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NOTE: This class is sold out, and will begin again in November, 2017.   Please email us to be added to the interest list for the next group.

Welcome to the Shaman’s Way!  Each cohort, through a series of robust exercises, practices, ceremonies, and experiences, comes to be a family over 16 immersive months.  We laugh.  We cry.  We hold each other when life is hard, and we celebrate our victories together.  We deepen in a vessel of core community, ritual, sharing and ceremony. This immersive course isn’t designed to be something you show up for once or twice a month and enjoy (although you do that, too), but instead to introduce a way of living and rebuild who you are at a core level.

In the course, you’ll build a mesa (medicine bundle to help you in your good works), learn how to drum, sing, rattle, hold ceremonial space, and perform healings like illumination, reiki, extraction, soul retrieval, limpia, medicine shields, shapeshifting, transmutation, dismemberment, power animal retrieval, shamanic divination, medicine keys, and spirit flight.

lynx circle

Shamanism is a love story – this practice is about jettisoning fear, and falling wildly in love with the beauty and joy of living. To do this, we methodically let go of our pain and stories using shamanic technologies, and walk into a state of luminous grace. This is a singularly challenging, fulfilling and transformative training, and the friendships and bonds that form over the 16 months are deep, and can last a lifetime. Here’s a video about the first Shaman’s Way cohort, Group Macaw:

What's the 16-Month Training?

This is core community, deep transformation, and a rare experience. The entire training lasts 16 months, and each direction builds on the one before – we meet one full day a month, and practice at the monthly Shaman Circle (included in your tuition).   Group Otter will be a very small group, so we can circle deeply together. You’ll be held by myself, the class anchors, private FB and Google groups, password-protected monthly webpages, your class support pod, and by visiting medicine persons from Peruvian and Toltec traditions.

Interspersed throughout the training, students have the opportunity to attend individual healings and karpay ceremonies for our group with the Q’ero from Peru, and special guest visitors, like Toltec elders, will perform ceremonies with us in class.  Some of our class meetings happen out of doors on Mt. Tamalpais, and we engage in fire and water ceremonies as a group.

in the grove
The Container

The 16 month class is a deep blending of medicine traditions.  Our framework is based on ideas shared by the Q’ero, original descendants of the Inka.  Although the Q’ero are not shaman, this training uniquely blends ideas from Q’ero tradition with many shamanic ways of knowing from around the world, in addition to reiki and contemporary lightwork practices.  Our journey begins with 4 months in the South – once completed, we move together into the West, North, and East, consecutively.  Each Shaman’s Way cohort moves through all the directions together as a family, and all students are committed to the entire 16 month training.  Each direction is supplemented by suggested reading (discounted for VR students at Green Apple Books), personal ritual homework (not listed online), attendance at the monthly Shaman Circle, and practice sessions outside of class organized by enrolled students.

Honoring the Q'ero

We’re honored to introduce students to the work of beloved IQF (International Q’eros Foundation), which brings Q’ero elders to the lands of the North to share their teachings in twice-yearly visits to the San Francisco area.  Students are encouraged to attend Karpay, Cosmovision, and Despacho events with Q’ero elders to deepen their course of study in the 16 month training – VR will joyfully provide information about IQF happenings in America as we learn about them.  We invite you to visit IQF’s website, and we celebrate donations to support their extraordinary vision and work.  Heartfelt blessings to the Q’ero and IQF for sharing light with us – we honor you, and we thank you.

SOUTH (Shedding our past)

Shed our past as Serpent sheds her skin, first 4-month module
$208 per month (entire training is $3333 over 16 months)
Otter class dates in the South: Jul 10, Aug 14, Sept 11, Oct 9
**Monthly Shaman Circle included in tuition**

We begin the journey that returns us to right placement in the web of creation, as we work with great serpent mother and learn to shed our past. This is critical to awakening, so that we mindfully stop living in story, and engage with the miracle of living. In sacred space, we journey to ally with the archetype of the south, and learn the extraordinary tool of illumination, which removes pain, imprints, and emotional charge from the energy body. We inform sacred stones and build healing mesas, make shamanic art, learn forgiveness, paint our river of life, work in pairs outside of class, practice time travel, and complete with a powerful initiatory ceremony.

  • Learn to call in sacred space with smudge, rattling, singing, and dancing power animals
  • Meet, understand, and join the integrity agreement for the group to uphold clear agreements
  • Form a healing pod with 3 classmates that will support your entire journey in the South
  • Begin journeying in a shamanic way, and meet your main power animal
  • Start building your own mesa, a sacred medicine bundle and powerful healing tool
  • Identify and write your river of life – the story you break free of in the 16 months
  • Learn how to speak to stones and crystals, of the sacred objects in your mesa
  • Perform illumination to release imprints and pain from the luminous energy body
  • Build medicine shields, number maps, and sand paintings to honor your healings
  • Learn how to deeply forgive with concrete tools and rituals (and learn a lot about potatoes)
  • Track information by merging with the 4 archetypes of the training, using a sacred object
  • Retrieve a power animal for a classmate, and learn how to forge helping spirit alliances
  • Receive archetypes of Serpent, Jaguar, Hummingbird and Eagle in a final group ceremony
WEST (walking with the shadow)

Walking with Lady Jaguar in the land of the Shadow, second 4-month module
$208 per month (entire training is $3333 over 16 months)
Otter class dates in the West: Nov 13, Dec 11, Jan 8, Feb 12
**Monthly Shaman Circle included in tuition**

In the west, we death ourselves, meet our shadow, let go of enemies, step beyond fear, and release drama. This is the most intense and challenging of the directions, and brings light to your shadow self. We work with Jaguar, and navigate the jungle of shadow that obscures who we truly are. We strengthen our boundaries, confront what is less than light within us, and learn how to work with and release heavy energies and patterns.  We receive reiki attunements, where reiki brings divine light to the shadowed places inside that need healing. We learn to extract crystalline entities and fluid energies using crystals and feathers, and how to to nourish the grains of truth that seed the shadow. Welcome West!

  • Students begin calling in sacred space for the group and leading ceremony
  • Form a new healing pod with 3 classmates that will support your entire journey in the West
  • Meet your shadow and begin to have a conscious relationship with her/him
  • Begin shapeshifting, and wear the skins of your great ‘enemies’ and ‘teachers’
  • Receive reiki attunements to help bring light and comfort to the journey with the shadow
  • Meet and illumine your core wound, and learn what’s needed to release it fully
  • Hunt your greatest fear, and learn how to be in right relation with challenge
  • Overcome resistance to receiving love and being seen, practice owning your beauty
  • Begin your Shaman Deck, a collection of the 80+ techniques in the 16 month training
  • Extract spiritual intrusions, crystalline energies, fluid energies, and fluid entities
  • Learn spirit releasement and psychopomp (guiding earthbound spirits home)
  • Final group burning ceremony to close the West
NORTH (savoring the sweetness of living)

Savor the sweetness of living with Hummingbird, third 4-month module
$208 per month (entire training is $3333 over 16 months)
Otter class dates in the North: Mar 12, Apr 9, May 14, Jun 11
**Monthly Shaman Circle included in tuition**

In the North, we savor the sweetness of living, and release the ego to come to choice about our roles in life. After diving deep into the places that challenge us, we soar into how delightful living can be. We’ll ceremonially release our roles, practice living in simplicity, and embody not knowing. We learn two distinct forms of soul retrieval, one for multiple soul pieces, and one that moves through four chambers of wounding, contracts, retrieval, and blessings.  We’ll work with our ancestors, the Wise Ones who came before us, and offer healing to our lineages. This is a fun direction – we did core work in the last 8 months, and now get to celebrate our wild and precious lives – we savor sweetness with abandon, and go camping with our community, our loving council. Welcome, North!

  • Every student begins drumming, calling in sacred space, and leading ceremonies
  • Form a new healing pod with 3 classmates that will support your entire journey in the North
  • Understand how soul loss happens, and meet a specialist guide to assist you with retrievals
  • Perform and receive soul retrieval and integration practices based in core shamanism
  • Begin meeting and working with your ancestors, learn the shadow and gifts of your lineage
  • Visit the Hall of Ancestors and make an alliance with an ancestor as a personal guide
  • Offer ‘happily every after’ ceremony to your line, and transform past, present, future
  • Participate in a shamanic chorus, and hold ceremony to literally become sweetness and joy
  • Learn how to transmute and embody divine light, begin taking this practice into daily living
  • Make an eye shield based in Siberian shamanic tradition, and learn to see between worlds
  • Begin working with different forms of journeying – lying down, standing, speaking, dancing
  • Understand how we give and receive love, and learn to clearly articulate your needs
  • Perform and receive 4-chambered soul retrieval with an archetype in the training
  • Release your attachment and identification with roles, and learn invisibility techniques
Golden Eagle
EAST (dreaming down heaven)

Soar with Eagle to fulfill our destiny, final 4-month module
$208 per month (entire training is $3333 over 16 months)
Otter class dates in the East: Jul 9, Aug 13, Sept 10, Oct 8
**Monthly Shaman Circle included in tuition**

Congratulations on reaching the east! By now, your life is changed in the most lovely, luminous ways, and we’re ready to plug in to the trajectory of your destiny here on earth. In the east, we soar with eagle to meet and fulfill what we came here to do, and welcome in our dreams. We journey to meet our celestial parents, and also our descendants. We’ll witness each other’s deepest dreams, journey as a group to walk in those dreams, and offer power to make them so. We write our own eulogies, practice spirit flight, and take turns leading the group in ceremony, as we get nudged out of the nest, and step fully into the power and brilliance of our being. ENORMOUS congratulations – welcome East!

  • Create a ritual with your helping spirits over 4 months, to be performed in the final class
  • Form a new healing pod with 3 classmates that will support your entire journey in the East
  • Begin to ‘dream down heaven’ and create a fully realized life that anchors light and love
  • Develop your own unique healing technique with the assistance of your helping spirits
  • Practice long distance healings around the planet, and learn to transcend space/time
  • Engage in dismemberment ceremony, and strip away what you were before the training
  • Learn how to change the trajectory of your destiny and manifest your dreams
  • Practice cord cutting and revise spiritual contracts from your old trajectory
  • Journey in a spirit canoe with the group to bring back a creation story from the archetypes
  • Meet your celestial and archetypal parents and reveal your original soul agreement
  • Write your eulogy, and prepare for your spirit flight at end of life
  • Meet and commune with your future, wise elder self
  • Every student leads the group in a final ritual they develop on the final day of class
What happens if I miss a class?

All students are still responsible for each month’s tuition, and will still be held in the container with support from me and my apprentices, and in community.  To make up a missed class, you can…

  • coordinate with another student to record the day for you
  • receive my teaching notes via email and practice with classmates
  • ask your support pod to do a mini ‘makeup class’ for you
  • come do an individual session with me to make up, booked online
Group Macaw: 2014-2015
Group Lynx 2015-2016
lynx graduates
Group Otter...Ahoy!

GROUP OTTER, IN PROGRESS, 2016-2017:  If you’ve ever frolicked at Vibrant Reiki, you’ve felt the playful medicine paw of Otter already!  I’ll admit to being a bit otterly obsessed – get me going on otters and I’ll glow about them for days.  Simply, they are my FAVORITE animal, and are to me the epitome of love, grace, and play.  There are 13 species of otter on planet earth, and they’re not only playful and wonderful creatures, they also reflect the health of our ecosystems for us, as an indicator species.  Vibrant Reiki has been tithing to the International Otter Survival Fund (IOSF) for many, many years – they’re amazing, and relentless in their work educating people about otters, rehabilitating them, and participating in global programs to safeguard otter habitat.  I’ve made a special donation to IOSF in honor of Group Otter to welcome everyone, and set the space.  IOSF, we love you!

Speaking of, here’s a sweet note for us from IOSF:  “That’s great to hear about the “otter” course.  Otters, as you know, are certainly special animals.  They are highly intelligent and each has its own character.  They are also wonderfully adapted to live the way they do – something we could all learn from.  They have fun and then sleep for hours!!  I’m sure your students will find a lot in common with them.”  ~Grace Yoxon, IOSF, Scotland

European otter, Lutra lutra, isolated on white
The Howdy-Do Orientation Weekend

Before each cohort begins (next cohort starts November 2017), we enjoy the Howdy-Do Weekend, so applicants can learn alllll about the program, and decide if this is a right fit. At the Howdy-Do, we’ll call in sacred space, do several shamanic journeys, meet each other, learn a lot (!) about the program, hear from Shaman’s Way graduates about their experience, and turn in applications (application fee is included in event attendance).   This 16-month experience is intense, involved, life-changing and requires a lot of dedication and willingness to show up.  I will absolutely pour my heart and full presence into this 16-month adventure with you, and I want you to know as much as possible about what’s asked of all of us in the training so we can build a spirit family based in brilliance, integrity, and joy.

During the Howdy-Do Orientation Weekend, you’ll have a robust opportunity to discern if I, Vibrant Reiki, shamanic journeying, and the Shaman’s Way are a harmonious fit for you and submit your application.  At the mandatory Howdy-Do Orientation Weekend, you’ll experience:

  • Ceremonial cleansing & healing as you enter the space
  • Calling in the sacred directions (rattles are provided for you)
  • Learn how to perform a shamanic journey (journey skills for life)
  • Communicate with your compassionate helping spirits and allies
  • Find healing and magic in live shamanic journeys over the weekend
  • Learn about the structure, agreements, and vessel of the Shaman’s Way
  • Meet Anna and the assistants for this round of the medicine wheel
  • Participate in a powerful group ceremony and healing on Sunday night
  • Meet your trusted comrades and fellow adventurers in Group Otter (woohoo!)
  • Chat with graduates of the Shaman’s Way and ask questions about their experience
  • Submit your application for entry into Group Otter (application fee included)
  • Take home a healing stone talisman (this gets charged up in ceremony)

In between the Howdy-Do Orientation Weekend and the first day of our romp through the medicine wheel,  I and my assistants will perform shamanic diagnostic for to be sure each applicant is in alignment with the energies forming, and applicants will be notified of acceptance into the program before class begins.  Please note:  attending the orientation weekend does not ensure entry into the group – at the very least, you’ll learn how to journey in a shamanic way, enjoy intense and beautiful shamanic ceremony, and take home a sacred object.

Tuition for the Howdy-Do Orientation Weekend ($123) is nonrefundable and nontransferable, and unused payments will be donated directly to help otters at IOSF.   The orientation weekend is 100% mandatory for every applicant – regardless of acceptance into the program – we’ll do some good works and big magics (and have a lot of fun!) as we build the container for miracles.

Climb aboard your unicorn, gather up your magic wand, sprinkle some playful pixie dust, and get ready for the ride of your life, Otters!  Here we GO!


Anna, Otter & The Shaman’s Way

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