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Shamanu: Earth Wisdom™ Teacher Training

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Shamanu: Earth Wisdom Teachings

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We stand at a critical moment in Earth's history, a time when humanity must choose its future. To move forward we must recognize… that we are one human family and one Earth community with a common destiny. - The Earth Charter 

For twenty-three years Shamanu has distilled core teachings that aid the evolution of each individual to create empowered choices, lives and societies. A diverse set of exercises strengthens heart and mind and vitalizes our desire to boldly do the healing work our planet time requires. 

Through an integrative system of philosophies and practices we open to our place as ecological beings interconnectedness in all ways to the web of life. Reclaiming our roots as an integral part of a larger living system, as essential to the planet as the forests and oceans, we awaken the self-healing power that lives within this interconnectedness.

Shamanu: Earth Wisdom Teachings blends the powerful teachings of Earth Wisdom spirituality with Deep Ecology, Eco-philosophy, the science of Living Systems, the Universe Story and body-centered practices. The teachings open the strength and determination we each possess to create a sustainable future that cherishes and supports all beings. The methods make the concepts experiential and practical.

Our approach is to ground education in the source of Life - the Earth - and in the practice of living as consciously, lightly, self-sufficiently and joyfully as possible with the whole Earth community - plants, animals, wildlife, people, soil, water, air wherever one lives. 

Shamanu supports the spiritual and physical transformations needed for this coming era.  We discover our true nature is far more ancient and encompassing than the separate self defined by habit and society. The teachings grow the capacity of intuitive knowledge, reconnect us to earth wisdom, and arouse our love for life and the power to protect it. 

Through a variety of sustainable philosophies, personal transformation practices and indigenous wisdom we journey into our instinctual resources where we reconnect to Earth's wisdom and love for Life.  Drawing on the creativity of our bodies, minds and hearts we reclaim the power to craft a new world view and with it, the Future.

"We are creating with our imaginations a period of rebuilding, where the intercommunion of all species will guide our life activities. We must come to understand that these dreams of ours do not originate in our brains alone. We are the space where the Earth dreams." - Brian Swimme

The Practices:

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The Teacher Training integrates the five primary teachings of the Shamanu: Earth Wisdom. Each process is designed to provide sufficient space, consistency, tools and support to cultivate eco-spiritual ways of living that foster the harmony of personal and planetary wellbeing. Realizing that the inner landscape is as vast, deep and wild as the outer landscape, and that indeed, we cannot know one without the other.

Heal Thyself - returns body, mind, emotions and spirit to their original state of health and vitality, while reawakening our oneness with Nature. The movement from ‘me to we' consciousness, empowers us reclaim our place as co-creators with Life. The process is of course not a linear one. Service to the whole and the healing of oneself flow in and out of each other in a beautiful dance of mutual enhancement.  

Intellectual knowledge and philosophies offered through Shamanu coupled with a felt experience of our ecological roots opens new pathways in consciousness.  The Shamanu body-centered practices are powerful because of their primordial nature. Through movement, dance, sound, rituals and meditations that emulate the expressions of nature we learn to live and think in harmony with EarthLife.

Processes Include:

Shamanu: Earth Wisdom Foundations

Primordial Movement

Spiritual Ecology

Active Hope: Awakening the Courageous Heart

Wild Earth, Wild Heart Mentorship

Benefits of Shamanu: Earth Wisdom Teaching™ Include:

  • Consciousness:

    emotional freedom

    • Promote organismic communion with Nature & Spirit
    • Establish wider sense of identity as an integral part of the living Earth 
    • Develop felt awareness skills & the art of deep listening
    • Encourage personal growth & self expression
    • Revive the ability for self-health
    • Reclaim identity as ecological beings

    Personal Development

    • Support self-esteem & self mastery
    • Develop gratitude for ones unique self, strengths & limitations 
    • Appreciate one's diversity of gifts & their service to the whole
    • Develop a nourishing sense of community with all life
    • Promote growth through pleasure, love & play 
    • Heighten self respect for ones capacity to be the change

    Physically

    • Restore sensitivity, vitality & an extraordinary sense of well-being
    • Increase spinal, muscular & skeletal suppleness  
    • Enhance structural alignment & balance
    • Develop agility, core strength & mobility  
    • Increase flexibility, fluidity & movement
    • Gently cleanse & recharge body, mind & emotions  
    • Promote healthy function of physiological systems

    nature rapturePsychologically:

    • Develop focus & intentional action
    • Foster coherence between mind & heart 
    • Open psychic abilities & interconnection with the non-physical world 
    • Harness mental energy for the purpose of personal & global regeneration
    • Still the mind & foster insight
    • Tap into ones creative genious

    Emotionally:

    • Develop love for who one is, not how one 'should be' 
    • Foster heart wisdom, self-confidence & emotional peace
    • Release denial & reclaim ones joy & ability to fully engage in life
    • Recognize grief, shame, anger & fear as a call to attention
    • Enhance feelings of pleasure, joy, love, compassion & bliss
    • Learn how to feel personal pain & the pain of the Earth, integrate & be revitalized through the process 
    • Increases energy & enjoyment of Life

    Spiritually:

    • Expand intuitive & spiritual capacity
    • Reconnect with Universal Life-force energy
    • Awaken unity consciousness
    • Reclaim ones part in the web of Life
    • Awaken ancestral wisdom
    • Rouses love for Life & the power to protect it
    • Support spiritual transformations needed for this coming era

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    • Waken bio-intelligence & ones roots as an Ecological Being
    • Experience the ongoing unity of organism/environment
    • Recognize Earth intelligence as the very ground of our being 
    • Reclaim our roots as an integral part of a larger living system 
    • Create empowered choices, lives & societies
    • Reclaim the hope needed to envision ones future differently & build Earth Community.
    • Get motivated to us to join with others in healing our world 

     

Shamanu: Earth Wisdom Teacher Training Process

The Shamanu Earth Wisdom Teachers Training is for anyone who is interested in living conscious, empowered lives through embodied practices that support self-awareness, heart intelligence, whole person health and earth-centered spirituality, and offer this wisdom to others.

The Teacher Training process -  

Part 1: Completion of one 7-Day Shamanu: Earth Wisdom Teachings Immersion

Part 2: Completion of one Eight Month Wild Earth, Wild Heart Mentorship

Part 3: Completion of the  Shamanu: Correspondence Course

Provides foundational information and will support the education you receive in the Immersion and Mentorship

The above three trainings can be done in any order

Part 3:  Four 45 minute in person or telephone consultations with Lorenna Bousquet-Kacera. 

Part 4: A 2-Day Private Teacher Training with Lorenna,  founder of Shamanu: Earth Wisdom Teachings

path in forestSuccessful completion of the two trainings and Correspondence course will qualify you for the private teacher training. This part of the training is to ensure that you have clearly understood and integrated the course material into your life and are ready to share this information with others. During the Teacher's Training, qualified participants will develop expertise in facilitating the Shamanu practices and conveying the philosophies of Shamanu in a clear and appropriate manner.

Teaching and speaking skills will be reviewed and support given to develop the expertise needed to facilitate the Shamanu Earth Wisdom Teachings. Each day will include practical training and teaching opportunities as well as assignments. 

You will be tested through experiential, oral and written exams. If you do not pass you may retake it. If you do not pass the second time you are required to wait six months before re-taking the exam. A requirement mark of 85% or higher is needed. 

Upon completion of the designed educational process you will be certified as a Shamanu Earth Wisdom Educator from The Living Arts Institute. As a certified instructor your relationship to the Institute will be that of an independent contractor. 

In order to retain certification, you will be required to attend a 5-day Shamanu Earth Wisdom Teachings training once every two years.

"By learning you will teach; by teaching you will understand." ~Latin Proverb

The Shamanu Teacher Training Program FAQs

standing stonesWhat if I am not very healthy or flexible, can I still become a Shamanu teacher?

The Shamanu Teacher Training is for every 'body'. Because of the nature of the program the teacher in training will receive the many healing and transformational benefits of Shamanu Earth Wisdom Teachings. Shamanu is a self paced process that teaches the importance of body messages and inner rhythms. People at all levels of age, health and experience are welcomed.

What are the prerequisites before being accepted for the private teacher training with Lorenna?
 

  • Regular practice of the Shamanu practices, as taught by Lorenna Bousquet-Kacera.
  • Attendance and completion of the trainings listed 
  • Completion of the Correspondence course  
  • Passing and completion of the Teacher Training course
  • Signing and submitting the Educator's Agreement.

When will I receive the Correspondence Course?

The Correspondence Course will be mailed to you within ten days of registration.  The Correspondence course provides foundational information and will support the education you receive in the five day trainings.  

Can Shamanu be incorporated into an already existing practice?

The practices can be offered on their own and incorporated into an already existing practice.  Each of the trainings includes practical instruction which you can begin to apply immediately into your daily life and present career.  

Do I receive discounts as a Certified Instructor?

Yes, you will receive a 10% discount on all future workshops and trainings through The Living Centre and 10% off all retail products. Also, our certified instructors receive a 10% commission  for referring students for enrollment in any of the Living Arts Institute Certification Training Courses.

What does it mean to be a Living Arts Institute Educator?

Upon completion of the three 5-day trainings, the correspondence course and teachers training you will have the opportunity to become a Shamanu Earth Wisdom Educator. As a certified instructor your relationship to The Living Arts Institute will be that of an independent contractor.  

We support you in teaching this course in a manner and frequency that suits your schedule. We will provide ongoing support including suggestions and some advertising. 

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A Career in Shamanu: Earth Wisdom Teachings™

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A Growing Need

The wholistic approach to personal and health has become an active industry is reaching an inflation point. Much of what is taught has become mechanistic, void of heart connection and not addressing the transformations of consciousness needed to live sustainable and fulfilling lives. Yet people are feeling more stressed, unhealthy, disconnected and time-deficient than ever before. People are yearning for practices that not only support their physical and mental health but also support their soul and the Earth. 

The practical and innovative practices of Shamanu support the transformations and spiritual openings needed for this coming era. Shamanu supports the health of body, mind, emotions, spirit and the Earth.This makes the art and philosophy of Shamanu increasingly beneficial in today's world.

If you are enthusiastic about learning through the wisdom of the body, rooting yourself in Earth spirituality, experiencing the sacred in yourself and Nature, transforming your life and learning how to share these innovative processes with others, then the Shamanu: Earth Wisdom Teachings can both enhance your life and offer you a career that is much needed in these transformational times. 

Imagine ... making a living doing what you love, while supporting others and the planet.

Creating a Fulfilling Career

Upon completion of the Shamanu: Earth Wisdom Training you will be eligible to create a career as a Shamanu Educator.  Assessing the growing popularity of the natural healing arts and eco-spirituality, a career as a Shamanu Educator will be more than rewarding. 

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The creative and organic processes of Shamanu can be incorporated into all existing movement, dance, emotional healing and consciousness practices. These include yoga, creative dance, fitness, sonic sound therapies, spiritual practice, acting, counseling and other body-centered practices and therapies.

Choosing a career as a Shamanu Educator will open doors of opportunity in a variety of health centered institutions.  Or you may desire the creativity that being a private educator can give you.  Either way, life as a Shamanu Educator enables you to experience continual growth for yourself, as well as enjoy the noble opportunity of being of service to others.

    ‘Do what you love, and fulfillment will follow!' 

Lorenna Bousquet Kacera

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Lorenna Bousquet-Kacera is an Eco-Creativity guide and founder of Shamanu: Earth Wisdom Teachings, a revolutionary earth-based spiritual practice, which reawakens our ecological heritage.

She is co-founder and director with her husband Shantree of The Living Centre and Living Arts Institute. Lorenna is a Permaculture Educator, Ayurvedic Living Nutrition Educator and Sevenfold Path of Peace coach with a specialty in evolutionary regeneration at the personal, ecological and spiritual levels.

Her work is inspired by the teachings of indigenous cultures, Joanna Macy - The Work that Reconnects, Emily Conrad - Continuum, Gabrielle Roth, the new science of Living Systems and the cosmological work of Brian Swimme & Thomas Berry.

Lorenna has a passion for embodied transformation and offers profound wisdom and insight into the understanding of consciousness. Her passion for self-realization and the awakening of consciousness has been the guiding force in her life.

A study into the mysteries of life and how to invoke the primal elements of nature have shown her that human and Nature are one force, interconnected in all ways. Her teachings support the reclaiming of our birthright as ecological beings, and with it ourselves and our future. She believes that everything we need to know about how to live extraordinary lives we can find the answers to in Nature. 

Her 40 years experience in the field of personal transformation, spiritual evolution and holistic ecology has gifted her with a diversity of regenerative modalities and wisdom, which she loves to share with others. Click here for more>

History of Shamanu: Earth Wisdom Teachings 

A Personal Note from Lorenna Bousquet-Kacera, founder of Shamanu: Earth Wisdom Teachings   

Shamanu began in 1989 birthed from my own healing crisis. After 20 years of being on a conscious spiritual path, studying and teaching wholistic health practices how could I get sick? Reluctantly leaving the spiritual community I was a part of I entered a brand new world where my body and my emotions became rich resources for healing.  
Connecting with a wisdom that transcends the mind I entered the space where nature, spirit and body merged into a beautiful Oneness. Dance, movement, sound, drumming and rituals from the most primal to the most refined opened a whole new language – the language of the heart. Healing was swift and filled with joy. Childhood traumas revealed and healed themselves with little to no effort and I felt truly free for the first time in my life. I knew that healing must and can only happen through pleasure, love and the reunion of body, mind and emotions with Nature.  
 
Shamanu means ‘the embodied unity of Spirit and Earth. It also means ‘becoming the Shaman U already are'. Supporting individuals in the art of living, reconnecting with ones inner ‘guidance system', creating physical, mental and emotional vitality, resolving trauma, enhancing relationship, making peace with where you're at, re-patterning your life and sinking into the wisdom teachings of the Earth, are what Shamanu is all about 
 
Turning wounds into art, pain into compassion, shame into power, worry into possibility and fear into creativity and service is the invitation of Shamanu. 
 
The compilation of this course has occurred over the last twenty five years. As an organic process, which means it is, like life, in constant change and creative flux, I have hesitated to put structures around it. However, like a car, structure can be useful when used to get us to places that we wish to go.  Lorenna & tipi
 
The Self will never stop its yearning for growth and expansion. Like the Divine Child within who instinctively knows the wonder of Life, the desire to ingest Life's awesomeness with each breath lives strong in all of us. I offer you this program in the spirit of creativity, play, compassion and love.  
 
Life is Magic and each one of you is one with that Magic. All you have to do is create the space, guide your
 own emergence through attentional practices and receive the abundance that Life is waiting to offer to you. This is the invitation of Shamanu.

In the spirit of Joy and Gratitude - Lorenna

I honour and thank all my teachers who have inspired me with their teachings and their lives. Some of these include:

  • The Work that Reconnects - Joanna Macy 2011
  • Permaculture Educator Training - StarHawk & Dave Jackie
  • Continuum Movement – Emilie Conrad 1992
  • Continuum Montage: Somatic Experiencing - Susan Harper 1992
  • The 5 Sacred Rhythms - Gabrielle Roth 1990
  • Shamanic Journeying (Peru) - Don Augustin 1998
  • Ayurveda & Living Nutrition - Shantree Kacera, D.N., Ph.D. 1998
  • Council of All Beings - John Seed 1997
  • Healing Sound & Ritual – Emotional & spiritual healing processes 1989
  • Art of Living Spiritual Programs & Attunement Energetic Healing Course – The Emissary Foundation, Martin Exeter & many other wonderful teachers 1980
  • International Institute of Reflexology Educator Program 1985
  • Institute de Sante 1966
  • Tai Chi & Chi Gong – Bill Lee 1961

Shamanu Earth Wisdom Teacher Training Tuition

woman holding sunCourse Investment:

Total Value - $5,250.

Your Price - $3,900. A savings of $1,350.

Includes listed training courses, all course material and some meals. Accommodations, taxes and transportation are not included in the cost. 

A deposit of $1000 will get you started on your Shamanu: Earth Wisdom Path.

Payment 

Payment can be made through e-transfer (bank-to-bank transfer) 'PayPal' below, or by certified check. 

Please make cheques payable and send to: 

The Living Centre
5871 Bells Rd., London, ON., Canada, N6P 1P3

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Please call to speak with a program specialist for further information and to register: 519-652-9109 

Cancellation Policy

It is important to consider that enrolling in the Shamanu Educator Course is both a commitment to yourself, to each participant and the group who will be a part of your journey. To support you in this we ask you to reflect on whether you are ready to commit to this training.

The cancellation policy is designed to support you in what you are saying “yes” to and support a smooth running of the program. 

  • Deposits are non-refundable
  • There is no refund once the course has been started
  • Full refund, except for the non-refundable deposit will be issued if notice of cancellation is issued 45 days before the start of the program
  • In the case that cancellation is 45 days or less before the start of the program a credit of half payment toward another Living Centre program will be issued, less deposit.
  • There will be no refund or credit issued if cancellation is 15 or less days prior to the program

The Living Arts Institute reserves the right to cancel any program due to insufficient enrolment

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"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." ~Albert Einstein