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Shamanu: Earth Wisdom Mentorship

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Wild Earth, Wild Heart
The Art of Living Completely Connected

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An 8-month Leadership Pathway into
the Most Important Eco-Spiritual Journey of Our Time

Begins April 28, 2018

For most of human existence we lived in intimate relationship with the living Earth, our wild hearts immersed in the wonders of creation. Tuned to the rhythms and cycles of nature we learned and were nourished by the non-human powers of the land. Through an ‘age old’ reciprocity with the animate Earth we experienced the sacred unity of all living things and the joy of living completely connected within the web of life.

Now, amidst the pressure and pace of an industrial growth agenda, we have lost our instinctual knowing and deep sense of interconnection – and with this, our sense of ‘place’ and purpose. The illusion of separation has isolated us from the source of our greatest wisdom – our ecological Self. 

THE 8-MONTH MENTORSHIP

The Shamanu: Wild Earth, Wild Heart Mentorship is an invitation to re-story your life back into harmony with the living Earth. To move beyond the illusions of the isolated self into the unity of the inner whole. To participate in the new eco-spiritual journey of our time – that of non-dual consciousness, where the ancient knowing that Earth and human are one, is restored.

We explore what it means to be human – Now?  What is true leadership, and the new spiritual task of this era? What kind of future will we create together? These are the essential questions of our time.

Through ways both old and new, you are guided into your soul connection with nature, where your dreams and destiny intertwine, and your inner world and outer world meet to simultaneously enrich each other. Reclaiming your wild heart helps you to remember how to reconnect – and why it matters.

Both a self-healing journey and a call to action, the Wild Earth, Wild Heart pathway reminds you that beyond the chaos of this cyber-age is a forgotten terrain where you may seek guidance, healing and wisdom. Where you are empowered and uplifted to do the work of healing yourself and your world with new clarity, passion and purpose.

THE ADVENTURE

This huge and often challenging adventure requires a profound shift of perception.  Such a shift in awareness is a process and takes time. The eight month format is designed to provide sufficient space, consistency, tools and support to cultivate radical ecological, social and spiritual transformation, while nurturing a worldview filled with reverence and awe.

"The Wild One is enchanted because it has been sung into the world by the world and knows this."
~ Bill Plotkin
  

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LEADERSHIP

Within the power of a community circle you explore leadership from the inside out. A great joy and meaning comes when you realize your unique gifts. The Wild Earth, Wild Heart process gives you the tools for the personal transformation needed to cultivate your leadership gifts, and bring your service path into the world.

OUR APPROACH

Our approach is to ground education in the source of Life - the Earth. The experiential nature-centered philosophies and practices deepens your innate capacity to make contact with, learn from and be nourished by the ‘other powers of life’. Merging with the primal intelligence of the wind, sun, oceans and mountains ignites your ability to consciously participate in Life's self-renewing activities and mutually enhancing relationships. 

Core processes support the journey from the familiar inner terrain to ones creative edge where a more vital and authentic self awaits. Being held within a supportive community makes it easier to overcome inner resistance and blocks that keep you from experiencing the joy of your full potential and creative edge. The circle of relationships lasts well past the 8 months.

If you feel called to an adventure full of opportunity, challenge and possibility we welcome you into this life-changing Mentorship experience.  

" I feel a sense of connection and fulfillment that I didn't know was possible. I have fallen in love with the earth again and have awakened to my purpose on this planet. I have never experienced anything so pure and real. My heart is overflowing with gratitude for this mentorship." ~ Rhianna  

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2018 MENTORSHIP DATES

April 28, 29, 30
June 16, 17, 18
August 3 - 10, 8-day Immersion 
Sept 22, 23, 24
November 3 & 4

INCLUDES: 

- Three 3-day training weekends
- One 8-day Immersion
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 One 2-day weekend

- The Wild Earth, Wild Heart Study Manual
- Experiential models to deepen active learningritual in the herb garden
- Four 1 1/2 hour one-on-one support sessions
- Books, DVD's, CD's and essays
- Integrated home learning
- Small group 'buddy' system  
- Designing your personal service path
- Leadership Presentation Opportunities
- A Living Arts Institute Certificate of Completion

* Shantree Kacera, D.N., Ph.D. & other guest facilitators in the art of sacred plant energetics; the Elements through the eyes of Ayurveda, and nature awareness practices will join us throughout the eight months. 

"The most remarkable feature of this historical moment on Earth is not that we are on the way to destroying the world - we've actually been on the way for quite a while. It is that we are beginning to wake up, as from a millennia-long sleep, to a whole new relationship to our world, ourselves, and each other."~ Joanna Macy

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ABOUT SHAMANU: EARTH WISDOM TEACHINGS (est 1989)

The Wild Earth, Wild Heart Mentorship is part of the Shamanu: Earth Wisdom Teachings. For 27 years Shamanu has distilled core processes that aid individuals in creating empowered choices, lives and societies.  More information

HOW YOU WILL LEARN

Turning to Nature as mentor and guide, the process weaves a diversity of regenerative practices: Deep Ecology, Living Systems theory, the 'Universe Story', Indigenous teachings, personal transformation strategies and deep nature immersion with story-telling, heart-centered listening, Primordial Journeys, Sound work, Earth-rituals and Meditations, to nurture interconnection. Deepening into the powers of Earth as fundamental forces of who one is, turns the process into first hand experiences that are applicable to ones life and service. 

HELD & SUPPORTEDgardens

Founded in 1983, The Living Centre is a 50 acre educational sanctuary with wild meadows, forest-woodland, spring-fed pond and Permaculture grown organic fruit orchards and gardens. The land has always been organic. The spacious surroundings offer a perfect setting for learning, regeneration and reconnecting. Over the course of 30 years, The Living Centre has transformed into an integrated, multifunctional, ecologically abundant living classroom.  Learn more

A THREE SEASON PATHWAY

The experience takes us through the spring, summer and autumn seasons to allow us to be outdoors as much as possible. 


buttterflySPRING –  SEEDING A NEW VISION

APRIL 28, 30, MAY 1 - Full Moon

The first weekend lays the ground for your journey, introducing the perspectives and practices that will carry you through your 8-month experience. Step-by-step instruction for re-awakening the innate sensory and intuitive abilities open mind and heart to listen and communicate in the wordless language of your inner and outer landscapes. Exercises and rituals immerse you in nature at the deepest levels of perception, enabling you to restore your kinship with the natural world, deepen your spiritual inter-communion and discover the true essence of the wild within.

Deep Nature immersion  - Sacred Reciprocity -  Inspired Visioning – Cultural Indoctrination & the Fracture of Truth - Activating Heart intelligence – Energizing & Attuning Your Senses – Entering Silence to See and experiential processes arouse the ancient joy of living in connection.

Studying and engaging the Elements of Air, Fire, Water, Earth & Ether from an Ayurvedic perspective, we remember that we are fellow beings moving in symphony with the Dance of Life.

Turning to Earth for guidance we simultaneously go inward to our deeper self, and outward to our larger self"

in forestSUMMER – RE-WILD & RE-CONNECT - RIPENING INTER-BEING 

JULY 16 - 18 Summer Solstice &
AUGUST 18 - 25 - 8-Day  Immersion 

The two summer sessions take you outdoors onto the land where the miracle of inter-being is roused. The natural world draws you beyond the confines of your usual ‘rote’ perceptions into a wellspring of teachings and insights. Nature-based practices, vision quest, journeying, community building and embodied practices fine tune your perceptions, connecting you to a world that speaks through both visible and energetic language. 

In this intensified space of interconnection we look at how to reclaim leadership as a noble way of being that create possibility and humaneness in the midst of increasing fear and turmoil. Developing heightened trust in the greater mind of Earth allows you to engage your wild soul with the same passion and purpose as nature in it’s ripening glory. 

Other intrepid ecological pioneers who have previous experience will be joining us for the 8-Day Immersion

"The Earth's powers are coursing through us moment by moment. To become aware of these powers is to touch the source of Life." ~ Brain Swimme, Cosmologist

celebrationAUTUMN – THE HARVEST – ROOTING PURPOSE & PASSION
SEPT 22, 24 & 24 Autumn Equinox & Full Moon

Autumn is harvest time, celebrating what was dreamed in winter, seeded in spring, nourished in summer.

Gathering the harvest of our time together you dive deeper into your soul purpose exploring what it means to 'follow your dreams' from the perspective of your Ecological Self. This is the time of making commitments - Who do you choose to be? How will leadership emerge in you?  Your resolve to follow your dreams as an engaged ecological being.

This final session prepares the way to re-weave yourself back into modern culture, making your vision and purpose reality. Identifying key inner and outer resources, creating a supportive community, and following manifestation guidelines allows you to confidently anchor and nurture the service path you bring into the healing of our world.

"Wisdom teachings worldwide say there’s no greater blessing than to live the life of your soul; doing so is the source of your deepest personal fulfillment and of your greatest service to others and Earth. It’s the locus of authentic personal power.”~ Bill Plotkin

NOV 3 & 4 New Moon 
Saturday - In the spirit of sacred reciprocity you gather together all you have learned and discovered during your mentorship journey to share with your larger community through team presentations.
Sunday -   Completion celebration ceremony.

SHAMANU: EARTH WISDOM TEACHINGS FOUNDATION WORKSHOP

March 10 & 11
This 2-day workshop offers the opportunity to learn and experience the foundational teachings and philosophies of the Shamanu: Earth Wisdom Teachings. For those who wish to go deeper into these teachings through the 8-month Mentorship, a partial credit will go toward the full cost of the Mentorship. Learn more>

"It is this kind of education that will take us into the future in a good way. Totally inspiring. I had no idea I had forgotten so much of who I am. It's just good to come back home." Sean

Lorenna Bousquet-Kacera

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Lorenna Bousquet-Kacera is founder of Shamanu: Earth Wisdom Teachings, (est. 1989), a grandmother and daughter of the Earth. Lorenna has followed her own wild heart to grow Earth centered training pathways. Weaving enchanted stories and wise council, Lorenna supports us at this time of global crisis/opportunity to return emboldened to Earth and to our own human wildness. 

For over 45 years Lorenna has mentored ‘change makers’ from all walks of life. Her teachings help us reclaim our birthright as ecological beings, and with it an Earth-honouring vision that is centered in a practical spirituality. 

Lorenna is the co-director with her husband Shantree of The Living Centre (est.1983). She 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.

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. She believes that everything we need to know about how to live extraordinary lives we can find the answers to in Nature. 

Her work is inspired by her Metis heritage, Joanna Macy - The Work that Reconnects, Starhawk & Dave Jackie - Permaculture, Emily Conrad & Susan Harper - Continuum, Deep Ecology, Living Systems Theory, and the cosmological work of Brian Swimme & Thomas Berry.

Her forty years of experience in the field of personal transformation, spiritual evolution and holistic ecology has gifted her with a diversity of regenerative modalities and wisdom, which is her great joy to share with others. 

Other passionate, nature connected leaders in this movement will join Lorenna and offer their unique teachings during the mentorship. 

"Lorenna shared so much on so many levels, from her experience and research. She is one of the wisest and most generous women I have ever met, and helps me uncover answers to the most important questions I have about life. It all was immensely healing and nourishing." - Donna

What people are saying 

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"I have received more than I could have imagined from this mentorship." ~ Shawn

"The Shamanu Wild Heart, Wild Heart Mentorship was incredibly transformational for me. Lorenna's deep caring and passion for living a connected life inspired me. It was such a good balance of learning, personal healing and inspiration. I feel like I can really make a difference in the world by living in this reconnected way." ~ Kim

"Life-changing, transformation, extremely educational, paradigm shifting, important, humbling and AWEsome." ~ Rhianna

"With no real expectations, the mentorship offered a vision of hope, that I very much needed. It's given me insights into myself and a curiosity about the mystery and assurance of Life." ~ Vivianne

"The experience and openness of Lorenna; her guidance; the group connection and support; all this created a safe place for me to explore the depth of my wild soul. I am a new person because of this Mentorship." ~ Nancy

"Very life-altering. I feel so much love for every living being. The one-on-one sessions with Lorenna between our weekends helped me be true to myself and she was able to recommend the processes that would help me the most." ~ Melanie

"Awwwesome! The mentorship has helped me to awaken parts of myself that have a great service to the world. Without the depth, meaning, support, community, possibility, I would have continued a destructive lifestyle. It was so amazing to be here with such beautiful people." ~ Caitlin

"Life changing! I learned so much about myself and my conditioning, and how I am going to re-condition myself." ~ C

"The Shamanu Mentorship has given me a sense of self that is so much larger than I had ever imagined. I feel empowered, committed, and most important, happier." Eva

"Lorenna shared so much on so many levels, from her experience and research. She is one of the wisest and most generous women I have ever met, and helps me uncover answers to the most important questions I have about life. It all was immensely healing and nourishing." - Donna

"The Shamanu Earth Wisdom Mentorship has been a powerful forum for me to reconnect with Earth, through my own body.  The practices have given me the strength to honour my pain for the world, and anchor myself in a place where I can truly heal, so that I can be a part of the healing that our beloved planet is yearning for.  There is a strength in me that I could only find by softening, dissolving into and embracing the movement of the Elements in me. Through the structure and inspiration of the primal practices, I found the intuition and guidance of my higher self. I’ve learned to recognize my patterns in a loving way...and I now know that I am truly able to create the best possible life for myself, my community, and our beloved Earth."  ~ Jayme

"This mentorship changed me more than any other process ever has. I feel strengthened, connected and ready to go forth confidently in alignment with myself and nature. I feel the love of life awakening me." ~ G

"This was a very empowering and awakening experience. It helped me strengthen trust in myself and surrender to my inner wisdom. I know now that I am Earth. I feel so inspired. The Living Centre environment is transformative." Robin

lightening"The Shamanu: Wild Earth, Wild Heart mentorship has been an unforgettable, life changing experience. I left with a new purpose; one that is based on fulfillment and finding my true self. As a young woman I was living my life without a deep consideration as to why I made certain choices, how society has shaped me, and who/what my choices were affecting. The course motivated me to ask questions, and dig deeper into finding a better experience. I yearned for a deeper connection, and Lorenna was able to guide me into finding mindfulness and direction.  What this course is about is finding the true and deeper meaning to life. Finding ones purpose and passion. Lorenna teaches you how to follow your heart, listen to your soul, and truly build happiness within. Grow love for yourself, the planet, and every human being around you. TO BE TRULY YOU!" ~ Shannon

"An amazing and transformational experience. I loved every moment. Thank you!" Beverly

"It is this kind of education that will take us into the future in a good way. Totally inspiring. I had no idea I had forgotten so much of who I am. It's just good to come back home." Sean

"To walk barefoot day after day, and feel the earth beneath me. To slow down. I was nourished with love and respect and vitality. I was held in a safe and sacred space. I was shown how to find this safe space, and this courage anywhere. - Lynn

happiness"I felt my intertwining with the earth, my connection to my larger self, and to others. We are not separate. This is a deep realization that I felt in my body. I felt it, and can accept it. This I remember every day now, and carry with me. I also am more able to observe and understand where I go when I am not feeling safe." - Janine

"I know now that there is a greater intelligence within me that I had just lost touch with.  I trust now, that even if I will get lost again, and again, I can also, again and again, come back to who I really am. Feel joy, feel pain and keep breathing and keep connected to others and Earth."- Jerry

"The experience was really amazing! By embracing the process of living in alignment with nature and from my heart, it gave me the inspiration needed to make the paradigm shift that’s required to become a new kind of human  It was a nice balance of practical teachings and bringing the teachings into my body through breathwork, sound, movement and dance. Rather than just knowing it mentally, I actually became these concepts. Not only that but the setting is just incredible...like being in paradise and also being nourished by the beautiful living foods.  It was really an experience of a lifetime and I can't believe its right at my doorstep here in London!" - Kim

tree ritual"The Shamanu Training gave me the tools to feel my soul, it gave me the strength and the courage to own my spirit, and the sacred space to re-connect to a deep sense of who I really am and the steps I need to take to reach a potential that is grounded in the Earth and steeped in wildness, love, joy, and a deep sense of self.  Shamanu created a safe and sacred space for me to express myself and for me to allow myself to take down my own walls of conditioning, limited beliefs and gave me wings to dance a dance that seeks connection with the ancient soul of the cosmos." ~ J

"The breath-work and primordial movement I learned during Shamanu, the practice of gratitude, the practice of connecting with the Elements and rooting myself in the Earth, have become a part of my morning routine, making my days more grounded, sacred, spiritually satisfying. Since returning home I see the beauty, abundance and love that surrounds me with different eyes and I find myself laying down to bed more connected with my self, happier and with a fuller heart." ~ L

"Thank you Lorenna for your guidance, for your support along the journey, for your openness, for creating a little piece of Heaven on Earth. The Living Centre is what I imagine the Garden of Eden to be, a place of beauty, bounty, safety, and healing. A place where the animal beings always hum and sing and us humans remember our right to connect deeply to the Earth so we can radiantly shine and know peace in mind and fullness in heart. Thank you. It was a truly life affirming and changing experience."- Natalie

 

MENTORSHIP DATES & INVESTMENT

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2018 DATES:

April 28 - 30
June 16 - 18
August 3 - 10 - 8-Day Immersion
September 22 - 24
November 3 & 4

Time:
3-Day weekends begin at 9:30am. to 5pm. The days of April 29, June 17 & Sept 23 will end at 9pm.  
During the 8-Day Immersion 5 of the days will end at 9pm.  click here for more information about the Immersion

REGISTRATION: All fees are in Canadian funds

  • TOTAL VALUE - $4825 when done separately

  • YOUR PRICE - $2800
  • EARLY-BIRD SPECIAL -  $2440 Before Feb. 1, 2018
  • Wild Earth, Wild Heart Alumni - $1855
  • The Living Centre alums who have competed a six or more month course at The Living Centre - $2350
  • Full-time Students - $2350

 A $500 deposit will guarantee your spot

  • Partial work-trade positions are available.
  • Partial scholarships for up to $500 off the Regular Price of $2800 are available.  Please inquire: 519-652-9109  To maintain a high quality of learning and care, the Mentorship is limited to 10 participants

Includes:

  • Three 3-day experiences
  • One 2-day experience
  • One 8-day Immersion
  • Wild Earth, Wild Heart Study Manual 
  • Integrative home learning
  • Four 1 to 1 1/2 hour one-on-one support sessions  
  • Books, DVD's, CD's, and essays
  • 8-day Immersion byo tenting accommodations
  • Does not include taxes, travel and accommodations during weekend sessions.
  • All meals will be provided the first & last weekend.  During subsequent weekends potluck meals will be organized for the first 2 days of the weekend. Organic, vegan meals will be provided by The Living Centre for the 3rd day of each weekend. 
    During the 8-day Immersion we will share in some meal preparation as a way to nourish one another and deepen the community spirit.

Payment

Payment can be made through e-transfer (bank-to-bank transfer) 'PayPal' below, or by certified check. Please make cheques payable The Living Centre and send to: 

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

 

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“The big dream born out of the higher intelligence of planet Earth..invites us humans at every moment to join in the Dance of Life.” ~Thomas Berry, ‘The Dream of the Earth’.

Cancellation Policy

butterfly cocoonIt is important to consider that enrolling in the Shamanu Mentorship is both a commitment to yourself, to each participant and the group as a whole. To support you, we ask you to reflect on whether you are ready to commit to this 8-month journey, which includes all of the above plus assignments which you will do on your own or with a partner. 

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

Where can I stay?

For a complete list of Shamanu: Earth Wisdom Teachings workshops & courses click here

Click here to request more information

"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 

  

 

 
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