MEDICINE FOR THE SOUL IN THE WAKE OF ABUSE
Jean Chagnon, PhD, LP
November 1-4, 2018

Pendle Hill, wallingford, PA

Experienced Shamanic Practitioners: please note the deadline for registration for this program is September 7, 2018. On-campus rooms are limited and are assigned first come-first served. Here's a link for a wonderful article just published by Jean: Essential Wellness

  Experienced Shamanic Practitioners: please note the deadline for registration for this program is  Sept. 7, 2018 . On-campus rooms are limited and are assigned first come-first served.

Experienced Shamanic Practitioners: please note the deadline for registration for this program is Sept. 7, 2018. On-campus rooms are limited and are assigned first come-first served.

SHAMANIC PRACTICE is very well positioned to offer profound healing for individuals who experience trauma for several reasons.  First, shamanism has a cosmology, or way of understanding the world, steeped in how one’s soul is affected – positively or negatively – by life experiences.  Second this cosmology supports ancient healing techniques that can be used to help individuals heal from experiences that negatively impact the development of the soul (e.g. the experience of abuse).  However one of the challenges that contemporary shamanic practitioners can have is translating ancient techniques to the realities of modern practice.  This can be especially true when working with clients who have a history of childhood abuse.

Current psychological research confirms that the experience of childhood abuse is a qualitatively different experience than trauma experienced later in life.  The application of this research has led to an understanding that our approach to treating trauma and post-traumatic stress must be modified in particular ways when dealing with the experience of childhood abuse. This is true for mental health and medical professionals as well as for shamanic practitioners.  Traditional shamanic interventions - soul retrieval, curse unraveling, and/or spirit release – often need to be modified to address the particular and unique dynamics that arise when a client has experienced childhood abuse.  

This training will deepen practitioners’ understanding of the impact of childhood abuse, explore the modifications to traditional shamanic practice that are helpful and appropriate for clients who are survivors, and teach healing techniques that will allow practitioners to work at the intersections of the client's soul, psyche, energy field, and physical body.

This is advanced shamanic training.  Participants must have experience with soul retrieval, some type of Spirit Release work (e.g., psychopomp, compassionate depossession, or something similar), and curse unraveling or past life ancestor work.  Participants must also be able to hold a clear and solid container in the presence of difficult or heavy energy.
Topics covered in this training include:

•    the normal and healthy process of human development
•    application of a four-dimensional (mind-body-energy-spirit) approach to healing for survivors of abuse
•    the dynamics of psychological, energetic, and soul fragmentation that occur as a result of childhood abuse
•    modifications to the process of soul retrieval, curse unraveling, and Spirit Release to be applied when working with clients who are survivors of childhood abuse
•    the human bio-energy field and how it can be integrated into shamanic practice
•    Illumination – a healing technique that integrates the use of sacred stones from the Peruvian shamanic tradition and Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing
•    individual constellations that deepen work with survivors
•    personal initiation work to deepen your healing capacity

If you have questions please contact Cindy O’Connor at cindyoconnor.net@gmail.com.  Deadline for application is Sept. 7, 2018.

JEAN CHAGNON is an integrative practitioner who combines training in psychology, somatoenergetics, and shamanism to create a holistic approach to healing for survivors of abuse.  Jean’s doctoral training in counseling psychology serves as her original professional foundation.  However, it immediately became clear to Jean that traditional talk therapy often falls short of offering the holistic healing environment that many survivors need.  In response, Jean pursued training in Reiki and Rosen Method Bodywork, as well as independent study on the Human Bio-energy field and academic study in Spiritual Direction.  Collectively this training allowed Jean to integrate body-based energy practice (somatoenergetics) and spirituality into her therapy work, creating a more holistic mind/body/spirit healing experience for her clients. 

Jean is also an experienced shamanic practitioner.  She has training in medicine for the earth, healing with spiritual light, extraction, soul retrieval, curse unraveling, and compassionate depossession.  Jean was a member of Betsy Bergstom’s first Compassionate Depossession Teacher Training cohort and is certified to teach Compassionate Depossession and Curse Unraveling.  She completed an advanced Earthtender Apprenticeship with Ana Larramendi, in which she was initiated as a Misa carrier and learned other powerful healing techniques.  Finally, Jean is also Facilitator in Systemic Constellations, trained by Francesca Mason Boring.  Jean’s study of shamanic practice has profoundly transformed her way of being with clients, the container in which she works, and the interventions that she uses with clients.

Jean currently owns and operates Anamaura, a small business dedicated to helping mental health providers, shamanic practitioners, and energy healers work more integratively with clients who are survivors of abuse.  Jean also continues to work with individual clients who are survivors of abuse integrating the depth and breadth of her training in psychology, somatoenergetics, and shamanism.  Jean’s first book, The Art of Inner Listening:  Medicine for the Soul in the Wake of Abuse, was published in April 2016.  It outlines the foundation for and application of a four-dimensional (mind-body-energy-spirit) approach to healing for survivors of abuse.

LOCATION: Pendle Hill in Wallingford, PA is easily accessible by car, bus, train, and the Philadelphia International Airport. This lovely Quaker owned and operated retreat center is a peaceful, supportive place, graced with ancient trees, a pond, nature walks, and an art studio. The food is made with love and care, from scratch with organic and locally sourced ingredients whenever possible.

TIME: Thursday through Sunday, November 1-4, 2018. Registration begins at 4 p.m. on Thursday; followed at 5:30 p.m. with an orientation to Pendle Hill.  After dinner at 6 p.m., the training begins Thursday evening at 7:30 with our opening circle. We conclude by 3 p.m. on Sunday. A full schedule is planned: please come well rested and ready to work.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Application and payment for this program is due by September 7, 2018. A late fee of $50 will be charged for those applying after September 7, 2018.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Most rooms are single; there are a few shared rooms. Bathrooms are shared (not dormitory style.) Please indicate your room choice and your roommate’s name, if you wish to stay with someone in particular. Rooms are assigned according to date of application. Register early to increase the likelihood of receiving your first choice.

FEES: Fees are payable by check, money order, or credit card (credit card transactions include a 3.5% + $ .15 service fee). Tuition, meals, and snacks are included in the fees. A $200 deposit is required with registration. Please send all applications and fees to Cindy O’Connor, as indicated on the application form which follows.

Fees are determined by choice of accommodations (single, shared, or commuter), and by method of payment.  You may make reservations for a room for additional nights (before or after the training). It is important to let Cindy know if you plan to stay additional nights, ASAP, so that you may be billed accordingly. A single room is $90 per night, breakfast included.

The address is 338 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, PA 19086-6023. There is detailed travel information on the Pendle Hill website at: https://pendlehill.org/directions/#.Wnm27ainGUl

Please contact Cindy with questions at cindyoconnor.net@gmail.com or 609-273-4399. Thank you!