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Jan
26
Fri
2018
Body Oracle – Knysna, South Africa @ Sedgefield Community Hall
Jan 26 @ 7:00 pm – Jan 28 @ 5:30 pm
Body Oracle - Knysna, South Africa @ Sedgefield Community Hall

The Body Oracle

Become the oracle of your own wisdom field

Who do you become when you give yourself permission to speak out? What happens when the wisdom within you comes forth with such power that it cannot be ignored? Can you trust yourself enough to seek guidance from within and to bring this knowing into the world?

When we have experienced repeated suffering and challenges, let-downs and dysfunction, we can end up retreating into our ‘shells’. Bound by shame, our trust in ourselves ebbs away and we become fearful of our own power. In this place, our fire and passion is quashed and our ability to speak out becomes restricted – even painful.

During this workshop, you will dance with the oracle of your body to free yourself from these binds. You will follow the body’s guidance into the archives of your personal history, dancing through lingering traumas and dysfunction, clearing a channel to the life-force – the visible face of Spirit – that is both within and around you.

To support you in this work, Caroline will hold the space, guiding you step-by-step to connect with your body and your center as you journey through the veils of any resistance or restriction. You will arrive in a place of deep trance, a place from which you can gather the knowledge you need to support your present and future life. We will dance, share our wisdom and write. We will speak what has previously been unspeakable and find the medicine sounds from within. In this way, we will clear away the residues of old stories, unblock our voices and ultimately find our way back to the freedom of our true selves.

Feb
3
Sat
2018
Reclaimed Innocence – Johannesburg @ Parkhurst recreation centre, JHB
Feb 3 @ 10:00 am – Feb 4 @ 5:00 pm
Reclaimed Innocence - Johannesburg @ Parkhurst recreation centre, JHB

What is Soul Retrieval? What is it to Reclaim our Innocence?
Most people experience some form of trauma in their lives at some point. We all react to it in different ways. If the trauma is extreme, like abuse or a road accident for example, it is possible that part of our soul leaves the body. This is very necessary and is a mechanism to protect it from the abuse/trauma in the body at that time. Often the 'victim' is unable or does not have the support needed to deal with the emotions, pain or difficulties that follow. So they shut down, losing that part of the soul to a safer place - for now.
As life goes on the 'survivor' begins to miss that soul part, feeling a sense of soul-less-ness. It becomes clear that he/she needs to reclaim that soul part back into their lives. This only happens when the conditions are right for the survivor and he/she can deal with some of the feelings and emotions that may be attached to the original story. In soul retrieval sessions and gatherings we create a safe enough space together, identify the original stories and begin to invite that soul part back into our lives.

We dance together supported by our own 'circle of power' and the collective circle.
We gain as much as we are willing to give within this circle and supporting each other is key to this journey.

This gathering is open to all. If you are new to the work it is helpful to attend dance/movement classes of some description before hand.

How do we view innocence? What is it?
It is possibly an ‘inner-sense’ of who we really are, beneath the scars of guilt, shame, turmoil, trauma etc. It is the innocent soul, the curious soul and remembering the innocence we were born with can be a route through many challenges.

Why would we want to go there?
“There is no greater agony than bearing an
untold story inside you.”
-Maya Angelou-

Feb
9
Fri
2018
GenderWise
Feb 9 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 11 @ 5:00 pm

GenderWise

with Caroline Carey & Ben Yeger

Exploring gender roles and the embodied interplay between them – a Movement Dance Journey with Caroline Carey and Ben Yeger.

  • What is your experience of being a woman / a man?
  • What do you bring from the past into your current experience?
  • How can we combine the masculine and feminine to create a dance in service of the bigger picture?

Ben Yeger and Caroline Carey offer a gathering to explore the innate wisdom in both genders with a wider understanding of the masculine and feminine in each. Together we will create a space of safety, maturity and clarity. Dividing into same gender communities we will explore what it means to be an individual, peer, friend and what our needs are of each other. From there we will reintegrate as one community to acknowledge each other and dance with the harvest of all we have gathered. We will take a ceremonial journey from personal empowerment through awakened responsibility to arrive at a more mature and interconnected community of men and women.

This gathering weaves together the exhilaration of free dance with the depth of movement meditation and the spirit of shamanic practice.

Ben and Caroline are both experienced movement teachers.

Listen to Ben & Caroline’s message:

Feb
16
Fri
2018
Ancestral Elements – Berlin @ Eden
Feb 16 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 18 @ 5:00 pm

We are the ancestors of the future. How would WE like to be remembered?


The elements are our oldest ancestors. Carrying the wisdom of aeons, they are our teachers and guides. In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to connect with the spirit of each of these elements through focused ecstatic dance practice, asking for support from the earth, creative energy from the fire, deep cleansing from the waters of life and connection to freedom through the element of air. Embodying these principles we find enough space within us to allow Spirit in, to connect with what is most important in our lives.

Having re-established your connection with these elemental forces, you will then have the opportunity to tune into your human ancestral line. Drawing on years of shamanic practice and life experience, Caroline Carey will gently guide you through a powerful constellation process to nourish yourself with knowledge and information from those ancestors. Through this process you will be able to free yourself from the out-dated patterns of behavior that are holding you back, plant the seeds of more life-affirming ways of being in the world, and drink from the most powerful heart medicine of all – forgiveness.

Mar
16
Fri
2018
Magic Of Mandorla – Prague
Mar 16 @ 7:00 pm – Mar 18 @ 5:00 pm


It is known as one of the most powerful of (spiritual) experiences we can have in life. Mandorla is the place of poetry 'where the fire and the rose are one!' (Four Quartets, T.S. Eliot)

"Sometimes within our individual self and within the self of our worn-out society, there is no answer to conflict. There is, however, a way to stand within the center of the opposing forces. Conflict creates tremendous energy. If we leave out judgement then that 'energy' can become a vibration of light. Not always just a single light but many lights, sending out a vibration that is LOVE!"  — Caroline Carey


As human beings, we can exist on multiple planes of being; the one that we are usually most aware of, however, is the material world. By its nature, the material world is a place of duality – a place of opposites that we often experience as being in conflict with one another. Examples include heaven and earth, light and dark, masculine and feminine, loyalty and betrayal, to name but a few. The polarity between these opposites creates a fundamental tension at an evolutionary level that has the potential to be either profoundly destructive or powerfully generative and creative. The evidence of the destructive consequences of this tension lies all around us in the terrible scourges of war, inequality and conflict within and between individuals, groups and societies.
 
The key to transforming the destructive consequences of conflict into life-affirming outcomes lies in how we relate to the tension between opposites. When we can hold the tension within ourselves, bearing the pain, beauty and terror that this brings, we bring the two opposing elements together, creating a space in which the split between the two can be resolved. We call this space the 'mandorla' – a word derived from 'almond' in Italian, which refers to the almond shape created when two circles overlap. The mandorla also known as the 'Vesica Piscis' is the sacred space of our soul work; when we stand in this place, we have the ability to transform what once was a curse into powerful medicine for the soul. Its energy is that of the Father Mother Principle in the Divine Union, the Mother of all Forms and the Yin and Yang that has been known to us for decades.
 
During this workshop, we will use the tools of dance, creativity, movement meditation and constellation-work to work with the magic of the mandorla. You will have the opportunity to explore some of the conflicts in your life, looking at how they play out in your life and how they affect you by embodying them in the dance. Then, with the support of the group and a constellation process held and guided by Caroline and the drum beat, you will enter the space of the mandorla, allowing it to work its magic upon you, bringing the riches of wisdom and new insights.
 
This work is open to all adults, regardless of gender, age, experience or ability. Whether you want to work with deep-rooted issues, or simply discover new insights, whether you are training in therapeutic studies, or a student of life's experiences, this work has something to offer you.
 

"Magic of Mandorla, amazing and deep work with Caroline Carey. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT to anyone who is studying to become a therapist or is one already but seeking the thread of connection in continuing your own development and work with your own process (which we so need when we work with others - right?). If you feel called to this work, then follow your intuition and go for it! I think it's of excellent quality." Suzan Lemont

 

Mar
30
Fri
2018
The Shamans Oracle – a portal to the spirit world @ St Aloysius School,
Mar 30 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 1 @ 5:00 pm

The Shamanic Journey is an ancient practice which connects us to the Spirit world. Along with Animism, it is the most time tested of all spiritual practices.

Often used during healing's, ecstatic dance, soul retrieval for gathering insights and wisdom, the shamanic journey offers us a way to seek guidance and support in our daily lives, connecting us to the Spirit World of power animals, guides, allies and guardians. You will learn how to access the 'other' worlds via 'axis mundis' and learn how to interact with what you find, to move with them, embodying the wisdom and information as well as a deeper access to spirit allies and guardians, teachers and power animals.

Our imagination becomes a portal to the spirit world, where we begin to perceive and connect with the other worlds, also using myth and inner guidance of the heart.  We begin to imagine that non-ordinary reality and vision-in what we learn to expect to see, characteristically archetypal and nonlinear in nature. Our imagination gives the journey a container which can help us to interpret the messages we receive. This gives us a way to articulate the experience for ourselves, to write it and draw it, create art or poetry. We become story tellers of our own visions. We can then translate what we receive into our 'ordinary' reality, manifesting our dreams upon the earth.

We aim for this work to be body centered and in this particular gathering it will be used with dance, movement, as well as by sitting or lying down. We may find ourselves speaking or singing, telling stories and finding new poetry.

Within the journey we are experiencing an altered state of consciousness, that expands our awareness to many dimensions. Expanding our awareness to include not just our ordinary state, sometimes called the mundane state, but to understand on a much deeper level, the potentials held in the metaphoric, the artistic and the creative. We learn different ways of 'seeing' things, like the patterns in our lives, the habits, the ways of relating and within relationships. We learn to understand things in a whole new way, interpreting them to find a greater meaning for ourselves finding more passion, purpose, and authenticity.

Caroline has studied with her own teachers the shamanic journey, using it for dance as well as the healings she offers, her soul retrieval work and Mandorla process's, it is at the route of her own journey and strong connection to animism and the shamanic path. She studied with Chris Luttichau, Bill Plotkin, Jonathan Horowitz, Simon Buxton, the Sacred Trust to gain more information with the journey including dancing with the Namibian bushmen healers.

This workshop gives you free access to level 1 of the online journey course on this website. http://www.middleearthmedicine.com/online-shamanic-journey-course/

 

Contact for workshop details and to book your place Elixchel:  middleearth.ireland(at)gmail.com

Apr
17
Tue
2018
Hollow Bone Shamanic Course – Switzerland @ Schloss Glarisegg, Switzerland
Apr 17 2018 @ 5:00 pm – Mar 24 2019 @ 2:00 pm

A three module course, to develop your own shamanic skills, healing abilities, understanding of Middle Earth Syllabus to include dance, drumming, creativity, modern and ancient tools of the shamanic world.

17th - 22nd April 2018
11th - 16th September 2018
17th – 24th  March 2019

This 'medicine' is rooted in the drumbeat. It is about the softening of hearts, with the deepening of our connection to nature. It is soul retrieval at its simplest. It is work to heal, to move on, to empower ourselves, to live as fully as we are meant to, with nature as our ally and friend. To be that friend to the earth, to nature and the spirit world, by offering what is really needed without taking what is not ours.

What does the course involve?

The essence of this work is to marry our core wounds with our aspirations and allow the soul and the ego to live in harmony. Thus becoming truly empowered. The practice is to become the ‘edge walker,’ to be able to stand in the tension of opposites, to face conflict within ourselves as an opportunity for growth. We work with the 'Magic of Mandorla' as an exercise and a process of illumination. The tools we use are ecstatic dance, movement meditations, constellation work, individual and group process's, creativity, ritual theater and ceremony.

Learning to accept the mantle of the hollow bone is the primary teaching of this work. You will learn how to shift your consciousness by moving out of the ego and rational mind for periods of time in order to become an empty vessel through which spirit can work. You will discover how to work with the divine power of the universe in a grounded and down-to-earth way to create healing for yourself and others. Once integrated, you can use this state to assist you on shamanic journeys, healings, creative tasks and vision quests. Furthermore, the capacity to become a hollow bone yourself, will support you to marry your deepest soul purpose to your ego (the hands of your soul), which then acts in the world. This will radically empower you, enabling you to live from a place of true integrity and authenticity so that you can embody your passions and do the work you were brought here to do. This is part of the Middle Earth Medicine training.

To support you on this journey, Caroline & Ben teach a variety of practices and approaches with shamanic journeying, soul retrieval, drumming, vision quests, medicine songs, ritual theater, our connection to power animals and allies, and the crafting of tools, such as medicine bags, instruments and masks. The focus, ultimately, is on creating a clear channel and a strong enough presence to be able to stand fully within your own center and authority.

Engaging with this work demands that we inquire deeply into who we are, delving into our past, present and future to undertake the necessary work of clearing and cleansing all that lies in the way of stepping into the fullness of our essential selves. The more we carry out this work, the more aligned we become with Spirit and the journey of our Soul. This alignment represents true healing and integration – healing of our inner dancer and healing of the connections we have with others, with the environment, with our ancestors and with the universal web of the Divine Mystery.

The combination of the Ancient Shamanic Practice, Ritual Theater, Movement Medicine,Arts and crafts, connection with Nature, Vision Quest, Storytelling, Healing, Caroline's life experience and other adventurous, magical ingredients makes this work a unique Medicine for healing, creation, finding/adding soul in all I am and do, in my role as a mother, partner, in my work as an artist. Caroline, as a teacher, never stands in the way of the teachings and this is the gift from the Hollow Bone Work.     Thank you,  Lies Van Hee.

This is an incredible journey over 3 modules. It is essential to book and attend all modules.  Please make your commitment early if you wish to join.

Pre-requisites: Please take part in the Online Shamanic Journey course, levels 1&2 or a workshop that includes journeying. Or at least one shamanic dance workshop with Caroline or a rite of passage with Ben.

Schloss Glarisegg is beautifully situated between forest, meadows, a brook with small waterfall  and the shores of Lake Constance in the community of Steckborn (Switzerland). A place to fall in love, powerfully beautiful!

https://www.schloss-glarisegg.ch/zentrum/uebersicht

Workshops/Gatherings: Each module €600 (€1800) or early bird discount for full payment upfront for all
modules €1,620 (€540 each) by 16th February. Payment plans available. There are concession rates for low waged, please enquire.
Full accommodation: Please click here for details and prices of accommodation.   Hollow Bone Switzerland accommodation prices 2018-19

Any more info or to apply for the course contact: Elisabeth Shrag, moc.liamgnull@htebasile.garhs 

The medicine of Hollow Bone is delicious. The beauty of Cae Mabon is woven so deeply with the beauty of Caroline's offering. Hollow Bone opened me to my own magical nature. I was invited deep into unknown territory within myself and found strength and courage to journey in dark mystery to find treasures. Song. Dance. Drumming. Deep sharing. Connection with the deep greenness of nature. My work there has a tender place in my heart. And the artwork I created there still has a place in my home... calling me to remember my own gentle power. Catherine Wright

My two journeys with Hollow Bone Medicine have been both very healing and empowering. I could really dive in my medicine and gather my tools, my allies, receive guidance and meet and transform the inner obstacles and resistances that kept me from opening my wings. The venue deep in nature, the dance, the arts and crafts and creative moments and the journeying were an delicious blend to explore my deep nature and connection to soul. Caroline Carey and Ben Cole, and the assistants, were such good guides on this journey. The medicine is still working through me 3 years later ! Thank you  Virginie Rastello

"It's been an amazing experience to work with Caroline and Ben. Anyone who chooses to work with them will be in awe not only with what they will gain but also what they will unburden themselves with. Fantastic!” Fabian Ray

My presence in the Hollow Bone workshop was a subtle, gentle, very deep dive into my inner universe, where I met my guides, my inner characters, richness of my own medicine, my very unique and personal connections with Nature and Spirit. All that in strong, kind, wise holding of Caroline and the Dance, and support of a circle of others she/we created by sharings of what we discovered in our explorations. Thank you for this amazing and healing experience which reveberates into my daily life in many beautiful ways. Katerina Stejskalova

 

May
8
Tue
2018
Oracle Of The Shapeshifter @ Cae Mabon
May 8 @ 5:00 pm – May 13 @ 2:00 pm

 

 

 

Shapeshifter, know me

as I become the other
magically transforming to surrender
to that wisdom
unknown.
Speak through me lest I forget
the knowledge bestowed upon me
embarking on a new journey
You make yourself known.

 

Within this gathering we are guided via shamanic journeys and ecstatic dance to unveil our own shapeshifter, trusting in the art of presence, repetition and trance, we develop a stronger connection to our spirit guides - where we may find wisdom never moved or been spoken before.

Evoking the spirit of our guides within the creation of our own Oracle Field, we explore the potential we hold as a human being. Guided to explore parts of our self that have been or remain hidden, allows them into the light.

Receive the wisdom from your own embodied shapeshifter and the spirit allies that support you. Getting to know this quality as a powerful allie to support you in the expressions of your presentations from acting, to job interviews, to speaking in seminars, to being infront of the camera, to being able to give a clearly constructed performance of ritual. Becoming an Oracle in order to deliver great wisdom!

Ritual and ceremony magnifies our actions a hundred fold.

In this five day exploration, with support, you become the director of your own play of life, create theater as ritual, make and embody your own medicine mask and cloak, be the holy actor & sacred clown of ceremony. You will learn traditional and ritual acting skills in order to enhance your ceremonial offerings, step more fully into your power and learn the presence needed for clear communicative direction, set boundaries and exorcise trauma. The entertainment can enhance the personal ritual by distracting the ego in favor of a stronger collective wisdom. By discovering the archetypes within us, we can bring meaning to our communities, and give courage to those who don't normally speak with a strong voice.

Learning to embody the shapeshifter and act from this place with the guidance of the hollow bone state inspires and enriches our life. Includes working in the dance with movement and presence, outdoors in nature, shamanic skills, journeying and connection to allies, voice work and poetry, the making of masks and crafts and the oracle theater work.

Five day workshop with Caroline, Ben and friends. This gathering is a requirement for the Middle Earth Apprenticeship.

Ben spent 20 years as an actor performing alongside great talents like Anthony Perkins , Colin Firth, Sean Bean, Gary Oldman. He studied movement psychology and has performed rituals with many indigenous tribes around the world from Australian Aborigines to Pigmies in the Congo to Feteshers in Ghana. He learned that when theatre explores the real issues in a community and is ritualised the participants become channels for the collective feelings of the group and their ancestors to inspire healing.

Caroline has played and danced with the veils of shapeshifting in ritual and ceremony, she has trained and studied with the Gali theatre co, and Academy of Acting, Brighton. Has performed in mask and has acted in short films and music videos as a performer and dancer. Her connection to the spirit world informs much of her experience.

 

 

 

 

 

Held at the beautiful Cae Mabon in North Wales, with ancient oak forest, cascading rivers, deep lakes and hobbit houses, hot tub and peaceful tranquility. This is the perfect setting for creativity and the theater of the human soul.

Assistant place available to anyone who has completed the Hollow Bone Shamanic Course.

Practical information:
Venue: Cae Mabon, Snowdonia Wales (http://www.caemabon.co.uk/)
Date: 8th - 13th May (Arrive from 2pm for 5 pm start on 8th, end 3pm on 13th)
Investment: Includes full board healthy locally sourced vegan/vegetarian food, accommodation (3-5 people per dwelling), all tuition and use of wood fired hot-tub
Early bird until 12th March 2018: £445
Regular price: £495
Due to retreat capacity places are limited so early booking is advised

Click here for application form Application form Oracle Of Shapeshifter 2018

Prerequisites: It is helpful if you have taken part in at least one weekend workshop with Middle Earth Gatherings, Movement Medicine workshops or other movement related practice e.g. 5Rhythms, Open Floor, Soul Motion, shamanic journey work or similar. Do contact us to discuss if you need more information. Please also ensure that you have inner and outer resources and support that mean you can engage with this workshop in a responsible way.

 

 

 

 

May
17
Thu
2018
The Oracle Of Yin – Vienna @ BHS Vinzenz Räme
May 17 @ 7:00 pm – May 20 @ 4:00 pm

The Oracle Of Yin

Vienna   May 2018

Humans often have a tendency to underestimate the power of Yin and the more subtle qualities of being  who we are. We can talk about Yin as being passive, receptive and dark. These descriptions are true but our interpretations of them can leave us with a sense of ‘victim’ and giving ourselves away, a morbid sense of ‘giving up’ can lie between what is true and what is our idea of true darkness and surrender. Exploring the shadow aspects of yin helps us to know where we might fall into default modes, when our yin energy is not fully empowered.

In this gathering we will come together to explore the power of Yin, the silence, the inner world of receptivity with a more collaborative spirit, we emphasize deep listening, patience, personal growth and power, thus creating a leadership based on respect and a more egalitarian society.

Open to Men and Women, any experience welcome.
Organiser:
Manuela Beck - ta.kcebaleunamnull@eciffo
17.05. – 20.05. 2018  (Thursday we will start at 7 PM and Sunday we will end at 4pm)

The venue is 2381 Laab im Walde – close to VIENNA

May
25
Fri
2018
GenderWise – Brighton @ TBC
May 25 @ 7:00 pm – May 27 @ 5:00 pm

GenderWise

with Caroline Carey & Ben Yeger

Exploring gender roles and the embodied interplay between them – a Movement Dance Journey with Caroline Carey and Ben Yeger.

  • What is your experience of being a woman / a man?
  • What do you bring from the past into your current experience?
  • How can we combine the masculine and feminine to create a dance in service of the bigger picture?

Ben Yeger and Caroline Carey offer a gathering to explore the innate wisdom in both genders with a wider understanding of the masculine and feminine in each. Together we will create a space of safety, maturity and clarity. Dividing into same gender communities we will explore what it means to be an individual, peer, friend and what our needs are of each other. From there we will reintegrate as one community to acknowledge each other and dance with the harvest of all we have gathered. We will take a ceremonial journey from personal empowerment through awakened responsibility to arrive at a more mature and interconnected community of men and women.

This gathering weaves together the exhilaration of free dance with the depth of movement meditation and the spirit of shamanic practice.

Ben and Caroline are both experienced movement teachers.

Jun
7
Thu
2018
Oak Spirit Festival – Offering @ Oak Spirit Festival
Jun 7 – Jun 10 all-day
Aug
7
Tue
2018
Meeting The Wild @ Cae Mabon
Aug 7 @ 4:00 pm – Aug 12 @ 2:30 pm

Meeting the Wild

A leaving-home rite of passage

at Cae Mabon, North Wales

for all ages

 
What was your experience of leaving home for the first time? Have you now as an adult found your true place in society? Or do you perhaps feel lost, cast adrift in your own life, confused and disorientated?

A pervasive sense of fear, doubt and confusion about who you are and where you are going can be a sign that you have missed out on one or more important rites of passage in your life. In traditional societies, significant transitions, such as leaving home, marrying and giving birth, are marked with rituals or ‘rites’ that support people to let go of their old identity and embrace the new. In modern secular society, however, many of us miss out on such rites. Without them we can end up stranded in a form of psychological no-man’s land, unable to fully release the old self and fearful and unprepared for what lies ahead. Our transition into mature adulthood therefore remains incomplete.
 
Meeting the Wild addresses the lack of rites in our culture by providing a powerful opportunity to revisit the important transitions in your life – in particular, your ‘leaving home story’. In the stunningly beautiful landscape of Cae Mabon in Wales, Caroline & Ben will share a powerful journey of self-discovery, an adventure into the mystery, to reclaim and integrate the parts of yourself that have been lost along the way. On this potent journey into the unknown, wild nature will be your guide, the drum beat will be your calling, and the spirit world will send its allies to your side. The tools will include dance, meditations, shamanic journeys, time in nature as vision-quest, ritual and ceremony, writing and creativity. We cannot know quite what form the journey will take. Only you can decide as you meet the dancer within you, choose to take each step, learn to trust in yourself and the support that lies all around in both the seen and unseen worlds.
 
Having completed your rite and assumed your new identity, you will be ready at last to re-enter society, with your heart opened, a renewed sense of connection and responsibility to all of life, and security in the knowledge of who you are and your true place in the world.
 
During the workshop, we will move through the following steps to explore our leaving-home story:

  • Creation & Curiosity Fascination as sacred medicine
  • Rebel or ArtistCreating the map, where am I going?
  • Lifting the veils of illusion - Where am I now?
  • Return to Essence - Who am I?
  • Unfolding the Mystery

Prerequisites: To attend this course, it is helpful if you have taken part in at least one Middle Earth Medicine weekend workshop, shamanic journey work or similar.

This Rite of Passage is designed to be inspiring, informative, fun and insightful.

Practical information:
Venue: Cae Mabon, Snowdonia Wales (http://www.caemabon.co.uk/)
Date: 7-12th August 2018 (Arrive from 2pm for 5 pm start on 7th, end 3pm on 12th)
Investment: Includes full board healthy locally sourced vegan/vegetarian food, accommodation (3-5 people per dwelling), all tuition and use of wood fired hot-tub
Early bird until 12th June 2018: £445
Regular price: £495
Due to retreat capacity places are limited so early booking is advised

Prerequisites: It is helpful if you have taken part in at least one weekend workshop with Caroline and Middle Earth Gatherings, Movement Medicine workshops or other movement related practice e.g. 5Rhythms, Open Floor, Soul Motion, shamanic journey work or similar. Do contact us to discuss if you need more information. Please also ensure that you have inner and outer resources and support that mean you can engage with this workshop in a responsible way.

For application form click here, Application form MTW 2018

For any other information contact moc.liamgnull@noskcajgytsrik

For the syllabus: http://www.middleearthmedicine.com/middle-earth-syllabus/

Meeting The Wild will be a prerequisite for the Middle Earth Apprenticeship program http://www.middleearthmedicine.com/intensives/middle-earth-apprenticeship/

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Come and remember, come and share offer to the play of life 

the rite of passage you forgot to do

because no one told you 

you could or it was necessary.

Tell yourself it did not matter? 

Deny yourself with shame,

hide yourself and tell yourself it simply is a game.

Afraid to show to others self-indulgent did they say?

What do we choose from our hearts to remember of that day?

Come remember yourself ,

the journey that’s not forgotten let it all become its dance,

be seen and celebrated

your life it is a ritual a re-membering, a tale to be told,

a forgotten being

a story of the heroine

or of a wounded soul

They always have their place, a story to unfold

the lives that they have touched that will never grow too old

An empowering rite of passage that can no longer be denied,

you know in your heart it matters 

and your life can be your pride!

 

Sep
11
Tue
2018
Hollow Bone Shamanic Course – 2nd Module, Switzerland. @ Schloss Glarisegg, Switzerland
Sep 11 @ 5:00 pm – Sep 16 @ 2:00 pm

A three module course, to develop your own shamanic skills, healing abilities, understanding of Middle Earth Syllabus to include dance, drumming, creativity, modern and ancient tools of the shamanic world.

17th - 22nd April 2018
11th - 16th September 2018
17th – 24th  March 2019

This 'medicine' is rooted in the drumbeat. It is about the softening of hearts, with the deepening of our connection to nature. It is soul retrieval at its simplest. It is work to heal, to move on, to empower ourselves, to live as fully as we are meant to, with nature as our ally and friend. To be that friend to the earth, to nature and the spirit world, by offering what is really needed without taking what is not ours.

What does the course involve?

The essence of this work is to marry our core wounds with our aspirations and allow the soul and the ego to live in harmony. Thus becoming truly empowered. The practice is to become the ‘edge walker,’ to be able to stand in the tension of opposites, to face conflict within ourselves as an opportunity for growth. We work with the 'Magic of Mandorla' as an exercise and a process of illumination. The tools we use are ecstatic dance, movement meditations, constellation work, individual and group process's, creativity, ritual theater and ceremony.

Learning to accept the mantle of the hollow bone is the primary teaching of this work. You will learn how to shift your consciousness by moving out of the ego and rational mind for periods of time in order to become an empty vessel through which spirit can work. You will discover how to work with the divine power of the universe in a grounded and down-to-earth way to create healing for yourself and others. A prerequisite for future training's and apprenticeship in Middle Earth Medicine Ways. Once integrated, you can use this state to assist you on shamanic journeys, healing's, creative tasks and vision quests. Furthermore, the capacity to become a hollow bone yourself, will support you to marry your deepest soul purpose to your ego (the hands of your soul), which then acts in the world. This will radically empower you, enabling you to live from a place of true integrity and authenticity so that you can embody your passions and do the work you were brought here to do.

To support you on this journey, Caroline & Ben teach a variety of practices and approaches with shamanic journeying, soul retrieval, drumming, vision quests, medicine songs, ritual theatre, our connection to power animals and allies, and the crafting of tools, such as medicine bags, instruments and masks. The focus, ultimately, is on creating a clear channel and a strong enough presence to be able to stand fully within your own center and authority.

Engaging with this work demands that we inquire deeply into who we are, delving into our past, present and future to undertake the necessary work of clearing and cleansing all that lies in the way of stepping into the fullness of our essential selves. The more we carry out this work, the more aligned we become with Spirit and the journey of our Soul. This alignment represents true healing and integration – healing of our inner dancer and healing of the connections we have with others, with the environment, with our ancestors and with the universal web of the Divine Mystery.

The combination of the Ancient Shamanic Practice, Ritual Theater, Movement Medicine,Arts and crafts, connection with Nature, Vision Quest, Storytelling, Healing, Caroline's life experience and other adventurous, magical ingredients makes this work a unique Medicine for healing, creation, finding/adding soul in all I am and do, in my role as a mother, partner, in my work as an artist. Caroline, as a teacher, never stands in the way of the teachings and this is the gift from the Hollow Bone Work.     Thank you,  Lies Van Hee.

This is an incredible journey over 3 modules. It is essential to book and attend all modules.  Please make your commitment early if you wish to join.

Pre-requisites: Please take part in the Online Shamanic Journey course, levels 1&2 or a workshop that includes journeying. Or at least one shamanic dance workshop with Caroline or a rite of passage with Ben.

Schloss Glarisegg is beautifully situated between forest, meadows, a brook with small waterfall and the shores of Lake Constance in the community of Steckborn (Switzerland). A place to fall in love, powerfully beautiful!

https://www.schloss-glarisegg.ch/zentrum/uebersicht

Workshops/Gatherings: Each module €600 (€1800) or early bird discount for full payment upfront for all
modules €1,620 (€540 each) by 16th February. Payment plans available. There are concession rates for low waged, please enquire.
Full accommodation: Please click here for details and prices of accommodation.   Hollow Bone Switzerland accommodation prices 2018-19

Any more info or to apply for the course contact: Elisabeth Shrag, moc.liamgnull@htebasile.garhs 

The medicine of Hollow Bone is delicious. The beauty of Cae Mabon is woven so deeply with the beauty of Caroline's offering. Hollow Bone opened me to my own magical nature. I was invited deep into unknown territory within myself and found strength and courage to journey in dark mystery to find treasures. Song. Dance. Drumming. Deep sharing. Connection with the deep greenness of nature. My work there has a tender place in my heart. And the artwork I created there still has a place in my home... calling me to remember my own gentle power. Catherine Wright

My two journeys with Hollow Bone Medicine have been both very healing and empowering. I could really dive in my medicine and gather my tools, my allies, receive guidance and meet and transform the inner obstacles and resistances that kept me from opening my wings. The venue deep in nature, the dance, the arts and crafts and creative moments and the journeying were an delicious blend to explore my deep nature and connection to soul. Caroline Carey and Ben Cole, and the assistants, were such good guides on this journey. The medicine is still working through me 3 years later ! Thank you  Virginie Rastello

"It's been an amazing experience to work with Caroline and Ben. Anyone who chooses to work with them will be in awe not only with what they will gain but also what they will unburden themselves with. Fantastic!” Fabian Ray

My presence in the Hollow Bone workshop was a subtle, gentle, very deep dive into my inner universe, where I met my guides, my inner characters, richness of my own medicine, my very unique and personal connections with Nature and Spirit. All that in strong, kind, wise holding of Caroline and the Dance, and support of a circle of others she/we created by sharings of what we discovered in our explorations. Thank you for this amazing and healing experience which reveberates into my daily life in many beautiful ways. Katerina Stejskalova

 

 

Oct
7
Sun
2018
Magic Of Mandorla – Intensive @ Earth Spirit Center
Oct 7 @ 5:00 pm – Oct 12 @ 2:00 pm


It is known as one of the most powerful of (spiritual) experiences we can have in life. Mandorla is the place of poetry 'where the fire and the rose are one!' (Four Quartets, T.S. Eliot)

"Sometimes within our individual self and within the self of our worn-out society, there is no answer to conflict. There is, however, a way to stand within the center of the opposing forces. Conflict creates tremendous energy. If we leave out judgement then that 'energy' can become a vibration of light. Not always just a single light but many lights, sending out a vibration that is LOVE!"  — Caroline Carey
 

Knowing our purpose and how we might wish to offer it into the world means deeply acknowledging all that we are. In order to fully embrace our purpose, we must know our shadow, we must know the dreamer, we must befriend the inevitable death of all things. It is a way to embrace and accept who we are as a complete human being, who knows him/her self at a core level. Mandorla is the ancient symbol for wholeness. When we are in conflict we often do not feel whole. The key to transforming the destructive consequences of conflict into life-affirming outcomes lies in how we relate to the tension between opposites. When we can hold the tension within  ourselves and are aware of it, bearing the pain, beauty and terror that this brings, we bring the two opposing elements together, creating a space in which the split between the two can be resolved. We call this space the 'mandorla' – a word derived from 'almond' in Italian, which refers to the almond shape created when two circles overlap. The mandorla also known as the 'Vesica Piscis' is the sacred space of our soul work; when we stand in this place, we have the ability to transform what once was a curse into powerful medicine for the soul. Its energy is that of the Father Mother Principle in the
Divine Union, the mother of all forms and the Yin and Yang that has been known to us for decades.
This is an intensive workshop using the Mandorla process, deep enquiry and contemplation, befriending the inevitable death of all things and accepting the wise elder within us. You will have the opportunity to explore the conflict of meeting your core-wounds in relationship to your aspirations to discover authentic, integrated empowerment!

As human beings, we can exist on multiple planes of being; the one that we are usually most aware of, however, is the material world. By its nature, the material world is a place of duality – a place of opposites that we often experience as being in conflict with one another. Examples include heaven and earth, light and dark, masculine and feminine, loyalty and betrayal, to name but a few. The polarity between these opposites creates a fundamental tension at an evolutionary level that has the potential to be either profoundly destructive or powerfully generative and creative. The evidence of the destructive consequences of this tension lies all around us in the terrible scourges of war, inequality and conflict within and between individuals, groups and societies.
 
The key to transforming the destructive consequences of conflict into life-affirming outcomes lies in how we relate to the tension between opposites. When we can hold the tension within ourselves, bearing the pain, beauty and terror that this brings, we bring the two opposing elements together, creating a space in which the split between the two can be resolved. We call this space the 'mandorla' – a word derived from 'almond' in Italian, which refers to the almond shape created when two circles overlap. The mandorla also known as the 'Vesica Piscis' is the sacred space of our soul work; when we stand in this place, we have the ability to transform what once was a curse into powerful medicine for the soul. Its energy is that of the Father Mother Principle in the Divine Union, the Mother of all Forms and the Yin and Yang that has been known to us for decades.
 
During this workshop, we will use the tools of dance, creativity, movement meditation and constellation-work to work with the magic of the mandorla. You will have the opportunity to explore some of the conflicts in your life, looking at how they play out in your life and how they affect you by embodying them in the dance. Then, with the support of the group and a constellation process held and guided by Caroline and the drum beat, you will enter the space of the mandorla, allowing it to work its magic upon you, bringing the riches of wisdom and new insights.
 
This work is open to all adults, regardless of gender, age, experience or ability. Whether you want to work with deep-rooted issues, or simply discover new insights, whether you are training in therapeutic studies, or a student of life's experiences, this work has something to offer you.

£535 early bird, when £ 250 deposit  by 1st June '18    £595 thereafter.

Accommodation separate, pricing soon available.

This intensive is a prerequisite for Middle Earth Shamanic Training

To apply please fill in this application document and send to Lies & Tom moc.kooltuonull@cigam.motdnaseil

MOM Intensive application form

MoM practical info sheet

Please contact Lies & Tom for any other info needed for this Mandorla Intensive  moc.kooltuonull@cigam.motdnaseil

"Magic of Mandorla, amazing and deep work with Caroline Carey. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT to anyone who is studying to become a therapist or is one already but seeking the thread of connection in continuing your own development and work with your own process (which we so need when we work with others - right?). If you feel called to this work, then follow your intuition and go for it! I think it's of excellent quality." Suzan Lemont

 

For more information about  Caroline's personal journey with this work, click here

 

Mar
17
Sun
2019
Hollow Bone Shamanic Course – 3rd Module, Switzerland. @ Schloss Glarisegg, Switzerland
Mar 17 @ 5:00 pm – Mar 24 @ 2:00 pm

A three module course, to develop your own shamanic skills, healing abilities, understanding of Middle Earth Syllabus to include dance, drumming, creativity, modern and ancient tools of the shamanic world.

17th - 22nd April 2018
11th - 16th September 2018
17th – 24th  March 2019

This 'medicine' is rooted in the drumbeat. It is about the softening of hearts, with the deepening of our connection to nature. It is soul retrieval at its simplest. It is work to heal, to move on, to empower ourselves, to live as fully as we are meant to, with nature as our ally and friend. To be that friend to the earth, to nature and the spirit world, by offering what is really needed without taking what is not ours.

What does the course involve?

The essence of this work is to marry our core wounds with our aspirations and allow the soul and the ego to live in harmony. Thus becoming truly empowered. The practice is to become the ‘edge walker,’ to be able to stand in the tension of opposites, to face conflict within ourselves as an opportunity for growth. We work with the 'Magic of Mandorla' as an exercise and a process of illumination. The tools we use are ecstatic dance, movement meditations, constellation work, individual and group process's, creativity, ritual theater and ceremony.

Learning to accept the mantle of the hollow bone is the primary teaching of this work. You will learn how to shift your consciousness by moving out of the ego and rational mind for periods of time in order to become an empty vessel through which spirit can work. You will discover how to work with the divine power of the universe in a grounded and down-to-earth way to create healing for yourself and others. A prerequisite for future training's and apprenticeship in Middle Earth Medicine Ways. Once integrated, you can use this state to assist you on shamanic journeys, healing's, creative tasks and vision quests. Furthermore, the capacity to become a hollow bone yourself, will support you to marry your deepest soul purpose to your ego (the hands of your soul), which then acts in the world. This will radically empower you, enabling you to live from a place of true integrity and authenticity so that you can embody your passions and do the work you were brought here to do.

To support you on this journey, Caroline & Ben teach a variety of practices and approaches with shamanic journeying, soul retrieval, drumming, vision quests, medicine songs, ritual theatre, our connection to power animals and allies, and the crafting of tools, such as medicine bags, instruments and masks. The focus, ultimately, is on creating a clear channel and a strong enough presence to be able to stand fully within your own center and authority.

Engaging with this work demands that we inquire deeply into who we are, delving into our past, present and future to undertake the necessary work of clearing and cleansing all that lies in the way of stepping into the fullness of our essential selves. The more we carry out this work, the more aligned we become with Spirit and the journey of our Soul. This alignment represents true healing and integration – healing of our inner dancer and healing of the connections we have with others, with the environment, with our ancestors and with the universal web of the Divine Mystery.

The combination of the Ancient Shamanic Practice, Ritual Theater, Movement Medicine,Arts and crafts, connection with Nature, Vision Quest, Storytelling, Healing, Caroline's life experience and other adventurous, magical ingredients makes this work a unique Medicine for healing, creation, finding/adding soul in all I am and do, in my role as a mother, partner, in my work as an artist. Caroline, as a teacher, never stands in the way of the teachings and this is the gift from the Hollow Bone Work.     Thank you,  Lies Van Hee.

This is an incredible journey over 3 modules. It is essential to book and attend all modules.  Please make your commitment early if you wish to join.

Pre-requisites: Please take part in the Online Shamanic Journey course, levels 1&2 or a workshop that includes journeying. Or at least one shamanic dance workshop with Caroline or a rite of passage with Ben.

Schloss Glarisegg is beautifully situated between forest, meadows, a brook with small waterfall and the shores of Lake Constance in the community of Steckborn (Switzerland). A place to fall in love, powerfully beautiful!

https://www.schloss-glarisegg.ch/zentrum/uebersicht

Workshops/Gatherings: Each module €600 (€1800) or early bird discount for full payment upfront for all
modules €1,620 (€540 each) by 16th February. Payment plans available. There are concession rates for low waged, please enquire.
Full accommodation: Please click here for details and prices of accommodation.   Hollow Bone Switzerland accommodation prices 2018-19

Any more info or to apply for the course contact: Elisabeth Shrag, moc.liamgnull@htebasile.garhs 

The medicine of Hollow Bone is delicious. The beauty of Cae Mabon is woven so deeply with the beauty of Caroline's offering. Hollow Bone opened me to my own magical nature. I was invited deep into unknown territory within myself and found strength and courage to journey in dark mystery to find treasures. Song. Dance. Drumming. Deep sharing. Connection with the deep greenness of nature. My work there has a tender place in my heart. And the artwork I created there still has a place in my home... calling me to remember my own gentle power. Catherine Wright

My two journeys with Hollow Bone Medicine have been both very healing and empowering. I could really dive in my medicine and gather my tools, my allies, receive guidance and meet and transform the inner obstacles and resistances that kept me from opening my wings. The venue deep in nature, the dance, the arts and crafts and creative moments and the journeying were an delicious blend to explore my deep nature and connection to soul. Caroline Carey and Ben Cole, and the assistants, were such good guides on this journey. The medicine is still working through me 3 years later ! Thank you  Virginie Rastello

"It's been an amazing experience to work with Caroline and Ben. Anyone who chooses to work with them will be in awe not only with what they will gain but also what they will unburden themselves with. Fantastic!” Fabian Ray

My presence in the Hollow Bone workshop was a subtle, gentle, very deep dive into my inner universe, where I met my guides, my inner characters, richness of my own medicine, my very unique and personal connections with Nature and Spirit. All that in strong, kind, wise holding of Caroline and the Dance, and support of a circle of others she/we created by sharings of what we discovered in our explorations. Thank you for this amazing and healing experience which reveberates into my daily life in many beautiful ways. Katerina Stejskalova

 

Jun
1
Sat
2019
The Oracle Of Medicine @ Earth Spirit Center
Jun 1 @ 6:00 pm – Jun 6 @ 3:00 pm

Caroline will guide you through the medium of ecstatic dance, shamanic journeys, meditations and enquiries, to discover your own medicine man, medicine woman and weave this information into the creation of your own Oracle. Once the  wisdom becomes apparent and with time in nature to journey deeper by yourself, connecting with your own spirit guides, you will begin to find the song that wishes to be sung through you and will weave that and all of the information gathered into your own medicine bag.

A medicine bag is an item that spiritually represents the person who wears it and is carried for guidance, healing and protection. It contains objects that represent spiritual and healing experiences throughout our lives. This is a place to give totems a home close to your heart.

Making our own medicine bag is a process of illumination, to craft our own medicine container or oracle and understand the potency of what it is and what it carries. Creating this Oracle also gives us the opportunity to weave into it the shamans songs, sung from our heart but not in the ordinary way of singing. Our shifted state of consciousness in the 'singing sense' allow the songs to sing us.

There is no need in this work to be able to sing in the normal ways. Traditionally, it is important to create the medicine bag yourself, finding its reflection and its song inside you and in the face you show to the world.

The workshop includes ecstatic trance dance, time in nature, sharings, craft work and meditations.

For men and women any age or experience.

A five day retreat at the beautiful Earth Spirit Center. More info soon......

 

Sep
3
Tue
2019
Middle Earth Space Holder Training @ TBC
Sep 3 @ 2:00 pm – Sep 12 @ 3:00 pm

The Middle Earth Space Holder training is a way for you to bring forward your own work and contribution, you can attend the two module gatherings, to ensure you have all the necessary tools to hold a space for individuals and groups. These modules will be run by Caroline, Ben and their colleagues to support you fully on your medicine path.    See this page for what is required during the space holder training.....  

Peer support and mentoring is an essential part of the hollow bone work. Supervision from Caroline or others is a requirement when holding and working with the Hollow Bone, Middle Earth program. As an apprentice to Middle Earth Medicine, you will need to have attended workshops and gatherings and gained an understanding of the work.

To then become a guide of your work for others under the banner of Middle Earth Medicine Ways you will need to work closely with Caroline, Ben and co workers, attending workshops to learn skills and discover/develop your own teaching tools. You will be training in the field of Middle Earth in order to hold the Hollow Bone mantel for others process and learning.

You will be expected to work with set tasks between modules of work and seek further support from your own spirit guides for the Space Holder you are becoming, being in your own authority, learning about yours and others empowerment, as well as teacher projections, safety in a group, authentic representations of the shamanic world and the support necessary to attend to emotional needs of individuals.

If interested in taking part in our training, please work with the syllabus and courses LINK HERE 

Those accepted onto the space holder modules and during its process will be expected to:

  • attend 3 intensive workshops which can be Meeting The Wild, Oracle of Medicine, Oracle of Shapeshifter, Shamanic Hollow Bone Course and Oracle of Yin as assistant apprentices.
  • complete tasks and projects including creativity and written work, in relation to the Medicine Wheel over two years
  • attend a teacher trainee module of 9 days held by qualified space holders and a further 5 day module to recap and share experience
  • be expected to work as individuals and also work in collaboration with others on the course.
  • take a minimum of 6 supervision sessions per year with Caroline or other qualified teachers during the apprenticeship and in setting up of their own work
  • keep up with supervision during shamanic offerings with qualified supervisor.

Every apprentice will be treated as an individual with their own needs and requirements in preparation for holding their own body of work. It will be advised that apprentices continue with ongoing study with Middle Earth taking part in regular workshops and assistant roles. There will be opportunities to train to teach the work of the Mandorla constellations in due course.

Applications to admin(at)middleearthmedicine.com  Application form here..1A‘Middle Earth Medicine Ways’ SPACE HOLDER APPL