Shamanu: Earth Wisdom Teachings
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 Teacher Training integrates the four primary teachings of the Shamanu: Earth Wisdom Teachings. While there is a synergistic merging of the four processes, each addresses a specific aspect of oneself and ones relationship with Earth.
The first three – Primordial Movement, Earth~Rhythms and Living from Your Heart address the first step in the process of conscious transformation – Heal Thyself. The practices return body, mind, emotions and spirit to their original state of health and vitality, while reawakening our oneness with Nature.
The fourth process, Earth Wisdom Teachings moves us from the ‘me to we' consciousness, giving empowering tools as we step into the world and 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 self 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 like an eco-system.
Primordial Movement emulates the biological movement processes of life. A variety of movement explorations, include wave motion, micro-movements, sounds, and breaths, enliven our organism back to its natural state of flexibility, fluidity, core strength and wholeness.
Primordial Movement awakens bio-intelligence. The liquid, undulating organic movements allow us to tap into nature's self-healing powers, restore vitality & an extraordinary sense of well-being.
Primordial Movement explores the idea that we are biological living systems in the form of human bodies with the capacity to self-stabilize, regenerate and evolve. We are naturally resilient, intelligent, and interconnected in all ways with our biosphere. Rousing our inherent ability to unite with the primal movements of life turns our practice into a communion with life's restorative energies.
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All ancient cultures used sacred dance as a way to celebrate and unite with creation. Embodying the Elements through our dance in the context of ritual and intention is a way of awakening their essential life force and how their creativity expresses through you. Because you are made from the Elements, connecting deeply with their story means you connect deeply with yours.
The Earth~Rhythm practice offers primal ways to move energy, cleanse, recharge, connect with other life forms, pray and worship. We tap into Earth's evolutionary dance, exploring endless improvisation, transformative movements and acts of creativity to create harmony and balance in our personal and social lives.
Does dance evoke the soul, or does the soul of Nature use the dancer for its expression?
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Living from Your Heart - Inspiring Personal and Planetary Peace.
Great sages throughout history have pointed to the heart as the gateway to our soul and our highest potential. They regarded the heart as the source of intuitive wisdom and spiritual strength.
The Living from Your Heart processes give you time-tested tool to unleash your heart's intelligence, and with it your life energy, vitality, passion, creativity and freedom. We learn how to embrace and direct this powerful capacity of our feeling realm to create happy and balanced lives.
Informed by the heart, we discover we live in a world of non-dual loving Presence, in which all objects are realized and perceived as one; that our very nature is loving, kind, generous, and compassionate. In heart consciousness there is only our Self, and all of Nature is realized to be part of us.
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Earth Wisdom Teachings
The Earth teaches us that evolution, down through the ages, occurs through the process of ‘synergy'. This is true in the creation of forests, oceans, as well as societies. So it is with the Earth Wisdom Teachings. Earth Wisdom is the merging of wisdom teachings from a variety of people, philosophies and personal experience. It blends Earth Wisdom spirituality with Deep Ecology, Eco-philosophy, the science of Living Systems, and the Work that Reconnects of Joanna Macy.
The Earth Wisdom Teachings offer an integrative system of practices that rouse consciousness to the realization that we are an integral part of a larger living system, as essential to the planet as the forests and ocean, and to tap the self-‐healing power that lives within this interconnectedness.
For complete information about the Earth Wisdom Teachings processes click here
The Shamanu: Earth Wisdom Teachings is for those interested in living conscious, empowered lives through embodied practices that support self-awareness, heart intelligence, whole person health and earth-centered spirituality.
This workshop blends the four powerful teachings of Shamanu - Primordial Movement, Earth~Rhythms, Living from Your Heart and Earth Wisdom Teachings. While there is a synergistic merging of the four practice, each addresses a specific aspect of oneself and ones relationship with Earth. Learn more
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Benefits of Shamanu: Earth Wisdom Teaching™ Include:
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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 Three 5-Day Shamanu: Earth Wisdom Teachings trainings click here for complete information about the 5-Day training
Each 5-Day training blends the four primary teachings of Shamanu:
1. Primordial Movement: The Movement of Life
2. Earth Wisdom Teachings: The Healing Forces of Nature
3. Earth~Rhythms: The Dance of Life and
4. Living from Your Heart: For Personal & Planetary Peace into a comprehensive whole.
Part 2: Correspondence Course
Provides foundational information and will support the education you receive in the five day trainings.
The Correspondence course consists of:
- A comprehensive course manual and program which guides you in a step by step process to support you in integrating and grounding the transformational practices of each of the above teachings into your life. The manual includes weekly assignments, questions and lessons to be submitted upon completion
- Primordial Movement DVD (two discs)
- An Earth~Rhythms: Dance of the Elements DVD (one disc)
- Two CD's with meditations, breath exercises, inner wisdom visualizations & more
- Five study books
- One study DVD
Part 4: A 2-Day Private Teacher Training with Lorenna Bousquet-Kacera founder of Shamanu Earth Wisdom Teachings
Successful completion of the three 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
What 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™
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.
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.
Lorenna Bousquet Kacera, Creativity coach
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.
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
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"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." ~Albert Einstein