Shamanic Practitioners Training
2020 - 2021
The Shamans Quest


Dates for 2020/21         Friday 10am start to Sunday 4.30pm close
full details on the website with next year’s intake dates
1 - Friday  Feb 14th  –  Sunday Feb 16th 2020       
2 - Friday  Jun 12th    –  Sunday Jun 14th  2020
3 - Friday  Oct 23rd  – Sunday Oct 25th  2020  
4 - Friday  Jan 22nd  – Sunday Jan 24th  2021
5 - Friday  April 30th -  Monday May 3rd 2021 (May Bank Holiday – 4 days)

Booking now for the year 1 to start in 2020

Contact now for availability and cost

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I, Derek, have been teaching shamanic practice for 15 years and I am an experienced shamanic healer. I am happy to guide you through the all aspects of shamanism and the Shamans Quest Practitioner training is now in its 8th year

The Journey;
On the quest journey, the hero sets out to reach their goal, to obtain their treasure,
accomplishing tasks along the way and then return home with it intact. 
The Shaman on their epic journey, often with great exertion and struggles along the pathway endeavours to reach a full understanding of his or herself and to complete the quest.
On this journey, we will follow the wheel of the year, from death and rebirth, the verdant new growth to the rich harvest of our souls, exploring shamanic teachings and techniques that have been used for millennia to reach our goals. This is an in depth shamanic course where you will explore and learn in a friendly and fully supported environment. Suitable for novices setting out on their pathway as well as those that would like to explore to a greater depth the inner workings of the world of the shaman.
We will weave our story over five 3 day weekends, three in the first year then two in the next year, the last session being 4 days , whilst we follow the growth of the year and of ourselves and explore the journey to reach our goals. 
Each weekend will start on the Friday morning, and ending on the Sunday eve. The final session includes the Monday (May bank holiday). The sessions will comprise practical explorations, teachings, discussions, pair and group work and solitary and shared ceremony. This will be a closed group with limited numbers and you will be asked to commit to each of the five sessions and to undertake a minimum number of case studies to complete your training for practitioner’s certificate. There will be follow up work and practice to carry out in between the times we meet which you will be expected to fulfil. You will be given full group and private support throughout by your teacher, Derek Gane, the assistants, as well as your peer group.

A guide to teachings explored;
Session 1- Creation - Air
Introduction to journeying, Energy body awareness, Ceremony of the drum, Spirit as teachers, Circle of reality, Lower world journeying, Earthwalk, Upper world journeying, Meeting our Totems, Transformational Drum Healing,  ,  Air Ceremony. Sacred site visit with ceremony. Creating your own personal mesa bag for healing. Case Studies.
Session 2- Strength - Fire
Opening fire ceremony, Earth walks and awareness, Journeying, The wounded healer, Shamanic view of illness, and healing, Walk of attention, Merging with animals, Dance of power, Working with the elements, Healing fire ceremony. Hunter / prey, Understanding shamanic view of power, Healing bundles, Sacred Site Visit with ceremony. Power animal retrieval. Sacred pipe ceremony. Guardianship of the Grandfather. Case Studies.
Session 3- Expansion - Water
Earth walks and awareness, Middle world journeys, Ceremony as an act,, Elementals, Shamanic healing - extraction work, Working with ancestral helpers,  Sacred site visit with ceremony, Ancestral healing,  Cord cutting, , Space clearance, Water ceremony.  Mesa Healing. Case Studies.
Session 4 - Solidity - Earth
Understanding soul loss, Mending the fragmented soul with retrieval. Soul remembrance, Soul theft, Elementals and the Middle world, Sacred site visit with ceremony, Ritual from different traditions. Rock seeing. The Dance of your Animal. Earth Ceremony. Responsibilities with clients.  Sacred Heart Cacao Ceremony. Shamanic Counselling. Case Studies.
Session 5Abundance – Spirit/Ether
Completion session leading to Shamanic Practitioners Certificate.  Healing review. Shaman as Psychopomp and the journey of the soul. Plant spirits as allies. Sacred site visit with ceremony, Mesa Healing, Overview, celebration ceremony and completion.

Accommodation; There is a limited and discounted amount of shared rooms available, please contact for prices and availability
Eco campsite available for summer option and further stay available
Local B&B addresses available on request
Food; Vegetarian soup provided each day. Shared contributory food for lunches. 
Friday and Saturday evening hot Vegetarian meal provided


Feedback from previous participants of the Shamans Quest

I was meaning to get in touch to say a huge thank you for last weekend, it was brilliant! Lovely to be in such a nurturing, nourishing, supportive, beautiful space and with a lovely group. SM 2017

A life changing experience SB 2017

Highly recommend the "Shamans Quest" BM 2017

What the Shamans Quest has meant to me?
Life changer! I started the quest knowing I had to walk a shamanic path, but I was full of self doubt and anxiety. I was unsure how to integrate this calling into my everyday life. The Quest sorted that right out!! I have completed the journey and I am a changed person. I feel like I have stepped into a power I never knew I had, whilst remaining humble and aware of where that power really lies. I am confident, happy and content. I'm doing things I never imagined were possible in my work and my life in general. I am so grateful to Derek and Alison, and the wonderful Healing Tree Centre for all that you have done. I can't recommend this course highly enough. Aho!! SMc 2018

What the Shamans Quest journey has meant for me

It's enabled me to move on to a different phase in my life and make big changes that I was quite afraid of making. I've realised things aren't as scary as I thought, found an increased connection to nature, which I was in great need of, on many levels, and rediscovered the simplicity of healing, helped along by Derek's gentle and flexible approach. It's given me an amazing tribe, and nourished me when I most needed it. At the same time I'm aware that this is just the beginning, but I now have some really valuable tools to use going forward and a greater appreciation of the spirit world. Huge gratitude to all at the Healing Tree. Sue M 2018

The Healing Tree is an approved training provider and The Shamans Quest is accredited with I.P.H.M

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