Apr 22, 2014


Around the Web, Around the World

"Why Shamanism Now?" with Christina Pratt

Shamanic Ritual and Ceremony with Lenore Norrgard and Kent Dorsey

Shamanic ritual and ceremony are the "power tools" used by shamanic practitioners around the world to create change and transformation in their lives. Humans engage in ritual and ceremony to ask for help from the compassionate forces of the invisible world to accomplish what they cannot do themselves or what they are no longer able to expend enough energy and resources to do themselves. Host and shaman, Christina Pratt, is joined by guests this week to share the use of shamanic ritual and ceremony among contemporary practitioners. This week we delve into the Conjure Dance, a very powerful dance ritual that grew out of the confluence of cultures in 18th century New Orleans. It is performed to bring about social healing, like the end of slavery, which was one of its historical uses. Join us as we explore the use of this ritual to create social healing in our time.

This week's guests:
Lenore Norrgard & Kent Dorsey

Lenore Norrgard was called to the shamanic path in 1987, following 15 years of intensive social activism, during which she worked as a journalist for Reuter News Agency, earned a masters degree in China studies, and lived in China for three years. From the time she was initiated into shamanism through a spontaneous healing from an animal spirit, she wanted to bring that miraculous healing power to bear on social ills. She experienced a life-changing paradigm shift around how to achieve profound social change, and started seeing herself as a social healer rather than as a social revolutionary. From very early on, her work as a shamanic healer, teacher and consultant has included working at the social level, most markedly through rituals for social healing. Lenore offers Shamanism for Activists trainings; leads large, public peacemaking rituals, most recently for the opening rally of The Peace and Justice Studies annual conference; and she is currently involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement. Read about Lenore's spiritual activism in her article, Ritual and Activism: The Alchemy of Social Transformation in Sacred Hoop magazine, Issue 58.

Kent Dorsey has had a private Shamanic healing practice for thirteen years offering individual and group shamanic and spiritual healing sessions, chaplaincy, and officiating sacred ceremonies. He was one of two American members of the Foundation For Shamanic Studies 2003 field expedition to Tuva, traveling to the Russian Republic to participate in the International Symposium on Shamanism in August 2003. The Tuvan government, the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, sponsored this gathering where Kent worked alongside of 80 indigenous shamans from all over the world collectively performing healings for over 500 people. Kent has developed a deep connection to spirit based on his own experiences of direct engagement. In addition he has trained with Michael Harner, Sandra Ingerman, Betsy Bergstrom, Lama Wangdu Rinpoche, Q'ero elders, Master Stephen Co (Pranic Healing) and the Iranian Master Healer, Behrooz Danadoost (Shafaw). His passionate focus is in teaching shamanism in our diverse western culture and bring it into the 21st century.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 11:00 AM Pacific

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