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September 2017 (2 Year Program)
Introducing Advanced Shamanic Practice Training
It is true to say that, worldwide, the value and place of shamanism in the
history of the healing arts and sciences and in the evolutionary history of
human culture has received the appropriate attention and recognition due to it.
Shamanism stands as the oldest form of transpersonal healing in human culture
and it has inspired the development of human consciousness through the discovery
and use of symbolic forms expressed in art and ritual. Archaeological evidence
for these contributions has been mounting for some decades now. Moreover, it is
clear that shamanism has been a significant precursor to the world’s major
special interest in all of this is the recognition that shamanism in its various
forms around the world and through time has created technologies for exploring
and expressing domains of consciousness which have now been incorporated into
medicine, psychiatry and psychotherapy in new and meaningful ways. The World
Health Organization has renewed its efforts, initiated in the 1970’s, to build
bridges between shamanic traditions and western medicine and psychiatry.
Shamanism has been re-visited as a way of being in the world … a fundamental,
practical philosophy and tool for human development … by leading scholar and
practitioners. At the same time, many shamans worldwide have begun to offer
their cultural materials associated with shamanism to those who are willing to
Ikon Institute, we have taught shamanic practice programs for over 20 years, all
the time developing an approach which is distinctively Australian, informed by
the Australian Dreaming Project (ADP). This is an undertaking which has
seen graduates from our advanced program go out into the community and deliver
this new and exciting direction n shamanic practice, often in conjunction with
other modalities such as counselling, psychotherapy, medicine, psychiatry,
kinesiology, body work and so on.
We invite you to become part of our shamanic work. We deliver the training in
the Central Desert, near Alice Springs so that the spirit of this country we are
in speaks to us, lives with and in us as we live in it. We move there in
landscapes which are many-layered, rich and evolving.
To be a shamanic practitioner is to learn to navigate … through the realms of
human consciousness, through the worlds which are part of this domain and
through all of the vicissitudes of human life across the life-cycle, through
birth and all intervening transitions to death, from illness and despair to
health and wellbeing and new horizons, from being trapped in the walled city of
unconscious mass society to the liberation of mind, body, heart and soul.
Course Author and Facilitator
The Advanced Shamanic Practice has been developed and taught by Dr Rafael
Locke who has trained people in shamanic techniques in the US and Australia for
over 20 years.
Dr. Rafael Locke is the National Director of Ikon Institute and the Spirit
of the Earth Medicine Society.
He is an initiated shaman as well as being
trained in anthropology, medicine, psychology and psychoanalysis. He is
also chairperson of the Australian Institute of Shamanic Practitioners.
has published The Gift of Proteus: Shamanism and the Transformation of
Being and Altered States of Consciousness and Psi ( with Edward
The Advanced Shamanic Practice Program
There are two strands to the Advanced Shamanic Practice training:
Master Practitioner Training and Shamanic Initiation
Master Practitioner: Shamanic
We are vitally interested in
persons who are passionate about this work, those who really want to do it, who
wish to take the risk to be other than they have been so far in life and to
reach out to others and the world at large to help make it a better place to
live. The risk is to draw upon those aspects of your being which, to date, have
not been explored or expressed and which, without a doubt, will change your life
and cause you to leave some things, some ways of living, some people behind.
This course is open to persons who have the following background:
- Completed an Ikon Diploma of Shamanic Practice or equivalent or
- Traditional training in shamanism in any culture or
- Other training and experience which can be assessed
It is largely a matter of whether applicants are
interested, passionate and committed to shamanic work
Assessment of applicant’s eligibility is done on a
Modules are held each year: 8-18th April and 1-10th September
The focus of the training is on learning
the mythologies and technologies of shamanic work arising from the
ADP with a
deep involvement with the environment.
The training program has the following modules:
The mythologies, rituals and healing practices of the ADP. Learning new landscapes and travelling
in them. Locating yourself in the world with a new sense of connection with
nature and spirit. The Dreaming Wheel and the Centre of the world. Communicating
with spirits of place and purpose. Tools for divination.
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personal medicine and applying it in specific forms of healing practices
one-on-one, group and community in scope. Drawing upon the medicines of the
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States and Worlds
further into shamanic technologies. Here we draw upon specific medicines,
especially snake and hawk medicine in dynamic healing techniques which depend
also on entering into and shaping specific states of consciousness. Making and
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the program focuses on shamanic methods for removing the constraints on
confinement of body, mind, heart and soul … sexuality and personal, creative
expression. The ancient themes of Dionysus and Apollo are re-visited in a
contemporary, ADP form.
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The training will involve intensive work in natural settings with occasional
The course will be physically and psychologically demanding as it requires
more than intellectual understanding; rather, it requires the commitment of the
whole of one’s being to the work. This creates significant personal change on
all levels of existence.
Components of modules:
Mythology: throughout the program, there is a thorough introduction to the
foundational mythology which has been generated over the last 20 years of
shamanic work in the Australian wilderness and especially in the Central
Desert. Every step of the work done in ASP is informed by existing or emerging
mythology. By participating, students become part of the evolving process. The
basic relationships in this are as follows:
(Myth <-> Country) <-> Ritual ->
Visionary Practice (divination, ritual, healing)
Within this framework, the guiding principles are those of
Visionary Practice which are the foundations of shamanic work in all cultures.
It involves the cultivation of Visionary Capacity and translating this into
Practice. Our experience is broadened and deepened by learning to open to
other states of being: embodiment, meaning and action.
We traverse the country and learn about the Dreaming Wheel which
serves as the most profound tool in assisting human beings to navigate in life
and for shamans to guide others. We walk, talk and engage the country; it
speaks to us in wind and water, earth and fire, sky and stone, trees and
We learn about the first shamans and their legacy to us, now, in this
world with its own specific demands. In this spirit, we go to Mike Hill and
survey the country for 360 degrees and perform ritual, celebrate myth and
delight in the country which unfolds before us. We see the city of our dreams
at the eastern horizon and gain the sight of the Hawk.
We build Dreaming Wheels to contain and yet energize and fuel our healing
work. It comes to reside within us so that we are oriented to it day and night
in the service of our own unfolding journey and that of others whom we seek to
We discover aspects of our human being as shamanic practitioners which are
cultivated: Our multiplexity or capacity to be many ways in body, mind,
identity and skills other than those ways which dominate our ordinary,
everyday lives. We explore the meaning and practice of positive possession and
we learn that the opposite of healing is sorcery in its many forms which must
be understood and countered.
We travel to the Dreaming Trees to seek their insights and support and
then to the Ancestor Tree to hear the guidance of the Ancestors. We journey to
the hills and river and listen to their deep movement and stories which inform
our way of life and shamanic practice.
Of paramount concern is the matter of liberation: as shamanic
practitioners, we wish to liberate ourselves from limiting ways of being …
perception, feeling, embodiment, sexuality, skills, knowledge, expression …
and to assist others to do the same. Our call is to ancient ways which find a
new home in Australia. The walled city falls and the new being emerges to
struggle into life free of the fetters of the past, a little frightened but
open-eyed and engaging the path to the sun.
Healing flows from the immersion in this place and its mythology. We learn
to guide others into the Dreaming Wheel and to heal them gently (passive
receptively) or energetically (active-dynamically). Moving into their
landscapes, helping to change their worlds from inside to out, from soul to
social being. We call upon snake medicine as well and the power of travel to
other worlds through the spirit canoe and Ungur the great snake, Mother of
The Dreaming Wheel becomes our focus at the end, just as it was in the
beginning, so that we journey around it, across the country, to perform
rituals at each of the cardinal points and centre. We are complete.
The program offers much which creative and expressive:
The course may be commenced at any time. Modules are independent. Study
guides and further work between modules are supplied.
Upon enrolment, each person is supplied with:
- A reading list
- Foundation notes
- A list of things to bring and how to prepare
- A health information form which must be completed and returned.
SOTEMS has been operating in Australia for over 20 years. In that time, it
has developed a strong community which is creating a medicine ways and shamanic
culture across the country. This is not merely in terms of courses and workshops
offered, or in terms of counselling and healing services available; rather, it
is also in terms of there now being a substantial social, cultural and spiritual
basis for shamanic practice. With this comes the opportunity to become an
initiated shaman within the SOTEMS tradition.
Persons who complete the program and who have subsequently conducted
themselves with skill and integrity in delivering shamanic practice may be
invited to be initiated as a first-level shaman in the Spirit of the Earth
Medicine Society (SOTEMS). This may be some considerable time after completion
of the course.
The process is one of personal, traditionally modelled training and
initiation through several stages. What this involves is as follows:
a. Enrolment in the Master Practitioner program
b. Being interviewed for shamanic training and initiation
c. Where a person is accepted for shamanic training and
initiation, they will receive personal training from Dr. Rafael Locke which runs
in parallel to the Masters program. No disclosure of the content of this
individual training is available; it is discrete and focused on the individual’s
needs, strengths and motivation, and personal path.
Cost, Dates and Enrollment
The total cost of the course is $10,000.00
Payment can be made in the following ways:
1. $1000.00 deposit plus 4 x payments of
2. 4 x payments of $2500.00 or
3. $1000.00 deposit plus $500.00/month for 18
4. Pay full fee in advance (5% reduction)
Modules are held each year: 8th-18th April and
For specific information or to
register your interest please contact Dr. Rafael Locke 0417 964 777 or email
or click here for the Advanced Shamanic Practice Enrolment form
Next Course Commences 1 Feb 2016
The Shamanic Practice Program has been developed over the last 25 years by
Dr. Rafael Locke through research and participation in shamanic practice in a
number of cultures around the world ... the Americas, Caribbean, Africa,
Southeast Asia and Australia. Commencing in1989, a series of fascinating and
challenging courses have been offered as a sequence for personal and
professional development. All of the courses retain a faithful connection with
shamanic traditions as well as translating shamanic work into modern idioms of
psychology, medicine, anthropology and other disciplines.
This Ikon course is taught by teachers who have graduated as Master
Practitioners and who are initiated shamans in the Spirit of the Earth Medicine
General information - The Shamanic Practice Certificate
- The course is delivered in 6 modules at intervals of 8 weeks.
- The modules are self-directed study.
- Each module is supported by weekly Skype based tutorials.
- It is also supported by 2 x 4 day workshops at Avoca Beach NSW (on 5
forested acres about 90 min drive north of Sydney Airport - camping is
included however travel is at students expense).
- You can email your tutor if you have questions.
- Part 1 of the course can be done for a formal certificate, which means
completing the assignments in a satisfactory way, or you can simply do it for
yourself without bothering with the assignments. Part 1 and Part 2 (below)
combine to complete a Diploma of Shamanic Practice
- Anyone can do the course; there are no eligibility requirements.
What the course delivers
This course is designed to provide you with the following sets of skills and
- An excellent knowledge of the development of shamanism in human societies.
- Knowledge of shamanic practices in a wide range of cultures.
- Knowledge of altered states of consciousness and their application in
- Knowledge and skills associated with establishing and implementing
- Understanding of the nature of shamanic healing, its differences from
medical and psychological healing, and how to implement it.
- Knowledge of the concept and practices connected with personal medicine.
- Detailed coverage of conditions under which a shamanic practice can be set
up in Australia.
- Connection with other shamanic practitioners in Australia and overseas.
- Eligibility for membership of the Australian Institute of Shamanic
- Eligibility for the Advanced Shamanic Practice Diploma
For more information please visit
http://www.truthandpower.com.au/courses/shamanic-practice-course or email Orion at