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Shamanu: Earth Wisdom Mentorship

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‘Wild Earth, Wild Heart’
Creating a Culture of Joy & Peace 

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

Begins April 29, 2017 

For most of human existence we lived close to the Earth, our wild hearts immersed in the wonders of creation, tuned to the rhythms and cycles of nature. We intuitively knew the self-organizing magic of life and our bond with the larger dimensions of the Universe. 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. 

But this is changing. People from all walks of life are waking up and asking the important questions: What does it mean to be human – Now?  What is our role, and the new spiritual task of this era? How do we craft vibrant cultures that are life enhancing?

The Shamanu: Wild Earth, Wild Heart mentorship is an invitation to re-story our lives back into unity with the living Earth, and be absorbed into something far larger than the isolated self we’ve imagined ourselves to be. With every part of Earth under siege, we enter a new adventure. One that cultivates a human mindfulness and a worldview able to craft mutually enhancing relationships with the forces of Nature and each other.   

A 8-MONTH MENTORSHIP

The mentorship pathway guides you into the new spiritual journey of our time – that of non-dual consciousness, where the ancient knowing that Earth and human are one, is restored. The philosophies and practices carry you into a fresh, though primal realization that the wind, sun, ocean and mountains are vibrantly alive in the depth of your soul. When aligned with, these forces will ignite the insight and power needed to cultivate personal and planetary wholeness. 

Through ways both old and new, the mentorship awakens 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 8-month pathway reminds you that beyond the flurry and chaos of this cyber-age there 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

In a world that is ever changing, with unsustainable eco-social paradigms collapsing, comprehensive, heart-centered alternatives are needed to usher in new cultural forms. Within the power of a community circle you explore leadership from the inside out. Realizing that the inner landscape is as vast, deep and wild as the outer landscape, and that indeed, you cannot know one without the other.  The Wild Earth, Wild Heart ‘consciousness expanding’ activities 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 8-month mentorship explores simple, yet profound processes, philosophies and questions that cultivate a worldview able to craft mutually enhancing relationships with the primary forces of Nature and each other. Core processes and philosophies refine your ability to consciously participate in Life's self-healing activity, supporting 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. 

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

"It is hard to imagine how I was living my life before I came to understand the deep wisdom I gained through the mentorship. I now see the world in such a more expansive, powerful and beautiful way. I feel a sense of connection and fulfillment that I didn't know was possible but I believe my heart has always unconsciously longed for. This deep knowing was not just taught to me but landed in my body through the various practices and time spent on this precious land. 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 your work. Thank you". ~ Rhianna 

 

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2017 MENTORSHIP DATES:

April 29, 30, May 1
July 1, 2, 3 
August 19 - 26, 7-day Immersion 
Sept 30, Oct 1, 2
November 11 & 12

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
- Three 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

* Bill Pfeiffer & Shantree Kacera, D.N., Ph.D. will join the facilitation team for the 8-day Immersion. Plus guest facilitators in 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 philosophy, Indigenous teachings, personal transformation strategies and deep nature immersion with story-telling, mindfulness practices, and  heart-centered listening, to nurture the integration of Self, Community, Nature and Spirit. The process supports individuals to develop and deepen into the powers of Earth as fundamental forces of who they are, turning them into first hand experiences that are applicable to ones life and service. 

Every session includes somatic practices to elevate and ground what we are learning. The Primordial Movement EarthDance, Sound work, Ritual and Meditation processes connect us with the primal expressions of nature. These uniquely tailored practices will guide you through the 8-month cycle. 

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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 29, 30, MAY 1

We begin the transformational journey into the wildness of your Ecological Self. Deep Ecology and Systems Theory reveals an intelligent, self-organizing universe that knows what it is doing, and how to align with it. The Primordial Movement EarthDance, the Elemental Breath Meditation and Nature-based activities invite you to experience life’s creative genius as the foundation of who you are.  

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

We will explore how the Elements live and move through each one of us from an Ayurvedic perspective, creating health or dis-ease, creativity or degeneration. 

Activating heart intelligence and finely tuning your senses deepens what it means to re-inhabit and re-enchant your place within the larger Earth community. By looking at the psycho-spiritual dysfunction of a society that believes in a separate self, you begin the process of seeding and cultivating new visions for a future centered in love, respect and peace.   

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” ~ Harriet Tubman 

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

JULY 1 - 3 &
AUGUST 18 - 25 - 7 Day  Immersion co-facilitated with Bill Pfieffer & Shantree Kacera

The two summer sessions take you outdoors onto the land where the miracle of your inter-being is roused.  Enfolded by air, fire, water, earth and ether, 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 the embodiment processes help fine tune your perceptions, so that you may enter a world that speaks to you through both visible and energetic language. Embracing the unseen dimensions, you hear the voice of Earth, and receive the supportive wisdom from the more-than-human world.

In nature’s encompassing environment where emotional stability and individual uniqueness is nurtured, deepen into your sense of interconnection with each other and the universe. Developing heightened trust in the greater mind of Earth allows you to reclaim your wild soul with the same passion and purpose as summer in it’s ripening glory. 

Other intrepid ecological pioneers 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 30, OCT 1, 2 

The autumn session celebrates the harvest that was sown in spring and nourished in summer.

This session begins the journey into your soul’s purpose, exploring what it means to 'follow your dreams' from the perspective of your Ecological Self. You enter the question: How can the spiritual practice of ‘following your bliss’ be one of the most important things you can do in supporting the regeneration of the Earth, and your life? Explore cultural myths that block 'what YOU were born to'; engage in processes to discover your psycho-ecological niche, support the joyful celebration of your unfolding and creative service to yourself, family, community and the world.  

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 passion 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 11 & 12 - Presentations of your personal service path. Establishing supportive connection for your future. Completion ceremony.

SHAMANU: EARTH WISDOM TEACHINGS FOUNDATION weekends

March 18 - 19, 2017 
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 of $200 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

Lorenna

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. More> 

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 2017

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 DATES:

April 29, 30, May 1
July 1 - 3
August 19 - 26 - 8-Day Immersion
September 30, October 1 & 2
November 11 & 12

Time:
3-Day weekends begin at 9:30am. to 5pm. The days of April 30, July 2 & Oct 1 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 - $3150
  • YOUR PRICE -  $2550 
  • Wild Earth, Wild Heart Alumni - $1450
  • The Living Centre alums who have competed a six or more month course at The Living Centre - $2050
  • Full-time Students - $2050

 A $500 deposit will guarantee your spot

  • Partial work-trade positions are available.
  • Partial scholarships for up to $500 off the Regular Price of $2550 are available.  Please inquire: 519-652-9109  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">

    To maintain a high quality of learning and care, the Mentorship is limited to 12 participants

Includes:

  • Three 3-day experiences
  • One 2-day experience
  • One 8-day Immersion
  • Wild Earth, Wild Heart Study Manual 
  • Integrative home learning
  • Three 1 to 1 1/2 hour one-on-one support sessions  
  • Books, DVD's, CD's, and essays
  • Does not include taxes, travel and accommodations.
  • All meals will be provided the first 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 our village communion.

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. 

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"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