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  AUTUMN 2018  

On a misty day you can see forever
If you close your eyes and
Listen to the sound of the clouds
Caressing the mountain’s face
Then there are no secrets
To be kept away from anyone
You only have to listen


This year has been a time of deepening for us. A time not so much about the new or finding more, but being deeper with where we are. Peeling off the layers, letting them fall away and allowing them to enrich us.

Shamanic practice is a kind of spiritual archeology. On every course and retreat, we watch people dig deeper and come closer to who they really are. Every day we see more clearly that for each of us, at the center of our being, there is an essential core made of the Power of the Universe.

As the leaves fall from the trees, so we too can let go and become more naked, uncovering our natural connection to Life and to the wisdom of the Spirits. Sometimes there is no need to go anywhere. Sometimes we only need to stand still. Sometimes we only need to open, to what is already here.

With Love, Jonathan & Zara


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We are very happy to announce many of our courses for 2019. There are old classics, new delights and special opportunities, all inspired by the Spirits. There may also be more to come later in the year. We look forward to seeing many of you in the time ahead - it is always such a great joy to sit together in Circle .

Before the end of 2018, Jonathan and Zara offer one more SHAMANIC PRACTICE DAY at Åsbacka on 1 Dec, on the theme of Gratitude. This will be a time to give thanks for the year that has been and open to what is to come, together with the guidance and support of the Spirits.

In 2019, Jonathan & Zara will travel to Ireland to hold two short courses: INTO THE JOURNEY, 29-31 March and BEING HOME, 4-7 April. They then return to Sweden to hold a special new retreat for advanced shamanic practitioners, HELP FOR HELPERS, 23-28 April. Their summer courses include STORIES OF NATURE, 24-30 June, a special extra-extended THE SHAMAN'S JOURNEY, 17-21 July, a double intensive course SHAMANIC HEALING & SOUL RETRIEVAL, 24 July-3 Aug, and SHAMANIC COUNSELLING 1, 18-24 August.

In Denmark, Annette is teaching the introductory course THE SHAMAN'S JOURNEY, 29-31 March, and again in the autumn. She will also teach SEIDR, 29 May-2 June, as well as SHAMANISM, DEATH & LIFE later in the year. In Wales, her new course LEGACY OF THE WISE ONES, will have its English language premiere 1-5 May.



Several of our long-term friends and colleagues are holding shamanic workshops in the UK and Ireland:

In London, Kathy Fried offers a one day introduction to shamanism on 13 October. For more information:

In Faringdon, Oxfordshire, Joanna Shipley will run an introduction to shamanism over two Sundays, 11 and 18 November. For more information: or email Joanna

In Ireland, Liam Glenane will hold Remembrance: a day to remember and honour the Ancestors on 27 Oct and an introduction weekend together with Katie Rutledge 16-17 Feb 2019. For more information, email Liam

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  SUMMER 2018  

For me, the practice of shamanism is about bringing power over the bridge from the Spirit world to the physical world. This power belongs to no one. It is the essence of the Universe. How can I call it “mine”? Possessive pronouns – my, mine, yours, ours, theirs - are real troublemakers and therefore great teachers, if we pay attention. When I first started with shamanic practice, it was with the simple desire of wanting to feel more at home on Earth. I had no wish to become a healer or “a shaman.” I just wanted to feel I was at home – that I am here. As I came to know my Spirit helpers and deepen my relationship with them, I found that I wanted to share the power I received and felt. It seemed like such a natural progression.

The world situation today is desperate. From a shamanic perspective, what we see in consumerist culture is a huge lack of real nourishment. Those of us in so-called “developed countries” are devouring far more than our share of the Earth’s resources. This is the road to ecocide. So often, we are tempted to consume – to make things “mine” – in the hope of finding self-worth and a sense of value. Looking through the eyes of the Spirits we see huge amounts of soul-loss, both individually, as a society and ecologically. With so many holes in our souls, we are easy prey for those who want to sell us things we don’t need. This is not nourishment – this is addiction.

Part of how shamanic work can make a difference today is to bring soul back to life. As we heal and receive nourishment, magic happens: we begin to feel that we need less and want to share more. Some things miraculously grow as we give them further: love, laughter, inspiration, knowledge. Instead of fearing that we will have less by sharing, we find there is so much more. We work together – with each other, with the Spirits, and with the Earth. In this way, we are living in a constant cycle of giving and receiving. Sharing is the power of the universe.

With Love, Jonathan & Zara



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Jonathan and Zara have added a new course to the website – a SHAMANIC PRACTICE DAY at Åsbacka on 8 Sept, on the theme of Balance. This is an opportunity to come together in circle and reconnect to your Spirits wherever you are on your path.

Their three summer courses are all fully booked - THE SHAMAN'S JOURNEY, 19-22 July, SPIRIT DANCE& CEREMONY, 24-29 July and THE DEEPENING PATH, 14-19 August, a special summer retreat at Åsbacka.

In autumn Zara and Jonathan go to Ireland to teach RETURN TO SPIRIT, 13-16 September together with Liam Glenane. After this Annette will be teaching the very special LEGACY OF THE WISE ONES, 19-23 September in Denmark. She is teaching an English-language version of the same course in Wales, 1-5 May 2019. She will also be teaching a basic course in Denmark in late autumn.


In Finland, our long-term friend and colleague Christiana Harle is offering a series of shamanic workshops, including introduction course The Shaman’s Journey 31 Aug – 2 Sep in Swedish Lapland, and follow-on course Spirits of Nature 4-9 Sept. She has a new website in English and Finnish offering a wealth of information:

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Our first human teacher of shamanism, Michael Harner, left the land of the living to join the Spirits on February 3rd. He left behind him a great legacy. No, not his organization, The Foundation for Shamanic Studies. The legacy he left behind are the thousands of people who have had their lives changed because he showed that the ability to do the shaman’s work is not limited to people living in tropical jungles or on the arctic tundra. The ability to intentionally contact and interact with the World of the Spirits is a human birthright, and Michael’s work helped to show how to do this without the use of drugs or psychotropic plants.

A true academician, he set up a formalized course of study leading to shamanic practice. For many, myself included, this seemed to be antithetical to the spirit of shamanism. In some traditions, it took only one experience of the Spirit World to initiate the shaman. In others, children were initiated as a normal part of their upbringing. But those of us born in the 20th and 21st centuries have many layers of socialization imposed upon us from childhood on, and many of us may be helped by a set structure to learn who we really are and what our true relationship to the Universe is. Others of us prefer a more open, natural way of study where we learn from a tree, a boulder, a moose calling its mate as the sunsets, or an adder basking in the morning Sun. However we come to it, once we learn to contact the Spirits and surrender to their wisdom, they become our true teachers.

We humans, and our Earth-home, have paid a huge price for what we refer to as “civilization” and the accompanying so-called “realism” which is the underpinning of the world’s economy today. This civilized realism has brought us environmental destruction in the name of progress, built on the backs of slave labor while it poisons the Earth, the food we eat and the water we drink. The shaman’s path leads us to other truths and other ways of being: the ways of nurturing, creativity and love.

As followers of the shamans’ paths we take it as a given that our ancestors influence who we are today, though we do not even know their names. Michael has gone to join the Ancestors, and in a hundred years his name may also be forgotten and still he will be part of the continuing change. But one person is not the reason for change. Change comes because of the hard work and dedication of the many. If we are to achieve a world where the bounties of Nature are revered and shared by all, it will be because of all of us. We need to hear the voices of All There Is – and follow their call.



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Jonathan and Zara begin their teaching year with a SHAMANIC PRACTICE DAY at Åsbacka on 19 May, on the theme of Joy. This is a power and energy that we can draw on however we feel, and this day explores what happens when we work with its Spirit.

They then offer three summer courses: THE SHAMAN'S JOURNEY, 19-22 July, and SPIRIT DANCE& CEREMONY, 24-29 July, both at Tokalynga, Sweden, and THE DEEPENING PATH, 14-19 August, a special summer retreat at Åsbacka.

In autumn they head to Ireland to teach RETURN TO SPIRIT, 13-16 September together with Liam Glenane. Annette’s first course of the year is the very special LEGACY OF THE WISE ONES, 19-23 September. She will also be teaching a basic course in Denmark in late autumn.


As we are teaching only a few courses this year, we want to share workshops with you held by teachers that are close to us and work in a similar way. In Finland, Christiana Harle is again offering a very special drummaking retreat called “Shamanic Drum Birthing”, 25 June – 1 July. The course is mainly in English and as well as making your own Drum you have the opportunity to Sit Out overnight. For more info email Christiana: or see Sola Voima on fb. You can also see a video of Christiana’s work here.

In Ireland, Liam Glenane teaches his version of The Shaman’s Journey, 28-29 April, County Sligo, and then a beautiful weekend called “Walk in your Footsteps”, 19-20 May, which focuses on welcoming the sacred in your life and celebrating who you are. For more information email Liam:

In Wales, Jane Shutt and Christine Mark are holding a series of courses, including an introduction 14-15 April, Working with Land Spirits 18-21 May, and Deepening Our Connection 16-17 June. For more information: or email Christine:

In London, UK, Shenoah Taylor and David Scott are once again offering a year-long programme called Turning of the Year, beginning on 10 March:

Whatever Circles you sit in this year, we wish you deep connection, deep joy and great life power. May we all be connected.


Jonathan Horwitz can be reached on email or daytime tel (+46) 431 441 220
Annette Høst prefers daytime telephone (+45) 32 54 28 08. Email


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