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PLEASE HELP US KEEP EVERYONE SAFE BY ARRIVING FREE OF FRAGRANCE-CHEMICALS! See Easy Tips and details.

NOTE: CLASSES IN GRAY ARE OPEN TO PRACTITIONERS/HEALERS ONLY;  Ask about prerequisites

Everyday Shamanism for Everyone! (these programs are the prerequisites for the Practitioner Path "healers" program and are valuable by themselves)
Shamanic Practitioner ("Healers") Path Program (2020-2021; prerequisites apply)

Power Objects/Tools
Saturday, July 13, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm in Takoma Park, MD | NO FRAGRANCES, PLEASE.
$50-$100 sliding scale (scale explained below)  Directions
     How to work with rattles, drums, talismans, crystals, staffs, regalia, masks, or other natural or crafted item. Understand the major principles of working with such tool-beings; reasons for doing so; proper tool activation/enlivening; care and feeding, more. No prerequisites.

Shamanic Journey-2nd Saturdays
Saturday, July 13, 2019, 4:00-6:00 pm in Takoma Park, MD | NO FRAGRANCES, PLEASE.
Free but RSVP & donations welcome, $5-$20 suggested sliding scale (scale explained below) | Directions
      Little instruction is given, so you need to read the free information on the Journey page of my website before attending. Optional brown-bag dinner at 6:15 followed by shamanic movie night 7-9 p.m.

Shamanic Movie Night: Dream People of the Amazon: The Achuar (33 mins.)
Saturday, July 13, 2019, 7:00-8:30 pm; brown bag dinner at 6:15; in Takoma Park, MD | NO FRAGRANCES, PLEASE.
Free but RSVP & donations welcome, $5-$20 suggested sliding scale (scale explained below)  Directions
     The Achuar people live in a part of the Amazon rain forest as pristine today as it was a thousand years ago. Their dreams are keeping it that way. The Achuar had no contact with the outside world until the early 1970s. We learn how their dreams have protected their forest and their society--and could even help guide all of us to a sustainable future on our planet. Do the movie only, or come for shamanic journeying from 4:00-6:00 p.m. with your dinner and stay for the movie!

The “Seasonal” Holy Days
Saturday, July 27, 9:30 am-5:00 pm in Takoma Park, MD | NO FRAGRANCES, PLEASE.
$60-$150 sliding scale (scale explained below)  Directions
     Many traditions mark the changes of the seasons—the solstices, equinoxes—and the half-way points between them—the “cross-quarter days.” Why are these honored in high ceremony? What have they meant in the past, and what do they mean to us today? No prerequisites.

The Elements: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water
Saturday, Aug. 24, 9:30 am-5:00 pm in Takoma Park, MD | NO FRAGRANCES, PLEASE.
$60-$150 sliding scale (scale explained below)  Directions
     Understand the major principles of working with these powerful beings; reasons for doing or not doing so; proper relationship and reciprocity aspects; more. No prerequisites.

Shamanic Journey-2nd Saturdays
Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, 4:00-6:00 pm in Takoma Park, MD | NO FRAGRANCES, PLEASE.
Free but RSVP & donations welcome, $5-$20 suggested sliding scale (scale explained below) | Directions
      Little instruction is given, so you need to read the free information on the Journey page of my website before attending. Optional brown-bag dinner at 6:15 followed by shamanic movie night 7-9 p.m.

Shamanic Movie Night: Stink! (91 mins.)
Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, 7:00-9:15 pm; brown bag dinner at 6:15; in Takoma Park, MD | NO FRAGRANCES, PLEASE.
Free but RSVP & donations welcome, $5-$20 suggested sliding scale (scale explained below)  Directions
     Entertaining, enlightening, and at times almost absurd, "Stink!" takes you on a madcap journey from the retailer to the laboratory, corporate boardrooms, back alleys, and the halls of Congress. Political and corporate operatives all try to protect the darkest secrets of the chemical industry. When we wear synthetic clothes or use personal care, laundry, and cleaning products, we are polluting the air, water, and earth in addition to our bodies. The shamanic question is then what are we doing to our sacred relationship to air, water, earth, and our bodies? Do the movie only, or come for shamanic journeying from 4:00-6:00 p.m. with your dinner and stay for the movie!

MORE TO COME ... PLEASE STAY TUNED!

Fragrance-Free Tips
Those wearing strong scent will be turned away. Please help us make this event available to me and others with chemical sensitivities by keeping your clothes, body, and hair fragrance-free. For the full list, see my website; some of the biggest offenders are

  • laundry products (detergents, fabric softeners, dryer sheets);
  • cosmetics and hair products (scented shampoos, conditioners, gel, mousse);
  • scented moisturizers; and
  • incense, essential oils.
Note: "Natural" and "organic" products are still loaded with fragrance.

EASY TIP: If you don't want to switch to a non-scented detergent with "free and clear" on the label, you can set aside clothes to wear here that have been through a special wash of 1 cup baking soda to remove the worst of the fragrance. Use just baking soda and water, no detergent, unless it's labeled "Free and Clear", and no softener or dryer sheets. Some scent will still be present, as it takes many washings to remove the fragrance, but it's usually good enough. Once washed with soda, you can store the clothes in a tightly closed box or plastic bag away from fragrant clothes or in the trunk of your car if you have one.


What is "Sliding Scale?" "Sliding scale" allows you to select the price that's most appropriate for your budget and situation within the given range. For example, if the workshop fee is $60-$95, you could pay $60 or $75 or $90 or $95. Those who pay at the higher levels are making a donation to help those in financial need. Please remember that for a sliding scale to work, we need the same number of people with means to generously pay more to balance the needs of those who can afford less.


About Your Teacher ...
Mary “Tyrtle” Rooker
     --is a member of Sandra Ingerman’s International Shamanic Teachers’ Alliance,
     --is a member of Betsy Bergstrom's Compassionate Depossession Teachers' Alliance
     --has studied with world-renowned shamans and healers, and
     --is a licensed minister with the Circle of the Sacred Earth.
For details about her training and credentials, see About.

To schedule an experiential workshop for your group in the Washington, D.C. area, contact Mary.

To learn more about shamanism, see Links and Resources.



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