Welcome to the Institute for Contemporary Shamanic Studies

At ICSS, Shamanic teachings, tools, and ceremonial opportunities are available for the expanding wave of individuals who seek healing, fulfillment, and connection ― with themselves, with others, with Nature, and with Spirit.

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August 9-August 15

Fire From Within:

WingsofaDream_Crop_Adj_Frizzellstudios_comA Shamanic Ceremonial Vision Quest 

Are you a spiritual seeker?
Since ancient times, the natural progression of human awareness has been such that when an individual “awakens” spiritually, they ask questions of themselves, of life, and of the people around them. Questions like “Who am I, really?”, “What is the meaning of life?”, or even “Am I destined for something greater than I am now doing?” The quest for answers that inevitably results launches the seeker on the archetypal hero’s journey commonly referred to as “The Great Work”. That is, growth and expansion into the full potential of one’s true nature.
Typically, indigenous societies integrated such personal spiritual transitions and into the fabric of their day-to-day life, and when individuals began asking such questions, typically around the age of 18, they were met with powerful rites of passage that would help them to navigate their internal shifts and spiritual concerns.
In the fast and chaotic pacing of contemporary life, with few, if any, rites of passage to mark our growth, we can be well into adulthood before the moment hits and we suddenly awaken to the knowledge that we want more substantial nourishment than the “fast-food” of today’s world. Perhaps we are lacking in health, happiness, or hope, and are wondering when it disappeared and how to get it back. Perhaps we are looking to close a chapter in our lives and start a fresh new one. Or perhaps we just sense a more spiritual “calling” and aren’t entirely sure what the next steps could or should be.

About Fire From Within: A Shamanic Ceremonial Vision Quest
This week-long shamanic retreat is designed to provide adult seekers of all ages with spiritual tools, wheels and keys of knowledge, purification ceremonies, and rites of passage from the lineage of the Sweet Medicine Sundance Path. The week builds up to your participation in a beautiful overnight vision quest ceremony that will help you to make Spirit your companion as you learn to navigate your life passages with grace and power.
The teachings and ceremonies that you receive will be personalized so that the knowledge is directly relevant to YOU, no matter what age or stage of life you are at.
You will:
- Develop a deeper connection to Grandmother Earth and all of nature.
- Learn how to heal your heart, body, mind, spirit, and soul.
- Learn about critical learning periods in your life (both now and in the future).
- Understand your current life stage and what life is communicating.
- Discover practical ways to support your evolution in these changing times.

Accommodation and Location
The retreat takes places on our beautiful 300 acre property called Rainbow Gate Farm, located just minutes south of Bancroft, Ontario, and about 3.5 hours from Toronto. Accommodation for the week is camping, with indoor kitchen facilities provided for you to prepare and eat your meals. There are indoor and outdoor teaching spaces, hiking trails, and the nicest outhouses you’ll ever use.

Is the timing NOW?
Only YOU know when the time is right for this jump in your evolution. If what you desire most right now is positive change and transformation, if you are looking to heal the past and change your future, if you are hungry for spiritual experiences that are meaningful to YOU, then join us this summer for Fire From Within.


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