Shamanic workshop planned

BAR HARBOR — Laurie and Richard Parker, friends and students of shamanic teacher Hank Wesselman, will offer a 3-hour introductory workshop in shamanism and shamanic meditation at Destination Health on Saturday, June 30, from 3-6 p.m.

“Shamanism is not a religion but a method to gain insight into oneself and one’s relationship with the natural world and to access support and healing to better meet the challenges of everyday life,” said a press release. “It is a practice of direct experience where the individual alone determines meaning. Shamanism is the original spiritual practice and has existed for millennia.”

The workshop will cover common elements of ancient shamanism, emerging practices in modern shamanism and beginning experiences with shamanic meditation. The workshop also will provide resources for further exploration, books, websites, newsletters, workshop offerings, etc.

This workshop is for anyone widening their search for stress reduction and self awareness. No experience with shamanism is necessary, and this method has proven accessible to beginners for decades. Those with an existing meditation practice tend to make a seamless transition into this very intentional practice.

The Parkers began their spiritual practice independently in 1971 with transcendental meditation. Their practice was deepened by a close relationship with two Lakota elders over 30-plus years and many weeks of training with Wesselman over several years.

Although not required, reading Wesselman’s book, “The Journey to The Sacred Garden,” is suggested prior to the workshop.

The workshop costs $25 to be paid at the workshop. Enrollment is limted to 20. Reservations should be made at [email protected]. Anyone for whom the fee is a hardship but who still would like to attend should contact the instructors.

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