NW, an experienced shamanic practitioner and formerly a supervisor at the Sacred Trust, has agreed to lead a series of experiential workshops on British shamanism. We venture to think that shamanic journeying is among the more accessible forms of contemporary British pagan ritual. At the same time, it is probably the most nearly analogous to “naturalistic” psychotherapy. For project participants whose background is more on the academic and clinical side, we hope this will offer an experiential dimension to our ongoing discussions about mental wellbeing in a world of many spirits. For those already well versed in pagan ritual, we hope this will provide an opportunity for critical reflection about what is happening in their psyches and in their environment during rituals, and how this can affect wellbeing (for better or worse).

So far we have had meetings in August and October of 2018, and we have another meeting planned for January 2019. New participants are welcome to contact me. For practical reasons the group must remain small, but anyone with a background in therapy, a relevant academic field, or modern paganism practice is welcome.

The following resources and posts are associated with this event series:

  1. NW’s original presentation notes (26.08.2018)
  2. Nick’s revised Introduction to Shamanism (1.2019)
  3. Ronald Hutton’s summary of the historical genesis of “core shamanism”
  4. Polly Wood’s and Susan Haase-Derrett’s reflections after the first meeting from their perspective as psychotherapists
  5. Ruth Parham’s reflections after the second meeting from her perspective as a member of both Druidic and goddess-based modern pagan communities


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