcarr-gomm.com

Mary Olivar

Jade Grigori

A Return to the Womb of Creation
The Great White Mother Bear

Jade Grigori will begin with the “Storytelling of Uma’al and Ots’o, the Great White Mother Bear” followed with an orientation of the 4 movements of the journey about to unfold, and a drum-and-chant led journey that supports each participant in experiencing their own Call-to-Awakening (Eagle Brother), Dedication (to the Feminine-within-All), Release (Wolves of Memory cull our Herd of Consciousness), and Empowerment (Ots’o, the Great White Mother Bear).

Jade Wah’oo Grigori is a Curator of the Sacred – the compendium of Knowledge, Ceremonies, Songs, Meditations, Dances, Approaches to Spirit and the Ways of Power – passed into his caretakership through Blood Knowledge.
Jade underwent his first Shamanic Initiation at 5 years of age, in 1956, and continues as an Elder to extend “the Ways” in compassionate service to the world.
He continues the dictum of his predecessor and mentor in “the Ways,” his Grampa Peña, that “We Shamans belong to no people, we belong to ALL people!”  jadegrigori.com

JAIME MEYER

MARGARITA AMARU

DANCE OF THE FOUR DIRECTIONS

This interactive and movement-based workshop will explore the spiritual significance of the four cardinal directions, which are central to many shamanic traditions. This session will guide participants through movements that embody directions and their sacred archetypes, facilitating a physical and spiritual journey that aligns with the forces of nature. This workshop allows participants to connect with the Directions through intuitive movements, guided by the energy of each direction rather than fixed choreography. No prior dance experience is required. This session is designed to be inclusive and accessible, requiring only the willingness to move and explore one’s own body as a conduit for spiritual and creative expression.

Greta (Margarita) Amaru is a shamanic practitioner based in Serbia, with over a decade of experience in guiding clients on their spiritual journeys. As a certified yoga and meditation teacher, embodiment facilitator, certified somatic therapist, and death doula, Greta integrates a comprehensive shamanic approach to wellness that is deeply rooted in holistic and spiritual practices. Her work emphasizes the cultivation of body awareness and the nurturing of a harmonious relationship between mind, body, and spirit.

Dr. Steven Farmer

BILLIE DEAN

When the Shaman is a Faery Bard: Shamanic Storytelling for Social Change.

Have you ever been yelled at by a cranky leprechaun for not writing fast enough? In this talk, Billie Dean takes you on a storytelling journey, sharing her experiences with all manner of beings from dragons to dryads, who all keep pushing her to write… and write faster!

As an innate interspecies telepath, Billie tells stories for social change, directly from animals, nature and the  unseen, and will also share how she uses shamanic storytelling in healing and assisting dying animals.

Woven through this journey into the other realms, Billie describes her shamanic creative process, telling stories about the stories themselves: how they stalk, how they are gifted, and how to stop them from running away to someone else! With a  mission of deep peace for all species as her contribution to the Prophecy of Peace., Billie will discuss why she sees an urgent need for all of us to to counter Hollywood’s plethora of dystopian, and apocalyptic films by using shamanic stories sourced from a higher future.

“If creatives are the antennae of society, then shamanic creatives can shine a bright light through the darkest trail to a future of beauty and peace for all species,” she says.

Billie Dean comes to us from Australia. She is a globally respected animal shaman, who runs Australia’s largest farm animal and wild horse sanctuary through her social change charity Deep Peace Trust. She teaches shamanism through her school of Wyld Shamanism, and has had a long career in film, television and print media as a journalist, writer, film director and award-winning actress. As well as screenplays, Billie has been guided to create short films and series on YouTube to uplift and inspire. Two of these have won awards and been used as activism. You can read more about her on billiedean.com, wildpureheart.com  and deeppeaacetrust.com https://www.youtube.com/user/wildpureheart

Dr. Steven Farmer

 

Dr. KAREN WARD AND JOHN CANTWELL

OPENING AND CLOSING CEREMONIES

Welcome to Society for Shamanic Practice’s 2024 Virtual Conference! We are delighted to be an international gathering with shamanic teachers from all over the world including the UK, Europe and Australia. In the spirit of offering opportunities to hear the traditions of other lands, SSP Board Member Karen Ward and John Cantwell of Ireland will welcome us and explain what to expect during the conference and how to get the most out of this special event. They will then move into the short Opening Ceremony calling in the Directions and spiritual allies in the Irish Celtic way to create a ceremonial space for the weekend. They will also conduct the closing ceremony at the end of the conference.

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, we work with a wide variety of individuals, charities and organisations, and maintain a cherished community in Ireland and online. www.slianchroi.ie

Dr. Steven Farmer

Dr. Steven Farmer

SHAMANISM AND THE MUSE

A muse is a person or guiding spirit that is a source of encouragement and inspiration. To further develop your creative and artistic talents it’s helpful to discover someone in ordinary reality as well as a spirit guide in non-ordinary reality that can assist you with your creative endeavors. Dr. Farmer will lead you in a guided shamanic journey with a dual intention: finding someone in your lifewhether known to you presently or not, who can support you in this, as well as a spirit guide that will serve that purpose. No matter what particular creative expression you are being called to bring forth, the muses you work with will be totally supportive of that mission. 

Dr. Steven Farmer comes to us from Oregon. He is a licensed psychotherapist, shamanic practitioner, hypnotherapist, and trauma recovery specialist with certification in EMDR and Somatic Experiencing. He is author of several best-selling books and oracle cards, including, Animal Spirit Guides, Healing Ancestral Karma, Earth Magic, Earth Magic Oracle Cards, Messages from the Ancestors Oracle Cards,and Messages from the Spirits of Nature. Dr. Farmer offers individual consultations and his popular Spiritual Mentoring program. He serves on the board of the Society of Shamanic Practice. For more information please visit his website www.DrStevenFarmer.com  and Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dr-Steven-Farmer/93018852583

Dr. Steven Farmer

ANNE LEUCK

The Art of Shamanic Sketchbook Journaling: A Transformative Path to Integration and Spiritual Insight.

Join artist and creativity coach Anne Leuck for an interactive exploration of shamanic sketchbook journaling as a transformative path to spiritual integration. Participants will discover the power of combining creative expression through writing and drawing to process, document, and reflect on personal spiritual experiences, unlocking new levels of understanding. Through guided exercises, attendees will learn techniques for incorporating shamanic inquiry into a sketchbook practice, empowering spiritual seekers and practitioners to deepen self-discovery and insight via creative exploration.

Anne Leuck, an experienced artist, creativity coach, and playful guide, offers a unique approach to personal growth through sketchbook journaling. Through interactive group and individual sessions, Anne empowers others to tap into their creativity for self-discovery, motivation, and personal development. She emphasizes the value of sketchbook journaling as a tool to more deeply examine and integrate spiritual inquiry and insights. More at AnneLeuck.com

JAIME MEYER

SALLY JOYCE – WILD MAGICK WOMAN

Connection With Creative Spirits

I believe that it is through our clear and loving connections with the World around us, especially Nature, that we can allow awareness and expression of our Creativity to womanifest and manifest in our lives.

I will guide participants through an awakening, remembering and acknowledgement of our senses and chakras so that we can BE clear and efficient connections with Creative Sources. I will call in Directions and Benevolent Energies to create a Sacred Space and, using my voice, lead participants through a journey/meditation adventure to assist them to reconnect with Creative Natural Energies and awaken their ability to express these Energies outwardly in the World.

Sally Joyce – Wild Magick Woman: I am a child of the 60’s, born in the Great Lakes area of SW Ontario, Canada. I have been fortunate to live near Water in many parts of the South, West, North, and East of Canada, and each of those Places, Creatures, and Peoples where I have lived continue to inspire my Creative Ways today. Many of my Ancestors were suppressed Sensitives because of the times and belief systems that they lived within. I am blessed to bring my bloodline gifts forward at this time of Great Awakening and to be a conduit for Spirit helpers. I have sat in Circle learning with Q’ero People, Dene People, Inuit People, Anishinabe People, Foundation for Shamanic Studies People, Tom Cowan, Sharon Van Raalte and many others who have helped me to remember Wisdom Ways.

I am a painter, photographer, mosaic maker, writer, content creator, workshop facilitator, sustainable micro home designer and builder, mother, and partner who is grateful to call Earth my home. Email is wildmagickwoman@gmail.com

JAIME MEYER

SHAMANISM WITHOUT BORDERS

Shamanism Without Borders (SWB) is a global response network of shamanic practitioners who tend to traumatic events around the world. We do this through shamanic journey to energetically tend to natural disasters, acts of terrorism, war, pollution, and anything that causes disruption and suffering to humanity, to the animal and plant life, and to the earth’s delicate bio-system. From a place of neutrality, we will seek to learn what each of us can do about the event or disruption.

Join the SWB Community Leaders in a tending where we will all journey together to tend energetically to a particular timely event or imbalance.

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

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

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

Day 1 – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH

Welcome to the Society for Shamanic Practice’s 2024 Virtual Conference! We are delighted to be an international gathering with shamanic teachers from all over the world including the UK, Europe and Australia. In the spirit of offering opportunities to hear the traditions of other lands, SSP Board Member Dr. Karen Ward and John Cantwell of Ireland will welcome us and explain what to expect for the next three days and how to get the most out of this special event. They will then move into the short Opening Ceremony calling in the Directions and spiritual allies in the Irish Celtic way to create a ceremonial space for the weekend. They will also conduct the closing ceremony at the end of the conference.

12:00 – 12:15 PM MDT | Opening Ceremony With Dr. Karen Ward and John Cantwell of Ireland

12:15 – 1:15 PM MDT | Shamanism and the Muse with Dr. Steven Farmer

1:30 – 2:30 PM MDT |The Art of Shamanic Sketchbook Journaling: A Transformative Path to Integration and Spiritual Insight with Anne Leuck

2:45 – 3:45 PM MDT | When the Shaman is a Faery Bard: Shamanic Storytelling for Social Change with Billie Dean

 

Day 2, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH

SSP Board Member Dave McCormack will welcome you to the day with an opening prayer and what’s on the schedule today

9:00 – 9:05 AM MDT | Welcome, opening prayer, today’s schedule with Dave McCormack

9:05 – 10:05 AM MDT | Shaman, Singer, Sage: How Druids Work with Shamanism with Philip Carr-Gomm

10:30 – 11:30 AM MDT | A Return to the Womb of Creation: The Great White Mother Bear with Jade Grigori

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM MDT | Shamanism Without Borders (SWB) & Breakout Group Tendings About SWB with SWB Community Leaders then Breakout Journey Circles.

Day 3, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29TH

SSP Board Member Dave McCormack will welcome you to the day with an opening prayer and what’s on the schedule today

9:00 – 9:05 AM MDT | Welcome, opening prayer, today’s schedule with Dave McCormack

9:05 – 10:05 AM MDT | Dance of the Four Directions with Margarita Amaru

10:30 – 11:30 AM MDT | Connecting Creativity to the Spirit World with Lena Stevens

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM MDT | Connection with Creative Spirits with Sally Joyce-Wild Magick Woman

12:45 – 1:00 PM MDT | Closing Ceremony with SSP Board Member Dr. Karen Ward and John Cantwell of Ireland

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