Two years ago (in March), I signed up for a one-year shamanic training program with my friend and teacher Sarah Salter-Kelly. That first year was all about directly experiencing shamanistic practices; ceremony, rituals and rites, songs, prayers, elemental healing, dance, meditation, journey, breathwork, the creation of medicine tools and of course, working in circle. As a community, we met four times throughout the course of the year (at each of the equinoxes and solstices).
After the first weekend, I knew that my life was about to change quite drastically. For one thing, I was inspired to begin a life of sobriety, which I have maintained ever since. For those of you who knew me before, this was and is a pretty significant change in itself. Sobriety proved to be just the beginning however, and over the past two years I have experienced many more changes along the way.
I feel as though I am experiencing a literal metamorphosis into something (someone) different. She even has a different name; Nahanni, and I truly feel as though I am becoming her, little by little, each day bringing me closer to fully embodying/embracing her.
After the first year, a smaller group of us (6) decided to continue on with Sarah and learn how to integrate shamanism into our healing practices. The past year's training has given me even more tools to use with my clients and I feel so grateful for that.