Middle Earth Medicine Ways Syllabus

For the dancers, the freedom makers, the liberators of soul, the poets and celebrators, the magicians of our fold.

Underpinning all of Caroline's & Bens work is the life story of their dancing passions combined with the passion for shamanic theater skills and in rites of passage. Combined with The Hollow Bone Teachings, it includes a syllabus, a variety of teachings combining the art of being with the imagination as a portal to connect us to the spirit world, it is designed to support ongoing learning and empowerment for those who wish to discover and live more fully their own souls-purpose.

This particular body of shamanic work and animism, includes

shamanic journeys

healing techniques, (includes extraction)


soul retrieval

trance dance

movement medicine


vision quest

ecstatic dance

songs of the shaman

making and working with tools

discovering power animals & allies

mandorla constellation



acting skills to enhance our ritual theater

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 a process of illumination.

Following the 9 steps on the medicine wheel that has been created, amidst resources, archetypes, tools and life stages of the soul, there is an opportunity to design the program that will serve you the greatest and step more fully into your own personal empowerment.

Our apprenticeship is partly based on the traditional system of apprenticeship first developed in the later Middle Ages, where students would work alongside their teachers in order to gain experience.  We offer many opportunities to assist in our work in order to learn the art of shamanic practice and holding space for others.

Middle Earth Medicine Ways & Hollow Bone Teachings

Below is a list of particular gatherings that you can attend with Middle Earth.

Offering The Nine Stages of Life as Ritual

& the Descent of our Soul Work

  • = requirement prior to apprenticeship

 Syllabus plus apprenticeship

1. The Journey *

Learning the traditional shamanic journey for guidance and wisdom and for support. This course can be taken online if necessary. See Here  Levels 1 & 2 cover this gatherings requirement. There are also weekend workshops where the journey and dance are combined together.

2. The Mesa practices of Middle Earth Medicine

      Wheel of Souls Return *

Involves ecstatic dance, engaging with the elements and using a dancing process to access deeper knowledge and wisdom. In this field we learn how to protect our selves by accessing our own circle of support, connecting with the elements and getting to know the Middle Earth Medicine wheel, a process to discover the steps we need to take towards the reclaiming of soul and innocence. A weekend workshop. Open to all.  More info

      Magic Of Mandorla *

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. This workshop shows us the process of the Mandorla for individuals and group processes with dance and constellation work.  Weekend Workshop More info.

3. The Oracle Of Repetition 

Meta-Magic. Trance Dance, the disciplined principles. A dynamic and exciting process to awaken us as dancers into the innate wisdom of the meta-intelligence that lies all around us, a dance that weaves together the magical and sometimes unexpected occurrences throughout our lives. In this workshop, we will use this approach of combining dance and movement, trance and repetition to explore our repeating patterns of behavior from the meta-perspective of the oracle field. Rather than seeing these patterns as ‘negative bad habits,’ we will learn to view them as illuminated messages that can show us how to find the medicine in what life presents to us rather than blaming everything and everyone else for our difficulties. 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 workshops open to all. More info

4. Hollow Bone & Creativity Cauldron *

Shamanic warriors are able to deepen their work when they come into community together. Our focus is to explore through the medicine wheel our own journey of reclaiming soul, through ecstatic dance, mindfulness, connection to nature, healing tools and ceremony. Being creative together by making medicine masks and tools and using the oracle of the shape shifter to empower our lives and hearts. We explore alter-egos and play with the fine veils between the seen and the unseen, the nagual and the mundane, we learn and understand how to shift our consciousness, moving out of the ego and rational mind for periods of time where we discover how to work with the divine power of the universe in a grounded and down-to-earth way, to be creative with our tasks. Shamanic course with three modules of five days each. More info

5. The Oracle of Medicine  (& finding your shamans song)

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 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. Five day intensive workshop. More info

6. The Oracle of The ShapeShifter *

We all possess a shapeshifter, so learning to act from this place with the guidance of the hollow bone state inspires and enriches our life. The shapeshifter guides us through personal processes within the creation of our own ‘Oracle Field,’ where we explore the potential we hold as a human being. Guided to explore parts of our self that have been or remain hidden, allows us to bring them to light. In this five day exploration you become the director of your own play of life, create theater as ritual, make and embody your own medicine mask, be the holy actor & sacred clown of ceremony and theater. Includes working outdoors, acting skills, dance, voice, poetry, ritual and ceremony. Five day intensive workshop. More info

7. The Hollow Bone Wounded Healer

This is for those wanting to explore working 1:1 in the shamanic field. Exploring the Hollow Bone state as healer, through our own personal process helps us understand how we can make changes to our life where we remove old energy that no longer serves us. We can also gather energy that serves to empower us. As a medicine man or woman we gather the knowledge of this energy and the tools of extraction medicine, soul retrieval, psycho-pomp work and other modalities. Putting our hands, our hearts and our tools to work, we share this offering of medicine with others. Intensive workshop. Only for those wanting to work 1:1. Five day workshop.

8. Hunting & The Vision Walk *

The shamans world is as much about our connection with nature as working with our tools and practices. ‘Nature is the visible face of spirit.’ Spending time in nature for contemplation, focusing our intention on our walk, our deep listening and the observing of nature, we look for signs to assist us in our future work. We can often discover medicine songs, poetry, stories and the requests from spirit and the creative force that lies within each one of us. The hunt will take us through the night-time and into the days ahead. Much of our time will be spent in silence, visioning in our life and purpose! Intensive workshop of five days, includes dance, personal process, visioning through the night in nature. More info

9. Mandorla Intensive *

Purpose, Light, Shadow & Death. Knowing our purpose and our medicine 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 innocence and the dreamer, we must know death. It is a way to embrace and accept who we are as a complete human being, who knows ones self at a core level. Five day intensive workshop using the constellation practice of the Magic Of Mandorla. More info

Email for document of pre-requisites on apprenticeship. alchemyinmovement(at)gmail.com

Inauguration and accepting the Mantle. *  (As part of the application for apprenticeship)

Ceremonies and rituals give us the opportunity to celebrate all of the tasks we have undertaken, a time to take on the responsibility of our offering in the world. Naming and creating at this important time assists us in truly stepping forward and becoming who we were born to be. Ceremony illuminates us, it casts a light so intensely upon us, that what ever truly needs to show up, will do so in these moments. Dark, light and shadow, there is no place to hide. Our intentions and stories become clear and are magnified a hundred fold in this place. Ceremonial practices and traditions are an important part of our culture, integrating us into mythology, spirituality and life. This opportunity to show your art, your creativity to a group of fellow travelers, is taken during other intensive workshops prior to you stepping onto the apprenticeship.

Space Holder Apprenticeship

The Middle Earth syllabus is  a way for you to bring forward your own work and contribution, in order to bring your soul-purpose into practice. Choosing appropriate gatherings and workshops for your own process and completing the work, you can then go on to attend the two module Space Holder modules, 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 apprenticeship.....  

Please join our mailing list in order to receive updates on the timing of these modules and contact us if you have any questions. 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 Medicine Wheel.

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"Caroline Carey is a shamanic healer and teacher, who has dived deeply into the rich dark roots of the shamanic path and danced within its primal landscapes. I am very pleased that she has now chosen to share her skills in accessing the ecstatic abandonment that shamanism brings for healing and transformation: you are in good hands."  Simon Buxton - The Sacred Trust

Ben, your sense of authentic masculinity creates such a safe space, I love your passion for this work!  Jack Johnson


Other workshops available that include aspects of the work above.

The Oracle Of Yin

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.

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