Classes in Sacred Magic


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Please check in periodically to see what is new. To register, send full payment via PayPal or e-transfer to beth@bethlenco.com. That will put you on the list! Please contact me through my contact page if you have any questions. If there is a class you would like to take but can not make the date, please let me know so I can put you on the email list for future class updates.

As of now, most classes will be on Zoom. You do not need a zoom account to register. But please make sure you have a private space to work in and good internet connection.

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Drawing Towards Nature

Fridays 1:00-2:00ishPM Atlantic Time Zone
on ZOOM
February 10th, 17th, 24th
March 3rd, 10th
$15 per class or $70 for all 5

We are living beings with a desire to connect. We are part of the natural living world. We are animals. In the not too distant past, we lost that connection as modern industrial technology took hold. Not every single person lost the connection, but the culture did.

Now we need to reunite and reconnect as if our lives depended on it. Because they do.

In my experience nothing has brought me closer to nature than drawing. In it’s essence, drawing is simple: we pick up a drawing tool and make marks of what we see on a surface. We can’t get much simpler. But from within the complexities of modern living, it is far from that simple. How do we even begin? What do we draw? What tools do we use? How do we sit ourselves down without distractions and make these marks? How do we release the hold of the inner critic and any body memories of shaming we experienced as younger people? How do we learn to like our own marks and enjoy the process no matter what the end result is? How do we draw realistically for pleasure not product?

Well, the answers might be a bit different for each of us, but I can share with you what I have learned from over 30 years of drawing (most of those years being a tremendous struggle as I wasn’t a natural). But something inside me longed and yearned to draw. To make marks large and small that were me, that told me something about my experience of the world. I could not draw while going to art school and I couldn’t learn there. It seemed like the experts were already experts and the others like me fumbled their way. But I would swoon over the elegant senior drawers -all of whom were women. They seemed to carry a self assurance and confidence that I did not possess. Like ballerinas. They also all drew from nature…

Susan Wood, my most favorite teacher said repeatedly -draw what you see. I took that to heart and I draw what I see. She did, and she was marvelous.

Would you like to draw with me? As a way into the natural world? A way back home again and again? Might you find pleasure and connection there? Even joy and bliss?

In these 5 weeks I will pick up pencil and paper with you and draw objects from nature as a way of expression, communion, relationship, happiness, quietude, and sharing.

Come join me.

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Year Long Shamanic Training 2023/24

Online Shamanic Practitioner Training in Intentional Shamanism*
starting June 26th 2022
$1200

Join us for this years training in Intentional Shamanism. This 12 month course will consist of

weekly video teachings,
monthly live zoom calls, first one June 26 10 – 12 Atlantic time
lots of supplementary pdfs,
and a private Facebook group.

~You will be diving deep into sacred practices to help you become more present, alive, and intentional with your earth based spirituality.

~You will learn shamanic methods and techniques that I have developed from my over 20 years of training and practicing in core shamanism, yoga, Ayurveda, Breathwork, herbalism, astrology, and energy healing.

~I will be teaching you traditional shamanic healing methods so you can begin practicing on yourself and friends, as well as earth practices to help you become more integrated and aligned with the ground on which you live.

Some of the skills we will cover:

~Plant Magic ~Soul Retrieving ~Personal Power Restoration ~Witch Wound and Ancestral Healing ~Regenerating Energy Fields ~Death and Rebirth Ceremonies ~Heart Centered Alchemy ~Psychopomp ~Breathwork ~And many more practices to keep you balanced and in harmony with being alive so that you can live your best life.

I’m very excited to be offering this full year practitioner training online. Although I will miss the intimacy of a small in person group, I have also found that so many people could benefit from these practices that can’t always make a live class. So if you are one of those people with an inconsistent work schedule, small children, or just don’t have the time/energy to make a monthly class in person for what ever reason, this could be perfect for you. As well, this class is for those who live outside Nova Scotia and would still like to train with me and the wonderful people with whom I am blessed to teach.

A good solid journey practice is helpful. If you would like to join, but have not done any kind of basic shamanic training, please let me know. If you are keen to learn and self motivated, I have a simplified audio course that you can take to get your started. Also, this class is for serious students. Shamanism is a practice that must be practiced! If you would like to develop your skills but are unsure if you are ready for more intense training, please come to our Tuesday evening journey circle, we would love to have you! And please do reach out to me, I’d love to have a chat and discuss what is possible for you.

Please contact me if you would like more information on our upcoming practitioner training starting in June.

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DOES SHAMANISM INTEREST YOU?

Shamanism is a tricky thing to learn and even trickier to teach. It asks for flexibility, surrender, change, and lots and lots of practice. I learned shamanism primarily from Michael Harner and a few of his senior students. This type of shamanism is called Core Shamanism because it addresses the core practices of medicine people around the world. Harner was an anthropologist and a scientist and was rigorous in his research and teaching. As a young student I was drawn to his clean clear methods. When magic is presented with such clarity it can be learned.

I teach with Harner’s principles as my foundation, for it was his teachings that allowed my own work to expand and blossom. As I tip my hat to my former teacher I also recognize his limitations and have sought to fill those in, in my own work. So with that in mind, this class although grounded in the methods of core shamanism, is very very different. Its focus on earth connection and elemental magic differs greatly from Harner’s teachings, as does many of the somatic and creative practices that I have learned from my explorations into tantric yoga, taoist alchemy, herbalism, trauma healing, and European/Norse witchcraft. Because I am not a part of any academic institution, or religion, I can teach whatever I’ve found that works, and this is I think, the beauty of shamanism. It is timeless and alive.

Harner taught me that the main teachers are the Spirits. Always. And the only true way to find out if something works is to try it out. The only way we are going to learn is by doing. Not by reading. So this is a doing course, you will be having experiences though practice. How exciting!

The course itself is a full year and it will be mostly presented through recorded videos. I will also be meeting with you online twice a month to practice together and flush out the teachings. We will also have a private Facebook group to gather in and get to know each other there too. All classes will be done in Atlantic Time Zone, but you can take this class from anywhere because it will be all online.

I do ask one big thing of you. That you can stay with the class and come to as many live events as possible. Twice a month when we gather, we will be working together so showing up means helping yourself and your classmates. So only sign up if you think you have time for a full year of study, where you keep up with the circle. I would say if you had an hour or two a week to devote yourself to the material, you’ll be fine. That’s minimum.

Please contact me if you are interested in joining us for 2023/24!

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Shaman’s Heart Journey Circle

Tuesday Evenings
7-8 PM on Zoom
$10

This journey circle was formed with the intention to provide dedicated practitioners with a space to Journey once a week in a circle with others. If you are a shamanic practitioner or interested in trying it out, you are welcome to come join us. It is a time of peace and deep reverence with Spirit.

This is a LOVELY way to settle into the week and create some sacred space for yourself.

If this time does not work for you, please let me know. If necessary I will create a second time.

Contact me to be put on the list, which includes the weekly intention and zoom link.

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