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1st Module - The Oracle Of Repetition
Our time together will be in the exploration of movement and dance that induces states of trance. We will work with the energy of the elements, to support our connections and also with different kinds of music and rhythms/beats. Understanding how different beats can affect our mind and our vision, meditation, resting and sleeping and gives us much more information on how the brain actually works. This will be a unique experience also using drum beats and rattles. We will sometimes work with a blindfold as well as without, in darkness as well as in light. Our dancing will explore the use of movement, particularly that within the hips and lower chakras, to create the kundalini energy necessary for expanding our consciousness. This will also help us to open our heart and throat areas to bring awareness of the sounds we make and to induce healing of our hearts and voices. Using the teachings from the medicine wheel and the magic of mandorla we explore the ancient dance of trance that is inherent within our own DNA and can be tapped into easily and effectively by using some simple techniques and processes. It is a deep form of meditation, aligning us with the body, heart and mind to find a stronger connection with our soul/spirit. It is then we can focus our attention to receive guidance and understanding of our lives, at deep core levels. There is a tendency in this work to ‘space out’ and not be fully present in the process, so it takes discipline to enter a true state of embodied trance. Weekend and Intensives
Hollow Bone -The Oracle Modules
- Hollow Bone; The Oracle Of Repetition Deep immersion into the journey of ecstatic trance dance and its traditions.
- Hollow Bone; The Oracle Of Medicine Creation of medicine bags, and our own medicine songs
- Hollow Bone; The Shapeshifter & The Wounded Healer (requires pre-requisites) becoming the shapeshifter, ritual theatre and developing our healing skills.
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. Take part in one or all three.
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.
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!
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
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
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 Artist – Creating 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.
Venue: Cae Mabon, Snowdonia Wales (http://www.caemabon.co.uk/)
Date: 8-12th 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.
Assisting roles available for those who have taken part in the Hollow Bone course.
For application form click here, Application form MTW 2018
For any other information contact moc.liamgnull@noskcajgytsrik
For the Middle Earth syllabus: http://
Middle Earth Training program http://
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!
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 email@example.com
Please contact Lies & Tom for any other info needed for this Mandorla Intensive firstname.lastname@example.org
"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
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